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 percent today grows to 1.3 percent...
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 the Barnett Shale, believed to...
Residents living nearer natural gas wells report more health symptoms, Yale study says
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 journal of the National...
Bad News for Obama: Fracking May Be Worse Than Burning Coal
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 gains in the fight against global...
Energy efficiency, renewable energy rules favored by voters, poll finds
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 has a margin of error of 4.9...
Ohio halts injections at two wells for fracking wastewater after quake
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 left for the company after...
Weathersfield earthquake raises new questions about injection wells
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 dispatch center says it did...
Elon Musk Has a Radical Plan to Finally Turn Around America’s Energy Crisis
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 has an equally radical plan to...
Fracking Ourselves to Death in Pennsylvania
More than seventy years ago, a chemical attack was launched against Washington State and Nevada. It poisoned people, animals, everything that grew, breathed air and drank water. The Marshall Islands were also struck. This formerly pristine Pacific atoll was branded “the most contaminated place in the world.” As their cancers developed, the victims of atomic testing and nuclear weapons development got a name: downwinders. What marked their...
People’s Climate March – 9/21 NYC – Join the Largest Climate March in History
World leaders will be gathered in NYC for a landmark U.N. climate meeting — just the right moment for big public pressure.
We’ll peacefully flood the streets in historic numbers, both in New York City and in solidarity events around the world.
Over 1,000 (!) businesses, unions, faith groups, schools, social justice groups, environmental groups and more, all working together.