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  • Environmental hypocrites protesting against oil pipeline, burned oil to keep themselves warm!

    02/22/2017 6:49:40 PM PST · by grundle · 16 replies
    wordpress ^ | February 22, 2017 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Environmental hypocrites who were protesting against the Dakota Access oil pipeline, burned oil to keep themselves warm! They also left enough litter to fill more than 250 garbage trucks! Environmental hypocrites who were protesting against the Dakota Access oil pipeline, burned oil to keep themselves warm!They also left enough litter to fill more than 250 garbage trucks!Fox News writes of this: (the bolding is mine)What was once a bustling makeshift city is now a largely abandoned garbage pit. Teepees and yurts, thousands of sheets of plywood and tents, kerosene and propane stoves, diesel and gasoline generators, food, clothing, cars and mountains...
  • Pipeline protesters set fire to camp before clearing out; oil could be flowing in 2 months

    02/22/2017 2:05:53 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Fox News ^ | 02/22/2017 | By William Lajeunesse
    CANNON BALL, N.D – After seven months of protests, beating drums, freezing nights and canned chili, police shut down campsites once occupied by tens of thousands of environmentalists and Native Americans fighting the North Dakota Access Pipeline project. At least one person was injured Wednesday after protesters set fire to a handful of wooden structures at the makeshift campsite. Cecily Fong, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Emergency Services, says the extent of the unidentified female's injuries weren't known. Fong said an ambulance was being sent to the encampment. Most of the 200 to 300 protesters who remained at...
  • Pipeline Protesters Ruin Tribe’s Casino Revenue and Set Fire to Camp

    02/22/2017 12:42:55 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 40 replies
    National Review ^ | February 22, 2017 2:27 PM1 | by PAUL CROOKSTON
    The Dakota Access Pipeline protesters are being forced to abandon their camp today, and rather than allow the site to be properly cleaned up, they have decided to light it on fire Burning sections of the camp will most likely make a sanitary and efficient cleanup more difficult for the authorities, which have repeatedly clashed with protesters over the camp’s threat to the environment. An even bigger reason many in the Standing Rock tribe won’t be sorry to see visiting agitators go: The pipeline protest has been detrimental to their most important source of revenue, the Prairie Knights Casino &...
  • Dakota pipeline builder says oil could flow in as few as two weeks

    02/22/2017 12:26:44 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 22, 2017 | Tom Kutsch and James Hill
    On the eve of the deadline for anti-Dakota Access Pipeline protesters to vacate camps in North Dakota, the company in charge of construction said in a court filing on Tuesday that oil could start flowing in as early as two weeks, beating previous estimates. Texas-based developer Energy Transfer Partners, the builder of the pipeline whose construction has sparked protests since last August over its location, said in the filing to the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., that the company "estimates and targets that the pipeline will be complete and ready to flow oil anywhere between the week of March...
  • De Blasio Threatens Wells Fargo Over Dakota Access Pipeline

    02/19/2017 10:54:51 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 56 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 19, 2017 | By Kerry Picket
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio threatened Wells Fargo bank for its investment in the North Dakota Access Pipeline. In a February 17 letter to Wells Fargo CEO Timothy Sloan, de Blasio said he wanted to “express my deep concern about your involvement, and the involvement of other banks, in financing the Dakota Access Pipeline,” noting his concern is partly based on being a Mayor of a “coastal city threatened by climate change.” De Blasio claimed the pipeline would violate “human and tribal rights of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation” and would have “negative environmental consequences” to the land...
  • Oil – Where did it come from?

