Texas City Cites “Public Nuisance” in Response to Lawsuit Against Fracking Ban

By: Friday December 5, 2014 11:16 am

Attorneys representing Denton, Texas, the first city to ban hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in state history, have issued rebuttals to the two lawsuits filed against Denton the day after the fracking ban was endorsed by voters on election day. Responding to lawsuits brought by attorneys with intimate Bush family connections — with complaints coming from both the Texas General Land Office and the Texas Oil and Gas [...]

 

Late Night: Mining the Earth

By: Tuesday October 21, 2014 8:00 pm

*Everywhere. So, Peabody Energy is going to the G20 meeting with its “Advanced Energy for Life” message, an attempt to tie coal to “benevolence, altruism and empathy for the world’s poor.” Burson-Marsteller is reportedly doing the pr work; they did the same for the tobacco industry until 2010. Peabody is already holding meetings and workshops in Australia, touting the new message.

Mining The Earth: 14 Oct 2014

By: Tuesday October 14, 2014 5:12 pm

*USA. Use of sand for fracking may be all the rage right now, but concerns about “the health impacts of breathing silica dust” are mounting, too. One sand miner’s stock increased 400% over the past year and a half, and another is adding 3.8 million tons “of frac sand mine and plant capacity in Wisconsin and Missouri.” But health experts and local governments are increasingly very concerned about the major effects of sand mining on health.

Mining the Earth: 30 Sep 2014

By: Tuesday September 30, 2014 4:57 pm

*Everywhere. Last ditch efforts by some utilities around the globe to halt renewables include taxes on “solar energy-equipped houses and offices”, vigorous lobbying to stop governments providing incentives to “green energy”, much heftier “daily connection” fees rather than billing for units of energy used, etc. Will alternative energy users be subsidizing traditional utilities in the future?

Real Fiscal Responsibility 5; Carter: Environmental Degradation

By: Sunday September 7, 2014 6:40 pm

This, the fifth post in a series evaluating the fiscal responsibility/irresponsibility of the Governments of the United States (mostly the Congress, the Executive Branch, and the Federal Reserve) by Administration periods, beginning in 1977 to 1981 with the Jimmy Carter period, will cover the performance of the Government on the environment and climate change aspect of “public purpose.” The previous posts discussed some basic definitions and assumptions of the series and evaluated Government performance relating to economic stagnation, living wage full employment, price stability/inflation, implementing universal health care, and educational reform.

Rail CEOs to Investors: “Bomb Trains” Safe at Almost Any Speed

By: Wednesday August 13, 2014 5:21 pm

Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF)recently said it would proceed with plans to increase speeds for oil-by-rail unit trains in Devil’s Lake, N.D. to 60MPH from 30 MPH, despite opposition from local officials.

Will Alternative Energy Save Capitalism?

By: Sunday August 10, 2014 4:00 pm

Every time I publish a diary like this one (“Promoting an Effective Discussion: Capitalism Causes Climate Change,” 8/3/14), I get responses from patrons of alternative energy. Solar panels and wind farms will save the Earth, the world-society, and the capitalist system, from the prophesies of doom accompanying abrupt climate change, they imply.

Obama Bombing Iraq to Protect Advisors He Sent in, Prevent Ethnic Killing, Secure US Oil Contracts

By: Friday August 8, 2014 6:59 am

Is this Iraq War III? President Barack Obama has ordered airstrikes in Iraq against ISIS forces officially entering America into the civil war in Iraq. The bombing is supposed to stop an ethnic cleaning campaign of the Yazidis by ISIS and protect military advisors that Obama sent into the country a few months ago. Also at stake are US oil contracts in northern Iraq made between the Kurds and US energy companies though that reason for intervention is not being trumpeted.

Battle Lines Drawn on New Coal Industry Rules

By: Thursday May 29, 2014 11:45 am

Implementing proposed EPA rules could cut carbon emissions from the coal-fired plants by up to 20%. A considerable reduction given how ubiquitous coal is, even in 2014, to America’s energy system. Part of Obama’s plan is reportedly based on a cap-and-trade system that he was unable to pass through Congress.

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