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March 25, 2015 Lord Smith 'hugely sceptical' of fracking for shale oil in the UK

Source: The Guardian

Former environment agency chief says environmental case for shale oil in the UK is much tougher to make than for shale gas and calls for a single regulator

March 25, 2015 Lifting German fracking ban 'unlikely to boost volumes'

FE Trustnet - Lifting a ban on fracking in Germany is unlikely to have any significant impact on the country's domestic gas production in the foreseeable future, îFitch Ratingsî says. The ratings agency says obstacles...

March 25, 2015 Future of coal, climate and communities debated at hearing

The Charleston Gazette - And Jeremy Richardson, a physicist and energy expert with the îUnion of Concerned Scientistsî, said that West Virginia could also follow the lead of Kentucky, which is using the coal...

March 25, 2015 Beijing schedules closure of final coal-fired power plants

Power Engineering - There is also a drive to restart its nuclear power programme. Emissions fell 2 per cent in China in 2013, the first decline since 2001, according to a Bloomberg îNew Energy Financeî estimate based...

March 25, 2015 Oil Markets Volatile As Dollar Falls And Supplies Seen Rising

Source: Wall Street Journal

LONDON—Oil markets were volatile on Wednesday with major price benchmarks diverging as investors weighed a weaker dollar against expectations that U.S. oil supplies will hit a fresh record. Brent crude for delivery in May rose...

March 24, 2015 Oil below $56 as Saudi output near record, China activity slows

Source: Reuters

Brent crude oil held below $56 a barrel on Tuesday on signs of slowing growth in China and as Saudi Arabia said its production was close to an all-time high.

March 24, 2015 U.S. sets first major fracking rules on federal lands

Source: Reuters

The Obama administration’s new rules governing fracking on federal lands drew swift criticism from all sides on Friday, with green groups calling the measures “toothless” and the energy industry slamming “unnecessary” regulation...

March 24, 2015 Paris smog problems are so bad that they are banning cars

Source: Life Motor News

The City of Paris is having problems with congestion and the smog it's causing, they are banning cars from the city centre. It's only the third time since 1997 the city authorities have resorted to such emergency measures, last...

March 24, 2015 Dollar slips further, crude oil prices rebound

Source: Reuters

The dollar fell further on Monday on views a Federal Reserve interest rate hike will come later rather than sooner, and the decline helped boost oil prices. U.S. stocks gave up gains and closed slightly lower.

March 24, 2015 California's push for clean energy has a big problem: no place to store it

Source: LA Times

On a quiet Sunday morning last April, power plants were pumping far more energy into California's electricity grid than residents needed for their refrigerators, microwaves and television sets..

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