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'Green News Report' - November 17, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 11.17.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Climate and energy get short shrift in 2nd Democratic Presidential Deb...

LNG Bust Could Last For Years

James Stafford | Posted 10.08.2015 | Business
James Stafford

Commodity prices have crashed over the past year, and the market for LNG is no different. Over the past five years or so, there has been a flurry of ...

Congress Passed Legislation to Ban Natural Gas Exports--In 1975

Kyle Ash | Posted 08.12.2015 | Green
Kyle Ash

The 1970s oil crisis led to a lot of new policies to address energy security, one reason why some policymakers have opposed exports of LNG today. On top of that, the social and environmental problems with the globalization of the U.S. fracking industry would be overwhelming.

The New Region Of The Eastern Mediterranean

Aristotle Tziampiris | Posted 08.05.2015 | World
Aristotle Tziampiris

The region's new-found energy wealth may ultimately contribute to the lessening of Europe's energy dependence to Russia. At the same time, the possibility of friction and conflict over these resources among regional actors cannot be discounted.

Greenwash: Shell May Remove 'Oil' From Name as it Moves to Tap Arctic, Gulf of Mexico

Steve Horn | Posted 07.30.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Shell Oil has announced it may take a page out of the BP "Beyond Petroleum" greenwashing book, rebranding itself as something other than an oil company for its United States-based unit. "Oil" could at some point in the near future be removed from the name.

Carbon Emission Regulations Could Jeopardize Multibillion LNG Projects

James Stafford | Posted 07.10.2015 | Business
James Stafford

If policymakers around the world fail to take action to reduce global emissions, the market for LNG could be much larger than CTI predicts. In fact, that could be the scenario which the industry is betting on.

Brother of Hillary Clinton's Top Campaign Aide Lobbied for Fracked Gas Export Terminal Co-Owned by Qatar

Steve Horn | Posted 06.30.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Anthony "Tony" Podesta began lobbying in late 2013 on behalf of a company co-owned by ExxonMobil and Qatar Petroleum aiming to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the global market.

Fracking New York: It's Not Over 'Till It's Over

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.01.2015 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

When Governor Andrew Cuomo decided to ban fracking in New York State in December 2014, New Yorkers thought their worries were over. They were wrong.

"Carbon Copy": How Big Oil and King Coal Ghost Write Letters for Public Officials, Business Groups

Steve Horn | Posted 06.17.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

The Billings Gazette has revealed that coal mining company Cloudpeak Energy ghost wrote protest letters to the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) on behalf of allied policymakers and business groups.

U.S. Seizes On Venezuelan Weakness to Regain Caribbean Energy Foothold

James Stafford | Posted 06.10.2015 | Business
James Stafford

The U.S. has a spotty and turbulent history intervening in Latin America and the Caribbean, but outside of drug interdiction, the western hemisphere has largely taken a backseat when it comes to foreign policy during the Obama administration.

Disclosure Fail: Industry Reps Testifying for Denton, Texas Fracking Bill Left Ties Undisclosed

Steve Horn | Posted 06.05.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

A March 24 hearing prior to the passage of a controversial bill out of committee that preempts cities in Texas from regulating hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") for oil and gas obtained from shale basins, featured numerous witnesses who failed to disclose their industry ties, including some with ties to the Koch brothers.

The Most Challenging Oil and Gas Projects in the World

James Stafford | Posted 05.26.2015 | Business
James Stafford

The fifth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster is approaching, but in the intervening years since the well blowout deep offshore, oil and gas drillers have pushed even deeper and even farther afield.

Facing Felony Charges, Rick Perry Joins Board of Pipeline Company Proposing Pipeline Across Iowa

Steve Horn | Posted 04.11.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Former Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry has joined the board of directors at Energy Transfer Partners, a natural gas and propane company headquartered in Dallas, Texas that has proposed to build a controversial Bakken crude oil pipeline across Iowa.

Heather Zichal, Former Obama Energy Aide, Named Fellow at Industry-Funded Atlantic Council

Steve Horn | Posted 03.24.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Heather Zichal, former top climate and energy aide to President Barack Obama his top aide in crafting his 2008 presidential campaign energy platform, has joined the industry-funded Atlantic Council as a fellow at its Global Energy Center.

Your Chance, Your Voice, On a Liquefied Gas Facility Off New York

Carl Safina | Posted 03.09.2015 | New York
Carl Safina

I use natural gas for heating and cooking. I also oppose this facility. That doesn't make me a hypocrite; it makes me someone with a conscience who wants alternatives to fossil fuels rather than more excuses for more fossil fuels. The hearing is tonight, Wednesday. And there are other ways to comment.

Not Just Public Lands: Defense Bill Also Incentivizes Fracked Gas Vehicles

Steve Horn | Posted 02.17.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

The NDAA also included a provision that opened the floodgates for natural gas vehicles (NGVs) in the U.S. -- cars that would largely be fueled by gas obtained via fracking.

Introducing 'Natural Gas Exports: Washington's Revolving Door Fuels Climate Threat'

Steve Horn | Posted 01.19.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Many former Obama administration officials now work as lobbyists or PR professionals on behalf of the LNG exports industry, as do many former Bush administration officials. So too do those with ties to potential 2016 Democratic Party presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton.

Drilling Deeper: New Report Casts Doubt on Fracking Production Numbers

Steve Horn | Posted 12.27.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

By calculating the production numbers on a well-by-well basis for shale gas and tight oil fields throughout the U.S., Post Carbon concludes that the future of fracking is not nearly as bright as industry cheerleaders suggest.

Beware the LNG Memes

G. Elijah Dann | Posted 11.25.2014 | Green
G. Elijah Dann

A current, notable example of the power of memes, are those continually repeated in defense of massive, worldwide, liquefied natural gas (LNG) proposals.

Judge Nixes Cove Point LNG Zoning Permit as Dominion Says Will Soon Receive Federal Permit

Steve Horn | Posted 10.26.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogCo-Written with Caroline SelleAn August 6 court decision handed down by Calvert County Circuit Court Judge James Salm...

Will the Tea Party Impeach Governor Pat McCrory?

Carl Pope | Posted 10.12.2014 | Politics
Carl Pope

The Tea Party and legislative Republicans don't seem in the slightest fazed by the governor's assertion of executive muscle -- there's not a single searchable peep expressing concern over McCrory's announcement that he would act even if his legislature did not. So what is real basis for Republican outrage over Obama's "abuse of power"?

Documents: Cheniere Fuels ALEC's New Push for Fracked Gas Exports

Steve Horn | Posted 09.30.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Today, legislative and lobbyist members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) voted on model legislation promoting both exports of gas obtained via hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") and vehicles powered by compressed natural gas (CNG).

Revealed: Heather Zichal Met With Cheniere Executives as Obama Energy Aide Before Board Nomination

Steve Horn | Posted 08.27.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

According to a DeSmogBlog review of White House meeting logs, between 2009 and 2013, the Obama White House held 32 meetings with Cheniere board members and lobbyists.

Heather Zichal, Former Obama Energy Aide, Named to Board of Fracked Gas Exports Giant Cheniere

Steve Horn | Posted 08.20.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogHeather Zichal, former Obama White House Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, may soon walk ou...

Israel has Egypt over a barrel

David Hearst | Posted 08.09.2014 | World
David Hearst

The export of gas to Israel was stopped by the Egyptian revolution. Israel had by this time discovered so much gas in the Eastern Mediterranean that it was looking to Egypt not as a source of gas, but as a means of liquefying its gas and exporting it to the international markets.