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Obama's Arctic drilling tweets alarm environmentalists 29.5.2015 Guardian: Environment

Activists say the president made it look like decision to allow Shell to resume drilling operations ‘is not in his hands’ despite executive actions in other areas

Environmental groups were baffled on Thursday after President Barack Obama wrote a series of seemingly misleading tweets justifying Royal Dutch Shell being allowed back into the US Arctic for exploration and drilling.

Two weeks ago, the Obama administration gave Shell the go-ahead to restart drilling in the region despite repeated warnings from environmentalists that it could very probably lead to an ecological disaster as well as a finding in one of the government’s own reports that the likelihood of a spill in the next 77 years was as high as 75%.

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US economy fell at 0.7 pct. rate in winter but is rebounding 29.5.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy shrank at a 0.7 percent annual rate in the first three months of the year, depressed by a severe winter and a widening trade deficit. The government’s revised estimate for last quarter was weaker than its initial estimate of a 0.2 percent growth rate. The U.S. trade gap — […]
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Drilling Limited to Aid Sage Grouse 29.5.2015 Wall St. Journal: Policy
The Obama administration laid out plans to conserve the habitat of the greater sage grouse in several Western states, including limits on oil and natural-gas drilling—a move that could make it less likely the bird will be listed as endangered.
Oil Wells Yield a Gusher of Goofy Names 29.5.2015 Wall St. Journal: US Business
Every oil well drilled must have its own name. There are wells named after planets and chili peppers as well as ones named Ron Burgundy and Dean Wormer.
Federal agency cites Shell for oil-rig mishap in Gulf of Alaska 29.5.2015 Seattle Times: Local
A National Transportation Safety Board report issued Thursday said the probable cause of the grounding of the company’s mobile-drilling vessel, the Kulluk, in 2012 was “Shell’s inadequate assessment of the risk for its planned tow” across the Gulf of Alaska.
Dozens of Canada's tar sands projects on hold as prices fall, analysis shows 29.5.2015 Guardian: Environment

Campaigners say delays to some 39 projects are also due to growing public protest against the most polluting fossil fuel

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Oil Wells Yield a Gusher of Goofy Names 29.5.2015 Wall St. Journal: Page One
AMBROSE, N.D.—How well an oil well is named is an afterthought for many companies, but for others it is an obsession.
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Federal agency dings Shell for oil rig mishap in Arctic 29.5.2015 AP Washington
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- As Royal Dutch Shell PLC seeks permits for exploratory oil drilling off Alaska's northwest coast, a federal agency has concluded the company underestimated risk the last time it moved drill rigs to Arctic waters....
Politicians are wayward on Shell lease; goodbye blue-green coalition 29.5.2015 Seattle Times: Opinion
Seattle is setting “a very bad precedent” in picking teams on the Shell oil lease.
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Rules aim to protect imperiled bird's habitat in 10 states 29.5.2015 AP National
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -- Interior Secretary Sally Jewell revealed plans Thursday to preserve habitat in 10 Western states for an imperiled ground-dwelling bird, the federal government's biggest land-planning effort to date for conservation of a single species....
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Oil globs close Los Angeles-area beaches to swimming 29.5.2015 AP Top News
MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Popular beaches along nearly 7 miles of Los Angeles-area coastline were off-limits to surfing and swimming Thursday as scientists looked for the source of globs of tar that washed ashore....
Venezuela and Rosneft agree oil deal 28.5.2015 BBC: Business
Venezuela and Russian oil giant Rosneft agree to invest $14bn (£9.2) in Venezuela's oil and gas sector, Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro says.
Alaska governor tours Shell oil rig in Seattle 28.5.2015 Seattle Times: Local
The governor of Alaska on Wednesday toured a massive oil drill rig parked on Seattle's waterfront then met with Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee to tell him that Washington's position on future Arctic drilling will hurt the economy of Alaska.
Croatian dilemma: Oil in the Adriatic, or tourism 28.5.2015 Seattle Times: Nation & World
MEDULIN, Croatia (AP) — Peter Fries has been coming to Croatia for years after falling in love with its pristine coastline, fresh seafood, mellow wine and friendly hosts. With Croatia announcing it will allow oil drilling in the Adriatic sea, the 60-year-old German businessman is having second thoughts about his loyalty to this Mediterranean tourist […]
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Norman Foster's Hong Kong HSBC headquarters tore up the rule book – a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 45 28.5.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
With the handover of Hong Kong to Beijing looming, HSBC’s board wanted a prominent symbol of their bank’s political power. Norman Foster delivered, taking the 1960s dream of a plug-in, prefab city and making it real Banks don’t very often play a starring role in protests, unless they are providing the windows to be smashed, the Mammonic effigies to be burned, or the slick corporate infrastructure from which banners may be strung. Which makes the headquarters of HSBC Bank in Hong Kong , Norman Foster’s £700m oil rig of colonial capital, an unusual case. For a year from 15 October 2011, the sloping granite plaza beneath the tower’s bulging glass belly sheltered the ad hoc tent-and-cardboard city of the Occupy movement. The protesters were fighting not against the tyranny of capitalism, but to preserve some of the very values that this imperial bastion represents: namely democratic rule, threatened by the coming transfer of power to the Chinese ...
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Croatian dilemma: Oil in the Adriatic, or tourism 28.5.2015 AP Business
MEDULIN, Croatia (AP) -- Peter Fries has been coming to Croatia for years after falling in love with its pristine coastline, fresh seafood, mellow wine and friendly hosts....
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Alaska governor tours Shell oil rig in Seattle 28.5.2015 AP Washington
SEATTLE (AP) -- The governor of Alaska on Wednesday toured a massive oil drill rig parked on Seattle's waterfront then met with Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee to tell him that Washington's position on future Arctic drilling will hurt the economy of Alaska....
Shell is chasing a white whale in the Arctic 28.5.2015 Seattle Times: Opinion
Shell’s Arctic-bound drilling rig would most aptly be named The Pequod after the ill-famed whaling ship in Herman Melville’s novel “Moby Dick” [“Enticing Arctic oil patch is slippery game of risk,” Opinion, May 21]. Besides the danger both vessels represent to whales and humankind, Shell’s pursuit of oil under the Arctic ice mirrors Captain Ahab’s […]
Saudi Arabia: outta gas 27.5.2015 Financial Times: Energy
The kingdom has its own energy problem to fix
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Why India is captured by carbon - The Guardian 27.5.2015 google news
Why India is captured by carbon The Guardian Even with stringent policy action to increase the deployment of renewables and increase energy efficiency, “coal use is projected by all but one study to be more than two times current levels”. (Although India has a small nuclear industry – which ...
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