Effective land management for meeting the Paris Agreement means the best option is to leave existing forests intact and protect or regenerate natural carbon-storing ecosystems.

Effective land management for meeting the Paris Agreement means the best option is to leave existing forests intact and protect or regenerate natural carbon-storing ecosystems.

Protecting forests is crucial to limiting climate change

Effective land management for meeting the Paris climate agreement often means the best option is to leave existing forests intact and to protect or regenerate natural carbon-storing ecosystems.

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Thanks to the lack of help from the federal government, climate activists are trying to expedite the demise of the oil, gas and coal businesses through a death-by-a-thousand-cuts approach.

Thanks to the lack of help from the federal government, climate activists are trying to expedite the demise of the oil, gas and coal businesses through a death-by-a-thousand-cuts approach.

All the Battles Being Waged Against Fossil Fuel Infrastructure Are Following a Single Strategy

By Luis Hestres, The University of Texas at San Antonio The activists holding a growing number of protests against oil pipelines and other fossil fuel infrastructure projects from coast to coast are winning some courtroom victories.

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All the Battles Being Waged Against Fossil Fuel Infrastructure Are Following a Single Strategy

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Virginia Delegate Chris Hurst, a Democrat, at a Mountain Valley pipeline protest before he took office.
By Luis Hestres, The University of Texas at San Antonio

The activists holding a growing number of protests against oil pipelines and other fossil fuel infrastructure projects from coast to coast are winning some courtroom victories.

For example, a federal appeals court recently struck down two key decisions allowing a natural gas pipeline to cut through Virginia’s Jefferson National Forest, just days before a three-judge panel nixed two permits for another pipeline intended to transport natural gas in Virginia because it would compromise efforts to protect endangered wildlife. At the same time, Oregon’s Supreme Court declined to revisit a lower court ruling that let Portland’s prohibition of big fossil fuel export projects stand.

Just like when activists refuse to leave their treetop perches to stop oil companies from axing an old-growth forest or when they lock their bodies to bulldozers to prevent the machine from making way for a new coal mine, these legal challenges are part of a coordinated strategy I have studied for years while researching the movement to slow down and address climate change.

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A Facebook post has provided a rare window into the sausage-making involved in the production of an anti-wind power story that will air Friday night on the Tucker Carlson show on Fox News. <br><br>(via Energy & Policy Institute)

A Facebook post has provided a rare window into the sausage-making involved in the production of an anti-wind power story that will air Friday night on the Tucker Carlson show on Fox News.

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Source for Tucker Carlson anti-wind story has ties to fossil fuel funded groups

A Facebook post reveals some of the sources and sausage-making involved in the production of Tucker Carlson's anti-wind power story on Fox News.

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The regulations requiring higher efficiency — known as the Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards — are one of the clearest vestiges of lessons the U.S. learned during the 1970s energy crisis. And most experts agree that by every measure, they show that thoughtful regulation can drive industry to improve basic aspects of the consumer market, in this case automobiles, through innovation and designs that prioritize efficiency.

The regulations requiring higher efficiency — known as the Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards — are one of the clearest vestiges of lessons the U.S. learned during the 1970s energy crisis. And most experts agree that by every measure, they show that thoughtful regulation can drive industry to improve basic aspects of the consumer market, in this case automobiles, through innovation and designs that prioritize efficiency.

How the Federal Government Came to Control Your Car's Fuel Economy

By Brian C. Black, Pennsylvania State University The Environmental Protection Agency in August announced a plan to freeze fuel economy standards and revoke the ability of California to set more stringent rules than the national ones, prompting a legal showdown between the state and the federal

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Offshore discoveries in the Mediterranean could increase Egypt’s natural gas production

Natural gas production in Egypt has been in decline, falling from a 2009 peak of 5.8 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) to 3.9 Bcf/d in 2016, based on estimates in BP’s Statistical Review of World Energy. The startup of a number of natural gas development projects located offshore in the eastern Mediterranean Sea near Egypt’s northern coast has significantly altered the outlook for the region’s natural gas markets. Production from these projects could offset the growing need for natural gas imports to meet domestic demand, according to the Egyptian government.

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How the Federal Government Came to Control Your Car’s Fuel Economy

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Cars wait in line for gas during the 1970s energy crisis
By Brian C. Black, Pennsylvania State University

The Environmental Protection Agency in August announced a plan to freeze fuel economy standards and revoke the ability of California to set more stringent rules than the national ones, prompting a legal showdown between the state and the federal government.

The proposal, which would keep fuel economy at planned 2020 levels, is the most significant step to halt the rise on the mileage standards of the U.S. passenger vehicle fleet in decades.

But how did fuel efficiency even become mandated? After all, manufacturers go to great lengths to analyze the consumer marketplace and build in the most tantalizing features to create top sellers, whether it’s great acceleration or a deep bass sound system. One feature is different, though: Carmakers are legally bound to innovate more efficiency into their vehicles.

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A pro-Brexit campaign group with ties to a neoliberal transatlantic network and climate science denial is emerging as a potentially influential player pushing for environmental deregulation and a “no deal” scenario. <br><br>(via DeSmog UK)

A pro-Brexit campaign group with ties to a neoliberal transatlantic network and climate science denial is emerging as a potentially influential player pushing for environmental deregulation and a “no deal” scenario.

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Economists for Free Trade: Meet the 'Independent Experts' with Ties to Climate Science Denial Pushing a No Deal Brexit

A pro-Brexit campaign group with ties to a neoliberal transatlantic network and climate science denial is emerging as a potentially influential player pushing for environmental deregulation and a “no deal” scenario.

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U.S. refineries running at near-record highs

For the week ending July 6, 2018, the four-week average of U.S. gross refinery inputs surpassed 18 million barrels per day (b/d) for the first time on record. U.S. refineries are running at record levels in response to robust domestic and international demand for motor gasoline and distillate fuel oil.

Source: EIA: Today in Energy