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Judge's fracking ruling supports Utah's position 23.6.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • The Obama administration on Wednesday decried a ruling by a federal judge that blocks rules for hydraulic fracturing, saying the decision prevents regulators from using “21st-century standards” to ensure that oil and gas operations are conducted safely on public lands. The states of Utah, Colorado, North Dakota and Wyoming oppose the rules involving hydraulic fracturing, which involves injecting a mixture of water, sand and chemicals underground to increase production from oil and g...
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Health care up, energy down as U.S. stocks dip 23.6.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
New York • U.S. stocks are slipping in subdued trading Wednesday afternoon ahead of Britain’s vote on whether to leave the European Union. Energy companies are falling in tandem with the price of oil and technology companies are down following weak reports from Adobe and HP. Health care stocks are moving higher. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average dipped 29 points, or 0.2 percent, to 17,800 as of 12:50 p.m. Mountain time. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was unchanged at 2,088. The Na... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Selling the Planet Short 22.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Don't believe the banks. Because the banking industry is betting on disaster. For the past six years, Rainforest Action Network has evaluated the top global private banks on their financing for the coal sector. But as we heard last December during the U.N. Paris Climate Summit, more urgent action is needed if we are to have any hope of avoiding a 2°C, or even higher, increase in global temperatures. That's why our report card this year looks to meet the ambition set out in Paris , with a focus on bank investments in sectors that are most incompatible with a climate stable future. This includes coal mining, coal power, extreme oil extraction (tar sands, Arctic and ultra-deepwater drilling), and the exportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) that comes from fracking. We found that in the last three years alone, 25 major banks have sunk billions into fossil fuels that are guaranteed to worsen our situation, including: $42 billion for companies active in coal mining; $154 billion for the 20 largest ...
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U.S. stocks waver -- health care up, energy down 22.6.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
New York • U.S. stocks are wavering in subdued trading Wednesday afternoon ahead of Britain’s vote on whether to leave the European Union. Health care stocks rose but energy companies fell in tandem with the price of oil. Technology companies slipped following weak reports from Adobe and HP. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 7 points to 17,821 as of 11:55 a.m. Mountain time. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index picked up 2 point, or 0.1 percent, to 2,091. The Nasdaq composite ed...
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Federal judge strikes down Obama administration's fracking rules 22.6.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: News
A U.S. judge in Wyoming said the Bureau of Land Management can't regulate hydraulic fracturing -- because more than a decade ago, Congress specifically excluded fracking from federal oversight.
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Judge: Agency lacks authority to set fracking rules 22.6.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Cheyenne, Wyo. • A judge ruled Tuesday that federal regulators lack the authority to set rules for hydraulic fracturing, dealing another setback to the Obama administration’s efforts to tighten how fossil fuels are mined. U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl said the Bureau of Land Management can’t set the rules because Congress has not authorized it to do so. The judge, who was nominated by Obama in 2011, wrote that the court’s role is not to decide whether hydraulic fracturing is good or bad for...
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Obama administration decries judge's fracking ruling 22.6.2016 AP National
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration on Wednesday decried a ruling by a federal judge that blocks rules for hydraulic fracturing, saying the decision prevents regulators from using &quot;21st-century standards&quot; to ensure that oil and gas operations are conducted safely on public lands....
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Today: California's No-Nukes Plan. Into the Fires. 22.6.2016 LA Times: Commentary

I'm Davan Maharaj, editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles Times. Here are some story lines I don't want you to miss today.

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California’s No-Nukes Plan

The atomic energy age in California is coming to an end, but it won’t be as simple as the flip of a switch. Pacific Gas & Electric plans...

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Putin heads to China to cement ties, but obstacles remain 22.6.2016 Washington Post: World
With President Vladimir Putin heading to China this weekend, officials in both countries extoll a blossoming “strategic partnership” between the two former communist rivals.
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Putin heads to China to cement ties, but obstacles remain 22.6.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

