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New Powers In Congress Debate Climate Policy
Although the 111th Congress produced no climate policy, some new and reelected Republicans are calling for legislative rollbacks of policies that grew from judicial rulings and regulation.
But with the Senate and the White House veto pen still controlled by Democrats the prospects of any specific faction prevailing are debatable.
Follow our news channel on the Climate, Energy and Environmental Policies of the 112th Congress.
Peak oil, climate change and pipeline politics drive Syria conflict
Guardian.co.uk - 2013-05-13
Syria, once self-sufficient in wheat, has become dependent on imports.
Why 58 Representatives Who Voted for Hurricane Katrina Aid Voted Against Aid for Sandy
ProPublica - 2013-01-23
Senate approves $60.4 billion Superstorm Sandy aid bill
AP - 2012-12-28
The aid, passed by the Senate on Friday, Dec. 28, includes $12 billion for the transportation in the Northeast.
Federal Flood Insurance Program Faces New Stress
NYTimes.com - 2012-11-13
A program that insures 5.7 million homes near coasts and rivers is under financial threat from high payouts due to major storms and low premiums due to politics.
Obama travels to New Jersey as millions begin Sandy recovery effort
guardian.co.uk - 2012-10-31
President cancels campaign events for third day in a row to attend to hurricane matters.
Gore's Very Green Investments
The Washington Post - 2012-10-11
Al Gore has led a major investment effort in clean energy since leaving the vice presidency. This effort has enjoyed $2.5 billion in US assistance, including $1.495 billion for wind farms. WaPo gives the break down in this link.
Geopolitics, resources put maritime disputes back on map
Reuters - 2012-10-01
Republicans cancel first day of convention because of Isaac
WashingtonPost.com - 2012-08-25
Tampa Evacuation Plans in Place in Case of Hurricane during Republican National Convention
Tampa Tribune - 2012-08-24
Western Colorado Struggles as Energy Jobs Fade
NYTimes.com - 2012-06-29
Oil market mulls Iran, infrastructure, politics
Marketwatch - 2012-04-20
Obama: Oil Supply Enough to Keep Squeeze on Iran
ABC News - 2012-03-30
FACT CHECK: More US Drilling Didn't Drop Gas Price
Associated Press - 2012-03-27
Deficit Reduction Driving Farm Bill and Ag Program Discussions
Southwest Farm Press - 2012-02-18
Geopolitics heat up; oil price premium settles in
Marketwatch - 2012-01-15
From the Web site: "The U.S. Energy Information Administration said spare production capacity from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries stood at around 3 million barrels per day in the fourth quarter of 2011, down significantly from about 4.5 million in the same quarter in 2009."
Supreme Court case involving Idaho lake house ignites conservative cause against EPA
The Washington Post - 2012-01-02
Obama backs tax deal but pipeline now in doubt
Reuters - 2011-12-16
Sen. Barbara Boxer raises conflict of interest concerns over Keystone XL pipeline
latimes.com - 2011-11-07
Hurricane Irene Leaves Flooding, Power Outages in Northeast
ABCnews.com - 2011-08-28
Libyan opposition leaders prepare for transition
The Washington Post - 2011-08-24
O'Malley orders study of natural gas drilling in W. Md.
The Washington Post - 2011-06-06
Obama Urges End to ‘Unwarranted’ Oil, Natural Gas Tax Breaks
Bloomberg - 2011-04-26
Sadrist block pushes oil to the people
Iraq Oil Report - 2011-02-08
Muslim Brotherhood to Begin Talks with Egyptian VP
Voice of America - 2011-02-05
Oil Subsidies Obama Wants to Cut
Grist.org - 2011-01-27
Last year the President's budget called for a $38 billion reduction in 'fossil fuel tax preferences,' jargon for subsidies and tax loopholes. Grist.org discusses the list from the FY2011 budget request.
Wikileak: Dalai Lama Told US That Ecology More Urgent than Politics
The Guardian - 2010-12-17
Creation Care a Growing Movement with the Christian Faith
Slate.com - 2010-12-13
Pa. Legislature, Governor Struggle with Final Moves on Natural Gas Tax
The Philadelphia Inquirer - 2010-10-21
China's Oil Politics Leads It to Global and Political Hot Spots
TomDispatch - 2010-10-13
Basra Oil Fields Spill Over Into Ancestral Farmland
The Iraq Oil Report - 2010-09-02
Australian Greens Balk at Proposal to Lower Mining Tax
Reuters - 2010-06-28
Reid Encourages Graham to Keep Working on Climate Bill
The Hill - 2010-04-27
EPA to Review Economics of Climate Bill
Greenwire via New York Times - 2010-04-26
Despite the delays borne of politics, the would-be co-sponsors of the Senate climate bill are submitting their proposal to the EPA for a necessary economic impact review.
Back and Forth Politics Tangles Climate Bill
Politico - 2010-04-25
Climate Bill Postponed on Dispute over Immigration
Reuters - 2010-04-24
Iraqi PM Calls for End to Foreign Oil Contracts, Building Iraqi Sector
Reuters - 2010-02-20
Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said that Iraq should begin to develop its own oil fields and that foreign firms should not be offered more contracts. In the last year 10 contracts have been signed with foreign firms; these deals are expected to boost Iraqi production from 2 million barrels a day to over 10. Maliki was speaking at a rally in Basra in advance of the March 7 elections in Iraq.
$55 Billion in Nuclear Loan Guarantees in Obama Budget
MSNBC.com - 2010-02-09
Even though the administration has taken money out of the budget for nuclear waste disposal at Yucca Mountains, Nevada, the 2011 Federal budget calls for $55 billion in loan guarantees, which would give US Treasury backing to about 80% of each new, $7 billion nuclear power plant. Critics have called it a "bailout in advance."
Text of the Copenhagen Accord
GlobalResourcesNews.com - 2009-12-18
The Conference of Parties took note of the agreement which calls for keeping climate rise below 2 degrees centigrade of pre-industrial levels. It also calls for rich countries to provide financial assistance to the poor. The document is not legally binding.
Most Households Would Tolerate $25/Month for Carbon Control
Reuters - 2009-12-18
Citing a Washington Post poll, Reuters looks at the costs of a carbon cap-and-trade regime. The analysis links to Congressional Budget Office reports.
India Follows China's Lead in Proposing Carbon Intensity Goals
The Economic Times - 2009-11-28
Days after China said it would tie its emission reduction pledge to economic activity, India said it was considering cuts of 20 to 25 percent.
Obama Designs Negotiating Strategy to Take to Copenhagen
nytimes.com - 2009-11-25
The US will seek an agreement to cut emissions 17 percent below 2005 by 2020 and 83 percent by 2050.
Big Countries Say Politics May Delay A Climate Pact, But Vulnerable Nations Urge Agreement
Associated Press - 2009-11-05
Nations pushing for an agreement point to scientists asserting that emission cuts of 25 to 40% below 1990 levels are needed to avert severe climate problems.
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