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Long Battle Fought for Keystone XL Rejection

By John Zangas

22809782906_62a3a2862e_zEnvironmentalists celebrated a major victory over Big Oil on Friday night at the White House after President Obama officially announced he would not approve the Northern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline. The 1,700-mile TransCanada project triggered a seven-year battle joined by scores of environmental groups who worked to defeat it.

Obama’s announcement on November 6 came four years to the day after 350.org, Sierra Club and many other organizations held a major protest against the pipeline at the White House.

The victory marks the first time people power of a grassroots movement leveraged political power to defeat a major fossil fuel project. It is likely to embolden green groups to step up efforts to convert energy policies to renewable energy sources like wind and solar.

Had the Keystone XL pipeline been built, it would have resulted in a daily capacity of 860,000 gallons of Alberta tar sands bitumen being transported to Gulf Coast refineries.

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McAuliffe Touts Gas and Nuclear for Virginia, Says Risk Assessment Is Above His Paygrade

By Ivy Main, Power for the People VA

A forum on climate change held last Wednesday in Richmond was supposed to be about moving to clean energy, but it sometimes seemed to be more of a platform for Governor Terry McAuliffe to tout plans for more natural gas and nuclear energy in the Commonwealth. It wasn’t that he neglected energy efficiency, wind and solar—he had plenty of good things to say about these, and even a few initiatives to boast of. It was just that they paled against the backdrop of massive new natural gas and nuclear projects, to which he seems even more firmly committed.

The event was a conference called “The Next Frontier of Climate Change,” organized by The New Republic magazine and the College of William and Mary. Moderator Jeffrey Ball of Stanford University shaped the conference as a series of interviews, beginning with Governor McAuliffe. You can see video of the interview here. Continue reading McAuliffe Touts Gas and Nuclear for Virginia, Says Risk Assessment Is Above His Paygrade

Protestors Bring Ongoing “Situation” to New FERC Chairman

Security drags protestor Sean Glenn out of the FERC meeting: “As a kindergarten teacher, I am here for the children.”
Security drags protestor Sean Glenn out of the FERC meeting: “As a kindergarten teacher, I am here for the children.”/ Photo by John Zangas

By Anne Meador

At his first meeting as FERC Chairman, Commissioner Norman Bay gave the cold shoulder to demonstrators who repeatedly interrupted him to protest what they say is the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s rubberstamp approach to regulation.

“Oh my God, we have a situation here. The situation is not going away,” shouted protestor Charles Chandler. “There is no democracy here. You just ignore what I write on my computer.”

Video of protests at FERC meeting

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U.S. Shale Gas Exports Are ‘Dead in the Water’

Cove Point LNG, under construction, is slated to export gas from the Marcellus Shale to India and Japan. But what if there isn't enough gas to export?
Cove Point LNG is slated to export gas from the Marcellus Shale to India and Japan. But what if there isn’t enough gas to export?

By Jim Flood, ieefa.org

The potential for exports of U.S. natural gas is not as rosy as proponents once imagined, said two panelists at this week’s New Energy Finance 2015 conference.

Here’s Charlie Blanchard of Bloomberg New Energy Finance: “We don’t think that Pennsylvania gas makes it to Miami, much less Tokyo. There’s really only enough of it to supply the eastern U.S. There’s not so much of it that we can export it everywhere.”

Deborah Lawrence of Energy Policy Forum painted a more dire picture, asserting that shale exports are “dead in the water” and that U.S. shale production will peak between 2018 and 2020. Continue reading U.S. Shale Gas Exports Are ‘Dead in the Water’

Rubber Stamper FERC, Dominion Shills Come to Nelson County

By pontoon, Blue Virginia

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Environmental Impact Study scoping meeting was held Wednesday night in Nelson before a standing-room-only crowd in the 600-seat auditorium at Nelson County High School. FERC had “invited” several state police officers to maintain order. We welcomed them and told them we promised to behave. Continue reading Rubber Stamper FERC, Dominion Shills Come to Nelson County

East Coast Democrats Protest Atlantic Oil Drilling

By Jennifer A. Dlouhy, Fuelfix

WASHINGTON — As the Obama administration eyes a new generation of oil drilling in Atlantic waters, dozens of East Coast lawmakers are warning against the move.

The lawmakers — 12 senators and 53 House members — argue that the beaches in their home states and their coastal economies are at risk. Continue reading East Coast Democrats Protest Atlantic Oil Drilling

Dominion’s Pipeline Study a “Public Relations Document”

By Martin Martz, Richmond Times-Dispatch

RICHMOND — A new economic study says the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline will generate $377 million in annual energy savings — $243 million in Virginia alone — by expanding the availability of natural gas and driving down the price for utilities and commercial and residential consumers.

The study by ICF International, based in Fairfax and Houston, says those savings will stimulate business growth and consumer spending that will create jobs, raise labor income and expand the economies of Virginia and North Carolina. Continue reading Dominion’s Pipeline Study a “Public Relations Document”