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Guest Post: Stanford divests from coal – good choice or bad call?

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Stanford University will stop investing in coal companies after its Board of Trustees voted in support of eliminating direct investments in publically traded companies that mine coal for electricity generation. In response to yesterday’s vote, Stanford’s President John Hennessy stated “moving away from coal in the investment context is a small but constructive step while [...]

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The Dirt on Oil Sands

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By Scott McNally With the U.S. Department of State currently reviewing TransCanada’s application for a presidential permit of the Keystone XL pipeline, protests from environmental groups opposing the pipeline have been heating up. The main reason for the opposition to the pipeline is that environmentalists generally consider oil sands to be “dirty” – partially because [...]

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Guest Post: Burning Buried Sunshine

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Oil – The Least Efficient Source of Energy By Scott McNally Solar energy is often criticized for its inefficiency – that only about 10% of the sunlight that hits a common commercial solar panel will be converted into electricity. Similar criticisms are voiced against biofuels, which have a solar energy to biofuel conversion efficiency of [...]

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Guest Post: Waterless Fracking?

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Propane Fracking vs. Water Fracking: Which is better (worse)? With all the negative attention surrounding hydraulic fracturing, a process that stimulates shale plays but requires the use of millions of gallons of water, it is no surprise that companies are looking at alternatives.  One such alternative that has recently emerged uses gelled propane instead of [...]

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Guest Post: Oil and Gas – An American Jobs Producer?

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The U.S. national unemployment rate is 8.2%. That is pretty high. But one thing is clear: states that produce oil and gas, on average, are in significantly better shape than those that don’t. Take a look: Data compiled and graphed by Scott McNally. Data sources: Unemployment rates by state – Bureau of Labor statistics (2011). [...]

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It’s Not About Tar Sands – It’s About Us

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By Melissa C. Lott and Scott McNally According to Dr. James Hansen, developing Canada’s tar sands would mean “game over for the climate.” And, the current Director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies is disappointed with President Obama for not taking action to stop Canada from causing a climate change-induced apocalypse. But, what Dr. [...]

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Guest Post: End Oil Subsidies? The $4 Billion Question

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By now, you have probably heard the call by democrats and environmentalists to “end the $4 billion in subsidies for big oil.” The five major oil companies that have a significant presence in the United States – Exxon, Chevron, Shell, BP and Conoco – are some of the biggest businesses in America, and have some [...]

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Guest Post: Rick Santorum and Climate Change

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How to Explain Climate Change to a Skeptic Rick Santorum has recently described climate change as a hoax – a bunch of “bogus” science that tries to make nature’s normal “boom and bust” cycle into something man-made.  His comments illustrate how, despite the fact that the scientific community accepts climate change as truth, and despite [...]

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Guest Post: Why Obama Rejected Keystone XL

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Keystone XL should be approved. It is an economic, geopolicitcal, and even an environmental no-brainer, but it was still rejected. Why? Many are claiming that President Obama was swayed by the protestors outside the White House, or by environmental groups, or that he just hates oil and doesn’t want to create jobs. As an oil [...]

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Guest post: Keystone XL? It’s Not an Environmental Question

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Keystone XL is the lesser of two evils. The other evil, is not building Keystone XL.  This argument – to build, or not to build the transcontinental pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast – is a heated one. Classic. Environment verses humans. The earth versus polluters. But, in this debate, we have forgotten [...]

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