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'Old coal' subsidy loophole to be closed by UK government 1.8.2014 Guardian: Environment

Gap in energy policy could have seen billpayers funding billions of pounds of subsidy for old coal plants

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Investors Kill Shell-Woodside Deal 1.8.2014 Wall St. Journal: US Business
Woodside Petroleum shareholders killed off a proposed $2.68 billion deal to buy most of Royal Dutch Shell's interest in the oil and gas producer, marking a rare display of minority investor power that could disrupt both companies' growth strategies.
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Tensions Stir At EPA Hearings On New Emission Rules 1.8.2014 NPR: Morning Edition
As the EPA develops new carbon emission rules for existing power plants, the agency is holding a series of public hearings around the country, where coal industry advocates made their concerns known.
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California needs to overhaul its protection of groundwater 1.8.2014 LA Times: Commentary
There are many environmentally worrisome aspects of oil and gas production, and one is the injection of wastewater back into the ground. This process — a way of disposing of the contaminated water created during the drilling process — is done in conventional oil and gas drilling, and is even...
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Inslee signs letter opposing coastal oil exploration 1.8.2014 Seattle Times: Politics
Gov. Jay Inslee has joined his counterparts in California and Oregon in signing a letter opposing new oil and gas leases in the waters off the West Coast. A letter dated July 30 and released Thursday by Inslee's office,  sums up the governor's qualms to Sally Jewel
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3 West Coast governors oppose offshore drilling 1.8.2014 AP Washington
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The governors of California, Oregon and Washington sent a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewel on Thursday to stress that they don't want the possibility of drilling off of the West Coast....
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Flight 370 Mystery Leads to Uncharted Waters 1.8.2014 Wall St. Journal: World
At least eight firms specializing in deep dives are bidding to take part in the next phase of the search for Flight 370, likely lost in the Indian Ocean west of Australia, one of the greatest mysteries in aviation history.
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Alpha says it plans 1,100 layoffs at coal mines in W.Va., cites weak markets, regulation 1.8.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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To fight Britains privatisation dogma, Labour needs help from the US military | Ha-Joon Chang 31.7.2014 Guardian: Comment is Free
State-owned enterprises can be successful, as some unlikely global examples prove Since Margaret Thatcher came to power in 1979 the UK has led the world in privatisation. The Conservative government sold off state-owned enterprises throughout the 1980s and the 1990s electricity, oil, gas, rail, airline, airports, telecommunications, water, steel, coal, you name it. In the worldwide fever for selling off state assets that gripped those decades, the rest of the world looked up to Britain as the guiding example. Privatisation was halted under Labour. However, the belief in the superiority of the private sector was such that, when it brought the rail infrastructure back under state control in 2002 following a series of rail disasters, Labour made sure it did not take the form of re-nationalisation at least in legal terms. Network Rail, the owner and operator of the rail infrastructure, was set up as a private company, although on a not-for-profit basis and without ...
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Exxon profit surges, but production slips 31.7.2014 LA Times: Business
Exxon Mobil Corp. net income rose 28 percent in the second quarter on a sale of Asian assets and higher oil prices, but oil and gas production slipped 6 percent, disappointing analysts.
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Fire hits Ferrybridge power station 31.7.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Ten fire crews attending blaze at power station in West Yorkshire operated by energy giant SSE

Ten fire crews are dealing with a blaze at a large coal-fired power station in West Yorkshire.

The West Yorkshire fire and rescue service was alerted to the blaze at Ferrybridge C power station just before 2pm on Thursday.

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Exxon profit surges, but production slips 31.7.2014 AP Business
NEW YORK (AP) -- Exxon Mobil Corp. net income rose 28 percent in the second quarter on a sale of Asian assets and higher oil prices, but oil and gas production slipped 6 percent, disappointing analysts....
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Didcot demolition: the people behind the falling towers 31.7.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page

Didcot As cooling towers fuelled not only power, but controversy and passion. Residents and workers talk about their final day

It should be later. It shouldnt be happening. It must be over before anyone is awake, before anything happens on the neighbouring railway that once fed it coal, or the web of roads that delivered its workers. Many local people wanted it preserved as a monument, others wanted it destroyed as an eyesore, but everyone wanted to see it go. Hundreds of people marched into the hills, duvets and tents in hand, to watch the explosive destruction of three of the six cooling towers of Didcot A power station early on Sunday morning.

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This GOP Candidate Says He's Cracking Down on Coal Pollution—but Green Groups Say That's BS 31.7.2014 Mother Jones
North Carolina Senate candidate Thom Tillis is making an unusual argument —for a Republican. In recent weeks, he's accused his Democratic opponent, Sen. Kay Hagan, of sabotaging critical environmental regulations because of her "cozy relationship" with a powerful energy company. At the same time, Tillis has trumpeted his own role in fighting for what he claims are tough new rules that will clean up the coal industry. But North Carolina environmentalists say he's full of it. "That's pretty bold, as a line of attack, considering the environmental record he's got," says DJ Gerken, an attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center. The back-and-forth is the latest skirmish in the political war over one of the worst environmental disasters in the state's history. In February, a toxic waste dump at one of Duke Energy's coal-fired power plants ruptured and belched up to 39,000 tons of coal ash into the Dan River. Thousands of people lost access to drinking water, and the river was polluted with toxins like ...
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Kurds struggle for energy autonomy 31.7.2014 Financial Times: Energy
As the KRG demands political and economic autonomy, this has again raised questions over whether it can convince the world of its legitimacy as an energy power
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Debate rages over Mexico's plan to open energy markets 31.7.2014 LA Times: Top News
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14 senators want Obama to create national monument in Utah 31.7.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Fourteen liberal senators sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Wednesday urging him to create a new national monument in southeastern Utah forever protecting redrock mesas, ancient cliff dwellings and a hunting site that’s 12,000 years old. The letter is sure to irritate Utah’s members of Congress, who have attempted to curtail the president’s power to set aside such land and oppose a new Greater Canyonlands National Monument, which would block oil and gas drilling and other uses on 1.8 mi...
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Letter: Solar fee meant to protect coal 31.7.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Rocky Mountain Power (RMP) is asking the Utah Public Service Commission (PSC) for permission to add a monthly charge of $4.65 to those who have installed solar panels. These panels produce electricity using the sun as an energy source. Any surplus electricity generated is sold back to RMP, and the customer pays a monthly net energy charge. The utility claims this charge is needed to pay for maintenance on their grid and other capital expenses. But their real reason remains hidden. They do not wa...
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Russia defiant in face of new US and EU sanctions 31.7.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Moscow says country will localise production and emerge stronger, but analysts predict key sectors of economy will suffer

Moscow was defiant on Wednesday in the face of sweeping US and EU sanctions designed to punish its continued backing of separatists in eastern Ukraine, promising that Russia would localise production and emerge stronger.

However, analysts predicted that the key sectors of finance, defence and energy that have been targeted will suffer in isolation from the west.

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REITs for renewables: Wind, solar farms are being put into new companies called yieldcos 30.7.2014 Star Tribune: Business
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