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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Protects Georgia Rockcress

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is listing the Georgia rockcress, a perennial herb, found only in Georgia and Alabama, as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  The listing becomes effective October 14, 2014, 30 days after its publication in the Federal Register.

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Carbon Tracker Report Debunks ExxonMobil's Denial of Carbon Asset Risks

The "dinosaur has no clothes": Exxon underperforms vs. S&P 500 by 8% for past five years due to overspending on risky replenishment of reserves

The Carbon Tracker Initiative (CTI) issued a report finding that ExxonMobil (XOM) - the largest U.S. energy company -- is significantly underestimating the risks to its business model from investments in higher cost, higher carbon reserves; increasing national and subnational climate regulation; competition from renewables; and demand stagnation, among other factors.

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BP Found Grossly Negligent

Deepwater Horizon Offshore Drilling Disaster“BP acted with utter disregard for human safety, wildlife, and water quality in the Gulf”

A federal judge has ruled BP was “grossly negligent” in its actions that led to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, said today:

“Today’s ruling is a monumental decision for protecting wildlife, communities and natural resources. After a thorough review of the evidence, Judge Barbier confirmed that BP acted with utter disregard for human safety, wildlife, and water quality in the Gulf.

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E15 Expanding Across the Southern U.S.

Protec Fuel to Bring Dozens of E15, E85 Stations to Metro Areas

The South will soon welcome E15 to its part of the country, along with more E85. Protec Fuel is joining forces with fuel retailers in metropolitan areas in the South and Southeast in opening 28 E15 and E85 stations. This will be the first phase of a multi-phase introduction of E15 to areas like Atlanta, Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Florida and Virginia, as well as a bolstering of E85 availability. All 28 stations will offer both these ethanol blends.

Protec Fuel is both an ethanol blends provider and ethanol blends station installer. "Because of the success of our retailers who have offered E85 in the past, our retail customers are asking us for E15," said Todd Garner, CEO of Protec Fuel. "With our proven expertise in the field, it's natural for us to help meet the demand of many retailers – large and small - who want to offer products different than their competitors. Further, this can aid in helping to meet the Renewable Fuel Standard blend wall, after market concentration of E10," Garner said.

E15 is allowed in 2001 and newer cars; this equates to more than 80 percent of all the gasoline vehicles on the road today. E15 is a blend of 15% ethanol and 85% gasoline; E85 is 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline.

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New Reports Highlight Major Potential in Offshore Wind Energy

The Energy Department announced a new report showing steady progress for the U.S. offshore wind energy industry over the past year. The report highlights 14 projects in advanced stages of development, together representing nearly 4,900 megawatts (MW) of potential offshore wind energy capacity for the United States. Further, this year’s report highlights global trends toward building offshore turbines in deeper waters using larger, more efficient turbines that increase the amount of electricity delivered to consumers.

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New USDA Conservation Partnership Program Receives Nearly 600 Initial Proposals

Secretary Vilsack: Overwhelming Interest Illustrates Eagerness Across the Country to Partner, Invest in Cleaner Land and Water

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said that USDA's new Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), which brings together businesses, tribes, communities and other non-government partners to invest in conservation efforts, has drawn an overwhelming response from partners across the nation. Nearly 5,000 organizations partnered together to submit nearly 600 pre-proposals by the July deadline.

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