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  • Rick Perry: ĎI regretí calling for the elimination of the Energy Department

    01/19/2017 6:44:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 77 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 Trumpís 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 ďOopsĒ 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 ďenergy powerhouseĒ 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 Americaís reserves. Mr Grinkhorn, a New York-base entrepreneur that specialises in finance, claims that the Republicanís first 100 days in office could be a ďgame changerĒ 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 ďlegacyĒ 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
    Ontarioís hell-bent determination to phase out coal-fired generation raised electricity rates without significantly improving air pollution levels, a new Fraser Institute report says. Ontarioís 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 Ė 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 todayís 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, Obamaís 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 ďscientific integrityĒ 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. ďItís part of establishing the environment that allows scientist to do their work, to stay with us, and to recruit new people,Ē Moniz said in announcing the new policy. Moniz, a physicist, gave an example of his own role in negotiating the Iran nuclear deal. ďSeven 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 ^ | 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. ďIt makes it absolutely clear that notification is the only thing required,Ē says Wendy Wagner, a law professor at the University of Texas at Austin. ďThe 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 youíve 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 Ė a feat that most larger and wealthier countries have never accomplished. Over the past few days, reports of Costa Ricaís 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 countryís 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 canít run the entire country on renewable energy. While itís fine to have that as a target, if we...
  • NOIA Slams BOEMís 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 Managementís denial of seismic survey permits for the Atlantic OCS.
  • Looting, protests in Mexico over gas price hikes turn deadly

    01/06/2017 6:16:46 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 11 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | January 5, 2017 | MARK STEVENSON
    Protests and looting fueled by anger over gasoline price hikes in Mexico have led to four deaths, the ransacking of at least 300 stores and the arrests of more than 700 people, officials said. The country's business chambers said the combination of highway, port and terminal blockades and looting this week forced many stores and businesses to close and threatened supplies of basic goods and fuel. The scenes of mass lootings came as parents faced the last shopping day to get presents for their children before the Jan. 6 Epiphany or Three Kings Day holiday.
  • Not The Legacy He Imagined? U.S. Oil Production Up 80 Percent Under Obama

    01/04/2017 11:48:31 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 16 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/27/2016 | Tom Gantert
    When President Barack Obama took office in January 2009, the U.S. was producing 4.9 million barrels of oil per day. A month before Obama leaves office, domestic oil production stands at 8.8 million barrels per day, an increase of 80 percent. The increase is due primarily to industry innovators who combined two older technologies ó hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling. This has benefited consumers in the form of both lower pump prices and smaller heating bills. Now with President-elect Donald Trump taking office, energy analysts are optimistic that the U.S. will produce even more. Trumpís advisers have said that the...
  • 2016's Biggest Loser: Big Green

    01/04/2017 8:13:30 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | January 4, 2017 | Stephen Moore
    The day after the presidential elections, Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, glumly called the Donald Trump victory "devastating for our climate and our future." Well, yes, if you're a climate-change alarmist who hates fossil fuels, you're in for a bad four and maybe eight years. Greenpeace Executive Director Annie Leonard was even more apocalyptic, saying: "I never thought I'd have to write this. The election of Donald Trump as president has been devastating. ... There's no question, Donald Trump's climate denial is staggering. He wants to shut down the EPA, 'cancel' the Paris Climate Agreement, stop funding...
  • ĎUntapped Energy:í Trump Promises A $50 Trillion Economic Stimulus

    01/03/2017 8:37:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 98 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 23, 2016 | Michael Bastasch
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump laid out his energy plan to industry experts Thursday that included policies to unleash $50 trillion from ďuntappedĒ oil, natural gas and coal reserves. Trump said ďuntapped energy ó some $50 trillion in shale energy, oil reserves and natural gas on federal lands, in addition to hundreds of years of coal energy reserves,Ē according to The Wall Street Journal report on the candidateís speech at an energy summit in Pittsburgh, Penn. Itís all part of Trumpís plan to boost lagging energy production on federal lands. Trump said he would open up all federal lands to...
  • Oil shale regsí status unclear as Obama era ends

