How Green Are Electric Vehicles?

In short: Very green. But plug-in cars still have environmental effects. Here’s a guide to the main issues and how they might be addressed.

#air-pollution, #alternative-and-renewable-energy, #batteries, #carbon-dioxide, #conservation-of-resources, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #energy-efficiency, #environment, #fuel-efficiency, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #mines-and-mining, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #pollution, #recycling-of-waste-materials, #water-pollution

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Reversing Trump, Interior Department Moves Swiftly on Climate Change

As Deb Haaland, President Biden’s choice for Interior secretary, heads toward a showdown vote, the department she would head is moving ahead on environmental policies.

#global-warming, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #land-use-policies, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

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A Sacred Place Undone by Trump Must Be Saved by Biden

Bears Ears is one of the nation’s most compelling and mysterious landscapes and a place of worship for Native Americans.

#arts-and-antiquities-looting, #bears-ears-national-monument-utah, #federal-lands, #haaland-deb, #land-use-policies, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #native-americans, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #wilderness-areas

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Haaland, With a Key Vote in Her Column, Appears Headed for Confirmation

Senator Joe Manchin III, who oversees the confirmation hearing, said he would support Representative Deb Haaland, President Biden’s nominee to lead the Interior Department.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #environment, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Ahmed Zaki Yamani, Former Saudi Oil Minister, Dies at 90

As Saudi Arabia’s powerful oil minister, he was architect of the Arab world’s drive to control its own energy resources in the 1970s.

#deaths-obituaries, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #saudi-arabia, #yamani-ahmed-zaki

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Why Texas Republicans Fear the Green New Deal

Small government is no match for a crisis born of the state’s twin addictions to market fixes and fossil fuels.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #cuomo-andrew-m, #friedman-milton, #green-new-deal, #ocasio-cortez-alexandria, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #privatization, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #solar-energy, #texas, #weather

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Texas Could Have Kept the Lights On

Republicans are blaming renewable energy, when it’s the state’s powerful utilities that failed to prepare for the worst.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #entergy-corporation, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #republican-party, #solar-energy, #wind-power

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Beauty, Serenity, Stillness: An Ode to the Final Miles of the Mississippi River

Stark and minimalist in their beauty, the landscapes and communities in Louisiana’s Plaquemines Parish exist in a state of constant change.

#floods, #gulf-of-mexico, #gulf-of-mexico-oil-spill-2010, #hurricane-katrina-2005, #louisiana, #mississippi-river, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #photography, #plaquemines-parish-la, #rivers, #ships-and-shipping, #travel-and-vacations

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The Task Ahead for Biden on Climate

The new president has shown a welcome interest in combating climate change. But more will need to be done.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #environmental-protection-agency, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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What Working in the Oil Industry Taught Me

What my time working on a North Dakota oil patch taught me about America’s fossil fuel addiction — and how to curb it.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hydraulic-fracturing, #infrastructure-public-works, #labor-and-jobs, #migrant-labor-non-agriculture, #north-dakota, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #pipelines, #united-states-politics-and-government, #williston-nd

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U.N. Delays Salvage of Yemen Oil Tanker Amid Fears of Major Spill

The United Nations had planned to start a maritime salvage operation to prevent leaks from a dilapidated tanker holding four times the oil that spilled in the Exxon Valdez disaster. But Houthi insurgents have failed to provide a written security guarantee, the U.N. said.

#houthis, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #oil-spills, #united-nations, #yemen

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After a Bruising Year, the Oil Industry Confronts a Diminished Future

Big oil companies lost billions in 2020 because of the pandemic and face broad questions about how they will adapt to climate change and regulations.

#automobiles, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bp-plc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #europe, #exxon-mobil-corp, #fuel-efficiency, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #looney-bernard-1970, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #united-states, #woods-darren-w-1965

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G.M. and the Electric-Car Comeback

The end of the gasoline-powered car will transform the economy.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #automobiles, #barra-mary-t, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #electric-light-and-power, #energy-efficiency, #fuel-efficiency, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #general-motors, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #united-states

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Raise Your Hand if You Were Expecting Biden to Be a Revolutionary

The president has been much more left-wing out of the gate than many predicted. What comes next?

