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This post ran from December 13 2016 to January 3, 2017. It continues here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/01/14/the-ongoing-saga-77-news-updates-tidbits-trivia It is a continuation of: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/11/07/the-ongoing-saga-75-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/. The order is inverted with the most recent updates on top, after the introductory text and pictures.
Nuclear Power Nuclear War Everyday JFK quote
Just As Above Ground Nuclear Testing was Stopped, So Too Must Leaking of Radionuclides from the Nuclear Fuel Chain Be Stopped. Even from a statistical point of view they keep discovering that nuclear is more deadly than initially thought. Based on last year’s government funded study of nuclear workers, risk is around 15 times worse than even BEIR VII thought, maybe even higher: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/12/19/another-look-at-the-recent-low-dose-radiation-exposure-study-inworks/

Clustered DNA damage, which is impossible, or almost impossible, to properly repair, is considered a signature of ionizing radiation: “clustered DNA damage sites, which may be considered as a signature of ionising radiation, underlie the deleterious biological consequences of ionising radiation…ionising radiation creates significant levels of clustered DNA damage, including complex double-strand breaks (DSB)” See: “Biological Consequences of Radiation-induced DNA Damage: Relevance to Radiotherapy“, by M.E. Lomax et. al. Clinical Oncology 25 (2013) 578-585
The formation of clustered damage distinguishes ionising radiation-induced damage from normal endogenous damage“. https://cordis.europa.eu/pub/fp5-euratom/docs/non_dsb_lesions_projrep_en.pdf More here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/12/24/on-the-unique-dna-damage-done-by-ionizing-radiation-nuclear-materials-and-on-metting-hultgren-et-al-misleading-the-us-congress-in-this-matter/

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Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Bear Ears Monument BLM gov
Bear Ears Proposals compared with Final

Reuters News Feed Selection

UPDATE 1-Germany’s E.ON and RWE to foot nuclear waste bill in one hit -CEOs Posted:Mon, 02 Jan 2017 06:20:06 -0500
* E.ON not a takeover target -CEO (Adds E.ON CEO interview)

Indian coal mine death toll rises to 16, some still trapped
Posted:Sat, 31 Dec 2016 13:10:16 -0500
BHUBANESWAR, India, Dec 31 (Reuters) – The death toll in an Indian coal mine collapse rose to 16 on Saturday and could rise further, officials said, as some people are still feared trapped at a coalfield run by state-owned Coal India Limited. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/yUKofeWl9hc/india-mine-collapse-idUSL4N1EQ06M

UPDATE 1-Turkmenistan halts gas exports to Iran over payment row, Tehran says Posted:Sun, 01 Jan 2017 15:10:00 -0500 DUBAI, Jan 1 (Reuters) – Turkmenistan stopped gas exports to Iran on Sunday in a long-running dispute over arrears, Iran’s state gas company said, days after Tehran said the issue had been temporarily resolved.

UPDATE 2-Iran certifies 29 international companies to bid for oil, gas projects Posted:Mon, 02 Jan 2017 10:25:55 -0500 DUBAI, Jan 2 (Reuters) – Iran has named 29 companies from more than a dozen countries as being allowed to bid for oil and gas projects using the new, less restrictive Iran Petroleum Contract (IPC) model, the oil ministry news website SHANA reported on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/UTMZqVx8o-g/iran-energy-idUSL5N1ES140

Moscow seeks naval drills as Russian warships visit Manila
Posted:Tue, 03 Jan 2017 04:04:57 -0500
MANILA (Reuters) – Russia wants to hold maritime drills with the Philippines to help combat terrorism and piracy, sending two warships to Manila for the first official navy-to-navy contact, as President Rodrigo Duterte pivots to United States’ traditional rivals. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/OUYW8PWuUI8/us-philippines-russia-navy-idUSKBN14N0CG

South Korea pushes for extradition of daughter of President Park’s friend Posted:Mon, 02 Jan 2017 20:51:12 -0500 SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean authorities said on Tuesday they will proceed with steps to extradite Chung Yoo-ra, the daughter of a central figure in a South Korean political scandal that has led to a parliament vote to impeach President Park Geun-hye. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/3TvgElYTu-Y/us-southkorea-politics-idUSKBN14N00X

Migrants in U.S., Mexico fret about Trump threat to halt remittances
Posted:Mon, 02 Jan 2017 15:38:14 -0500
CLEARWATER, Fla. (Reuters) – In central Mexico’s Mezquital Valley, new pick-up trucks bounce along unpaved roads and U.S.-style houses are springing up alongside cornfields. But people are afraid that remittances from family members abroad, a primary source of funding for such purchases, may soon dry up. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/e_0BaUKbR2Y/us-usa-trump-mexico-migrants-analysis-idUSKBN14M145

Winter storm socks U.S. New England region, snaps power lines
Posted:Fri, 30 Dec 2016 19:08:23 -0500
(Reuters) – A winter storm lashed New England with heavy snow and high winds on Friday, cutting power lines as some areas were blanketed with more than 24 inches (60 cm) of snow, the U.S. National Weather Service said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/l3KjYg3Jn2U/us-usa-weather-idUSKBN14I0LP

Four killed in possible tornado as storms lash U.S. South
Posted:Tue, 03 Jan 2017 02:15:47 -0500
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – A tornado is believed to have killed four people in southeast Alabama on Monday, when winds sent a tree crashing onto a home as a heavy storm system pounded the U.S. South with rain, hail and strong winds, officials said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/Usw9DhbjbWU/us-usa-weather-idUSKBN14M15X

Four dead in Alabama building hit by severe storm: governor
Posted:Mon, 02 Jan 2017 23:57:05 -0500
(Reuters) – Four people were killed when a severe storm hit a building in Rehobeth, Alabama, state Governor Robert Bentley said in a message on Twitter on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/2AGuWcGLpcA/us-usa-weather-fatalities-idUSKBN14N09H

Senator McCain says U.S. ‘must stand up to Vladimir Putin’
Posted:Sun, 01 Jan 2017 16:03:02 -0500 TBILISI/KIEV (Reuters) – Republican Senator John McCain said on Sunday the United States could only improve its relations with Russia by taking a tough stance with President Putin, calling for stronger sanctions against Moscow. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/KiaMTMt65SU/us-ukraine-crisis-mccain-idUSKBN14L0OR

Threat of New Year attack in U.S. low but ‘undeniable’: agencies
Posted:Fri, 30 Dec 2016 17:25:26 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. defense and security agencies said they believed the threat of militant attacks inside the United States was low during this New Year’s holiday, yet some chance of an attack was “undeniable,” according to security assessments reviewed on Friday.

