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  • Obama Adviser Podesta Caught Green-Handed In Major Ethics Violation

    01/29/2015 2:18:57 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/29/15 | Richard Pollock
    In 2013, John Podesta was paid $87,000 by a shadowy foreign billionaire whose passion is preventing energy exploration on American land. Just two years later, Podesta is a member of President Obama’s inner circle, and the driving force inside the White House to block 12 million acres of land in Alaska’s Artic National Wildlife Refuge from oil drilling. The circumstances suggest Podesta may have run afoul of Obama’s highly-touted ethics pledge, which requires political appointees to disqualify themselves in matters relating to the interests of a former employer or client. Podesta — who is preparing to leave the White House
  • Trump reaches out to Teamsters union

    05/07/2016 10:31:06 AM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/7/2016 | Harper Neidig
    Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump on Saturday took to Twitter to praise workers in the Teamster union and attack Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. The union has not made an endorsement in the election so far, but typically backs Democratic candidates. Trump appeared to be referring to a series of "Teamsters for Trump" groups on Facebook, several of which has members numbering in the thousands. NPR reported this week on Teamsters member who normally back Democrats but prefer Trump this election.
  • Kerry's Rhetoric on Gas Prices Offers Dangerous Solutions, Says Natl Center for Policy Analysis

    03/31/2004 5:47:28 AM PST · by chance33_98 · 13 replies · 86+ views
    Kerry's Rhetoric on Gas Prices Offers Dangerous Solutions, Says the National Center for Policy Analysis To: National Desk Contact: Sean Tuffnell of the National Center for Policy Analysis, 800-859-1154 or stuffnell@ncpa.org WASHINGTON, March 30 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Senator John Kerry, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, today used the specter of rising prices at the gas pump to attack President Bush for America's dependence on foreign oil and calling on him to, among other things, stop filling the strategic petroleum reserve. Experts with the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) said "Kerry's rhetoric would be laughable if the consequences of...
  • Trumka says labor wants Keystone built,believes green issues can be resolved(FLASHBACK)

    11/18/2014 4:08:30 PM PST · by mdittmar · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/07/12 | Ben Geman
    AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is backing construction of the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline in comments that downplay divisions among unions in the labor federation over the controversial project. “They are not divided on the pipeline itself,” Trumka said in a C-SPAN interview when asked about differences among unions over Keystone. “They are divided on how the pipeline is done.” ADVERTISEMENT “I think we are all unanimous by saying we should build the pipeline, but we have to do it consistent with all environmental standards, and I think we can work that out, I really do, and we are for...
  • ANWR Ads Set To Air

    09/06/2001 7:00:45 PM PDT · by Lady In Blue · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | Septmeber 6, 2001 | Liz Ruskin
    <p>Washington -- The fate of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge rests with the U.S. Senate, but the debate these days is on the airwaves, not in hearing rooms.</p> <p>The Teamsters union, emerging as the most prominent pro-drilling group, is about to launch its own ads to counter a recent anti-drilling advertising campaign, said Alaska Teamster leader Jerry Hood.</p>
  • John Kerry for PresidentTitle: "Join The Fight For The Environment"

    04/21/2004 5:33:13 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 1 replies · 125+ views
    Rhetoric ANNOUNCER: “George Bush let corporate polluters rewrite our environmental laws. He wants to rollback the Clean Air and Water Acts …” VIDEO: Stairway/White House; Child at water fountain/Smokestacks. CHYRON: “George Bush; Rewrite Environmental Laws; George Bush; Rollback Clean Air & Water Acts” The Facts Administration Proposed Tough New Diesel Emissions Rules Bush Administration Proposed Tough Off-Road Diesel Emissions. “The proposed rules, unveiled by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Christine Todd Whitman, would slash off-road diesel emissions by as much as 95 percent and bring them in line with recently adopted standards for heavy-duty diesel trucks and buses. They would...
  • John Kerry For President | Title: "Freedom and Independence"

