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B.C. points to Norway for pipeline safety

By Vivian Luk, The Canadian Press, July 26 2012

VANCOUVER - Calgary-based Enbridge (TSX:ENB) has offered improvements to its Northern Gateway pipeline to boost safety beyond "state-of-the-art," but British Columbia Premier Christy Clark is looking at a standard much further afield.

Canada’s Oil, the World’s Carbon

Editorial, New York Times, July 29 2012

China’s CNOOC to buy Nexen for $15.1-billion

Claudia Cattaneo, National Post, July 22 2012

CALGARY – Chinese oil company CNOOC Ltd. is confident its US$15.1-billion bid for Nexen Inc. provides a “net benefit” to Canada because the deal helps accelerate resource development and increases job creation, making it aligned with Canadian government goals, the company’s two top executives said Monday.

As Japan Says Fukushima Disaster “Man-Made” & “Preventable,” Fears Grow for Nuclear Plants Worldwide

Juan Gonzalex, Democracy Now, July 8 2012

A Japanese parliamentary inquiry has concluded last year’s nuclear meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was "a profoundly man-made disaster — that could and should have been foreseen and prevented."

At least 30 vessels of unsold coal cargoes float off China's coast

Cecilia Quiambao, Platts, June 5 2012

Bali, Indonesia (Platts) - At least 30 Panamax or Capesize vessels are floating off China's coast because traders who bought them have been unable to resell them to end-users, two industry sources said Tuesday at a conference in Indonesia.

Golden Rules for a Golden Age of Gas

International Energy Agency, May 29 2012

World Energy Outlook

Natural gas is poised to enter a golden age, but this future hinges critically on the successful development of the world’s vast unconventional gas resources. North American experience shows unconventional gas - notably shale gas - can be exploited economically. Many countries are lining up to emulate this success.

Germany sets new solar power record, institute says

By Erik Kirschbaum, Reuters, May 26, 2012

BERLIN  - German solar power plants produced a world record 22 gigawatts of electricity per hour - equal to 20 nuclear power stations at full capacity - through the midday hours on Friday and Saturday, the head of a renewable energy think tank said.

China Buyers Defer Raw Material Cargos

By Javier Blas in Singapore and Jack Farchy in London, Financial Times, May 20 2012
Chinese consumers of thermal coal and iron ore are asking traders to defer cargos and – in some cases – defaulting on their contracts, in the clearest sign yet of the impact of the country’s economic slowdown on the global raw materials markets.

Mongolia backtracks on state ownership of mining companies

Frik Els, Mining.com, May 9 2012

Mongolian elections are set for the end of June and in the run-up draft legislation put forward new provisions to cap foreign ownership of domestic companies at 49%, rules similar to Zimbabwe’s indigenization policy.

Chinese villagers riot over coal mine fears, killing 1 police officer, injuring 15 others

By Associated Press, Washington Post, April 21 2012

BEIJING — A Chinese city government says villagers with sickles and clubs protesting against mining activities in the southwest attacked police, killing one officer and injuring 15 others.

Do Asian Coal Plants Pollute North America?

Eric de Place, Sightline Institute, April 3, 2012

NOAA researchers document trans-continental air pollution.

North Sea Gas Leak: Experts Assess Climate Impact of Ongoing Accident

By Elizabeth Grossman, InsideClimate News, Apr 5, 2012

The sizeable leak from a plugged well raises fresh concerns about accidents and methane's role in global warming.

A world awash in oil

Lawrence Solomon, Financial Post, April 2, 2012

Middle East will go back to being an obscure backwater

Denmark's energy industry faces new headwinds

Richard Orange, GlobalPost.com, March 27, 2012

First solar, now wind. Chinese competition strikes an alternative-energy industry again.

MALMO, Sweden — Nowhere generates a greater share of its power from wind than Denmark.

Officials Say Arctic Nations Not Prepared for Oil Spill

By Kate McPherson, KTVA Alaska, March 23, 2012

Representatives from eight Arctic nations met in Girdwood to work on spill response plan

GIRDWOOD - Representatives from the eight countries of the Arctic Council met in Girdwood for three days this week to work on an oil spill response plan.

Nuclear Disaster in Japan Was Avoidable, Critics Contend

Martin Fackler, New York Times, March 10 2012

TOKYO — A year after a huge earthquake and tsunami caused nearly catastrophic meltdowns at a nuclear plant, Japan is still grappling with a crucial question: was the accident simply the result of an unforeseeable natural disaster or something that could have been prevented?

BOOM Goes the Reef

Greenpeace, March 2012

Australia’s coal export boom and the industrialisation of the Great Barrier Reef

The end of baseload? It may come sooner than you think

By , RenewEconomy, 20 February 2012
One of the principal architects of Germany’s push into renewable energy technologies, Hans-Josef Fell, believes that the country could achieve 100 per cent renewables in its electricity sector by 2030 – and may do it quicker. The rest of the world could follow soon after.

Is Venezuela on the cusp of a post-Chavez oil boom?

Steve LeVine, Foreign Policy, February 22, 2012

If Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is forced to drop his bid for re-election for health reasons, will the primary repercussion for the West be the exit of a voluble thorn in the side? Perhaps, but it will also mean the prospect of yet more newly available oil reserves -- on top of the widely projected U.S. shale oil bonanza. The takeaway: If the shale oil projections are accurate, and Chavez leaves politics under whatever scenario, we have the prospect of a geopolitical shakeup analogous to what has accompanied the rise of shale gas.

A Chavez-less Venezuela should worry Alberta

Darren Campbell, Alberta Oil, Feb 24 2012

As Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver and Alberta Premier Alison Redford exhaled after the EU rejected – for now – its proposed fuel quality directive, I wonder if they have been paying attention to Venezuelan politics lately.

EU backs off oilsands tag

Claire Rosemberg, Agence France-Presse, Postmedia News, February 24, 2012

Move to label fuel higher polluter goes to committee next

A fierce argument over EU moves to label oil from Canada's massive oilsands reserves as highly polluting looked set to deepen when talks between experts from the 27-nation bloc ended in a stalemate Thursday.

Green energy's deadly doldrums

Richard Blackwell, Globe and Mail, Feb. 23, 2012

In late 2007 and early 2008, the global renewable energy sector seemed on the cusp of a golden age, as investors pushed the price of big, multinational players in the green-tech space to record highs.

Coal, not oil sands, the true climate change bad guy, analysis shows

BOB WEBER, The Canadian Press, Feb. 19, 2012

One of the world’s top climate scientists has calculated that emissions from Alberta’s oil sands are unlikely to make a big difference to global warming and that the real threat to the planet comes from burning coal.

Shale oil boom drives down prices versus rest of world

Shawn McCarthy, Globe and Mail, Feb. 19, 2012

OTTAWA— North America’s crude market is increasingly diverging from the international scene, as rising U.S. production and weak demand pose long-term challenges for Canadian-based oil companies.

Hopes over fuel decision

Jason Fekete, Postmedia News, The Province, February 19, 2012

The Conservative government is hoping it has won enough support from European Union countries to stymie, for now, a fuel quality standard proposed by the EU's executive that would label oilsands a dirtier form of crude.

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