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Suppliers Feel Pain as Coal Miners Struggle 31.8.2015 Wall St. Journal: US Business
As big coal miners struggle, their equipment suppliers—thousands of businesses sprinkled throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky—are scrambling to find new customers anywhere they can.
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Obama to rename tallest U.S. peak 31.8.2015 CNN: Top Stories
To hear the White House describe Alaska, the state has become the canary in the climate change coal mine, complete with raging wildfires, accelerating ice melt in the arctic, vanishing glaciers and whole villages forced to relocate away from rising seas.
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Eni discovers largest known gas field in Mediterranean 30.8.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Italian energy group says Zohr field off Egyptian coast could hold as much as 30tn cubid feet of gas, and that more may be found in future drilling

The Italian energy group Eni said on Sunday that it had discovered the largest known gas field in the Mediterranean off the Egyptian coast, and predicted that the find could help meet Egypt’s gas needs for decades.

Eni said in a statement that the Zohr field, which covers an area of about 60 square miles, could hold as much as 30tn cubic feet of gas.

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Italian energy company says it's found 'largest ever' natural gas field 30.8.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
The Italian energy company Eni SpA announced Sunday it has discovered a "supergiant" natural gas field off Egypt, describing it as the "largest-ever" found in the Mediterranean ...
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'Massive gas discovery' off Egypt coast 30.8.2015 BBC: Business
Italian energy group Eni says it has found one of the world's largest natural gas fields off Egypt's coast.
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Thousands of North Sea oil jobs at risk as platform builder fails to win contract 30.8.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Tyneside-based OGN fails to make shortlist for work on Chevron’s Captain field as work dries up due to low oil prices

Thousands of jobs are at risk after one of Britain’s leading offshore oil platform builders failed to make the shortlist for one of the last major contracts up for grabs in the North Sea.

The decision by the US oil group Chevron to exclude the Tyneside-based OGN from its list of prequalifying contractors has rekindled a simmering row between the government and Labour MPs representing the north-east.

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Fictional Russian invasion sparks row with Moscow 30.8.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Norwegian TV series Occupied shows Russia taking control of Scandinavian country A Norwegian TV channel says it will air a TV drama depicting a Russian invasion of Norway after environmentalists seize power and freeze the nation’s oil and gas industry. TV2 says the production company has already sold Occupied – a 10-episode, £7m drama by thriller writer Jo Nesbø – to European stations. Vyacheslav Pavlovsky, the Russian ambassador in Oslo, told Russia’s Tass news agency that “Russia, regrettably, has the role of the aggressor. In the worst traditions of the cold war, [this show] decided to scare Norwegian viewers with a nonexistent threat from the east,” he said. TV2 drama chief Christopher Haug said he was “surprised by the reaction”. “It is obviously a fiction, everyone can see that,” he said, adding that the Russian embassy had been told about the series “at an early stage, three years ago, I ...
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U.S. lags behind Russia, other nations in the Arctic 30.8.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
Some lawmakers in Congress, analysts and government officials say the United States is behind other nations, chief among them Russia, in preparing for the new realities facing the Arctic.
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Colorado attorney general to join in suit on Obama's Clean Power Plan 29.8.2015 Denver Post: News: Local
Colorado has joined a growing list of states that will sue the Environmental Protection Agency in an attempt to stop the implementation of President Obama's controversial Clean Power ...
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In Alaska, Obama to walk fine line on climate change, energy 29.8.2015 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- With melting glaciers and rising seas as his backdrop, President Barack Obama will visit Alaska next week to press for urgent global action to combat climate change, even as he carefully calibrates his message in a state heavily dependent on oil....
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Barack Obama defends decision to allow Shell to drill for oil in Arctic - video 29.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

US president Barack Obama defends the decision to allow the oil company Shell to drill in the Arctic Ocean. Speaking during his weekly televised address on Saturday, Obama says the US economy needs oil and gas until it can make the transition to renewable energy and should count on domestic fossil fuels rather than importing them. His message comes on the eve of a three-day climate change awareness tour of Alaska

