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Pop the champagne corks in Washington! It’s party time for Big Energy. In the wake of the midterm elections, Republican energy hawks are ascendant, having taken the Senate and House by storm. They are preparing to put pressure on a president ...
“The time is always right to do the right thing.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.
As I sat in the hearing room of the Boulder County Commissioner yesterday I witnessed citizen-led democracy in action.
In a unanimous vote, three Boulder ...
As predicted, mere hours after the first-ever fracking ban passed in Texas, industry reps took to the courts. By 9:09 a.m. on Nov. 5, both the Texas Oil
and Gas Association and the Texas General Land Office had filed lawsuits that aim to prevent ...
The British government said on Saturday that it would establish a sovereign wealth fund with the proceeds from extracting natural gas from shale
.The announcement, which may be seen as premature because no shale
gas production is likely to ...
With a record number of fracking issues on local ballots in California, Texas and Ohio, the outcome was decidedly mixed. Of the eight measures--three in California, four in Ohio and one in Texas--four passed and four failed.
The biggest ...
Anti-tar sands campaigns have cost the industry a staggering $17bn (£11bn) in lost revenues, and helped to push it onto the backfoot, according to a study by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), and Oil
Dirk DeTurck had a years-old rash that wouldn't go away, his wife's hair came out in chunks, and anytime they lingered outside their house for more than an hour, splitting headaches set in.
They were certain the cause was simply ...
The first large ethanol plants to produce biofuel from nonfood sources such as corncobs are starting operations in the Midwest as the industry worries that they might also be the last -- at least in the United States.
After a decade of ...
A coalition of four organizations gathered at Fountain Square last weekend to call for a ban on fracking and to ask Ohio's governor to be a major part of making that happen.
The event in downtown Cincinnati was one of more than 200 that ...
The first large ethanol plants to produce biofuel from nonfood sources like corn cobs are starting operations in the Midwest amid industry worries that they might also be the last -- at least in the United States.
After a decade of ...
Anti-fracking activists protesting a natural-gas conference in Philadelphia last fall were being monitored by a private security company that sent a photo of a demonstrator to the Pennsylvania State Police, according to an email obtained by ...
The U.S. shale
boom is producing record amounts of new oil
as demand weakens, pushing prices down toward levels that threaten to reduce future
Domestic fields will add an unprecedented 1.1 million barrels a day of output this ...
In the spring of 2012, about nine years after Melissa Owen and her husband purchased 640 acres of remote Arizona desert that they hoped to turn into a wildlife refuge, a representative from the energy giant Kinder Morgan knocked on their front ...
Coal chief executives were thin on the ground in New York last week, perhaps fearing an onslaught from green groups at the UN’s one-day climate summit.
Tactically, it was a good way to avoid negative headlines. Strategically, it may ...
The government is pressing ahead with plans to allow shale
gas companies to drill under people's homes without their consent, despite 99 per cent of respondents opposing the consultation proposals.
The Department of Energy and Climate ...
The United States is experiencing the largest and most sustained drop in oil
demand since the start of the petroleum era in 1859 thanks to improvements in efficiency and the switch to alternative fuels.Quietly and almost unnoticed by most ...
A controversial coal project that threatens Australia`s Great Barrier Reef and the climate makes no financial sense for investors, say analysts.
Plans for greenfield mines in the Galilee Basin involve building new port terminals near the ...
On a cloud-heavy Sunday morning, hundreds of thousands of people snaked down Manhattan’s west side for a march calling attention to the impact of climate change. Dozens of marching bands, two-story-tall puppets and banners of all kinds flanked a ...
ON A HAZY MORNING LAST SEPTEMBER, 144 American and Chinese government officials and high-ranking oil
executives filed into a vaulted meeting room in a cloistered campus in south Xi’an, a city famous for its terra-cotta warriors and lethal smog. ...
Exxon Mobil’s ambitions in Russia appear to have been dashed, at least until the Ukraine crisis is resolved.As part of the latest round of sanctions against Russia, the United States government took aim at Exxon’s project in the Arctic ...
Whatever you may imagine, “peak oil
” has not been discredited as a concept, a statement no less true for “peak fossil fuels.” Think of them instead as postponed. We are, after all, on a finite planet that, by definition, holds a finite amount ...
The world's last remaining forest wilderness is rapidly being lost - and much of this is taking place in Canada, not in Brazil or Indonesia where deforestation has so far made the headlines.
A new satellite study reveals that since 2000 ...
The recent call from Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev for "tightening belts" has convinced even optimists that something is deeply wrong with the Russian economy.
No doubt the planned tax increases (introduction of a sales tax and ...
At first glance, the future
may look pretty bright for the large Western integrated oil
companies like ExxonMobil, BP, Royal Dutch Shell, and Chevron – collectively known as Big Oil
prices have risen dramatically over the past decade and ...
Arnold Escobar leaves his apartment under the hot sun of Odessa, Texas, a desert region abundant in oil
nicknamed the Texas Petroplex, drives past oil
derricks and pumpjacks, to a remote well site where heavy machinery whirs loudly.