January 9 News: Interior Department To Conduct High-Level Review Of Shell’s Arctic Drilling Plans

After a series of serious mishaps involving Shell Oil’s Arctic ocean oil drilling equipment, federal officials said they will conduct a 60-day assessment of the proposed offshore drilling program in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas, off the north coast of Alaska. [Summit County Voice]

Barack Obama may intervene directly on climate change by hosting a summit at the White House early in his second term, environmental groups say. [Guardian]

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) said Tuesday that she would introduce legislation next week aimed at preventing the transfer of research funded by the Department of Energy to companies based in non-allied countries. [The Hill]

Lisa Jackson has announced her exit as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, and Energy Secretary Steven Chu, who faced congressional criticism over green-energy programs, could follow. Obama may end up assembling a second- term team for a different task: how to manage the boom in U.S. production of oil and natural gas. [Bloomberg]

Jack Gerard, the often-combative chief executive of the American Petroleum Institute, said Tuesday that the United States was “at the crossroads of a great turning point” in the nation’s energy history. [New York Times]

The commercial shipping industry has warned since November that if low water makes moving cargo too dangerous, a 200-mile stretch of the Mississippi between St. Louis and Cairo, Ill., would be effectively closed. [USA Today]

Australia on Wednesday was grappling with an unprecedented heat wave that has sparked raging bushfires across some of the country’s most populated regions – pushing firefighters to their limits, residents to their wits’ end and leaving meteorologists tracking the soaring temperatures into uncharted territory. [New York Times]

The world’s climate could be hijacked by a rogue country or wealthy individual firing small particles into the stratosphere, claims a warning that comes not from a new Hollywood movie trailer but a sober report from the World Economic Forum (WEF). [Guardian]

France has doubled its target for new solar projects to at least 1,000 megawatts in 2013, helping spur use of European equipment, Energy Minister Delphine Batho said. [Renewable Energy World]

12 Responses to January 9 News: Interior Department To Conduct High-Level Review Of Shell’s Arctic Drilling Plans

  1. Sasparilla says:

    Nice to see the NY Times actually printing the connection with the record setting heat wave in Australia and climate change in their article as stated by one of the Australian researchers (as Joe noted yesterday):

    “We are well past the time of niceties, of avoiding the dire nature of what is unfolding, and politely trying not to scare the public.”

    Nice to see the Times not purposely ignoring the connection and what the scientists are saying.

  2. Joan Savage says:

    A quote that can be used in conversation about climate change:

    “Cynicism is what passes for insight among the mediocre.”

    — Joe Klein, Time Magazine, speaking as a guest on the PBS News Hour, January 8, 2013 in a piece on the important investigative journalism of Richard Ben Cramer, who was notably neither cynical nor mediocre.

  3. prokaryotes says:

    I am a fan of this

    “Optimism is a lack of information.”

    So i do not want to advocate pessimism, but to be more swift with actions and because of unknowns.

  4. prokaryotes says:

    Not a single outlet from the lamestream media mentioned climate change with the historic Australian wildfires.

  5. prokaryotes says:

    Mrs Plate said the Roadhouse couldn’t serve unleaded fuel after midday because it was vapourising and wouldn’t pump in the extreme heat.

  6. Joan Savage says:

    yeow. Too hot to pump gas — that should get some attention.

    Hot air’s lower density can also ground airplanes, particularly those attempting take-off at higher altitude airports where the air is less dense to begin with.

  7. prokaryotes says:


    The UN’s climate science panel bemoaned Wednesday a fresh leak of data from a landmark report on global warming that it will start releasing this year.

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  8. prokaryotes says:

    About That Overpopulation Problem
    Research suggests we may actually face a declining world population in the coming years.

  9. Paul Magnus says:

    Climate Portals

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  10. Joan Savage says:

    Cuomo: Stormproof power systems post-Sandy

    He’s setting up commissions. I’m worried they might negotiate with each other and fall short on facing the non-negotiable features of sea level rise and superstorms.