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January 23, 2012 IAEA May Open Permanent Office at Japan Nuclear Accident Site

Source: Bloomberg

The International Atomic Energy Agency is considering establishing a permanent office in Fukushima in Japan, the site of the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986, an IAEA official told reporters.

January 20, 2012 U.S. Wind-Farm Boom Set to Bust in 2013 as Obama Tax Breaks End

Source: Bloomberg

A U.S. boom in wind farm projects is poised to bust in 2013 as tax breaks by President Barack Obama’s administration prompt developers to rush through construction of new sites this year, according to Bloomberg New England

January 20, 2012 Fracked: The Debate Over Shale Gas Deepens

Source: Time

Is shale gas good for us or not? Most of that argument has been over the potential risks that hydrofracking for shale gas might pose to water supplies—risks that were highlighted again this week when the Environmental...

January 20, 2012 EPA agrees to test well water for gas-drilling contamination

Source: Post Gazette

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced this afternoon it will begin testing well water supplies at 60 homes in Dimock, in Susquehanna County, where residents say Marcellus Shale gas drilling operations have...

January 20, 2012 Obama pipeline decision delays energy security

Source: Herald Times Reporter News

The Obama administration's kick-the-can decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline, at least for now, leaves a confusing muddle that exemplifies the continuing fecklessness of U.S. energy policy.

January 20, 2012 Smaller Carbon Footprint Means Fewer Risks, Official Says

Source: US Defense Department

A hard push by the Defense Department and the military services to reduce dependence on fossil fuels will shrink risks on the battlefield along with the Pentagon’s carbon footprint, a DOD official said yesterday. Oliver Fritz is...

January 20, 2012 Federal Judge: Vt. Nuclear Plant Can Remain Open

Source: ABC News

Vermont's only nuclear plant can remain open beyond its originally scheduled shutdown date this year, despite the state's efforts to close the 40-year-old reactor, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

January 20, 2012 Exports of LNG May Raise U.S. Prices as Much as 54%, Agency Says

Source: SF Chronicle

Exporting liquefied natural gas may increase U.S. prices for the fuel as much as 54 percent, the Energy Information Administration said in a report sought by the Energy Department for its review of export permits

January 20, 2012 Fracking’s Greenhouse Gas Contribution Splits Scientists

Source: Business Week

Two groups of Cornell University researchers have split over the contribution to global warming by rising extraction of natural gas from shale beds through a process known as fracking.

January 19, 2012 New Quinnipiac poll: Ohioans strongly oppose hydro-fracking until more study, split on heartbeat bill

Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer

A new poll of Ohioans shows that more than seven in ten want the controversial practice of hydro-fracking stopped until more study of it can be done, according to a Quinnipiac University survey released this morning. The first...

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