    01/03/2017 12:07:10 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Daily Sentinel ^ | January 2, 2017 | Dennis Webb
    A federal government proposal to change royalty rates and other regulations pertaining to oil shale leasing and development remains to be finalized more than three years after being floated, raising the question of whether a final rule will be issued before President Obama leaves office. ďWeíre still hopeful it will come out in this administration. We just donít know,Ē said Ted Zukoski, an attorney with the conservation organization Earthjustice. Bev Winston, a spokeswoman with the Bureau of Land Management, said the agency has continued working on a final rule, but sheís not able to give a timeline for when it...
  • New technology better than fracking could vastly expand oil reserves

    12/31/2016 10:39:59 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 6, 2016 | Thomas Lifson
    Hydraulic fracturing, aka fracking, has revolutionized energy production in the United States and cornered OPEC. That cartel is currently attempting to restrict oil production and raise prices, but it faces the reality that American frackers can rapidly expand output. Itís a nightmare if you are a corrupt petro-dictator of any stripe, communist to jihadist. Now the never-ending quest for new technologies has yielded a potentially revolutionary replacement or substitute for fracking: microwaving shale to extract oil and gas. James Watkins reports in As strange as it sounds, producers are experimenting with ways to zap previously unextractable oil resources with...
  • LA Times: Californiaís Next AG Must Take On Exxonís Climate History

    12/31/2016 9:45:15 AM PST · by rktman · 28 replies ^ | 12/30/2016 | Chris White
    The Los Angeles Times thinks Californiaís next attorney general must place the investigation into Exxon Mobilís climate change research at the top of their ďto doĒ list. Whoever becomes Californiaís next attorney general will have to address the probes and allegations that Exxon lied to the public and investors at the seriousness of man-made global warming, the LA Times editorial board wrote Friday.
  • Still need a better job? Gulf coast energy sector has a hard time finding workers

    12/30/2016 4:35:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 30, 2016 | Jazz Shaw
    The President Elect is doing a lot of pushing and shoving to bring jobs back to the United States (a long overdue move if you ask me) but thereís one sector of growth which is surging right now and it has little to do with his proposals. Ever since OPEC ran up the white flag after we outlasted them in a rock bottom oil market and agreed to limit production, oil prices have been creeping back up to a relatively stable level. That means that production will be coming back online across America, but the pause we experienced since last...
  • With new monuments in Nevada, Utah, Obama adds to his environmental legacy (LAND GRAB)

    12/28/2016 2:42:22 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/28/2016 | By Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis
    President Obama on Tuesday created new national monuments in a sacred tribal site in southeastern Utah and in a swath of Nevada desert, after years of political fights over the fate of the sites. The designations further cement Obamaís environmental legacy as one of the most consequential ó and contentious ó in presidential history. He now has invoked his executive power to create national monuments 29 times during his tenure, establishing or expanding protections for more than 550 million acres of federal lands and waters. Environmental groups have praised the conservation efforts, but critics say they amount to a federal...
  • Obama Puts 1.6 Million Acres Under Stricter Federal Control Despite Intense Local Opposition

    12/28/2016 8:45:29 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 83 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 28, 2016 | By Michael Bastach
    President Obama has created two new national monuments in southeastern Utah and southern Nevada totalling 1.64 million acres, despite intense opposition from American Indians living in the area. Obama created the Bears Ears and Gold Butte national monuments using his powers under the Antiquities Act, adding to the 265 million acres of lands the president has already put under stricter federal regulation. The White House set aside 1.47 million acres of land to create the controversial Bears Ears monument, which has been opposed by local Navajo tribal members despite being supported by tribal officials. ďTodayís actions will help protect this...
  • Labor Secretary Tom Perez: Trump transition probes ďillegalĒ

    12/27/2016 10:53:18 AM PST · by ColdOne · 43 replies ^ | 12/27/16 | Steve Dorsey
    Labor Secretary Tom Perez called presidential transition questions sent to government agencies like the Energy department, seeking to identify employees who worked on climate change, against the law. ďThose questions have no place in a transition,Ē Perez said. ďThat is illegal.Ē Last week, President-Elect Trumpís transition team sent the State Department a memo requesting information on its ďgender-related staffing, programming, and funding.Ē However, the document did not request specific names of employees working on those programs. ďWill dedicated career people be targeted because they were doing the right work?Ē Perez said. He said he isnít aware of any similar ďblanket...
  • OU programs seek to turn coal into benign energy

