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Jun 23, 2015

Shell’s Arctic plan counters U.S. walrus protections -green groups

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Green groups urged the U.S.
Department of Interior on Tuesday to revoke the agency’s
conditional approval of Royal Dutch Shell’s 2015 Arctic oil
exploration plan, saying it runs counter to established
protections for walruses.

A 2013 rule implemented by the Fish and Wildlife Service, a
bureau of the Interior Department, prevents energy companies
from exploring for oil simultaneously at wells in the Chukchi
Sea off Alaska that are within 15 miles (24 km) of each other.

Jun 16, 2015

White House secures $4 billion in investments for clean energy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House has secured more than $4 billion to boost clean energy and fight climate change from foundations, institutional investors and philanthropies, doubling a goal set in February, administration officials said.

Vice President Joe Biden told a conference on clean energy at the White House on Tuesday that a “staggering” number of long-term jobs can be created in the sector “if we make the investments.”

Jun 15, 2015

Dozens of U.S. companies bet on nuclear power revolution: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon’s top arms provider and firms partly funded by Silicon Valley billionaires Bill Gates and Paul Allen are among dozens of companies collectively betting more than $1.3 billion that a new wave of nuclear power can be a force to fight climate change.

Advanced nuclear power plants, which will employ techniques such as using fuels other than uranium and coolants other than water, have attracted private investments from more than 40 companies from Florida to Washington state, the Third Way think tank says in the first report specifying the number of firms and total money invested in the technologies.

Jun 9, 2015

Republican pours money into U.S. climate, clean energy foundation

WASHINGTON, June 8 (Reuters) – A Republican businessman said
on Monday he is pouring millions of dollars into a foundation
that sees opportunities where the majority of his fellow party
members do not: easing climate change and speeding the country’s
transition to clean energy.

Jay Faison of Charlotte, North Carolina, has given $165
million to Clearpath, his foundation dedicated to explaining to
centrist Republicans climate science and business opportunities
in solar and other forms of green energy. In addition, he is
giving $10 million to a related political nonprofit to raise
additional funds.

Jun 4, 2015

U.S. EPA finds no ‘widespread risk’ to drinking water from fracking

WASHINGTON, June 4 (Reuters) – Fracking has not led to
widespread, systemic pollution of drinking water, the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday in a
long-awaited study, though it warned that certain drilling
activities could pose potential risks.

The study, five years in the making, found some drinking
water vulnerabilities to hydraulic fracturing, such as where
supplies were scarce and where fracturing took place directly
into underground drinking water sources, but overall saw little
impact from the drilling technique.

Jun 4, 2015

EPA finds fracking poses no ‘widespread risk’ to drinking water

By Valerie Volcovici and Timothy Gardner

(Reuters) – Fracking has not led to widespread, systemic
pollution of drinking water, the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency said on Thursday in a long-awaited study, though it
warned that certain drilling activities could pose potential
risks.

The study, five years in the making, found some drinking
water vulnerabilities to hydraulic fracturing, such as where
supplies were scarce and where fracturing took place directly
into underground drinking water sources, but overall saw little
impact from the drilling technique.

Jun 4, 2015

U.S. EPA finds no ‘widespread risk’ to drinking water

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Fracking has not led to widespread, systemic pollution of drinking water, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday in a long-awaited study, though it warned that certain drilling activities could pose potential risks.

The study, five years in the making, found some drinking water vulnerabilities to hydraulic fracturing, such as where supplies were scarce and where fracturing took place directly into underground drinking water sources, but overall saw little impact from the drilling technique.

Jun 4, 2015

Fracking poses potential risks to some water supplies -EPA study

WASHINGTON, June 4 (Reuters) – Fracking has not led to
widespread, systematic pollution of drinking water, the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday in a
long-awaited study.

The study, five years in the making, found some drinking
water vulnerabilities to hydraulic fracturing, such as where
supplies were scarce, but overall saw little impact from the
drilling technique.

Jun 3, 2015

U.S. oil exports will not wean allies from Russian crude -memo

WASHINGTON, June 3 (Reuters) – Lifting the ban on U.S. oil
exports would do little to help Eastern European countries
decrease their reliance on Russian energy, a policy research arm
of Congress said in a memo to U.S. lawmakers seen by Reuters on
Wednesday.

Lawmakers in favor of axing the 40-year-old U.S. crude oil
ban are increasingly using the argument the move would bring
stability to allies in Europe and Asia by adding a steady
alternative supply to markets that currently rely heavily on
Russian oil.

Jun 3, 2015

Insight – For green activists, Arctic drilling could be the next big thing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Michael Brune is pleased that activists in kayaks are training for another “Paddle in Seattle” to confront an expected Royal Dutch Shell rig on its way to the Arctic to explore for oil. What makes the head of the Sierra Club just as happy is the effect Shell’s Arctic ambitions are having on his own environmental organization.

Sierra’s funding drive against the resumption in Arctic drilling has taken in three times more money than usual campaigns by the nation’s oldest green group, said Brune, though he wouldn’t reveal specific amounts. And the group’s petition opposing President Barack Obama’s decision in favour of Shell last month has collected more signatures than any appeal in two years.

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