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Mexico approves oil and gas reform legislation 22.7.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
Mexico's Senate has approved legislation to implement historic constitutional reform that would open the country's oil and gas industry to foreign investment for the first time since 1938. In an 85-26 vote, lawmakers passed the last of four packages of laws Monday to end the monopoly held by state oil company Pemex for 75 years in the exploration and exploitation of energy resources. The Chamber of Deputies must now vote on the measures, which the leftist opposition had tried to modify. President Enrique Pena Nieto hailed the marathon voting that began Thursday as an example of Mexico's "political civility and ...
Butter Takes A New Role In Breakfast… In Coffee 22.7.2014 WCCO: Local News
(credit: CBS)Many of us have coffee with butter in the morning, the butter being on our toast. But would you ever put the butter in your coffee? It’s a new trend, blending butter and coffee together into a magic mixture.
Price of natural gas falls to an 8-month low 22.7.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Natural gas fell to its lowest level in eight months Monday following forecasts that nationwide summer temperatures are expected to be milder than normal. The price of natural gas fell 10 cents, or 2.6 percent, to $3.85 per 1,000 cubic feet. That’s the lowest since mid-November. Weather analysts expect average temperatures across the U.S. to be lower than normal for the next two to three weeks, which is typically when U.S. temperatures are at their hottest. In the summer natural gas is used to g...
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Energy influence in North Dakota is expanding — so what? 21.7.2014 Yahoo: Politics
A Q & A with reporter Nicholas Kusnetz about the oil and gas industries growing influence in North Dakota.
Climate Change This Week: Undersea Deforestation, Churches Divest, and More! 21.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, July 20 2014 How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide. Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, the US bakes in the west as it cools in the east; the eastern Pacific warm spot continues to prevent much rain from reaching California. The North Pole is surrounded by land areas that are experiencing much warmer than normal temperatures - not good news for our Arctic thermal shield of ice. Hotter than usual temperatures continue to dominate human habitats. (Add 0.3-0.4 C to have these anomaly values calibrate with those of NASA.) Daily updates of can be seen here for both the temperature anomalies map, and the jetstream map. For real time animated US surface wind patterns, click here , and here , for the planet. ...
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Push the Pipeline: Noisy Fun 21.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Because of pollution, global warming and global geopolitics, we obviously need to move away from fossil fuels, especially coal and oil, but also natural gas. Still, our economy will primarily run on fossil fuels for a few more decades as we move too slowly away from them. The least dirty one -- and quite cheap now -- is gas. The current power of ruthless Russian dictator Vladimir Putin is largely attributable to Western Europe's excessive dependence on Russian fossil fuel. There's not all that much else in the Russian economy, despite the country's vast size. But then, national over-reliance on fossil fuel tends to encourage dictatorship and corruption, which suppress the creation of a well-diversified economy and the rule of law, which are needed for long-term prosperity. New England, if it's to remain economically competitive with the rest of the country, must have access to more gas, of which there's lots nearby, in Pennsylvania and upstate New York. The best way to obtain it is to build a ...
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Maine town fights plan to use pipeline to export oil sands crude 21.7.2014 LA Times: Top News
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How oil and gas firms gained influence and transformed North Dakota 21.7.2014 Yahoo: Politics
Industry has transformed the state, but at what cost?
Oil-by-rail fight in Washington threatens California gasoline prices 21.7.2014 Yahoo: US National
By Kristen Hays VANCOUVER Washington (Reuters) - California's chance to keep a lid on some of the nation's highest gas prices and join in the spoils of a domestic oil production boom is threatened by quickly growing opposition to a rail terminal in Washington state. The hitch in the long-planned project by Tesoro Corp exemplifies growing problems for moving crude oil on trains around the country after a string of fiery rail crashes. The cost of delays from the crude-by-oil fight may be steepest in California, an isolated market increasingly dependent on foreign oil. Tesoro's project aims by mid-2015 to start sending up to 360,000 barrels per day of North American crude, including North Dakota Bakken and Canadian heavy, to the rail port, where all or most of the oil would ship out on tankers and barges to California refineries.
Nation & World Briefs 21.7.2014 Durango Herald
Calif. drought harms clean-energy goalsSAN FRANCISCO – Already locked in its third dry year, an ongoing drought could complicate California’s battle against global warming and make it more expensive, officials said.For years, dams have been one of California’s main sources of clean energy, generating power...
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California's Clean Energy Goals In Danger As Drought Drains Reservoirs 21.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Already locked in its third dry year, an ongoing drought could complicate California's battle against global warming and make it more expensive, officials said. For years, dams have been one of California's main sources of clean energy, generating power without spewing greenhouse gases into the air. The San Francisco Chronicle reported Sunday (http://bit.ly/1qTT5Ej ) that many energy-generating reservoirs are low today, and future dry years could slash the amount of power flowing from the state's hydroelectric dams, putting higher demands on less clean and costlier sources. Less water forces power companies to buy energy from conventional plants that burn natural gas. "If there's less hydro, the power has to come from somewhere," said Victor Niemeyer of the Electric Power Research Institute. "You have to burn more gas, and that costs more money, all things considered." California has made strides to fight global warming, as the state pushes utility companies to obtain 33 percent of ...
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California's ongoing drought, low reservoirs complicate state's clean energy goals 21.7.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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Iran eliminates sensitive uranium gas stockpile under nuclear deal: IAEA 20.7.2014 World
Iran has moved to eliminate its most sensitive stockpile of enriched uranium gas under an interim nuclear deal with six world powers last year, according to a monthly U.N. nuclear watchdog update obtained by Reuters on Sunday. The report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) showed that Iran had met the terms of the six-month agreement, which had been due to expire on July 20 but which will be extended with some adjustments, after Iran and the six powers failed to meet Sunday's deadline for a comprehensive agreement to end the decade-old nuclear ...
"Tea Party of the Left" wages ferocious battle over fracking 20.7.2014 Denver Post: News: Local
The Tea Party of the Left, also known as "fracktivists," the group, like their conservative counterparts, is sworn to certain principles — even if those beliefs cost their side of the aisle the election in ...
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Feds approve oil exploration off US Eastern Coast 19.7.2014 Twincities.com: Nation
ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Obama administration has sided with energy developers over environmentalists, approving the use of underwater blasts of sound to pinpoint oil and gas deposits in federal Atlantic Ocean waters.
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BMW 535d leads the pack among diesel luxury sedans 19.7.2014 LA Times: Top News
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The carbon taxes we're already paying 19.7.2014 LA Times: Commentary
In June, a decades-long open secret hit the media like a typhoon: Climate change is the fundamental economic challenge of our time.
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Minnesota reins in greenhouse gases with sticks and carrots 19.7.2014 Twincities.com: Business

When city leaders and state legislators agreed last year to fund roughly half the $1 billion cost of a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings, they attached the usual strings for such projects: It had to be architecturally iconic, employ steel made from Minnesota iron ore and offer at least a few cheap seats.

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East Coast reopened to energy exploration 19.7.2014 Philly.com News
ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, Fla. - The Obama administration is reopening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration, approving seismic surveys using sonic cannons that can pinpoint energy deposits deep beneath the ocean floor.
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Obama administration approves using sonic cannons to explore for oil along US Eastern Seaboard 19.7.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
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