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Oregon tells rail companies to keep oil deliveries secret. Oregon transportation officials are doing everything in their power to keep the state’s residents in the dark about the movement of crude-filled, explosion-prone rail cars.

Oregon tells rail companies to keep oil deliveries secret

The Oregonian won a two-month battle in March when the state Department of Justice ruled that the state Department of Transportation was of course legally required to provide information it receives about the oil shipments to the daily newspaper. Failing to do so “could infringe on the public’s ability to assess the local and statewide risks,” a Justice Department attorney advised.

“Risks shmisks,” the Transportation Department replied. It heavily redacted reports it had received from the rail companies before releasing them to the journalists — and then kicked the intrasigence up a notch. Grainspotting: Farmers get desperate as coal and oil take over the rails. The U.S. agriculture and energy sectors might be facing a Jets and Sharks situation: Our railroad system just ain’t big enough for the two of them!

Grainspotting: Farmers get desperate as coal and oil take over the rails

Unfortunately, this scenario is unlikely to involve a highly choreographed mambo dance-off, not that we wouldn’t love to see Rex Tillerson’s moves. He’d make a great Bernardo. American farmers are becoming concerned that coal and oil companies’ increased use of railroad shipping will crowd out grain trains. The Western Organization of Resource Councils warns in a recent report that railway congestion will only increase in coming years, especially as coal export facilities are built up in the Pacific Northwest.

Rebel smell: In the Deep South, dirty energy and disenfranchisement go hand in hand. The southeastern U.S. is pre-1990s South Africa, and the brand of apartheid practiced here is of the energy variety.

Rebel smell: In the Deep South, dirty energy and disenfranchisement go hand in hand

This is how environmental justice scholar Robert Bullard called it two years ago, and a report released yesterday from the NAACP pretty much confirms it. Clocking in at over 500 pages, the civil rights organization’s new report, “Just Energy Policies: Reducing Pollution and Creating Jobs,” reads like an update of Van Jones’s 2008 book, The Green Collar Economy, showing how far the nation has come, and not come, in advancing clean energy.

The NAACP’s report hinges on the idea that the more that states invest in clean energy and implement diverse and localized hiring practices, the more people of color will benefit in terms of income, employment, and health. 2013 in review: the year fracking shook the world. The pumping of water, sand and chemicals underground at pressure to crack rocks and release gas dominated headlines in 2013.

2013 in review: the year fracking shook the world

Fracking for shale gas, even if the process has not actually been producing much energy beyond its homeland in the US, has barely been out of the public consciousness. In the UK, drilling for oil by fracking explorers Cuadrilla in Sussex roused one of the biggest environmental protests in years, as thousands marched outside the village of Balcombe and Green party MP Caroline Lucas was arrested.

A similar series of protests was mirrored in Manchester, later in the year. Public figures and industry bodies lined up to say the technology should go ahead in the UK, from David Cameron down to geologists, water companies and some environmentalists, and the government laid out sweeteners of £100,000 for communities who live near any shale gas wells that are fracked. Why the Peak Oilers are still right.

The piece is excerpted from the new book Snake Oil: How Fracking’s False Promise of Plenty Imperils Our Future.

Why the Peak Oilers are still right

For the past decade I’ve been a participant in a high-stakes energy policy debate — writing books, giving lectures, and appearing on radio and television to point out how downright dumb it is for America to continue relying on fossil fuels. Oil, coal, and natural gas are finite and depleting, and burning them changes Earth’s climate and compromises our future. In the past two or three years this debate has reached a significant turning point. Evidence that climate change is real and caused by human activity has become irrefutable, and serious climate impacts (such as the melting of the Arctic ice cap) have begun appearing sooner, and with greater severity, than had been forecast. Yet at the same time, the notion that fossil fuels are supply-constrained has gone from being generally dismissed, to being partially accepted, to being vociferously dismissed.

Oil Spills: U.S. well sites in 2012 discharged more than Valdez. Advertisement It went up orange, a gas-propelled geyser that rose 100 feet over the North Dakota prairie.

Oil Spills: U.S. well sites in 2012 discharged more than Valdez

But it was oil, so it came down brown. So much oil that when they got the well under control two days later, crude dripped off the roof of a house a half-mile away. Danger pour la société si plus de 20% des énergies fossiles sont brûlées. BP, Shell, Statoil accused of fixing oil prices. The good folks at BP , Shell , and Statoil would never break the law and screw over their customers in a quest for inflated profits, surely.

BP, Shell, Statoil accused of fixing oil prices

Yet that is the very accusation coming out of Europe, where the industry giants are suspected of colluding to fix prices for crude, biofuel, and refined oil products at artificially high levels, allowing them to reap greater profits than the laws of supply and demand would dictate in a truly competitive economy. Offices of the companies were raided last week by European Commission officials, and the Justice Department is being urged to investigate whether the alleged price fixing spilled over onto American shores. Cyberaction Audition de l'OPECST sur les Hydrocarbures non conventionnels : Petits débats entre amis.. Do You Know Where Your Oil Comes From? If you drive a car that runs on gas or diesel, you’ve probably thought about where the crude oil that made your fuel came from, especially when you’re standing at the fueling station watching the numbers whirl by and cringing at the thought of your next credit card bill.

Do You Know Where Your Oil Comes From?

According to the news and speeches made by politicians, the Middle East is the major source of US oil imports, right? That’s why energy independence is so important, and why the Middle East is such a critical asset, because instability in the region could threaten oil prices and cause shortages. However, our primary source of oil imports is actually found closer to home. A lot closer, it turns out; Canada and Mexico both have very large oil reserves and they sell frequently to the US. Other sources include Africa and South America.

Global Bioenergies concocte un hydrocarbure sans pétrole.


Méthane. Gaz. Charbon. Lutte anti fossile. Europétrole, le portail de l'industrie du pétrole, du gaz et de l'énergie. IEA - World Energy Outlook. Conférence ASPO 2012 (2ème partie): perspectives énergétiques.

DESTOYERS, PEAK OIL, PLANET DEVESTATION! Schistes bitumineux et XL pipeline project.

Gaz et huiles de schistes

5 Things That Actually Determine the Price of Gasoline - Part 5. Written by Brian Merchant The price of gasoline is one of the most important variables in daily American life.

5 Things That Actually Determine the Price of Gasoline - Part 5

The vast majority of Americans own cars—there are some 240 million of them on the road—and rely on them to commute to work and for general transportation. Whenever gas prices get too high, it can cause an economic shock for hundreds of millions of people. So whenever those prices show signs of heading towards the $4 a gallon mark, a mild panic ensues. Typically, it arises from the genuine concern of ordinary citizens, and then is promptly fanned into something resembling hysteria by opportunistic politicians and pundits.

Fuites, explosions...