    07/08/2004 12:20:26 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 1 replies · 425+ views
    Rhetoric VIDEO: Kerry KERRY: “There’s nothing we value more in America than our freedom and independence.  And yet here we are today a nation more dependent than ever on Mideast oil.  I’ve proposed a plan that will make us energy independent of Mideast oil in the next ten years.  Energy independence isn’t just about better gas mileage and a cleaner environment, it’s about protecting our national security and our freedom.  I’m John Kerry and I approved this message because a strong America is an independent America.” CHYRON: John Kerry; A Plan For Energy Independence; JohnKerry.com; Approved By John Kerry...
  • AWESOME: Liberal Unions in FULL Panic Mode After What Just Happened to Trump’s Campaign

    01/08/2016 5:18:38 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 32 replies
    Mary Kay Henry, the head of the Service Employees International Union is very nervous about the amount of popularity GOP front-runner Donald Trump has garnered. She recently said her organization is going into "hyperdrive" to stand up against Trump, because she saw him as a real threat. Henry was interviewed by David Axelrod for his podcast, "The Axe Files" on Thursday, when she admitted that her organization was worried about what Donald Trump was stirring up in the SEIU's 2.1 million members. She was worried because she believed Trump has the ability to win the White House in November. During...
  • Alaska Governor pushes lots of new taxes, including state income tax

    12/13/2015 12:48:18 PM PST · by Kaslin · 49 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | December 13, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    Things aren’t going very well in Juneau these days and unlike the more nuanced arguments taking place in other states, Alaska is dealing with a problem which can be summed up in one word: money. The state spent a long time riding high on sustained, high oil prices which greatly impact their budget, but the sunset of the oil boom has led to a long term collapse in those revenues and Alaska needs to come up with some more cash. Their part time legislature will be returning to session next month and they will be facing a wide ranging proposal...
  • Obama freezes drilling in Arctic until 2017

    10/17/2015 3:50:34 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 22 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Friday Octobeer 16, 2015 | Dave Boyer
    Citing "low industry interest," the Interior Department announced a freeze Friday on oil and gas drilling in the Arctic Ocean off Alaska until at least 2017.
  • Obama defends Shell Arctic drilling decision

    08/29/2015 8:52:44 AM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    AFP via MSN ^ | 8/29/15 | Jérôme Cartillier
    **SNIP** The Obama administration's green light for the Anglo-Dutch oil giant angered environmental groups which have decried the "hypocrisy" of the president, who in recent months has stressed the need for aggressive actions against climate change. **SNIP** "I know there are Americans who are concerned about oil companies drilling in environmentally sensitive waters," Obama said in his weekly address, noting that the drilling leases had been purchased before he took office. "I share people's concerns about offshore drilling," he added. "I remember the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico all too well. That's precisely why my administration has worked...
  • Obama gives final approval to Arctic drilling

    07/22/2015 2:33:44 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 22, 2015 | Timothy Cama
    The Obama administration gave its final stamp of approval Wednesday to Shell Oil Company's application to drill oil and natural gas in the Arctic Ocean. Under the approval, Shell can start drilling exploratory wells as soon as its fleet arrives at its prospect in the Chukchi Sea, about 140 miles off Alaska's northwest coast. But the two “application to drill”s approved by the Interior Department’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) included key restrictions that bar Shell from drilling in areas known to contain oil, since its safety equipment is not yet fully ready. The decision is a major...
  • Al Gore: Obama's Arctic Drilling Plan 'Is Insane'

    07/17/2015 11:08:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/17 | Nick Gass
    Former Vice President Al Gore offered up some rare criticism of President Barack Obama’s environmental policy in a recent interview, calling for a ban on all Arctic drilling and blasting the administration’s decision to allow Royal Dutch Shell to begin sinking exploratory wells in the oil-rich Chukchi Sea in the Arctic as “insane.” “I think that in his second term, he has done really quite a good job,” Gore said in an interview with The Guardian published Thursday. “Of course there are things I would change. I think Arctic drilling is insane. I think that countries around the world would...
  • Obama administration delivers big blow to Shell’s Arctic drilling plans

