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On 5th Anniversary Week of BP Disaster - Another Oil Industry Trick to Keep America Addicted to Oil 23.4.2015 Politics on
On this fifth anniversary week of the disastrous BP oil spill into the Gulf of Mexico, it becomes clearer and clearer that oil spills are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to damage the oil industry is doing to our one and only planet. The Gulf - and its economy - is still recovering from the BP catastrophe that shot over 200 million gallons of oil into this critical and fragile eco-system. It caused unfathomable damage to wildlife, fisheries, the coast-line, and tourist driven economy of the region. BP Chairman Jack Gerard declared the event a "rare incident", even though, as Americans United for Change explained in a TV spot earlier this week, there are a reported 14,000 oil spills reported each year in the United States. And let's recall that the immediate damage to our environment pales in comparison to the long -term damage being done by the daily discharge of massive quantities of greenhouse gases that result from the uses of most oil based products. You might ask yourself, if these oil ...
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33 groups urge City Council to reject energy hub 23.4.2015 News
Thirty-three environmental groups, neighborhood organizations, and other activists on Wednesday called on Philadelphia City Council to snub an energy hub.
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An Earth Day for Liberals and Conservatives 23.4.2015 Green on
In 1970, Democratic Senator Gaylord Nelson and Republican Congressman Pete McCloskey came together for the first Earth Day . It was a different time. There was bipartisan support for regulating dirty factories, toxic dumps, polluted water, and the loss of wilderness. President Richard Nixon established the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and enacted most of our environmental laws. President Ronald Reagan designated 10.6 million acres as protected land and ratified the Montreal Protocol to reduce gases that deplete the Earth's ozone layer. People, both liberals and conservatives, saw the value in cleaning up our act and living sustainably. Now, 45 years later, the environmental movement has changed. A sharp line divides environmentalists to the left and everyone else to the right. There's a common misconception that if you're for the environment, you're against humankind -- you can't have trees and jobs; renewable energy and affordable energy; healthy food and available food. But faith groups are ...
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Fear Not, Oil And Gas Industry: Mark Begich Hasn't Forsaken You In His New Job 23.4.2015 Green on
WASHINGTON -- Former Sen. Mark Begich has signed on with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, the law and lobbying firm announced Wednesday. The Alaska Democrat, who lost his re-election bid in November, will offer strategic policy advice to the firm's clients, but will not formally register as a lobbyist. While in the Senate, Begich was a reliable backer of bills that would benefit his state's oil and gas industry, at times taking positions that put him at odds with leaders in the Democratic Party. In announcing his new job, he made clear he will still be working with the same crowd. "As an Alaskan, I am especially looking forward to bringing my diverse experience working on energy issues to the table and supporting this critical, job-creating industry," Begich said in the firm's statement . Begich joins Barry Jackson, a onetime top aide to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), in leading Brownstein's strategic services unit, which advises clients on how to advance their interests in Washington. “Both Sen. ...
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European Commission accuses Russia's Gazprom of unfair practices 23.4.2015 L.A. Times - World News
The European Commission has accused Russia's Gazprom energy giant of abusing its dominant position in Central and Eastern European natural-gas markets in a move that threatens to add to already strained relations with Moscow. 
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Noble Energy agrees to settle Colorado air pollution case 23.4.2015 AP Business
DENVER (AP) -- Large oil and gas driller Noble Energy has agreed to a settlement over alleged air-pollution violations north of Denver, a deal federal officials say could cost the company up to $73.5 million....
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Leading CEOs Call for International Climate Action this December 23.4.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Han Chen, International Climate Advocate, Washington, D.C.: "[T]he private sector has a responsibility to actively engage in global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and to help lead the global transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient economy." This was the assertion of a coalition comprised of 43...
Noble Energy agrees to settle Colorado air pollution case 23.4.2015 Yahoo: US National
DENVER (AP) — Large oil and gas driller Noble Energy has agreed to a settlement over alleged air-pollution violations north of Denver, a deal federal officials say could cost the company up to $73.5 million.
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Energy East would ship oil through Eastern Canada -- not to it 22.4.2015 - News for the rest of us
TransCanada has spent millions on advertising, desperately trying to convince Canadians that Energy East is about getting oil from Western Canada to eastern Canadians. In reality, evidence shows very little of the oil that could flow through the proposed pipeline would ever be used in our country. As our new video shows, Energy East is an export pipeline ...
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Understanding the Latest Bogus Jobs Assessment of the Clean Power Plan 22.4.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Starla Yeh, Senior Policy Analyst, Climate and Clean Air Program, New York: This post authored by Kevin Steinberger, MAP Energy Policy Fellow. The American Action Forum, a self-described "center-right think tank," has taken the cherry-picking of evidence to new heights - or rather new lows - with recent claims that the Environmental...
