The Obama administration now has an opportunity to reposition the Energy Department as a force for national energy independence, an economic force for national security, and as a monitor and sponsor of rational energy pricing thereby husbanding a mighty engine of economic growth.
Known for its objective and scientifically rigorous research, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has been pulled into the battle between environmentalists and the oil and gas industry. One skirmish in the larger battle involves the radioactive gas radon in natural gas.
Tax policies that encourage carbon emissions range from subsidies for oil companies to mortgage interest deductions for energy-wasting McMansions, but neither Romney nor Obama has addressed it head-on.
Whatever you end up choosing for your heater, try to cut waste: Proper insulation, caulking, and duct sealing can work wonders. Turn the thermostat down to 55 or 60 degrees when you're away or sleeping,
Along with the promise of economic benefits and a healthier planet comes the worry that the exponential growth in the industry is spawning troubling health risks in communities near fracking operations.
Once a bee gets into the New York Times' bonnet it has a tendency to make a lot of noise and wont fly easily away. For reasons unbeknownst to mere mortals the New York Times has an obsession with its reportage on the natural gas industry that slips to the edge of buffoonery.
One of the biggest challenges is simply finding out what natural gas companies are pumping into the air and water. Fracking is exempt from many federal requirements to monitor air and water pollution, and gas companies don't do much voluntary reporting.
The coal industry suffers not because of a political agenda or "war" against it, but because of marketplace competition from energy sources like natural gas and warmer winters, and because it dumps on the communities in which they operate.
The oil and gas industry has propagated a vision that fracking unleashes vast amounts of gas which then flows relatively steadily for decades. But a growing mountain of evidence suggests that nothing could be further from the truth.
Last month, the US Energy Information Administration reported that for the first three months of 2012, CO2 emissions from energy sources fell to about 1992 levels. Another boost for natural gas? Certainly EIA's press release spins it that way.