Tag: Climate Change

Citigroup sets $100 billion funding goal for green projects

The effort builds on an earlier goal to arrange $50 billion in deals that the bank set for itself in 2007 and achieved in 2013, three years ahead of schedule.  More »

Shell calls on Big Oil peers to speak up on climate change

While Shell, along with BP Plc, have led the oil industry in acknowledging climate change as a risk, the producers have avoided forums such as the annual United Nations climate talks.  More »

TransCanada fights EPA’s Keystone claims

Regulators trying to judge the carbon footprint of the Canadian crude that would flow through the Keystone XL pipeline should compare it to heavy oils from Mexico, Venezuela and Saudi Arabia, said the Calgary-based company seeking to build the project.  More »

Obama budget would slash oil tax breaks while boosting renewables

In his $4 trillion budget request to Congress, Obama also says he wants to change the way money from offshore oil and gas production is shared with Gulf Coast states, by diverting more of those dollars to national programs with “broad” natural resource and conservation benefits.  More »

Senate passes Keystone bill, despite White House veto threat

The measure aims to immediately permit the TransCanada Corp. pipeline, six years after the Calgary-based company first asked U.S. regulators for permission to build it.  More »

Senate votes overwhelmingly that ‘climate change is real’

The language adopted by the Senate on Wednesday did not specify whether human activity was triggering the phenomenon.  More »

Obama talks tough on climate change, Keystone XL

In his penultimate State of the Union address, Obama chided lawmakers who have been skeptical of climate change or humanity’s role in it and delivered a thinly veiled critique of the GOP-controlled Congress’ focus on the Keystone XL pipeline.  More »

Senate to vote on climate change amid Keystone debate

Senators are about to wade into heated debates over climate change, the disposal of petroleum coke, a refining byproduct, and how environmental regulations apply to power plants burning coal refuse left behind from 19th-century mining operations.  More »

Senate tees up votes on Keystone XL, exports, climate

The chamber is expected to vote on as many as three amendments to GOP-backed legislation to authorize the TransCanada Corp. pipeline on Tuesday, with more than four dozen other possibilities on the horizon.  More »

White House methane plan takes aim at oil and gas industry

White House officials said the plan aims to cut oil and gas emissions of the powerful heat-trapping greenhouse gas by 40 to 45 percent within a decade, from 2012 levels.  More »

Feds delay decision on methane mandates

The Environmental Protection Agency is waiting to make a decision on whether — and how — to boost regulation of methane emissions from the oil and gas sector until the new year.  More »

Study ties outsize methane emissions to some oilfield equipment

New research suggests two major oil sector sources of methane emissions are techniques to dislodge fluid from wells and the pneumatic devices used to control valves at the sites.  More »

Study finds ‘significant’ methane leaking from abandoned wells

As the Obama administration nears a decision on whether — and how — to clamp down on methane leaking from active oil and gas operations, new research suggests abandoned wells may be a significant source of the potent greenhouse gas.  More »

Asking the EPA to clarify and broaden possible ways for states to meet greenhouse gas controls at EGUs

On Monday, the comment period for the EPA’s proposed rules for greenhouse gas controls for existing electricity generating units closes.  The agency is pursuing regulation under the authority of the CAA, section 111(d).  My comment was sent in today and copied here.  It focuses on expanding the ways a state can meet the target by […]  More »

Openness, honesty needed from the oil & gas industry to address climate change

I love working in this industry: the people are great and I really like working with and around all the technology it implements. That said, I do care about the environment, so I hope the industry will join me in furthering efforts to produce energy in a safe, ethical, and environmentally conscious way.  More »
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