Ohio Singled Out for Worst Fracking Waste Disposal Practices
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report this week showing that Ohio was the only state among eight studied that allows waste fluids from oil and gas wells to be disposed of without disclosure of the chemicals it contains.
The report, created as a request by seven Democratic U.S. Senators and Congresspersons, studied eight states where fracking has become widespread—California, Colorado, Kentucky, North Dakota, Ohio,...
A Tricky Transition From Fossil Fuel
Denmark Aims for 100 Percent Renewable Energy
COPENHAGEN — Denmark, a tiny country on the northern fringe of Europe, is pursuing the world’s most ambitious policy against climate change. It aims to end the burning of fossil fuels in any form by 2050 — not just in electricity production, as some other countries hope to do, but in transportation as well.
Now a question is coming into focus: Can Denmark keep the lights on as it chases that lofty...
Fracking Support Plummets Among Americans
Fracking is quickly losing favor with Americans, a new Pew Research Center poll finds.
As more stories emerge about the dangers posed by the toxic fallout from the aggressive drilling process to communities near the operations, support for fracking tilts negative for the first time, with 41 percent favoring increased use of fracking and 47 percent opposing it. That’s a huge swing from 20 months ago. In Pew’s March 2013 poll 48 percent supported more...
Why don’t some state officials want you to read this report on ‘green’ energy jobs?
Report on ‘green’ energy jobs was put on ice during debate
A state agency paid almost $435,000 for a survey to tally clean-energy jobs in Ohio but never released the results.
The Ohio Development Services Agency says the study went unused because it was based on dubious methods and came to flawed conclusions.
Others, including experts in survey methods, disagree with this assessment and are perplexed by the criticism.
The report, not seen by the...
Chesapeake Energy Faces Subpoena on Royalty Payment Practices
The Justice Department’s inquiry comes after a ProPublica investigation and years of complaints from landowners who say they have been underpaid for leasing land to the energy giant for drilling.
The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating how Chesapeake Energy pays landowners for the natural gas it drills on their property, according to disclosures made earlier this month in the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange...
Here Comes the Sun: America’s Solar Boom, in Charts
It’s been a bit player, but solar power is about to shine.
Last week, an energy analyst at Deutsche Bank came to a startling conclusion: By 2016, solar power will be as cheap or cheaper than electricity from the conventional grid in every state except three. That’s without any changes to existing policy. In other words, we’re only a few years away from the point where, in most of the United States, there will be no economic reason not to...
Just 90 companies caused two-thirds of man-made global warming emissions
Chevron, Exxon and BP among companies most responsible for climate change since dawn of industrial age, figures show
The climate crisis of the 21st century has been caused largely by just 90 companies, which between them produced nearly two-thirds of the greenhouse gas emissions generated since the dawning of the industrial age, new research suggests.
The companies range from investor-owned firms – household names such as Chevron, Exxon and BP – to...
9 Ways Sustainability Drives Profit
Here are nine reasons why corporations—and all of us—might want to redefine how we approach sustainability.
By now, most corporate executives recognize that sustainability must be integrated into a company’s core strategy. Unfortunately, not many executives understand why this is so — or worse, they proudly wear some kind of sustainability PR badge because they have a paragraph about it on the “About Us” section of the website.
Texas Utility Oncor Wants to Invest $5.2B in Storage: Can It Get Approval?
Oncor is asking the Texas deregulated market to allow 5 gigawatts of utility-owned, distributed grid batteries.
Texas utility Oncor wants to spend billions of dollars on batteries to back up its transmission and distribution network — a major investment in grid-scale energy storage that will require major changes in the country’s most deregulated energy market.
In a first for a Texas transmission and distribution utility, Oncor will seek state...