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.
Editorial, New York Times, July 29 2012
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."
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.
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.
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.
By Javier Blas in Singapore and Jack Farchy in London, Financial Times, May 20 2012
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.
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.
Eric de Place, Sightline Institute, April 3, 2012
NOAA researchers document trans-continental air pollution.
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.
Lawrence Solomon, Financial Post, April 2, 2012
Middle East will go back to being an obscure backwater
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.
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.
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?
Greenpeace, March 2012
Australia’s coal export boom and the industrialisation of the Great Barrier Reef
By Giles Parkinson, RenewEconomy, 20 February 2012
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.