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #immigration-and-emigration, #mcconnell-mitch, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #pipelines, #portman-rob, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Shell Subsidiary Must Compensate Nigerian Farmers, Dutch Court Rules

An appeals court said that a small group of farmers in the Niger Delta region whose livelihoods were affected by oil spills in 2006 and 2007 should receive payouts.

#agriculture-and-farming, #decisions-and-verdicts, #niger-delta-nigeria, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #oil-spills, #royal-dutch-shell-plc

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How GameStop’s Reddit-Fueled Rise May End

Let’s have an honest conversation about GameStop.

#boards-of-directors, #california-state-teachersretirement-system-calstrs, #corporate-social-responsibility, #d-e-shawco, #exxon-mobil-corp, #gamestop-corporation, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #reddit-inc

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President Biden to Sign Executive Order, Pausing Oil and Gas Leasing

The array of directives — touching on international relations, drilling policy, employment and national security, among other things — elevate climate change across every level of the federal government.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #environment, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #kerry-john, #land-use-policies, #mccarthy-gina, #offshore-drilling-and-exploration, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #united-states-politics-and-government

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How Biden’s Climate Ambitions Could Shift America’s Global Footprint

Serious efforts to address global warming might mean big changes for America’s trade, foreign relations and even defense strategy.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #coal, #european-union, #foreign-aid, #foreign-investments, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #kerry-john, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden, With Powerful Allies and Foes, Targets Climate Change

The president is moving rapidly to address climate change, with some unlikely allies behind him and huge hurdles ahead — some in his own party.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #law-and-legislation, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden Launches Climate Change Efforts

The president will announce a suite of executive actions on Wednesday to combat climate change, two people familiar with his plans said, including a ban on new oil and gas drilling on federal land.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #environment, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #federal-lands, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #land-use-policies, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Keystone Rejection Tests Trudeau’s Balancing Act on Climate and Energy

While Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shares the incoming president’s climate change agenda, the Canadian leader is also a pipeline proponent.

#alberta-canada, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #canada, #keystone-pipeline-system, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #trudeau-justin

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Suriname Could Be Latest Big Oil Find as Industry Cuts Costs

The small South American country has become a hot prospect for oil companies looking to produce fossil fuels while spending less.

#apache-corp, #brazil, #drilling-and-boring, #exxon-mobil-corp, #guyana, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #petronas-petroliam-nasional-berhad, #politics-and-government, #poverty, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #production, #royal-dutch-shell-plc, #south-america, #suriname, #total-sa

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Biden to Cancel Keystone XL Pipeline in Inauguration Day Executive Order

The project had already been languishing, but the action by Mr. Biden would signal his determination to undo President Trump’s environmental legacy.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #canada, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #keystone-pipeline-system, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #oil-sands, #pipelines, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Sunday Read: ‘Fighting Climate Change, Whatever It Takes’

How a group of five activists decided to fight global warming by doing whatever it takes.

#global-warming, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #united-states

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Tesla Might Finally Have Some Competition. From Ford.

Traditional automakers have struggled to sell electric cars. That could change as Ford, Volkswagen and others introduce new models.

#automobiles, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #ford-motor-co, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #rivian-automotive-llc, #sports-utility-vehicles-and-light-trucks, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #tesla-motors-inc, #united-states, #volkswagen-ag

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Toyota to Pay a Record Fine for a Decade of Clean Air Act Violations

Toyota’s $180 million settlement with the federal government follows a series of emissions-related scandals in the auto industry.

#air-pollution, #automobiles, #energy-efficiency, #environment, #fines-penalties, #fuel-efficiency, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #manhattan-nyc, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #strauss-audrey-attorney, #toyota-motor-corp

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Sale of Drilling Leases in Arctic Refuge Fails to Yield a Windfall

Just half of the 22 available tracts of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge got bids, and big oil companies stayed away.