    07/02/2015 5:25:39 AM PDT · by thackney · 10 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | June 30, 2015 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    The Obama administration delivered a major blow to Shell’s Arctic drilling plans on Tuesday, by ruling that wildlife protections bar the company from simultaneously boring two wells into the Chukchi Sea this summer. The decision will force Shell to scale back its hopes of completing two exploratory oil wells in waters north of Alaska this summer and is another setback for the firm that has spent seven years and $7 billion trying to find crude in the Arctic Ocean. At issue is the Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to allow sound from Shell’s planned drilling to disturb walruses, polar bears...
  • Clinton says Arctic drilling 'not worth the risk'

    08/18/2015 8:20:53 AM PDT · by PROCON · 37 replies
    reuters ^ | Aug. 18, 2015 | Emily Stephenson, Amanda Becker and Timothy Gardner
    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday staked out her opposition to Arctic oil exploration, a day after the Obama administration gave Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) final approval to drill off Alaska. "The Arctic is a unique treasure," Clinton said in a Twitter post. "Given what we know, it's not worth the risk of drilling." On Monday, the Obama administration gave Shell final approval to resume drilling into the oil zone off northern Alaska for the first time since 2012. Shell obtained the leases during the administration of former President George W. Bush.
  • Obama to Suspend Arctic Drilling

    05/27/2010 3:04:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 102 replies · 3,275+ views
    The New York Times ^ | May 27, 2010 | Anahad O'Connor
    President Obama will announce on Thursday a suspension of all applications for offshore oil drilling in the Arctic through the remainder of the year, an Alaska senator said late Wednesday. The decision essentially extends an informal moratorium that Mr. Obama had set shortly after the BP accident on April 20 that led to the spewing of millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The new restrictions would suspend new offshore drilling permits in the Gulf of Mexico and off the North Slope Alaska until the cause of the accident is determined and stricter safety and environmental safeguards...
  • US Senators Want a Stop to Arctic Drilling

    05/26/2015 6:08:33 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 21 replies
    Marine Link ^ | May 26, 2015 | Aiswarya Lakshmi
    Eighteen U. S. senators have urged the Obama’s administration to halt Shell’s Arctic drilling plans saying that it is an unacceptable and irresponsible decision, says a report in Reuters. Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley, joined by seventeen other Senators, has urged the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) to halt all offshore oil and gas drilling permits in the Arctic region.
  • Questions linger for ConocoPhillips on Arctic drilling program following Shell’s OK

    05/13/2015 4:16:42 AM PDT · by thackney
    Fuel Fix ^ | May 12, 2015 | Robert Grattan
    ConocoPhillips CEO Ryan Lance said Tuesday that the Obama administration’s decision to allow a competitor’s Arctic drilling program to move forward has provided some, but not all, of the clarifications they were looking in their own projects in the region. The U.S. government on Monday gave Shell’s $6 billion plan to explore for crude oil in the northern Chukchi Sea a preliminary OK, reviving exploration plans that have faced significant political, engineering and cost challenges. Lance said that the go-ahead given to Shell’s program has not resolved all of ConocoPhillips’ Arctic questions. “A lot of the [regulations] are still subject...
  • Obama withdraws Alaska's Bristol Bay from oil drilling

    12/16/2014 7:59:43 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 35 replies
    Associated Press Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ^ | Dec 16, 2014 | Associated Press
    <p>President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that he's removing more than 52,000 square miles of waters off Alaska's coast from consideration for oil and gas exploration or drilling.</p> <p>The president said in a video announcement that Bristol Bay and nearby waters, covering an area roughly the size of Florida, would be withdrawn from consideration for petroleum leases. He called Bristol Bay one of the country's great natural resources and a massive economic engine.</p>
  • Obama Films Anti-Oil Drilling Video–From a Jet