Winter storm socks U.S. New England region, snaps power lines
Posted:Fri, 30 Dec 2016 19:08:23 -0500
(Reuters) – A winter storm lashed New England with heavy snow and high winds on Friday, cutting power lines as some areas were blanketed with more than 24 inches (60 cm) of snow, the U.S. National Weather Service said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/nepFzJsgUOE/us-usa-weather-idUSKBN14I0LP

New York tale: a century-old subway dream becomes reality
Posted:Sun, 01 Jan 2017 03:05:30 -0500
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A New York subway ride that was a century in the making will pull out of a gleaming new station on Manhattan’s East Side on Saturday as the long-awaited Second Avenue line takes a select group of dignitaries and construction workers on its maiden run.

Protesters hang banner during NFL game to protest North Dakota pipeline Posted:Sun, 01 Jan 2017 21:07:02 -0500 (Reuters) – Two protesters dangling from a ceiling support at Minneapolis’ U.S. Bank Stadium unfurled a banner criticizing the Dakota Access Pipeline during a National Football League game on Sunday between the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears, police said.

Congo rivals race against clock to reach deal on Kabila
Posted:Fri, 30 Dec 2016 12:23:54 -0500
KINSHASA (Reuters) – Talks on a deal that would see Congo President Joseph Kabila step down next year continue to falter over the naming of an interim prime minister, one negotiator said, but he held out hope that agreement could be reached on Friday.

Israel issues severe travel warning for India, citing immediate threat of attacks
Posted:Fri, 30 Dec 2016 12:31:08 -0500
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s anti-terrorism directorate on Friday issued a travel warning for India, citing an immediate threat of attack to Western and tourist targets, particularly in the south-west of the country. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/utdTKjyuNMg/us-india-travel-israel-idUSKBN14J1LU

Britain, edging towards Trump, scolds Kerry over Israel
Posted:Fri, 30 Dec 2016 05:45:19 -0500
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain scolded U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for describing the Israeli government as the most right-wing in Israeli history, a move that aligns Prime Minister Theresa May more closely with President-elect Donald Trump. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/xtktRk–tOs/us-israel-palestinians-britain-idUSKBN14J0L0

Congo rivals race against clock to reach deal on Kabila
Posted:Fri, 30 Dec 2016 12:23:54 -0500
KINSHASA (Reuters) – Talks on a deal that would see Congo President Joseph Kabila step down next year continue to falter over the naming of an interim prime minister, one negotiator said, but he held out hope that agreement could be reached on Friday.

Four million in Damascus without mains water after springs targeted – U.N.
Posted:Thu, 29 Dec 2016 12:03:47 -0500
BEIRUT, Dec 29 (Reuters) – Four million people in Damascus have been without safe drinking water supplies for more than a week after springs outside the Syrian capital were deliberately targeted, the United Nations said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/5Tuf3H1eoYw/mideast-crisis-syria-damascus-idUSL5N1EO2HJ

Peru to bar Odebrecht from public bids with new anti-graft rules
Posted:Wed, 28 Dec 2016 19:50:03 -0500
LIMA, Dec 28 (Reuters) – Peru said on Wednesday that Odebrecht SA and other companies involved in corruption will not be able to bid on public work contracts, a week after the Brazilian builder acknowledged distributing $29 million in bribes in the Andean country. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/ADZdY9riFa0/peru-corruption-odebrecht-idUSL1N1EO00K

UPDATE 1-Indonesian mining group seeks to export low-grade nickel ore Posted:Wed, 28 Dec 2016 06:23:54 -0500 JAKARTA, Dec 28 (Reuters) – The Indonesian Association of Mineral Entrepreneurs (Apemindo) has asked the government to allow exports of low-grade nickel ore, executive director Ladjiman Damanik told reporters on Wednesday http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/i67VpX2UO7Q/indonesia-nickel-exports-idUSL4N1EN2PJ

UPDATE 2-Obama designates monuments, protects federal land in Utah, Nevada Posted:Wed, 28 Dec 2016 18:53:50 -0500 WASHINGTON, Dec 28 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday designated over 1.6 million acres of land in Utah and Nevada as national monuments, protecting two areas rich in Native American artifacts from mining, oil and gas drilling in one of his final moves to protect the environment.

UPDATE 1-Senators ask Trump EPA chief pick to disclose energy industry ties
Posted:Wed, 28 Dec 2016 17:29:24 -0500
WASHINGTON, Dec 28 (Reuters) – Democrats on the U.S. Senate’s environment panel on Wednesday asked President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency to disclose his ties to the energy industry ahead of his confirmation hearing early next year.

UPDATE 1-Rosatom says could consider equity stake in Areva
Posted:Tue, 27 Dec 2016 11:09:48 -0500
PARIS, Dec 27 (Reuters) – Russian nuclear group Rosatom would be interested in taking an equity stake in French peer Areva if the French government allows it, a top Rosatom executive said on Tuesday.

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Reuters News Feed Selection

UPDATE 1-Rosatom says could consider equity stake in Areva
Posted:Tue, 27 Dec 2016 11:09:48 -0500
PARIS, Dec 27 (Reuters) – Russian nuclear group Rosatom would be interested in taking an equity stake in French peer Areva if the French government allows it, a top Rosatom executive said on Tuesday.

Cheetah headed to extinction with just 7,100 left, wildlife experts warn
Posted:Tue, 27 Dec 2016 10:25:11 -0500
LONDON (Reuters) – The world’s fastest land animal, the cheetah, is in danger of extinction because it is running out of space, research led by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) has found.