    02/19/2017 1:38:04 PM PST · by rktman · 63 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | 2/18/2017 | David Middleton
    I am a petroleum geologist/geophysicist with about 36 years of experience in oil & gas exploration mostly in the Gulf of Mexico. In light of Andy May’s recent post, Oil – Will we run out?, I thought I might post an essay on oil formation. Over the past six years, I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to write guest posts for Watts Up With That thanks to Anthony Watts. Many of my posts have been about issues related to oil production and each of these posts usually triggers comments from Abiogenic Oil advocates. So, this post’s main thrust...
  • Trump month one: Success for his supporters; Has already done what Reagan couldn't

    02/17/2017 5:47:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    USA Today | February 17, 2017 | Charlotte Allen
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/02/17/trump-executive-orders-elite-popular-polls-muslim-ban-immigration-column/97920456/
  • Higher Emissions Ahead: Closing Nuclear Plant Here Means More CO2

    02/17/2017 12:31:04 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/15/2017 | Derek Draplin
    For New England, closing a nuclear power plant in 2014 only increased the need for electricity generated by burning natural gas, driving up carbon dioxide emissions in the region. In Michigan, experts say closing one of the state’s three nuclear plants could lead to a similar outcome — increased carbon dioxide emissions. The Entergy Corp. nuclear plant in Vermont, which accounted for 70 percent of the state’s electric generation and 4 percent of the region’s, shut down in 2014. As a result, carbon dioxide emission rates went from 726 pounds per megawatt-hour in 2014 to 747 pounds per megawatt-hour in...
  • United States: The Plan For The Future Of American Infrastructure

    02/17/2017 4:55:24 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    Mondaq ^ | February 13, 2017 | Richard P. Puttré, Eric W. Sedlak, Kevin J. McIntyre, Isel M. Perez and James F. Channing
    A Look Into the Opaque Crystal Ball for Infrastructure Initiatives in the First 100 Days of the Trump Administration President Donald J. Trump's "America's Infrastructure First" plan is one of the Trump Administration's priorities during his first 100 days in office. Throughout the campaign, President Trump heralded his plan to build and restore highways, tunnels, airports, bridges, and water systems across America and promised a $1 trillion investment in the infrastructure sector over a 10-year period. Leaders from both parties acknowledge the nation's deteriorating infrastructure, and there have been expressions of support from both sides of the aisle for some...
  • [2012 FLASHBACK] What If Oil and Natural Gas Are Renewable Resources?

    02/17/2017 1:07:51 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 18, 2012 | Greg Lewis
    President Barack Obama and his green energy confederates are determined to scare the public about a declining supply of "fossil fuels." If we accept the idea that oil is produced by the conversion of organic matter -- from plants to dinosaurs -- under extreme pressure, we must also accept the idea that there is a limited supply of oil and that we've got to do everything we can to find a replacement for fossil fuels before we run out. The evidence is mounting that not only do we have more than a century's worth of recoverable oil in the United...
  • Bold Nebraska Once Again Trying To Thwart Keystone XL

    02/16/2017 5:17:29 PM PST · by SolidRedState · 7 replies
    Self | 2/16/2017 | SolidRedState
    Bold Nebraska is running a letter writing campaign to block the XL pipeline at the state level with letters to the Nebraska Public Service Commission. We can do the same by writing in support of the pipeline. Here is an excerpt from their campaign letter .. "Today, TransCanada submitted its application to build the Keystone XL pipeline to the Nebraska Public Service Commission. [1] With the shocking silencing of the massive public outcry against this pipeline by President Trump's State Dept. -- which said that the federal government is "not inviting further comment at this time" [2] -- Bold's efforts...
  • Trump signs bill undoing Obama coal mining rule

    02/16/2017 7:04:50 PM PST · by GonzoII · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/16/17 | Devin Henry
    President Trump on Thursday signed legislation ending a key Obama administration coal mining rule.   The bill quashes the Office of Surface Mining's Stream Protection Rule, a regulation to protect waterways from coal mining waste that officials finalized in December. The legislation is the second Trump has signed into law ending an Obama-era environmental regulation. On Tuesday, he signed a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution undoing a financial disclosure requirement for energy companies. Both the mining and financial disclosure bills are the tip of a GOP push to undo a slate of regulations instituted in the closing days of the Obama administration. The...
  • Live inside the West Wing- Bill Signing 2/14/17

