CONGRESS JUST EXTENDED THE PTC AND ITC: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW...

Dec 23, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] eLab Network Manager ROCKY MOUNTAIN INSTITUTE Late last week, Congress passed a bill that extends the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and Investment Tax Credit (ITC) that have benefited wind and solar, respectively. This is big news for the U.S. renewable energy industry. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the net result could be 37 gigawatts of new wind and solar capacity—a 56-percent boost to the industry over 5 years, catalyzing $73 billion in new investment, and enabling as many as 8 million more households to access clean, renewable, affordable energy. In exchange for the tax credit extension, Congress has lifted the 40-year ban on crude oil exports that began with the 1970s Oil Embargo Crisis. Environmentalists and energy analysts (among others) are asking if this grand compromise is a good one. We think...

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DOES THE U.S. GOVERNMENT ACTUALLY REGULATE PIPELINES?...

Dec 7, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]   By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has a reputation of effectively rubber-stamping every pipeline that comes its way. (Photo: Pipelines via Shutterstock; Edited: LW / TO) While global leaders meet in Paris at the COP21 climate talks in an effort to rein in global greenhouse gas emissions, the fossil fuel industry continues with business as usual. In far west Texas, that means a proposal for a controversial high-pressure natural gas transmission pipeline in a state that already boasts 431,997 miles of pipelines – enough to stretch to the moon and most of the way back to earth. The additional 143-mile-long, 42-inch-diameter Trans-Pecos pipeline will be built right through the heart of Texas’ starkly beautiful and remote Chihuahuan Desert, as Truthout previously reported. The aim of the pipeline is purportedly...

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NO MORE ARCTIC DRILLING ATTEMPTS FOR SHELL...

Sep 28, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Samantha PageCLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Jim Paulin Shell has announced it will discontinue oil exploration in the Arctic Sea, for now.   The Arctic drilling season has come to an end, and with it, Shell’s hopes of striking oil in the Chukchi Sea. Royal Dutch Shell announced Monday it would stop oil exploration in the environmentally sensitive region, 140 miles off Alaska, for the “foreseeable future.” The company received permits from the Obama Administration this year to conduct exploratory drilling, despite massive protests from environmentalists. The exploration has been unsuccessful, the company said. “Shell continues to see important exploration potential in the basin, and the area is likely to ultimately be of strategic importance to Alaska and the US,” Marvin Odum, director of Shell Upstream Americas, said in a statement. “However, this...

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THE MOST PROFOUNDLY EVIL CRIME COMMITED BY EXXONMOBIL TO DATE...

Sep 27, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]   JACQUELINE MARCUS FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT (Photo: JW Randolph)From the time I was a teenager, I’ve wrestled with the question of good and evil. The question led me to the study of philosophy and literature. When I was sixteen years old, I began reading the Russian authors, starting with Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment.   Naïve, I sided with Alyosha Karamazov, a saintly loving monk—a man who, despite the despicable things that humans do to one another, held faith in the goodness of God, and in the idea that humans are fundamentally good, but they do evil things in a state of ignorance. This idea that evil is committed in a state of ignorance goes back to Plato’s definition of wrongdoing, a concept that St. Augustine accepted, only he referred to the Higher Good...

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BIG OIL TANKS CALIFORNIA MEASURE TO CUT PETROLEUM USE IN HALF...

Sep 17, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] “Oil has won the skirmish. But they’ve lost the bigger battle,” pledges Gov. Jerry Brown. Kate Sheppard Senior reporter/Environment and energy editor, THE HUFFINGTON POST   Credit: Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press California lawmakers pulled a measure calling for a 50 percent reduction in oil consumption from climate legislation Wednesday night, following staunch opposition from the industry. SB 350, a bill from Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D) and Sen. Mark Leno (D), included a measure to cut petroleum use in half by 2030, along with provisions to improve the efficiency of buildings by 50 percent and increase the amount of energy the state draws from renewables to 50 percent. The bill passed the state Senate this summer and is currently up for debate in the Assembly, but the oil provision faced...

