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Here’s Who To Blame For America’s Increased Contri...

A new report released by the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday shows just how much large American industrial facilities including power plants, refineries, and chemical manufacturers contributed to global warming in 2013. The report answers the question of how carbon dioxide was emitted by these industries in 2013 compared to 2012, and the short answer is this: more. googletag.cmd.push(function() {...

Fracking companies use loophole to avoid permits f...

Federal laws meant to protect drinking water require fracking companies to get a permit before using diesel fuel in the drilling process. That permit is important: Diesel contains chemicals that can cause cancer and damage nerve tissues. The permits regulate the length and depth of concrete and steel well casings that keep those chemicals from reaching groundwater. But a loophole in the law allows oil and gas companies to...

Is Germany Abandoning Its Commitment to the Energy...

A brief history of Germany’s energy policy and an exploration of its enormous impact—and new direction Germany, the world’s fourth-largest economy, has led the world in terms of its commitment to wean itself from fossil fuels and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. The program known as the Energiewende, or “energy transition,” was made into law in 2011. The key laws behind the Energiewende were put in place a...

Land records show many state parks could see minin...

About 40 percent of Ohio’s natural treasures — its state parks, forests and wildlife and nature preserves — could be undermined in the quest to remove valuable coal, oil, natural gas and other minerals. Mineral rights owned by other parties could permit mining or drilling in parts of 18 state forests, 24 state parks and 53 natural areas, according to an analysis of state land records by The Dispatch. Even the parcel...

An Innovative New Way For Normal People To Invest ...

On top of new storage-plus-solar deals for businesses, lease-to-own models, and business partnerships, SolarCity has just cooked up a new way for everyday Americans to invest in the solar power it provides. The country’s biggest solar services firm and its leading installer of rooftop solar systems, SolarCity announced on Wednesday that it’s now offering bonds online to everyday investors, the New York Times reported....

Researchers find chemicals in the air in rural Car...

Researchers compiled results from Carroll County air-quality tests and found 32 of the 62 measurable PAHs present in the air samples. (PAH = polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) In December, King learned from a neighbor that researchers from the University of Cincinnati and Oregon State University would be conducting an air-quality study in Carroll County. She contacted the University of Cincinnati, and members of the research...

Fracking Triggers More Ohio Earthquakes, Study Fin...

Another rare case of fracking-caused earthquakes has jolted Ohio. A new study connects some 400 micro-earthquakes in Harrison County, near the town of Canton, to hydraulic fracturing wells. The three wells operated from September through October 2013 in the Utica Shale. Ten of the quakes registered between magnitude 1.7 and magnitude 2.2, but the tremors were too deep to cause damage or to be easily felt by people, according...

What shale CEOs tell investors and the SEC at odds

Oct. 9 (Bloomberg) — Lee Tillman, chief executive officer of Marathon Oil Corp., told investors last month that the company was potentially sitting on the equivalent of 4.3 billion barrels in its U.S. shale acreage. That number was 5.5 times higher than the proved reserves Marathon reported to federal regulators. Such discrepancies are rife in the U.S. shale industry. Drillers use bigger forecasts to sell the hydraulic...