By Kate Ravilious
Simultaneous warming on Earth and Mars suggests that our planet’s recent climate changes have a natural—and not a human-induced—cause, according to one scientist’s controversial theory. Earth is currently experiencing rapid warming, which the vast majority of climate scientists says is due to humans pumping huge amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Mars, too, appears to be enjoying more mild and balmy temperatures.
By Alan Farnham
Should Saudi Arabia fear North Dakota? A member of the Saudi royal family says yes.
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, founder of Kingdom Holding and a multi-billionaire investor in News Corp, Time Warner and Citigroup, among other companies, has told Saudi Oil Minister Ali Al-Naimi that the desert kingdom is making a mistake not to worry about burgeoning U.S. oil and gas production.
In a letter published on Twitter, the prince calls rising American shale gas production “an inevitable threat.” Saudi Arabia, he warns, “is almost entirely dependent on oil, and this reality is becoming a source of concern for all.”
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By By Devin Dwyer, Richard Coolidge, and Jordyn Phelps
Environmental activists are turning up the heat on President Obama as he faces what could be the trickiest decision of his second term: whether or not to approve the controversial proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which could reach his desk this summer. The project, which would transport oil from the tar sands of Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico, promises jobs and energy. But critics say it will ravage the environment and send oil overseas.
“We put him in the White House because we thought he was the best chance of really making progress on the issue of climate,” the Sierra Club’s Courtney Hight told Power Players. “He’s strongly said that he wants to do something…and this is one of his best opportunities to actually follow through,” she said.
Hight is no ordinary environmentalist. She was one of the first foot soldiers for Obama in New Hampshire in 2007 and later led his campaign’s outreach to youth voters in swing-state Florida. In 2008, she joined the administration as a member of the president’s Council on Environmental Quality, but later quit her post disillusioned by what she saw as Obama’s weak commitment to cleaning up the earth.
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WILLISTON, North Dakota – What was once the sleepy town of Williston on the western edge of North Dakota is now wide awake, serving as the epicenter of an oil boom that is changing the landscape of this region.
“The oil industry is spending about two billion a month out here just drilling wells,” said Williston Economic Development Director Tom Rolfstad. Unemployment is virtually non-existent and promise seems to be oozing out as fast as the oil.
“The impact to the country and to the world is significant. It isn’t just our economy, we’re helping the entire country,” he said. If you get a job on the oil field, Rolfstad says you could be making a six-figure salary.
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The explosion of oil and gas production in the United States offers the nation a stronger hand to play in foreign policy, experts say.Some say we could achieve energy independence by the end of the decade, CNBC reports. And that’s all for the good.”People are looking at the U.S. differently, seeing the U.S. as much more competitive in the world,” energy analyst and author Dan Yergin tells the network.
U.S. foreign policy already has gained one benefit from the increased energy production. It helps makes our sanctions against Iran effective, experts say.
U.S. oil production, together with increased exports from Iraq and Libya, have helped keep oil prices stable, despite the 1.5 million barrels a day of Iranian exports lost through the sanctions, Carlos Pascual, the State Department’s coordinator for international energy affairs, said earlier this month at an energy conference, CNBC reports.
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