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CALIFORNIA LAWMAKERS ABANDON KEY PART OF CLIMATE LEGISLATION, BLAMING OIL INDUSTRY LOBBYING...

Sep 10, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Katie Valentine CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown, flanked by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, left, and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, announced that they are scaling back a proposal to address climate change, during a news conference, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, in Sacramento, Calif.   California Democrats dropped a major component of their ambitious climate change legislation Wednesday, after a group of moderate Democratic holdouts threatened to spell the end for the bill. The legislation affected was Senate Bill 350, which originally aimed for a 50 percent reduction in petroleum use in cars and trucks, a 50 percent increase in energy efficiency in buildings, and a goal of 50 percent of state utilities’ power coming from renewable energy, all by 2030. On...

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World’s Biggest Economies Devise Plan That Spells Doom for Planet Earth...

Sep 5, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Experts warn that the G20’s massive infrastructure plan will cause “rapid ecological deterioration.” By Reynard Loki / AlterNet More than 80 of the world’s leading scientists, environmentalists, indigenous leaders, farmers, philanthropists and authors have signed a letter to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, current president of the G20 group of the world’s major economies, saying that they are “deeply concerned” about the G20’s focus on mobilizing as much as $60-$70 trillion of investments in large infrastructure projects over the next 15 years. The plan to overhaul global infrastructure was devised at the last G20 meeting, held in Brisbane in November. While it may have good intentions — more roads, bridges, dams, power plants, airports, seaports, pipelines, sewers and telecommunications systems to support a rapidly growing human population — large infrastructure projects can be...

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GREENING AMERICA’S ENERGY WORKFORCE...

Sep 2, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Emily Schwartz Greco  AMERICANS FOR A SAFE FUTURE Oil permeates the whole economy. Even if you telework in a solar-powered home and tote your groceries home by bicycle, the price of petroleum affects what you spend on goods and services. This impact, of course, is uneven. The collapse from $105 per barrel last summer to as little as $37.75 in late August in U.S. oil prices brought relief to wallets across America — while kneecapping the industry’s profits and costing tens of thousands of workers their jobs. But one tiny segment of the oil workforce isn’t hurting. The buck stopped elsewhere for ExxonMobil CEO Rex W. Tillerson, who pocketed $33.1 million in 2014. ConocoPhillips CEO Ryan M. Lance raked in $27.6 million, netting an 18 percent raise. And Chevron CEO John S. Watson, whose...

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BIG OIL HATES A CALIFORNIA CLIMATE BILL SO MUCH IT’S TELLING OUTRIGHT LIES ABOUT IT...

Aug 24, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Reuters / Jonathan Alcorn Lying Flyers and the Liars Who Mail Them By Bentham Paulos GRIST As Western wildfires follow the worst drought in modern history, the impacts of global warming have never been more stark. And as electric cars, LED light bulbs, and solar panels proliferate, the solutions have never been more obvious. California is continuing to lead the way on climate solutions, with a proposed bill working its way through the legislature to further reduce carbon pollution. But the California Drivers Alliance is up in arms. What is that? Well, it must be an alliance of California drivers, right? Wrong. The alliance is “a project of WSPA,” also known as the Western States Petroleum Association, also known as Big Oil. In a mailing sent to California households (including mine), Big Oil...

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RESISTANCE TO ATLANTIC OFFSHORE DRILLING IS GROWING...

Aug 23, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] The rapidly growing grassroots movement of Atlantic coastal communities faces a powerful alliance: pro-drilling governors and oil industry lobbyists. By Sue Sturgis / Facing South Photo Credit: Randy Sturgill/Oceana Monthly town council meetings in Kure Beach, North Carolina, an oceanfront community of 2,000 people located 15 miles south of the port city of Wilmington, are usually quiet affairs, drawing a half-dozen or so residents to discuss mundane matters like board appointments and budgets. But the council’s first meeting last year was anything but quiet or mundane: What happened there on Jan. 27, 2014, is considered the bellwether for the growing grassroots movement against oil and gas drilling in Atlantic Ocean waters. Some 300 people showed up at the town hall that Monday evening, filling the meeting room and spilling into the parking lot....

