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Feds approve plan to build gas pipeline for power plant 2.5.2016 Philly.com News
SHAMOKIN DAM, Pa. (AP) - Federal officials have signed off on a plan to build a 34-mile pipeline through five central Pennsylvania counties that will carry natural gas to a power plant being built along the Susquehanna River.
Science Says This Centuries-Old Discovery Will Save the Planet 2.5.2016 Mother Jones
The United States leads the world in the number of electric vehicles on the road, but the count is still tiny: about 350,000 . That's less than 1 percent of all passenger cars and trucks in the country. Recent market research suggests that number will climb steadily over the next several decades. But will it climb fast enough? When it comes to fighting climate change, that could turn out to be one of the most important questions of the next few years. On April 22, world leaders gathered in New York City to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change, in which they vowed to keep global temperature rise to "well below" 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels, a limit the world is already more than halfway toward exceeding. Meanwhile, energy experts have begun to map out the fine-grain details of what meeting that goal would actually require. And it's becoming increasingly clear that electric vehicles have a indispensable role to play.  It turns out that one of the most ...
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Companies crucial to energy exploration abandon $34B merger 2.5.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two companies crucial to the business of U.S. energy exploration have abandoned their planned $34 billion merger, the Justice Department said Sunday. The department filed suit April 6 to block the merger of Halliburton and Baker Hughes. It claims the transaction would unlawfully eliminate significant competition in almost two dozen markets crucial […]
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Companies crucial to energy exploration abandon $34B merger 2.5.2016 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two companies crucial to the business of U.S. energy exploration have abandoned their planned $34 billion merger, the Justice Department said Sunday....
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Feds Rely on Industry-Funded Study to Push for More Offshore Oil Exploitation 1.5.2016 Truthout.com
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's recent analysis of the economic benefits of increased offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and on the Pacific Coast near Alaska was funded partly by the fossil fuel industry. (Photo: erik aa / Flickr ) On Monday, April 25th, President Barack Obama tweeted out the following message to nearly 74 million followers on Twitter: We're already seeing the effects of climate change. Denial is unacceptable. #ActOnClimate pic.twitter.com/k3sphu7KgC — Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 25, 2016 The tweet garnered thousands of shares and likes, and on the surface it appeared to be a genuine plea for action on climate change. But as  we've seen all too often from this administration , what they say in public rarely matches what takes place behind closed doors.   Less than one day after President Obama tweeted out that message on climate change, David Sirota and Ned Resnikoff from the International Business Times  aimed a spotlight at the Obama administration's hypocrisy  in an ...
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Can the Climate Movement Break Free From the 'Jobs vs. Environment' Debate? 30.4.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Kate Aronoff

For two weeks this May, organizers across 12 countries will participate in Break Free 2016, an open-source invitation to encourage “more action to keep fossil fuels in the ground and an acceleration in the just transition to 100 percent renewable energy.” Many of the month’s events — pulled together by 350.org and a slew of groups around the world — are set to take place within ongoing campaigns to shut down energy infrastructure, targeting “some of the most iconic and dangerous fossil fuel projects all over the world” with civil disobedience.

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Southern Ute shale drilling goals draw scrutiny 30.4.2016 Durango Herald
Citizen and environmental groups are calling for transparency and a new environmental impact statement for prospective shale oil and gas development on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation. Last month, the tribe announced plans to conduct a supplemental environmental impact statement for an existing EIS on natural resource extraction on...
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Profits are down at ExxonMobil, but don’t cry for CEO Rex Tillerson 30.4.2016 Washington Post
He took a well-publicized pay cut recently after the oil company’s earnings fell 63 percent in the first quarter, but he still has a nest egg worth about $218 million in stock plus a pension plan valued at $69.5 million.
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Debate: The race to the bottom: Fossil fuels vs fossil news, Part 4 ... 30.4.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
­ — Report: Coal demand drops in almost all U.S. states — Gretchen Frazee | PBS News Hour “Coal use has dropped in all but two states since 2007, a new analysis shows — adding to the growing evidence of the fossil fuel’s continued decline. “A U.S. Energy Information Administration report released Thursday shows demand for coal increased in only Alaska and Nebraska. “In Texas, which consumes the most coal, use of the fossil fuel dropped 16 percent from 2007 to 2015. In other major coal-reliant st...
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Utah likely to stick with gas tax as other states test new highway funding formulas 30.4.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Oregon volunteers are testing a plan to replace its 31.1 cents per gallon state gasoline tax with a new system charging 1.5 cents for every mile residents drive (based on odometer readings). California is about to launch a similar pilot program. Those states say that taxing gas by the gallon no longer covers highway costs. That’s because drivers are buying less fuel because cars have increasingly better mileage, and because more motorists are switching to electric, hybrid or natural gas vehicles...
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Tipton proposal, largely written by oil and gas company, draws criticism 30.4.2016 Denver Post: All Political News
A draft bill released this month by U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton is taking heat from activists in the Thompson Divide region because of concerns his proposal to settle a fight over oil and gas drilling was written largely by an energy company that is also Tipton's largest campaign contributor.
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Exxon sees smallest profit in 16 years, Chevron posts loss 30.4.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

