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U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fall 10 pct since 2005: EPA

WASHINGTON (Reuters) April 15, 2014 - U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fell nearly 10 percent from 2005 to 2012, more than halfway toward the United States' 2020 target pledged at United Nations climate talks, according to the latest national emissions inventory.The report showed that emissions dropped 3.4 percent from 2012 to 2011, mostly due to a decrease in energy consumption and fuel switching from coal to natural gas.The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday published the United States' 19th annual emissions tally to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change.The United States uses 2005 pollution levels as its benchmark to measure emissions cuts, and has a target to lower emissions by 17 percent from that starting point by 2020.Since 1990, the first year the United States kept the inventory, carbon dioxide emissions - largely energy-related emissions and the most prevalent greenhouse gas - rose just 5.4 percent.Meanwhile hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), super greenhouse gases used primarily as refrigerants, saw a dramatic rise of over 309 percent.The Obama administration has taken steps to reduce these emissions through bilateral and multilateral agreements with major polluters, including China, the world's biggest greenhouse gas emitter, and India.The EPA prepares the annual report in collaboration with other federal agencies and is subject to public comments.A United Nations report released Sunday said that governments must act faster to keep global warming in check and that a radical shift from fossil fuels to low-carbon energy such as wind, solar or nuclear power would shave only about 0.06 of a percentage point a year off world economic growth.The report, endorsed by governments, is meant...

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Amicus brief filed in the Court of Appeals

Attached is the amicus brief filed in the Court of Appeals on behalf of: JOINT LANDOWNERS COALITION OF NEW YORK, INC. NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ROYALTY OWNERS NARO-NY UPSTATE NEW YORK TOWNS ASSOCIATION, INC. SOUTHERN TIER RESIDENTS FOR ECONOMIC INDEPENDENCE AND THE BUSINESS COUNCIL OF NEW YORK STATE, INC. Oral argument in the Court of Appeals is scheduled for June 3, 2014 at 2:00.  
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Chu Remains Advocate for Natural Gas, New Technology

By  Carolyn Davis  April 14, 2014 in NGI Shale Daily  Former Energy Secretary Steven Chu told a standing-room-only crowd on Monday that he continues to believe natural gas is the "genuine transition fuel," that will lead all other types of fuels in all types of applications through this century.Chu, who was the keynote speaker Monday in Dallas at the annual Gas Processors Association Convention, served as President Obama's first Secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE). The dedicated...

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Window into N.Y. public health study suggests agency grappling with data

By Gayathri Vaidyanathan, in EnergyWire 4/15/2014The New York State Department of Health has tracked the progress of U.S. EPA's hydraulic fracturing study, gathered up information on earthquakes in Ohio and logged information about air pollution in Colorado's oil and gas fields for its long-awaited study on health effects from fracking.New York health officials considered a collaboration with a Geisinger Health Systems-led study on shale gas development, though it's unclear whether those...

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Germany’s Green Energy Bust

By  Will Boisvert  7/30/13 in The Break Through  Through much of 2012, the Energiewende, Germany’s pioneering effort to construct an energy system around renewables while simultaneously phasing out nuclear power and cutting carbon emissions, was on a roll. Plunging prices and eye-popping production figures for wind and solar power seemed to fulfill all the visionary prognostications. Germany shrugged off the shuttering of nearly half its nuclear plants without a backward glance: not only...

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EDITORIAL: Needlessly capping California’s oil

Jobs and America’s energy independence threatened by the greensBy THE WASHINGTON TIMES  Editorial    Friday, April 11, 2014At 8 percent, the California unemployment rate is higher than in all but three other states. The Legislature apparently likes it that way. The lawmakers are on their way to banning a technology that could create 200,000 jobs and inject millions of dollars into the state’s economy.A bill making its way through the Legislature would prohibit fracking — at least...

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The Weekly Oil and Gas Follies – Volume 41, April 14, 2014

Great research and writing in a cleanly wrapped easy to read package, We really enjoy the weekly follies and never fail to learn something new and insightful. JLCpulseBy David Blackmon in Forbes 4/14/2014 In which we drill down into the @GDBlackmon Twitter feed to briefly chronicle the week’s silliness, shenanigans, fake news and real news related to the oil and natural gas industry. This guy writing for The Atlantic wants the United States to adopt the German model for even more...

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Environmentalist Foundations Fund Anti-Fossil Fuel Echo Chamber

Here is some news that you will NEVER read in the Binghamton or Ithaca newspapers. The only people aware of this farce are insightful, informed and open to the facts, they have seen the light and  do not the believe in the fiction  produced by the no progress anti environment groups. JLCpulse Nonprofit news venture shares donors with green groups it routinely cites Offshore fracking in California / APBY: Lachlan Markay  April 3, 2014 3:00 pm in The Washington Free Beacon Wealthy...

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Ohio Regulators Update Rules to Further Reduce Seismic Risk

by Shawn Bennett  \n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Cambridge, Ohio in Energy in Depth 4/11/2014Today, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources announced there was enough information from the minor seismic event in Mahoning County on March 10th to justify new rules on well stimulation activity in the state. A strictly cautionary measure, ODNR’s new, stronger permit conditions place significant restrictions on developing...

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JLCNY STATEMENT REGARDING THE RESIGNATION OF DR. NIRAV SHAH

JLCNY STATEMENT REGARDING THE RESIGNATION OF DR. NIRAV SHAH FROM THE NYS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH BINGHAMTON – April 10, 2014 - Dan Fitzsimmons, President of the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York said: “We wish Dr. Shah well in his new position with Kaiser Foundation Health Plan in California although we are deeply disappointed that he has not completed his health review on high volume hydraulic fracturing. The State and Dr. Shah appear to have other priorities that do not include the...