    01/26/2015 9:14:56 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 01/26/15 | Wynton Hall
    On Sunday, President Barack Obama released an anti-oil drilling environmental video shot aboard Air Force One–an aircraft that has a 53,611 gallon fuel capacity. The video, which shows Obama aboard Air Force One, is interspersed with scenes of arctic animals and wildlife landscapes, reports National Public Radio (NPR). It’s all part of Obama’s ANWR (Arctic National Wildlife Refuge) newly proposed plan to ban roads, permanent structures, vehicles, drilling, and mining on 12.28 million acres in ANWR. On Saturday, Obama flew Air Force One over 8,000+ miles to India to discuss global warming and other issues.
  • Obama Administration Moves to Open Arctic Drilling

    08/05/2011 10:21:56 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 18 replies
    IBTimes ^ | August 5, 2011
    In a move to expand America's domestic oil and gas exploration, the Department of the Interior began to reverse a moratorium on offshore drilling by approving Royal Dutch Shell's request to drill exploratory wells in the Arctic Ocean.
  • The arguments that convinced a libertarian to support aggressive action on climate

    05/13/2015 6:05:00 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 46 replies
    vox ^ | 5-12-2015 | David Roberts
    To the casual observer, the American right can appear an undifferentiated wall of denial and obstructionism on climate change, but behind the scenes there are signs of movement. A growing number of conservative leaders and intellectuals have come to terms with climate science and begun casting about for solutions. Led mainly by libertarians and libertarian-leaning economists, they've begun to coalesce behind a carbon tax, which they consider the most market-friendly of the available alternatives. Jerry Taylor, a longtime veteran of the libertarian think tank Cato Institute who recently founded his own libertarian organization, the Niskanen Center, is a vocal proponent...
  • Administration Gives Conditional Approval for Shell to Drill in Arctic

    05/11/2015 1:18:36 PM PDT · by Theoria · 36 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 11 May 2015 | Coral Davenport
    The Obama administration gave conditional approval on Monday for Shell Gulf of Mexico, Inc. to start drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic Ocean this summer. The approval is a major victory for Shell and the rest of the petroleum industry, which has sought for years to drill in the remote waters of the Chukchi seas, which are believed to hold vast reserves of oil and gas. “We have taken a thoughtful approach to carefully considering potential exploration in the Chukchi Sea, recognizing the significant environmental, social and ecological resources in the region and establishing high standards for the...
  • Kerry: Arctic climate change goals more important than containing Russia

    04/26/2015 10:02:55 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | April 26, 2015 | Rick Moran
    US Secretary of State John Kerry assumed the chairmanship of the Arctic Council, and immediately made it clear that despite worrisome Russian military moves in the Arctic, the US would not challenge them. Washington Examiner: >>>>In assuming the leadership role, Kerry laid out a robust agenda to face the threat of climate change in the Arctic, which he says is being affected by global warming more than anywhere else in the world. But when faced with questions over whether the U.S. will use its new leadership position to address threats posed by Russia, Kerry said no. Kerry said the idea...
  • Obama’s Executive Overreach at It Again: This Time, It’s ANWR

    02/01/2015 9:11:54 AM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 1/30/15 | IER
    On Sunday, President Obama announced that he will recommend to Congress that it should designate 12 million acres in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) as wilderness.[i] When briefing the press about the plan, Presidential Advisor John Podesta said that regardless of the law and Congressional action, the administration was going to manage these 12 million acres as if it had been designated as wilderness by Congress. That means that ANWR will be unavailable to resource development. In 1980, Congress set aside some of the acreage in ANWR (the “1002 area,” comprising the Coastal Plain) for future consideration of oil...
  • Let Alaska decide (Saturbray)

