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Fracking: Has the USGS Been Co-opted by the Oil and Gas Industry?

Marvin Resnikoff | Posted 01.07.2013 | Green
Marvin Resnikoff

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.

Tom Zeller Jr.

Fossil Fuel, Free Market Proponents Brace For Second Obama Term

HuffingtonPost.com | Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 11.08.2012 | Green

As it relates to energy and the environment, the 2012 presidential fight was, by almost any measure, historically expensive and deeply bitter, pitting...

De-Carbonize Our Taxes

William S. Becker | Posted 01.06.2013 | Green
William S. Becker

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.

Climate Change This Week: Burning Farts, Improved Cloud Forecast and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Hurricane Sandy, 2012 Climate Change Poster Child, was likely influenced by continuing climate change in 3 ways.

The Biggest Threat to the Economy? Climate Change

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Green
Elliott Negin

The biggest long-term threat to the U.S. economy isn't government over-regulation, high taxes, the deficit or even China--the issues candidates routinely cite. It's climate change.

Bloomberg's Obama Endorsement Brings Candidate's Energy Policy Back in Focus

Richard Schiffman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Richard Schiffman

While Romney is clearly the first choice of America's fossil fuel industry, Big Oil and Gas have thrived under Obama too, even if he has not given them a totally free reign. 

Ask Mr. Green: What's the Best Type of Furnace?

Sierra | Posted 12.24.2012 | Green
Sierra

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,

Fracking: Abundant Energy, But at What Cost?

Lynn R. Goldman | Posted 12.24.2012 | College
Lynn R. Goldman

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.

Political Energy: We All Lose

Robert L. Bradley, Jr. | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Robert L. Bradley, Jr.

Just about everyone talks about energy efficiency. Well, energy-versus-energy dueling in Washington, D.C. is energy inefficiency on stilts. How about some political conservation instead?

The New York Times' Natural Gas Mania

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 12.22.2012 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

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.

Will Obama and Romney Address Climate Change in Florida Debate?

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Elliott Negin

The upcoming debate is supposed to focus on foreign affairs, but global warming, as the term plainly states, is indeed a global problem.

Lynne Peeples

Fracking Pollution Sickens Families, Environmental Study Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 10.18.2012 | Green

The McIntyres of Butler County, Pa., no longer drink the water piped into their home. They no longer brush their teeth with it, shower or do laundry w...

Green Energy Jobs Still Dwarfed By Dirty Fuel Industry

Posted 12.15.2012 | Politics

With gas prices spiking, energy policy is a big election-year talking point. It might surprise you that renewable energy alternatives generate interes...

More Research Needed to Understand Health Risks of Fracking

Frances Beinecke | Posted 12.05.2012 | Green
Frances Beinecke

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.

A New Weapon in the Fight against Fracking

Maria Rodale | Posted 12.04.2012 | Green
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger, Maya K. van Rossum, the Delaware Riverkeeper Reading about the ravages of gas drilling, or fracking, often leaves people feeling...

Fracking Operations Run Roughshod over Pennsylvania Homeowners

Frances Beinecke | Posted 11.26.2012 | Green
Frances Beinecke

Lawmakers may sit in Harrisburg or Washington and say there is no need for environmental standards, but people living next door to leaking wastewater pits and polluting wells know better.

Anti-Fracking Lawsuit Dismissed

Reuters | Posted 11.24.2012 | New York

By Jessica Dye NEW YORK, Sept 24 (Reuters) - A federal judge in Brooklyn dismissed a lawsuit on Monday brought by New York state and ...

A Toxic Gift From Departing Congress

Trip Van Noppen | Posted 11.21.2012 | DC
Trip Van Noppen

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.

Deepening Doubts About Fracked Shale Gas Wells' Long Term Prospects

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 11.20.2012 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

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.

CO2 Emissions Data Doesn't Tell the Whole Story

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 11.17.2012 | Green
Carol Pierson Holding

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.

Obama's Energy Plan by the Numbers

Bill Chameides | Posted 11.06.2012 | Green
Bill Chameides

What does the Obama administration plan for our energy future? To find out, we'll let the words tell the story.

Cuomo, at DNC, Can't Escape Calls From New Yorkers to Bar Hazardous Gas Fracking

David Halperin | Posted 11.06.2012 | New York
David Halperin

Cuomo announced in July a new initiative to reform campaign finance and reduce the role of money in politics in his state. He will serve his citizens, and his future, best if he applies that principle to the fracking decision.

The Climate Post: Hurricane Isaac Disrupts Energy Production, Stirs Old Wounds

Tim Profeta | Posted 11.04.2012 | Green
Tim Profeta

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Kirk became the Atlantic's 11th named storm of 2012, a feat typically not reached until closer to the end of hurricane season in November.

The Romney-Ryan Energy Plan by the Numbers

Bill Chameides | Posted 10.29.2012 | Green
Bill Chameides

The word cloud shown below provides some interesting insights: "U.S." and "energy" are front and center and "Obama" is pretty prominent -- although it's a safe bet that he's not being mentioned or discussed in a positive light. In terms of energy sources, "oil" is by far the dominant player and "gas" is no slouch.

Natural Gas: Bridge or Dead End?

Christopher F. Jones | Posted 10.29.2012 | Green
Christopher F. Jones

Natural gas could be an ally of the pragmatic environmentalist. But we must be careful that infrastructural investments do not hinder a renewable energy future. Without off-ramps, a bridge is simply a dead end.