    02/15/2017 5:06:13 PM PST · by Trumpnation
    YouTube ^ | 2-15-17 | JR
    President Donald Trump signed legislation on Tuesday, repealing an Obama-era rule that forced energy and mining companies to disclose any payments they made abroad. At least we can see all the "players" interacting.
  • Feds join Dakota Access protest camp cleanup in race to avoid ‘environmental disaster’

    02/14/2017 4:38:49 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 20 replies
    Washington Times ^ | February 14, 2017 | By Valerie Richardson
    North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum announced Tuesday that the federal government is moving in to accelerate the cleanup at the Dakota Access protest camp before the snowmelt turns the area into an “environmental disaster.” Despite weeks of cleanup at the Oceti Sakowin camp led by the Standing Rock Sioux, the job is only about half-finished. Some areas of the camp, which was built on a floodplain, are already under several inches of water. “With near-record high temperatures expected later this week and significant meltwater flooding already occurring, the situation grows increasingly unsafe by the day,” said Mr. Burgum in a...
  • Trump Signs First Bill, CNN Livid

    02/14/2017 4:46:56 PM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | February 14, 2017 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Hey, in the midst of all of this, Trump just signed his first bill today, first piece of legislation. You know what it does? I was watching CNN. They’re just livid. CNN is reporting that Trump’s bill that he signed weakens oil and gas and mining regulations. And you should have seen them when they announced this. They’re just shaking their heads, “Oh, my God.” And what they’re shaking their heads about is he won’t stop. We can’t make him stop! We thought we had him paralyzed with Flynn, he just keeps doing it. And that’s what’s gonna continue...
  • Demon Coal

    02/14/2017 3:00:39 PM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 14, 2017 | Norman Rogers
    Coal is a gift that we have in abundance. The vast reserves of coal guarantee the United States energy for hundreds of years. Coal is efficient. No fuel, other than uranium, is cheaper. Coal burns clean in modern plants. Strip-mining coal in the modern way improves the landscape. According to the Energy Information Administration, the U.S. demonstrated coal reserve base is 477 billion 2,000-pound tons, enough for more than 500 years at current consumption rates. In the eyes of the diminishing crowd of believers in catastrophic global warming, coal is evil, a demon. Why? Because it is mostly carbon, and...
  • JUST IN President Donald J Trump signs repeal of Dodd Frank provision

    02/14/2017 12:18:13 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 104 replies
    You Tube ^ | 2-14-2017 | Time News
    JUST IN President Donald J Trump signs repeal of Dodd Frank provision
  • Weatherford Slashes Another 3,000 Jobs

    02/06/2017 3:49:19 PM PST · by Lorianne · 8 replies
    Oil Price ^ | 02 February 2017 | Tsvetana Paraskova
    As part of its strategy to further cut costs and reduce debt, oilfield services company Weatherford International (NYSE:WFT) said on Thursday that it had launched another head count reduction plan totaling 3,000 employees. Weatherford’s Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President Christoph Bausch said at the company’s earnings call on Thursday for the fourth-quarter and full-2016 results: “At the time of this call, we have already reduced 2,000 employees out of the 3,000 mentioned before.” As part of its strategy to further cut costs and reduce debt, oilfield services company Weatherford International (NYSE:WFT) said on Thursday that it had launched...
  • Senate Just Delivered Final Blow To Obama’s Legacy — Votes To Overturn THIS Obama Order!

    02/06/2017 9:31:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    Freedom Daily ^ | 02/06/2017 | S. White
    The last 8 years of unconstitutional executive orders and forcing through illegal policies has weighed a heavy burden on the country and the taxpayer. No more so than the ultimate job killer, Obamacare. But now, the pendulum has swung to the other side, and everything is on the chopping block. Yesterday in the Senate, a vote of 54-45 was struck to abolish Obama’s order that had the adverse effect of almost completely wiping out the coal mining industry and thus taking 83,000 jobs off the job market. As you might have known, it was the government’s Stream Protection Act that...
  • Massive Cleanup Underway Where Environmentalists Camped for Pipeline Protest