China smog war moves to courts with range of crimes to widen
Posted:Mon, 26 Dec 2016 02:16:51 -0500
SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China’s courts will widen the range of offences that constitute “environmental crimes” to make it easier to take legal action against polluters, a senior judiciary official told a news briefing on Monday.

UPDATE 5-Toshiba flags hit of ‘billions of dollars’ on U.S. nuclear acquisition
Posted:Tue, 27 Dec 2016 07:15:25 -0500 * Follows $1.3 bln accounts scandal, $2 bln charge for nuclear biz

Putin says new gas pipeline will boost annexed Crimea’s economy
Posted:Tue, 27 Dec 2016 07:47:52 -0500
MOSCOW, Dec 27 (Reuters) – Russia on Tuesday activated a pipeline carrying Russian gas to Crimea with President Vladimir Putin hailing it as a step that would power economic growth on a peninsula Moscow annexed from Ukraine in 2014.

PM Abe to send message Japan won’t repeat war atrocities
Posted:Mon, 26 Dec 2016 07:58:30 -0500
TOKYO (Reuters) – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday he wants to send a message to the world during his visit to Pearl Harbor that Japan will never repeat the atrocities of past wars.

Uranium stocks find spotlight with Trump’s nuclear comments
Posted:Fri, 23 Dec 2016 16:56:30 -0500
NEW YORK, Dec 23 (Reuters) – Donald Trump’s call for an expansion of the United States’ nuclear capabilities has shone a spotlight on a group of uranium stocks that has been battered over the past six years but have seen some new life since his presidential election victory.

Russia to increase oil exports “slightly” in 2017 – Dep Energy Min
Posted:Mon, 26 Dec 2016 01:14:40 -0500
MOSCOW, Dec 26 (Reuters) – Russia’s oil exports would rise by almost 5 percent this year to 253.5 million tonnes, and a “slight” increase was expected next year, Deputy Energy Minister Kirill Molodtsov said on Monday. (Reporting by Olesya Astakhova; writing by Vladimir Soldatkin and Peter Hobson; Editing by Andrey Ostroukh) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/GND7miC_AKY/russia-oil-exports-idUSR4N1EE01S

Santa Claus on track to deliver gifts despite storm: U.S. military
Posted:Sat, 24 Dec 2016 16:30:24 -0500
DENVER (Reuters) – A powerful Christmas Eve snowstorm descending on much of North America will not slow Santa Claus as he delivers presents to good girls and boys, U.S. military officials who track his annual flight said on Saturday.

Carrie Fisher ‘stable’ after cardiac incident, mother says
Posted:Sun, 25 Dec 2016 16:36:46 -0500
NEW YORK/CHICAGO (Reuters) – Hollywood actress Carrie Fisher was in stable condition, her mother Debbie Reynolds said on Sunday, after the “Star Wars” star suffered a cardiac episode two days earlier on a flight from London to Los Angeles.

Japan’s 2016 births likely fell below 1 million for first time: media
Posted:Wed, 21 Dec 2016 23:07:46 -0500
TOKYO (Reuters) – The number of annual births in Japan is set to fall below 1 million this year for the first time since data became available in 1899, reflecting a fast-ageing society and the high cost of childcare, Japanese media reported on Thursday.

Trump after Berlin, Turkey attacks: ‘I’ve been proven to be right’
Posted:Wed, 21 Dec 2016 17:33:31 -0500
PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) – U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said on Wednesday that attacks this week in Berlin and Ankara proved he was correct to propose curbing Muslim immigration to the United States.

Exclusive: U.S.-supplied drones disappoint Ukraine at the front lines
Posted:Wed, 21 Dec 2016 18:28:08 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Millions of dollars’ worth of U.S.-supplied drones that Kiev had hoped would help in its war against Russian-backed separatists have proven ineffective against jamming and hacking, Ukrainian officials say.

Kremlin says almost all dialogue with U.S. is frozen: RIA
Posted:Wed, 21 Dec 2016 16:29:58 -0500
MOSCOW/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Kremlin said on Wednesday almost all communications channels between Russia and the United States have been frozen but the U.S. State Department disputed the statement.

Germany police hunt Tunisian asylum-seeker over Christmas market attack
Posted:Wed, 21 Dec 2016 16:11:45 -0500
BERLIN/DUESSELDORF (Reuters) – German police are looking for an asylum-seeker from Tunisia after finding an identity document under the driver’s seat of a truck that plowed into a Berlin Christmas market and killed 12 people, officials and security sources said on Wednesday.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016, Solstice

Stonehenge close

General News Selection

Stonehenge winter solstice celebrated by a crowd of thousands

Steve Bannon compares himself to Dick Cheney, Darth Vader and Satan
The top adviser to President-elect Donald Trump also likened his role to that of Thomas Cromwell, who purged the 16th Century English establishment on behalf of a vengeful, red-headed king
“, Friday 18 November 2016. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-steve-bannon-dick-cheney-darth-vader-satan-a7425816.html. (Thomas should not be confused with the later Oliver: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Cromwell )

Zionists embrace of Trump and Bannon is no surprise
Activism International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network on November 20, 2016


Faithless electors’ explain their last-ditch attempt to stop Donald Trump
With the body poised to confirm Donald Trump as the next US president on Monday, a handful of ‘faithless electors’ explain why they’re putting up a fight


Hamilton v. Trump: The Case That Could Save America 12/01/2016 07:30 am ET | Updated Dec 01, 2016. Robert S. McElvaine Historian, Millsaps College, JACKSON, Mississippi:

The city getting rich from fake news
By Emma Jane Kirby BBC News 5 December 2016




Reuters News Feed Selection

S.Korea’s latest nuclear reactor starts operations
Posted:Tue, 20 Dec 2016 01:41:40 -0500
SEOUL, Dec 20 (Reuters) – South Korea’s latest nuclear reactor started commercial operations on Tuesday, bringing the total number of reactors in Asia’s fourth-largest economy to 25.

