The Obama Administration has approved drilling in Arctic waters, breaking a longtime stalemate between environmentalists who say its unsafe and petroleum companies that want access to new reserves.
Five years ago, solar power prices slid. Then they edged down and slipped a bit more. Like ice skidding off a rooftop, those once pricey solar panels have moved into a new arena of things that regular people could conceivably afford.
Denton, Texas, becomes the first city in the state to ban fracking, setting the stage for a fight over mineral rights and residents’ rights that could play out in courtrooms and the legislature. Frack Free Denton was jubilant over its resounding victory to keep hydraulic fracturing at bay. But the gas industry promised a fight, claiming the Texas Railroad Commission has the power to say who can drill and where.
Texas leads the nation in installed wind capacity. But will the state build on that lead? Energy experts say that depends on whether coal power is retired or continued as a major source of power on the grid. ERCOT’s Warren Lasher explains different scenarios that could evolve over the next 15 years.
Oklahoma’s earthquake “swarms” are getting worse, not better. Experts say the fallout is likely caused by fracking injection wells. But where there’s fracking, there have to be disposal wells.
Texas did not make the list of top states for clean tech — wind, solar, geothermal power plus electrical vehicles — but ever greener Austin did win a place among the top 10 clean tech cities, according to this analysis.
Texas wind whipped on down the West plains this week to momentarily cover about 40 percent of the electricity being taken up by the state’s electric grid, a new Texas-sized record.
Dozens of national and regional groups have been fighting the Keystone XL pipeline, saying it could contaminate groundwater and will ratchet up carbon emissions, hastening climate change. But the general public may not feel the same. A recent poll showed most still believe the pipeline will create “significant” jobs and help provide oil to the US.
Business investment group CERES sounded the alarm Wednesday, issuing a major report about the billions of gallons of fresh water being lost to natural gas fracking operations across the United States and in Canada. CERES researchers evaluated oil and gas water use in eight regions, concluding that gas companies need to improve their water conservation and investors should take heed of the risks involved with fracking in arid and water-stressed regions.
Congress’ on-and-off romance with wind energy is back off. Tax credits for wind expired – again – with the close of 2013. This isn’t the first time the industry has broken up with its Congress. Every year or every other year for the past decade lawmakers have acted like a reluctant fiancee, extending a hand but always holding back on a full-fledged support for the wind industry.
Living near oil refineries has never been good for your lungs. It may not be good for your blood either. Men living closest to the tar sands mining region of Canada are suffering from higher rates of leukemia and Hodgkins disease, according a new study.
Did you know that 1 in 8 houses in Australia is powered by solar? That puts the country down under, far over most nations. And now whole towns are talking about “distributed” power, or local control, that could further help communities save. It’s an instruction manual for where the U.S. could go.
The Global Frackdown is upon us, with events scheduled in many US states and around the world. Activists will rally and strategize about ways to slow or stop the fracking frenzy they see as polluting land and water.
The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy has identified six American cities as the most energy efficient. These top cities were praised for having strong programs urging residents to cut back on energy and water use, strict building codes to hold builders to higher standards, community education initiatives and more. The six top scoring cities are diverse, representing different geographical locations in hot and cold states, demonstrating that energy efficiency is possible when people make it a priority.
The US EPA today released its proposal to restrict carbon emissions from new power plants, a major step toward curbing the greenhouse gases forcing climate change.
It’s widely held that China has been beating U.S. solar panel prices by handing out lavish subsidies to producers and keeping labor costs very cheap. But it may not be so. And that could be good news for the U.S. solar market.
This oil spill was less than 1 percent the size of the Deepwater Horizon/BP spill that dumped 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, yet it is still being cleaned up three years later at an enormous cost. Why so much damage?
President Obama’s making good on a promise this week to restore solar panels to the White House roof. The installation of an unknown number of “American made” solar panels began this week
Tired of dead zones, calving ice sheets, warming permafrost and coal pollution? Here’s some good news, rescued from the pileup of disasters and calamities we know as the news stream.
The “London Array” off the coast of Great Britain is a massive wind farm, capable of powering 500,000 homes. But will such projects tip the scales enough for the UK to meet its renewable energy targets? The critics are gathering.
One of the talking points that has convinced Americans to look politely away from the muck and dirty water while the oil and gas industry fracks tens of thousands of gas wells in Texas, Pennsylania, New York, Ohio, North Dakota , Wyoming, Colorado and beyond is that the U.S. is “The Saudia Arabia of Natural Gas.”
Shale oil production dependent upon ‘drilling intensity’ that will be hard to sustain, Harvard study says
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.
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.
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.
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.