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*****#Map shows how dependent European countries are on #gas from #Russia. #Renewables are a #geopolitical asset too! Energy / Superpower geographies / Fracking: TEACHERS TOOLBOX - Induced Seismicity: Hydraulic Fracturing, Wastewater Injection, and #Earthquakes #Fracking. *****Land of Giants - artistic pylons created for Iceland by Choi+Shine Architects… *****Top 10 greenhouse gas emitters accounted for 2/3 of the world's emissions. *****Energy pathways (shipping routes): Major Choke Points in the Persian Gulf and East Asia. The flow of international trade has always been subject to geopolitical risk and conflicts.

*****Energy pathways (shipping routes): Major Choke Points in the Persian Gulf and East Asia

At all stages of the supply chain, trade inherently faces challenges posed by the geopolitical realities along a given route. Some routes are more perilous and harder to navigate than others. One such trade route is the maritime path for delivering oil from Persian Gulf producers to East Asian consumers. It faces two critical choke points that are unavoidable given geographic constraints.

The Persian Gulf is a leading oil-producing region, accounting for 30% of global supply. The two straits are geopolitical choke points because geographic limitations and political competition threaten access to these routes. Before we begin… Geopolitical Futures’ inaugural conference, The Next 4 Years: The Role of the United States in the World, took place last week in Washington, DC.

Fracking: who’s who in the race to strike it rich in the UK. UK advertising watchdog admits it was wrong to ban Greenpeace fracking advert. The UK’s advertising watchdog has admitted it made the wrong decision when it banned a Greenpeace advert last year which claimed fracking would not cut energy bills.

UK advertising watchdog admits it was wrong to ban Greenpeace fracking advert

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) originally ruled in May 2015 that the advert was misleading due to the green group’s statement that experts agreed fracking would not reduce energy costs. But on Wednesday the ASA council, following an investigation led by its independent reviewer, conceded that it erred in upholding a complaint against the advert, as the “general consensus” was that a meaningful reduction in bills was highly unlikely. One of the only high-profile figures to have made the claim that hydraulic fracturing would cut household bills was the then prime minister, David Cameron. *****Sustainable energy debate: Does ‘green energy’ have hidden health and environmental costs? (theconversation) There are a number of available low-carbon technologies to generate electricity.

*****Sustainable energy debate: Does ‘green energy’ have hidden health and environmental costs? (theconversation)

But are they really better than fossil fuels and nuclear power? To answer that question, one needs to compare not just the emissions of different power sources but also the health benefits and the threats to ecosystems of green energy. Production of electricity is responsible for about a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions, and demand is poised to rise as underserved populations connect to the grid, and electronics and electric vehicles proliferate. *****Maps show #electricity by fuel type in #UK. In Europe rule of thumb is the more #gas the more dependent on #Russia. *****Energy pathways and piracy: Japan has worked with various countries to maintain peace & order off Somalia’s coast since 2009 #maritime #security. *****The Arctic Is Integral to U.S. National Security incl video. Interviewee: Thad W.

*****The Arctic Is Integral to U.S. National Security incl video

Allen, Executive Vice President, Booz Allen HamiltonInterviewer: Jonathan Masters, Deputy Editor March 22, 2017 The Alaskan Arctic represents “the fourth coast of the United States” and should be a major consideration in discussions of U.S. national security, says Thad Allen, co-chair of CFR’s Independent Task Force on the Arctic. Its new report urges actions to safeguard U.S. strategic and economic interests in the Arctic, including building ports and icebreaking ships, appointing an Arctic ambassador, and ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). In 2001 Venezuela was the richest country in South America; it is now among the poorest. Norway fund could trigger wave of large fossil fuel divestments, say experts. Norway’s decision to dump all coal-focused investments from its $900bn sovereign wealth fund could unleash a wave of divestment from other large funds, according to investment experts.

Norway fund could trigger wave of large fossil fuel divestments, say experts

The fund, the largest in the world, is one of the top 10 investors in the global coal industry. Shell’s sale of dirty tar sands assets cleans up debt and spruces image. When Shell sold most of its Canadian tar sands operations last week, the Anglo-Dutch oil company took a modest step towards making good on its promise to be part of the solution on global warming, rather than the problem.

Shell’s sale of dirty tar sands assets cleans up debt and spruces image

Tar sands are reviled by climate change campaigners as one of the dirtiest forms of energy. The sands are a glutinous, bitumen-addled mix when extracted from the ground and a huge amount of energy is need to turn them into synthetic crude oil. Leading scientists have warned that exploiting tar sands would be “game over” for tackling climate change, and Shell has faced shareholder rebellions in the past over the risks it faced from exploiting the carbon-intensive oil. Fracking Frenzy. Atlantic Coast Natural Gas Pipeline.