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AS THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT PUSHES FRACKING, LOCALS PUSH BACK...

Aug 23, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Samantha Page CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Jon Super Anti-fracking protestors walk in front of vehicles attempting to enter an exploratory drill site for the controversial process at Barton Moss in Manchester, England, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. Councils that back “fracking” will get to keep more money in tax revenue as part of an “all-out” drive to promote drilling, Prime Minister David Cameron has said.   The British government has made no secret of its support for fracking. Last year, it opened up bidding for fracking licenses on nearly half the country’s total land area. Now, as those licenses are starting to be issued, the government has warned local councils that applications must be considered in “swift process.” But anti-fracking activism in Britain has only grown. One county already rejected a permit application...

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WHY AN OIL GLUT MAY LEAD TO A NEW WORLD OF ENERGY...

Aug 14, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]   By Michael T. Klare, TomDispatch  VIA TRUTHDIG olle svensson / (CC BY 2.0) This piece first appeared at TomDispatch. Read Tom Engelhardt’s introduction here. The plunge of global oil prices began in June 2014, when benchmark Brent crude was selling at $114 per barrel. It hit bottom at $46 this January, a near-collapse widely viewed as a major but temporary calamity for the energy industry.  Such low prices were expected to force many high-cost operators, especially American shale oil producers, out of the market, while stoking fresh demand and so pushing those numbers back up again.  When Brent rose to $66 per barrel this May, many oil industry executives breathed a sigh of relief.  The worst was over.  The price had “reached a bottom” and it “doesn’t look like it is going back,” a...

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PEOPLE WILL REMEMBER SHELL OIL AS A SYMBOL OF PLANET-DESTROYING GREED...

Aug 1, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] On the day the heat index in an Iranian city broke world records, Shell Oil moved forward with its plan to drill in the Arctic. By Bill McKibben   VIA THE NATION Greenpeace activists Activists unfurl colored banners while hanging from the St. Johns bridge in Portland to protest the departure of Royal Dutch Shell PLC icebreaker Fennica. (AP Photo/Don Ryan) Shell Oil’s icebreaker Fennica is apparently on its way to the Arctic from the Pacific Northwest, ending a dramatic week-long siege that saw activists dangle from bridges and blockade the Portland harbor with kayaks, and a federal court threaten environmentalists with heavy fines. Amidst the drama of the action, and the drama of the courtroom, and amidst the outpouring of thanks for activists from Greenpeace, Rising Tide, 350PDX, and others, one more thing...

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PROTESTERS FORM HUMAN CURTAIN TO BLOCK ARCTIC-BOUND SHELL OIL ICEBREAKER...

Jul 31, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Greenpeace activists dangle from a Portland, Oregon, bridge in a bid to derail plans to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean this summer. Activists opposed to Arctic oil drilling blocked an icebreaker’s route out of Portland, Oregon, on Wednesday. (Photo: Courtesy Steve Dipaola/Greenpeace) Jul 29, 2015 Emily J. Gertz is TakePart’s associate editor for environment and wildlife. Bio Just before 3 a.m. PT on Wednesday, 13 protesters dropped climbing ropes over the side of the St. Johns Bridge in Portland, Oregon. Then they launched themselves into space, descending the ropes until they were dangling about 100 feet above the darkened nighttime waters of the Willamette River. KPTV – FOX 12 The result was a “human curtain” that a coalition of groups—including Greenpeace, Rising Tide, Climate Action Coalition, and 350 PDX—hope will block...

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WE MIGHT AVERT CLIMATE CATASTROPHE WITH THIS ONE RADICAL CHOICE...

Jul 27, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]   Leaving most of the world’s remaining fossil fuels in the ground could prevent worst-case warming, study says. (Photo: Balazs Koranyi/Reuters) TAKE PART BY Emily J. Gertz   We have about a 50 percent chance of keeping global temperatures from rising dangerously higher than those of preindustrial times—if we leave most of the world’s remaining supply of oil, gas, and coal unearthed and unburned between now and 2050, according to a study published this week in the journal Nature. Globally, about one-third of oil deposits must enter the no-burning zone, along with 88 percent of known and mineable coal supplies and about half the world’s unused natural gas. Advertisemen It adds up to about $6 trillion worth of fossil fuels, suggesting a revolutionary shake-up of the global financial and energy economies. Among them,...