French utility Engie considers full bid for Suez -report
Posted:Tue, 20 Dec 2016 02:36:46 -0500
PARIS, Dec 20 (Reuters) – French utility Engie is considering acquiring full control of Suez, in which it already has a 33 percent stake, French business radio station BFM reported, citing sources close to Engie.

Austrian far right signs deal with Putin’s party, touts Trump ties
Posted:Mon, 19 Dec 2016 10:24:29 -0500
VIENNA (Reuters) – Austria’s far-right Freedom Party (FPO) offered on Monday to act as a go-between for U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin after signing a cooperation agreement with Putin’s party.

Polish police force protesters away from parliament, put up barriers
Posted:Tue, 20 Dec 2016 02:55:00 -0500
WARSAW (Reuters) – Polish erected metal barriers around parliament early on Tuesday, forcing demonstrators away from the building where they were protesting against government plans to restrict media access to the debating chamber. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/9WHAaoJAsRs/us-poland-politics-protests-idUSKBN1490PW

Death toll in Siberian mass alcohol poisoning case rises to 52
Posted:Tue, 20 Dec 2016 03:23:46 -0500
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Siberian authorities on Tuesday revised upwards the number of Russians who have died after drinking contaminated bath oil to 52 from 41, the Irkutsk region’s health ministry told Reuters.

U.S., Iran close Turkish missions after firearm incident, Russian envoy killing
Posted:Tue, 20 Dec 2016 03:04:55 -0500
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – The United States embassy in Ankara and its consulates in Istanbul and Adana will be closed for normal operations on Tuesday after an individual approached the embassy and discharged a firearm, the embassy said.

Attacker in Zurich mosque shooting is dead: police
Posted:Tue, 20 Dec 2016 03:38:20 -0500
ZURICH (Reuters) – A man who shot three people at a Zurich mosque on Monday is dead, police said on Tuesday, confirming that a body found near the scene was that of the assailant.

Turkish police detain six after Russian ambassador shot dead
Posted:Tue, 20 Dec 2016 02:16:46 -0500
ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish police have detained six people over the killing of the Russian ambassador, state media said, who was shot in the back as he gave a speech in Ankara on Monday by an off-duty police officer shouting “Don’t forget Aleppo” and “Allahu Akbar”.

Berlin police assume truck was deliberately driven into Christmas market
Posted:Tue, 20 Dec 2016 03:28:23 -0500
BERLIN (Reuters) – Berlin police said on Tuesday that investigators assume the driver of a truck that plowed into a crowd at a Berlin Christmas market, killing 12 people and injuring 48 others, did so intentionally in a suspected terrorist attack.

Congo forces kill 8 in mining hub during anti-govt protests, NGO says
Posted:Wed, 21 Dec 2016 09:32:30 -0500
KINSHASA, Dec 21 (Reuters) – Congolese security forces killed eight civilians and wounded 35 others in the southeastern mining hub of Lubumbashi on Tuesday and Wednesday during protests against President Joseph Kabila, a local NGO said.

U.S. Interior Department finalizes rule to protect waterways from coal mining
Posted:Mon, 19 Dec 2016 10:42:54 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Interior Department on Monday finalized a contentious rule to protect streams and forests from the impact of coal mining, one of the Obama administration’s last major environmental regulations that the incoming Trump administration is likely to target.

Plantations seen behind more than half Malaysian Borneo deforestation
Posted:Tue, 20 Dec 2016 03:11:11 -0500
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Palm oil and pulp wood companies are responsible for more than half of the rapid deforestation in the Malaysian part of Borneo island, an environmental scientist said in an interview.

Water conservation push could put California utilities in a tough spot: Fitch
Posted:Mon, 19 Dec 2016 20:31:06 -0500
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – New rules floated by California water regulators would force utilities to sell less water at a time when it is becoming more difficult for them to raise customer rates, credit ratings agency Fitch said on Monday.

Obama prepares to block drilling in Arctic, Atlantic: Bloomberg
Posted:Mon, 19 Dec 2016 19:23:01 -0500
(Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama is preparing to block the sale of new offshore drilling rights in much of the U.S. Arctic and parts of the Atlantic, Bloomberg reported, citing two people familiar with the decision. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/hWYGrAbV6Po/us-usa-obama-drilling-idUSKBN14900S

Bosch expected to settle U.S. Volkswagen diesel claims for $300 million: source
Posted:Mon, 19 Dec 2016 11:31:54 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – German auto supplier Robert Bosch GmbH [ROBG.UL] is expected to settle a lawsuit filed by U.S. owners related to the Volkswagen pollution scandal for more than $300 million, a source briefed on the matter said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/2-sxQUY8i-Q/us-volkswagen-emissions-bosch-idUSKBN1481L8

Earthquake along Ecuador’s coast kills two, halts refinery
Posted:Mon, 19 Dec 2016 21:44:38 -0500
QUITO (Reuters) – A 5.8-magnitude earthquake shook Ecuador’s Pacific coast early on Monday, killing at least two people, injuring 15 others and halting production at the Esmeraldas oil refinery, officials said.

Truck plows into crowd at Berlin Christmas market, nine dead
Posted:Mon, 19 Dec 2016 15:30:06 -0500
BERLIN (Reuters) – A truck plowed into a crowded Christmas market in the German capital Berlin on Monday evening, killing nine people and injuring up to 50 others, police said.

Russian ambassador shot dead in Ankara gallery
Posted:Mon, 19 Dec 2016 15:22:24 -0500
ANKARA (Reuters) – The Russian ambassador to Turkey was shot in the back and killed as he gave a speech at an Ankara art gallery on Monday by an off-duty police officer who shouted “Don’t forget Aleppo” and “Allahu Akbar” as he opened fire. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/ZGszlnqcgo8/us-turkey-russia-diplomacy-idUSKBN1481RE

Russian ambassador gunned down in Ankara, seriously wounded: media
Posted:Mon, 19 Dec 2016 11:41:06 -0500
ANKARA (Reuters) – The Russian ambassador to Ankara was seriously wounded in a gun attack at a art gallery in the Turkish capital on Monday and was taken to hospital, NTV and other broadcasters reported.

