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Obama Takes a Walk on the Greener Side

As Nevada short-circuits its solar boom, the White House gets more committed to renewable energy.

Posted on Jan 26, 2016 READ MORE



Rallying for Bernie Sanders, Seminar-Style

Pundits say voter anger is what characterizes this year’s presidential race, but it was a different story at a recent Sanders campaign gathering in Beverly Hills, where the candidate’s supporters quietly sought serious answers to issues including health insurance, fracking and campaign finance.

Posted on Jan 25, 2016 READ MORE



2015 in Review: Amid the Gloom Covering Our Planet, Some Rays of Light

On the winter solstice, a Truthdig review of the year’s environmental stories finds cause for hope in our poison-riddled world.

Posted on Dec 22, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: ‘Days of Revolt’ With Chris Hedges: The Fracking Revolution Must Be Local

“People think we have a fracking problem,” Thomas Linzey of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund says. “It’s not. It’s a democracy problem.”

Posted on Dec 8, 2015 READ MORE



Secret Trade Talks Could Weaken Climate Targets Set in Paris

Secret trade negotiations in Geneva could outlaw public subsidies for renewable energy across the world, undermining climate talks in Paris that aim to cut greenhouse gas emissions, according to unions and anti-poverty campaigners.

Posted on Dec 3, 2015 READ MORE



Saving Humanity From Climate Chaos Means Saying No to Business as Usual

Corporations should not be a part of climate negotiations at the upcoming United Nations talks in Paris. They are part of the problem, not the solution.

Posted on Nov 5, 2015 READ MORE



Are the Fracking Vampires Going Bust?

Oil is crashing, and gas prices at the pump keep sliding lower and lower. As of October, a barrel of Brent crude (the global standard) is selling for less than $50—nearly half of what a barrel cost last year at this time. What does all of this mean? You wouldn’t think that a significant drop in oil prices could actually be a good thing for the environment and a bad thing for Big Oil and dirty frackers, yet it may well be.

Posted on Oct 28, 2015 READ MORE



Death by Fracking

We are committing suicide by failing to rise up in large numbers to oppose a practice that poisons our air and water, causes epidemics of cancers and other diseases, and lays a hellish hand on the ecosystem. The longer we wait for the political process to work, the more assured is our mutual destruction.

Posted on Oct 18, 2015 READ MORE



Local Resistance Can Overthrow Our Political Masters

Two prominent Green Party members call for third-party involvement in city council and other local races. This, they rightly say, is a fundamental step toward the large-scale changes needed to save society.

Posted on Oct 4, 2015 READ MORE



Why an Oil Glut May Lead to a New World of Energy

While most oil-company executives continue to insist that a turnaround is sure to occur in the near future, some analysts are beginning to wonder if oil’s diminished profitability doesn’t actually signal a fundamental transformation of the industry.

Posted on Aug 14, 2015 READ MORE



Hillary Clinton’s State Department Emails, Mexico’s Energy Privatization and the Revolving Door

Recently released emails confirm that Clinton’s State Department helped break state-owned company Pemex’s oil and gas industry monopoly in Mexico and open the resource to international businesses. And two of the people responsible now work in the private sector and stand to gain financially from the reforms they helped create.

Posted on Aug 13, 2015 READ MORE



Dirty Energy vs. Clean Power: The Past and the Future at Seneca Lake

Against corporate efforts to turn the region around New York state’s Seneca Lake into a gas storage and transportation hub for the entire northeastern U.S., a coalition of farmers and vintners, doctors and lawyers, clean energy companies and reluctant do-it-yourself activists is working to guide their home toward a fossil-fuel-free future.

Posted on Jul 9, 2015 READ MORE


Fracking Chemical in Water

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Three-Eyed Billy Embraces the Apocalypse

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Nebraska Farmer Invites Pro-Fracking Commission Members to Drink Contaminated Water

Pro-fracking members of the Nebraska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission were silent when a farmer and former pipeline worker invited them to drink water contaminated with chemicals used in the petroleum and natural gas extraction process.

