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US senators urge President Obama to approve Keystone XL pipeline

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A letter signed by 53 U.S. senators calls for action from President Obama in relation to the Keystone XL oil pipeline, urging him to give the project the green light.
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Coal exports to China could cut carbon emissions, economists say

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Two Stanford University economists claim that exporting coal to China will not be detrimental to the environment and actually will lead to a decline in the amount of carbon in the atmosphere.
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Magnablend to pay fine for chemical plant fire

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The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality will vote Jan. 30 on a fine and enforcement order for an October 2011 fire at Magnablend Inc.’s Waxahachie, Texas, chemical-blending plant.
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Dow Chemical leaves industry group amid natural gas export row

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The debate on whether the United States should provide part of its plentiful supplies of natural gas as exports to other countries has stirred the opinions of industry groups, manufacturers and traders in recent weeks.
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Low-fat donut technology awaits patent

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International production of donuts could be radically changed with the development of a method that reduces fat content by 40 percent, saturated fat content by 45 percent and calorie count by 20 percent.
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Researchers find link between PVC plastic chemical, obesity in offspring

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Scientists at the UC Irvine have discovered a link between a chemical used in PVC plastic and obesity in the offspring of mice.
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Cargill to idle Plainview, Texas, beef processing plant as cattle supply dwindles

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Cargill will idle its Planview, Texas, beef processing facility in response to dwindling cattle supply brought on by years of drought in Texas and surrounding states.
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Spectra Energy to provide natural gas for Eastman Chemical’s Kingsport facility

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Spectra Energy Corp’s East Tennessee Natural Gas (ETNG) pipeline has agreed to provide an additional 86 million cubic feet per day (Mmcf/d) of firm transportation capacity to Eastman's Kingsport, Tenn., facility.
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North America will become energy market leader by 2030, BP predicts

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According to BP, the next two decades will witness strong growth in production of gas and oil from unconventional sources, which will cause a significant change in global energy markets.
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Chevron Phillips Chemical studies NAO expansion at Cedar Bayou Plant

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Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. is studying the potential expansion of its normal alpha olefins (NAO) capacity at its Cedar Bayou Chemical Complex in Baytown, Texas.
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