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The Solar Industry Is a Friend, Not a Frenemy

Oil can be both a job creator and a job destroyer. It’s the nature of a boom-and-bust beast, and lately the beast has been a destroyer. As tight oil production from shales has ramped up in a drilling frenzy over the past few years, U.S. oil has disrupted the global market pricing equilibrium and consequently oil prices has been in free fall last summer. They’re down now about 60 percent since June. Not surprisingly, the...

Shale Revolution Did Not Pay Investors Well

We have all heard of the “shale revolution”. It has been touted as the energy panacea of our time. Given the extreme hype, one would expect that such enthusiasm would translate into above average share performance for shale operators. This has not been the case. Share performance has actually been quite mediocre and in some cases just downright poor. The shale revolution started with shale gas. The Marcellus shale which...

Report: Ohio River most polluted body of water in ...

Greater Cincinnati Water Works have special carbon filtration system in place to remove toxic chemicals  Broadcast transcript: CREWS HAVE BEEN WORKING TO HOLD IN PLACE. THE PLAN IS TO HAVE TRUCKS REMOVE THE WATER. WE KNOW THE OHIO RIVER HAS CHEMICALS. BUT HOW BAD IS IT? A NEW REPORT PUT THE OHIO BACK ON TOP IN A NATIONAL LIST. WLWT NEWS 5 JENNIFER SCHACK WENT TO THE NUMBERS. 23 MILLION POUNDS OF CHEMICALS WENT INTO THE OHIO...

Lake Erie safe drinking water bill dies mysterious...

The bipartisan “Safe and Secure Drinking Water Act of 2014″ seemed a safe and secure bet for congressional approval, a gift of public-health oversight just before the holiday hiatus aimed at avoiding a repeat of the Toledo area’s drinking-water crisis last August. There was no lobbyist lard: just a bare-bones narrative that directed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to develop recommended standards...

GOP legislators, justices sleeping with oily inter...

The citizens of the great state of Ohio are drowning in oil, and not in a good way. If anyone had any doubt that the oil and gas industry is the tail wagging the Ohio government dog, it should be put to rest by the state Supreme Court’s outrageous decision in the Morrison (Munroe Falls) vs Beck Energy Corp. case on Feb. l7. A split Supreme Court ruled 4-3 in favor of a drilling company that objected to being restricted...

Ohio oil well output doubles; natural gas triples

COLUMBUS – Oil production has more than doubled and production of natural gas has tripled in Ohio in one year, bolstering arguments by the administration of Gov. John Kasich that the industry is thriving enough to sustain a tax increase. Kasich wants to use the proceeds to reduce the state’s income tax. Statistics released Wednesday by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources showed more than 3.5 million barrels of...

The Year the Dam of Denial Breaks – Ready for the ...

This is the year the “dam of denial” will break and the momentum for climate action will become an unstoppable flood. It will be messy, confusing and endlessly debated but with historical hindsight, 2015 will be the year. The year the world turned, primarily because the market woke up to the economic threat posed by climate change and the economic opportunity in the inevitable decline of fossil fuels. That shift will in...

Research funding stacked against sustainable agric...

When Doug Gurian-Sherman gears up to talk about sustainable agriculture versus industrial agriculture, he pauses to consider the farmer in the middle. “It’s important not to demonize big ag farmers,” said the senior scientist for the advocacy group, Center for Food Safety in Washington, D.C. “They’re stuck in the system, too.” When those farmers cut back on chemicals to reduce their...