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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.

Jul 28, 2011

U.S. aims to slash emissions from oil, gas industry

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued draft rules on Thursday that would cut emissions of health-harming gases emitted during the production of oil and natural gas.

The rules, which were expected, would lower emissions of volatile organic compounds that contribute to smog by nearly 25 percent across the oil and gas industry and by 95 percent from natural gas wells drilled using the controversial technique of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

Jul 26, 2011

U.S. regulators delay smog rule for fourth time

WASHINGTON, July 26 (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency said on Tuesday it would again delay issuing
a final limit on smog pollution opposed by manufacturers and
many Republican lawmakers until the Obama administration has
finished reviewing it.

In December, the agency said it would issue the rule by the
end of July.

However, on Tuesday the EPA said the rule is going through
interagency review at the White House Office of Management and
Budget and that it will not issue the rule on Friday as it had
intended.

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