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Shale oil production dependent upon ‘drilling intensity’ that will be hard to sustain, Harvard study says

June 28th, 2013

U.S. shale oil (and gas) production depends upon a frenzied level of drilling never before seen, according to a new paper out from Harvard. That’s because the wells accessed by new fracking techniques typically decline dramatically not long after being put into production.

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Germany goes full speed ahead with alternative energy

June 14th, 2013

Germany is taking a big leap toward clean energy and away from the pollution created by fossil fuels. More than the U.S., or any nation, the country has committed to wind and solar power.

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Keystone XL crews plows up Julia Trigg Crawford’s farm, as pipeline nears completion in Texas

May 17th, 2013

Julia Trigg Crawford is standing firm, even as TransCanada arrived this week to dig the tunnel for its Keystone XL pipeline. The controversial pipeline will carry diluted tar sands oil, or dilbit, from Alberta to Houston-area refineries. Crawford has challenged the oil concern in court, saying it doesn’t have proper standing to operate in Texas.

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Fossil fuel industry gets a boost from solar power

May 6th, 2013

The Associated Press reports that oil and natural gas companies are using more solar power to provide electricity to power remote monitoring stations after the hydraulic fracturing crews have left.

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Inside A House With No Energy Bills

May 3rd, 2013

Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg Brink” explores how cutting edge technology and high-end machinery are increasingly accessible. Here, see how Houze is redefining the American dream by producing homes that cost less to own, operate and maintain.

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Resistance to Keystone XL pipeline flares in Spaulding OK

April 29th, 2013

Keystone XL pipeline protesters locked themselves to earth-moving equipment in Spaulding, OK, today, in one of a series of actions against the intercontinental project that would carry diluted bitumen oil from Canada to Texas refineries and ports. Opponents say the pipeline will unleash massive carbon dioxide pollution, accelerating climate change.

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Wooden solar cells shine light on cleaner power option

April 26th, 2013

Researchers at Georgia Tech University have developed an organic solar cell made of wood. The biodegradable, transparent films are designed to replace the layers of glass or plastic found in conventional solar cells, heralding the possible development of solar panels that are 100 percent recyclable.

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Friends of the Earth says special interests have tainted Keystone XL approval process — again

April 18th, 2013

The Keystone pipeline opposition has galvanized, with activists angered not just over the pipeline’s heavy carbon footprint, but the lack of transparency and political influence-peddling around the DC review and permitting for the project. This week, Friends of the Earth filed an FOIA request to bring information to light about what it sees as a corrupted process.

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Quayle Hodek On The Future of Renewable Energy

March 27th, 2013

Quayle Hodek is a pioneer in the field of renewable energy. As the CEO of Renewable Choice Energy, Quayle has been on a mission to convince companies that switching to renewable energy is the right thing to do, for the planet and the bottom line.

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Drilling Deeper: The wealth of business connections for Obama’s energy pick

March 20th, 2013

When President Obama nominated MIT’s Ernest Moniz to be energy secretary earlier this month, he hailed the nuclear physicist as a “brilliant scientist.” But beyond his job in academia, Moniz has also spent the last decade serving on a range of boards and advisory councils for energy industry heavyweights like BP and an uranium enrichment company.

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Obama Administration, a step closer to approving the Keystone pipeline?

March 4th, 2013

The Obama Administration released its revised environmental assessment of the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline on Friday, portraying the project as a relatively safe way to transport oil from fields in Canada and North Dakota to the US heartland and ports at Houston. The review has riled environmentalists and pleased oil interests.

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Is the shale gas boom a bubble?

February 20th, 2013

The U.S. shale boom being touted as able to deliver 100 years of domestic energy supply is nothing more than the latest investment bubble, asserts a report released this week by a veteran geoscientist.

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