User: flenvcenter Topic: Energy-Independent
Category: Fossil Fuels :: Oil and Gas
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Trump's Regulators: Eager Servants of Oil and Gas, at Our Expense 14.12.2017 Truthout.com
(Photo: Babs ; edited: LW / TO)   Help preserve a news source with integrity at its core: Donate to the independent media at Truthout. Eleven months into the Trump administration, it's worth seriously pondering the question: Does Donald Trump have something against clean air? Did a smogless day insult his mother, and now he's out for revenge? It seems silly, but it's hard not to wonder when the Trump administration seems so determined to roll back every bit of progress the Obama administration made when it comes to reducing air pollution and hopefully slowing down the rate of global warming. (OK, it's  probably that Trump just hates Obama that much .) The obsessiveness of the Trumpian assault on clean air was illustrated again last week, when the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which works under Secretary Ryan Zinke at the Interior Department,  delayed the implementation of a rule  requiring oil and gas companies drilling on federally owned lands to curtail the waste of methane by releasing it in the ...
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Trump’s message for tribes: Let them eat yellowcake 12.12.2017 High Country News Most Recent
The president’s Bears Ears decision has toxic implications.
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Trump’s message for tribes: Let them eat yellow cake 12.12.2017 High Country News Most Recent
The president’s Bears Ears decision has toxic implications.
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How Northwest Communities Are Stopping Big Oil Projects 11.12.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Help preserve a news source with integrity at its core: Donate to the independent media at Truthout. "This is more fun than I've ever had in my life," Don Steinke told me when I called him this month. Steinke, a retired science teacher, is a leader in the fight to stop what would be the nation's largest oil-by-rail terminal. This month, the state agency in charge of reviewing the application  voted unanimously to oppose  the terminal -- a vote that could spell the end of the project. First proposed in 2013 by Vancouver Energy, the terminal would have been built along the Columbia River in Vancouver, Washington;  360,000 barrels of oil a day  were to be brought by rail and then loaded on ships for transport to West Coast refineries. But the project quickly ran into local opposition. The power of local organizing to stop this project got my attention. The opposition is fueled both by local impacts on water and air, and by the fact that building new oil-transport infrastructure is a terrible idea at a time ...
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Transformation to wind and solar could be achieved with low indirect greenhouse gas emissions 8.12.2017 Environmental News Network
Different low carbon technologies from wind or solar energy to fossil carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) differ greatly when it comes to indirect greenhouse gas emissions in their life cycle. This is the result of a comprehensive new study conducted by an international team of scientists that is now published in the journal Nature Energy. Unlike what some critics argue, the researchers not only found that wind and solar energy belong to the more favorable when it comes to life-cycle emissions. They also show that a full decarbonization of the global power sector by scaling up these technologies would induce only modest indirect greenhouse gas emissions – and hence not impede the transformation towards a climate-friendly power system.
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Interior Department’s return to the ‘Robber Baron’ years 8.12.2017 High Country News Most Recent
Secretary Ryan Zinke will be known better for cynicism than conservationism.
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The federal land at stake in Trump’s rush for more drilling 8.12.2017 High Country News Most Recent
Where national parks, monuments and other protective areas overlay resources.
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Drivers of electric cars in the US can save up to $1,070 per year in fuel costs alone 2.12.2017 TreeHugger
Above and beyond their ability to reduce local air pollution and carbon emissions, electric vehicles are also starting to make a lot of sense financially as well.
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Researchers Discover Breakthrough Process for Directly Converting Methane to Methanol 1.12.2017 Environmental News Network
The direct oxidation of methane—found in natural gas—into methanol at low temperatures has long been a holy grail. Now, researchers at Tufts have found a breakthrough way to accomplish the feat using a heterogeneous catalyst and cheap molecular oxygen, according to a paper published today in the journal Nature by a team led by Tufts University chemical engineers.
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A modular, rehabbed, battery-electric train 1.12.2017 TreeHugger
Many train lines in the UK are not electrified. But there's a solution for that, and it starts with old rolling stock...
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Renewable energy isn't perfect, but it's far better than fossil fuels 29.11.2017 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
David Suzuki In their efforts to discredit renewable energy and support continued fossil fuel burning, many anti-environmentalists have circulated a dual image purporting to compare a lithium mine with an oilsands operation. It illustrates the level of dishonesty to which some will stoop to keep us on our current polluting, climate-disrupting path (although in some cases it could be ignorance). The image is a poor attempt to prove that lithium batteries and renewable energy are worse for the environment than energy from oil sands bitumen. The first problem is that the "lithium mine" is actually BHP Billiton's Escondida copper mine in Chile (the world's largest). The bottom image is of an Alberta oil sands operation, but it's an in situ underground facility and doesn't represent the enormous open-pit mining operations used to extract most bitumen. Lithium is used in batteries for electric cars, cellphones, computers and other electric devices, as well as power-grid storage systems, because it's light and ...
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Turning emissions into fuel 28.11.2017 Alternative Energy and Fuel News - ENN
MIT researchers have developed a new system that could potentially be used for converting power plant emissions of carbon dioxide into useful fuels for cars, trucks, and planes, as well as into chemical feedstocks for a wide variety of products.
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Turning emissions into fuel 28.11.2017 Environmental News Network
MIT researchers have developed a new system that could potentially be used for converting power plant emissions of carbon dioxide into useful fuels for cars, trucks, and planes, as well as into chemical feedstocks for a wide variety of products.
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Transportation is now the biggest source of US CO2 emissions 28.11.2017 TreeHugger
But electric cars will save us, right? Think again.
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Carbon Capture is Helped by Oil Revenue, But it May Not Be Enough 27.11.2017 Environmental News Network
The oil industry incentivises the development of carbon-capturing tech, but researchers say this will not reduce emissions to low enough levels.
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A tale of two parks: How the Bakken boom transformed a landscape 27.11.2017 Current Issue
While a North Dakota national park is an oasis from drilling, a nearby state park is thrown open.
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The electric house of the future was built in 1905 22.11.2017 TreeHugger
It sounds much like the smart home of today.
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Reusing Waste Energy with 2D Electron Gas 20.11.2017 Environmental News Network
Novel approach utilizes high mobility two-dimensional electron gas, boosting thermoelectric conversion efficiency.
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Tom Goldtooth: Carbon Trading Is "Fraudulent" Scheme to Privatize Air and Forests to Permit Pollution 17.11.2017 Truthout - All Articles
In South Dakota, the energy company TransCanada says it shut down part of its pipeline Thursday after a rupture spilled 210,000 gallons of oil in a field near Amherst. The pipeline carries a highly polluting form of oil called "diluted bitumen." This comes amid a new report titled "Carbon Pricing: A Critical Perspective for Community Resistance," which exposes the dangers of carbon trading, a scheme in which major companies purchase carbon credits from countries who agree to plant trees or protect existing forests. We speak with one of the report's co-authors, Tom Goldtooth, executive director of the Indigenous Environmental Network, and Isabella Zizi from Richmond, California, home to a massive Chevron oil refinery. Chevron has said it will purchase carbon credits to offset increased pollution from a recent expansion of the Richmond refinery. Please check back later for full ...
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Solar Power Rapidly Expands, But So Does Oil Use, in New World Energy Outlook 15.11.2017 Climate Change News - ENN
Solar power will surge globally in the coming decades, but oil demand will also continue to grow, according to a new report from the International Energy Agency.
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