    02/06/2017 7:36:52 AM PST · by libstripper · 44 replies
    PJ Media ^ | Feb. 5, 2017 | Rick Moran
    A cleanup to prevent an "environmental disaster" is underway at a protest camp near the Dakota Access Pipeline. The camp had been occupied by thousands of environmentalists and Native Americans who were demonstrating against the pipeline project. It was the Native Americans who requested help with the cleanup, as massive amounts of garbage, human waste, teepees, and abandoned vehicles must be removed before the spring thaw when flooding is expected.
  • Californians are paying billions for power they don't need

    02/05/2017 8:09:52 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Feb. 5, 2017 | Ivan Penn and Ryan Menezes
    The bucolic orchards of Sutter County north of Sacramento had never seen anything like it: a visiting governor and a media swarm — all to christen the first major natural gas power plant in California in more than a decade. At its 2001 launch, the Sutter Energy Center was hailed as the nation’s cleanest power plant. It generated electricity while using less water and natural gas than older designs. A year ago, however, the $300-million plant closed indefinitely, just 15 years into an expected 30- to 40-year lifespan. The power it produces is no longer needed — in large part...
  • Do the Netherlands’ trains really run on 100% wind power?

    02/05/2017 3:07:57 PM PST · by Lorianne · 16 replies
    Energy Matters ^ | 01 February 2017 | Roger Andrews
    I find that the electrified portion of the Dutch railway network (Nederlandse Spoorwegen, or NS) runs on grid electricity that comes dominantly from fossil fuel generation (natural gas and coal). NS claims 100% wind power because it has a contract with various wind farms to produce enough energy to power its rail system, but this is just an accounting transaction. Only a small fraction of the power delivered to its trains actually comes from wind. First some details on the Netherlands’ electricity sector. As shown in the table below installed capacity is dominantly fossil fuel, with natural gas making up...
  • Is Google’s Renewable Energy Plan What It Seems?

    02/05/2017 3:04:34 PM PST · by Lorianne
    Electronic Design ^ | 18 January 2017 | Maria Guerra
    When I first heard about Google’s latest announcement, I thought the company was going to rely completely on renewable energy to directly energize its data centers. I was surprised by such an achievement, as data centers operate 24/7 and wind and the sun are not constantly available resources. But it turned out that is not the case—yet. Google’s renewable energy plan is just an excuse for all the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that it will keep generating as it mostly energizes its data centers with fossil fuels. In addition to delving into the significance of this announcement ourselves, we asked...
  • Dakota Access Pipeline protest leader charged with inciting a riot, 74 arrested

    02/03/2017 7:34:43 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/03/2017 | John Sexton
    Dakota Access Pipeline protester Chase Iron Eyes was arrested this week and has been charged with inciting a riot, which is a felony. Iron Eyes allegedly led a group of several dozen protesters who set up a new camp on higher ground that would be out of the flood plain where the current camp sits. The only problem: The property the new camp was set up on is owned by the developer of the Dakota Access Pipeline. From the Associated Press: Chase Iron Eyes could face up to five years in prison if convicted on the felony charge. He...
  • Record radiation level detected inside damaged Fukushima reactor

    02/03/2017 3:01:42 PM PST · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 72 replies
    Japantoday ^ | Feb. 3, 2017 | NA
    A record radiation level has been detected inside the No. 2 reactor at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex, with the estimated reading of up to 530 sieverts per hour, the plant operator said Thursday. The reading means a person could die from even brief exposure, highlighting the difficulties ahead as the government and Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. grope their way toward dismantling all three reactors that melted down in the March 2011 nuclear disaster. The plant operator also announced that based on an image analysis, a 1-square-meter hole has been found on a metal grating beneath the...
  • Chase Iron Eyes among 76 arrested as DAPL protesters attempt to set up new camp on private land

