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Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo campaign for clean energy

NEW YORK — Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo have teamed up in a bid to widen access to clean energy. The movie stars launched “100%,” a campaign aimed at making energy from renewable sources available to everyone — and making it affordable. DiCaprio has spent much of the last few years toward environmental and animal conservation efforts. At Thursday night’s ...

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EPA defends controversial biofuels program at U.S. Senate hearing

WASHINGTON – The U.S. environmental regulator on Thursday defended its handling of the nation’s controversial renewable fuels program at a congressional hearing, the first since its new biofuels targets last month provoked a furor among corn farmers and oil refiners. At the hearing by the Senate subcommittee on regulatory affairs and federal management, U.S. lawmakers criticized the agency for years-long ...

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Coal industry finds comfort in pope’s encyclical

4:04 p.m. (1404 GMT, 10:04 a.m. EDT) Not only environmental activists and renewable energy advocates are celebrating Pope Francis’ strong message on climate change. Even the coal industry found something they like. The World Coal Association highlighted the pope’s emphasis on helping the poor as a crucial part of the fight against climate change. WCA chief executive Benjamin Sporton told ...

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Vancouver “Toast the Coast” rally gets a star-powered boost

The activists rallying against Shell’s plans for drilling in the Arctic are getting a helping hand from some big name celebrities. Well-known actors Jane Fonda and Rachel McAdams took time to show up at a sizeable Greenpeace rally in Vancouver, Canada, last weekend, according to Huffington Post. Some 5,500 people were gathered at Jericho Beach Saturday to express their disapproval ...

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U.S. oil prices edge up as Texas braces for storm

LONDON – U.S. crude oil prices edged up on Tuesday as a tropical storm headed towards the oil-producing state of Texas, but oversupply kept Brent lower. U.S. crude was up 23 cents at $59.75 a barrel at 1354 GMT, staying within a range of $57-$62 per barrel that has been in place since the beginning of May. Brent was down ...

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Shell-BG $70 billion deal crosses key milestone with U.S. clearance

LONDON – U.S. regulators have given the green light for Royal Dutch Shell’s <RDSa.L> proposed $70 billion acquisition of British rival BG Group <BG.L>, the first clearance for the biggest deal in the energy sector in over a decade. The two companies said on Tuesday the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) had cleared the deal. The deal, which the ...

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India seeks to use its oil thirst to drive bargains

NEW DELHI – India is trying to use its position as one of the world’s biggest energy consumers to strike better bargains for its companies with oil exporting nations, in a marked change of approach under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The oil ministry is moving beyond seeking additional barrels for import in talks with exporters. Now, the energy-deficient country wants ...

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Pennsylvania needs more inspectors for rail lines carrying crude oil, PUC Chair Brown says

Pennsylvania needs more inspectors for its rail lines that carry more than half the crude oil processed in East Coast refineries, the chair of the Public Utility Commission said Tuesday. The PUC employs eight people responsible for inspecting tracks, cars, equipment, signals and operators on 5,600 miles of railroad, and that’s not enough, said Gladys Brown, the agency’s new chair. ...

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EIA productivity report: Is it all downhill from here?

Although the U.S. shale revolution has maintained impressive momentum over the course of the last year, depressed oil prices have taken their toll. The Energy Information Administration released its monthly drilling productivity report this week, and it has confirmed what many industry experts saw coming. With the exception of the Permian Basin, the U.S. has seen a drop in oil ...

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