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Colorado ahead of the curve on methane, VOC regs 29.8.2015 Steamboat Pilot
With all the worry over the future of coal, residents of Northwest Colorado can breathe a sigh relief knowing the state is ahead of the curve on the Environmental Protection Agency’s new methane and volatile organic compound regulations. “While the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is still in the process of reviewing the EPA’s proposed rule, they anticipate it will complement and not interfere with steps Colorado has already taken in striking a balance between the state's need for a healthy oil and gas industry and resident concern about health, safety and the environment,” said Gov. John Hickenlooper in a statement. Chris Colclasure, planning and policy program manager for Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Air Pollution Control Division, said he doesn’t think oil and gas developers in the state have much to adapt to under the federal regulations. “It’s certainly easier for the state to implement, because we’ve got some experience,” he said. Colorado has stricter ...
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Beautiful Northumberland, off the beaten track 28.8.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Author Ann Cleeves describes the draw of her native Northumberland – and the parts most visitors miss in its former industrial corner. Plus more lovely but quiet bits of Britain Best seafood restaurants on the Northumberland coast Northumberland is a wild and beautiful place. Tourists visit for the history, for the hills and the wide, empty beaches. They drive west to Hexham and Hadrian’s Wall or north to Alnwick and Holy Island, but they usually ignore the coastal plain in the south east corner of the county where once coal was mined and ships built. If you take the Spine Road – the A189 from Newcastle – and look out over the flat farmland towards the sea, the view is almost entirely industrial. You see the chimneys of the power station that used to provide energy for the Alcan smelter, a giant offshore wind farm and the cranes at Blyth Docks. But nature is taking over again, now the heavy industry has retreated. The subsidence pools and the recently planted reed beds just inland from the dunes at ...
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Digging into big coal's climate connections 28.8.2015 Guardian: Environment
The bankruptcy filings of a Virginia coal firm have shone a rare light on a murky web of corporate attacks on climate science. Have you heard about the group that has abused open records laws to harass climate scientists across the United States? The organization behind North Carolina’s ban on using sea level science to inform coastal planning? The institution attacking renewable energy targets ? These are all activities of the innocuous-sounding Energy and Environment Legal Institute (E&E Legal). Now, thanks to a scoop by Lee Fang at The Intercept, we now know where some of their money comes ...
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Run for your lives, climate campaigners are sophisticated and can tie their own shoelaces 28.8.2015 Guardian: Environment

Coal lobbyists think Australians should be shocked that climate campaigners have strategies and are coordinated

Before I reveal some chilling truths about environmental campaigners, you’d best grab your nearest cuddly toy and take refuge behind the sofa.

As government ministers, conservative commentators and coal lobbyists have warned us in recent days, the greenies are coming.

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Judge blocks federal rule on waterways, siding with states in jurisdiction fight 28.8.2015 LA Times: Environment
A federal judge blocked a new Obama administration rule Thursday that would give the federal government jurisdiction over some state waterways.
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Don't believe the hype. Coal employs fewer people than McDonald's | Ben Oquist 28.8.2015 Guardian: Environment
If Tony Abbott wants to focus on jobs, he has to abandon his obsession with coal – a capital intensive industry that creates fewer jobs than the horse industry The prime minister has repeatedly said that the next election should be about jobs. He has attempted to kick-start a new “economy versus environment” strategy in relation to a coal mining. According to the ABS a huge 0.3% of Australians are currently employed in coal mining. If the coal industry trebled in size tomorrow it still wouldn’t be enough to create jobs for the extra 101,900 people who have become unemployed since Tony Abbott became prime minister. Anyone who has ever seen an open cut coal mine will understand why they don’t create a lot of jobs. Work that was once done by men with picks and shovels is now done by explosives and enormous machines. Economists call such industries “capital intensive” which is another way of saying “doesn’t create many ...
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Judge blocks Obama administration regulation on waterways 28.8.2015 AP National
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- A federal judge in North Dakota on Thursday blocked a new Obama administration rule that would give the federal government jurisdiction over some smaller waterways just hours before it was set to go into effect....
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Settlement reached in lawsuit over decade-old Gulf oil leak 27.8.2015 Seattle Times: Nation & World
NEW ORLEANS — Environmental groups and a New Orleans energy company have reached a settlement agreement in a lawsuit stemming from the company’s failed efforts to stop a decade-old, slow-motion oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A federal court filing Thursday stated that an agreement had been reached between Taylor Energy Company and the […]
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The day we stopped Europe’s biggest polluter in its tracks | John Jordan 27.8.2015 Guardian: Environment
Earlier this month, 1,500 protesters forced the temporary closure of a vast lignite mine in Germany. It was terrifiyng, exhilarating – and direct action at its best This month, I broke the law. I wasn’t alone; I was with 1,500 others, many of whom had never broken any law for their beliefs before. Together we managed to shut down Europe’s biggest source of CO2 emissions : RWE’s lignite mines in the Rhineland in Germany. In total, around 800 of us were arrested, and hundreds of us refused to cooperate with the authorities by withholding our names and IDs. This hampered the bureaucracy so badly that we were released without charge. It was the world’s largest act of disobedience against the mining of fossil fuels – and it might be the spark that ignites a rising, cross-border movement of disobedience for climate ...
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