November 11, 2010

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.

November 9, 2010

Wisconsin Halts Rail Project as Election Fallout Begins

The Wisconsin Transportation Secretary said the state is suspending its work on an $810 million Milwaukee-Madison rail line after Gov.-elect Scott Walker (R) reaffirmed his pledge to kill the project.

Europe's Siemens to Sign Electric-Vehicle Contract in China

Siemens AG, Europe's largest engineering company, said it is close to signing a contract to supply a Chinese city with electric-vehicle charging infrastructure.

Johnson Controls Contracted to Cool Great Mosque in Mecca

Energy efficiency giant Johnson Controls is to provide state-of-the-art heating, ventilation and air conditioning at the Holy Mosque in Makkah, Saudia Arabia -- the largest mosque in the world.


Where's the Gulf oil? In the Food Web, Scientist Says

"Everybody is making a huge deal of where did the oil go," said chief study author William "Monty" Graham, a plankton expert at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab in Alabama. "It just became food."

Europe's Top Brass Differ With Republicans Over Global Warming

At the Halifax International Security Forum, comments on global warming from two leading GOP lawmakers stood in stark contrast to open concern from some of Europe's military leaders.

Sensenbrenner: Keep House Climate Panel to Check EPA

The top Republican on the House climate change panel that Democrats created in 2007 is urging GOP leaders to recast it as a check against EPA rules he calls economically harmful.

EPA Chief Strikes Back at House GOP Critics

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson told Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), the top Republican on the Energy and Commerce Committee, that his attacks on the costs of Clean Air Act rules are way off base.

In Bangkok, Another Chance to Phase Out Super GHGs

Negotiators in Bangkok are considering a proposed expansion in the ozone treaty known as the Montreal Protocol to phase out the production and use of super greenhouse gases.

Statoil: CO2 Tax Works

"Carbon pricing is essential," Hege Marie Norheim of Norway's Statoil told an oil conference in Abu Dhabi last week. "The Norwegian carbon dioxide tax shows that it works. This has been quite a revelation."

Protest against Wind Farm Leads to Arrests in Maine

Police in Maine have made several arrests as 30 to 40 people protested a 40-turbine wind power project under construction in Lincoln and neighboring towns.

Report Slams G-20 Nations on Fossil Fuel Subsidies

Two environmental groups are trying to ratchet up pressure on G-20 nations meeting in South Korea this month to make good on pledges to slash fossil fuel subsidies.

Water Fight Looms in Alberta

Premier Ed Stelmach says Alberta will have to store more water in parched southern Alberta even if the controversial practice -- which could include more dams -- doesn't sit well with some environmentalists.

Are Gulf Oil Plumes Still a Threat?

Over the course of the summer, scientists detected large plumes of oil droplets in the Gulf of Mexico. Are these plumes still a threat to the Gulf ecosystem?

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