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CORRUPTION IS KILLING CHILDREN IN ANGOLA...

Jun 24, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] NICHOLAS KRISTOFF – NY TIMES The World’s Deadliest Place for Kids Nicholas Kristof reports on the rampant corruption in oil-rich Angola, which is depriving children of education and contributing to the highest rate of child mortality in the world. By Adam B. Ellick and Nicholas Kristof This is a video report that I’ll never be able to do again. It’s about Angola, an oil-rich and fabulously corrupt country that also happens to be the deadliest place in the world to be a child. Angola, naturally, doesn’t welcome journalists. It took me about five years to get a journalist visa to get into Angola, and after my reporting I doubt I’ll get another visa as long as the current regime remains in power. So at The Times, we poured a lot of time and...

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CANCER-CAUSING CHEMICALS FOUND IN DRINKING WATER NEAR TEXAS FRACKING SITES...

Jun 20, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Samantha PageCLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/LM Otero   Scientists have found elevated levels of cancer-causing chemicals in the drinking water in North Texas’ Barnett Shale region — where a fracking boom has sprouted more than 20,000 oil and gas wells. Researchers from the University of Texas, Arlington tested water samples from public and private wells collected over the past three years and found elevated levels of heavy metals, such as arsenic. Their findings, released Wednesday, showed elevated levels of 19 different chemicals including the so-called BTEX (benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene and xylenes) compounds. Heavy metals are toxic when ingested, and BTEX compounds are considered carcinogenic when ingested. Exposure to BTEX compounds is also associated with effects on the respiratory and central nervous system. The study found elevated levels of toxic methanol and...

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YET ANOTHER WAY THAT OIL IS SCREWING THE ENVIRONMENT...

Jun 15, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] .Oil refineries use a ton of water—and a lot of them are in drought-plagued California. —By Julia Lurie  MOTHER JONES Dashu/Shutterstock What do almonds, golf, fracking, and Kim Kardashian’s lawn have in common? They’ve all been publicly shamed for their outsized water use during California’s ongoing drought. But you likely haven’t heard as much about one of the state’s major water sucks: oil refineries, which are estimated to be the second-biggest water user of non-ag businesses in the state (after golf). The plants process more than 80 million gallons of oil per day, turning it into products like gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, each gallon of oil takes between 1 and 2.5 gallons of water to refine, most of which is either dumped into the ocean after...

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FRACKING BANS NO LONGER ALLOWED IN OKLAHOMA...

Jun 1, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, who signed a ban on fracking bans into law on Friday. CREDIT: AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki Oklahoma’s towns and cities are no longer allowed to ban fracking under a bill signed into law on Friday by Republican Gov. Mary Fallin. The new law prohibits localities from choosing whether or not to have oil and gas operations within their jurisdictions, with exceptions for “reasonable” restrictions like noise and traffic issues. Other than that, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission will retain control over oil and gas drilling. The state commission is run by three elected commissioners, all of whom are Republican. Chairman Bob Anthony is a member of the National Petroleum Council, a group that advises the U.S. Department of Energy on oil and gas industry interests. And Vice Chairman Dana Murphy is...

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Mexico’s Pemex Plagued by Deadly Offshore Explosions and Major Pipeline Spills...

May 27, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] In just over a month, the state-owned oil company was at the center of three tragic incidents, two fatal. By Ben Jervey / DeSmogBlog   VIA ALTERNET May 27, 2015 Photo Credit: Greenpeace It’s been a disastrous year for Pemex, the state-owned Mexican oil company at the center of the nation’s landmark energy reforms. In just over a month, Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) starred in three tragic incidents, two fatal. First was a deadly explosion aboard a Pemex offshore oil processing platform, which killed at least four, injured 16, and—despite the company’s comments to the contrary — looks to have spilled a miles-long plume of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. A mere 15 days later, a spill from a Pemex pipeline in the state of Tabasco fouled three rivers and temporarily left half a million...