    01/31/2015 6:36:16 AM PST · by bray · 8 replies
    www.braylog.com ^ | 1/31/15 | bray
    Genesis 14:21 The king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the people and keep the goods for yourself.” Just as the price of gas is reaching levels Americans can both go to the grocery store and fill their cars in the same week, our Glorious Premier Obozo decides to close the remainder of the ANWAR desert to oil exploration. This oil reserve holds more than thirty years of energy for America and would further stabilize the price of gas, but Marxists like him hate cheap oil so he is closing this production by edict. Alaskans want to develop and...
  • It’s off limits; Fish & Wildlife ANWR plan bans oil development in coastal plain of refuge

    01/31/2015 6:10:10 AM PST · by thackney · 14 replies
    Petroleum News ^ | Week of February 01, 2015 | Alan Bailey
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has published a final environmental impact statement for the agency’s conservation plan for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. In that EIS the agency has selected a plan alternative that recommends that Congress should designate the entire refuge as wilderness, (see map page 23) including the coastal plain area, sometimes known as the 1002 area. This wilderness designation would place the entire refuge off limits for oil and gas exploration and development. Land in the immediate vicinity of the coastal village of Kaktovik would be excluded from the wilderness designation but would still require Congressional...
  • Obama Visits Saudi King After Curbing Oil Expansion

    01/27/2015 9:59:25 AM PST · by raptor22 · 21 replies
    Investor's Business Dailt ^ | January 27, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Energy: While taking credit for increased oil and gas production on private and state lands, the president moves to put 12 million acres of the oil-rich Arctic National Wildlife Refuge off limits. OPEC and the Saudis are smiling. Whoever's in charge of presidential optics these days fits the classic definition of the blind leading the blind. It's bad enough that President Obama doesn't have time to get to Paris for a global protest against terrorism after the Charlie Hebdo attack but can meet and greet the San Antonio Spurs. But then he privately slams an invitation by Congress to Israeli...
  • Latest Obama executive order: 12 million acres of ANWR now off limits

    01/27/2015 9:51:41 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 16 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/27/15 | Dan Calabrese
    Screw you, Alaska. Obama has simply engaged in yet another assault on this nation's economic vitality About a third of all the jobs in Alaska are connected to oil exploration and development. And the ability to keep the oil industry vibrant in Alaska is very much dependent on the Trans-Alaska pipeline. So you’d think an administration that claims to be about keeping good jobs viable would have an interest in seeing to it that oil continues to flow freely through the pipeline - not only for the sake of Alaska’s economic viability but also for the sake of the nation’s...
  • Latest Obama executive order: 12 million acres of ANWR now off limits

    01/27/2015 8:24:08 AM PST · by rktman · 60 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 1/27/2015 | Dan Calabrese
    President Obama announced Sunday that he’ll use his executive authority to designate 12 million acres in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) as wilderness, walling it off from resource development. This abrogates a 1980 deal in which Congress specifically set aside some of this acreage for future oil and gas exploration. It’s also a slap at the new Republican Congress, where Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski has been corralling bipartisan support for more Arctic drilling.
  • Obama Disses Alaska

    01/26/2015 12:45:33 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 12 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/26/15 | Alan Caruba
    Sen. Murkowski: “I cannot understand why this administration is willing to negotiate with Iran, but not Alaska.” Fifty million Americans who live in the northeast will experience what is predicted to be a historic blizzard from Monday evening through Tuesday. Cities and towns will virtually or literally close down. People will be told to stay indoors for their safety and to facilitate the crews that will labor to clear the roads of snow. In other words, welcome to Alaska, a place that is plenty cold most of the year and which is no stranger to snow and ice. Alaska, however,...
  • I’m Linda, Fly Me ( Tom Daschle: Ambitions grounded by his wife’s baggage)