    12/26/2016 8:31:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Athens News ^ | December 26, 2016 | Fred Kight
    As part of his energy plan, President-elect Donald Trump is promising to develop clean coal. Itís a goal shared by Ohio University and the state of Ohio but viewed by many to be impossible to achieve. The Ohio Coal Research Center at OU has been working for years to ďdevelop clean and economic technology for the conversion of coalÖ into electric power (and) fuels.Ē The Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment (ISEE) at OU is also conducting coal research, but with a different focus: the development of materials from coal. The term ďclean coalĒ refers to a variety of...
  • Bonanza Creek, Other U.S. Energy Firms Announce Chapter 11 Plans

    12/26/2016 11:51:26 AM PST · by Lorianne · 6 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | 23 December 2016
    Bonanza Creek Energy Inc and two other energy firms announced on Friday plans to file for bankruptcy in coming weeks, joining a long list of U.S. energy companies that have succumbed to a drop in oil prices. Oil and gas producers Bonanza Creek and Memorial Production Partners LP and oilfield services provider Forbes Energy Services Ltd each said they had a plan to reduce debt and transfer ownership to creditors. Global oil prices have fallen more than 50 percent since mid-2014, eroding cash flows of oil producers and crimping their ability to meet debt and interest payments. As of Dec....
  • China Trumps NASA With Working "StarTrek" EM Propulsion Drive --"Testing Now...

    12/25/2016 8:46:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    The Daily Galaxy ^ | December 20, 2016
    Scientists with the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) claim NASAís results Ďre-confirmí what theyíd already achieved, and have plans to implement it in satellites Ďas quickly as possible.í China claims theyíve created a working prototype of the Ďimpossibleí reactionless engine Ė and they say theyíre already testing it in orbit aboard the Tiangong-2 space laboratory. The radical, fuel-free EmDrive recently stirred up controversy after a paper published by a team of NASA researchers appeared to show theyíd successfully built the technology. The implications for this could be huge. For instance, current satellites could be half the size they are...
  • The Warmist thumb on the scale at the Department of Energy

    12/21/2016 7:29:56 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Jack Hellner
    The Obama administration fired a scientist, intimidated staff at the Department of Energy, and allegedly ordered officials to obstruct Congress Ė all in order to push its climate change agenda, a House committee report asserted. The Washington Free Beacon detailed Tuesday a report released by the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, which is chaired by Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, charged senior Obama administration officials retaliated against the scientist, Dr. Noelle Getting, who was manager of a radiation research program, and devised ways to block a congressional inquiry into the radiation research. "Instead of providing the type of scientific...
  • U.S. Shale Is Now Cash Flow Neutral

    12/23/2016 8:14:24 AM PST · by Lorianne · 10 replies
    Oil Price ^ | 20 December 2016 | Nick Cunningham
    U.S. Shale Is Now Cash Flow Neutral By Nick Cunningham - Dec 20, 2016, 4:00 PM CST Oil Rig Oil prices are probably already high enough to spark a rebound in shale production. The IEA says that in the third quarter of 2016, the U.S. shale industry became cash flow neutral for the first time ever. That isnít a typo. For years, the drilling boom was done with a lot of debt, and the revenues earned from steadily higher levels of output were not enough to cover the cost of drilling, even when oil prices traded above $100 per barrel...
  • Trump Should Quickly Rescind Obamaís Drilling Ban

    12/22/2016 2:49:12 PM PST · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    PJ Media ^ | December 22, 2016 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    In his enviro-extremism, President Obama is attempting to tie President-elect Trumpís hands by blocking vast swaths of the Arctic Ocean and stretches of the Atlantic from oil and natural-gas drilling. The gambit, announced by the administration on Tuesday, is part of an eleventh-hour wave by which Obama is flooding the regulatory zone: Promulgating so many rules Ė of the unpopular, hard-left variety that Democrats dare not unveil before Election Days Ė that he hopes the Trump administration will find it too cumbersome to undo all of them. The incoming president should not let his predecessor get away with it. Obamaís...
  • House GOP accuses Energy Dept. of political intimidation

