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News from April 2007

EPA Proposal Allows Massive Pollution Increases

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The Environmental Protection Agency today issued a supplemental rulemaking proposal that would allow coal-fired power plants across the country to increase their toxic emissions nrdc


At Milepost 1 on the Hydrogen Highway

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While automakers have demonstrated that they can build vehicles that produce no tailpipe pollutants, the commercial availability of hydrogen to power them remains a showstopper. There are other issues, of course nytimes


New class of enzymes discovered, could increase efficiency of cellulosic ethanol

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In a breakthrough that could make the production of cellulosic ethanol less expensive, Cornell University researchers have discovered a class of plant enzymes that potentially could allow plant materials used to make ethanol to be broken down more efficiently than is possible using current technologies. Biofuels such as corn ethanol or rapeseed biodiesel are unsustainable, […]


Peak Oil from a Woman’s Perspective

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I wanted to take a few moments to try to give a female’s perspective regarding the impending crash and what a female’s priorities might be. To do this I do need to give a little bit of background and why it colors my viewpoints. lifeaftertheoilcrash


Waiting for no one

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FIFTEEN thousand million dollars. That is the responsibility weighing on Colin Beckett’s shoulders, with the cost of the Gorgon gas project under review. $15 billion is believed to be in the ballpark — and Beckett is the man charged with bringing it to fruition. If it proceeds, Gorgon will be the most expensive development ever […]


Americans see climate threat, but reluctant to conserve: poll

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NEW YORK (AFP) – A strong majority of people in the United States see global warming as an imminent danger but not all are ready to make big sacrifices to slow climate change, according to a new poll Friday. The New York Times/CBS poll said that even among Republicans, traditionally less likely to support environmental […]


The ‘greening’ of the Grange

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Over the past three years, an influx of middle-aged and late middle-aged baby boomers, mostly from the Willits Economic Localization Group (WELL), has brought an infusion of relative youth and energy into the Little Lake Grange. The Grange is a grass roots organization with roots going back to 1867, when it was founded in the […]


Pakistan seeks US $17 billion for construction of dams

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has sought US $17 billion funding from international lenders for the construction of three dams by 2016 saying that they were needed to avert flood, drought and energy crisis. The country has appealed to the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and other lending institutions to provide the 17 billion dollars funding to construct […]


Ethanol expansion remains robust

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Growing skepticism fails to derail boom Once the darling of the heartland, ethanol has acquired a dangerous reputation these days, amid warnings of a “gasohol glut,” a “dot-corn bust” and an angry backlash from rural communities once expected to applaud the arrival of jumbo distilleries for turning grain into motor fuel. Yet for all the […]


Bed space, workers at a premium on busy North Slope

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Activity and employment in Alaska’s oil and gas sector The uptick in activity has put a premium on the available skilled work force, and equipment as well. Mike O’Connor, president of Peak Oilfield Services, said his company is lucky in being able to retain its core of skilled employees. However, certain specialties, such as crane […]


West African Gas Pipeline inaugurated

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The 500 million-dollar West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP), the flagship project of the sub-regional body ECOWAS, is set to come on-stream soon with the inauguration on Friday of the Gas Export Terminal at Ikoti in Ogun State, Nigeria. About 170 million cubic feet of gas a day (170 Mmsfd) would initially pass through the transmission […]


Nigeria loses 600,000 bpd to Niger Delta crisis

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LAGOS (AFP) – Nigeria is currently losing 600,000 barrels of oil per day in the oil rich Niger Delta as a result of the activities of militants in the region, oil officials said here. “The country is losing 600,000 barrels of oil per day in the Niger Delta because of the bitter battle militants are […]


Missile Raid Would Hit Iran Nuclear Plans: Olmert

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BERLIN (Reuters) – Iran’s disputed nuclear programme could be severely hit by firing 1,000 cruise missiles in a 10-day attack, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was quoted as saying on Saturday. Asked in an interview with Germany’s Focus magazine whether military action would be an option if Iran continued to defy the United Nations, Olmert […]


Hydrogen’s Second Coming: On the Road, Hope for a Zero-Pollution Car

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…Four years ago, in his State of the Union address, President Bush announced a $1.2 billion hydrogen initiative to foster clean air and lessen dependence on imported oil. The Department of Energy has conducted marriages of sorts, joining automakers with energy companies So the three hydrogen-fueled vehicles that gathered at the Hindenburg crash site are […]


Europe Looks Beyond Ethanol

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No doubt, green autos are hot in Europe. And not everybody is turning up their noses at ethanol: Sweden, for instance, heavily subsidizes ethanol fuel and cars, and some 80% of Saab’s sales in Sweden are models that run on a mix of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline, known as E85. But to develop cleaner-burning […]