    01/17/2003 2:47:51 AM PST · by KQQL · 188 replies · 1,401+ views
    laweekly ^ | 01/17/2003 | by Doug Ireland
    The real reason Tom Daschle didn’t run for president. The national press corps didn’t bother to tell you why Tom Daschle, the Democrats’ Senate leader, decided at the 11th hour not to run for president: In the end, he calculated that he couldn’t survive scrutiny of his persistent service to the clients of his wife. Linda Daschle has been one of the airline industry’s top lobbyists for two decades — when she wasn’t busy running the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which explains why, just 11 days after the 9/11 attacks, her husband rushed through the Democratic Senate, which he controlled,...
  • ANWR: America's Untapped Resource

    03/27/2003 8:30:26 AM PST · by Stand Watch Listen · 6 replies · 633+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | March 27, 2003 | Paul M. Weyrich
    America's greens chalked up a `victory' when the United States Senate voted last week to omit funding for oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from the fiscal year 2004 budget. Not surprisingly, the Sierra Club's national office trumpeted the vote as one "to protect this spectacular (Alaskan) landscape." And it also claims with a straight face to favor reducing our dependence on foreign oil. We both agree on the last point. But the Sierra Club sees your SUV and its thirst for gas as the problem in our achieving that important goal. This powerful green lobby pushes...
  • Obama Proposes to Make ANWR a Wilderness

    01/25/2015 10:18:39 AM PST · by kristinn · 35 replies
    McClatchy ^ | Sunday, January 25, 2015 | Sean Cockerham
    The White House is proposing to designate the oil-rich coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness permanently off limits to drilling. The proposal sets up a showdown with Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, who said the White House also intends to put much of the Arctic Ocean off limits to drilling in the new five-year offshore leasing plan to be released this week. SNIP Obama’s proposal to designate 12.3 million acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness would require Congressional approval, and there is no chance...
  • Ahead of power plant push, Obama ties climate change to health hazards

    05/31/2014 4:42:00 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 31, 2014 | by Jeff Mason
    President Barack Obama kicked off a campaign to promote new restrictions on U.S. power plant emissions on Saturday by tying the fight against climate change with efforts to promote better health for children and the elderly. In his weekly radio address, Obama said the United States had to do more to reduce carbon emissions so that children suffering from asthma and other related ailments did not face further problems as a result of polluted air. Obama said the new guidelines would reduce smog and soot that threaten vulnerable populations such as the young and the aged and he said up...
  • Begich Earmarked Millions for Bankrupt Green Energy Company

    04/15/2014 10:28:44 PM PDT · by lowbridge
    freebeacon.com ^ | april 15, 2014 |  Lachlan Markay
    As Sen. Mark Begich (D., Alaska) seeks to shore up his energy policy credentials, a now-bankrupt green energy company to which he steered federal subsidies could cloud his message. Begich received campaign contributions from a lobbyist for an Alaska geothermal plant after helping the company obtain federal financing. The company is now bankrupt, but Begich continues touting his support for alternative energy. The senator, who is facing reelection in November, will address the Alaska Wood Energy Conference on Wednesday. The conference brings together leaders in the state’s biomass industry. He has also promoted fossil fuel development, including effort to open areas of...
  • Why climate deniers are winning: The twisted psychology that overwhelms scientific consensus

    04/19/2014 2:12:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    Salon ^ | April 19, 2014 | Paul Rosenberg
    There's a reason why overwhelming evidence hasn't spurred public action against global warming. In the run-up to Earth Day this year, two major reports were released by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the largest such body in the world. On March 31, Working Group II released its report, Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability, and on April 13, Working Group III released its report, Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change. Both reports cited substantially more evidence of substantially more global warming and related impacts than past reports have, and they did so more lucidly than in...
  • Putin says oil wars with Russia will make West bleed

    04/17/2014 7:34:50 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 20 replies
    Opportunities for the West to hurt the Russian economy are limited, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday. Europe cannot stop buying Russian gas without inflicting pain on itself, and if the US tries to lower oil prices, the dollar will suffer. If the West tries to damage Russia’s influence in the world energy market, efforts will likely backfire, the Russian President said during his twelfth annual televised question and answer session. To really influence the world oil market a country would need to increase production and cut prices, which currently only Saudi Arabia could afford, Putin said. The president added he...
  • Union threatens retribution for House Dems opposing Keystone

