• Saudi Arabia’s Oil Supremacy Falters

    • Date: 21/03/17
    • The Wall Street Journal

    The world’s biggest crude exporter is rejiggering its long-held strategy of clinging to market share Saudi Arabia is losing its grip on big oil markets it once dominated amid a deep production cut that has reshaped global petroleum trade routes and benefited rivals like Iran, Russia and the U.S. To stomach a steep production cut aimed […]

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  • These Hydro Power Plants Survived WWII Bombs But Maybe Not Merkel

    • Date: 20/03/17
    • Bloomberg

    After surviving wartime bombing and Soviet-era seizures, some power plants in central Europe are facing extinction because of flat prices, newer technologies and red tape in Berlin. The facilities at risk used to make money buying cheap power at night to pump water up mountains, then releasing it downhill to turn generators during the day, […]

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  • Infighting At EPA Drives Top Official To Resign

    • Date: 20/03/17
    • Michael Bastasch, The Daily Caller

    A senior member of the Trump administration’s beachhead team at the EPA unexpectedly resigned over concerns of the “integrity” of political appointees and career employees. Scott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), speaks to employees of the agency in Washington, U.S., February 21, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File Photo David Schnare was expected to take […]

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  • Some Trump Advisers Want Concessions For US Staying In Paris Climate Pact

    • Date: 18/03/17
    • Andrew Restuccia, Politico

    Trump administration officials have told lobbyists and European diplomats that the U.S. won’t stay in the nearly 200-nation Paris climate change agreement unless it can secure wins for the fossil fuel industry, according to three people familiar with the discussions. In a series of recent conversations with industry groups and European officials, Trump advisers have […]

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  • G-20 Drop Climate Change From Communique

    • Date: 17/03/17
    • Reuters

    Opposition from the United States, Saudi Arabia and others has forced Germany to drop a reference to financing programs to combat climate change from the draft communique at a G20 finance and central bankers meeting. A G20 official taking part in the meeting said on Friday that efforts by the German G20 presidency to keep the […]

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  • Trump Budget: US To Stop Funding UN Climate Process

    • Date: 17/03/17
    • Karl Mathiesen, Climate Home

    In a budget blueprint released on Thursday morning, US president Donald Trump proposed sweeping cuts to US financial support for the global fight against climate change. The title page called it the “America First” budget. “Our aim is to meet the simple, but crucial demand of our citizens – a Government that puts the needs of its own people first,” said Trump […]

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  • White House: Climate Funding Is ‘A Waste Of Your Money’

    • Date: 17/03/17
    • Devin Henry, The Hill

    The White House on Thursday defended a proposal to slash federal funding for climate change programs, calling it “a waste of your money.” “I think the president was fairly straightforward on that: We’re not spending money on that anymore,” Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said at a White House briefing on Thursday. “We consider […]

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  • Trump Proposes Deep Cuts To EPA, Federal Climate Funding

    • Date: 16/03/17
    • Devin Henry, The Hill

    President Trump’s first budget proposal includes a 31-percent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency as part of an administration effort to slash federal climate change funding. The budget blueprint, released on Thursday, provides $5.7 billion for the EPA, down from $8.3 billion. The budget “discontinues” $100 million in funding for several climate change programs within the […]

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