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The California Oil Spill Is Even Worse Than We Thought...

May 23, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Samantha Page CLIMATE PROGRESS Crews from Patriot Environmental Services collect oil-covered seaweed and sand from the shoreline at Refugio State Beach, north of Goleta, Calif., Wednesday, May 20, 2015. A broken onshore pipeline spewed oil down a storm drain and into the ocean for several hours Tuesday before it was shut off, creating a slick some 4 miles long about 20 miles west of Santa Barbara. CREDIT: AP Photo/Michael A. Mariant Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in California on Wednesday, after oil spill estimates soared from 21,000 gallons to more than 105,000 gallons. The crude oil spill, from a pipeline along the coast just north of Santa Barbara, has resulted in the closure of two beaches and local fisheries, and damaged the sensitive habitat of endangered birds, the governor’s...

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REVEALED: BP’S CLOSE TIES WITH UK GOVERNMENT...

May 21, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]   Documents show the extent of BP’s influence on government policy and how their intimate relationship is at odds with UK commitments to reduce carbon emissions Prime Minister David Cameron (centre) with BP regional president (North Sea) Trevor Garlick (right) and offshore installation manager Mark Furness, UK’s prime minister David Cameron during a visit to the BP Etap platform in the North Sea, off the coast of Aberdeen, Scotland. Photograph: PA Felicity Lawrence and Harry Davies Igor Sechin – then Russian deputy prime minister, key Putin ally and one of the most forbidding characters in the world of oil – would be coming to London to seal the agreement. Rosneft is majority owned by the Russian state, and BP urgently needed a senior British government figure to mark the alliance. So, the night...

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Ecuador’s president urges Brad Pitt to scrap Amazon oil spill movie...

May 17, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]   Socialist leader Rafael Correa concerned film will be based on a book he alleges covered up actions of oil giant Chevron Rafael Correa Brad’s not fair … Rafael Correa says film about Ecuador’s war with US oil firms is based on a biased account. Photograph: RODRIGO BUENDIA/AFP/Getty Images Ben Child  THE GUARDIAN The president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, has asked Brad Pitt to abandon plans for a new film chronicling US oil giants’ victory in the face of a multibillion-dollar lawsuit for polluting the Amazon. In an unprecedented move, the country’s socialist leader launched a Twitter campaign with the hashtag #braddotherightthing aimed at convincing the Oscar-winning producer and actor to walk away from the proposed movie. Pitt’s film is expected to be partly based on the book Law of the Jungle, by...

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The U.S. Is Getting Serious About Oil Train Explosions. Here’s How It Plans To Stop Them....

May 5, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Ari Phillips  CLIMATE PROGRESS A cyclist rides by train tank cars with placards indicating petroleum crude oil standing idle on the tracks, in Philadelphia in April, 2015. CREDIT: AP/Matt Rourke Oil is a global commodity, traversing vast distances by pipeline, tanker, and recently in the United States by rail car. A resurgence in domestic crude oil production due to technological advances in drilling has led to a transportation bottleneck between landlocked oil fields and coastal refineries and ports, and that bottleneck has opened up the door for more oil shipment via rail. But increased shipment by rail has also led to an increase in accidents, and on Friday, the U.S. Department of Transportation released long-awaited safety standards for train cars carrying oil and other flammable materials following a series of dangerous derailments....

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This gorgeous video will remind you what an ugly mess the BP oil spill made...

Apr 18, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] By Suzanne Jacobs GRIST Disasters (natural or human-caused) are like TV shows. As soon as get into one, your friend tells you about another one that you just have to check out, and then by the time you’re caught up with that one, you start seeing headlines all over the place for a new one, and so on forever until one day you see an article about that one you haven’t thought about in a year, and you’re like, “Huh. Is that still happening?” Monday is the five-year anniversary of the start of the BP oil catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico. It was the worst oil spill in U.S. history, lasting for 87 days and spewing more than 200 million gallons of oil into the surrounding environment. Here to remind us that, yes, the disaster is still a thing and probably will be for a while...

