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Alcoa Sells Stake In South Carolina Smelter

October 24, 2014 | by Associated Press | Comments

Alcoa is selling its stake in a South Carolina aluminum smelter to Century Aluminum Co. for $67.5 million.                                                               

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New Poll Reveals Concern Over Proposed EPA Power Plant Regulations

October 24, 2014 10:20 am | by National Association of Manufacturers | Comments

Polling data released by the Partnership for a Better Energy Future (PBEF), a coalition of 175 members representing nearly every segment of the U.S. economy, finds that Americans have major concerns about the EPA’s proposed greenhouse gas regulations and are unwilling to pay even a dollar more for energy in exchange for these new rules.

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Spain Challenges Canary Island Poll On Oil Plans

October 24, 2014 10:15 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The Spanish government says it will ask the Constitutional Court to block proposals by the Canary Islands regional government to stage a referendum on oil exploration in waters off the popular tourist archipelago.                                     

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EU Reaches Deal To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

October 24, 2014 10:13 am | by MIKE CORDER, MONIKA SCISLOWSKA, Associated Press | Comments

European Union leaders agreed early Friday to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the 28-nation bloc to at least 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.                                                       

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Mining Company Eyes Up Ski Area

October 24, 2014 10:11 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority will consider a proposal from a Vancouver mining company to turn the oldest downhill ski area near Fairbanks into a gold mine.                                               

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Louisiana Chemical Plant Expands

October 23, 2014 3:19 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Westlake Chemical President Albert Chao and Gov. Bobby Jindal on Thursday announced the company will expand the ethylene capacity at its Calcasieu Parish plant and make other capital improvements.                                   

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IS Rakes In $1M/Day In Black Market Oil Sales

October 23, 2014 3:17 pm | by DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press | Comments

Islamic State militants are amassing wealth at an unprecedented pace, earning about $1 million a day from black market oil sales alone, a Treasury Department official said Thursday.                                   

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Mystery Powder Halts Work At Honda Plant

October 23, 2014 3:15 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Production has come to a halt at the Honda assembly plant in Greensburg after an unknown substance was found there.                                                       

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New Policymaking Tool For Shift Toward Renewable Energy

October 23, 2014 11:01 am | by University of Copenhagen | Comments

Multiple pathways exist to a low greenhouse gas future, all involving increased efficiency and a dramatic shift in energy supply away from fossil fuels. A new tool 'SWITCH' enables policymakers and planners to assess the economic and environmental implications of different energy scenarios. 

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Turning Whiskey Waste Into Fuel?

October 23, 2014 10:57 am | by American Chemical Society | Comments

A start-up company in Scotland is working to capitalize on the tons of waste produced by one of the country's most valued industries and turn the dregs of whisky-making into fuel.                                       

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Manchin, White House Form Unlikely Energy Alliance

October 23, 2014 10:32 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | Comments

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, who once expressed his disdain for a cap-and-trade bill by literally shooting it, furthered an unlikely energy alliance with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse by hopping on a Blackhawk chopper in coal-centric West Virginia on Wednesday.

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Coal-Rich Poland Ready To Block EU Climate Deal

October 23, 2014 10:30 am | by MONIKA SCISLOWSKA, Associated Press | Comments

European Union leaders meeting in Brussels to stamp their new, ambitious greenhouse gas emissions plan should prepare for unyielding opposition from coal-reliant Poland and other East European countries who say their developing economies and electricity bills would suffer too much from the new target.

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Derailment, Explosion Caused By Distracted Driver

October 23, 2014 10:27 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A dump truck driver who caused a 15-car derailment and chemical explosion was on the phone and distracted when he failed to yield at a private railroad crossing, according to a final report issued by a federal investigative board Wednesday. 

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Cost-Saving Way To Detect Natural Gas Leaks

October 22, 2014 10:31 am | by American Chemical Society | Comments

Scientists say they have developed a new software-based method that finds leaks even when they're small, which could help prevent serious incidents — and save money for customers and industry.                                              

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Suspect To Plead Guilty In Oil Patch Killing

October 22, 2014 10:24 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | Comments

A Colorado man is set to plead guilty to killing a small-town Montana high school teacher in a slaying that shone a harsh light on the darker side of the Northern Plains' oil boom.                              

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Infamous Oilman Dies At 88

October 22, 2014 10:21 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Nelson Bunker Hunt, a Texas oilman who once tried to corner the silver market with one of his brothers only to see the move end in financial disaster, has died. He was 88.                      

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