#alaska, #arctic-national-wildlife-refuge, #bureau-of-land-management, #drilling-and-boring, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline

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Biden Must Stop Trump’s Reckless Plunder in Alaska

A last-ditch effort to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling is underway.

#arctic-national-wildlife-refuge, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #carter-jimmy, #conservation-of-resources, #drilling-and-boring, #eisenhower-dwight-david, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #trump-donald-j, #wilderness-areas, #wildlife-sanctuaries-and-nature-reserves

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Saudi Arabia Will Cut Its Oil Production, Allowing Russia’s to Grow

Oil prices rose to levels not seen since February. The two major oil producers had been moving in lock step since an April agreement to cut output.

#abdulaziz-bin-salman-prince-of-saudi-arabia, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #kazakhstan, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #organization-of-the-petroleum-exporting-countries, #production, #russia, #saudi-arabia

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‘A Slap in the Face’: The Pandemic Disrupts Young Oil Careers

Students and recent graduates struggle to get hired as the oil industry cuts tens of thousands of jobs, some of which may never come back.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #careers-and-professions, #colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #engineering-and-engineers, #geology, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #rice-university, #texas, #university-of-texas-at-austin

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The Climate Desk Looks Ahead to 2021

After a year when climate-related disasters seemed to become the norm, the team will be monitoring a 2021 that is pivotal for the world.

#air-pollution, #australia, #california, #content-type-service, #disasters-and-emergencies, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #methane, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #presidential-transition-us, #solar-energy, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #united-states-politics-and-government, #weather, #wildfires, #wind-power

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Sale of Arctic Drilling Leases Draws an Unusual Taker. It May Be the Only One.

With a deadline looming and weak interest from oil companies, the state of Alaska may step in and buy leases in the hope of reassigning them later. Some analysts saw that as a long shot.

#alaska, #arctic-national-wildlife-refuge, #arctic-regions, #environment, #global-warming, #murkowski-frank-h, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Norway’s Supreme Court Makes Way for More Arctic Drilling

The top court ruled against environmental groups Tuesday, saying the right to a clean environment did not bar the government from drilling for offshore oil.

#barents-sea, #environment, #european-court-of-human-rights, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #greenpeace, #norway, #offshore-drilling-and-exploration, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #politics-and-government, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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To Cut Emissions to Zero, U.S. Needs to Make Big Changes in Next 10 Years

New research details major infrastructure work — including immense construction projects — that would need to start right away to achieve Biden’s goal of zero emissions by 2050.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #batteries, #environment, #fuel-efficiency, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #nuclear-energy, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #wind-power

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‘Is Exxon a Survivor?’ The Oil Giant Is at a Crossroads.

Exxon Mobil is struggling to find its footing as demand for oil and gas falls and world leaders and businesses pledge to fight climate change.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #carbon-dioxide, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dow-jones-stock-average, #exxon-mobil-corp, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hydrocarbons, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #raymond-lee-r-1938, #shale, #solar-energy, #stocks-and-bonds, #texas, #tillerson-rex-w, #united-states, #wind-power, #woods-darren-w-1965

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New York State’s Divestment Threat Is a Victory for Climate Activists

The comptroller’s threat to pull billions from fossil fuel investments is a big victory for climate activists.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #bp-plc, #carbon-dioxide, #coal, #dinapoli-thomas-p, #exxon-mobil-corp, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #natural-gas, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #office-of-the-comptroller-nys, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #pensions-and-retirement-plans, #stringer-scott-m, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change

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New York’s $226 Billion Pension Fund Is Dropping Fossil Fuel Stocks

The fund will divest from many fossil fuels in the next five years and sell its shares in other companies that contribute to global warming by 2040.

#350-org, #fossil-fuels, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #new-york-state, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #pensions-and-retirement-plans, #schwartz-john, #stocks-and-bonds

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Sale of Arctic Refuge Oil and Gas Leases Is Set for Early January

The Trump administration, hastening its last-ditch effort to allow drilling there, said the sales would happen 30 days after an announcement is published in the Federal Register on Monday.

