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Former NASA head says mining oil sands will make climate change 'unsolvable'

May 24, 2013

While visiting London, climate scientist James Hansen continued his efforts against the exploitation of Alberta's oil sands, saying that "oil from tar sands makes sense only for a small number of people who are making a lot of money from that product."

Last month, Hansen left his position...

Energy company aims to turn Colo.'s dead trees into electricity

May 24, 2013

Xcel Energy Inc. wants to use beetle-killed trees and other forest waste in Colorado to generate electricity.

The Minneapolis-based company announced yesterday in a filing to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission that it plans to seek bidders willing to build and operate a 2-megawatt...

Water bills propose desalination, hydropower and a BLM transfer

May 24, 2013

The debate over the federal government's role in research and development will turn to desalination technology this week, as a House Natural Resources Committee subpanel weighs whether to renew a 16-year-old funding program.

On Thursday, the committee's subpanel on Water and Power will...

Wiretap ruling could haunt environmental lawsuits

May 24, 2013

A Supreme Court ruling on the government's international wiretapping operations could impinge on efforts by advocacy groups to file lawsuits under environmental laws, according to some experts in environmental law.

In a 5-4 decision in February, the court held in Clapper v. Amnesty...

Groups urge BLM to revise policy for keeping O&G lease nominations secret

May 23, 2013

Environmental groups today urged the Bureau of Land Management to overturn its decades-old policy of keeping secret the names of companies that nominate public lands for oil and gas leasing.

The letter to Neil Kornze, BLM's principal deputy director, is a sign that environmentalists...

BLM moves Ariz.'s largest wind-power project closer to approval

May 21, 2013

The Bureau of Land Management announced today that it has completed a years-long environmental review of what would become the largest wind power project in Arizona, covering nearly 40,000 acres of public land.

Houston-based BP Wind Energy North America Inc.'s proposed 500-megawatt Mohave...

New BLM fracking rule might defer to some state regs

May 21, 2013

The Interior Department proposed a hydraulic fracturing rule today that would allow states to propose their own standards for the controversial oil and gas production technique if they can prove their regulations are as strong as federal rules.

The revised draft rules released by the...

As drilling grows, Colo. records first-ever high wintertime ozone levels

May 21, 2013

Colorado regulators this year have measured elevated wintertime ground-level ozone levels for the first time, prompting an environmental group to petition the Bureau of Land Management to halt all new oil and natural gas drilling on federal lands in northwest Colorado where the pollution was...

BLM proposes to open Utah lands for tar sands development

May 21, 2013

Utah is home to an estimated 55 percent of the country's tar sands deposits that are concentrated in eight major areas suspected to hold more than 32 billion barrels of oil, the Department of Energy says.

The Bureau of Land Management is now proposing to make 26,402 tracts of that land at...

Most states show decreases in CO2 emissions

May 21, 2013

Carbon dioxide emissions from energy use declined in the majority of states between 2000 and 2010, according to an analysis released yesterday by the Department of Energy.

Led by big percentage decreases in CO2 emissions in Delaware, the District of Columbia, New York and Maine, states'...

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