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Deep Water Drilling Set to Resume

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Federal announcement ends offshore drilling moratorium.

Oil and gas exploration has been suspended in the Gulf since May, one month after the Deepwater Horizon explosion that killed 11 workers and led to the worst offshore oil spill in American history. In a few weeks, drilling and exploration will resume. The Obama administration will allow 13 companies to resume their work on 16 different offshore projects that had already been approved and were in......read more

Capping the Well

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Obama moves to put a lid on oil and gas subsidies.

As he discussed in the State of the Union address, President Obama intends to cut subsidies of oil and gas companies already making money hand over fist. In the new budget, set for release sometime this month, Obama calls for a $36.5 billion dollar reduction in subsidies and tax breaks for oil and gas companies, alongside substantial increases in funding for solar, wind, and geothermal energy......read more

Waste Plant to Power Itself with Beer and Pop

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Canadian project converts waste to clean energy.

What's with Canadians and turning trash to energy, eh? The latest ingenious idea is to convert waste soda and beer (because no self-respecting Canadian would throw good beer down the drain) into ethanol that will in turn be used to power a waste plant on the Atlantic seaboard. The pilot project is an initiative of New Brunswick Community College's Bio-energy and Bio-products Applied......read more

House Panel Votes to Strip EPA of Power to Regulate Emissions

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Partisan bill to kill climate regulations passes first hurdle.

A GOP-led effort to block Obama administration climate change rules passed a crucial first step Thursday, when a House subcommittee voted to strip the Environmental Protection Agency of its power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.  The bill, tabled by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman (and climate change turncoat) Fred Upton, would prohibit consideration of CO2 and other......read more

Ken Salazar Opens Up Public Lands to Coal Mining

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A major expansion of coal mining is planned for Wyoming's Powder River Basin.

U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar just announced that vast coal reserves on federal land in the Powder River Basin in Wyoming will be put up for auction over the next five months. This will lead to approximately 758 tons of coal being excavated. With the abundance of alternative energy sources available, and the Obama administration's stated commitment to move the country toward a cleaner......read more

Coal Cares

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Yes Lab and Coal Kills Kids join forces to skewer the coal industry

In conjunction with Asthma Awareness Month, Peabody Energy, the largest private-sector coal company in the world, announced its "Coal Cares" campaign. The program provides anyone living within 200 miles of a coal-fired power plant with a free inhaler and $10 towards medicine to treat asthma. The inhalers come in a variety of styles including Dora the Explorer, diamond plated, and Justin Bieber......read more

GOP Offshore Drilling Bill Rejected by Senate

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Dems block measure to to speed up oil leases off the U.S. coast

The Republican effort to expand offshore drilling in country has been turned down by the U.S. Senate. The bill would have opened up more areas to drilling and forced regulators to speed up their decisions on lease permits. The vote was 57 against and 42 for -- 18 short of the 60 "Yes" votes required to move it to the Senate floor. Democrats voted resoundingly against the bill, saying it would ......read more

Coal-to-Fuel Movement Gains Steam

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But will it cause more problems that it fixes?

If the U.S. coal industry and their Republican comrades have their say, Americans will soon be filling their tanks with — you guessed it — coal. Or a refined version of it, anyway. At the Huffington Post, Tom Zeller Jr. lays out an in-depth exploration of liquified coal fuels, which are being pushed in Washington as an important element of the road energy independence. Sound like a......read more

Removing Mountains

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Daniel Shea captures the destructive process of mountaintop mining in the Appalachians

Turns out mountains really can be moved. Or rather, removed. Mountaintop removal, as the name implies, involves blasting away the tops of mountains in order to expose the coal seams underneath. The resulting tons of dirt and stone are typically discarded into nearby valleys and streams, with devastating impacts on mountain ecosystems. The process is particularly prevalent in the Appalachians,......read more

Can the 'Democratization Of Energy' Change Everything?

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Economist Jeremy Rifkin makes the case for a decentralized clean energy economy

Our economy is at a crossroads. Unemployment is rampant, consumer and government debt is spiralling out of control, and food prices are going through the roof. According to Jeremy Rifkin, the American economist and president of the Foundation on Economic Trends, these are signals that the fossil fuel economy has reached the end of the line. In its place, decentralized systems of clean......read more

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