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November 10, 2015

Feds sell N.J. leases for $1.9M

Phil Taylor, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-11-10 06:40:59

The Interior Department today announced plans to award two wind energy leases off the New Jersey coast for $1.9 million, a key step in developing a federal wind energy area with an estimated 3,400 megawatts of commercial potential. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s online auction lasted seven rounds and drew competitive bidding from three companies. RES America Developments Inc. submitted a winning bid of $881,000 for the rights to develop 160,000 acres in the southern half of a wind energy area about 8 miles from Atlantic City. US Wind Inc. submitted a winning bid of $1 million to develop 183,000 acres in the northern half. [ read more … ]

Shift to Lower-Carbon Energy Is Too Slow, Report Warns

By STANLEY REED, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2015-11-10 06:42:35

Even as the world shifts toward lower-carbon forms of energy, the changes are happening too slowly to keep global temperatures from rising to dangerous levels in the coming decades, an international research group warns in a report released on Tuesday. nd low oil prices could make the problem worse by slowing the planet’s transition to cleaner and more efficient cars, trucks and aircraft, according to the report, by the International Energy Agency. The group represents nearly 30 countries and aims to promote secure and environmentally sustainable global energy.
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In Keystone Snub, Obama Tries to Lockdown His Climate Legacy

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2015-11-10 06:40:05

For years, President Barack Obama chided Republicans and Democrats alike for treating the Keystone XL pipeline as a signal of whether the U.S. would seriously fight global warming. Now that he’s killed the project, Obama is holding it up as Exhibit A as he works to lock in his environmental legacy with a powerful international climate accord. [ read more … ]

How a 2012 book foreshadowed recent reports on Exxon’s changing climate views

Malavika Vyawahare, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-11-10 06:41:35

With the launch of an investigation into Exxon Mobil Corp.’s climate stance by New York’s attorney general, talk of wide-ranging tobacco-style litigation against Exxon and other oil and gas companies has amplified. But if the Exxon inquiry does blow up into a battle against civil and criminal charges, the oil and gas major may have one big advantage that the tobacco industry, which for years denied that smoking was injurious to human health, did not: lessons from the tobacco industry’s flawed defensive tactics that led to a $206 billion settlement. [ read more … ]

BLM advances N.M.-to-Ariz. line expected to boost renewables

Scott Streater, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-11-10 06:39:21

The Obama administration has completed a yearslong environmental review of a 360-mile transmission line project across southern New Mexico and Arizona that is expected to promote renewables in the West. A notice announcing completion of the final environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Southline Transmission Project conducted by the Bureau of Land Management was published in today’s Federal Register but under U.S. EPA’s section. Today’s notice begins a 30-day public review period running through Dec. 7. [ read more … ]

Resistance on the Land: Natural Gas Pipeline Plans Opposed

By Steve Szkotak, The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2015-11-10 06:39:42

From New England to North Carolina, scattered insurgencies have formed in opposition to a spider web of pipelines up and down the Eastern Seaboard as the nation’s energy industry seeks to move pent-up natural gas supplies. Behind the pipeline boom: vast deposits of natural gas being drilled in West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio and ready for shipment to U.S. and international markets. “Essentially, the takeaway is they’re re-plumbing the whole United States,” said Timothy R. Carr, a West Virginia University geologist. [ read more … ]

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