MOSCOW (AP) — With President Vladimir Putin heading to China this weekend, officials in both countries extoll a blossoming “strategic partnership” between the two former communist rivals. But despite Moscow’s push to strengthen ties with Beijing amid a bitter strain in relations with the West, Russia-China trade has shrunk sharply and a slew of ambitious […]
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Putin heads to China to cement ties, but obstacles remain 22.6.2016 AP Top News
MOSCOW (AP) -- With President Vladimir Putin heading to China this weekend, officials in both countries extoll a blossoming &quot;strategic partnership&quot; between the two former communist rivals....
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Climate Change This Week: Requiem for a Reef, Developing Divestment, and More! 22.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
REQUIEM FOR A REEF: THE DEVASTATION OF THE GREAT BARRIER From This ... To This. The devastation of this reef, one of the most beautiful undersea wonders of the world, will not recover in our children's lifetimes, if ever. Diving photographers were saturated with the stench of rotting corals. OO The Great Barrier Reef: Almost A Quarter of All Corals Just Killed, The Rest In Danger due to hot waters that stressed, bleached then killed the corals; the rest are endangered from continuing climate change and pollution. An area the size of Scotland is largely dead. Giant Clams, Too: Beautiful in Life, Starving, then Bleached and Dead - like corals, these Great Barrier giant clams can get heat stressed, ejecting the algae they rely on, and then undergo a slow, starving, bleaching death. Surveys have revealed that 90+ % of the almost 3,000 individual reefs making up the Great Barrier have been touched by bleaching, and almost a quarter - 22% - of coral over the entire Great Barrier Reef has been killed by this ...
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Business Highlights 22.6.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

___ Yellen says uncertainties justify cautious approach WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen says the U.S. economy faces a number of uncertainties that require the Fed to proceed cautiously in raising interest rates. In delivering the Fed’s twice-a-year economic report to Congress, Yellen cited a slowdown in job growth and said the Fed […]
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Stocks inch higher as investors watch Britain, Yellen 22.6.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
New York • U.S. stocks are making small gains Tuesday afternoon as investors trade cautiously while waiting for British voters to decide the fate of that nation’s membership in the European Union. Phone and energy companies are rising and drug companies are falling. Stocks posted big gains a day earlier. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average picked up 41 points, or 0.2 percent, to 17,846 as of 12:15 p.m. Mountain time. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 7 points, or 0.3 percent, to 2...
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Closure of Diablo Nuclear Plant Signals Dawn of Renewable Energy Era 21.6.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Lauren McCauley, staff writer

A plan to shutter the last remaining nuclear power plant in California and replace it with renewable energy is being heralded widely as "a clear blueprint for fighting climate change," which environmentalists hope will serve as "a model" for the nation.

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Westchester County Takes Huge Step toward Clearing its Air 21.6.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Westchester County Takes Huge Step toward Clearing its Air
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California's Last Nuclear Plant to Close by 2025 21.6.2016 Wall St. Journal: US Business
A utility company and environmental groups have reached an agreement that will close California’s last nuclear power plant.
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California Might Close Its Last Nuclear Plant 21.6.2016 Mother Jones
California's biggest electric utility announced a plan on Tuesday to shut down the state's last remaining nuclear power plant within the next decade. The plant, Diablo Canyon, has been controversial for decades and resurfaced in the news over the last few months as Pacific Gas & Electric approached a deadline to renew, or not, the plant's operating license. "California's new energy policies will significantly reduce the need for Diablo Canyon's electricity output," PG&E said in a statement, pointing to the state's massive gains in energy efficiency and renewable energy from solar and wind. The most significant part of the plan is that it promises to replace Diablo Canyon with a "cost-effective, greenhouse gas free portfolio of energy efficiency, renewables and energy storage." As I reported in February , some environmentalists were concerned that closing the plant could actually increase the state's carbon footprint, if it were replaced by natural gas plants, as has happened elsewhere in the country when ...
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Facts about California’s last nuke plant that’s set to close 21.6.2016 Seattle Times: Local

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California’s last nuclear power plant will close by 2025 under an agreement that will replace production with energy sources that don’t produce greenhouse gases. Here are some facts about the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant: — Operated since 1985 by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. — Located near Avila Beach along the […]
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Enbridge getting cleanup gear in case of oil spill 21.6.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Traverse City, Mich. • A Canadian company that owns twin oil pipelines in the area where Lakes Huron and Michigan converge said Monday it will spend $7 million over the next two years on additional equipment that could be deployed quickly in the event of a spill, while insisting prospects are remote that it ever will be needed there. Enbridge Energy, based in Calgary, Alberta, said its purchases would include skimming and containment devices that would help crews recover oil quickly in open wate...
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