"May 2 News: Chesapeake Energy Ousts Chairman Aubrey McClendon Over Conflict Of Interest Questions"
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Chesapeake Energy announced plans Tuesday to strip Aubrey McClendon of his role as chairman, a bid to quell a growing shareholder revolt and head off heightened federal scrutiny over his use of a program that let him take a personal stake in the company’s oil and gas wells. [Politico]
The Discovery Channel’s popular “Frozen Planet” series states that global warming is harming arctic habitats. But it doesn’t mention what the majority of the world’s scientists believe: Accelerated warming is caused by carbon pollution from humans. [Washington Post]
To get a sense of how many alternative fueling stations the U.S. might need some day, consider the number of locations around the nation that have gasoline pumps. The Energy Department says that there are 160,000 gasoline stations around the U.S. but just 10,000 alternative fuel stations across the 48 contiguous states. [Los Angeles Times]
So here’s a question: Would blocking coal export terminals have any impact on the staggering growth in coal use in places such as China? Actually, yes: There’s some evidence that it could matter a fair bit at the margins. [Wonk Blog]
There is growing evidence that, if anything, the E.P.A.’s life-cycle emissions calculations for palm oil were too conservative. [New York Times]
Hundreds of sites across England and Wales could be contaminated with radioactive waste from old military bases and factories, according to a new government report. [Guardian]
A new report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows that bustling airports could serve a vital new function, doubling as alternative energy factories. [Huffington Post]
They couldn’t “make the numbers work”. There’s something so blithe – and enormously telling – about the excuse offered by the oil company Shell to explain why they were not investing in wind power in Britain. [Guardian]