IMF’s Lagarde guilty, but not punished, in French negligence trial
Posted:Mon, 19 Dec 2016 11:23:43 -0500
PARIS (Reuters) – French judges convicted IMF chief Christine Lagarde on Monday of negligence for a state payout made while France’s finance minister in 2008, but imposed no punishment, citing her preoccupation at the time with the global financial crisis.

Saudi Aramco, GE to launch Saudi Arabia’s first wind turbine next month
Posted:Sun, 18 Dec 2016 12:08:44 -0500
KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia, Dec 18 (Reuters) – Saudi Aramco plans to commission its wind turbine pilot project, the first in the kingdom, next month, the state oil company said on Sunday, part of nationwide plans to diversify energy supplies and to meet an increase in demand.

Highways shut, flights grounded as smog blankets China’s Tianjin
Posted:Sun, 18 Dec 2016 06:26:13 -0500
BEIJING, Dec 18 (Reuters) – Authorities in Tianjin grounded three dozen flights and closed most highways on Sunday after severe smog blanketed the city, one of more than more than 40 in China’s northeast to issue pollution warnings in the past 48 hours. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/8nYOBJqP6e0/china-pollution-tianjin-idUSL4N1ED09V

INSIGHT-Heralding social, financial change, China aims blow at iron rice bowl
Posted:Sat, 17 Dec 2016 20:00:20 -0500
* China orders state firms to break from providing social welfare

Engie Energia Chile secures financing for key power project
Posted:Fri, 16 Dec 2016 17:37:11 -0500
SANTIAGO, Dec 16 (Reuters) – Engie Energia Chile said in a note to regulators on Friday that it had secured financing to build an energy transmission line between the nation’s two power grids, shaking up the way consumers receive power in the South American nation. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/1tT5y1pLfYM/engie-energia-cl-financing-idUSL1N1EB1OH

Polish regulator approves PGNiG gas price hike for Q1 2017
Posted:Fri, 16 Dec 2016 12:16:36 -0500
WARSAW, Dec 16 (Reuters) – Poland’s biggest gas firm PGNiG will increase the price of high-methane gas it sells by 12.2 percent and the price of nitrogen-rich gas by 13.4 percent from the start of next year, the company said, citing an approval from energy regulator URE. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/aDGNVBkN7m8/pgnig-gas-prices-idUSFWN1EB0V0

Ethiopia completes 1.5 billion euro power plant, seen doubling power output
Posted:Fri, 16 Dec 2016 12:12:12 -0500
ADDIS ABABA, Dec 16 (Reuters) – Ethiopia inaugurated on Friday a 1.5-billion-euro ($1.57 billion) hydropower plant along the Omo River in the country’s south that will nearly double total electricity output to 4,238 megawatts (MW).

Suez targets 10 percent revenue growth from Indian water supply
Posted:Fri, 16 Dec 2016 11:43:23 -0500
PARIS, Dec 16 (Reuters) – France’s Suez sees potential for 10 percent revenue growth in India, where it already supplies water for 44 million people, a senior executive said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/HVlGhK6Ngdo/suez-india-idUSL5N1EB4WV

Thai PM reshuffles cabinet for the fourth time since coup
Posted:Fri, 16 Dec 2016 09:57:34 -0500
BANGKOK, Dec 16 (Reuters) – Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has reshuffled his cabinet, a statement published in the Royal Gazette said on Friday, the fourth change in his administration since he took power in 2014. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/mdNBeknZLqs/thailand-politics-idUSL4N1EB484

Poland may expand consortium bidding for EDF’s Polish assets – minister
Posted:Fri, 16 Dec 2016 09:20:40 -0500
WARSAW, Dec 16 (Reuters) – Poland could expand a consortium of Polish companies bidding for French utility EDF’s power assets in the country, Polish Energy Minister Krzysztof Tchorzewski said on Friday.

UPDATE 1-Wage deal reached at Chile Codelco’s Chuquicamata mine
Posted:Fri, 16 Dec 2016 18:03:52 -0500
SANTIAGO, Dec 16 (Reuters) – Workers at Chilean state-owned Codelco’s massive Chuquicamata copper mine accepted on Friday an early wage deal, putting to rest what some industry insiders had feared could be prolonged, tense talks and even the threat of a strike.

Koch escalates tax reform battle with report on gasoline prices
Posted:Fri, 16 Dec 2016 18:18:39 -0500
WASHINGTON, Dec 16 (Reuters) – A Koch Industries-funded report warned on Friday U.S. gasoline prices would rise if Congress passed a Republican proposal to adjust U.S. corporate tax rates to favor exports over imports, escalating a lobbying battle over the measure.

Japan’s Idemitsu to acquire stakes in Showa Shell by year-end -Nikkei
Posted:Fri, 16 Dec 2016 20:32:21 -0500
TOKYO, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Japanese refiner Idemitsu Kosan Co will acquire 33.24 percent of Showa Shell by the end of the year, with the anti-monopoly watchdog expected to approve their merger proposal next week, the Nikkei business daily said on Saturday.

U.S. to disclose estimate of number of Americans under surveillance
Posted:Fri, 16 Dec 2016 21:49:30 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. intelligence community will soon disclose an estimate of the number of Americans whose electronic communications have been caught in the crosshairs of online surveillance programs intended for foreigners, U.S. lawmakers said in a letter seen by Reuters on Friday.

Nissan, Renault, Mitsubishi to share electric car platform -Nikkei
Posted:Sat, 17 Dec 2016 17:54:31 -0500
TOKYO, Dec 18 (Reuters) – Nissan Motor Co, Renault SA and Mitsubishi Motors Corp will combine their electric vehicle platforms in an effort to slash prices down to levels comparable to conventional gasoline cars, the Nikkei newspaper said.

