Chron Energy Newslinks | 08.26.09 | 'Energy independence' talk just baby kissing?

• ConocoPhillips gets OK for offshore Bangladesh exploration.

• Huge offshore find has Brazil forgetting about its alternative energy successes.

• Parker Drilling’s massive Liberty rig sets up on North Slope. Houston firm will operate for BP under 2 year contract.

• U.S. politicians’ talk of energy independence as useful as kissing babies, says Saudi Prince.

$42 billion (yes billion) Gorgon LNG project clears final enviro hurdle.

• Just what we need, more natural gas storage. At least this is in Canada.

• Bush Intercontinental Airport gets $8.8 million energy efficiency grant.

• CFTC might put position limits on banks, too.

• Bank SocGen to expand commodities trading team by 35 percent.

• Copano Energy expands hedging program.

• The folks at The Oil Drum are cranking up the engines on rebuttal to NYT “Peak oil a myth” article.

• Chamber of Commerce wants to hold “trial” on climate change science.

• Firms CO2 reduction goals too short-term, says Carbon Disclosure Project.

• API responds to a environmental groups challenge of their Energy Citizens claims. Believe it or not, some claim the protests are just a new form of Exxon’s old tactics to kill any climate change legislation.