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Keystone XL Oil Pipeline Owner Wins Climate Leadership Award 18.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -– The company that wants to build the Keystone XL pipeline was recognized this week for leadership on climate change -– to the shock of environmental activists. Alberta-based TransCanada, which has been seeking permission to build the 1,660-mile pipeline from Canada's oil sands to refineries in Texas, was included as a corporate climate leader on the Carbon Disclosure Project's Climate Performance Leadership Index 2014 . The Carbon Disclosure Project, or CDP, is a United Kingdom-based nonprofit that works with companies to tally and report their greenhouse gas emissions. TransCanada was one of five energy sector companies included on the "A List" in this year's report. The report notes that the company has set targets for emission reductions, and includes a quote from TransCanada: "Our business strategy is informed by the risks and opportunities from climate change regulations, physical climate parameters and other climate-related developments such as uncertainty in social drivers ... we ...
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New rules could limit methane emissions’ effects on the atmosphere 18.10.2014 Washington Post: Editorials
THE OBAMA administration spent all summer mulling new measures to cut air pollution from the booming natural gas industry . Now federal officials are nearing a decision on whether and how to limit emissions from wells, storage tanks and other places from which gas can leak. Whether you believe that the country’s fracking boom is an economic godsend or an environmental disaster — or both — you should favor measures to limit the industry’s effects on the ...
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Container ship on way from Washington to Russia loses power off British Columbia coast 18.10.2014 Star Tribune: World
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7 Worst-Case Scenarios in the Battle With ISIS 18.10.2014 Mother Jones
This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. You know the joke? You describe something obviously heading for disaster—a friend crossing Death Valley with next to no gas in his car—and then add, "What could possibly go wrong?" Such is the Middle East today. The US is again at war there, bombing freely across Iraq and Syria, advising here, droning there, coalition-building in the region to loop in a little more firepower from a collection of recalcitrant allies, and searching desperately for some non-American boots to put on the ground. Here, then, are seven worst-case scenarios in a part of the world where the worst case has regularly been the best that's on offer. After all, with all that military power being brought to bear on the planet's most volatile region, what could possibly go wrong? 1. The Kurds The lands the Kurds generally consider their own have long been divided among Turkey, Iraq, Syria, and Iran. None of those countries wish to give up any territory to an independence-minded ...
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Purchase of Election by Chevron Shows We Have 'Oligarchy, Not Democracy': Sanders 17.10.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Which Form of Energy is the Cheapest? 17.10.2014 Environmental News Network
Which kind of power is the cheapest? Listen to energy companies, and they'll insist that traditional forms like gas and coal are the way to go. Of course, they have money invested in keeping the existing systems in business. That's why the European Union commissioned an independent analysis to study the topic. According to the report, wind energy is the most cost-efficient way to supply power. When proponents of non-renewable energy point to costs, they intentionally overlook the overall economic impact that polluting causes. Once experts start to calculate the costs associated with public health and climate change that coincide with burning coal and gas, the true cost is far higher than initially reported. It's both irresponsible and shortsighted to ignore these environmental and health consequences from the equation.
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International energy researcher to focus on oilsands at Calgary university 17.10.2014 Science / Technology News

Nanotechnology similar to that used to kill tumours in cancer patients could be adapted to improve in situ oil recovery in Alberta's oilsands, says an international researcher. Stanley Bryant, a world-leading nanotechnology expert from the University of Texas in Austin, was introduced Thursday as the latest Canada Excellence Research Chair at the University of Calgary.

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Unpacking the Pennsylvania Greenhouse Gas Regulation Implementation Act: Victory for Big Coal or Much Ado About Nothing? 17.10.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Jackson Morris, Director, Eastern Energy, Danville, Pa.: On Wednesday afternoon, just a few hours before it concluded its fall session and scurried out of state capital building in Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania Senate passed a bill that has since been sent to Governor Corbett. The bill, which had...
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Can We Earn a Living on a Living Planet? 17.10.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Call for Action Intensifies from Multiple Directions: EPA Needs to Regulate Methane Pollution from Oil & Gas 17.10.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Jeremy Symons The droughts in the west and the rains in the east this week are compelling reminders that the impacts of climate change are here and now. Just this week the Pentagon issued a report laying out how they will adapt to growing threats to our nation’s defenses in the face of climate change. We need to act now to reduce the pollution from coal, oil, and natural gas that is making climate change worse and move aggressively to clean, renewable energy sources. People and organizations throughout the nation – and across the globe – ( including EDF ) are working to bring about the transformation that can build a strong clean energy economy at the pace needed to match the urgency of the climate change we are now experiencing. Even as this work continues, a growing number of voices are calling for action to cut potent methane emissions from our oil and gas industry – one of the biggest sources of climate pollution in the country. We cannot afford to ignore real opportunities to cut pollution right ...
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New Biofuels Faciility Converts Plant Waste To Ethanol, Is 90 Percent Cleaner Than Gasoline 17.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A new biofuels plant in southwest Kansas represents the future of ethanol production in the United States, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said. The $500 million biorefinery in Hugoton is one of only three commercially sized plants in the country that use only plant waste, such as stalks and leaves, for production and thus do not compete for food crops. The second-generation ethanol plant operated by Abengoa, a Spanish multinational corporation, began operating in late September and has the capacity to produce 25 million gallons of ethanol per year. Moniz said the biorefinery was built in the spirit of next-generation biofuels, solar and fossil technologies that reduce greenhouse emissions. The facility also includes a $150 million electric generation plant that powers its ethanol operations while still producing up to 10 megawatts excess that is sold to the local power grid. "We work across the entire innovation chain with the idea that we need to push innovation and cost reduction at ...
