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Solar Energy Revolution: A Massive Opportunity

My friend Ray Kurzweil projects the U.S. will meet 100 percent of its electrical energy needs from solar in 20 years. Elon Musk is a bit more conservative, pegging it at 50 percent in that timeframe. While the growth of solar may seem slow to some, it’s fair to say it’s in the midst of its “deceptive phase,” on the road to disruption. For example, a 30 percent increase in solar energy production per year, means 1...

Study finds more arsenic in wells near drilling

Researchers find arsenic levels higher near gas drilling sites in North Texas’ Barnett Shale FORT WORTH, Texas – North Texas water wells within two miles of active gas drilling sites contain higher concentrations of arsenic and other carcinogens, according to a study published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology. In the study, University of Texas at Arlington biochemists measured 100 wells across...

Residents living nearer natural gas wells report m...

CLEVELAND, Ohio — People who live closer to natural gas wells, including those that were drilled using “fracking,” or hydraulic fracturing, report more health symptoms than those who live farther away, according to a study reported today by Yale University researchers. The study, which drew strong negative reaction from the oil and gas industry, was published online in Environmental Health Perspectives, a...

Bad News for Obama: Fracking May Be Worse Than Bur...

New science shows that thanks to methane leaks, gas won’t work as a “bridge fuel.” If you’re a politician, science is a bitch; it resists spin. And a new set of studies—about, of all things, a simple molecule known as CH4—show that President Obama’s climate change strategy is starting to unravel even as it’s being knit. To be specific: Most of the administration’s theoretical...

Energy efficiency, renewable energy rules favored ...

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio voters favor the state’s renewable energy and energy efficiency mandates that Republican lawmakers just put on ice for two years, a new poll suggests. Commissioned by a coalition of environmental groups and conducted jointly by two national polling companies, one which works for Republican candidates and the other for Democratic candidates, the poll interviewed 405 registered Ohio voters and...

Ohio halts injections at two wells for fracking wa...

State regulators suspended operations at two deep-injection wells for fracking wastewater in northeastern Ohio yesterday after discovering possible evidence that the operation caused a 2.1-magnitude earthquake last weekend. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued a chief’s order to American Water Management Services for its Weathersfield site near Warren, an agency spokeswoman said. Messages seeking comment were...

Weathersfield earthquake raises new questions abou...

WEATHERSFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio – An earthquake recorded in Trumbull county Sunday afternoon (August 31, 2014) is once again raising questions about shale-related injection wells. The United States Geological Survey said that a low-level 1.8 magnitude tremor was centered along DeForest Townline Road. A few people who live near the site tell 21 News they felt a bump or movement but not enough to cause any damage. The 9-11...

Elon Musk Has a Radical Plan to Finally Turn Aroun...

The news: Billionaire/inventor/entrepreneur Elon Musk wants to strong-arm the U.S. energy market, flooding America with cheap solar panels that can compete with China — the world’s top solar manufacturer. Musk thinks that America needs to switch to solar energy. And after releasing the blueprints for Tesla cars and solidifying plans to build the world’s largest — $5 billion — lithium battery factory, he...