U.S. Shale Oil Production Booms As New Year Begins

U.S. crude oil production is flirting with record highs heading into the new year, thanks to the technological nimbleness of shale oil drillers. The United States is so awash in oil that petroleum-rich Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil and natural gas company is reportedly interested in investing in the fertile Texas Permian Basin shale oil region. The Washington Post, 31 December 2017

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Trump’s EPA Has Cleaned Up Seven Of The Most Toxic Sites In The US

Shpack Landfill in Massachusetts

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) partly or completely cleaned seven of the most toxic land sites, called Superfund sites, in the U.S. in 2017, according to the EPA.

Of the seven sites designated for cleanup, three were completely cleansed, while four others still require some work. The cleanup effort is a significant improvement over the year prior when the EPA completely cleaned one Superfund site and parts of another.

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Exposing the myths of drilling in the Alaskan tundra

Way back in 1980, Congress passed the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, establishing the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and making numerous other land use decisions for our 49th state.

Section 1002 of the act postponed a decision on managing ANWR’s 1.5-million-acre coastal plain, which has enormous oil and gas potential and is important summertime wildlife habitat.

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Gov Cuomo’s Move To Sell Off Oil Assets Could Cost NY Retirees Their Savings

Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s pledge to rid the state pension fund of fossil fuel-related assets could cost New York City’s retirement funds more than $1 trillion over the course of 50 years.

Cuomo is creating a plan to divest the New York State Common Retirement Fund from oil and coal investments as part of his 2018 agenda. The plan will be more fully fleshed out during the governor’s Jan. 3 State of the State speech — the scheme could hit citizens right in the wallet.

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The 30 Trillion Reasons Why the Green Blob Must Die in 2018

In this time of alcohol-fuelled indolence, late nights, late breakfasts, and “oh God, do I really have to go back to work already?” I think it’s important that we remind ourselves who our enemies are and whom we must destroy utterly in 2018.

For me, there is one candidate that stands out above all the others, not because it’s the most physically dangerous or the most savagely cruel or the most monstrously evil, but simply because it is the most ubiquitous and insidiously vile and repellant.

I’m talking, of course, about the Green Blob.

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The New York Times Covers Over-Regulation

It may not be exactly the coming of the Messiah, but seeing a front-page story in the New York Times about over-regulation certainly feels like a breakthrough of note. Titled “One Apple Orchard and 5,000 Government Rules,” the story focuses on the Indian Ladder Farms apple orchard in Altamont, New York.

A small, family-run business owned by Peter Ten Eyck, the farm does the bulk of its business in the fall (naturally). Their busy season includes sales to supermarkets, direct sales to consumers, visits from busloads of schoolchildren, and “pick your own” days.

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EPA ethanol and air quality study more than 8 years late

Five months into the Obama administration, the Environmental Protection Agency was supposed to complete a study looking at ethanol’s effect on American air quality.

Nearly eight years later, the agency still hasn’t completed its work, and both sides of the biofuels debate are now calling on the Trump administration to issue the report and are banking on the fact that the results will bolster their arguments.

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Trump About To Repeal Obama-Era ‘Fracking’ Regulations

President Donald Trump’s administration will give a belated gift to American energy producers and repeal former President Barack Obama-era regulations for hydraulic fracturing operations on federal lands.

The Interior Department is expected to publish a repeal of the rule in the Federal Register on Friday, and already the oil and gas industry are celebrating. Producers challenged were locked in court battles over the rule since it was finalized in 2015.

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Northeast states sue EPA over smog despite drop in pollution

California topped every list in air pollution

Another day, another lawsuit led by NY’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, this time suing the EPA for Midwest pollution being blown into Northeast states (from Reuters):

Eight northeastern states said on Tuesday they sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to force it to impose more stringent controls on a group of mostly Midwestern states whose air pollution they claim is being blown in their direction.

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Trump Considers Repealing Obama-Era Regs On Offshore Oil Drilling

The Trump administration is floating the possibility of rolling back a slew of regulations foisted on offshore oil drillers shortly after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster.

Rolling back the rules could save the energy industry nearly $1 billion over the next 10 years and help reverse some measures companies considered too burdensome, according to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), which regulates offshore energy development.

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Gov’t Website Claims Santa Will Move To The South Pole To Escape Global Warming

A Canadian government website claims Santa Claus signed an international agreement to relocate his workshop to the South Pole to escape the effects of man-made global warming in the Arctic.

The website for Policy Horizons Canada, a government website, notes that due to “rapidly melting Arctic ice and growing human operations in the North, Santa Claus has signed an agreement with the International community to relocate his village next year to operate in an exclusive zone in the South Pole.”

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