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Regulators approve $160 million pipeline upgrade 29.8.2014 Star Tribune: Business
Enbridge Energy plans to add pumping stations to boost the capacity of the line across northern Minnesota.
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Feds to resume leasing for fracking in California 29.8.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
San Francisco • The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will resume issuing oil and gas leases next year for federal lands in California after a new study found limited environmental impacts from fracking and other enhanced drilling techniques, the agency said Thursday. The move will end a halt that has stood since a federal judge ruled in 2013 that the federal agency failed to follow environmental law in allowing an oil extraction method known as fracking on public land in Monterey County. The study...
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Forward-Looking Analyses are Key to Comparing Clean Energy Benefits 29.8.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Peter Sopher Source: Kuebi, Armin Kübelbeck Good science should spark debate. It’s the nature of the field, after all. You ask questions, search for data and then debate what it means or what actions the data should spur. Such a debate is underway now, and it is adding fuel to an old fire. In May 2014, Dr. Charles R. Frank of the Brookings Institution published a working paper comparing the net benefits of replacing coal and gas plants with five no- and low-carbon fuels – solar, wind, hydropower, nuclear, and combined cycle natural gas. Avoided carbon emissions and low energy and capacity costs are deemed benefits, whereas higher emissions, energy and capacity costs, and unique fuel-specific deficiencies (i.e. toxic waste from nuclear power, intermittency of wind, solar, and hydro, etc.) comprise costs. In late July, The Economist promoted several of this working paper’s primary findings, namely that wind and solar are expensive fuel sources with relatively sparse net benefits – compared to nuclear, ...
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As Louisiana Sinks And Sea Levels Rise, The State Is Drowning. Fast. 29.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
From Bob Marshall, The Lens, Brian Jacobs and Al Shaw, ProPublica: In just 80 years, some 2,000 square miles of its coastal landscape have turned to open water, wiping places off maps, bringing the Gulf of Mexico to the back door of New Orleans and posing a lethal threat to an energy and shipping corridor vital to the nation’s economy. And it’s going to get worse, even quicker. Scientists now say one of the greatest environmental and economic disasters in the nation’s history is rushing toward a catastrophic conclusion over the next 50 years, so far unabated and largely unnoticed. At the current rates that the sea is rising and land is sinking, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists say by 2100 the Gulf of Mexico could rise as much as 4.3 feet across this landscape , which has an average elevation of about 3 feet. If that happens, everything outside the protective levees — most of Southeast Louisiana — would be underwater. The effects would be felt far beyond bayou country. The region ...
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Obama Opened Floodgates for Offshore Fracking in Recent Gulf of Mexico Lease 29.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Just over a week before the lease, the  Mexican government passed energy reform legislation  that will  prop open the barn door for international oil and gas companies  to  sign joint ventures with state-owned oil company Pemex , including in Mexico's portion of the Gulf of Mexico. Baker Hughes Fracks the Tertiary The May edition of World Oil explains that Baker Hughes has lead the way in technology innovation to tap into Lower Tertiary oil and gas, described as existing within "harsh HPHT conditions," or high pressure, high temperature conditions. Using offshore fracking techniques, Baker Hughes has aided Petrobas in developing a test well in the Cascade offshore field . The company believes the recent Gulf acreage sale by the Obama Administration will serve as a boon for further offshore fracking in the months and years to come. "We expect that there will be more offshore stimulation in coming years," Douglas Stephens , president of pressure pumping at Baker Hughes, told the AP in the lease's aftermath ...
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100% of new US electricity capacity came from renewables in 3 of the last 10 months 28.8.2014 TreeHugger
The tides are a shifting. Renewables may not dominate the electric grid yet (far from it), but they are growing fast.
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Protect California's Energy Security 28.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This post was co-authored with with Andrea Marr. Before the end of the legislative session this Friday, California legislators are pondering action worse than just kicking the can down the road -- they're actively considering taking a dive on our energy security. California's climate law, AB32, has been hailed as an innovation-driver, and a model for other states looking to jump-start their clean energy economies. California will begin regulating the carbon emissions associated with transportation fuels next year, providing pathways to market for more electric vehicles, better batteries, and cleaner fuels, and the jobs that will accompany this industry innovation. But as current and former members of the military, and California natives, we want to highlight how AB32 has also put our state on the path towards a more secure energy future. Our dependence on oil is a key national security threat, creating opportunities for our adversaries around the world. The terrorist group ISIL, currently spreading ...
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Utility-Sponsored Teacher Training At Mizzou Brings Climate Skepticism And Anti-EPA Message 28.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Public high school teachers in Missouri were recently treated to a utility-sponsored seminar on energy, where they learned that fossil fuels are king and man-made climate change may not be real. Twenty-three educators gathered at the University of Missouri on Aug. 5 and 6 for the “Energy in Today’s Classroom" workshop, where they received lessons on the basic science of electricity, the sources and economics of power generation and transmission, and primers on energy efficiency and conservation. These presentations were interspersed with one presenter's message that most scientists are wrong about humanity's contribution to climate change. The workshop came at a "key time," according to a press release from a sponsoring utility , "as electricity producers battle the Environmental Protection Agency in an effort to maintain an all-of-the-above energy policy" that includes fossil fuels. Now in its second year, the teachers' workshop is funded in part by the Central Electric Power Cooperative , a group of ...