    12/22/2016 8:02:58 AM PST · by AndyJackson · 13 replies
    The Washington TImes ^ | 12/20/2016 | Tom Howell Jr.
    The administration fired an employee for telling the truth to Congress, GOP lawmakers charged Tuesday, saying political appointees at the Energy Department were upset the woman backed a radiation program popular on Capitol Hill but which the department had planned to ax. Energy officials had hoped to cannibalize the money to fund global warming research... Dr. Metting was fired soon after the Oct. 16, 2014, briefing she delivered, and the House Science Committee says it has obtained documents showing the administration was upset at her for straying from pre-approved talking points. Energy Department spokesman Eben Burnham-Snyder said a questionnaire from...
  • Sarah Palin: Russia Wins While America Sits On Itís Ass (trunc)

    12/21/2016 2:54:17 PM PST · by Bratch · 34 replies
    Young Conservatives ^ | 12-21-2016 | Sarah Palin
    Full title: Sarah Palin: Russia Wins While America Sits On Its Ass (pardon my –í–Ķ–Ľ–ł–ļ–ĺ—Ä—É—Ā—Ā–ļ–ł–Ļ —Ź–∑—č–ļ) Russia just¬†built and employed icebreakers¬†to control Northern passageways while busily flagging life-sustaining resource-rich underseas acreage, with zero pushback from the U.S In laymen‚Äôs terms, The Great Bear seized on America‚Äôs weak ‚Äúuni-party‚ÄĚ that controls our government, and watched our politicians go along to get along with Obama‚Äôs agenda built on disdain for an ‚Äúall of the above‚ÄĚ energy plan, a nonchalant attitude about bankrupting our government, and overall ignorance about purpose of national borders. Way to go Democrats. And capitulating Republicans. The uni-party was...
  • Fracking CAN go ahead at North Yorkshire site after protesters lose landmark High Court challenge

    12/20/2016 9:45:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 06:28 EST, 20 December 2016 | James Tapsfield
    Campaigners have vowed to fight on despite losing a landmark High Court challenge against fracking in North Yorkshire. Residents from the village of Kirby Misperton in Ryedale failed in their bid to block the controversial technique from being used near their homes. It is the latest defeat for protesters, after the go-ahead was given for sites in Lancashire in October. Mrs. Justice Lang, sitting in London, dismissed an application for judicial review. She ruled that the terms and conditions afforded ďa considerable degree of protection to residentsĒ and the councilís decision was lawful. Fracking company Third Energy was granted permission...
  • President Obama bans oil drilling in large areas of Atlantic and Arctic oceans

    12/20/2016 3:28:10 PM PST · by Innovative · 137 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Dec. 20, 2016 | Darryl Fears and Juliet Eilperin
    President Obama moved to solidify his environmental legacy Tuesday by withdrawing hundreds of millions of acres of federally owned land in the Arctic and Atlantic Ocean from future offshore oil and gas drilling. Obama used a little-known law called the†Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to protect large portions of the Chukchi and Beaufort seas in the Arctic and a string of canyons in the Atlantic stretching from Massachusetts to Virginia from oil exploration and the potential for spills.
  • Congress: Obama Admin Fired Top Scientist to Advance Climate Change Plans

    12/20/2016 3:09:26 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 24 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 20, 2016 | By Adam Kredo
    A new congressional investigation has determined that the Obama administration fired a top scientist and intimidated staff at the Department of Energy in order to further its climate change agenda, according to a new report that alleges the administration ordered top officials to obstruct Congress in order to forward this agenda. Rep. Lamar Smith (R., Texas), chair of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, released a wide-ranging report on Tuesday that shows how senior Obama administration officials retaliated against a leading scientist and plotted ways to block a congressional inquiry surrounding key research into the impact of radiation....
  • Obama expected to invoke 1953 law to indefinitely block drilling in Atlantic and Arctic oceans

