The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has granted the first ever LNG export permit license to Dominion Resources, Inc. to export gas obtained from the controversial hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) process in the Marcellus Shale basin.
|By: Steve Horn Wednesday September 11, 2013 5:34 pm|
|By: Tom Weis Monday August 12, 2013 7:15 pm|
In June, after more than five years as president, President Obama finally proposed a climate action plan for America. True to form, the president gave an eloquent speech, with strong words for those still in denial about the severity of the crisis we face: “We don’t have time for a meeting of the Flat Earth Society.”
Unfortunately for all of us, the blueprint he presented is more PR than plan.
|By: DSWright Monday August 12, 2013 11:15 am|
Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, who sits on the House Science Committee, went on a tirade against climate change and the political motivations of those calling for regulating greenhouse emissions. In response to his fellow Congressional representative from California, Senator Barbara Boxer calling for a response to forest fires, Rohrabacher told a congressional town hall audience that climate change was a ‘total fraud’ and a pretext by liberals to create world government.
|By: Tom Engelhardt Sunday August 11, 2013 12:30 pm|
Look at it any way you want, and if you’re not a booster of fossil fuels on this overheating planet of ours, it doesn’t look good. Hardly a month passes, it seems, without news about the development of some previously unimaginable way to extract fossil fuels from some thoroughly unexpected place.
|By: DSWright Friday August 2, 2013 2:55 pm|
Some of the effects of a changing climate on the planet are pretty obvious – crop damage, higher energy bills and lower standards of living. One consequence that might not be so obvious to many is the resulting violent conflicts.
|By: Tom Engelhardt Tuesday July 30, 2013 6:00 pm|
Martha and the Vandellas would have loved it. Metaphorically speaking, the New York Times practically swooned over it. (“An unforgiving heat wave held much of the West in a sweltering embrace over the weekend, tying or breaking temperature records in several cities, grounding flights, sparking forest fires, and contributing to deaths.”) It was a “deadly” heat wave, a “record” one that, in headlines everywhere, left the West and later the rest of the country “sweltering,” and that was, again in multiple headlines, “scary.”
|By: DSWright Wednesday July 24, 2013 11:17 am|
A report by the Investigative Reporting Workshop details the extensive amount of money Charles and David Koch have provided to colleges and non-profits. The Koch Brothers have already established themselves as one of America’s most influential political forces but now there is detailed evidence how far their reach extends into purportedly independent organizations and institutions.
|By: Kevin Grandia Tuesday July 23, 2013 4:20 pm|
A new report out today finds that enforcement of environmental infractions by companies in the Alberta oil sands are 17 times lower than similar infractions reported to the United State’s Environmental Protection Agency.
The report, authored by the environmental non-profit Global Forest Watch, looked at more than fifteen years of data on recorded environmental mishaps by oil sands companies, tracking the follow-up actions taken and the final verdict on fines.
|By: Steve Horn Saturday July 20, 2013 1:59 pm|
Ozzie Zehner’s entrance into the energy and environment debate couldn’t come at a better, more appropriate time and neither could his book Green Illusions: The Dirty Secrets of Clean Energy and the Future of Environmentalism. Published in 2012, it comes in the midst of increasing interest in the topic of tackling climate change from people of all walks of life.
|By: DSWright Wednesday July 17, 2013 8:30 am|
As it becomes increasingly evident that the effort to meaningfully curb carbon emissions is doomed, some of those in the security services are looking for alternative avenues to control the threat of climate change. The CIA, for instance, is funding a scientific study to see if humans could develop technology to stop or diminish climate change.