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The Big Answer to Wrangling Oil Spills Could Be in This Tiny Mesh...

Apr 17, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] TAKE PART DAILY Inspired by a lotus leaf, researchers have come up with a potentially powerful solution to saving ocean life after a petroleum disaster.   Deepwater Horizon oil spill in Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo: Getty Images) By Taylor Hill Taylor Hill is TakePart’s associate environment and wildlife editor. full bio With nearly a quarter of America’s oil delivered by oceangoing tankers and hundreds of offshore rigs pumping crude from below the seafloor, oil and water do mix, with unfortunate regularity. When they do, the environmental impacts can be devastating, and the cleanup a decades-long endeavor. So it’s hard to believe that a tiny piece of stainless-steel mesh sitting in a lab could be the answer to reducing the messes left behind by oil...

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Could Seattle activists throw a wrench in Shell’s Arctic drilling plans?...

Apr 15, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Greenpeace activists hung a red “The People vs. Shell” banner from the Polar Pioneer oil drilling rig.    Vincenzo Floramo / Greenpeace oh, shell no! By Ana Sofia Knauf ances ever closer to Seattle, activists from the city and beyond are hell-bent on foiling the oil giant’s plans. Shell is preparing to drill for oil off the Northwest coast of Alaska this summer, undaunted by its notorious botched drilling attempts of 2012. The company plans to use the Port of Seattle as a staging ground for its operations up north, and is currently shipping the Polar Pioneer rig across the Pacific Ocean to Washington state waters. The rig and its carrier ship are set to arrive at the end of this week in Port Angeles, 60 miles northwest of Seattle, and could be...

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Beneath the tar sands is even dirtier oil, and industry is salivating over it...

Apr 13, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Shutterstock Tar Sands 2.0 By Nika Knight GRIST The price of crude oil has slumped to its lowest point in six years, and that has sent some major oil companies scrambling to get out of expensive tar-sands projects in Alberta, Canada. Shell has pulled out of one of its largest lease applications, and Petrochina is attempting to get rid of its tar-sands assets. Environmentalists have watched the slowdown with great hope. Yet at the same time, some of those very same companies are positioning themselves to tap into an even more dirty and expensive kind of oil in Alberta: bitumen carbonates. The little-known bitumen carbonates are a far more difficult-to-mine, more unconventional form of the molasses-like bitumen that’s already being extracted from the tar sands. In Alberta, the carbonates are in a deposit...

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Despite Known Risk of Spill, U.S. to Let Shell Drill in Arctic...

Mar 23, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Posted on Mar 23, 2015 David Astley (CC BY-SA 2.0) In spite of estimates of a 75 percent or greater chance of an ecologically disastrous spill, the U.S. government is expected this week to give the green light to Shell Oil’s plan to restart drilling for petroleum in the Arctic. Environmentalists who have campaigned against the proposed exploration by the Anglo-Dutch group in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas off Alaska are likely to protest the decision, which was made by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. The Guardian reports: Jewell will make a formal statement backing the decision as soon as Wednesday, the earliest point at which her department can rubber-stamp an approval given last month given by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). The US Interior Department had been forced to replay the decision-making process...

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America is literally on fire: How out-of-control oil spills are destroying our population centers...

Mar 10, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Disasters are raging with such force and regularity that firefighters have to give up. Welcome to the new reality David Dayen SALON.COM A CSX Corp train burns after derailment in Mount Carbon, West Virginia, February 16, 2015. (Credit: Reuters/Marcus Constantino) It’s a good bet that someplace in North America is on fire right now, raging so out of control that officials have to let it burn itself out. And it happened because highly flammable oil was placed on a train for shipping, and something went drastically wrong. Because so much oil is transported by rail these days, the probabilities of catastrophe have elevated significantly. We haven’t ruined a major population center yet only through dumb luck; and we haven’t cracked down on this treacherous practice only because of the enormous power of the...

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