    02/01/2017 5:42:30 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 11 replies
    KFYR FOX ^ | February 1, 2017
    CANNON BALL, N.D. - A coordinated law enforcement effort evacuated another Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp that was beginning to take root outside of the main protest camp. Humvees and front end loaders pushed protesters back and converged on the camp from the east and west. The new camp was an attempt by a group of activists to establish a peaceful and prayerful protest. Law enforcement moved in around 2 p.m. and protesters said they were ready to stand their ground. "If they do come over and they do arrest us and they do, you know, get aggressive, we'll stand...
  • Army Corps told to clear way for Dakota Access construction

    01/31/2017 7:13:16 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | Jan 31,2017 | Devin Henry
    The acting secretary of the Army has instructed federal officials to issue the easement necessary to build a controversial segment of the Dakota Access pipeline, members of the North Dakota congressional delegation said Tuesday. “The Acting Secretary of the Army Robert Speer informed us that he has directed the Army Corps of Engineers to proceed with the easement needed to complete the Dakota Access Pipeline,” Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) said in a Tuesday night statement. “This will enable the company to complete the project, which can and will be built with the necessary safety features to protect the Standing Rock...
  • Trump Tax Reforms Could Cause Oil Production Surge: Goldman Sachs

    01/30/2017 7:36:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Ship & Bunker ^ | January 26, 2017 | Staff
    His first week in office is proving U.S. president Donald Trump to be, if nothing else, true to his word in acting upon campaign promises, and Goldman Sachs believes the brash billionaire's proposed tax reforms may result in a 25 percent upward surge of West Texas Intermediate futures. This in turn could trigger large-scale domestic oil production, according to Goldman analysts, referring to the outcome of the push by House of Representative Republicans for a shift to border-adjusted corporate tax (BTA), whereby imports into the States would be taxed but U.S. business export revenues would be exempt from corporate taxation....
  • Justin Trudeau booed at disastrous town hall as polls show lowest approval ever

    01/27/2017 11:34:35 AM PST · by SouthernerFromTheNorth · 125 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 01/25/2017 | Frances Martel
    A poll released Tuesday found Canadians disenchanted with liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, whose approval ratings have fallen to their lowest since he assumed the nation’s highest office. The Forum Poll™, a public opinion firm, released their numbers while Trudeau was visiting western Calgary. Having called for “phasing out” oil sands from the nation’s economy, Calgarians greeted Trudeau with loud boos and, in some instances, barely managed to let Trudeau answer their barbed questions. Forum found that 48 percent of Canadians approve of the job Trudeau is doing as Prime Minister, the first time his approval has crossed the 50...
  • President Trump Sends Note on Coal to Sen. Capito (West Virginia)

    01/26/2017 7:14:33 PM PST · by Morgana · 27 replies
    wowk ^ | January 26, 2017 | Mark Curtis
    A handwritten note from President Trump to West Virginia Senator Shelly Moore Capito is generating a lot of buzz, especially on social media. Capito wrote asking for support on the Miner's Protection Act, stalled in Congress. The President wrote back, saying: "Shelley: Great I am all for the miners." The coal industry appreciates the response.
  • Report: Without the pipelines, U.S. in danger of losing up to 33% of power generation by 2030

    01/26/2017 7:34:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/26/2017 | Jazz Shaw
    Ed Morrissey already looked at President Trump’s aggressive move to get Keystone XL, Dakota Access and other pipelines back on track earlier this week. The timing for this probably couldn’t be better because despite all the protests from environmentalists and the Keep It In The Ground movement, we are heading toward some hard deadlines for energy generation, after which some very bad things are going to start happening. That’s the conclusion reached in a new study from the Consumer Energy Alliance which examines the long term effects of continuing to reject new pipeline construction projects. The number are not...
  • Safety Records Show Pipelines Best Method for Transporting Oil