Fracking Frenzy

Virginia, USA EJO's: Richmond Resistance Free NelsonCompanies: Dominion Resources , Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas Belcoo Community Fracking Blockade, Northern Ireland, UK EJO's: Fermanagh Fracking Awareness Network (FFAN) Love Leitrim Belcoo Frack FreeCompanies: Tamboran Resources Urraca Fracking Project by BNK Petroleum en Burgos, Spain EJO's: Ecologistas en Acción Greenpeace España Amigos de la Tierra Eguzki BNK Petroleum Inc. Fracking in California, USA EJO's: Environment California: Clean Water Action, Sierra Club, California against Fracking: Courage Campaign: Daily Kos: Food and Water Watch: Presente: Forecast the Facts: Western States Petroleum Asociation Chevron Shale Gas, Romania Companies: Chevron Corporation Elsipogtog First Nation v. *****Could youth save the world? This climate lawsuit could change everything. No wonder the Trump administration doesn’t want it going to trial.

The Justice Department building in Washington.

*****Could youth save the world? This climate lawsuit could change everything. No wonder the Trump administration doesn’t want it going to trial

(J. David Ake/AP) A groundbreaking climate lawsuit, brought against the federal government by 21 children, has been hailed by environmentalists as a bold new strategy to press for climate action in the United States. But the Trump administration, which has pledged to undo Barack Obama’s climate regulations, is doing its best to make sure the case doesn’t get far. The Trump administration this week filed a motion to overturn a ruling by a federal judge back in November that cleared the lawsuit for trial — and filed a separate motion to delay trial preparation until that appeal is considered.

Will big banks pay price for Dakota Pipeline? WASHINGTON — It took less than 24 hours after President Trump signed an order directing an expedited review of the Dakota Access Pipeline for Daily Action, a liberal activist group, to decide where its best hope of leverage was — calling on followers to divest themselves of the U.S. commercial banks involved in financing the project.

Will big banks pay price for Dakota Pipeline?

The group, an affiliate of the political action committee Creative Majority, sent a directive Jan. 25 to more than 100,000 subscribers asking them to terminate banking relationships with Wells Fargo, Citigroup and others involved in the pipeline. “If you bank at Wells Fargo or Citi or SunTrust, it’s time to call and tell them that if they don’t reconsider their investment in DAPL as it currently stands, you’ll be moving your money elsewhere — and be prepared to actually do it,” the group said. “The front lines can be wherever you are," Woodley said. The tactic is not confined to individuals, either. The pipeline Other banks have gone further. E.J. *****Fracking UK: Environment Agency extends N Yorkshire fracking consultation HT @johnsco50466144.

Donald Trump actually has very little control over green energy and climate change. Yes, there are reasons to fear an impending environmental disaster: Donald Trump has spent much of his campaign claiming the mantle of climate-change-denier-in-chief, and his vice-presidential running mate isn’t much better.

Donald Trump actually has very little control over green energy and climate change

Now they are mulling their picks for key Cabinet posts: Interior Secretary Sarah “Drill, baby drill” Palin, if elephant hunter Donald Trump Jr. doesn’t get that gig? Energy Secretary Harold Hamm, if the oil and gas mogul decides he is willing to spend the Trump administration outside the private sector? Environmental Protection Administrator Myron Ebell, unless the fringe-hugging climate skeptic dismantles the agency instead? And yes, Trump often airs unfounded concerns about wind and solar energy related to bird safety and outdated notions of how long it takes for investments in renewable power to pay off.

It's a number-plate nerd's dream. 1. Powerful photo 2. I'm shocked that USA can't solve #StandingRock issue in an open transparent national dialogue but needs military. How Canada got cool. It’s a land of striking beauty and vast wilderness, but Canada has traditionally had a bit of an image problem. Today in Ladybird 16 Feb 1972 in sixth week of miners' strike, electricity to homes begins to be switched off on a rota basis. Frightened by Donald Trump? You don’t know the half of it. Yes, Donald Trump’s politics are incoherent. Green movement 'greatest threat to freedom', says Trump adviser.

The environmental movement is “the greatest threat to freedom and prosperity in the modern world”, according to an adviser to the US president Donald Trump’s administration. Myron Ebell, who has denied the dangers of climate change for many years and led Trump’s transition team for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) until the president’s recent inauguration, also said he fully expected Trump to keep his promise to withdraw the US from the global agreement to fight global warming. Ebell said US voters had rejected what he dubbed the “expertariat” and said there was no doubt that Trump thinks that climate change is not a crisis and does not require urgent action. Trump has already replaced the climate change page on the White House website with a fossil-fuel-based energy policy, resurrected two controversial oil pipelines and attempted to gag the EPA, the Agriculture Department and the National Parks Service.

