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Big Oil's New Pitch: Fracking Means Never Having To Fear Putin 29.7.2014 Mother Jones
As Ukraine sinks deeper into crisis, the oil and gas industry is pressing the United States to deploy its abundant natural gas supply as a weapon against Russia—and lawmakers of both parties are lining up behind the proposal. "We have this natural-gas boom," Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio) said last week, after the downing of a Malaysia Airlines jet, allegedly by pro-Russian rebels. "We can use this newfound energy as a diplomatic tool to give the European leaders some backbone in standing up to the Russians." Their enthusiasm is understandable: Roughly half the natural gas Russia ships to Europe flows through Ukraine. During past disputes, Russia has clamped down on the nation's gas supply, creating turmoil in European energy markets. Many US politicians fear this dynamic could dampen Europe's response to the Ukraine crisis and have begun looking to the bounty of natural gas from the domestic fracking boom to counter Russia's energy dominance. As House Speaker John Boehner put it in a March Wall Street Journal ...
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Italy sends planes to combat Libya oil depot inferno 29.7.2014 Yahoo: Politics
The Italian government and national energy giant ENI will send seven fire-fighting planes to help combat an inferno raging at an oil depot on the outskirts of Tripoli, Libyan authorities said Tuesday. Italy will also send teams to help firefighters try to tackle the blaze, which was sparked during fighting Sunday night between Libyan militias and has been raging ever since, a government statement said. On Monday, the government appealed to several countries for help and Italy, as well as Greece, said aid would be contingent on a halt in the fighting. On Monday, a spokesman for the National Oil Company said the situation was "out of control", and the government urged residents living within a three kilometre radius of the fire to leave their ...
White House says delays in curbing greenhouse gas emissions may cost billions 29.7.2014 Washington Post: Politics
The White House issued a report Tuesday warning that the United States could face billions of dollars in added economic costs if it delays action to curb greenhouse gas emissions linked to climate change. According to the report, each decade of delay will make it 40 percent more expensive to eventually reach the identical global climate ...
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Obama's economic advisors warn against delays on greenhouse gases 29.7.2014 LA Times: Top News
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BP warns more sanctions on Russia could hit business 29.7.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
Oil giant BP warned on Tuesday that more sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis could "adversely impact" its activities, and posted a quarterly profit leap aided by its stake in Rosneft. BP said that it had been unaffected so far by US sanctions imposed on Russia, reporting a two-thirds boost to second-quarter net profits from the equivalent figure last year. The British energy major owns almost 20 percent of Rosneft following a 2012 deal in which it sold the Russian state oil firm its 50-percent stake in joint venture TNK-BP. "If further international sanctions are imposed on Rosneft or new sanctions are imposed on Russia or other Russian individuals or entities, this could have a material adverse impact on our relationship with and investment in Rosneft, our business and strategic objectives in Russia and our financial position and results of operations," BP ...
Hydraulic fracturing in question 29.7.2014 Durango Herald
DENVER – A hearing on gas and oil regulations in Weld County on Monday turned into an attack on the industry and Gov. John Hickenlooper, perhaps foreshadowing a similar meeting set for Durango in October.The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, which regulates much of the robust energy industry in the state, held a...
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San Bruno alleges misconduct by regulator in PG&E explosion case 29.7.2014 LA Times: Business
San Bruno city officials, furious over what they said were overly friendly communications between utility regulators and Pacific Gas & Electric Co. after a fatal 2010 gas pipeline explosion, called for a state investigation.
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Using Google Street View in our Fight Against Climate Change 29.7.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Steven Hamburg Throughout history, maps have played a critical role in shaping our decisions—helping us determine where we are going and how we are going to get there. Now, we’re using them to define a way to address climate change. Environmental Defense Fund and Google Earth Outreach have worked together to launch  a series of maps  that show methane leaks from natural gas pipelines under city streets in Boston, Indianapolis and Staten Island. This new tool has the power to greatly improve cities’ and utilities’ ability to minimize methane emissions that contribute to global warming. Why care about methane? A recent tide of  scientific studies  about losses from the natural gas supply chain has made it clear the critical importance of reducing methane emissions (methane is the primary ingredient of natural gas). One of natural gas's potential benefits over other fossil fuels is that when burned it produces less carbon dioxide emissions, half as much as coal. If used wisely to rapidly displace dirty ...
