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Sep 23, 2011

SolarCity latest to see loan loss post Solyndra

LOS ANGELES/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Solar panel installer SolarCity said on Friday it was the second company in as many days that will not get finalization of U.S. government loan aid by a September 30 deadline.

The Department of Energy informed SolarCity of its inability to close the loan 48 hours ago, blaming increased paperwork resulting from a Congressional investigation into the Department of Energy’s $535 million loan guarantee awarded to bankrupt solar company Solyndra, SolarCity said in a letter to the Republican lawmakers heading the probe.

Sep 23, 2011

House passes bill to block EPA clean air rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives passed a bill on Friday to block regulations that force industry to reduce unhealthy air emissions, such as mercury from coal-fired power plants, but the White House has promised to veto the measure and keep new clean air rules in place.

The vote was 249 to 169, largely along party lines.

Lawmakers in the Republican-controlled House have targeted Environmental Protection Agency air rules, saying they would kill jobs and burden businesses with billions of dollars in additional costs at the worst possible time.

Sep 16, 2011

More Americans believe world is warming

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – More Americans than last year believe the world is warming and the change is likely influenced by the Republican presidential debates, a Reuters/Ipsos poll said on Thursday.

The percentage of Americans who believe the Earth has been warming rose to 83 percent from 75 percent last year in the poll conducted Sept 8-12.

Sep 15, 2011

More Americans believe world is warming: Reuters/Ipsos

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – More Americans than last year believe the world is warming and the change is likely influenced by the Republican presidential debates, a Reuters/Ipsos poll said on Thursday.

The percentage of Americans who believe the Earth has been warming rose to 83 percent from 75 percent last year in the poll conducted Sept 8-12.

Sep 15, 2011

Despite probe, SEC says not regulating fracking

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission wants to ensure drilling companies are not misleading investors about their natural gas reserves but it is not cracking down on a practice of hydraulic fracturing, its chairman said on Thursday.

The SEC issued subpoenas to ExCo Resources Inc and Quicksilver Resources Inc last month regarding a probe into whether companies are overstating the productivity of their natural gas wells.

Aug 26, 2011

U.S. edges closer to decision on Canada pipeline

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A proposed $7 billion Canada-to-Texas pipeline cleared a major obstacle on Friday with the release of U.S. State Department review that suggested it would have limited environmental impact.

The report found that the Keystone XL pipeline by itself would not likely boost output of Alberta’s oil sands because demand for the oil means it will get to the market one way or another.

Aug 24, 2011

US green groups write Obama to oppose oil pipeline

WASHINGTON, Aug 24 (Reuters) – Ten U.S. environmental
groups came out in support of hundreds of protesters arrested
at the White House since Saturday for opposing a proposed $7
billion pipeline that would greatly expand imports of crude
extracted from Canadian oil sands.

The pipeline and processing of the oil, they claim, can
potentially spill oil over a vast source of underground water,
release large amounts of greenhouse gases, and damage Canadian
forests.

Aug 19, 2011

Greens see red over oil sands pipeline

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Thousands of opponents of a $7 billion pipeline that would boost U.S. dependence on Canadian oil sands plan to get arrested in protests over the next two weeks that they hope will help persuade the Obama administration to kill the project.

The State Department is set to issue a final environmental impact report this month on the Keystone XL pipeline project that would bring oil sands petroleum from Alberta to Texas refineries. The department hopes to make a final decision on the TransCanada Corp line by the end of the year.

Aug 18, 2011

Carbon emissions jumped nearly 4 percent in 2010

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Emissions of the main greenhouse gas rebounded nearly 4 percent last year as factories ran harder while the economy recovered and as consumers boost air conditioning during the hot summer, the government said on Thursday.

U.S. carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of oil, coal and natural gas, which accounts for about 80 percent of U.S. overall greenhouse gas output, rose 213 million tons, or 3.9 percent, last year, the Energy Information Administration said.

Aug 2, 2011

Corrosiveness of oil sands crude an unproven science

CALGARY/WASHINGTON, Aug 2 (Reuters) – A recent series of
oil spills has amplified a debate over the safety of shipping
oil sands-derived crude through pipelines, but there is little
hard evidence that the Canadian oil is more corrosive than
conventional crude, scientists and regulators say.

Environmental groups, led by the New York-based Natural
Resources Defense Council (NRDC), contend that the oil from the
Alberta tar sands, when blended with light hydrocarbons to
allow it to flow, eats away at the insides of long-haul
pipelines because of its high acidity and mineral content.

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