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Fracking Woes Stem from Oil Addiction, Not Hydraulic Fracturing

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Flaming tap water comes from bad wells, and not the drinking-water kind. Folks who live closest to natural gas wells in Pennsylvania suffer ill health. And the uptick in earthquakes in parts of Colorado and New Mexico is entirely human-induced. All of these problems are associated with fracking, yet none of them have anything to [...]

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Obama’s Clean Power Plan Means More Gas to Fight Global Warming [Video]

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400 PPM: What’s Next for a Warming Planet Concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have reached this level for the first time in millions of years. What does this portend? » If the power plant goes away, so do the jobs, and then the town. That’s the fear in New Haven, West Virginia, home [...]

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World’s Deadliest Fuel Made Safe and Clean?

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Coal kills. When it’s not horrific mining accidents like the one in Soma, Turkey, on May 13 that killed more than 300 miners, it’s the 13,000 Americans who die early each year because of air pollution from burning the dirtiest fossil fuel. Coal is a way of life, providing jobs and inexpensive energy wherever it [...]

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How Many More Coal Ash Spills?

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What is the largest type of trash produced in the U.S.? It’s not whatever you’re thinking, most likely. It’s coal ash. Burning coal produces more than 100 million metric tons of coal ash per year—the gray or black sooty aftermath of our fossil fuel habit. Even though a good chunk of it is turned into [...]

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Why Jim Hansen Stopped Being a Government Scientist [Video]

Why did James Hansen retire on April 2 after 32 years as director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies? As he told the enterprising students of Columbia University’s Sustainability Media Lab who captured him in the following video, “I want to devote full time to trying to help the public understand the urgency of [...]

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Oil Companies May Have Been Helping Combat Climate Change (a Little)

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Here’s some good news about climate change: emissions of greenhouse gases other than carbon dioxide have slowed and, in some cases, begun to decline. That means fewer molecules drifting in the atmosphere and blocking the escape of heat radiated by an Earth warmed by sunlight. The bad news is no one knows why. Now a [...]

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In defense of doom and gloom in an oil-price bet

Unless the price of oil magically surges to $52,831 per barrel on December 31, New York Times columnist John Tierney and Rita Simon, the widow of the economist Julian L. Simon, will collect on a $5,000 bet placed in 2005. As Tierney describes in his entertaining column this past Tuesday, he wagered economist Matthew R. [...]

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A vortex of fire erupts at the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico

Take a good look at the intense power of the oil spill.     That’s right. Setting a small patch of it ablaze was enough to create a vortex of fire—a tornado of flame that makes the ships fighting the slick look like toy boats. Nor is that the only way this spill boggles in [...]

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