    04/11/2014 5:16:32 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 11, 2014 | Laura Barron-Lopez
    A top building trades union is launching a midterm-election assault on House Democrats who oppose construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. A letter distributed Friday by the Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA) to the districts of 27 House Democrats calls for union members to make sure their representative "feels the power and the fury of LIUNA this November." Their crime: signing a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry last month urging him to reject Keystone, which would carry oil sands from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries.
  • Plans for massive oil pipeline opposed by environmentalists

    08/18/2011 2:30:22 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 42 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 8/1/8/11 | Dana Hull
    A controversial proposal to build a massive underground pipeline to carry 700,000 barrels of crude oil per day from the oil sands of Alberta, Canada, to refineries in Texas has become the environmental issue of the summer, pitting developers and labor unions desperate for construction jobs against environmentalists and Native American tribes who fear the pipeline will spell environmental disaster. TransCanada Corp.'s proposed Keystone XL project would consist of more than 1,700 miles of 36-inch-diameter pipe, about 327 miles of which would be in Canada while the rest would snake southward through the central United States. Because the pipeline would...
  • CST: Unions derailing Dems' gravy train - Dems May Lose Big Labor Cash [or not]

    07/28/2005 5:59:59 AM PDT · by OESY · 7 replies · 779+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | July 28, 2005 | ROBERT NOVAK
    The bolt in Chicago from the AFL-CIO by the Teamsters and Service Employees International Union reflects a long-building reaction to John Sweeney's plans a decade ago when he muscled his way into the labor federation presidency. He wanted to restore union power through politics. His project was a total failure, and the AFL-CIO is in ruins 50 years after its creation. The scenario of the breakup was accurately laid out to me by Teamsters sources nearly a year ago. Sweeney would be offered a deal he could not accept. To keep the two big unions in the federation, Sweeney would...
  • Angering Environmentalists, AFL-CIO Pushes Fossil-Fuel Investment

    02/07/2014 9:00:58 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    In These Times ^ | February 4, 2014 | Cole Stangler
    The nation’s leading environmental groups are digging their heels in the sand by rejecting President Obama’s “all-of-the above” domestic energy strategy—which calls for pursuing renewable energy sources like wind and solar, but simultaneously expanding oil and gas production. But it appears the AFL-CIO, the nation’s largest labor federation, won’t be taking environmentalists’ side in this fight, despite moves toward labor-environmentalist cooperation in recent years. On a recent conference call with reporters, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka endorsed two initiatives reviled by green groups: the Keystone XL pipeline and new natural gas export terminals. “There’s no environmental reason that [the pipeline] can’t...
  • ANWR Development Gains Momentum; LA Times Poll Shows Americans Favor ANWR Development

    02/07/2002 8:12:55 AM PST · by Trailer Trash · 7 replies · 1+ views
    http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews ^ | Wednesday February 6, 4:50 pm Eastern Time
    ANWR Development Gains Momentum; Poll Shows Americans Favor ANWR Development WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Arctic Power announced today that a recent poll shows 48% of Americans favor opening part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to energy exploration. Arctic Power, the Alaskan-based non-profit organization that supports legislation to open the coastal plain of ANWR to oil and gas development, says that the findings clearly indicate the necessity for immediate passage of a National Energy Plan. Although environmental issues have traditionally garnered support along party lines, the issue of ANWR development is more widely supported among Americans. ``This poll ...
  • Kerry Hailed as Ally of Wider World on Environment

