October 17, 2010

Shale Gas Environmental Rules Still Being Crafted, Even as Drills Dig

Environment Minister Jim Prentice says environmental regulations are a work in progress for Canada’s booming shale gas industry — even though drills have already been piercing the ground.

Canadian Press

Johanns Cites Concern Over Canadian Oil Sands Pipeline

Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) says he is “troubled” with a State Department environmental review of a proposed pipeline carrying Canadian tar-sands-based crude oil to Texas, arguing that it could harm water quality in his state and that the department must consider alternative routes.

The Hill

NASA: CO2, Not Water Vapor, Causes Global Warming

A new study from NASA finds CO2 is overwhelmingly responsible for raising Earth’s temperature.

AOL News

Climate Protesters Block Access to UK Oil Refinery

Climate change demonstrators have blocked a road to a major oil refinery near London to slow the flow of fuel to the British capital.

AP

China Electric Vehicles to Hit 1 Million by 2020: Report

China’s output of electric vehicles is expected to reach 1 million units by 2020, the official Xinhua news agency said on Saturday.

Reuters

U.S. Reopens More Gulf of Mexico Fishing Waters

The U.S. government reopened nearly 30% of federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico that were closed to fishing following the BP oil spill after tests showed that seafood there is safe to eat.

 

AFP

Gates Agriculture Grants Focus on Seeds, Climate

Gates Foundation, which has donated $1.5 billion to agriculture in developing countries, is focusing more investments on seeds and technology to help small farmers adapt to climate change, the foundation’s chief executive said on Thursday.

Reuters

October 15, 2010

UN Climate Body to Push for Reforms, But Pachauri Stays

The UN panel of climate change scientists agreed Thursday to push for reforms after coming in for strong criticism over errors in a 2007 report.

 

AFP

Shareholders Challenge Big Oil Efforts to Kill CA Climate Law

Shareholders have filed resolutions with three oil companies asking for their boards of directors to review political spending in light of their support for overturning California’s climate law.

Reuters

Analysis: Cleantech Opportunities Return After Dismal Year

Green energy opportunities are emerging after dismal returns this year, led by a buoyant solar industry and government renewable energy targets.

Reuters

Barton Hits EPA on Clear Air Rule Costs

The top Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee is accusing EPA of rolling out pollution rules that will cost industries billions without fully weighing the economic effects.

The Hill

Europe Switches to Plan B in New China-US Climate Pitch

Europe pushed China, the U.S. and a host of emerging powers on Thursday to extend a soon-to-expire deal to combat global warming at crunch talks in Mexico.

 

AFP

BLM Moves On Round 2 of Colorado, Utah Oil Shale Deals

Nominations for three more leases of federal land in Colorado and Utah for oil shale research are advancing for more review, the BLM said Wednesday.

Washington Post

Pennsylvania Republican Promises Tax Break for Natural Gas Industry

Tom Corbett, a Republican who is well ahead in the race for governor, says he will undo a Democratic initiative to impose a drilling tax on natural gas industry.

Guardian

Environmentalists Join Mountaintop Fray

Environmental groups from Appalachia moved Thursday to join the federal government in fighting an industry lawsuit that would weaken oversight of mountaintop coal mining.

New York Times

Government to Conduct Surprise Oil Rig Inspections

The U.S. offshore drilling agency will begin conducting surprise inspections on oil rigs, the agency’s head said on Thursday.

Reuters

U.S. Offshore Agency Excited Over Google Power Line

The U.S. offshore energy czar said Google Inc’s surprising decision to get involved in wind energy is an exciting development.

Reuters

Oil Co. Says It Won’t Ship Big Loads All Decade

An oil company is denying an environmental group’s report that says huge loads of refinery equipment will be shipped over scenic U.S. 12 in the Rocky Mountains for the next decade.

AP