Saudi Arabia’s new king is trying to get a firmer grip on the kingdom’s oil

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RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s subtle change of energy policymaker line-up since the accession of new King Salman in late January appears to give the monarch’s inner circle a firmer hand on the kingdom’s oil strategy than previous rulers have enjoyed. BusinessInsider – RANIA EL GAMAL, ANGUS MCDOWALL The most notable change was the promotion of the king’s son Prince Abdulaziz ... Read More »

How earthquakes linked to fracking are fracturing an Oklahoma community

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Fracking brought quick money to Oklahoma, but the state’s once dormant seismic activity has awakened with a vengeance since the drilling started. The Age - Nick O’Malley When fracking started in Oklahoma, things went the way they had in the other oil-boom states. Trucks and men flooded in. They raised dust, clogged the roads, cleared scrub and sucked up water for ... Read More »

South African budget raises taxes and cuts spending

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BBC – South Africans were told on Wednesday to prepare for higher taxes, cutbacks in spending and three more years of power cuts. The government’s annual budget outlined a 1% increase in personal income tax and spending cuts of 25bn rand (£1.4bn; $2.2bn) over the next two years Projected economic growth for 2015 is 2%, down from 2.5% forecast last year. ... Read More »

No, the sun isn’t driving global warming

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Over the weekend, Greenpeace and the Climate Investigations Center published a set of documents — reported on bymultiple media outlets, including the Post – showing apparent ties between longtime climate doubting researcher Wei-Hock (“Willie”) Soon and several energy industry funders. The Washington Post – By Chris Mooney Soon, of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, did not respond to requests for comment for this article, or to several calls from the Post’s Terrence McCoy. According ... Read More »

Work of prominent climate change denier was funded by energy industry

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A prominent academic and climate change denier’s work was funded almost entirely by the energy industry, receiving more than $1.2m from companies, lobby groups and oil billionaires over more than a decade, newly released documents show. Willie Soon is researcher at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Documents: Koch brothers foundation among groups that gave total of $1.25m The Guardian - Suzanne Goldenberg, ... Read More »

Nuclear Energy Is Dirty, Unsafe And Uneconomic: Environmental Scientist

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NUCLEAR DEBATE – The announcement of a Royal Commission in South Australia into nuclear energy is a waste of time and money, says Dr Mark Diesendorf*. New Matilda - By Mark Diesendorf Should the nuclear industry be expanded? A surprising development in the intermittent nuclear debate has been the announcement by the South Australian Premier, Jay Weatherill, that the state will hold a Royal ... Read More »

South China Sea sees significant construction

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New satellite imagery reveals Chinese advances in ongoing land reclamation project in the South China Sea Written by  Chris Fitch Published in Geopolitics Two hundred nautical miles (370km). That is how much adjacent ocean – and whatever else happens to be in it – each coastal country can claim as its own territory, as defined by the 1982 United Nations Convention ... Read More »

Japan Looks to Ocean for Renewable Energy

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As an island nation, Japan controls large swaths of ocean territory, about the sixth-greatest expanse of any country in the world, according to government data. That is stark contrast to its relatively meagre land area, which ranks near the middle of list, in 60th place. So it makes sense for Japan to look to the seas for renewable energy — ... Read More »

The Argument For Nuclear Energy In Australia: Scientist, Energy Consultant

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NUCLEAR DEBATE In New Matilda’s ongoing debate around nuclear energy, Barry Brook and Ben Heard make their case for nuclear power’s role in tackling climate change. New Matilda - By Barry Brook and Ben Heard * By now, most of you would have heard that the Premier of South Australia, Labor’s Jay Weatherill, has announced a Royal Commission into an expanded ... Read More »