Gingrich Suggests Ways to Guide Trump on Science and Environment. Newt Gingrich, a political ally of President Donald Trump, offered two alternatives on Wednesday for dealing with the new administration on science, environment, and sustainability issues. “You can hunker down and decide you want to be oppositionist and that you are going to hate everything and life will be terrible,” or you can dig in and work with the administration, said Gingrich, a former speaker of the House of Representatives.

“If you go in aggressive enough and articulate enough and have thought it through enough, you are going to shape large parts of this administration,” he said. Science and Environment Conference Gingrich spoke at the National Council for Science and the Environment’s (NCSE) annual conference in Arlington, Va. NCSE is a nonpartisan organization with a mission of connecting scientists to policy makers so that policy and decision-making reflect sound science. Can #climatechange be noticed locally? Common Sense Climate Index (CSCI) looked at that in '98 and updated for 2017.

Trump's 'control-alt-delete' on climate change policy. Image copyright Getty Images Are the recent actions taken by the Trump team on the issues of climate and energy the opening shots in a war on knowledge? The National Park Service tells me those @BadlandsNPS tweets were from a former employee and the account was “compromised." They are shutting down the Badlands National Park Twitter feed, so Golden Gate is taking up the torch.

Thank @BadlandsNPS for telling the truth on #ClimateChange. Saskatchewan Oil Spill: Drinking Water Could Be Unsafe For Months, Government Warns. Husky's oil pipeline broke due to ground movement, report says - Saskatchewan. Ground movement, described as geotechnical activity in a report released Thursday, was the reason a section of Husky Energy pipeline ruptured, spewing oil into the North Saskatchewan River and imperilling water sources for thousands of residents in communities downstream of the leak. Canada oil pipeline spills 200,000 liters on aboriginal land. Today in Ladybird 15 Dec 1974: as oil prices escalate new speed limits are introduced in Britain to try to curb fuel use. 6 things to know about Russia’s economy. Watch the Russia in the World session from the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting 2017 here.

Low oil prices and sanctions over Ukraine have been taking their toll in the Russian economy. In his annual state-of-the-nation address to parliament and the nation, President Vladimir Putin struck a conciliatory tone towards Western nations and turned the spotlight on domestic economic and social issues. Chart of the day: Speculators are all-in on oil. This is what happened the last time bullish bets took over. Expanding Tar Sands Will Kill Paris Targets and Climate Stability, Report Finds.

Canada can’t increase tar sands production or build more pipelines if the world is to achieve the targets on global carbon emissions set by the Paris Agreement on climate. Rex Tillerson vote. Stop #fracking meeting in #totnes this Sunday. 7-9 pm. #frackoff. Activist investor ramps up pressure on Shell to act on climate change. London Oil major Royal Dutch Shell is facing rising pressure from shareholders to shield its business from climate change threats and to play a bigger role in lowering global carbon emissions.

Activist shareholder group Follow This, representing some of Shell's retail shareholders, will put forward a resolution at next year's annual shareholder meeting requesting Shell to set targets for annual greenhouse gas emissions reductions, its founder told Reuters. Fracking: Gas leaks from faulty wells linked to contamination in some groundwater. ***Trump, Putin and the Pipelines to Nowhere – Alex Steffen – Medium. Britain facing energy crisis that could see families pay extra to keep the lights on, Ofgem executive says. The Gulf of Mexico Is Being Destroyed by Thousands of Invisible Oil Spills. Just a year after the first public demonstration of television, this was in Metropolis (1927)

Hundreds attend oil drilling protest walk to Leith Hill Tower - Get Surrey. Fossil Fuel Industry Has Known Since 1967 That Injection Wells Cause Earthquakes, Despite Denials. Theconversation. The new cold war: drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic. *NIMBY: Hundreds attend oil drilling protest walk to Leith Hill Tower - Get Surrey. **The new cold war: drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic. Fort McMurray tar sands, Alberta, Canada (Timelapse – Google Earth Engine) Toyota, in about-face, may mass-produce long-range electric cars: Nikkei. Opinionated videos to provoke class discussion! #edchat #ukedchat. Karl Ove Knausgaard condemns Norway's Arctic oil plans. Obama puts Arctic Ocean off limits for drilling in last-ditch barrier to Trump.

This #map helped me to understand the whole #StandingRock #NoDAPL issue. #Cartography to the rescue! Fracking impact on CO2 cuts in US emissions 'a myth' Fake Twitter Army That Trolls Renewable Energy Linked To Mining Lobby - BuzzFeed News. I mean, what could possibly go wrong? Government upholds fracking appeal in landmark ruling. National Trust under fire over Snowdonia hydroelectric plan. Standing Rock Sioux tribe claims small victory in pipeline battle. US government halts oil pipeline opposed by Native Americans. Adani Carmichael mine in Queensland gets another green light from Coalition.