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Colombia Halts Hydrocarbon Exploration in World Heritage Area
BOGOTA, Colombia, March 5, 2012 (ENS) – Colombia’s Council of State has ordered a halt to exploration for oil and gas in the country’s Quindío region, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Coffee Cultural Landscape. The region produces some of the world’s highest quality coffee. Issued last week, the government decree requires …

North American scientists call for end to tar sands mining

June 10, 2015, www.theguardian.com | “More than 100 leading US and Canadian scientists called for a halt on future mining of the tar sands, saying extraction of the carbon-heavy fuel was incompatible with fighting climate change.  In a letter published on Wednesday, the researchers said tar sands crude should be relegated to a fuel of last resort, because it causes so much more carbon pollution than conventional oil.”

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More than 100 US and Canadian scientists publish letter saying tar sands crude should be relegated to fuel of last resort, because it causes so much pollution
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IKEA Pledges $1.13 Billion to Help Slow Climate Change

June 4, 2015, www.nbcnews.com | “IKEA, the world’s biggest furniture retailer, pledged on Thursday to spend 1 billion euros ($1.13 billion) on renewable energy and ways to help poor nations cope with climate change, in a new sign of companies upstaging governments on the issue.  The investments will be ‘win, win, win. It’s good for customers, good for the climate and good for IKEA too’, Chief Executive Peter Agnefjall told Reuters in an interview.”

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The world’s biggest furniture retailer pledged to spend 1 billion euros on renewable energy and ways to help poor nations cope with climate change.
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Maryland bans fracking

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June 1, 2015, thehill.com | “Maryland’s ban on hydraulic fracturing became law after Gov. Larry Hogan (R) decided not to veto it.  The bill bans fracking for two and a half years, and requires the state to write standards to regulate the practice for when the ban lifts.”

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MARYLAND BANS FRACKING
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Maryland bans fracking

June 1, 2015, thehill.com | “Maryland’s ban on hydraulic fracturing became law after Gov. Larry Hogan (R) decided not to veto it.  The bill bans fracking for two and a half years, and requires the state to write standards to regulate the practice for when the ban lifts.  Maryland is the second state in recent months to ban fracking. New York recently filed the final paperwork to ban fracking, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) pledged last year.”

Maryland’s ban on hydraulic fracturing became law after Gov. Larry Hogan (R) decided not to veto it.
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Fracking Ban In Maryland Will Go Into Law After Republican Governor Refuses To Veto

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan.May 29, 2015, thinkprogress.org | “At the end of the day on Friday, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan will become the first-ever Republican governor to allow a statewide moratorium on fracking.  A two-year ban on the natural gas extraction technique passed overwhelmingly in both houses of the state General Assembly earlier this year, and last weekend, Hogan announced that that he would not veto the bill. However, Hogan also said he wouldn’t sign the bill, instead simply allowing it to automatically become law under time restrictions for signing or vetoing. That time restriction expires at the end of the day on Friday.”

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan will be the first-ever Republican governor to allow a statewide moratorium on fracking.
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Northwest tribes are a growing obstacle to energy development

May 28, 2015, www.hcn.org | “On May 13, a tribe in Northern British Columbia turned down a Malaysian energy company’s offer of nearly $260,000 (CAN $319,000) for each member as compensation for building a natural gas export terminal on ancestral lands. The Lax Kw’alaam First Nation said no to the $1.15 billion package after the community unanimously voted against the terminal last week over the risk to local salmon habitat.”

Lax Kw’alaam First Nation said no to the $1.15 billion package after the community unanimously voted against the terminal last week over the risk to local salmon habitat.
B.C. tribal members turned down $260K each in order to stop a gas terminal.
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Seismic testing off Clyde River cancelled for 2015

May 27, 2015, www.cbc.ca | “An energy consortium of three companies has cancelled its plans to conduct seismic testing off of Baffin Island this summer.  The hamlet of Clyde River, Nunavut has been fighting to get a court injunction to stop the seismic testing. Clyde River’s mayor Jerry Natanine says he’s surprised by the companies’ decision to postpone the project.”

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Clyde River, Nunavut, is declaring victory after an energy company cancelled this summer’s plans for offshore seismic testing.
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Hundreds rally against proposed LNG

May 26, 2015, www.statesmanjournal.com | “Hundreds of Oregonians gather on the steps of the Oregon State Capitol on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, to rally against a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal and pipeline in Oregon.”

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Hundreds of Oregonians gather on the steps of the Oregon State Capitol on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, to rally against a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal and pipeline in Oregon.
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Oil And Gas Giant BP Cuts Ties With Conservative Group ALEC

March 24, 2015, thinkprogress.org | “BP did not point to any particular issues behind its defection. In recent years ALEC, whose members include Republican politicians as well as businesses, has been behind ‘model legislation’ to limit renewable energy in states. The group has also condemned the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan, and fought against the Affordable Care Act.”

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It is not sure whether BP broke ties because of ALEC’s views on denial of global warming or not, but it is becoming increasinly unpopular to back companies that are climate change deniers.
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Judge Says No to Fracking

May 25, 2015, www.nationofchange.org | “A judge in North Carolina has blocked the start of fracking in that state over a challenge to the membership of the commission charged with issuing the permits.”

North Carolina is a gas-rich state so stopping fracking is going to be an enormous challenge.
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