User: phantomvish Topic: Energy by Source
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In West Texas oil boomtowns, 'the end is near' 3.3.2015 LA Times: Opinion
Fear blew in fierce over a patch of West Texas late last year, falling fast and without warning through gray skies to alight on the shoulders of men and women who depend on oil for their livelihoods.
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In Houston, Falling Oil Prices Spark Fears Of Job Cuts Beyond Energy 3.3.2015 NPR News
Cheaper gasoline has benefited millions of motorists around the U.S. But in Houston the downturn in prices has brought layoffs and could hurt other sectors, including finance and real estate.
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Would a Labour or Tory government be better for the environment? 3.3.2015 Guardian: Environment

We look at how the two big parties compare on green issues, from climate change and clean energy to fracking and animal welfare

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PetroChina Unit Gives Athabasca First Payment 3.3.2015 Wall St. Journal: Asia
Athabasca Oil said it received the first of three payments owed to it by one of China’s largest state-run energy companies, part of a deal announced last summer to complete the sale of a Canadian oil sands project.
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India's first transgender mayor – is the country finally overcoming prejudice? 3.3.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

They’ve been insulted, forced into prostitution and discriminated against for decades, but now India’s hijra transgender community has one of their own in power. Eesha Patkar meets Madhu, the mayor of Raigarh

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Lawyer: Public access critical to public confidence in West Virginia mine disaster case 3.3.2015 Star Tribune: Nation
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HP to buy wireless network firm Aruba 2.3.2015 BBC: Business
Hewlett-Packard agrees to buy wi-fi network systems maker Aruba for $3bn.
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Oslo divests from coal companies 2.3.2015 Guardian: Environment
City becomes first capital in the world to join fossil fuel divestment movement, following demonstration of 1,000 people in February The City of Oslo has committed to selling off its investments in coal companies, citing the environmental damage caused by the fuel. It joins almost 40 cities around the world , including San Francisco and Oxford, UK, in dumping fossil fuel stocks but is the first capital city to do so. Olso’s finance commissioner, Eirik Lae Solberg, told Norway’s state broadcaster NRK: “We are pulling ourselves out of coal companies, because power generation based on coal is one of the most environmentally harmful in the energy sector. We want to use our investments to promote more environmentally-friendly energy and a more environmentally-friendly society.” Big first step: Oslo divests from coal! ...
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Going Off the Rails: There's No Safe Way to Haul Oil by the Trainload 2.3.2015 Truthout.com
  When you play by their rules, you lose every time. Big Oil's Lethal Game, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib. When 27 CSX tanker cars loaded with fracked North Dakota crude tumbled onto a West Virginia riverbank on President’s Day, the ensuing fireballs leveled a house and forced hundreds of people to flee amid a heavy snowstorm. Even though 19 of the derailed cars — each carrying 30,000 gallons of oil — erupted into flames, nobody died in this particular disaster. But it may have fired a fatal shot into the argument that trains can “safely” haul crude across North America. After most of these increasingly frequent accidents, critics urge the government to make operators use “safer” tanker cars. Yet the cars that went off the rails, exploded into flames, and then smoldered for days alongside the Kanawha River were the new-and-improved model . Slower speeds are also billed as a way to increase oil train safety. Yet this one was chugging along at just 33 miles per hour in a 50-mph zone when it ...
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Cadbury and M&S lose top brand ranks 2.3.2015 BBC: Business
Marks and Spencer and Cadbury have both fallen out of an annual survey ranking the top 20 consumer brands in the UK.
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Oil, gas wastewater may be sent to Neb. 2.3.2015 Durango Herald
A Colorado oil company’s plan to dispose of gas and oil wastewater by injecting it into a deep well in western Nebraska is drawing strong objections from residents who live near the proposed site. Wastewater disposal certainly is not the most glamorous oilfield job, but it’s essential to keeping things running smoothly,...
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Members of €32bn Danish pension funds to vote on fossil fuel divestment 2.3.2015 Guardian: Environment

Series of resolutions asks six of Denmark’s pension funds to drop their ‘black money’ investments in coal, oil and gas projects that cause climate change

Hundreds of thousands of academics, engineers and lawyers in Denmark are set to vote on divesting their €32bn (£23bn) pension funds from the fossil fuels that drive climate change.

The first of a series of resolutions will be filed on Monday asking six funds to dump their coal investments by 2018 and exclude high-risk oil and gas projects such as tar sands extraction and Arctic drilling.

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Oligarch faces North Sea deal block 2.3.2015 BBC: Business
The UK government says it will block the sale of 12 North Sea oil and gas fields to Russian oligarch Mikhail Fridman.
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Under the sun: Australia's largest solar farm set to sprout in a Queensland field 2.3.2015 Guardian: Environment

A sea of glass panels may soon be sprawling across a paddock in Queensland’s Darling Downs cranking out two gigawatts of energy – 100 times more than the largest solar farm in Australia today – and a former top flight barrister is the unusual shining light behind its development

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RWE to Proceed With Dea Sale to LetterOne 1.3.2015 Wall St. Journal: US
German utility RWE said Sunday it would proceed with the sale of its oil and gas unit Dea to the LetterOne investment fund backed by Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman, despite a move by the U.K. government to block part of the deal.
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Fracking Opponents Feel Police Pressure In Some Drilling Hotspots 1.3.2015 NPR News
Anti-fracking activists say they're being targeted by law enforcement agencies that work with the oil and gas industries to monitor threats to infrastructure.
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Politicians for local control, except when they’re not 1.3.2015 Seattle Times: Opinion
Support for local control often evaporates when principles run up against the interests of moneyed backers.
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Colorado land impact of oil and gas boom: scars spread and stay 1.3.2015 Denver Post: Local
Oil and gas companies have yet to fully restore land around half of the 47,505 inactive wells in Colorado, and 72 percent of those un-restored sites have been in the process for more than ...
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Climate change gets a boost; environment ministry budget trimmed 1.3.2015 New Kerala: World News
Read Full story of 'Climate change gets a boost; environment ministry budget trimmed' at newkerala.com.
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UK blocks sale of North Sea fields to Fridman fund 28.2.2015 Financial Times US
Department of Energy and Climate Change cites concerns over Russia sanctions impact on gas production
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