    02/20/2004 9:10:00 AM PST · by presidio9 · 42 replies · 96+ views
    Reuters ^ | Wed Feb 18
    Environmentalists fete John Kerry as a possible savior in a stalled battle against global warming if the Democratic front-runner topples President Bush in the November election. "Kerry has probably been the greatest champion of climate change issues with (Joe) Lieberman in the U.S. Senate," said Jennifer Morgan, director of the WWF environmental group's climate change program. European governments, among the strongest backers of the U.N.'s stalled 1997 Kyoto protocol meant to limit global warming, would welcome a shift toward Kerry's environmental policies after years of transatlantic feuds with Bush. "Clearly we would like the new administration, whether Republican or Democrat,...
  • Financial questions seen for US shale gas, tight-oil plays

    04/02/2014 7:14:39 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    Oil & Gas Journal ^ | 25 March 2014 | OGJ editors
    Financial problems of operators in US shale gas and tight oil plays might hold production growth below current expectations, according to the author of a March comment published by the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES). But a reorientation of the industry toward “the most commercially sustainable areas” of unconventional-resource plays might extend the period of growth, writes the analyst, Ivan Sandrea, an OIES research associate and senior partner of Ernst & Young London. The producing industry has demonstrated it can create opportunities, innovate operationally, and address environmental issues despite evolving government policies and questions of public acceptance, Sandrea writes....
  • Net energy imports in 2013 lowest in more than 20 years

    04/02/2014 1:09:41 PM PDT · by thackney · 9 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | APRIL 2, 2014 | Energy Information Administration
    Total U.S. net imports of energy, measured in terms of energy content, declined in 2013 to their lowest level in more than two decades. Growth in the production of oil and natural gas displaced imports and supported increased petroleum product exports, driving most of the decline. A large drop in energy imports together with a smaller increase in energy exports led to a 19% decrease in net energy imports from 2012 to 2013. Total energy imports declined faster—down 9% from 2012 to 2013—than in the previous year, while export growth slowed. Crude oil production grew 15%, about the same pace...
  • Report: Condensate could be first crack in oil export ban

    04/02/2014 11:31:58 AM PDT · by thackney · 31 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | April 2, 2014 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    A simple tweak by the Commerce Department would allow the U.S. to begin selling ultralight fossil fuels overseas, a significant first step in easing the 39-year-old ban on crude exports, a new report says. The analysis released by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, focuses on condensate, a natural gas liquid made up of light fuels such as propane and butane. The fuels generally flow as liquids at normal temperatures even if they’re gas underground. Though it is chemically different than crude, condensate is swept under the oil export ban — at least as long as the light hydrocarbon is coming out...
  • US gasoline prices reach six-month high as ethanol climbs

    04/02/2014 6:58:35 AM PDT · by thackney · 33 replies
    Bloomberg News via Fuel Fix ^ | April 2, 2014 | Barbara Powell
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  • Texas producing 36 percent of US crude

    04/02/2014 6:55:02 AM PDT · by thackney · 23 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | April 1, 2014 | Ryan Holeywell
    Texas is producing about 36 percent of the country’s crude oil — three times more than any other state, according to the latest monthly figures from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Texas pumped nearly 2.9 million barrels of crude daily of the 7.9 million barrels produced nationwide in January, the latest month for which figures are available. The Gulf of Mexico produced about 17 percent, the second-largest portion, followed by North Dakota with about 12 percent of the U.S. crude. California and Alaska rounded out the top five crude-producing areas, each home to about 7 percent of the nation’s oil....
  • Study: Gasoline prices will fall if US exports crude

    04/01/2014 5:08:21 AM PDT · by thackney · 44 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | March 31, 2014 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    The oil industry’s leading trade group on Monday cast exports of U.S. crude as an economic win for consumers, fighting against criticism that selling the fossil fuel overseas would mean higher prices at home. The American Petroleum Institute commissioned a study by ICF International and EnSys Energy predicting lower gasoline prices, domestic job growth and other economic benefits if the United States lifts its 39-year-old ban on exporting U.S. crude. “Consumers are among the first to benefit from free trade, and crude oil is no exception,” said API Vice President Kyle Isakower told reporters in a conference call Monday. “Gasoline...