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Fracking: Texas legislators approve bill that limits bans on energy companies 19.4.2015 Guardian: Environment

Bill approved by state house and will proceed to senate, where it is expected to be approved, and then the governor – who has decried regulation on companies

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Africa's parks must be off limits for oil and gas 18.4.2015 New Scientist: Focus on America
There are better ways to help Africa prosper than ripping up protected park borders in the hunt for oil and gas, says Curtis ...
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Blackout Tale of Po 18.4.2015 Wall St. Journal: Opinion
Debating Mike Bloomberg on a coal plant shutdown.
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Daily Briefing, April 18 18.4.2015 SFGate: Business & Technology
The last time the Warriors won the championship was in May 1975 — a month before “Jaws” came out, a year before Apple was founded. The U.S. had a president who was never elected, Gerald Ford, and California had a new governor: Renewable energy capacity additions now outpace all fossil fuels combined. Former Vice President Al Gore, linking to a Bloomberg Business story on how the world is adding more capacity annually for renewable power than it is for coal, natural gas and oil combined — a trend expected to grow in the coming years. Sales at restaurants and bars overtook spending at grocery stores for the first time ever last month, according to the Commerce Department, which has been tracking the data since 1992. “They tend to favor fast food, deli food and pizza restaurants over coffee shops, high-end dining and casual dining,” it says on its website.
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House kills bill to defend Colstrip mine 18.4.2015 AP Washington
HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- State representatives have turned away a bill to impose hefty fines on companies that close coal plants in Montana....
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Mexico's Energy Overhaul Draws Geological-Data Firms 18.4.2015 Wall St. Journal: US Business
The opening of Mexico’s energy sector to private and foreign companies is drawing dozens of geological-data firms that plan to search for undiscovered oil riches.
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Senator presses federal officials to release data, records on decade-old Gulf oil leak 18.4.2015 Star Tribune: Politics
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Argentina launches legal action to prevent Falklands oil and gas drilling 18.4.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Daniel Filmus, Buenos Aires’s minister for the Malvinas, confirms lawsuit against UK companies, insisting oil resources around the Falklands belong to Argentina


Argentina’s minister for the Falklands has claimed his country “harbours not the least desire to use force” to regain the islands as it started legal action against companies drilling for oil and gas nearby.

Daniel Filmus, Buenos Aires’s minister for the Malvinas, as Argentina refers to the British overseas territory, gave a speech in London in which he said the country was “forced to resort to defensive measures” to protect its natural resources.

Related: Falkland Islands will always be defended by UK, says David Cameron

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Santorum and the EPA’s Mercury Rule 18.4.2015 FactCheck
Rick Santorum misrepresented the Environmental Protection Agency’s impact analysis of a new agency rule that would reduce power plant emissions of mercury and other toxins.
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Divestment campaign should discriminate between coal and gas 17.4.2015 Guardian: Environment
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Why fossil fuel divestment is a misguided tactic 17.4.2015 Guardian: Environment

A divestment campaign may raise awareness but this gesture politics does not constitute an effective policy to deal with the risks of climate change

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Can Japan's climate policy get back on track after Fukushima? 17.4.2015 Guardian: Environment

At the Kyoto summit Japan was a global leader in the fight against climate change, but post-Fukushima its emissions are rising and its reduction policy is in tatters, overshadowed by the debate over nuclear power

Less than two decades ago, Japan positioned itself in the vanguard of the global fight against climate change when it helped broker the Kyoto protocol.

Now, though, it is Fukushima, not Kyoto, that has come to define Japan’s energy policy, and with potentially grim consequences for its already stalled attempts to reduce CO2 emissions.

The threat of a nuclear meltdown overrides concerns about an increase in CO2 emissions

The utilities are saving grid space for nuclear, which effectively blocks suppliers of renewable energy

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Argentina acts over Falklands oil 17.4.2015 BBC: Business
Argentina begins legal proceedings against three British and two US companies for drilling oil near the Falkland Islands.
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GE posts $13.6 billion loss on finance unit sale 17.4.2015 LA Times: Business
The industrial heart of General Electric, the company's new focus, posted lower revenue and earnings in the first quarter amid an enormous overall loss resulting from its recently-announced sale of most of the assets in its finance subsidiary.
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March increase in gas costs fuel a 0.2 percent rise in US consumer prices 17.4.2015 Star Tribune: Business
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Mary Robinson: Developing nations must move rapidly beyond fossil fuels 17.4.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Rich world must support poorest countries to transition from fossil fuels much faster than they have to keep unburnable reserves in the ground, says UN climate change envoy

Tackling climate change will require developing countries to move beyond fossil fuels far more quickly than the rich world has managed, the United Nations envoy on climate change has warned.

Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland and ex-UN human rights chief, said: “It may seem contradictory, but to be fair all countries must be enabled to participate in the transition away from fossil fuels together and at the same time. If not, we will exceed the carbon budget and consign countries without the means to participate in the transition to renewable energy to a future based on expensive, obsolete and polluting fossil fuels.”

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World Bank fossil fuel lending leapt in 2014 despite its calls to end subsidies 17.4.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Funding of over $3bn for fossil fuel projects last year, despite repeated calls by bank’s president to scrap such ‘harmful’ global subsidies, is ‘hyprocritical’, say campaigners

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AGL to shut all coal-fired power stations by 2050 in bid to limit global warming 17.4.2015 Guardian: Environment

New boss Andy Vesey says he wants to take the lead in helping Australia limit climate change to no more than 2C warmer by mid-century

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Judges raise doubts over challenge to Obama's climate change rules 17.4.2015 Guardian: Environment

Two of three judges seemed to agree with lawyers defending the EPA that the lawsuits are premature because the agency has not yet made rules final

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Why the GOP's Attack on Obama's Climate Plan Will Probably Fail 17.4.2015 Mother Jones
This morning, several of the nation's top environmental lawyers gathered at the US Court of Appeals in Washington, DC, for the first round of arguments in a pair of lawsuits challenging the cornerstone of President Barack Obama's climate plan. One of the suits was brought by coal company Murray Energy, the other by a group of a dozen states (all with Republican governors, and all either large producers or consumers of coal); they both contend that the Environmental Protection Agency doesn't have the authority to set tough new standards for carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. The rules, first proposed last summer, are designed to cut the nation's carbon footprint 30 percent by 2030 compared to 2005 levels. The question before the court today was whether the lawsuits can go forward. We probably won't know the judges' decision for a month or more. As my colleague Kevin Drum pointed out , it's conceivable they could rule against the EPA. All three judges on the panel were appointed by ...
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