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EDITORIAL: Changes to help save energy

IN THE POWER industry, much of the energy focuses on the big and new: technologies, fuels, even delivery. But the biggest difference — for the planet, the population and the power companies — is likely to come from efforts to use less. The whizbang electric cars from Tesla, for example, generate a mountain of headlines, and tremendous amounts of money ...

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EDITORIAL: High court must craft new deal on fracking


We admit to feeling a pang of sympathy for the Erie Board of Trustees — not our most common sentiment about this oddly defensive and secretive group — as it tried to come up with a set of fracking regulations that would protect its burgeoning population without provoking the litigious Colorado Oil & Gas Association into yet another lawsuit against ...

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Gas deal could signal Southern’s drift from new nuclear projects

Six months ago, three top executives at Georgia’s largest utility companies met over steak dinners at Bones restaurant in Atlanta to explore possibly joining some planned pipeline projects aimed at tapping the Midwest’s booming production of natural gas. But the talk quickly stretched to a more ambitious agenda: Southern Company was interested in buying AGL Resources, the Atlanta natural gas ...

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Oil prices surge in short-covering rally: Kemp

(John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own) LONDON – Front-month Brent crude futures surged more than 10 percent higher yesterday, one of the largest daily percentage movements on record, as traders raced to cover short positions. U.S. crude futures rose almost as much, with the October contract ending the day up by more than ...

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Efficiency mandates to cap recovery in oil demand: Kemp

(John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own) LONDON – Lower prices should help stimulate oil consumption in advanced economies, restoring some of the demand lost over the last decade, as the cost of crude soared from less than $50 to more than $100 per barrel. In the late 1980s and through the 1990s, strong ...

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Opinion: An oil fight unlike any other

In California, Chevron, Tesoro and other oil giants are acting as if the end is near. The grim reaper, as they see it, comes in the person of Tom Steyer, the billionaire environmentalist, and his buddy, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León. The instrument of their demise is de León’s Senate Bill 350, which would require Californians to cut ...

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LOIS HENRY: We don’t need more misinformation about fracking

Sometimes the only appropriate response I can muster to the idiocy that goes on in Sacramento is “Oh, brother.” We are a family newspaper, after all. This time, it’s a bill by Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D- Burbank, that would require all food irrigated with oilfield water to be labeled, “Grown using recycled or treated hydraulic fracturing oilfield wastewater.” In other ...

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Ann McFeatters: Our confusing federal government at work

WASHINGTON — It’s time to look once again into the “what’s up with that?” actions of our government. The other day nearly 1,000 flights were cancelled or delayed on the East Coast, causing chaos in the entire air traffic system. Was it bad weather? A bomb scare? Bad equipment? None of the above. It was new software purchased by the Federal ...

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How a heart to heart with your boss could save your life

We’ve all played the “what if” game.  What if you were stranded on an island and had to choose one food item to eat for the rest of your life.  I’d like to challenge you to apply the “what if” scenario to safety.  Here’s the question:  “What if you had to pick just one word to describe the key to ...

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