Posted on January 15, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Activists say report downplays threat to water
FRISCO — California regulators this week released the first section of a new environmental review of fracking impacts. But the study fails to take a hard look at many of the potentially harmful impacts, according to environmental activists.
The review by California’s Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources was released even though state scientists are still six months away from completing their analysis of the risks and harms of the controversial form of oil and gas extraction, according to the Center for Biological Diversity. Continue reading
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Posted on January 15, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Proposal targets 40-45 percent cuts by 2015
Colorado fracking operations waste significant amounts of methane each year through leakage and flaring. The Obama wants to invest in adoption of new capture technologies to help reduce methane emissions.
More methane means more global warming.
By Bob Berwyn
FRISCO — Colorado’s reactionary oil and gas industry once again showed its true colors with a nasty reaction to this week’s White House announcement on methane.
When President Obama said his administration will find ways to cut methane emissions from the oil and gas sector by 40-45 percent from 2012 levels by 2025, the fossil fuel dinosaurs roared that it’s nothing but more red tape, showing how they still don’t recognize the existential threat posed by global warming. Continue reading
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Posted on January 8, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
The White House and Congress are set to clash over the Keystone XL pipeline.
Court rulings, State Department decision still pending on controversial fossil fuel project
FRISCO — Republicans in Congress may be falling all over themselves in their haste to please the fossil fuel industry by passing a bill seeking to force approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, but the White House is saying not so fast.
This week, the Obama administration signaled that it won’t sign a pipeline bill, which would “circumvent longstanding and proven processes for determining whether cross-border pipelines serve the national interest,” and “cut short consideration of important issues relevant to the national interest,” according to a White House statement. Continue reading
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Posted on January 7, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
The U.S. is the second-largest producer of coal in the world, thanks in part to massive surface mines like this one in Wyoming. Photo courtesy BLM.
New study says most existing reserves must remain unused to prevent catastrophic climate change
FRISCO — While frackers and drillers are trying to squeeze every last drop of fossil fuel out of the ground as fast as they can, that path won’t help meet worldwide goals of limiting global warming to two degrees Celsius.
To prevent catastrophic runaway climate change, humankind must leave a third of all existing oil reserves, half of the planet’s gas reserves and more than 80 percent of current coal reserves in the ground, according to new research by the University College London’s Institute for Sustainable Resources. Continue reading
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Posted on November 22, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
A map from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory shows areas with the potential for windpower and the associated transmission grid.
Sioux Nation wants to focus on renewable energy, not dirty tar sands oil
FRISCO — Just a few days after responding angrily to the U.S. House vote to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline, Sioux Nation Native American leaders met with the Obama administration to explore renewable energy options.
The meeting included representatives from more than eight federal agencies and offices, including representatives from the Departments of Agriculture, Interior, Treasury, and Tribal Relations. Continue reading
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Posted on November 15, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
War over the Keystone XL pipeline?
‘We are a sovereign nation and we are not being treated as such … We will close our reservation borders to Keystone XL’
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — Conservation groups and climate activists aren’t the only ones hopping mad about the Congressional rush to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. Native Americans in South Dakota say they consider last week’s House vote to approve the pipeline “an act of war.”
The proposed project, aimed at pumping tar sands crude oil from Canada to U.S. refineries, would completely cross South Dakota. Environmentalists oppose the pipeline because it represents continued reliance on fossil fuels. Most, if not all, of the oil would be exported to other countries, so the argument that it would somehow lower fuel prices rings hollow and false. Continue reading
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Posted on November 9, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
Close observation of bat behavior around wind turbines may help reduce bat deaths.
Study results may aid bat conservation
FRISCO — Scientists say they may be a step closer to being able to reduce widespread bat mortality associated with the development of wind energy.
Based on months of nighttime video surveillance, U.S. Geological Society researchers say some species of the flying mammals may be mistaking the wind turbines for trees. The tree-roosting bats may be confusing the turbines for trees, according to USGS scientist Paul Cryan.
“If we can understand why bats approach wind turbines, we may be able to turn them away,” Cryan said. “Advances in technology helped us overcome the difficulties of watching small bats flying in the dark around the 40-story heights of wind turbines. The new behaviors we saw are useful clues in the quest to know how bats perceive wind turbines and why they approach them.” Continue reading
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