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Faced with questions on migrants, Italy’s Renzi points fingers about Libya 22.4.2015 Washington Post
If there was one sour note to the White House visit by Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, it was on the subject of Libya and the boatloads of migrants fleeing to Italy’s shores. On Friday, two days before hundreds drowned in a single incident, Renzi sidestepped questions about how Italy was handling the migrant flotilla, saying that the solution had to lie with reconciliation of the warring tribes that had made Libya so dangerous that people wanted to risk their lives to escape.Read full article >>
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Sanders and Ellison Introduce Bill to End Over $135 Billion in Fossil Fuel Handouts 22.4.2015 Newswire
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New National Research Council Study Delivers Roadmap to Put Electric Cars into Fast Lane 22.4.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Roland Hwang, Transportation Program Director, San Francisco: Our country faces the important challenges of overcoming our oil dependency and cutting carbon pollution. Fortunately, as confirmed by a new National Research Council (of the National Academies of Science) study which I was a committee member, electric cars can...
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An Earth Day Call to End Polluter Welfare 22.4.2015 Politics on
Here's an Earth Day calculation: If we ever want to stop burning fossil fuels, we need to stop subsidizing the giant corporations doing the burning. That's the gist of the End Polluter Welfare Act , a bill Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Representative Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) are sponsoring this Earth Day. We clearly need the help. While renewable energy struggles for temporary and comparatively tiny incentives, billions worth of permanent subsidies are gifted every year to the industries driving our climate over the cliff. For years, this has been accepted as the status quo -- and for the sake of our climate, that needs to change. Would you believe that the Department of Energy is still co-signing loans for boondoggle projects that pretend coal can be clean? Or that the Department of Transportation is still handing out grant money to oil train operators, essentially subsidizing the unsafe cars that killed 47 people in Lac Megantic, Canada? Or that Congress is still shoveling billions into the pockets ...
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Billions at risk for Ghana, oil firms from ocean boundary ruling 22.4.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
By Emma Farge and Matthew Mpoke Bigg DAKAR/ACCRA (Reuters) - Ghana's decision to seek arbitration in a dispute with Ivory Coast over an oil-rich basin in the Atlantic could prove costly for the country and a consortium led by Tullow if a court halts development there. The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea will rule on Saturday on Ivory Coast's February request for a moratorium on activity in the basin. The decision is part of legal proceedings on a maritime border dispute sought by Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama in September. Although many expect the dispute to be ultimately settled in Ghana's favour, analysts say a ruling that prevented the $4.9 billion offshore TEN oil and gas field opening in mid-2016 would be a further blow to the battered Ghanaian economy.
White House seeks greater power over emergency oil stocks 22.4.2015 Yahoo: Politics
By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration wants greater authority from Congress to tap the emergency oil reserve to control spikes in global petroleum prices, seeking a more aggressive role for the 40-year-old stockpile. Authorized by Congress in 1975 after the Arab oil embargo, the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) has long been a defensive weapon to protect the U.S. economy from interruptions in crude imports from petroleum-producing countries that are not always friendly to Washington. The administration on Tuesday urged Congress to expand the president's powers to tap the SPR in times of global supply emergencies and oil price spikes even if imports are not cut off. "The law is definitely obsolete and is a hindrance to proper use of the SPR," said John Shages, who oversaw the reserves during the administrations of Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.
European regulators claim unfair policies by Russian energy giant 22.4.2015 Washington Post: World
MOSCOW — The European Commission slapped Russian energy giant Gazprom with antitrust charges Wednesday, opening a new front in the increasingly tense diplomatic standoff between Brussels and Moscow.The Russian state-controlled gas company stands accused of abusing its power in central and eastern Europe, where it is often the only supplier on the market. Read full article ...
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Military Operations Halted 22.4.2015 Yahoo: Business
Oil prices broke hard after the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen ended its "Operation Decisive Storm" in favor of what they are calling "Operation Renewal of Hope" that will focus on trying to find a political solution to the threat from Yemen.
Economy to rebound in second quarter; strong dollar a threat: Reuters poll 22.4.2015 Yahoo: Business

People are seen walking through Roosevelt Field shopping mall in Garden City, New YorkU.S. economic growth is set to rebound in the second quarter, but a strong dollar could slow momentum and push the first interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve to later this year, a Reuters poll found. The survey forecast the fed funds rate at 0.375 percent at the end of the third quarter, down from 0.50 percent in the March poll.

Drinks, dinners, favors helped PG&E lobbyist build PUC ties, emails show 22.4.2015 LA Times: Top News
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