Canada Approves Major Pipeline

 |  Wednesday, 18 June 2014 00:00  |  Published in Sustainability
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Canada Approves Major Pipeline
(Toronto) Canada’s federal government has approved a major oil pipeline which will help the country benefit from exporting its newfound oil. The “Northern Gateway” pipeline, which will run directly from Alberta’s tar sands to the west coast of Canada, will be a major force for Canada’s economy. By piping the oil several hundred miles to British Columbia, the country will for the first time be able to export its resource, with a particular focus on Asia. At present, the US is the sole buyer of Canadian oil, but this has meant that Canada receives lower prices than if they were…

Dutch Gas Field Threatens EU Supply

 |  Thursday, 05 June 2014 00:00  |  Published in Sustainability
Dutch Gas Field Threatens EU Supply
(Amsterdam) The Groningen field, in northeast Holland, is the largest active natural gas supply in Europe, providing 35% of the EU’s total output. The field has been active since 1959, but recently it has grown unstable, as its geology has changed, its pressure has dropped, and it is experiencing multiple earthquakes. Residents in the area have grown angry over the small, but damaging earthquakes and now the government has order Shell and Exxon Mobil, who run the field, to cut production by 20% for the time being. According to analysts, these problems and the supply cuts are very important because…

Climate Change Anathema to Republicans

 |  Wednesday, 04 June 2014 00:00  |  Published in Sustainability
Climate Change Anathema to Republicans
(Washington) On the issue of climate change, Republican lawmakers are almost unanimous in their opinions. When asked if climate change is real, they almost unilaterally say “no”. This stance is a far cry from Republican policy of decades ago, when members of the party led the push for acknowledgement of the topic. However, new political realities, such as the fact the most Republican lawmakers hold seats in states who are economically dominated by energy production, has meant that there is everything to lose from taking a “pro-Green” stance, and much to gain from combating the theory. As such, Republicans have…

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