DALLAS (AP) — Motorists are saving billions on cheaper gasoline, but the long slump in oil prices is taking a heavy toll on companies that find and produce crude. Exxon Mobil posted its smallest quarterly profit in more than 16 years Friday, while Chevron lost $725 million, its worst showing since 2002, and raised the […]
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How New England Students Are Taking Fossil Fuel Divestment a Step Further 29.4.2016 Truthout - All Articles
As student organizers, we can stigmatize the fossil fuel industry by mobilizing students. But making changes on campus is not enough; we need to participate in local fights against fossil fuel companies to strengthen our campaigns. Wesleyan students at a recent teach-in. (Photo: WNV / Kati Young) In the past few weeks students across the country have been demanding that their schools stop profiting from oil, coal and gas companies. As student organizers in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, we believe that we can stigmatize the fossil fuel industry by mobilizing students around issues of climate change. But making changes on campus is not enough; we know that we need to participate in local fights against fossil fuel companies to strengthen our largely symbolic campaigns. The fight in our own backyard is Spectra Energy's project to expand its "Algonquin" pipeline , which carries fracked gas from Appalachia to Boston. Spectra is constructing about 35 new miles of piping and expanding the ...
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Will the Paris Climate Agreement Deliver? 29.4.2016 Truthout.com
The Paris Agreement A historic event took place on Earth Day 2016. It was a decisive moment for the planet. On Friday, April 22, around 60 heads of state gathered at the United Nations in New York for the signing of the Paris Climate Agreement. About 175 governments took the first step of signing onto the deal, and according to the White House at least 34 countries representing 49 percent of greenhouse gas emissions have formally ratified the Paris Agreement. It was "the largest ever single-day turnout for a signing ceremony," indicating "strong international commitment to deliver on the promises." I was at COP21 in Paris when negotiators finally agreed the Paris Agreement, the first legally binding global climate deal. The agreement is the culmination of 21 years of international negotiation and United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process: a massive global political mobilization in response to the looming threat of catastrophic climate change. It scales up ambition from the ...
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California seeks $90 million from utility over wildfire 29.4.2016 AP National
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- California officials say they will seek more than $90 million in firefighting costs from Pacific Gas & Electric Co. after finding that a deadly 2015 fire was sparked by a tree that came into contact with a power line....
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Time to end the fossil fuel gravy train 29.4.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Cam Klose and Charlie Wood, 350.org Australia Australia's fossil fuel industry has suffered vast losses in public and corporate support, its destructive activities rightfully condemned by the community. Yet, despite this, the Federal Government - the same one that has repeatedly called for an end to the 'age of entitlement' - continues to prop up this polluting and, increasingly, economically unviable industry. With the Federal Budget due to be released on Tuesday and the election set for July, the coming weeks will shed some light on the positions of both major parties in regards to the fossil fuel industry, and whether they are willing to break free from its dirty and corrupting influence. Unfortunately, the signs are not looking great. We know that mining for coal, oil and gas across Australia is destroying local communities, particularly indigenous communities. Australians from the Hunter Valley, the Pilliga, the Darling Downs and along the Reef Coast in Queensland have seen the country they love ...
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Four Reasons We Can’t Wait to Plug the Leaks 29.4.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Felice Stadler From articles in top media , to diverse state leaders taking action , there has been a noticeable uptick in public attention on the need for methane pollution limits on the oil and gas industry over the past few months. It’s great to see growing national and international interest being brought to an issue that was deserving of attention many years ago. But we need to move faster to rein in this problem. Why the urgency? Here are four reasons: Americans across the country are seeing the impact of an uncontrolled oil and gas industry on their air quality. When oil and gas operators intentionally vent methane or leak it from faulty equipment or poor practices, they are simultaneously releasing harmful smog-forming pollutants than exacerbate asthma and other respiratory problems, and toxic, cancer-causing pollutants like benzene. And let’s face it: clean air protections have not kept pace with the explosive expansion of oil and gas drilling in the U.S. over the past decade. This was ...
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"There is no doubt": Exxon Knew CO2 Pollution Was A Global Threat By Late 1970s 29.4.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Throughout Exxon’s global operations, the company knew that CO2 was a harmful pollutant in the atmosphere years earlier than previously reported. DeSmog has uncovered Exxon corporate documents from the late 1970s stating unequivocally “there is no doubt” that CO2 from the burning of fossil fuels was a growing “problem” well understood within the company. “It is assumed that the major contributors of CO2 are the burning of fossil fuels... There is no doubt that increases in fossil fuel usage and decreases of forest cover are aggravating the potential problem of increased CO2 in the atmosphere. Technology exists to remove CO2 from stack gases but removal of only 50% of the CO2 would double the cost of power generation." [emphasis added] Those lines appeared in a 1980 report, “Review of Environmental Protection Activities for 1978-1979,” produced by Imperial Oil, Exxon’s Canadian subsidiary. [click on any of the screenshots in this story to see a PDF of the full document] A distribution list included with ...
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Today, we say 'no' to the Energy East trap 29.4.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

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Why the world's biggest exporter of crude is trying to wean itself off oil 29.4.2016 LA Times: Commentary

It would be hard to exaggerate the importance of oil in Saudi Arabia. So when an influential young prince started talking this year about selling shares in the state-owned oil company and weaning the economy off its dependence on petrodollars, many were skeptical both inside and outside the conservative...

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