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When Barack Obama took office in 2009, it was clear that if he could do four big things, his presidency would probably be judged a success.The first, of course, was to pull the country out of its desperate economic crisis. The second was ...
If you are not the sort of person who watches Meet the Press (because you are not an old person), you may have missed Sunday's "debate" between Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn and Mr. William Nye, Science Guy. Allow me to summarize: There is no ...
When Lynn Buehring leaves her doctor's office in San Antonio she makes sure her inhaler is on the seat beside her, then steers her red GMC pickup truck southeast on U.S. 181, toward her home on the South Texas prairie.About 40 miles down ...
A STUDY in the journal Science finds that the United States is putting a lot more methane, a potent contributor to global warming and the primary compound in natural gas
, into the air than the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has estimated. ...
A worker monitors water pressure and temperature at an Encana hydraulic-fracturing site outside Rifle. The process splits open oil- and gas
-bearing rock often located more than a mile underground. (Associated Press file)
The move to tap ...
Some of the nation's driest, drought-plagued places have quickly become its busiest hot spots of drilling for shale gas
and oil, especially in Texas, Colorado and California.
It's a dust-bowl-sized problem likely to become worse, ...
Women who live near natural gas
wells in rural Colorado are more likely to have babies with neural tube and congenital heart defects, according to a new study.
As natural gas
extraction soars in the United States, the findings add to a ...
The dangers of fracking
are no secret, but a study released this week shows the devastating impact the process can have on babies before they even have a chance to live their lives.
The unborn children of pregnant women who live within a ...
Are there any self-respecting environmental organizations out there that are still behind President Obama? After his State of the Union on Tuesday it's hard to imagine there could be. In his address, Obama proudly declared, "The 'all the above' ...
Davos tends to turn the hardest of heads. During the annual meetings, where businesses pay big bucks to rub shoulders with political leaders and thinkers, a contagious aura of smugness fills this Alpine valley like a fog, killing much sense of ...
For years, Europe has tried to set the global standard for climate-change regulation
, creating tough rules on emissions, mandating more use of renewable energy sources and arguably sacrificing some economic growth in the name of saving the ...
Federal regulators are unlikely to step up enforcement of potential water contamination cases linked to natural gas
drilling - despite new concerns about water safety - given a lack of political will and limited resources to pursue such cases, ...
Mary Christina Wood has an unsparing view of the state of environmental protection in the United States today: On a host of fronts -- from climate change, to mountaintop removal mining, to the nationwide fracking
boom -- the federal and state ...
More than seven billion litres of water were used for fracking
in B.C. last year. If the government's liquefied natural gas
sector takes off, the water needed to get shale gas
out of the ground in the northeast corner of the province will likely ...
At the height of the 2011 drought, the worst one-year drought in Texas history, the president of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas wrote to the head of the Public Utility Commission warning of unusual stresses on the power grid, “even for ...
Two-thirds of the UK's land will be available for fracking
companies to license, a government map published on Tuesday shows, with new areas opened up in the Midlands, Cumbria and Wales.
Ministers said major energy companies had ...
The government has once again welcomed the "exciting prospect" presented by the UK's nascent shale gas
industry, after a major new independent report predicted new fracking
activity could deliver up to 25 per cent of the UK's current gas
If you oppose fracking
, then you are not a “serious environmentalist.”
So say U.C. Berkeley physics professor Richard Muller and his daughter Elizabeth Muller in a new opinion paper with a none-too-subtle title: "Why Every Serious ...
California drillers eager to use hydraulic fracturing to tap the nation’s largest oil shale formation will face comprehensive regulation
for the first time next year under rules issued this week.The rules take effect on Jan. 1, though ...
A group of scientists and other academics investigating the environmental, climate change and social impacts of oil and gas
development, particularly hydraulic fracturing, are calling for both state and federal governments and the oil and gas
On New Year's Eve 2009, a train with 104 tank cars of light crude oil traveled 1,123 miles from North Dakota's Bakken oil fields to a terminal in Stroud, Oklahoma, and opened a new front in the war over development of Canada's tar ...
America's largest business lobby group warned the Obama administration on Tuesday against snuffing out the country's energy boom with regulation
s on new oil and natural gas
U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Thomas ...
The National Park Service (NPS) is walking back comments that showcased doubts about whether natural gas
development can help battle climate change, acknowledging they “did not receive appropriate review.”NPS Director Jonathan Jarvis, in ...
In energy-friendly Wyoming, oil and gas
companies are getting a clear message: Drill, baby, drill — but carefully.Last week, state regulators approved one of the nation’s strongest requirements for testing water wells near drilling sites. ...
The growing fracking
industry is "yielding gushers" of campaign donations for congressional candidates--particularly Republicans from districts with fracking
activity--according to a new report from the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility ...