January 12th, 2020 | by Cynthia Shahan
Pleasantly called natural gas and sold to many as a better solution, a good transition fuel, natural gas has been dominating new US electricity capacity alongside renewable energy. Yet, hydraulic fracking absolutely takes the "natural" out of it. Originally, natural gas was successfully sold as a cleaner transition fuel. Who knew there were not even laws on the books to address the hidden pollutants, and that there would be much information lacking about the truth of the acid stimulation, hydraulic fracturing, and other new extraction technologies
December 7th, 2019 | by Steve Hanley
California Governor Gavin Newsom has ordered a halt to all new fracking permits pending a review by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Environmental groups cheered while industry groups predicted dire consequences.
November 21st, 2019 | by Steve Hanley
Is the shale oil boom made possible by fracking coming to an end? Bankruptcies are up, employment is down, and investors have turned off the flow of money needed to sustain the industry.
November 6th, 2019 | by Tina Casey
If the sage grouse goes down, it's taking the leading -- and bleeding -- natural gas fracking company Chesapeake Energy along for the ride
November 2nd, 2019 | by Steve Hanley
The UK has imposed a moratorium on shale gas fracking in the country effective immediately, dealing a stunning blow to the shale gas industry.
August 15th, 2019 | by Steve Hanley
Researchers at Cornell are able to prove that much of the increased methane in the atmosphere comes from fracking operations. Now that we know, what will we do about it?
June 28th, 2019 | by Steve Hanley
To hear officials in the Trump administration tell it, fracking is a fantastic gift to the American people because it allows the US to be the largest oil and gas producer in the known universe. The US is pumping so much of the stuff, it now has what is being called "energy security." Apparently no one in government has tumbled to the fact that renewable energy also provides that elusive "energy security" as well
May 19th, 2019 | by Guest Contributor
When a wind power discussion comes up, Texas is often mentioned. It’s not just that Texas has a lot of wind power. (It does.) It’s not just that Texas has a big, very isolated grid. (It does.*) There’s the oft-forgotten fact that when Texas started adopting wind power, it went from almost zero to the national leader in wind power in just 6 years!
May 18th, 2019 | by Cynthia Shahan
Amanda Kistler, Director of Communications and Development at the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), has shared a new report with CleanTechnica. The full report, Plastic & Climate The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet, was released on May 15, 2019. Below is a summary of the report and several highlights from it
February 9th, 2019 | by Carolyn Fortuna
Is Venezuela a sign of the Twilight of the Oil Era
December 19th, 2018 | by Sponsored Content
Fracking is a process used to extract oil and natural gas from the earth below. Oil producers drill down into the earth and inject liquids at high pressure to fracture the layers and pockets of rock that could hold the gold they are looking for
November 23rd, 2018 | by Susanna Schick
Governor Jerry Brown and William Perry. Stanford University Staff Photographer: Harmer.
While America was focused on the upcoming election, and before Global Warming rendered most of Northern California completely uninhabitable, the leaders in energy production got together on a beautiful day at Stanford to discuss the future of energy. Not just clean energy, but all energy.
September 24th, 2018 | by George Harvey
The natural gas industry is growing seemingly by leaps and bounds, and yet a number of people believe it is clear that something is very wrong with it
August 23rd, 2018 | by Steve Hanley
The Energy Department is fully onboard with the rollback of fuel economy standards by the Trumpeters, saying in a memo that America has so much domestically produced oil it doesn't need to conserve it any longer. Oh, happy day!
August 20th, 2018 | by Tina Casey
A new report that forecasts the impact of oil and gas fracking on water resources could provide communities with new leverage against the practice
August 19th, 2018 | by Steve Hanley
Humans need freshwater to survive, but squander massive amounts of water to make electricity. Renewables require almost no water to operate, making them ideal for conserving our precious natural resources.
June 14th, 2018 | by Steve Hanley
Oil Change International is asking the G20 countries to reject plans to invest up to $1.6 trillion in new natural gas development, claiming that doing so will make it impossible to meet the goals agreed to in the Paris climate accords.
May 21st, 2018 | by Guest Contributor
In 2008, Aubrey McClendon was the highest paid Fortune 500 CEO in America, a title he earned taking home $112 million for running Chesapeake Energy. Later dubbed “The Shale King,” he was at the forefront of the oil and gas industry's next boom, made possible by advances in fracking, which broke open fossil fuels from shale formations around the U.S. What was McClendon’s secret?
April 5th, 2018 | by James Ayre
As these fossil water reserves are depleted, there is often nothing to replace them (the one notable exception being the possibility of desalination in some regions), with the eventuality often being large populations, industrial infrastructure, and farmland that is untenable in the regions in question, to be followed by mass migrations out of such regions.
March 19th, 2018 | by Steve Hanley
Activists in Maryland have persuaded the Baltimore city council to pass a measure banning any new crude oil exporting facilities within the city. How long will that victory survive an assault by the oil industry?