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In Harvey-hit county, some in GOP newly confront the climate 16.10.2017 AP National
PORT ARTHUR, Texas (AP) -- The church was empty, except for the piano too heavy for one man to move. It had been 21 days since the greatest storm Wayne Christopher had ever seen dumped a year's worth of rain on his town, drowning this church where he was baptized, met his high school sweetheart and later married her....
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Coal country is finding little relief in Trump's climate actions 15.10.2017 LA Times: Commentary
Trump promised that killing the Clean Power Plan would bring relief to coal communities like Homer City. It won't. The administration blueprint for repeal lays bare the extent to which it has overstated the role of climate action in coal's unraveling.
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Why Rick Perry's Proposed Subsidies for Coal Fail Economics 101 15.10.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Where do you turn for news and analysis you can rely on? If the answer is Truthout, then please support our mission by making a tax-deductible donation! In a controversial proposal, Energy Secretary Rick Perry has asked federal regulators to effectively subsidize coal and nuclear power plants at ratepayers' expense. Under Perry's  proposal , plants that operate in deregulated electricity markets -- where generators normally compete to provide power at the lowest cost -- would be guaranteed positive profits so long as they stockpile 90 days' worth of fuel on site.  To rationalize this proposal, which a former Republican member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has dubbed " the antithesis of good economics ," Secretary Perry points to uncompensated benefits generated by coal and nuclear plants. As energy economists, when we think about coal-fired electricity generation, what usually comes to mind are unaccounted-for costs -- not benefits. This emerging pro-coal narrative is worth ...
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Coup, revolution and mistrust: Moments in Iran-US relations 15.10.2017 Washington Post: World
President Donald Trump’s decision to not re-certify the Iranian nuclear deal marks yet another key moment in relations between Iran and America, which has seen decades of mistrust and mutual recriminations. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani mentioned many of them in his reaction to Trump’s decision Friday night.
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Tribes launch review of controversial MN pipeline project 14.10.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The tribes say their analysis will correct the "blatant inadequacies" of Minnesota's final environmental impact statement published in August detailing the potential effects of Enbridge Energy's Line 3 oil pipeline.
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Minnesotans expected to pay more to stay warm this winter 14.10.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Business
A federal estimate says most Minnesota households will pay more to heat their homes with natural gas this winter.
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Surge in energy costs sends U.S. consumer prices up 0.5% 13.10.2017 LA Times: Business

U.S. consumer prices rose 0.5% in September, the largest increase in eight months. The result reflects another big jump in energy prices in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, which shut Gulf Coast refineries and caused gasoline prices to jump across the country.

The September increase in the closely...

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Is This How The Trump Administration Might Save Coal? 13.10.2017 NPR News
Energy Secretary Rick Perry says subsidizing coal and nuclear power plants would make the grid more reliable. An unlikely array of critics say the move is expensive and unnecessary.
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Dysfunctional gas market cost New England electric customers $3.6 billion 12.10.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
This blog post was co-authored with  Levi Marks ,  Charles Mason  and  Matthew Zaragoza-Watkins New England natural gas and electricity prices have undergone  dramatic spikes  in recent years, spurring talk about the need for a costly new pipeline to meet the region’s needs as demand for gas seemed ready to overtake suppliers’ available capacity to deliver it. For example, during the polar vortex of 2013-14, the gas price at New England’s main gas trading hub regularly exceeded $20/MMBtu (million British Thermal Units, the measure commonly used in the gas industry) and reached a record high of $78/MMBtu on January 22, 2014, compared to the annual average of $5.50/MMBtu. In an efficient market, we would indeed expect prices to be high during events like the polar vortex. We would also expect pipelines delivering gas to regions like the Boston area – in this case the Algonquin Gas Transmission (AGT) pipeline – to be fully utilized. But this is not what we observed when we analyzed the scheduling patterns ...
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Getting dangerously creative with oil and gas wastewater 12.10.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Nichole Saunders Look before you leap – why learning more about oilfield wastewater is critical to reducing health and safety risks. The oil and gas industry has a massive wastewater problem. And if the growing dialogue about new ways of dealing with it are any indication, it may get worse if we aren’t careful. Cost concerns, pressure to conserve water, and other factors have led some oil and gas companies to consider new ways to manage or repurpose wastewater – including using it to irrigate crops. That could create more problems than it solves. Managing the massive amount of oil and gas wastewater has been a challenge for energy companies for generations. Some wells produce up to 10 times more wastewater than oil. In the United States, companies produce nearly 900 billion gallons of wastewater a year. That’s enough to fill over 1,000 football stadiums. Ongoing Risks Oil and gas wastewater is often many times saltier than sea water – and can ruin soil for generations if large amounts spill or leak ...
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The Energy 202: Coal production is actually up under Trump. Should he get credit? 12.10.2017 Washington Post: Politics
Not really, say experts.
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US producer prices rose 0.4 percent in September 12.10.2017 AP Business
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Rising energy costs led prices at the wholesale level to climb 0.4 percent in September - a bout of inflation that happened in the wake of Hurricane Harvey closing a critical number of U.S. gasoline producers....
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Powering Puerto Rico back to life, with PRIDE 12.10.2017 GreenBiz.com
Rebuilding the island's hurricane-destroyed electricity grid is an unparalleled opportunity, if only we move past rebuilding-as-usual.
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Enbridge argues Line 3 oil pipeline needed for Minnesota, region 12.10.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Enbridge called the state's previous analysis "flawed" and said its proposed Line 3 pipeline project is needed to ensure the future energy supply of Minnesota and the Midwest.
Odd bedfellows fight Trump bid to boost coal, nuclear energy 12.10.2017 AP Business
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration says coal is back and nuclear energy is cool. Not at the expense of natural gas, wind and solar, insists an unusual coalition of business and environmental groups....
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Judge allows Dakota Access pipeline to keep running 12.10.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: News
U.S. District Judge James Boasberg's decision will come as a blow to the Standing Rock Sioux, who have argued that an oil spill from the pipeline under Lake Oahe could have a detrimental effect on the tribal community.
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Why 2017 will go down as the beginning of the end of the internal combustion engine 12.10.2017 Washington Post
Why 2017 will go down as the beginning of the end of the internal combustion engine
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Odd bedfellows fight Trump move on coal, nuclear 12.10.2017 AP Top News
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration says coal is back and nuclear energy is cool. An unusual coalition of business and environmental groups says that should not be at the expense of natural gas and wind and solar power....
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Dispatch From the Front Lines of Puerto Rico in a Post-Maria World 11.10.2017 Truthout - All Articles
This piece was originally published by Latino Rebels on October 9, 2017. You can access the original story here. One Day in the Life of a (Hurricane María) Survivor Salinas, Puerto Rico—My husband Roland wakes me up to the tune of "no water today." I suspected as much when I noticed the low water pressure during my nighttime visit to the bathroom. I guess the electric generator that was powering the water pump ran out of diesel or gas or maybe it malfunctioned. It's been on for the past two weeks and presumably they're supposed to be used only for emergencies. Yesterday, Dr. Gerson Jiménez, the medical director at Guayama's hospital (the only hospital still operating in the municipality of 45,000 people and serves as a regional medical facility), said he's afraid his generators will malfunction any day now because they're only meant to operate for 72 hours at a time. I thought things were bad without electricity. Now without water, it seems like life will be unbearable. The weekend weather brings more ...
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When Shipping Petroleum, Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Costs More Than Accidents 11.10.2017 Environmental News Network
While the policy debate surrounding crude oil transportation costs has emphasized accidents and spills, a new study by Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh researchers indicates the debate is overlooking a far more serious external cost—air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. 
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