COLUMN-Gold outlook is hostage to uncertain Trump and India: Russell
Posted:Sun, 18 Dec 2016 23:54:18 -0500
LAUNCESTON, Australia, Dec 19 (Reuters) – It was supposed to be a good year for gold, given all the uncertainty and surprises over the U.S. presidential election, the British vote to leave the European Union and general concern about the health of the global economy.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Trump named Dow Chemical CEO to head manufacturing council. One thing to ask about the Trump appointees who are leaving well-paying jobs-careers: What’s in it for them? Dow chemical is a very nasty company:
The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), commonly referred to as Dow, is an American multinational chemical corporation headquartered in Midland, Michigan. Dow provides chemical, plastic, and agricultural products and services to consumer markets that include food, transportation, health and medicine, personal care and construction, and operates in approximately 180 countries.[2][3][4]. As of 2014, Dow ranked third in chemical production (after BASF and Sinopec), and as of 2015, was the third largest chemical company in the world by revenue (after Sinopec and BASF).[5][6] … From 1951 to 1975, Dow managed the Rocky Flats Plant near Denver, Colorado. Rocky Flats was a nuclear weapons production facility that produced plutonium triggers for hydrogen bombsThere were several instances of radioactive waste leakage and contamination propagated from fires during Dow’s management of the facility.[55] In 1957 a fire burned plutonium dust in the facility and sent radioactive particles into the atmosphere.[56]. The Department of Energy transferred management of the facility to Rockwell International in 1975. In 1990, nearby residents filed a class action lawsuit against Dow and Rockwell for environmental contamination of the area; the case was litigated in federal court. In 2008, a federal judge ordered Dow and Rockwell to pay a combined $925 million in damages to the plaintiffs.[57] However, in September 2010, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit reversed the decision.[58]… The United States military dropped napalm bombs on North Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Dow was one of several manufacturers who began producing the napalm B compound under government contract from 1965 at its Torrance, California plant.[60] After experiencing protests and negative publicity, the other suppliers discontinued manufacturing the product, leaving Dow as the sole providerA major manufacturer of silicone breast implants, Dow Corning (a joint venture between Dow and Corning Inc.) was sued for personal damages caused by ruptured implantsAccording to the EPA, Dow has some responsibility for 96 of the United States’ Superfund toxic waste sites, placing it in 10th place by number of sites. One of these, a former UCC uranium and vanadium processing facility near Uravan, Colorado, is listed as the sole responsibility of Dow.[155-156 ….” [Dow Board Member tied to the Nuclear Industry]. “* Ruth G. Shaw – former Group Executive for Public Policy and President, Duke Nuclear; former President and CEO, Duke Energy Corp.[163]” CC-BY: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dow_Chemical_Company (Emphasis added).
Dow Chemical produces products for the nuclear industry
For instance, Dow Chemical resins are used in the (INCOMPLETE) filtration of radioactive materials at nuclear power stations. The resins become nuclear waste. They also sold plastic piping to Callaway Nuclear, which, for the above ground parts is dangerous in the event of fire. Joining metal and plastic piping is also problematic: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/bimodal-polyethylene-resin-chosen-for-first-safety-related-use-at-nuclear-power-plant-61952582.html

Our last post is relevant to several of the news titles (the three listed on top): https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/12/12/russias-nuclear-shakedown-of-bulgaria-and-its-nuclear-shakedown-colleagues-rwe-areva-toshiba-westinghouse/

Trump’s pick for Secretary of State is an oil executive (Exxon)!
What’s in it for him? More oil related foreign policy, including domestic exports, no doubt.

Shame on Trump for not appointing the many qualified and experienced unemployed! Instead he is appointing people who don’t need jobs and who are part of the problem!

Instead of draining the DC swamp (cesspool), he is emptying the New York and now Texas and Michigan swamps into the already overflowing DC swamp (cesspool).

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Russia’s Rosatom settles deal with Bulgaria over cancelled nuclear project Posted:Fri, 09 Dec 2016 07:32:29 -0500 SOFIA, Dec 9 (Reuters) – Russian company Rosatom announced on Friday it has received 620 million euros ($660 million) from Bulgarian energy firm NEK in compensation over a cancelled nuclear project. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/VhKUEabW874/bulgaria-nuclear-russia-idUSL5N1E42U1

UPDATE 2-Japan nearly doubles Fukushima disaster-related cost to $188 bln Posted:Fri, 09 Dec 2016 05:56:30 -0500 * Fukushima Daiichi decommission projection quadruples to Y8 trln (Recasts with details) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/cTY8djrZu3g/tepco-fukushima-costs-idUSL4N1E417C

UPDATE 1-German nuclear firms offer to forgo claims for deal on waste – letter Posted:Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:54:35 -0500 BERLIN, Dec 9 (Reuters) – Nuclear power firms have written a letter to Germany’s parliamentarians saying they are prepared to drop some of their numerous legal claims in exchange for handing the bill for nuclear waste storage to the government. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/2FtV3-GqGjU/germany-nuclear-idUSL5N1E457I

CORRECTED-Trump names Dow Chemical CEO Liveris to head Manufacturing Council Posted:Fri, 09 Dec 2016 21:13:47 -0500 Dec 9 (Reuters) – President-elect Donald Trump said on Friday he would name Andrew Liveris, chairman and chief executive of Dow Chemical Co, to head the Manufacturing Council, a private sector group that advises the U.S. secretary of commerce. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/QJaE3MMjq-A/usa-trump-liveris-idUSL1N1E502H

UPDATE 2-Tillerson choice raises questions of corporate vs national interest Posted:Sun, 11 Dec 2016 19:58:50 -0500 WASHINGTON, Dec 11 (Reuters) – The central question facing Exxon Mobil Corp Chief Executive Rex Tillerson if he becomes U.S. secretary of state is whether a lifelong oil man with close ties to Russia can pivot from advancing corporate interests to serving the national interest.

For U.S. veterans, pipeline protest promises to galvanize activism
Posted:Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:13:36 -0500
CANNON BALL/FORT YATES, N.D. (Reuters) – U.S. veterans, thousands of whom last week helped stop a contested oil pipeline running through North Dakota, could become important partners of activists on the environment, the economy, race and other issues that divide Americans.

Rick Perry a leading candidate for U.S. energy post -source
Posted:Sun, 11 Dec 2016 14:30:38 -0500
NEW YORK, Dec 11 (Reuters) – Rick Perry, who proposed eliminating the U.S. Energy Department during his unsuccessful bid for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, has emerged as a leading candidate to head the agency under President-elect Donald Trump, a transition official said on Sunday.

