November 11, 2010

Markey Announces Bid to Be Ranking Democrat on Natural Resources

Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) on Wednesday officially confirmed expectations and put his hat in the ring in seeking the top Democratic spot on the House Natural Resources Committee.

Key Lawmaker Plans Tough Energy Oversight

The Republican expected to lead a key Congressional energy committee said he plans to probe whether Obama administration policies are blocking offshore oil development.

God Will Save Us from Climate Change: U.S. Representative

U.S. Rep. Shimkus, possible chair of the House committee that deals with energy, believes that climate change should not concern us since God has promised not to destroy Earth.

Christie 'Skeptical' on Man's Role in Global Warming

Scientists and environmental advocates reacted with anger and incredulity Wednesday to remarks by Gov. Christie expressing doubt that humans are causing climate change.

Crackdown Nabs More Than 1,000 Gas Drilling Trucks

About three out of every four trucks were cited for violations last month during an enforcement effort for vehicles hauling gas-drilling wastewater, the Pennsylvania State Police said.

White House Editing Caused Drilling Ban Dispute

Some White House fiddling with an Interior Department report on offshore drilling wrongly implied that a group of experts had endorsed a decision to impose a six-month drilling ban.

Environment Group Warns of Arctic Oil Drilling Risks

Freezing conditions, chunky ice and high seas could imperil operations to clean up an Arctic oil spill where the fragile ecosystem is already in tumult due to warming, a green group said.


India: Cancun Will Test Climate Talks' Credibility

Climate talks in Cancun will be the last chance for nations to agree on thorny issues such as technology transfer and will test the dialogue's credibility, India's environment minister said.

Kiribati Leader Mulls Resettling Population If Seas Rise

The president of Kiribati has said the low-lying Pacific nation must begin planning to relocate its population in case global warming causes sea levels to rise and swamp the country.

Concentrated Solar, Biofuels Competitive Soon: BCG

Solar energy and biofuels are on track to become economically competitive against conventional power sources within a few years to a decade, the Boston Consulting Group said.

State's Tallest Wind Turbines to Begin Operating Near Green Bay

Towering above fields on the Niagara Escarpment south of Green Bay are some of the tallest wind turbines in the nation -- rising nearly 500 feet from the ground to the tip of a blade.

One Startups Quest for Better Wind Forecasts

Onsemble, a year-old company, has developed a business around collecting wind data all the way up at the height of the wind turbine. And this week the startup announced that it has collected wind data for the bulk of the wind farms in Texas.

Toyota EV to Go Over 100 Km on Single Charge: Report

Toyota's compact electric car due to go on sale in 2012 will have a range of more than 100 km (62 miles) on a full charge and a top speed of about 120 km (75 miles) per hour.

World Bank Arm Ready to Back Palm Oil if Ban Goes

The World Bank's private sector lender will focus more on palm oil firms pursuing green standards if a suspension on financing the sector is lifted by its president, an official said.

November 10, 2010

Oil Industry Sues EPA for Violating Clean Air Act

The American Petroleum Institute and nine other groups are arguing that EPA's approval of E15 — 85 percent gasoline and 15 percent ethanol — violates the Clean Air Act.

EPA Completes Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule for Oil-and-Gas Industry

EPA has completed final rules that require oil and natural-gas companies to measure and report their greenhouse gas emissions. The rules do not require reductions but will provide key data.

China's Energy Explosion: 75% Growth by 2035

Chinese soaring energy demand will be the single biggest force in spurring higher carbon dioxide emissions linked to climate change, according to the International Energy Agency.

EU Advises China on Cap and Trade

The European Union is advising Beijing on a trial of emissions trading in China to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

GE Ploughs $2bn into China's Clean Tech Push

General Electric will invest more than $2bn in China through 2012 and make major investments in grid technology and rail infrastructure 


Long Running Massey Energy Case to Continue in VA

Hugh Caperton's case against Massey Energy and Don Blankenship moves forward as the former coal mine owner sues them in Virginia. West Virginia's justice system is also named in his suit. 

Chevron Enters Marcellus with $4.3bn Deal for Atlas

Chevron has become the latest oil major to jump on the Marcellus shale bandwagon with a $4.3bn deal to buy Atlas Energy and access to 486,000 acres of the gas rich geologic formation.

IEA: World should eradicate fossil fuel subsidies

Eradicating fossil fuel subsidies would boost the global economy, environment and energy security, the International Energy Agency said on Tuesday, reminding G20 countries of a pledge they made in 2009.

Gas Glut Threatens Investment in Renewables

A global gas glut which could last a decade will act as a "major barrier" to the development of renewable energy, cleaner coal plants and nuclear power, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).

The Post-Election Outlook for Regional Cap-and-Trade


The election will bring in a host of new governors and state legislatures switching mostly from Democratic to Republican control. What does it mean for regional cap-and-trade?

EPA Subpoenas Halliburton over Fracking Fluids

The Environmental Protection Agency said on Tuesday it has issued a subpoena to Halliburton, demanding information about chemicals it uses in a natural gas drilling technique called "fracking."

Oil-Rig Culture Weak on Safety

A U.S. panel probing the BP oil spill put the spotlight on the safety culture at companies drilling the well.

Doctors' Lobby Supports Greenhouse Gas Regulations

The American Medical Association voted at its annual meeting to adopt policy supporting the Environmental Protection Agency's authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.


Bubbles of Energy Are Found in Galaxy

Something big is going on at the center of the galaxy, and astronomers are happy to say they don't know what it is.

Will Murkowski Move Left?

If Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) emerges as the official winner of the US Senate race in Alaska, what kind of Republican will she be? Her bruising campaign to keep her seat could shift her more to the center.

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