    01/24/2017 8:26:57 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 12 replies
    The New American ^ | 20 October 2014 | Bob Adelmann
    The combination of the Obama administration’s intransigence in approving the Keystone XL pipeline and the exponential explosion in the production of crude oil, especially from the Bakken formation in North Dakota, has put increasing pressure on alternative modes of transportation to get that crude to refineries and customers. But with the increasing use of alternative modes such as barges, railcars, and over-the-road tanker trucks has come a growing concern about safety.A series of rail accidents over the last several years has caught the attention of the Department of Transportation, and CNBC has tried its best to question the viability of...
  • Trump Revives Keystone Pipeline Rejected by Obama

    01/24/2017 8:56:04 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 56 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 24, 2016 | PETER BAKER and CORAL DAVENPORT
    WASHINGTON — President Trump moved assertively on Tuesday to further dismantle his predecessor’s policies as he revived the Keystone XL pipeline that stirred years of debate over the balance between the nation’s energy needs and efforts to stem climate change.
  • Here it comes again: Severance tax a nonstarter

    01/23/2017 5:24:34 PM PST · by 198ml
    Pittsburgh Tribune Review ^ | 1/21/17 | Editors
    If the GOP-controlled Legislature goes along with Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf's renewed call for a severance tax, it would be a surefire way to debilitate Pennsylvania's shale-gas industry. Always a bad idea, a severance tax is an even worse idea this time around — because 2016 saw the industry “shed a third of its jobs” and gas prices are still rebounding “from record lows,” according to the Commonwealth Foundation. The state's own Independent Fiscal Office estimates that Pennsylvania's existing impact fee is the equivalent of a 6.9-percent severance tax — higher than severance taxes in Louisiana, Wyoming and West Virginia.
  • Donald Trump vows to unlock $66 trillion shale oil and gas revolution

    01/23/2017 12:32:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The Australian ^ | January 23, 2017 | Graham Lloyd
    US President Donald Trump has pledged to unlock a $US50 trillion ($66 trillion) shale oil and gas revolution and boost development of low emissions coal technology for electricity. The Energy First plan was outlined as the top priority in President Trump’s first action statement after being sworn into office. The statement committed Trump to scrapping the Obama government’s Climate Action Plan but did not mention renewable energy or whether the US would remain in the Paris agreement. It was a full endorsement of the future use of fossil fuels. The Trump plan mirrors debate in Australia over energy security. The...
  • Rick Perry: ‘I regret’ calling for the elimination of the Energy Department

    01/19/2017 6:44:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 81 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 01/19/2017 | By Ben Wolfgang
    As he tries to convince the Senate to put him in charge of the Energy Department, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry will tell lawmakers Thursday that he was wrong to recommend eliminating that same department. During his 2012 presidential campaign, Mr. Perry, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for energy secretary, advocated getting rid of the Energy Department, along with several other federal agencies. At one GOP primary debate he was unable to remember all of the departments he sought to scrap, leading to his infamous “Oops” moment. More than four years later, Mr. Perry now is a full-throated supporter of the...
  • Donald Trump could make US world-leader with $25 dollar oil, claims Wall Street analyst

    01/18/2017 10:35:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Energy Voice ^ | January 19, 2017 | Alan Shields
    A leading Wall Street investment expert claims that Donald Trump could make the US a world leading “energy powerhouse” during his presidency. Joseph Grinkorn, chief executive officer of Morris Group, believes the presidential elect could force global oil prices as low as $25 dollars a barrel by tapping into America’s reserves. Mr Grinkhorn, a New York-base entrepreneur that specialises in finance, claims that the Republican’s first 100 days in office could be a “game changer” for the global energy industry. Both OPEC and non-OPEC member countries have already agreed to cut production for the first six months of this year...
  • Pipeline in Canada needs replacing after 'mischief': police

    01/18/2017 12:45:55 PM PST · by Lorianne · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 16 January 2017
    A section of an intra-provincial oilfield pipeline under construction in Canada's oil heartland of Alberta needs replacement after being damaged by an act of "mischief," authorities said on Monday. The incident happened in Hythe, about 500 km (310 miles) northwest of the provincial capital of Edmonton, late on Saturday and was reported to police on Sunday. It involved a pipeline belonging to Paramount Resources Ltd, according to the Alberta Energy Regulator(AER). No product was leaked as the pipeline is not yet operational. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said it appeared the culprit or culprits tried to used construction equipment on...
  • International players likely sellers as Canadian oil crash survivors hunt for bargains

