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Coal baron Robert Murray is still fired up 22.12.2014 Seattle Times: Business & Technology
Robert Murray, coal’s provocateur-in-chief, warns loudly about “the absolute destruction of the United States coal industry” but still finds strategies to grow and profit from the business.
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Propane, Other Fuel Prices Feel the Burn 22.12.2014 Wall St. Journal: US
Prices of natural-gas liquids, such as propane and butane, have been hurt, with some seeing 40% declines since September.
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The firm that tests the world's ships 22.12.2014 BBC: Business
The Norwegian firm that tests the world's ships and oil rigs
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NY farmers lament lost opportunity for gas riches 22.12.2014 AP National
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- While environmental groups are doing a victory dance over New York's decision to ban fracking, farmers such as apple grower David Johnson are grieving for dashed hopes and dreams....
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Taking a stand for a secure energy future in Minnesota 22.12.2014 Star Tribune: Business
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Legacy of West Virginia mine blast that killed 29 in 2010 has been safer coal mines 21.12.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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Farmers in southern New York lament lost opportunity for gas riches after fracking ban 21.12.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
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Utah Land Defenders Stand Up to Dirty Politics 21.12.2014 Truthout - All Articles
New technologies like fracking - along with government subsidies - have ushered in an energy boom reliant on extreme extraction methods to produce oil and natural gas. Now the Uinta Basin is ground zero for what threatens to become the next phase in extreme energy extraction: strip mining for tar sands and oil shale. After clear-cutting trees and sagebrush, U.S. Oil Sands digs open-pit mines to test their tar sands extraction process. If the company starts producing tar sands on a commercial scale, 32,000 acres in Utah’s Uintah Basin could be covered with these pits, along with tailings ponds that would store huge amounts of waste water and chemicals used in the extraction process. (Courtesy of Before It Starts) Also see: Subsidy Spotlight: Publicly Funding a Utah Disaster in the Making Lauren Wood grew up in a family of river guides in the Uinta Basin region of Utah. She navigates tributaries of the Colorado River like her urban counterparts navigate subway systems. She learned to ride a horse, and then ...
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How oil price fall will affect crude exporters – and the rest of us 21.12.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Lower oil prices will hit the Russian economy, the US fracking industry and Iran, but could be good for shoppers and firms in the UK, and delay the long-expected interest rate rise

John Paul Getty’s formula for success was to rise early, work hard and strike oil. But a dependence on the black stuff can create its own problems, especially when the price tumbles as it has over the last few months.

The price of a barrel of Brent crude has almost halved from $115 in the summer to stabilise around $60 last week. Most forecasters expect the cost of oil to remain low well into next year.

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Oil price plunge creates winners, losers 21.12.2014 Star Tribune: Business
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Subsidy Spotlight: Publicly Funding a Utah Disaster in the Making 20.12.2014 Truthout - All Articles
A green stegosaurus graces the logo of Uintah County, Utah, a gateway to the famed Dinosaur National Monument, where breathtaking landscapes and fossils preserved in sandstone attract thousands of visitors every year. That logo has taken on new meaning over the past decade as prehistoric remains have attracted a different crowd. Now oil and gas executives are flocking to the Uinta Basin in Eastern Utah, as new technologies––and support from the government––offer the dubious possibility of digging up the region's vast deposits of oil shale and tar sands. Canadian production of tar sands on a massive scale has familiarized the American public with the petroleum substance that's comprised of sand, clay, water, and bitumen which, after several rounds of energy-intensive refining, can be turned into fuel that burns dirtier than conventional crude oil, releasing more carbon, heavy metals, and sulphur in the process. But tar sands production has never happened on a commercial scale within the United States, and ...
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NY's bad move on fracking 20.12.2014 CNN: Top Stories
"I consider the people of New York my patients," acting New York Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said this week as he cited health-related reasons for recommending New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ban hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," to develop natural gas resources in the state. New York's environmental conservation commissioner joined in with the recommendation, which the governor quickly accepted.
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Falling oil prices force Algeria to confront heavy spending and subsidies 20.12.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
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Obama Sounds Like He’s About to Reject the Keystone Pipeline 20.12.2014 Mother Jones
This story first appeared on the Grist website and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Speaking at his end-of-the-year press conference on Friday afternoon, President Obama sounded very much like he's poised to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. He gave his sharpest assessment to date of its potential costs and benefits—lots of costs and few benefits. Climate hawks rejoiced, not only because of Obama's implied opposition to Keystone, but because he finally confronted American ignorance of how the oil market works, and attempted to reorient our energy policy around reality. At the press conference, Obama took a question from The Washington Post's Juliet Eilperin on what he will do about the Keystone XL pipeline, which congressional Republicans plan to try to ram through in January. Eilperin said Obama has in past comments "minimized some of the benefits" of Keystone. Obama responded that he has merely accurately characterized the benefits, which are objectively minimal, and walked ...
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Dystopian Fiction’s Popularity Is a Warning Sign for the Future 20.12.2014 Wired Top Stories
In the latest episode of Geek's Guide to the Galaxy, writer Naomi Klein discusses dystopian fiction and her new capitalism-vs.-the-climate nonfiction book This Changes ...
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New EPA standards label toxic coal ash non-hazardous 20.12.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Environmental groups sued the EPA to designate coal as a hazardous waste, which would require strict rules for its care. Instead, the agency will treat it like regular household garbage.
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10 things to know about China, Latin America and the environment 20.12.2014 Guardian: Environment

New book argues Chinese firms’ presence in Latin America focuses on the most environmentally-damaging sectors

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Falling oil prices worry Algeria 20.12.2014 AP Business
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- With oil prices at their lowest in five years and showing few signs of hitting bottom, Algeria is feeling the pinch....
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EPA issues rules for the 1st time on coal ash, yet environmental groups unhappy with them 20.12.2014 Star Tribune: Business
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A look at 3 of the largest coal ash spills in the US 20.12.2014 Star Tribune: Business
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