Daily Archives: June 15, 2012

EPA proposes tougher rules on soot

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rolled out plans Friday to toughen standards for fine particulate matter, or soot, which is dangerous microscopic pollution emitted by factories, power plants, diesel vehicles and other sources.

The proposal, which the agency is issuing under a court-ordered deadline, would pare the current annual exposure standard of 15 micrograms per cubic […]

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McCain urges US to keep sanctions on Burma’s energy sector

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is urging the Obama administration to retain sanctions against Burma’s state-controlled oil-and-gas sector, echoing similar statements from human-rights activist and newly elected parliamentarian Aung San Suu Kyi.

“Daw Aung San Suu Kyi made a very important statement today that I call on the Administration and our European allies to heed,” McCain said […]

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Report finds quake risks linked to carbon storage, fracking wastewater injections

A major new report concludes that more research is needed to better understand risks of seismic activity linked to injections of wastewater from natural gas drilling, potential large-scale underground storage of carbon dioxide emissions and other energy technologies.

The National Research Council released the study as political battles continue over expanded natural gas development in the […]

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EPA to propose tougher rules on soot

The Environmental Protection Agency will roll out a proposal Friday to toughen standards for fine particulate matter, or soot, which is dangerous microscopic pollution emitted by factories, power plants, diesel vehicles and other sources.

The proposal, which the agency is issuing under a court-ordered deadline, would ratchet the current annual exposure standard of 15 micrograms per […]

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News bites: Romney’s green energy record faces scrutiny, and more

The Wall Street Journal explores Mitt Romney’s green energy record as governor of Massachusetts in light of his current attacks against the White House over Solyndra.

Reuters analyzes the shortcomings of Europe’s greenhouse gas trading system.

“Europe’s emissions trading scheme has failed to create incentives for utilities to use cleaner energy fuels, meaning that governments will have […]

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By The Numbers: Unconventional Natural Gas Powering U.S. Economy

Just one-in-five Americans is “satisfied with the way things are going in the United States,” according to Gallup data published yesterday, and the economy and unemployment are “still viewed as most important problems” facing our nation.

Yet despite our nation’s ongoing economic challenges, IHS Inc., “one of the leading economic analysis and forecasting firms in the […]

Dem senator: Humans causing climate change, saying otherwise is ‘bogus’

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) declared on the Senate floor Thursday that the debate over whether humans are causing climate change is over, and that it has been shown conclusively that human activity is leading to global warming.

“People say there are questions about the theory,” he said. “No, there are not.

“The argument that the jury is […]

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OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Study on earthquakes, fracking arrives Friday

Coming Friday: The National Research Council (NRC) will release a report on the potential for energy technologies — including wastewater injections associated with natural-gas drilling — to cause seismic activity.

“Hydraulic fracturing, carbon capture and storage, geothermal energy production, and conventional oil and gas development are various energy technologies that require injecting fluid deep underground, an […]

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