    12/20/2016 12:59:27 PM PST · by Truth29 · 88 replies
    CNBC ^ | December 20, 2016 | Tom DiChristopher & tdichristopher
    President Barack Obama is expected to move to indefinitely block drilling in vast swaths of U.S. waters by invoking a provision in a 1953 law that governs offshore leases. The announcement is anticipated as early as Tuesday, people briefed on the plan told the Associated Press. The White House declined to comment to the AP. The law allows a president to withdraw any currently unleased lands in the Outer Continental Shelf from future lease sales. There is no provision in the law that allows the executive's successor to repeal the decision, so President-elect Donald Trump would not be able to...
  • Mitch McConnell is getting ready to unravel Obamaís coal rules

    12/20/2016 7:36:55 AM PST · by rktman · 15 replies ^ | 12/20/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    As part of the Presidentís eleventh hour surge of new rules which are intended to hamstring any reforms sought by the Trump administration, the Interior Department recently rolled out a new ďstream protectionĒ order. This move would once again vastly expand the definition of open waters and restrict industrial activity which might, in theory, impact them under the Clean Water Act. The long and the short of it was yet another barrier to any sort of coal mining in the country. Rather than waiting for new leadership to rewrite everything, go through an extensive period of public comment and court...
  • Trump Versus The Green Blob: The Battle That Will Define His Presidency

    12/19/2016 8:58:13 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    Big Government (Breitbart) ^ | December 19, 2016 | James Delingpole
    2016 will go down in history as the year when the world finally saw sense. Nowhere will this be more apparent than in Americaís bold and brilliant decision to elect Donald Trump who, in my view, is set fair to be one of the truly great U.S. presidents. I realise that this isnít obvious to some peopleóeven those who claim to be on the conservative side of the political argument. But after a recent trip to D.C. for some private briefings, both with his transition teams and with key members of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy, I came away more confident...
  • Obama Said to Use 1953 Law to Permanently Block New Drilling Leases in Arctic, Atlantic

    12/19/2016 5:42:01 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 94 replies
    gCaptain ^ | December 19, 2016 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    President Barack Obama is preparing to block the sale of new offshore drilling rights in much of the U.S. Arctic and parts of the Atlantic, a move that could indefinitely restrict oil production there, according to two people familiar with the decision. Obama will invoke a provision in a 1953 law that gives him wide latitude to withdraw U.S. waters from future oil and gas leasing, said the people who spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision had not been announced. Until now the law has been used sparingly to preserve coral reefs, walrus feeding grounds and marine sanctuaries.
  • As Michigan House Considers Electric Monopoly Bill, Observers Fear Price Spikes

    12/19/2016 8:06:07 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/15/2016 | Derek Draplin
    DTE Energy CEO Gerry Anderson recently announced that the stateís largest electric utility plans to phase out the use of coal to generate power in Michigan. But critics say this could increase costs for consumers due to volatile price movements in the primary alternative, natural gas. Both DTE and the stateís other large utility, Consumers Energy, plan on transitioning entirely to natural gas and renewable energy sources. As of August 2016, coal plants generated 35.8 percent of Michiganís electricity, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Natural gas fueled 33.8 percent of the power generated, and 25.5 percent came from...
  • Obama rushes out 11th-hour regulations targeting coal mining

    12/19/2016 6:52:07 AM PST · by george76 · 33 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 19, 2016 | Ben Wolfgang
    At virtually the last possible moment, the Obama administration on Monday rolled out new regulations making it even more difficult and more costly to mine coal in the U.S., a final shot against the already beleaguered coal industry as the president leaves office. The Interior Departmentís Stream Protection Rule will go into effect 30 after its official release and publication in the federal register, meaning it likely will be implemented Jan. 19 ó one day before President-elect Donald Trump takes office. Mr. Trump has vowed to undo much of his predecessorís environmental regulations, including rules that target coal mining. The...
  • Dems Want Federal Investigation Into Trumpís DOE Climate Questionnaire

