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Economy contracted during the 1st quarter 30.5.2015 SFGate: Business & Technology
WASHINGTON — 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 harsh winter, which kept many people home and businesses closed, and a labor dispute that slowed trade at West Coast ports are both over. Analysts generally foresee the economy, as measured by the gross domestic product, growing at an annual rate of 2 to 2.5 percent in the April-June quarter, with further strengthening later in the year. “While the evidence of a second-quarter rebound hasn’t been overwhelming, we still think that the outlook for the economy is very encouraging,” Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics, wrote in a research note. Consumer spending, which drives about 70 percent of economic activity, slowed to annual growth of just 1.8 percent for the quarter, slightly below the government’s first estimate. The government said investment in the category that covers energy exploration plunged at an annual ...
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edit-letters-PG_TIMES-2012-10-13_1ROP-edit-228-PG_TIMES-2013-11-23_1ROP-edit-414-PG_TIMES-2015-05-30_1ROP-edit 30.5.2015 Seattle Times: Nation & World
Port oil-rig lease Seattle becoming SF? Editor, The Times: Thank you, Jonathan Martin, for highlighting port politics regarding the Foss lease [“Wayward policy and the Port,” Opinion, May 29]. The mayor has obviously not been listening very closely to the maritime industry. In order to be competitive and to create jobs, the Port has to […]
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To be a true clean-energy leader, Minnesota has a lot more work to do 30.5.2015 MinnPost
Polluters often try to distract the public by propagating doomsday scare tactics about the reliability of our electric grid as we make the crucial transition to renewable energy. In response to the recent op-ed ( "Instead of better utilities, what Minnesota needs are better environmental groups," ) by Joel Johnson, the director of the Coalition for a Secure Energy Future, a utility front group, I would begin by pointing out that Johnson should have disclosed that he is a paid lobbyist for the Minnesota Rural Electric Association, a rural co-op advocacy group. This is an important lens through which to examine his point of view about burning coal for electricity in our state. Jessica Tritsch Johnson has painted a gross oversimplification of what’s really going on in Minnesota. His broad brush strokes ignore the reality of communities that are most impacted by coal pollution. When you put a finer point on it, there’s a lot more that we must keep in mind about coal: Nearly half of Minnesota's electricity ...
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Electric Industry Created Their Own Air Pollution Permits, Held Private Meetings With Texas Regulators 29.5.2015 Truthout.com
Emails obtained and released by the Environmental Integrity Project show that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) worked behind closed doors with the state's electric power trade association and utility companies to weaken standards for air pollution control permits. The  emails  and  documents  reveal that  Association of Electric Companies of Texas  (AECT) and utility employees held private meetings with state regulators to discuss revisions to the permits and provided language that was incorporated verbatim by the regulations into the final text of the revised permits. The language ended up nullifying the federal Clean Air Act hourly limits on particulate pollution during the startup, shutdown, and maintenance periods (SSM) at the coal plants. These changes to the permits allowed electric utility companies in Texas to emit more particulate pollution than allowed by federal standards. In one case, for example, the coal plants are allowed to emit 30 times more pollution than the ...
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Union ministers to interact with netizens 29.5.2015 New Kerala: Technology
Read Full story of ' Union ministers to interact with netizens ' at newkerala.com.
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James Watt and the sabbath stroll that created the industrial revolution 29.5.2015 Guardian: Environment

On a spring Sunday in May 250 years ago, the Scottish engineer had a stroke of mechanical inspiration – and changed the world

Two hundred and fifty years ago this month, a young Scottish engineer took a Sunday walk across Glasgow Green – and changed the world. Thanks to the idea dreamed up by James Watt that Sunday in May 1765, human beings became masters of power generation and so transformed our planet.

At the time, Watt was merely fixated with the problems posed by the primitive and inefficient steam engines that were then being used to pump water from mines, and had already made several futile attempts to improve them. Then, on his Sunday walk, the idea for a new device – which he later called the separate condenser – popped into his mind.

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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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Paris climate summit sponsors include fossil fuel firms and big carbon emitters 29.5.2015 Guardian: Environment

French climate officials’ announcement of ‘pragmatic choice of sponsors’ sparks outrage among green groups

Fossil fuel firms and big carbon emitters sponsoring the Paris climate summit in December are “a part of the problem” that delegates will address, but their patronage was unavoidable for financial reasons, senior French climate officials say.

About 20% of the €170m (£122m) cost of the Paris conference will come from firms such as EDF, Engie (formerly known as GDF Suez), Air France, Renault-Nissan and BNP Paribas, the French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius,said on Thursday.

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U.S. economy shrank at 0.7 percent rate in first quarter 29.5.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The economy went into reverse in the first three months of this year as a severe winter and a widening trade deficit took a harsher toll than initially estimated.
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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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Jeb Bush cosies up to coal industry barons at closed-door meeting 29.5.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

The $7,500-a-person exclusive golf and fly-fishing retreat will give top coal CEOs – and reliable Republican donors – access to the 2016 presidential hopeful

Jeb Bush will convene next week with a clutch of coalmining barons and reliable Republican party donors who have paid at least $7,500 each to huddle in secret with the presidential hopeful at a golfing and fly-fishing retreat in a hidden-away corner of Virginia.

Bush’s scheduled one-hour speech at the Coal & Investment Leadership Forum will take place at the members-only Olde Farm club in Bristol, Virginia, where the civil war-themed golf tournament is a “cherished tradition”.

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The biggest story in the world podcast: Episode 10, Shell 29.5.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Shell's CEO, Ben Van Beurden, has agreed to be grilled by the Guardian on everything from divestment to economics and responsibility – but will he give some unguarded answers? Continue reading...
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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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Wisconsin governor: Obama power plant rule 'unworkable' 29.5.2015 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican eyeing a presidential run in 2016, says President Barack Obama's plan to reduce pollution from coal-fired power plants is "unworkable."...
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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 lobby group recruited Canadian minister for secret strategy meeting 28.5.2015 Guardian: Environment

Natural resources minister Greg Rickford attended closed door meeting to deliver pep talk in 2014 to urge executives to spreading oil industry’s message

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Brussels moves to limit coal lobby's influence on pollution standards 28.5.2015 Guardian: Environment

European commission’s top environment official tightens rules on industry experts’ role, following watering down of pollution limits in face of lobbying

European countries must not allow industry experts in their national delegations to lobby for weaker coal standards, the European commission’s top environment official has said.

The move follows revelations by the Guardian that big energy lobbyists included in British delegations to Brussels mounted a sustained and aggressive drive for weaker limits on toxic pollutants that are responsible for over 20,000 deaths a year in the UK alone.

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Norway fund could trigger wave of large fossil fuel divestments, say experts 28.5.2015 Guardian: Environment
Other investors are likely to follow Norwegian fund’s move out of coal-based investments, due to its size as the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund Norway’s decision to dump all coal-focused investments from its $900bn sovereign wealth fund could unleash a wave of divestment from other large funds, according to investment experts. The fund, the largest in the world, is one of the top 10 investors in the global coal industry. The move, agreed late on Wednesday, is one of the most significant victories to date for a fast-growing and UN-backed fossil-fuel divestment campaign . It will affect $9bn-$10bn (£5.8-£6.5bn) of coal-related investments, according to the Norwegian ...
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China energy: blowing in the wind 28.5.2015 Financial Times: Energy
Early leaders in wind and solar equipment faced overcapacity
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