March 9, 2011

Air Pollution Off the Charts in Rural Wyoming

Pollution is smudging the air and causing runny eyes and shortness of breath in Wyoming. The cause of the spike is blamed on weather patterns and the natural gas-drilling boom.

Greens Slam EPA Over Exemption for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Data

EPA's plan to give businesses three more years to show how they calculate their emissions will weaken the agency's new reporting requirements and could be illegal, environmentalists said.

At House E.P.A. Hearing, Both Sides Claim Science

Science and politics rarely play nicely together, and a House hearing Tuesday on a bill to strip the EPA of its power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions proved no exception.

Australia: Gillard Geared Up for Carbon Battle with Ads in Arsenal

Australia's Labor party insists it will stand and fight for its proposed carbon price even though its primary vote slumped to a record low of 30 percent in the latest Newspoll.

Spain Backpedals on Renewable Energy

Spain put the brakes on the use of clean energies to generate electricity, as the government approved an energy savings program to cope with its large oil bill.

Snubbing Skeptics Threatens to Intensify Climate War, Study Says

Listening to climate change doubters, and not dismissing them, might avert a "logic schism" similar to the political stalemate on abortion, according to a new paper involving research on skeptics.

Further Study Needed on Shale-Gas Drilling in Quebec, Committee Concludes

The question of shale-gas drilling in Quebec needs to be further studied, said a committee that spent the past six months looking into the industry.

Australia: Catchment Gas Leak as Coalmine Cracks

Methane is bubbling up through one of the key rivers in Sydney's drinking water catchment, after a coalmine cracked the rock underneath it.

Melting Ice Lets Largest Contributor to Rising Sea Levels

Researchers expected the shrinking ice sheets of Antarctica and Greenland to eventually become the greatest contributor to the world's rising sea levels; they just didn't expect it to happen so quickly.

Soot Hastens Snowmelt on Tibetan Plateau

In high-elevation snowy regions, the warming effects of greenhouse gases pale in comparison to those triggered by soot. This could help explain the accelerating pace of melting on the Tibetan Plateau, which holds the world's largest reservoir of ice outside of the polar regions.

March 8, 2011

Exxon Mobil Wins Ruling in Alaska Oil Spill Case

Exxon Mobil has won a round in a dispute with environmentalists who want more money to clean up oil left on the shoreline of Prince William Sound from the 1989 Exxon Valdez tanker spill.

EPA Tells Oklahoma Utilities to Clean Coal Plants

The U.S. EPA wants wants OG&E Corp and American Electric Power to reduce air pollution at three coal-fired power plants in Oklahoma or convert the facilities to natural gas.

GOP Will Move Bill to Block EPA Climate Rules Despite Dem Pleas for a Delay

Top Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee asked Republicans to delay an effort to move through a subcommittee this week legislation that would block EPA climate regulations.

Exelon CEO: Congress Not Needed on Clean Energy

The CEO of the nation's biggest nuclear power producer says Congress should get out of the way as the nation moves toward natural gas and other forms of clean energy.

NASA Launch Failure Is a Blow to Climate Science

The crash of a NASA rocket bearing a sophisticated observation satellite has dealt a major setback to scientific efforts aimed at understanding how humans are affecting Earth's climate.

Pa.: No Red Flags Over Radioactivity in 7 Rivers

Tests of water in Pennsylvania downriver from treatment plants that handle wastewater from natural gas drilling raised no red flags for radioactivity, a state agency said Monday.

House Energy Subcommittee Could Move Bill to Block EPA Climate Rules Thursday

House Republicans may move a bill to permanently block the EPA from regulating greenhouse gas emissions through a key subcommittee later this week.

Colorado Approves First Post-Cold War Uranium Mill

Colorado regulators on Monday gave final state approval for construction and operation of the first new uranium mill in the U.S. since the Cold War, but the project still faces a court challenge.

Issa, EPA in Protocol Dispute

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) doesn't want the Obama administration and the EPA telling him how to run his House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Ethanol Poses Dilemma for 2012 GOP Field Battling for Iowa

Corn is king in Iowa, but ethanol is a close second, and Republicans seeking to unseat Obama must balance conservative demands to slash subsidies with the popularity of price supports in Iowa.

Iceland Eyeing Giant Cable to Sell Power to Europe

Iceland is considering building the world's longest subsea electric cable to allow it to sell its geothermal and volcanic energy to Europe, the country's largest energy company said Monday.

China's Coal Reserves 'Will Make it New Middle East,' Says Energy Chief

Vast reserves of coal in the far west of China mean it is set to become the "new Middle East," claimed Fred Palmer, the chairman of the London-based World Coal Association.

Spain Lowers Speed Limit to Cut Fuel Bill

Spanish drivers have begun keeping their speed to below 68 mph on motorways after the government made a cut in the speed limit a key measure in moves to lower Spain's energy bill.

Biofuel Appeal Stokes Bullish Palm Price Outlook

Malaysian plans to subsidize biofuel and the launch of the world's biggest biodiesel plant in Singapore promise to give a fillip to the renewable fuel industry worldwide.

Natural Gas Companies Send Workers to Hill to Make Case for Fracking

Greenwire: Natural gas company workers plan to lobby lawmakers today on the safety of drilling techniques amid controversy over exploration for the fuel.
Eighteen workers from six states will visit House and Senate members in an event organized by industry influence group American Petroleum Institute. It started yesterday and continues today. Workers yesterday talked to the White House's Council on Environmental Quality.
"It's critical for our elected officials to hear from their own constituents about...

Canadian Oil Projects May Benefit from Mideast Unrest

For weeks, Republicans have been citing the turmoil in North Africa and the Middle East to call for faster oil-and-gas development in U.S. waters. But Canada's massive oil sands projects stand to gain as well.

Deforestation Gives Some Brazil Beef a Big Carbon Footprint

Extensive deforestation for low-yielding cattle production means some Brazilian beef carries a disproportionately high carbon footprint, reports a new study published in Environmental Science & Technology.

March 7, 2011

Company Wants to Revise US-Asia Coal Permit

A company seeking to build a terminal in southwest Washington to ship U.S. coal to Asia says it has offered to settle an appeal by removing controversial aspects involving coal from its permit.

North Korea Seeks to Earn Hard Currency Via Carbon Credits

Impoverished North Korea, facing sanctions over its nuclear weapons program, hopes to earn much-needed hard currency by selling UN-backed carbon offsets from a series of hydropower projects.

Obama Said to Consider Tapping Oil Reserves

President Obama is considering opening up the nation's strategic oil reserve as the administration grapples with how to deal with rapidly rising gas prices.

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