Arctic Drilling Granted, plus international protests

The government of Greenland said Friday it has awarded oil and gas exploration licenses for the Baffin Bay area of the country to seven international energy companies amid what it described as fierce competition for access to the frontier province.
Exploration licenses were awarded to ConocoPhillips (COP), Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSB.LN), Statoil ASA (STO), GDF SUEZ SA (GSZ.FR), Cairn Energy PLC (CNE.LN), the oil production unit of shipping giant AP Moller Maersk AS (AMKBF, MAERSK-B.KO), Denmark’s DONG Energy and Greenland’s state oil company NUNAOIL. Click here for more.

As part of a lead-up to the Sierra Student Coalition’s National Action for a Clean Energy Future, students at colleges and universities across Oregon organized to educate their peers about the need for a transition to clean energy, and let the EPA know we need the agency’s help. At Oregon State University, University of Oregon, Lane Community College, Pacific University, Linfield College, Reed College, and Lewis and Clark College, students sparked discussion about clean power by creating displays of paper pinwheels – aka mini wind turbines. Students set up pinwheel displays on campus lawns and in busy cafeterias, giving their peers a glimpse of what the clean energy future looks like. Now hundreds of pinwheels from across Oregon are in the mail headed for Washington, DC where they’ll be used for a national media event on December 1st. Click here for more.

In England, demonstrations have occurred against nuclear power and state repression. 30 people gathered with campaign group Shepperdine Against Nuclear Energy (Sane) at Oldbury-on-Seburn to protest the construction of Horizon Nuclear Power. The company hopes to finish construction by 2019 next to the existing reactor that is being shut down next year. Click here for more.

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