UPDATE 2-Russia signs Rosneft deal with Qatar, Glencore
Posted:Sun, 11 Dec 2016 06:14:02 -0500
MOSCOW, Dec 11 (Reuters) – Russian state holding company Rosneftegaz on Saturday signed a deal with the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) and commodities trader Glencore to sell a 19.5 percent stake in state-owned oil major Rosneft, Rosneft said.

India’s landmark forest rights law hobbled by conflicting policies – report
Posted:Mon, 12 Dec 2016 19:01:01 -0500
MUMBAI, Dec 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A landmark Indian forest rights law passed 10 years ago with the aim of protecting indigenous people has been crippled by conflicting legislation, and a lack of political will and funds to ensure its implementation, according to a report.

Trump to announce Exxon chief Tillerson as secretary of state
Posted:Tue, 13 Dec 2016 00:33:51 -0500
WASHINGTON, Dec 13 (Reuters) – President-elect Donald Trump will announce Exxon-Mobil Corp’s Rex Tillerson as his choice for secretary of state on Tuesday, a senior transition official said, confident that the oil executive can get past questions about his ties to Russia.

UPDATE 2-French nuclear plant availability back to normal mid-Jan – EDF
Posted:Mon, 12 Dec 2016 14:34:49 -0500
* Power prices fall back sharply as supply worries ease (Adds detail on outages)

EU clears energy schemes in France, Denmark
Posted:Mon, 12 Dec 2016 05:45:01 -0500
BRUSSELS, Dec 12 (Reuters) – The European Commission on Monday cleared four renewable energy support schemes in France, as well as Danish support for energy intensive users, saying they were in line with European Union rules on state aid.

Uganda starts up first solar power plant in bid to tap renewables
Posted:Mon, 12 Dec 2016 09:38:56 -0500
KAMPALA, Dec 12 (Reuters) – Uganda on Monday started up its first grid-connected, 10 megawatt solar power plant as the east African country moves to tap its renewable energy resources and expand its electricity generation capacity.

Headed home: workers abandon Indian building sites after cash crackdown
Posted:Sun, 11 Dec 2016 18:01:01 -0500
GURUGRAM, India, Dec 12 (Reuters) – Hundreds of thousands of Indian construction workers have returned home since Prime Minister Narendra Modi abolished high-denomination banknotes, leaving some building sites across the country facing costly delays. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/ma30XYxs2JY/india-modi-corruption-construction-idUSL4N1E33WB

Russia signs Rosneft deal with Qatar, Glencore
Posted:Sat, 10 Dec 2016 14:33:42 -0500
MOSCOW, Dec 10 (Reuters) – Russian state holding company Rosneftegaz has signed a deal with the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) and commodities trader Glencore to sell a 19.5 percent stake in state-owned oil major Rosneft, Rosneft said on Saturday.

UPDATE 1-Tata Sons renews appeal for removal of Mistry from group companies
Posted:Sun, 11 Dec 2016 10:18:19 -0500
MUMBAI, Dec 11 (Reuters) – Tata Sons on Sunday renewed its appeal to shareholders of Tata group companies to remove Cyrus Mistry from their boards, saying that his presence as chairman “is likely to lead to fragmentation of the Tata Group”.

UPDATE 6-Ghana’s opposition leader Akufo-Addo wins presidential election
Posted:Fri, 09 Dec 2016 21:13:06 -0500
* Election result means third peaceful change of power since 2000

Ghana’s next leader under pressure to deliver for impatient voters
Posted:Sat, 10 Dec 2016 20:00:01 -0500
ACCRA, Dec 11 (Reuters) – Ghana’s President-elect Nana Akufo-Addo needs to act fast to deliver on his campaign promise to create jobs, restore rapid growth, build a dam in every village and a factory in every district if he is to satisfy an electorate eager for change.

UPDATE 1-Oil prices soar on global producer deal to cut crude output
Posted:Sun, 11 Dec 2016 19:59:43 -0500
* OPEC, non-OPEC producers agree broad production cut from 2017

Ex-Odebrecht director links Brazil’s president to illegal transfers -report
Posted:Fri, 09 Dec 2016 21:16:42 -0500
SAO PAULO, Dec 9 (Reuters) – A former director of Brazilian engineering firm Odebrecht SA told prosecutors that the company made several illegal contributions to politicians from the ruling PMDB party including President Michel Temer, according to a report aired Friday night by Globo TV.

HOLD/DG-Cows and rice paddies boost methane emissions -study
Posted:Sun, 11 Dec 2016 19:00:01 -0500
PARIS, Dec 12 (Reuters) – Global methane emissions from agriculture and other sources have surged in recent years, threatening efforts to slow climate change, an international study has found.

Kenya’s Maasai break with coming-of-age tradition to save the lion
Posted:Sun, 11 Dec 2016 12:10:11 -0500
KIMANA, Kenya (Reuters) – Under the shadow of a snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, hundreds of Maasai boys brave the morning chill to take part in a ritual that marks their coming of age.

Santa in trouble? Reindeer shrink in Arctic as climate changes
Posted:Sun, 11 Dec 2016 20:26:45 -0500
OSLO (Reuters) – Reindeer are shrinking on an Arctic island near the North Pole in a side-effect of climate change that has curbed winter food for animals often depicted as pulling Father Christmas’ sleigh, scientists said on Monday.

Trump team memo on climate change alarms Energy Department staff
Posted:Fri, 09 Dec 2016 20:56:57 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President-elect Donald Trump’s Energy Department transition team sent the agency a memo this week asking for the names of people who have worked on climate change and the professional society memberships of lab workers, alarming employees and advisors.

India’s southeast coast braces as cyclone approaches
Posted:Sun, 11 Dec 2016 08:37:40 -0500
MUMBAI (Reuters) – India’s weather office called on Sunday for fishermen to stay ashore hours before a very severe cyclone storm was due to strike the southeast coast, including Chennai, one of the most populous Indian cities.