Posted on Mar 29, 2015 READ MORE



The Real Story Behind the Oil Price Collapse

With demand stagnant and excess production the story of the moment, the very strategy that once generated record-breaking profits for the oil industry has suddenly become hopelessly dysfunctional.

Posted on Mar 13, 2015 READ MORE



Low Oil Prices Threaten U.S. Fracking Industry

Some North Dakota companies have shut down 40 percent of their operations as plummeting oil prices render the industry far less viable than during the boom of the past five years.

Posted on Feb 8, 2015 READ MORE



What Happened to Narendra Modi’s Childhood Bride?

The Indian prime minister concealed his somewhat mysterious marriage throughout most of his political career; Pope Francis is now suffering rightwing backlash for some of his more progressive views; meanwhile, two children have been banned for life from discussing fracking. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 29, 2015 READ MORE


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‘Left, Right & Center’: 2014, The Year That Was

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists ponder the most consequential stories of 2014: the fracking revolution, the global economic slowdown, technological advances and police and race.

Posted on Dec 27, 2014 READ MORE



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New York State Bans Fracking

When natural gas companies first pressed into New York in 2008, state environmental regulators barely understood the process of “hydraulic fracturing.”

Posted on Dec 17, 2014 READ MORE



Scientists Refute Lower Emissions Claim for Fracking

As advanced technology triggers the boom in extraction of natural gas, a new study warns that market forces mean the cheaper fossil fuel could replace not just coal, but also low-emission renewable and nuclear energy.

Posted on Oct 19, 2014 READ MORE



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Fracking for the Cure?

One of the world’s largest fossil fuel services firms is partnering with the Susan G. Komen Foundation on a breast cancer awareness campaign, despite possible links between fracking and cancer.

Posted on Oct 17, 2014 READ MORE



A Trip to Kuwait (on the Prairie)

At 9 p.m. on that August night, when I arrived for my first shift as a cocktail waitress at Whispers, one of the two strip clubs in downtown Williston, I didn’t expect a 25-year-old man to get beaten to death outside the joint. Then again, I didn’t really expect most of the things I encountered reporting on the oil boom in western North Dakota this past summer.

Posted on Oct 13, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Strikes Islamic State Oil Fields in Quest to Defund It: But Will It Replace Oil With Fracking?

Sawt al-Iraq (Voice of Iraq) reports that during the past two days, Saudi, UAE and American fighter jets attack small oil refineries originally built for Syria by Turkey, which had been run by IS in Deir Ezzor.

Posted on Sep 27, 2014 READ MORE


Couch Potato Congress

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Posted on Aug 7, 2014 READ MORE


GOP Par for the Course

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Posted on Aug 6, 2014 READ MORE



Report Criticizes EPA Oversight of Injection Wells

The Government Accountability Office says environmental regulators are failing to adequately enforce rules for wells used to dispose of toxic waste from drilling.

Posted on Jul 31, 2014 READ MORE



Wishful Thinking About Natural Gas

Albert Einstein is rumored to have said that one cannot solve a problem with the same thinking that led to it. Yet this is precisely what we are now trying to do with climate change policy.

Posted on Jul 28, 2014 READ MORE



California Halts Injection of Fracking Waste, Warning It May Be Contaminating Aquifers

The state’s drought has forced farmers to rely on groundwater, even as California aquifers have been intentionally polluted due to exemptions for oil industry.

Posted on Jul 19, 2014 READ MORE



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Fracking Firm Offers Locals $50,000 Hush Money

Responding to complaints, a gas company in Pennsylvania offered all the residents of a particular neighborhood $50,000 in cash if they would agree to release the company from any legal liability, for current operations as well as those to be carried out in the future.

Posted on Jul 2, 2014 READ MORE



Fracking Boom Threatens U.S. Water Supplies

Widespread fracking for oil or gas may have transformed the U.S. energy market, but campaigners warn that the boom is seriously depleting or contaminating vital water supplies.

Posted on Jun 18, 2014 READ MORE



Texas Gov. Rick Perry: Homosexuality Is Like Alcoholism

He may have driven over state lines in a Tesla, but Texas Gov. Rick Perry again demonstrated that he is clearly living in another era—one that a vast swath of the country has already left behind—during a speech in San Francisco on Wednesday night at the Commonwealth Club of California.