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As U.S. gets greener, it is sending dirty coal abroad 29.7.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
Exports threaten to undermine global warming strategy
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Natural Gas Is Not Going to Save the World 29.7.2014 Mother Jones
This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. Albert Einstein is rumored to have said that one cannot solve a problem with the same thinking that led to it. Yet this is precisely what we are now trying to do with climate change policy. The Obama administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, many environmental groups, and the oil and gas industry all tell us that the way to solve the problem created by fossil fuels is with more fossils fuels. We can do this, they claim, by using more natural gas, which is touted as a "clean" fuel—even a " green " fuel . Like most misleading arguments, this one starts from a kernel of truth. That truth is basic chemistry: when you burn natural gas, the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) produced is, other things being equal, much less than when you burn an equivalent amount of coal or oil. It can be as much as 50% less compared with coal, and 20% to 30% less compared with diesel fuel, gasoline, or home heating oil. When it comes to a greenhouse gas (GHG) heading ...
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Millions of British Face Fracking 'On Their Doorstep' 28.7.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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General Mills takes bold stand for climate action 28.7.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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General Mills takes bold stand for climate action 28.7.2014 Press releases
Oxfam welcomed today’s commitment from General Mills to implement industry-leading measures to cut greenhouse gas emissions from its supply chains and press for political action to address climate change. Oxfam welcomes General Mills’ commitments to act following tremendous public pressure Oxfam welcomed today’s commitment from General Mills to implement industry-leading measures t The ball is now in Kellogg’s court to respond to the hundreds of thousands of people calling for climate action. Monique van Zijl Campaign manager for Oxfam’s Behind the Brands Notes to Editors 1. Read General Mills’ new policy at: http://www.generalmills.com/ChannelG/Issues/climate_policy.aspx/ Link to statement on new GHG Emissions Target: http://www.generalmills.com/Responsibility/Environment/climate/GHG_emissions.aspx General Mills Blog post: http://www.blog.generalmills.com/2014/07/how-the-weather-forecast-impacts-food-supply/ 2. Oxfam’s investigation into climate change and the food industry is available at: Standing on ...
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Britain reopens way for shale-gas fracking 28.7.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
London • Energy firms will be able to bid for licenses Monday to explore for shale gas in Britain, three years after the controversial fracking process caused seismic tremors which led the government to suspend operations. Business and Energy Minister Matthew Hancock said shale gas has the potential to increase the country’s energy supply but stressed national parks will be protected. “Done right, speeding up shale will mean more jobs and opportunities for people and help ensure long-term econom...
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Not in my backyard: US sending dirty coal abroad 28.7.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
With the country moving to cleaner natural gas, the Obama administration wants to reduce power plant pollution to make good on its promise to the world to cut emissions.
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The Gas Trap 28.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Natural gas is all the rage. Power plants are rushing to convert from coal or oil to gas-fired production. Businesses are converting boilers. Homeowners are switching to gas furnaces. Drillers are sucking it out of shale and pipeline companies are plotting thousands of miles of new pipeline. Natural gas is hailed as a "bridge" from the dirty fossil fuels of coal and oil, embraced as much better for our environment and much cheaper for consumers. But this is a fool's gold rush. We are making a grave mistake in creating an infrastructure built on natural gas, which fails on both environmental and economic grounds. Increasingly, we are realizing the escaped methane from drilling and moving natural gas is as destructive--or more so--than our present carbon dioxide emissions. Although in the lab, burned methane releases half the greenhouse gases as coal, too much methane leaks--or is intentionally vented at oil drilling sites. And methane has 86 times more global warming potential than carbon dioxide ...
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Oil depot ablaze amid clashes in Libyan capital 28.7.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
CAIRO (AP) — A fire at the oil depot for the airport in Libya's capital raged out of control Monday after being struck in the crossfire of warring militias battling for control of the airfield, the latest violence to plague the country as foreigners flee the ...
Britain Reopens Path For Shale Gas Development And Fracking 28.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
LONDON (AP) — Energy firms will be able to bid for licenses Monday to explore for shale gas in Britain, three years after the controversial fracking process caused seismic tremors which led the government to suspend operations. Business and Energy Minister Matthew Hancock said shale gas has the potential to increase the country's energy supply but stressed national parks will be protected. "Done right, speeding up shale will mean more jobs and opportunities for people and help ensure long-term economic and energy security for our country," he said. The new licenses allow firms to start exploring for shale gas, with further permits required before drilling can begin. The government said national parks and other important sites will be protected unless there are "exceptional circumstances." Drilling for shale gas, a process known as fracking, has proved highly controversial in Britain with large protests disrupting some operations. The fracking process, which involves injecting water, chemicals and sand ...
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Europe weighs Russia sanctions against economic pain 28.7.2014 Washington Post: World

SCHWEDT, Germany — In the United States, Igor Ivanovich Sechin is persona non grata, banned from entry and his assets frozen due to Moscow’s meddling in Ukraine. But in this German industrial town, Sechin, the czar of Russia’s energy sector is a pillar of the local economy.

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Wishful Thinking About Natural Gas: Why Fossil Fuels Can't Solve the Problems Created by Fossil Fuels 28.7.2014 Truthout.com
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