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.
This fracking operation in southeast Ohio doesn’t have to disclosure the chemicals in its waste fluids, thanks to weak state reporting requirements. Photo Credit: Buckeye Forest Council
The report, created...
New York’s Bold New Plan To Expand Solar Energy
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo reported a ramp-up in his state’s solar capacity Friday, an announcement that rounded out a big week for the state’s environmental initiatives.
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The governor announced new NY-Sun awards for large solar electric...
Natural gas won’t save us from global warming, study confirms
In his January State of the Union address, President Obama said that natural gas could be a low-emission “bridge fuel” that could allow the U.S. to help slow global warming. Demonstrators at Sunday’s climate protest in New York apparently didn’t get the talking points memo from the White House — many carried signs calling for an end to fracking.
The reality is that shale gas probably won’t have much effect on climate...
Ohio lawmakers’ short-sighted efforts to derail efficiency and renewables standards hurt state’s future: editorial
Let’s set aside the nonsense that climate change is not “proven.” If proof constitutes a nose on a face, we have proof.
“Each of the last three decades has been successively warmer at the Earth’s surface than any preceding decade since 1850,” Rajendra Pachauri, head of the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, told this week’s special U.N. climate summit in New York City. The summit...
Transforming the Power Grid: Lessons From Germany and Japan
According to German transmission operators, storage is still too expensive and transmission remains a lower-cost option.
Is grid-scale energy storage the key to a renewable energy future? Brookings fellow John Banks, an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins and Georgetown, says no.
The Brookings Institution has stepped up efforts to better understand renewable energy policy and trends in Germany and Japan in its newly released report, “Transforming the...
Activists want Columbus to have environmental ‘bill of rights’
No one is fracking in Columbus, and no one is injecting fracking wastewater into the ground here.
But some grass-roots environmental activists are taking no chances.
A group is collecting signatures to get a Community Bill of Rights on the Columbus ballot in May.
If it passes, the bill would change Columbus’ city charter to block activities that could pollute drinking water and air. It’s a legal tactic that some communities across the nation have used...
Denying Climate Change ‘Will Cost Us Billions Of Dollars,’ U.S. Budget Director Warns
The new U.S. director of the Office of Management and Budget used his first speech to talk about the dangers not acting on climate change poses to the federal budget.
Shaun Donovan, head of the OMB, said in a speech at the Center for American Progress Friday that acting on climate change is “tremendously important” to him and that it’s “critical to our ability to operate and fund the government in a responsible manner.”
“From where I sit,...
Thirsty wells: Fracking consumes billions of gallons of water
Drillers in Ohio have used more than 4 billion gallons of water to frack horizontal shale wells since 2011. That’s a lot of water. Enough to fill one two-liter soda bottle for every person on the planet; or in terms that motorists in shale country can relate to, 800,000 tanker-loads of water.
Drillers in Ohio have used more than 4 billion gallons of water to frack horizontal shale wells since 2011.
That’s a lot of water. Enough to fill one...
The coming era of unlimited — and free — clean energy
In the 1980s, leading consultants were skeptical about cellular phones. McKinsey & Company noted that the handsets were heavy, batteries didn’t last long, coverage was patchy, and the cost per minute was exorbitant. It predicted that in 20 years the total market size would be about 900,000 units, and advised AT&T to pull out. McKinsey was wrong, of course. There were more than 100 million cellular phones in use 2000; there are billions...
Ohio’s Solar Market Stalls After Legislators Freeze the State’s Renewable Energy Law
“We don’t see more projects being developed at this point that I’m aware of.”
By the time Ohio’s energy law freeze took effect last week, the new law had already caused a significant setback for the state’s solar energy sector.
Ohio’s market for solar renewable energy credits (SRECs) dropped dramatically after Senate Bill 310 passed this spring and has not rebounded since. Yet official state reports won’t reflect that and other changes...