IN THIS EDITION
- EU moves toward oil embargo of Iran (starts at :03)
- EU joins US in plan to cut off funding for Iran’s nuclear program (starts at :12)
- Iran says it’s ready for nuclear talks (starts at :28)
- Appeals court orders delay on federal coal pollution limits (starts at :51)
- Appeals court in Ecuador upholds 18-billion dollar ruling against Chevron (starts at 1:18)
- GM recalls Chevrolet Volt to fix fire risk (starts at 1:41)
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Ronni Radbill: For the Public Radio Energy Project this is Ronni Radbill.
1. (:03) The European Union is moving toward an oil embargo against Iran. Its 27 member nations are expected to make a decision this month.’
2. (:12) The move would be carried out in stages to avoid disruptions to global oil supplies. The EU and the US, which imposed sanctions against Iran’s central bank last month, want to cut off funding for Iran’s nuclear program which they say is being used to build weapons.
3. (:28) Meanwhile, Iran reportedly says it’s ready to restart nuclear talks with six world powers. This, after Tehran produced its first nuclear fuel rod this week, further escalating tension with the West. Iran maintains its atomic program is for peaceful purposes only… and that it’s been forced to make its own rods, since sanctions prohibit the country from buying them on foreign markets.
4. (:51) A US federal appeals court issued a last-minute order to delay the January first start on strict federal pollution limits for the nation’s coal-fired plants. The Environmental Protection Agency finalized new rules last summer to limit mercury and other harmful emissions in 27 states. Texas challenged the rule. Utilities nationwide said the start date for implementing changes was too soon and too costly… and would force many plants to shut down.
5. (1:18) An appeals court in Ecuador this week upheld an 18-billion dollar ruling against Chevron… for oil pollution in the Amazon jungle more than 20 years ago. Last year, the US oil giant was ordered to pay 8.6-billion in damages. That fine more than doubled after Chevron apparently failed to make a public apology, required in the initial ruling. Chevron denounced the decision.
6. (1:41) General Motors is recalling its Chevrolet Volt to fix a fire risk that could happen after a severe collision. GM is making the changes after federal crash tests found that a coolant leak ignited battery fires in three of its vehicles. The company says Volt owners can bring their cars to a dealership for modifications. The recall effects about 8-thousand cars sold in the US.
I’m Ronni Radbill … more energy news at ThePublicRadioEnergyProject.org.