The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit this week threw out the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR), which set stricter limits on sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions from coal-burning power plants in 28 states and the District of Columbia.
Despite what you may hear from the right, the Obama administration's record on energy is extraordinary. United States oil production is at an eight-year high, natural gas production is at an all-time high, and renewable energy production is up 27 percent.
When the gas companies are done blasting and pumping and contaminating, after they've put the gas on the open market and sold it and the workers head home, who do you think they'll hand the bill to for the clean up of that mess? Gas companies will make huge profits. And what will you get?
The scientific analysis that is supposed to provide our Governor the facts and information he needs to make a crucial decision was crafted with the guidance of the gas industry, not of the state's scientists.
Are you confused by the debate over fracking? I'm not surprised. The public debate is complex, angry, boisterous, a mix of science intertwined with politics, and complicated by a lack of information (or even intentional disinformation) on all sides.
It is understandable that people have questions about how energy is produced and how risks are managed. But those who have intentionally inspired fear should be called upon to either participate in a more honest and factual dialogue or admit that they just don't want one.
The Great Fracking Race will only bring more natural gas to market which will be piped to U.S. coasts and sold overseas. This will make some small cadre of gas executives and their investors very rich, while possibly leaving behind incalculable amounts of environmental damage.
Last week, the lobby group the American Petroleum Institute held a red carpet film screening in Washington. Such fancy film events are held regularly in D.C., but few come with as sexy a title as the "hydraulic fracturing event of the summer."
To stay in business, insurance companies' collective policy premiums must exceed the collective expense of liabilities. This means they won't protect people and the environment when there isn't money to be made, so we rely on government.
Perhaps when thinking about living green, Mr. Moore could have also explained to his children that there are more than a billion people on the planet with no electricity. They are in places like Africa where there is no grid.
Some scientists are connecting events such as the record heat and Colorado wildfires -- suggesting warming is a real threat. The proof, according to scientists such as Princeton University Professor Michael Oppenheimer, is right outside.