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Energy Industry 'Will Flourish in Independent Scotland' 28.8.2014 Wall St. Journal: US Business
The Scottish Energy Minister is trying to reassure oil companies that Scotland's large energy industry will flourish if the country becomes independent.
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As Obama Settles on Nonbinding Treaty, "Only a Big Movement" Can Take on Global Warming 28.8.2014 Democracy Now!
As international climate scientists warn runaway greenhouse gas emissions could cause "severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts," the Obama administration is abandoning attempts to have Congress agree to a legally binding international climate deal. The New York Times reports U.S. negotiators are crafting a proposal that would not require congressional approval and instead would seek pledges from countries to cut emissions on a voluntary basis. This comes as a new U.N. report warns climate change could become "irreversible" if greenhouse gas emissions go unchecked. If global warming is to be adequately contained, it says, at least three-quarters of known fossil fuel reserves must remain in the ground. We speak to 350.org founder Bill McKibben about why his hopes for taking on global warming lie not in President Obama's approach, but rather in events like the upcoming People's Climate March in New York City, which could mark the largest rally for climate action ever. "The Obama administration, which ...
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A look at the Islamic State militants in Syria 28.8.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
As the U.S. strikes Islamic State targets in Iraq, extremists belonging to the same militant group across the border in Syria are capturing new territory and becoming bolder by the day.
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EU seeks to secure winter gas supply in Ukraine crisis: Oettinger 28.8.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said on Thursday the bloc was seeking to fill its gas storage facilities and de-escalate a row between Ukraine and Russia in order to safeguard its own gas shipments from Russia in the 2014/15 winter. Ukraine warned Europe on Wednesday Russia could cut off gas to the continent this winter, but Moscow said the supplies would continue regardless of the political situation. Oettinger told Germany's ARD television diplomacy to defuse tensions between Kiev and Moscow was of the highest importance. "We need a solution that prevents an escalation between Ukraine and Russia," he said.
Oettinger says EU's Russian gas via Ukraine probably safe 28.8.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said on Thursday he does not expect Europe to suffer interruptions of Russian gas supplies that go through Ukraine, but he could not rule it out completely. Addressing a meeting of German and Balkan leaders in Berlin, Germany's EU commissioner said it was important not to allow the Russian gas monopoly Gazprom to become too powerful when it comes to the ownership of gas pipelines. Russia, Europe's biggest supplier of gas meeting almost a third of demand in the region, cut off gas supplies to Ukraine in June in a dispute over unpaid bills but Russian gas supplies to Europe via Ukraine have been flowing uninterrupted since.
Islamic State extremists rooted in Syria, home to the group's declared capital and power base 28.8.2014 Star Tribune: World
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A look at the Islamic State militants in Syria 28.8.2014 World
BEIRUT (AP) — As the U.S. strikes Islamic State targets in Iraq, extremists belonging to the same militant group across the border in Syria are capturing new territory and becoming bolder by the ...
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LatAm woos foreign oil firms but state looms large 28.8.2014 Yahoo: Opinion/Editorial
Some of Latin America's largest oil producers are on a charm offensive to woo foreign investment, but are still keen to keep a firm government grip on the sector. Latin America holds 20 percent of the world's oil reserves, and major producers such as Mexico, Brazil and Argentina are reaching out to foreign companies to help tap hard-to-reach crude. Mexico has led the charge by launching a sweeping reform of its oil sector, ending state firm Pemex's 76-year ...
State Dept. Overseers of Contentious Enbridge Tar Sands Pipeline Workaround Have Industry, Torture Ties 28.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Enbridge originally applied to the Obama State Department to expand capacity of its Alberta Clipper (now Line 67 ) pipeline in November 2012, but  decided to avoid a "Keystone XL, take two" -- or a years-long permitting battle -- by  creating a complex alternative to move nearly the same amount of diluted bitumen ("dilbit") across the border. The move coincides with the upcoming opening for business of Enbridge's "Keystone XL" clone : the combination of the Alberta Clipper expansion (and now its alternative) on-ramp originating in Alberta and heading eventually to Flanagan, Ill., the Flanagan South pipeline running from Flanagan, Ill. to Cushing, Okla. and the Cushing, Okla. to Port Arthur, Texas  Seaway Twin pipeline. Together, the three pieces will do what TransCanada 's Keystone XL hopes to do: move dilbit from Alberta's tar sands to Port Arthur's refinery row and, in part, the global export market. Environmental groups have reacted with indignation to the State Department announcement published in ...
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Climate Crisis Connects Us, Climate Justice Requires Unity 27.8.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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Large solar array planned at Camp Ripley 27.8.2014 Star Tribune: Local
The utility would add other generators, giving the base backup power in an outage.
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Ukraine's PM says Russia has plans to block gas flows to Europe 27.8.2014 World
KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said on Wednesday that Kiev knew of plans by Russia to halt gas flows this winter to Europe. "The situation in (Ukraine's) energy sector is difficult. We know of Russia's plans to block (gas) transit even to European Union countries this winter," he told a government meeting. Last year, half of Russian gas exports to the EU were shipped via Ukraine. Russian gas exporter Gazprom and the Energy Ministry were not immediately available for comments. (Reporting by Natalia Zinets; writing by Vladimir ...
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