December 18 News: Natural Gas Lobby Gears Up Messaging To Counter ‘Promised Land’ Movie

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A leading lobby group, Energy in Depth, has put out a “cheat sheet” of pro-fracking talking points to counter any bad publicity that may arise following the release of the new Matt Damon film, Promised Land. [Guardian]

Outgoing Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) has some advice for the next Congress: The era of big energy bills is over. [The Hill]

The U.S. Department of Energy announced it will invest $29 million in solar projects in an effort to boost the nation’s renewable energy sector. [Penn Energy]

One name seems to be popping up increasingly in the chatter about possible picks to replace the likely departing Steven Chu as secretary of energy: Tom Steyer, head of Farallon Capital Management, one of the world’s biggest hedge funds. [Washington Post]

It’s official: Johnson Controls has filed an appeal to the bankruptcy court sale that saw it lose its bid for A123’s assets to Chinese auto equipment giant Wanxiang. [Greentech Media]

Barge operators along a key stretch of the Mississippi River braced Monday for months of restricted shipping as crews prepared to begin blasting large rock formations that are impeding navigation on the drought-plagued waterway. [Associated Press]

The quiet collapse of the most basic principle of UN climate negotiations in Doha – that all decisions should be taken only with complete consensus of 194 countries party to the convention — has troubled India and other developing countries. [Times of India]

An explosion of car use has made fast-growing Asian cities the epicentre of global air pollution and become, along with obesity, the world’s fastest growing cause of death according to a major study of global diseases. [Guardian]

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12 Responses to December 18 News: Natural Gas Lobby Gears Up Messaging To Counter ‘Promised Land’ Movie

  1. rollin says:

    “The U.S. Department of Energy announced it will invest $29 million in solar projects in an effort to boost the nation’s renewable energy sector”
    Hmmm, five years to make a cheaper quicker installation method.
    I certainly do not see any sense of urgency at all. They should be fired and replaced by people who take this seriously.

    I thought GE had already done this with low voltage systems.

    • Artful Dodger says:

      In other news, Southwest Airlines Owes Passengers $29 Million In Free Drinks.

      Would the last sane person at DOE please turn out the lights?

    • Mulga Mumblebrain says:

      Twenty-nine million does not even qualify as chicken-feed. It is insultingly inadequate, possibly deliberately so.

  2. prokaryotes says:

    Canada: Investing Fossil Fuel Subsidies in Clean Energy Would Create 18,000 Jobs http://www.usw.ca/community/environmental/news?id=0024

  3. prokaryotes says:

    5 reasons global warming is more terrifying than you think
    The increased threat of natural disasters is only half the story. Prepare yourself for flesh-eating fungi http://www.salon.com/2012/12/18/5_reasons_global_warming_is_more_terrifying_than_you_think/

  4. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    A hedge fund manager in charge of energy!!?? Tell me I’m dreaming! Dracula taking over the Blood Bank, again. Obama’s idea of an ‘expert’ in those affairs that matter, no doubt.

  5. According to http://drillingmaps.com 47% of the 27,591 fracked wells in 2012 were oil related while 53% were gas. Fracking is done for both oil and gas and they are both dangerous.

    Here are the fracking companies that are funding this propaganda about Saudi money. Disclosed oil & gas wells fracked in 2012 in US: $CHK Chesapeake 2,500 $APC Anadarko 2,477 $XOM Exxon Mobile 1,805 $EOG EOG Resources 1,449