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State Health Com. Nirav Shah has Enough of Andy Cuomo, Leaving NY

Marcellus Drilling News 4/10/2014 by Jim WillisApparently Dr. Nirav Shah, State Health Commissioner in New York, is tired of being Andrew Cuomo’s tool–Andy’s whipping boy. For more than a year Cuomo has been able to hide behind an unfinished so-called public health review of proposed new fracking rules, proposed by the state’s Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC). In what can only be called a conspiracy, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens asked Shah for a review of the SGEIS with an eye to...

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Dr. Nirav Shah, state health commissioner, resigns

Thursday April 10, 2014  By Michael Gormley in NewsdayALBANY -- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's health commissioner, the focus of criticism after three years of indecision over whether to authorize natural gas drilling, is resigning.The resignation of Dr. Nirav Shah, health commissioner since 2011, also follows the release of documents showing the Health Department failed to inspect some abortion clinics for years. The documents stemmed from a lawsuit by a conservative think tank that first was...

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NY health commissioner’s last day is in May, not June (UPDATED)

By Jon Campbell in Politics on The Hudson 4/10/2014New York’s top health official will work his last day May 4, according to a letter he sent to Department of Health employees Thursday.The Department of Health on Wednesday said Commissioner Nirav Shah would be resigning at the end of June to take a job with the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan in southern California.But in his letter to health department workers Thursday, Shah said his final day would actually be nearly two months...

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Under criticism, NY health commissioner to resign

 April 9, 2014 by Joseph Spector in Politics on The Hudson The state’s Health Department commissioner is resigning at the end of June amid criticism over his drawn-out review of whether New York should move forward with hydraulic fracturing.Nirav Shah, who was first appointed in 2011, is leaving to become chief operating officer for clinical operations for the southern California region at the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, the Health Department said in a statement.The announcement...

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U.S. Gas Tantalizes Europe, but It’s Not a Quick Fix

By CLIFFORD KRAUSS  APRIL 7, 2014  Energy and Environment in The New York Times  HOUSTON — As congressional pressure builds on the Obama administration to quicken gas exports to Europe to reduce its dependence on Russia, it may be tempting to gaze upon a marshy, alligator-infested Louisiana inlet of the Gulf of Mexico.There 3,000 workers are installing a huge set of turbines, pipelines and refrigeration units, building a terminal that will send American natural gas around the world by the...

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Jewell’s Remarks on Fracking Buoy Backers

April 4, 2014  By Mark Stricherz in The Colorado Observer  WASHINGTON – Interior Secretary Sally Jewell surprised House lawmakers during a budget hearing Thursday by giving a qualified endorsement of hydraulic fracturing, a process opposed by many environmental groups.Colorado Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn, who asked Jewell her opinion of the safety of fracking, put out a press release even before Jewell’s testimony before the House Natural Resources Committee was finished.In an interview...

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Early Marcellus producers hold continuing advantages, Moody's reports

By Alex Benedetto Tuesday, April 01, 2014 4:05 PM ET in SNL.comNatural gas producers that exposed themselves early to the now-bountiful Marcellus Shale will reap more benefits than producers in other North American shale plays, even if U.S. natural gas prices decline, according to a new report from Moody's.In the March 31 report, Moody's said the size and location of the Marcellus, close to high-demand markets in the Northeast and Midwest, gave its producers a significant advantage over...

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Landowner exiled by Cuomo’s fracking games

By William Perry Pendley In New York Post 4/3/2014Jon Kark of upstate Fenton is suing Gov. Cuomo because he’s sick of spending just a week or two a year with his family.Kark is part of a coalition of New York landowners who last month sued Cuomo and top officials at two state agencies in pursuit of their right to develop the rich Marcellus Shale beneath their land. (The plaintiffs are represented by Mountain States Legal Foundation, which I head, and New York counsel.)The state has...

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Moody's: Marcellus Shale players to reap benefits even if gas prices drop

“Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, "It might have been.” Kurt Vonnegut.  It might have been New York residents with this benefit and advantage in gas production. Never forget this issue rests squarely on Cuomos shoulder's and we all can all kindly help him relieve the terrible burden it must be. JLCpulse Global Credit Research - 01 Apr 2014 in Moodys Investor Services  New York, April 01, 2014 -- Exploration and production (E&P) companies that extract natural gas from the...

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How American energy independence could change the world

By Richard Anderson Business reporter, BBC News 4/2/2014Energy independence would allow the US to reassess its role on the world stageThe holy grail of American leaders over the past four decades, from Richard Nixon to Barack Obama, has been energy independence, and thanks to shale oil and gas, the dream could soon become reality.The International Energy Agency (IEA) and oil giant BP certainly think so - they believe the US will be energy independent by 2035.As Mr Obama said in his...

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Obama Doesn't Pass Gas: New Methane Regulations

ByMichael Lynch Contributor in Forbes April 3, 2014The role of methane in global climate change is important but often overlooked. Possibly this is because methane burning emits less CO2 than coal and oil, and many environmentalists consider fuel-switching to lower GHG emissions, rather than eliminate them with renewables, morally unacceptable. However, with the recent success of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in lowering natural gas prices, environmentalists, failing to find any serious...

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Oklahoma attorney general says EPA study is unnecessary

By Jay F. Marks   Published: April 3, 2014 in The Oklahoman  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general should not duplicate previous reviews of hydraulic fracturing, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt said.Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt isn’t high on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s latest review of hydraulic fracturing regulations.Pruitt on Wednesday sent a letter to the office of the inspector general at the EPA in response to a Feb. 5...

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