    12/18/2016 1:55:25 PM PST · by ColdOne · 41 replies ^ | 12/17/16 | Chris White
    Democratic senators want federal investigators to open probes into whether President-elect Donald Trumpís team broke the law when it asked the Department of Energy to identify climate change warriors on staff. Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, and nine of his colleagues, wrote a letter Friday to the Office of Special Counsel demanding to know whether a questionnaire sent by the Trump team to the DOE Dec. 9 ďviolated long-standing federal laws designed to protect civil servants against coercion for partisan purposes.Ē
  • Non Profit Using Surplus Hair To Help Clean Up Oil Spills Hopes New Facility In San Francisco

    12/18/2016 1:00:56 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 12/17 | Garvin Thomas
    Non Profit Using Surplus Hair To Help Clean Up Oil Spills Hopes New Facility In San Francisco Will Be Model For OthersSpend enough time in San Francisco and you begin to think there's nothing that could happen on the streets of this famously unconventional city that could surprise you. Then a tractor-trailer pulls up on Howard Street and begins to unload box after box of, well, we will allow the woman who was waiting for the delivery to fill you in. "It's hair," said Lisa Gautier, founder and president of the non-profit Matter of Trust. "And fur. And fleece." 20,000...
  • In The Future, Avocado Pits Could Be Used As Eco-Friendly Fuel

    12/17/2016 12:45:04 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 45 replies
    Konbini ^ | 12/15/16 | Sirine Azouaoui
    Avocados have never been more prolific: on toast, with eggs, in sandwiches, on salads, and, of course, guacamole. In the past few years the avocado has been crowned the king of fruit. In addition to our ruinous ecological impact overall, it seems weíre also wasting a large portion of the fruit (26% according to studies): the skin and the pit. The pit of the avocado doesnít provide any nutrition, but scientists have discovered that it could be the perfect fuel. The Universities of Cůrdoba and AlmerŪa recently conducted a study on the pit, which has historically been difficult to recycle....
  • Dems call for investigation into Trump's energy questionnaire

    12/16/2016 5:07:53 PM PST · by kevcol · 42 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 16, 2016 | John Siciliano
    Democratic senators are calling on federal prosecutors to start an investigation into the president-elect's mishandling of the Energy Department's transition, saying the Trump team broke the law by singling out employees involved in climate change work. A group of nine senators, led by Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, sent a letter to the Office of Special Counsel, the government's independent investigative and prosecutorial agency, saying a questionnaire sent by the Trump team to the Energy Department a week ago "violated long-standing federal laws designed to protect civil servants against coercion for partisan purposes."
  • U.S. Government Issues New Permits To Eagle Killing Wind Farms

    12/16/2016 1:49:11 PM PST · by Lorianne · 20 replies
    Oil Price ^ | 15 December 2016 | Julianne Geiger
    Crude oil prices today - Menu The U.S. Federal government is set to issue permits to wind farms that could end the lives of thousands of Bald Eaglesóthe bird that has served as the symbol of the Nation since 1782. The rule is set to go into effect on January 15, shortly before President-Electís inauguration, and would extend existing permits for wind farms that serves as a pass for accidentally ending the lives of bald and golden eagles. The permits are currently for a five-year term, and will be extended to a hefty thirty years. The permits are required...
  • Caught On Tape: CA Governor Brown Goes On Epic Climate Change Rant; Vows To Defy Trump

    12/15/2016 11:47:05 PM PST · by Zakeet · 39 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | December 15, 2016
    Apparently Trump's recent letter to the Energy Department, which included very pointed questions about climate change research, and/or his appointment of former Texas Governor Rick Perry to lead that department going forward (a department that Perry proposed shutting down back in 2012 for those who may have forgotten), "triggered" California's head snowflake, Governor Jerry Brown, into an epic climate change rant before a gathering of scientists at the American Geophysical Union's national conference in San Francisco. Vowing to defy Trump's efforts to undermine the "progress" made by California on climate change regulations, Brown promised that his state is "ready to...
  • Obama environmental legacy at stake as GOP, industry align

    12/15/2016 3:05:11 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 12 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 12/15/16, | Matthew Brown
    The Obama administration will leave behind a host of disputed recent actions and unfinished business on the environment ó from shelved energy leases and blocked mining projects to pollution restrictions and decisions on hundreds of potentially imperiled species.