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  1. US climate spurt must be serious; it has toolkits

    Programs stuffed with sweeping actions imply the existence of sweeping problems—sometimes falsely. This trick of activism underlies a bureaucratic spurt announced by the Obama administration as “actions to protect communities from the impacts of climate change.” The focus is health, against which who would dare argue? And the implication is that climate change represents a health problem so large that a whopping response is in order. The White House fact sheet on this whopper is 4,777 words long. Headings in a summary bullet list set the tone: “convening stakeholders,” “identifying solutions to minimize impacts,” “expanding access to climate and health data,” “preparing the next generation of medical and health professionals,” “releasing draft climate and health assessment report.” You know officials are serious when they get down to convening stakeholders and minimizing impacts. And doesn’t federalization of medical education follow logically from the government’s usurpation of the health system under Obamacare? For that purpose, the administration is creating a “coalition of deans” from 30 medical, nursing, and public health schools, members of which will start work with “a roundtable discussion around climate change and health.” No doubt unwelcome in this elite group is anyone inclined to note how temperature measurements aren’t supporting model projections of dangerous warming, on which climate panic is founded. Beyond the dean’s coalition will be reports galore, projects to predict epidemics of infectious diseases, and an effort “to improve our ability to measure and understand nutrient pollution.” See? Climate change is polluting nutrients. Who knew? Testifying to the importance of this initiative, although not promising much in the way of efficiency, will be participation by most departments of the government. And there will be tookits, lots of toolkits: a health care facilities toolkit, an expanded climate resilience toolkit, a sustainable technologies toolkit. A program can’t have too many toolkits. This initiative represents nauseating paternalism motivated by the propaganda of a decadent agenda. Polls indicate Americans need no government toolkit to see through the thickening fog. (From the subscription area of www.ogj.com, posted Apr. 10, 2015; author’s e-mail: bobt@ogjonline.com)

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    Fri, 10 Apr 2015

  2. US reaches CCS milestone

    The US Energy Secretary has heralded the viability of carbon capture and storage (CCS) after the US reached a new milestone in deployment of the technology this week.

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    Fri, 24 Apr 2015

  3. Installations of natural gas generator sets to double by 2024

    Annual installations of natural gas generator sets are expected to grow from 12.9 GW in 2015 to more than 27.1 GW in 2024 

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    Fri, 24 Apr 2015

  4. German coal levy decision delayed until review concluded

    On Friday afternoon, German Minister Sigmar Gabriel stated that a decision on the proposed coal levy would be postponed until a review is conducted into the potential for job losses.

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    Fri, 24 Apr 2015

  1. Coal News: Dominion to close all coal ash ponds in Virginia

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    Wed, 22 Apr 2015

  2. Denham chief – coal has role to play in powering African potential

    The vice-president of global energy and resources at private equity giant, Denham Capital says coal-fired power makes sense in certain regions of Africa and should not be discarded as a solution to meeting growing demand for power on the continent.

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    Thu, 23 Apr 2015

  3. White House calls for modernized U.S. electric power grid in review

    The U.S. power grid, while one of the most advanced energy systems in the world, is still in serious need of investment in modernization

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    Wed, 22 Apr 2015

  4. RWE’s survival at stake if government power plant policy pursued- Terium

    The head of Germany’s second largest utility says its very existence is under threat if the German government opts to pursue its policy of forcing ageing coal-fired power plants to pay more for emissions.

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    Thu, 23 Apr 2015

  5. AziNor takes charge of UK North Sea license

    AziNor Catalyst has completed the acquisition of license P.1946, covering block 15/12a in the UK central North Sea, from Stavanger Petroleum.

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    Thu, 23 Apr 2015

  6. Noble Energy settles air pollution charges from D-J basin operations

    Noble Energy Inc. agreed to settle federal and state air pollution charges stemming from its Denver-Julesburg basin oil and gas exploration and production activities, the US Department of Justice, Environmental Protection Agency, and State of Colorado jointly said.

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    Wed, 22 Apr 2015

  7. World’s first algae-powered building set to open

    A unique algae-powered building is to be officially unveiled on Saturday at the International Building Exhibition in Hamburg.

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    Wed, 22 Apr 2015

  8. ExxonMobil settles charges stemming from Arkansas pipeline leak

    Two ExxonMobil Corp. pipeline subsidiaries agreed to pay $5 million to the US government and the state of Arkansas to settle charges stemming from a 2013 crude-oil leak in the state, the US Department of Justice and Environmental Protection Agency jointly announced.

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    Wed, 22 Apr 2015

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