    01/18/2017 12:44:41 PM PST · by Lorianne · 1 replies
    Financial Post ^ | 16 January 2017 | Claudia Cattaneo
    Whole title: International players likely sellers as Canadian oil crash survivors hunt for bargains and big mergers After a slow couple of years, merger and acquisition activity in the energy sector is expected to rebound in 2017 as oil prices stabilize, strong companies hunt for bargains, and international and struggling Canadian players keep unloading non-core assets. Adam Waterous, who is leaving his job as global head of investment banking at Scotiabank to start his own private equity company and bet on the next Alberta drilling boom, predicted a very busy year as “legacy” companies continue to restructure and cut costs....
  • Shutdown of coal plants raised electricity rates, failed to reduce pollution: Report

    01/18/2017 8:58:02 AM PST · by Twotone · 24 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | Jan. 17, 2017 | Antonella Artuso
    Ontario’s hell-bent determination to phase out coal-fired generation raised electricity rates without significantly improving air pollution levels, a new Fraser Institute report says. Ontario’s hell-bent determination to phase out coal-fired generation raised electricity rates without significantly improving air pollution levels, a new Fraser Institute report says. Report co-author Ross McKitrick, an economics professor at the University of Guelph, said the findings should act as a cautionary tale for Alberta and Ottawa currently going down the same road. Even though there was reliable information available at the time that showed Ontario coal was not a big player in common air pollution...
  • 200,000 New Energy Jobs Forecast In 2017

    01/18/2017 8:14:11 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 4 replies
    The latest U.S. Energy and Employment Report has forecast that the sector of energy efficiency will see a 9-percent increase in employment this year – the highest growth rate across energy sectors, according to the Department of Energy. The survey was conducted among 30,000+ employers from the energy industry, who shared their hiring plans for the next 12 months. Within the energy efficiency sector, the Department also said, the highest growth in employment will be in construction, at 11 percent, followed by the segment of wholesale trade, distribution, and transport, with an expected employment growth rate of 8.3 percent. The...
  • Major advance in solar cells made from cheap, easy-to-use perovskite

    01/15/2017 11:17:42 PM PST · by aquila48 · 84 replies
    Berkeley News ^ | NOVEMBER 7, 2016 | Robert Sanders
    Solar cells made from an inexpensive and increasingly popular material called perovskite can more efficiently turn sunlight into electricity using a new technique to sandwich two types of perovskite into a single photovoltaic cell. Perovskite solar cells are made of a mix of organic molecules and inorganic elements that together capture light and convert it into electricity, just like today’s more common silicon-based solar cells. Perovskite photovoltaic devices, however, can be made more easily and cheaply than silicon and on a flexible rather than rigid substrate. The first perovskite solar cells could go on the market next year, and some...
  • ConocoPhillips: Big New Oil Discovery In Alaska Could Produce 100,000 Barrels Per Day

    01/15/2017 12:39:14 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Seeking Alpha ^ | January 14, 2017 | Michael Fitzsimmons
    Yesterday ConocoPhillips' (NYSE:COP) Alaskan unit announced a big discovery in Alaska. The Willow discovery lies in the COP's Greater Mooses Tooth ("GMT") unit and consists of two wells which encountered 72 feet and 42 feet of net pay. 3-D seismic appraisal work will start this month, however initial estimates indicate the discovery could contain a recoverable oil potential of 300 million barrels of oil. As a result, Willow could produce up to 100,000 bpd of oil and first oil could come by 2023. ConocoPhillips has a 78% working interest in the play while Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE:APC) holds a 22% interest....
  • Tijuana Gas Protests Temporarily Shut Down Southbound Vehicle Border Crossing