Trump’s EPA pick may struggle to dismantle Obama’s environmental legacy
Posted:Fri, 09 Dec 2016 06:18:07 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Scott Pruitt, Donald Trump’s pick to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has fought President Barack Obama’s measures to curb climate change at every turn as attorney general of Oklahoma. Now he is hoping to take apart Obama’s environmental legacy from the inside out, a task that could prove tougher than it sounds.

CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-Ping An’s overseas investments impacted by China’s capital outflow crackdown-CFO Posted:Fri, 09 Dec 2016 23:22:38 -0500
* Ping An CFO sees investment opportunities in U.S. and Europe

Solar’s scorching demand for silver set to cool
Posted:Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:40:12 -0500
* GRAPHIC-Industrial silver demand 2016 http://reut.rs/2gYWOVv

Ex-Cantor Fitzgerald mortgage bond trader indicted in U.S. for fraud
Posted:Fri, 09 Dec 2016 20:54:15 -0500
(Reuters) – A former Cantor Fitzgerald trader has been indicted on charges that he defrauded investors by lying about the price of mortgage bond transactions he handled for them after the financial crisis, U.S. prosecutors said on Friday.

Five killed as cargo train explodes in Bulgaria
Posted:Sat, 10 Dec 2016 09:20:07 -0500
SOFIA (Reuters) – At least five people were killed and 29 injured when a cargo train derailed and exploded in the northeastern Bulgarian village of Hitrino, demolishing about 50 houses and public buildings, officials said on Saturday.

CIA says Russia intervened to help Trump win White House
Posted:Sat, 10 Dec 2016 18:27:08 +0530
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The CIA has concluded that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help President-elect Donald Trump win the White House, and not just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, a senior U.S. official said on Friday.

After impeachment of South Korean president, anti-Park rallies resume
Posted:Sat, 10 Dec 2016 19:03:29 +0530
SEOUL (Reuters) – Protestors demanding that South Korean President Park Geun-hye step down marched on Saturday for a seventh straight weekend, a day after parliament voted overwhelmingly to impeach her and put the fate of her presidency in the hands of a nine-judge court.

UPDATE 2-Flagship Ukraine privatisation flops as plant attracts no bids
Posted:Wed, 07 Dec 2016 10:33:12 -0500
* Western backers question authorities’ commitment to reform (Adds EBRD and analyst comment)

RPT-COLUMN-China’s commodity trading crackdown has long-term consequences: Russell
Posted:Wed, 07 Dec 2016 07:00:01 -0500
LAUNCESTON, Australia, Dec 7 (Reuters) – Is there a longer-term cost to be paid by China for its ongoing efforts to curb what the authorities in Beijing see as unjustified price spikes in commodity prices on the country’s futures exchanges?

UPDATE 2-Ghana votes as president Mahama seeks a final term
Posted:Wed, 07 Dec 2016 09:34:30 -0500
* Govt says voters should stick with it despite tough economy (Updates with quotes, context)

French regulator cites Brexit uncertainty for delay to second power link with UK
Posted:Wed, 07 Dec 2016 07:03:23 -0500
PARIS, Dec 7 (Reuters) – French energy markets regulator CRE is withholding approval for a planned second power link between France and Britain to assess the impact of Brexit on the project, it said on Wednesday.

Eurostar, Thalys rail links with Paris halted by equipment failure
Posted:Wed, 07 Dec 2016 09:05:11 -0500
PARIS, Dec 7 (Reuters) – An equipment failure halted all rail traffic on Wednesday at the Gare du Nord station in Paris, including the international Eurostar and Thalys train links, a spokesman at the SNCF state rail company said.

Engie in “contraction phase” of its transformation plan – CEO
Posted:Wed, 07 Dec 2016 10:24:50 -0500
PARIS, Dec 7 (Reuters) – French utility Engie is in the contraction phase of its three-year transformation plan when investments in new assets have not yet replaced earnings from assets sold, its chief executive said on Wednesday.

UPDATE 2-SunPower to cut 25 pct jobs, close plant in cost-cutting effort
Posted:Wed, 07 Dec 2016 10:03:40 -0500
Dec 7(Reuters) – SunPower Corp, the No. 2 U.S. solar panel maker, said on Wednesday it would lay off about 25 percent of its workforce, or 2,500 employees, and close one plant as part of a cost-cutting plan announced last month to counter slumping prices.

UPDATE 1-UK industrial output sinks as weak sterling no boon for factories
Posted:Wed, 07 Dec 2016 09:05:16 -0500
* Factory output dip disappoints, likely drag on Q4 growth (Adds economist and market reaction, house price data). http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/DzvuYZo7xG4/britain-economy-industrialproduction-idUSL5N1E22YH

Energy Transfer keeps up legal pressure after pipeline defeat
Posted:Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:37:06 -0500
WASHINGTON/CANNON BALL, N.D. (Reuters) – The company building the Dakota Access Pipeline turned to a federal judge late on Monday for a permit to finish the job after the federal government ruled against the controversial pipeline.

South Korea to slap VW with record fine, pursue executives over emissions ads
Posted:Tue, 06 Dec 2016 23:20:43 -0500
SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea said it will file criminal complaints against five former and current executives at Volkswagen AG’s South Korean unit and fine the company a record 37.3 billion won ($31.87 million) for false advertising on vehicle emissions.

Google meets renewable energy goal for global operations
Posted:Tue, 06 Dec 2016 09:03:30 -0500
(Reuters) – Alphabet’s Google is on track to purchase enough renewable energy to cover all its global electricity consumption next year, the company said on Tuesday.

Pentagon buried study that found $125 billion in wasteful spending: Washington Post
Posted:Mon, 05 Dec 2016 21:50:04 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Defense Department study that proposed cutting $125 billion in administrative waste from the Pentagon budget was buried amid concerns the findings would give Congress an excuse to further slash defense spending, the Washington Post reported on Monday.

Suspect in Washington pizzeria shooting wanted to save kids: police
Posted:Mon, 05 Dec 2016 18:16:11 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A man charged with firing an assault rifle in a packed Washington pizzeria on Sunday told police he had read online that children were being held as sex slaves there and he wanted to rescue them, police said on Monday.