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Tougher limits will take time


Eric Andseron | Times-Union ALBANY — Proposed regulations announced Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Transportation to toughen safety standards governing crude oil, ethanol and other volatile materials wouldn’t initially cover the type of Bakken crude that exploded and burned a year ago in Quebec. A runaway train careened off the rails in downtown Lac-Megantic, Quebec, last July, exploding and ...

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Help wanted in China’s energy sector

Jared Anderson | Breaking Energy China’s race to meet rapidly rising energy demand is driving a scramble to find experienced talent to staff its booming energy sector. China is among the world’s top ten producers of oil and gas, and is the world’s largest coal producer, according to BP’s latest Statistical Review of World Energy. And an Energy Information Administration ...

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Drought hinders California’s clean energy goals

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Already locked in its third dry year, an ongoing drought could complicate California’s battle against global warming and make it more expensive, officials said. For years, dams have been one of California’s main sources of clean energy, generating power without spewing greenhouse gases into the air. The San Francisco Chronicle reported Sunday (http://bit.ly/1qTT5Ej ) that many ...

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This Week’s Top Energy Jobs

CONOR O’SULLIVAN | Breaking Energy  The energy industry – oil & gas sector in particular – is bracing itself for a massive wave of retirements over the short to medium term, which has been dubbed “The Great Shift Change.” As the industry prepares for this turnover, companies are looking to the next generation of candidates with skills ranging from finance, ...

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The drilling dodge


Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Editorial While the Obama administration dithers with green energy fantasies, it’s sitting on 3,500 applications for oil and natural gas drilling on federal lands, according to a report by the Interior Department’s inspector general. Although the report points no finger of blame, the IG notes “inefficiencies” by the feds have led to long review times that aren’t bound ...

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Environmentalists worry promoting natural gas will overshadow efficiency, renewable energy efforts

 Luther Turmelle | The New Haven Register  (New Haven, Conn.) What started out as a statewide initiative to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy now has been expanded to include a statewide push to sign up new natural gas customers as part of a 10-year expansion of the distribution network by the utilities. Energize Connecticut now is actively promoting efforts by ...

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Editorial: Why is the EPA stalling on ethanol?

The Chicago Tribune Ethanol manufacturers have long maintained that government subsidies to their industry pay off for consumers in the form of lower gas prices. Not so fast. The Congressional Budget Office recently determined that the feds’ ethanol targets will push gas prices higher. The Environmental Protection Agency, under a rule known as the Renewable Fuel Standard, requires oil refiners ...

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Utility plans for community solar farm in East Austin

Lilly Rockwell | Austin American-Statesman, Texas A half-mile from Springdale Road in East Austin is a tucked-away, 26-acre lot owned by the city. It’s home to waist-high grass, scrub brush and an assortment of trees, and — some neighbors suspect — has also become a spot for illegal activity. Austin Energy is considering a new project that would dramatically transform this ...

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Stigmatized nuclear workers quit Japan utility


Yuri Kageyama | Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Stigma, pay cuts, and risk of radiation exposure are among the reasons why 3,000 employees have left the utility at the center of Japan’s 2011 nuclear disaster. Now there’s an additional factor: better paying jobs in the feel good solar energy industry. Engineers and other employees at TEPCO, or Tokyo Electric Power ...

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Is space next frontier for Austin’s economy?

Laylan Copelin | The Austin American-Statesman Does Austin have the right stuff to be a player in the emerging space economy? Fifteen academic and industry leaders, including a former NASA executive, are studying whether Central Texas can leverage its technology expertise to become a space economy hub as the private sector assumes a greater role in transporting people, goods and ...

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