Uganda: World Bank Approves Funding for Hydropower

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The World Bank (WB) has agreed to extend to Uganda a US$360 million loan to build a controversial 250MW hydropower station on the River Nile, according to a Bank statement issued in Kampala on Friday. The statement said the project, which has been opposed by environmentalists, would help close the country’s energy gap, which the […]


Big oil undermining biofuel research, warns watchdog

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Question a Stanford study sounding potential health risks of ethanol, recommends a watchdog group, given the university’s substantial funding from ExxonMobil. It’s the most recent example of a university’s credibility being undermined by the money it receives from big oil, says the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR).Mark Z. Jacobson, an associate professor of […]


Icebergs threaten vast Russian gas project

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Russia’s giant Shtokman gas field, one of the world’s most challenging offshore projects, will face even greater problems as global warming unleashes vast icebergs into the Arctic, a senior scientist says. Even if icebergs are unlikely to halt the world’s largest single energy development, as the global hunger for resources grows, they would make the […]


Putin signs ordinance on atomic energy industry reform

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Russia will become a worthy player on the world atomic energy market through the creation of Atomenergoprom, a source at the Federal Atomic Energy Agency said on Friday. This holding will enable Russia to outdo its rivals on the world atomic energy market, the source said. The formation process will be complete by next January, […]


Demonstration turns methane gas to energy

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The United States is testing new technology that can convert methane from coal mines into clean energy. The Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy and private industry are working together on a demonstration project in an abandoned West Virginia coal mine.Coal mines are a significant source of methane, which is 20 times more potent than […]


Austria courts Iran, angers U.S.

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Washington has protested an Austrian oil and gas firm`s investment plans in Iran. However, the Americans won`t have much influence on the deal, observers say. OMV, Central Europe`s largest oil and gas firm, announced last Saturday it had signed a memorandum of understanding with Iran to jointly develop parts of the gigantic South Pars gas […]


Australia: All uranium restrictions removed

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Prime Minister John Howard today promised to remove all excessive restrictions on mining, processing and exporting of Australian uranium as a possible step to embarking on domestic nuclear power generation. Mr Howard said expert advice to the government clearly showed Australia was giving up a major economic opportunity as a result of the excessive barriers […]


Behind the scenes at Shell Oil

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Now, with computer generated graphics to guide them Shell will drill beneath the Gulf of Mexico to a precise 3-D vision of a rock-encased field of oil. “It can cost upwards of a million dollars a day to drill,” said Shell’s Dan Malouta. That is when the things are going well.From this brand-new facility, Shell […]


Iraq’s oil minister: contracts should be done through central government

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Iraq’s oil minister warned Thursday that international oil companies should not sign contracts that bypass the central government and the Oil Ministry, a clear warning against deals with the Kurdistan regional administration, Dow Jones Newswires reported. The decision is likely to anger officials in the autonomous Kurdish region who have signed deals with several international […]


Low-energy Lighting Project Is Streets Ahead

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Technology that first appeared in digital watches and calculators back in the 1970s is being used to develop durable and community-friendly low energy street lighting. Researchers at The University of Manchester have joined forces with Dialight Lumidrives – founded by a successful former student – to develop powerful low-cost LED lighting modules that can be […]


Ecuador: pay us not to develop oil reserves in the Amazon

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Ecuador says it will wait a year to see whether the international community takes its offer to forsake development of a giant oil field in the Amazon rainforest in exchange for compensation, reports the Environmental News Service (ENS). The Ishpingo-Tiputini-Tambococha oil fields are believed to hold 900 million to one billion barrels of oil equivalent, […]


Get ready for the summer driving season

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Gasoline supplies right now are plumbing historic lows, just as May and the “summer driving season” are about to roll around. This fact has the industry types at the WSJ’s Energy Roundup abuzz with predictions of $4/gallon gasoline, should the inevitable disruption (refinery fire, hurricane, Iran war) occur. As in years past, areas with higher […]


Peak Oil Passnotes: Refinery Bottleneck Redux

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We are getting to the point, when the national average gets high enough when people are going to start complaining. It will be interesting to see the reaction. Will President Bush blame it on his weird mantra, resourceinvestor


No silver bullet to combat climate change: IEA chief

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Mandil set a target of an early cut of a billion tonnes of emissions per year and said a full range of measures — which he said included renewable energy, carbon storage, nuclear power and energy efficiency — should be harnessed. Mandil said that to avoid one billion tonnes of greenhouse gases a year, the […]


Saudis Say Oil Fields Targeted With Planes; 172 Held

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Saudi Arabian authorities arrested more than 170 people suspected of plotting to use aircraft to attack the country’s oil fields and installations. “There were 172 involved in the activities discovered by the police,” General Mansur al-Turki, an Interior Ministry spokesman, said in a telephone interview from Riyadh. “They are suspected terrorists. Some of these cells […]


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