    01/13/2017 7:08:19 PM PST · by greeneyes · 13 replies
    KPBS Radio ^ | Jan 7, 2017 | Jean Guerrero
    Protests of rising gas prices in Tijuana led to the temporary closure of southbound vehicle lanes at the U.S.-Mexico border crossing in San Ysidro on Saturday afternoon. The protests and the closure were repeated on Sunday.
  • On eve of Trump, Obama’s Energy Department announces new policy to protect scientists

    01/12/2017 12:05:49 PM PST · by ColdOne · 41 replies
    WaPo ^ | 1/11/17 | Chris Mooney
    Speaking at the National Press Club Wednesday, outgoing Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced a new “scientific integrity” policy for an agency recently wracked by concerns about how an administration led by President-elect Donald Trump will treat employees who worked on climate change and other sensitive energy-related issues. “It’s part of establishing the environment that allows scientist to do their work, to stay with us, and to recruit new people,” Moniz said in announcing the new policy. Moniz, a physicist, gave an example of his own role in negotiating the Iran nuclear deal. “Seven of our laboratories were providing near real-time...
  • Exxon ordered to turn over 40 years of climate change research

    01/12/2017 9:20:38 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 47 replies
    CNN Money ^ | January 12, 2017 | Matt Egan
    ExxonMobil has lost a key battle in an investigation into whether the oil giant misled the public about the dangers of climate change. A Massachusetts judge ordered Exxon (XOM) on Wednesday to hand over more than four decades of the company's climate change research. The court rejected Exxon's emergency motion to kill the demand from Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, who is investigating allegations the company ignored internal scientific research going back to the 1970s. The ruling came on the same day that longtime Exxon boss Rex Tillerson was being grilled by Congress about the company's climate change tactics at...
  • US energy agency strengthens protections for scientists

    01/11/2017 7:03:55 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    .nature.com ^ | 11 January 2017 | Erin Ross
    The plan allows scientists to publicly state their opinions on science and policy, as long as they make clear that they are not speaking for the government. It requires researchers to notify their supervisors if they speak to the media or publish their findings, but does not require them to seek approval for such activities. “It makes it absolutely clear that notification is the only thing required,” says Wendy Wagner, a law professor at the University of Texas at Austin. “The tenor of the entire policy seems to be full bore about giving scientists and technical people the complete freedom...
  • All that glitters is not green: Costa Rica's renewables conceal dependence on oil

    01/11/2017 11:22:21 AM PST · by Lorianne · 4 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 05 January 2017 | Lindsay Fendt
    Costa Rica produced 98% of its electricity last year without fossil fuels but the sustainable success story unravels with the rising demand for gasoline and cars Unless you’ve avoided social media for the last week, you probably know that last year, Costa Rica was able to produce 98% of its electricity without oil – a feat that most larger and wealthier countries have never accomplished. Over the past few days, reports of Costa Rica’s 271 days of fossil-fuel free electricity have made their way to almost every corner of the internet. The news has bolstered the Central American country’s already...
  • Fact-Checking Snopes On Las Vegas And Renewable Energy

    01/08/2017 8:46:50 PM PST · by Lorianne · 11 replies
    Energy Trends Insider ^ | 07 January 2017 | Robert Rapier
    The story going around was that Las Vegas is now completely powered by renewable energy. The story contains a kernel of truth, but then that kernel got distorted into something that went viral, but was clearly untrue. Why does it matter? Because when people start to believe energy myths, they start to have unrealistic expectations. That leads to bad energy policies. After all, if the glittering lights of Las Vegas can run entirely on renewable energy, there is no reason we can’t run the entire country on renewable energy. While it’s fine to have that as a target, if we...
  • NOIA Slams BOEM’s Denial of Offshore Seismic Permits

    01/08/2017 11:36:41 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 5 replies
    Marine Link ^ | January 7, 2017 | Joseph R. Fonseca
    National Ocean Industries Association President Randall Luthi today issued the following statement on the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s denial of seismic survey permits for the Atlantic OCS.