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Obama Moves to Cut Methane Emissions by Almost Half – January 14, 2015

EPA to cut oil and gas industry methane emissions by 45% by 2025

President Barak Obama will unveil a plan to cut methane emissions from America’s booming oil and gas industry by as much as 45 percent over the next decade in an attempt to cement his climate legacy during his remaining two years in the White House.

The new methane rules – which will be formally unveiled on Wednesday - are the last big chance for Obama to fight climate change.

Gas flare in parklandPhoto courtesy of WildEarth GuardiansGas flare at fracking site near Colorado's Pawnee National Grassland. It's yet not clear whether the new rules would apply to existing oil and gas installations in addition… more

by: The Guardian

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President Obama Will Veto Keystone XL Pipeline Bill, White House says – January 6, 2015

Keystone supporters do not have the 67 votes needed to overcome a presidential veto

President Barack Obama would veto a bill aimed at forcing construction of the contentious Keystone XL pipeline, the White House has said, setting up an immediate confrontation with the new Republican-controlled Congress.

The White House, ending weeks of speculation about its response to Republican moves on Keystone, said Obama would veto a bill introduced earlier on Tuesday that aims to take the decision over the pipeline out of his hands.

Pipeline protest in front of White HousePhoto by Steven TuttleIf this bill passes this Congress, the president wouldn’t sign it,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said today.

“If this bill passes this… more

by: The Guardian

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New York State to Ban Fracking Over ‘Red Flags’ to Public Health – December 17, 2014

Decision comes after two-year study into the effects of fracking on the state’s air and water raises ‘serious questions’

The state of New York said it would ban the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing on Wednesday because of “red flags” about its risks to public health.

The ban puts one of the last great areas of untapped potential in the Marcellus Shale off-limits to the oil and gas industry.

anti-fracking protest in NYCPhoto by Adam Welz for CREDO ActionToday's decision for a frack-free zone across an entire state is the biggest obstacle to date to an industry that has had rapid growth across a number of other states.

The decision was reached after a two-year study into the effects of fracking on the… more

by: The Guardian

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Is the Lima Deal a Travesty of Global Climate Justice? – December 15, 2014

Poorer countries likely to reject agreement in Paris next year if onus falls on them rather than those largely responsible for global warming

At one point on Saturday night it looked quite likely that the Lima climate talks would collapse in disarray. Instead of the harmony expected between China and the US following their pre-talks pact, the world’s two largest economies were squaring off; workmen were dismantling the venue; old faultlines between rich and poor countries were opening up again and some countries’ delegations were rushing to catch their planes.

Activists wearing masks of world leaders in a boatPhoto by Percy Ramirez/OxfamCountries may technically still be on track to negotiate a final agreement in Paris next year, but the gaps between them are growing rather… more

by: The Guardian

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US and China Strike Deal on Carbon Cuts in Push for Global Climate Change Pact – November 12, 2014

Barack Obama aims for reduction of a quarter or more by 2025, while Xi Jinping sets goal for emissions to fall after 2030

The United States and China have unveiled a secretly negotiated deal to reduce their greenhouse gas output, with China agreeing to cap emissions for the first time and the US committing to deep reductions by 2025.

The pledges in an agreement struck between President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jingping, provide an important boost to international efforts to reach a global deal on reducing emissions beyond 2020 at a United Nations meeting in Paris next year.

Obama at US embassey in ChinaPhoto by Official White House Photo by Pete SouzaPresident Barack Obama shakes hands with staff and their families during a meet… more

by: The Guardian

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