#alaska, #arctic-national-wildlife-refuge, #bureau-of-land-management, #drilling-and-boring, #environment, #land-use-policies, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Oil Refineries See Profit in Turning Kitchen Grease Into Diesel

Struggling energy companies are increasing the production of renewable diesel, which can reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #automobiles, #bioenergy-and-biofuels, #california, #cvr-energy, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #fuel-efficiency, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #refineries, #restaurants, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #valero-energy-corporation, #waste-materials-and-disposal

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End the Taxpayer Giveaway to Big Oil and Gas

Congress should raise the royalty rates on federal lands.

#federal-lands, #interior-department, #land-use-policies, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #royalties, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Burning Fossil Fuels Helped Drive Earth’s Most Massive Extinction

Massive volcanic eruptions ignited oil and coal deposits in Siberia in the events that led to the Permian-Triassic “Great Dying” event.

#carbon-dioxide, #coal, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fossils, #geology, #geology-journal, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #nature-geoscience-journal, #oceans-and-seas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #research, #volcanoes, #your-feed-science

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Why is Trump Still Pushing to Drill in Alaska’s Arctic Refuge?

Also this week: Solutions for cities, and a Times investigation

#alaska, #arctic-national-wildlife-refuge, #drilling-and-boring, #global-warming, #land-use-policies, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wildlife-sanctuaries-and-nature-reserves

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Trump Plan to Sell Arctic Oil Leases Will Face Challenges

If lease sales happen in the final days of the Trump administration, they may face disputes in court or could be reversed by the Biden administration.

#arctic-national-wildlife-refuge, #bureau-of-land-management, #environment, #land-use-policies, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Time Runs Out for a U.S.-Canada Oil Pipeline

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan said the state would shut down a line between her state and Ontario that has been operating since the 1950s.

#environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #michigan, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #pipelines, #whitmer-gretchen

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Trump Administration, in Late Push, Moves to Sell Oil Rights in Arctic Refuge

The lease sales could occur just before Inauguration Day, leaving the administration of Joseph R. Biden Jr. to try to reverse them after the fact.

#arctic-national-wildlife-refuge, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #environment, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #polar-bears, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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California Needs to Do More to Fight Environmental Racism

The state may be phasing out gas-powered cars, but it’s still legal to put an oil well right next to an elementary school.

#california, #environment, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #los-angeles-calif, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #politics-and-government, #segregation-and-desegregation

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How One Firm Drove Influence Campaigns Nationwide for Big Oil

FTI, a global consulting firm, helped design, staff and run organizations and websites funded by energy companies that can appear to represent grass-roots support for fossil-fuel initiatives.

#blackrock-inc, #environment, #exxon-mobil-corp, #fti-consulting-inc, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hydraulic-fracturing, #independent-petroleum-assn-of-america, #main-street-investors-coalition, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline

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New Technology Claims to Pinpoint Even Small Methane Leaks From Space

Amid growing alarm about methane’s role in driving global warming, a Canadian firm has begun selling a service to detect even relatively small leaks. At least two rivals are on the way.

#canada, #environment, #environmental-defense-fund, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #methane, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #satellites

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California Is Trying to Jump-Start the Hydrogen Economy

The fuel could play an important role in fighting climate change, but it has been slow to gain traction because of high costs.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #automobile-service-and-charging-stations, #automobiles, #batteries, #buses, #california, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #energy-and-power, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hydrogen, #hyundai-motor-co, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #royal-dutch-shell-plc, #toyota-motor-corp

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Norway’s Supreme Court Hears Rights Challenge to Arctic Oil Drilling

Environmental groups argue that exploratory drilling licenses violate a constitutional right to a healthy environment. It’s a test case taking on an industry that is key to the country’s economy.

#arctic-regions, #barents-sea, #constitutions, #drilling-and-boring, #global-warming, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #norway, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #politics-and-government, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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