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Predictions of 'peak oil' production prove slippery 17.10.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
It turns out, oil demand is what peaked. Now prices are plunging, down around 25 percent since June. What did forecasters get so wrong?
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Predictions Of 'Peak Oil' Production Prove Slippery 17.10.2014 NPR News
Just a few years ago, authors were predicting production would soon hit a peak and then decline. But since then, supplies have surged. So are the forecasters now slapping themselves in the head?
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When the Ayatollah Said No to Nukes 17.10.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Sean Parnell vs. Bill Walker Nonpartisan Candidate Guide For Alaska Governor's Race 2014 17.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Are you looking for a nonpartisan voter guide to the Sean Parnell vs. Bill Walker Governor's race? One that will give you an unbiased, no-spin comparison of candidate positions on key issues? That's what our Campus Election Engagement Project guide will give you! We are a national nonpartisan initiative working with college and university administrators, faculty, and student leaders to increase student participation in America's elections. For the 2014 elections we have created and distributed voter guides to campuses in more than 20 states so they can provide their communities with accurate information for informed voting. Because these guides have been so well received and are useful for all voting citizens who want to be better informed, we are also posting them here. We developed our guides by analyzing information from trusted resources such as www.votesmart.org , www.ontheissues.org , www.ballotpedia.com , www.politifact.com , www.factcheck.org , www.vote411.org and from candidate websites, ...
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Court Files: Coal CEO Robert Murray Unearths Lease from Aubrey McClendon's New Fracking Company 17.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
DeSmogBlog has obtained a copy of a sample hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") lease distributed to Ohio landowners by embattled former CEO and founder of Chesapeake Energy , Aubrey McClendon , now CEO of American Energy Partners .  Elisabeth Radow , a New York-based attorney who examined a copy of the lease, told DeSmogBlog she believes the lease "has the effect of granting American Energy Partners the right to use the surface and subsurface to such a great extent that it takes away substantially all of the rights attributable to homeownership."  Murray Energy Corporation CEO Robert E. Murray; Photo Credit:  YouTube Screenshot Murray brought the suit against McClendon back in August 2013 , alleging McClendon committed trademark and copyright infringement by using the "American Energy" moniker . Murray's attorneys used the lease as an exhibit in a Motion to Compel Discovery , filed on September 8, over a year after Murray brought his initial lawsuit.  The case has ground to a slow halt as the two sides ...
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Business digest, October 17 17.10.2014 SFGate: Business & Technology
The 30-year loan hit its lowest level since June 2013 as Treasury bond yields marked new lows amid concern over global economic weakness. Aduro BioTech in Berkeley has struck another big development deal with Johnson & Johnson, this time to work on its lung cancer vaccine in a partnership worth up to $817 million, the companies said Thursday. The deal is Aduro’s second with Janssen Biotech, Johnson & Johnson’s pharmaceutical arm, following a May agreement to develop a prostate cancer vaccine for up to $365 million. Aduro’s technology in this case is referred to as LADD, shorthand for Listeria monocytogenes, a germ that contaminates food but has also been engineered to be safe in humans. “We believe our LADD technology also offers tremendous promise as a potential treatment for lung cancer and we are pleased to expand our relationship with Janssen, a company with significant experience and resources focused in both lung and prostate cancer,” Aduro President and CEO Stephen Isaacs said in a statement. ...
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Fracking = Wrong Way Forward for Climate 17.10.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Abundant natural gas will not slow climate change according to new study 16.10.2014 Environmental News Network
A new analysis of global energy use, economics and the climate shows that without new climate policies, expanding the current bounty of inexpensive natural gas alone would not slow the growth of global greenhouse gas emissions worldwide over the long term, according to a study appearing today in Nature Advanced Online Publication. Because natural gas emits half the carbon dioxide of coal, many people hoped the recent natural gas boom could help slow climate change — and according to government analyses, natural gas did contribute partially to a decline in U.S. carbon dioxide emissions between 2007 and 2012.
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Falling Oil Prices Are Good News For You And The Economy 16.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
As stock markets around the world have plummeted lately, you’d be forgiven for barely noticing a related and hugely important economic development: The price of oil has fallen even more than U.S. stocks, and gasoline prices are following. That is both good news and bad news for consumers and the economy. Prices are falling partly because of worries about a global economic slowdown. And yet Citigroup estimates that the fall in oil prices adds up to a $1.1 trillion stimulus for the global economy. Crude-oil prices have dropped more than 8 percent in the past week, while the Dow and S&P 500 have each fallen about 6 percent. In the past three months, oil has fallen a little more than 22 percent and is now approaching $80 a barrel for the first time since 2010. Crude-oil prices have plunged. The fall, the Wall Street Journal reported , is partially due to a U.S.-driven boom in oil production. That boom, combined with deepening worries that a slowing global economy will mean lower demand , means lower oil ...
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