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 READ MORE


Mindy Kaling Takes Jabs at Harvard Law Students About Their Future: ‘You’ll Defend BP From Birds’

Mindy Kaling, a comedian who describes herself as someone who is “obsessed” with justice, gave a commencement speech at Harvard Law School on Wednesday that most were probably not expecting.

Posted on May 31, 2014 READ MORE



New Environmentalists Taking Bold Actions, and They’re Working

No longer dominated by the traditional “Big Green” groups that were taking large donations from corporate polluters, the new environmental movement is broader, more assertive and more creative.

Posted on May 26, 2014 READ MORE



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We’re All Just Grenades in the Partisan Wars

No matter how serious the issue, the political class seems pathologically determined to present everything as a fun-and-games, red-versus-blue battle whose only important consequences have to do with the next election.

Posted on May 2, 2014 READ MORE



Questions on the Future of Fracking

The fracking industry is radically changing the U.S. energy industry. But there are growing doubts about how sustainable it will prove.

Posted on Apr 25, 2014 READ MORE



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Slow Response to Fracking Complaints Makes Problems Worse for Pennsylvania Residents

There are more than 6,000 active gas wells in Pennsylvania. And every week, those drilling sites generate scores of complaints from the state’s residents, including many about terrible odors and contaminated water.

Posted on Apr 1, 2014 READ MORE


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Posted on Mar 15, 2014 READ MORE



Luis J. Rodriguez: From Gang Member to Governor?

There is little that Luis J. Rodriguez has not done in his life.

Posted on Mar 7, 2014 READ MORE



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Drilling for Certainty: The Latest in Fracking Health Studies

ProPublica surveys some recent research on potential health implications of hydro fracking.

Posted on Mar 6, 2014 READ MORE



Fracking Bans Gaining Popularity All Over the Place

Americans aren’t the only ones against fracking.

Posted on Mar 4, 2014 READ MORE



For Exxon Mobil CEO, Fracking’s Fine, Just Not In His Backyard

The contentious practice of hydraulic fracturing—commonly referred to as “fracking,” thus offering opponents a handy resemblance to a popular expletive—isn’t something Exxon Mobil’s head honcho, Rex Tillerson, has opposed.

Posted on Feb 25, 2014 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Vera Scroggins

Now without a doubt, the physical mobility of Americans can be limited by corporations via the power of the state.

Posted on Feb 2, 2014 READ MORE



No Pipe Dream

Spectra Energy, one of the largest natural gas infrastructure companies in North America, had proposed changes in a pipeline it owns, the Algonquin, which runs from Texas into my hometown, Boston. Suddenly, I’m in the crosshairs of the fracking industry, too.

Posted on Jan 31, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Fracking Revolution Dilutes EU Climate and Energy Plan

The pressure to remain economically competitive is driving Europe’s new climate and energy plan, with the priority of ameliorating threats from climate change being pushed to second best.

Posted on Jan 24, 2014 READ MORE



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Three Reasons the TPP Is Bad for the Environment

The Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the World Wildlife Fund have examined the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement leaked by WikiLeaks and determined that the draft could have some devastating environmental consequences.

Posted on Jan 15, 2014 READ MORE


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Posted on Jan 12, 2014 READ MORE



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McKibben on Obama, Environment: The Cynics ‘Were Right’

Writer and environmental activist Bill McKibben slaps the administration for taking on easy battles, sidestepping the tough ones and trying to claim environmental progress. Meanwhile, the earth continues to heat up as Obama pursues oil- and coal-based energy policies, and then brags about them.

Posted on Dec 23, 2013 READ MORE



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Rural N.Y. Communities Use Fracking Waste to De-Ice Roads

Maybe this is why there’s a New York city named Fishkill. Road crews in some rural areas around the state are using toxic fracking waste liquid to de-ice roads, despite a moratorium on fracking in the state and a federal EPA warning against using the juice. Exactly what’s in the liquid? Only the frackheads know, and they’re keeping it a secret.

Posted on Dec 9, 2013 READ MORE


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