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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.

Carbon Emissions in U.S. Have Dropped. Could "Not Bad" Be Good?

Neil Wagner | Posted 10.29.2012 | Green
Neil Wagner


Isaac Wreaking Havoc On Gulf Oil Industry

Reuters | Posted 10.29.2012 | Business

* Producers curtail 93 pct of US Gulf of Mexico oil output * Isaac approaches Louisiana at hurricane strength * Experts ...

The Climate Post: Federal Court Tosses EPA's 'Good Neighbor' Pollution Rule

Tim Profeta | Posted 10.24.2012 | Green
Tim Profeta

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.

52 Reasons to Vote for Obama, #14: Making the United States a Leader in Energy Production

Bernard Whitman | Posted 10.24.2012 | Politics
Bernard Whitman

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.

Utility's Close Ties To Obama Led To Better Access

The New York Times | ERIC LIPTON | Posted 08.23.2012 | Green

Early in the Obama administration, a lobbyist for the Illinois-based energy producer Exelon Corporation proudly called it “the president’s utility...

Louisiana Sinkhole Spurs Evacuations, Lawsuits and a Resignation

Susan Buchanan | Posted 10.22.2012 | Green
Susan Buchanan

After a sinkhole formed in Assumption Parish early this month, hundreds of neighbors fled, lawsuits were filed and Louisiana Dept. of Natural Resources Secretary Scott Angelle resigned.

The Truth About Fracking

Alec Baldwin | Posted 10.17.2012 | Green
Alec Baldwin

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?

Natural Gas Well Burst Kills 1, Injures 3

Reuters | Posted 10.15.2012 | Denver

By Keith Coffman DENVER, Aug 15 (Reuters) - A high-pressure burst of natural gas at a well operated by Canadian energy...

Interviewing Matt Wald, Dean of the Energy Press Corps

Mike Casey | Posted 10.08.2012 | Green
Mike Casey

In case you were thinking of it, I wouldn't recommend trying to stump Matt Wald, the national energy reporter for the New York Times, with an energy question.

Fracking Truth to Fracking Power

Sandra Steingraber | Posted 10.01.2012 | Green
Sandra Steingraber

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.

Is The Natural Gas Industry Buying Academics? | Posted 07.31.2012 | College

Last week the University of Texas provost announced he would reexamine a report by a UT professor that said fracking was safe for groundwater after th...

The Real Story Behind the Fracking Debate

Peter H. Gleick | Posted 09.29.2012 | Green
Peter H. Gleick

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.


Regina Hopper | Posted 09.09.2013 | Business
Regina Hopper

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.

Fracking: What Cuomo Won't (or Can't) Tell You

Alec Baldwin | Posted 09.24.2012 | Green
Alec Baldwin

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.

As NY Gov. Cuomo Faces Fracking Decision, D.C. Lobbyists Sip "Fracktinis"

David Halperin | Posted 09.24.2012 | Green
David Halperin

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."

Natural Gas: A Bridge to a Low-Carbon Future or Not?

Bill Chameides | Posted 09.19.2012 | Green
Bill Chameides

A recent paper argues that natural gas helps make the transition to a low-carbon ... eventually. But is that good enough? Let's do some sleuthing.

Fracking Insurance: Winners and Losers

Dave Colavito | Posted 09.19.2012 | New York
Dave Colavito

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.

The Metaphors of Fracking

Sandra Steingraber | Posted 09.17.2012 | Green
Sandra Steingraber

Fracking is a technology surrounded by metaphors that blind us to the data. Natural gas is called a bridge. And, claim its proponents, it will carry us to many good places.