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Will More US Natural Gas To Europe 'Keep Putin in Check'? Doubtful.

"Republicans say faster approval of LNG export terminals could help check the influence of other suppliers, like Russia, and allow Europe to take a tougher diplomatic stance on Ukraine. Energy analysts say that would take years."

Source: Christian Science Monitor, 03/07/2014

Report Calls for Better Backstops to Protect Grid From Cyberattacks

WASHINGTON — Despite rising anxiety over the possibility of a cyberattack on the power grid, the industry and government are not set up well to counter the threat, according to a report produced by leading energy security experts. Companies are reluctant to share information with one other, a critical step in reducing vulnerability, because they are afraid of being accused of failing to comply with cybersecurity rules, committing antitrust violations or giving away proprietary information, the report found."

Source: NY Times, 03/03/2014

Treasure Island Cleanup Exposes Navy’s Mishandling of Its Nuclear Past

"SAN FRANCISCO – Halfway across the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, an abrupt exit leads to Treasure Island, a seven-sided plain with spectacular views that inspire grandiose dreams. The Army Corps of Engineers created the island for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, encircling 400 acres of bay shoals with rock walls, draining them, filling the void with sand and soil, and naming it after the famous adventure novel. Today, the city of San Francisco has set its sights on erecting a second downtown there."

"Snowden Docs: U.S. Spied on Negotiators At 2009 Climate Summit"

"WASHINGTON -- The National Security Agency monitored the communications of other governments ahead of and during the 2009 United Nations climate negotiations in Copenhagen, Denmark, according to the latest document from whistleblower Edward Snowden."

Source: Huffington Post, 01/30/2014

"U.S. Sailors Sue Japanese Nuclear Plant Owner TEPCO"

"SAN DIEGO, California -- Seventy-one U.S. Navy sailors from the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan are filing suit against the Japanese utility Tokyo Electric Power Company, TEPCO, after they were allegedly exposed to radiation from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant when they arrived in Japan with aid."

Source: ENS, 01/06/2014

Glitter Gets Environmental Protesters Charged With Bioterrorism Hoax

"It's not uncommon for environmental protesters to face arrest, but here's an apparent first: On Friday, Oklahoma City police charged a pair of environmental activists with staging a 'terrorism hoax' after they unfurled a pair of banners covered in glitter -- a substance local cops considered evidence of a faux biochemical assault."

Source: Mother Jones, 12/23/2013

Canadian Agencies Hide Spending on Anti-Enviro Spy Firm -- Leaked Docs

"Stratfor came under fire recently after a leaked company document prepared for an oil company outlined ways to counter activist groups, such as Greenpeace, who oppose Canada’s oilsands development."

Source: Canadian Press, 12/16/2013

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