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May 9, 2012 UK environment agency backs fracking, nuclear power

Source: Reuters

The chairman of the environment agency for England and Wales voiced support for shale gas extraction - which critics say can pollute ground water and cause earth tremors - and he backed government plans to expand nuclear power...

May 9, 2012 Crude Oil Falls for Sixth Day in Longest Drop Since 2010

Source: Bloomberg

Oil fell for a sixth day in New York, the longest run of declines in almost two years, after crude stockpiles increased in the U.S., the world’s largest consumer of the commodity. Futures slid as much as 0.9 percent after...

May 9, 2012 Vermont Will Be First U.S. State to Ban Fracking

Source: Environment News Service

MONTPELIER, Vermont - Vermont is about to become the first U.S. state to ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for natural gas. The Vermont House of Representatives voted 103-36 Friday to approve a conference committee report...

May 9, 2012 India's oil imports from Iran plunge 34% in April

Source: Indian Express

India's crude oil imports from Iran declined by about 34 per cent in April compared with March, deeper than expected and the first evidence of New Delhi implementing cuts in supplies from the sanctions-hit nation under annual...

May 8, 2012 Goodbye Nuclear Power — and Hello More Carbon?

Source: Time

As the only victim of an atomic bombing, Japan has always reacted ambivalently at best toward nuclear power. This is the country of the hibakusha — the survivors of the American attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, victims of...

May 8, 2012 Occupy groups are focusing on fracking

Source: Coloradoan.com

At least two Occupy Wall Street groups will protest the oil and gas industry’s use of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” on Friday. Occupy Greeley and Occupy Fort Collins will protest Friday afternoon in front of the Greeley...

May 8, 2012 RFK Jr. calls coal 'corrupting' at Portland rally

Source: Seattle Times

Environmental lawyer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said a proposal to use the Pacific Northwest as a conduit between coal mined in Montana and Wyoming and shipped to Asia would pollute more than just the environment.

May 8, 2012 U.N. to rule on carbon offsets from coal plants

Source: Reuters

The main U.N.-appointed panel that regulates supply of global carbon offsets could this week decide whether to approve rules that would lead to the award of millions of CO2 credits to coal-fired power stations in developing...

May 8, 2012 Cabinet official praises opening of nation’s first solar field on public land near Primm

Source: Las Vegas Sun

Wearing his trademark cowboy hat, blue jeans and a Bureau of Land Management bolo tie, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Monday celebrated the opening of the first large-scale solar installation to begin operation on federal...

May 7, 2012 U.S. proposes new rules for fracking on federal lands

Source: Reuters

The Obama administration unveiled long-awaited rules on Friday to bolster oversight on public lands of oil and natural gas drilling using fracking technology that has ushered in a boom in drilling but also triggered environmental...

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