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  • *Poland leads objections, but is not alone. The 28 member states want to set the pace for a global pact to be hammered out in Paris next year with industrial powers from Asia, North America and the rest of the world. Conflict between Ukraine and Russia, the EU's biggest energy supplier, has also focused the EU on reducing its reliance on imported fossil fuels by...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 22- Shipments of Bakken crude oil from North Dakota to California by barge have quietly overtaken those by train for the first time, showing how the state's isolated refiners are using any means necessary to tap into the nation's shale oil boom. While tough permitting rules and growing resistance by environmentalists have slowed efforts to...

  • Businesses call on tougher EU climate rules     Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 1:50 AM ET

    Sandrine Dixson-Declève, director of the Prince of Wales EU Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change, a business leaders group, says tougher climate rules will help jobs and growth in the 28-nation bloc.

  • Japan coal power plant export push hits U.S. resistance Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 12:13 AM ET

    *U.S. has challenged Japan coal-fired plant exports- source. *Japan pushing to triple infrastructure exports by 2020. Japan has been exporting equipment that cuts carbon dioxide output by burning coal more efficiently, but that does not go as far as more expensive technology designed to capture around 90 percent of carbon dioxide emissions that is slowly being...

  • EU leaders seek climate deal, but are divided over costs Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    *Poland leads objections, but is not alone. BRUSSELS, Oct 23- European leaders aim to agree a new decade of energy policy to cut climate-warming gas emissions out to 2030 at an EU summit on Thursday, though sharp differences over sharing the cost means a deal could elude them. The 28 member states want to set the pace for a global pact to be hammered out in Paris next year...

  • The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in California, argues that the Environmental Protection Agency did not adequately analyze the impact of one of the new herbicide's active ingredients, 2,4- D, before granting approval on Oct. 15 to Dow's Enlist Duo herbicide. "They did not do an adequate job," said Andrew Kimbrell, an attorney with...

  • *Poland leads objections, but not alone. BRUSSELS, Oct 22- EU leaders face a long day on Thursday as they seek to agree on a new decade of climate and energy policy at a summit in Brussels, with nations from Poland to Portugal threatening to block a deal. Poland, whose economy depends on highly polluting coal, has always been at the forefront of objectors, but Portugal...

  • KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia, Oct 22- Saudi Arabia- based power and water project developer ACWA Power is seeking to secure or arranging finance for $15 billion worth of projects, nearly half of which are in renewable energy, its chief executive said. The company, which plans to list its shares on the Saudi stock market, has projects operating or under construction in...

  • *Poland leads objections, but not alone. BRUSSELS, Oct 22- EU leaders face hours of haggling as they seek to agree on a new decade of climate and energy policy at talks beginning on Thursday, with nations from Poland to Portugal threatening to block a deal. Poland, whose economy depends on highly polluting coal, has always been at the forefront of objectors, but...

  • BEIJING, Oct 22- China's central bank is likely hold its line against an interest rate cut even as growth slows to a quarter-century trough, as the politics of reform influence the conduct of monetary policy, government sources involved in internal policy discussions say. The People's Bank of China faces growing pressure to cut interest rates to support growth,...

  • Legal petition seeks NY ban on outdated rail cars Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 2:12 PM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— A coalition of environmental groups and city residents filed a legal petition on Tuesday seeking a ban on older model rail tanker cars carrying volatile crude oil from North Dakota to the Port of Albany, citing their history of rupturing and exploding in a series of catastrophic derailments. Port facilities owned by Houston- based Buckeye Partners...

  • EU antitrust watchdog eyes DuPont, Honeywell Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 12:29 PM ET

    DOVER, Del.— The DuPont Co. and Honeywell International may be violating antitrust rules in their cooperative venture to supply the only automotive air-conditioning refrigerant that meets European standards for greenhouse gas emissions, regulators said Tuesday. DuPont, based in Wilmington, Delaware, and Honeywell, based in Morristown, New Jersey, created a...

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 21- U.S. firm Honeywell International Inc's joint venture with chemicals company DuPont to produce a new refrigerant for car air conditioning systems to meet new environmental rules may be anti-competitive, the European Commission said on Tuesday, following a near-three year probe. When Honeywell and Dupont announced a joint venture to...

  • Coos Bay landslide cleanup deal reached Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    COOS BAY, Ore.— A legal path has been cleared for hundreds of tons of landslide debris to be removed from a waterway near Coos Bay that is home to federally protected coho salmon and green sturgeon. In April 2012, a massive slide caused by a home-improvement project sent mud, rock, tree limbs and other debris into Coalbank Slough, which feeds into Isthmus Slough, which...

  • The Government Accountability Office also recommended that the U.S. Department of Energy review the size of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to ensure it remains appropriate as net oil imports fall. GAO's enormous influence and professional prestige is most likely the reason it was asked to do the study by Senator Lisa Murkowski, the top-ranked Republican...

  • VANCOUVER, Oct 21- A Western Canadian pipeline once seen as the best near-term hope for sending more of the country's controversial tar sands crude to Asia has hit another snag: aboriginal communities intent on using the courts to block the proposed expansion. Kinder Morgan Energy Partners' C $5.4 billion Trans Mountain expansion would twin a 60- year-old line...

  • OSLO, Oct 20- The United States and European Union want the U.N. to stress the low cost of fighting climate change in a draft handbook on the issue that it is compiling, a leaked document showed on Tuesday. The United States wants the handbook to do more to show that the costs of action "will be almost insignificant relative to projected growth," the document showed.

  • SC hopes for deeper Charleston Harbor by 2020 Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 5:54 AM ET

    CHARLESTON, S.C.— The South Carolina Ports Authority hopes the deepening of the Charleston Harbor shipping channel can be completed by the end of the decade, a top agency executive told those gathered Tuesday at a public meeting on the proposed $500 million project. Dozens of people attended the meeting called by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to gather public...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 20- U.S. officials will examine how to boost efficiency of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve now that domestic energy production is booming, according to a letter from a Department of Energy official. "DOE believes that a broad, long-range strategic review of the SPR needs to be accomplished," Christopher Smith of the DOE Office of Fossil Energy,...

  • The U.S. Department of Energy is expected to release a report in late October that will help assess whether domestic gasoline prices would rise if Congress or the Obama administration lifted the 40- year ban on crude oil exports. Congress mandated the oil export ban following the Arab oil embargo of the 1970 s, which sent shock waves through energy markets and...