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America’s Radioactive Secret

Oil-and-gas wells produce nearly a trillion gallons of toxic waste a year. An investigation shows how it could be making workers sick and contaminating communities across America. (Ed. Sorry that the formatting cuts off the text. I don’t know how to fix it. Go to the Source for the original story: https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/oil-gas-fracking-radioactive-investigation-937389/)   Brine...

How climate change influenced Australia’s un...

The climate factors contributing to Australia’s bushfires are strikingly similar to those at play in California.   Australia’s frightening bushfires, which kicked off an early fire season in September 2019, have already had cataclysmic effects, and the continent is still just in the early months of the southern hemisphere’s summer. The New South Wales Rural Fire Service has described the bushfires as unprecedented...

Trump Admin Ordered ‘Climate Censorship’ in Plans ...

An environmental group has uncovered another case of “climate censorship” ordered by the Trump administration. Administration officials had references to the climate crisis removed from a Forest Service notice of intent (NOI) to prepare an environmental impact statement on opening national forests and grasslands in Texas to oil and gas leasing. “The Deputy who is reviewing the NOI requested every reference...

Fossil Fuel Knocks the Wind Out of Renewable Energ...

With no shortage of wide-open land, Ohio is ripe for a transition to renewable energy, but instead the state has become a hotbed for corporate-driven attacks on wind energy. As a result of increasingly restrictive laws on renewables, the state was recently ranked second to last among U.S. states in its renewable energy generation, with only 2.3 percent of its energy generated through renewable sources. A closer look at the...

U.S.: The coal rebound that didn’t happen

Industry continues to struggle against increasingly competitive market forces Some energy pundits have spoken in recent times of an impending U.S. coal renaissance. The Heritage Foundation trumpeted coal’s “Colossal Comeback” in 2017, and a Wall Street Journal reporter in 2018 wrote of its global “resilience.” Industry executives three years ago credited the newly-elected Trump administration with paving the way for fresh...

Colorado Fracking Study Shows Toxic Chemicals Up t...

Data from a Colorado study finds that people living near oil and gas fracking sites may have heightened risk of nose bleeds, dizziness, headaches and other short-term health effects, according to The Denver Post. Right now, state regulators have set a 500-foot minimum setback distance for residences. Evidence from the study finds that residents living between 500-2,000 feet of fracking sites are exposed to benzene and other...

Capitalism – a Self Organizing Structure That Lead...

I have often wondered why no matter how much effort well-intentioned people put into making needed changes in a system such as our economic model, the trajectory remains the same.   Specifically, the power of corporations continues to grow, their methods become more exploitative leading to increasing wealth disparity between the owners and the working class.  And our leaders are determined to keep the economy growing despite...

College Republicans push climate change

Indiana college Republican leaders have joined a first-of-its-kind effort from the youth wing of the GOP to push the party to change its stance on climate. The recently formed lobbying campaign, called Young Conservatives for Carbon Dividends, promotes a specific plan that would put in place a gradually rising, revenue-neutral fee on carbon emissions. The revenue from that fee would then be returned to Americans as a...

Trump Administration Removes Federal Database That...

TOXMAP, an interactive online map that used various sources to track toxic pollution across the U.S., disappeared from the internet earlier this month, alarming environmental advocates, according to The Hill. The 15-year-old interactive map was beneficial to researchers and environmentalists. The National Library of Medicine (NLM), part of the National Institute of Health, hosted it. Some of the information has moved to...

As Fracking Companies Face Bankruptcy, US Regulato...

In over their heads with debt, U.S. shale oil and gas firms are now moving from a boom in fracking to a boom in bankruptcies. This trend of failing finances has the potential for the U.S. public, both at the state and federal levels, to be left on the hook for paying to properly shut down and clean up even more drilling sites. Expect these companies to try reducing their debt through the process of bankruptcy and, like the...

As federal tax credits for EVs are phased out, Ohi...

Federal tax incentives are winding down as automakers hit 200,000 in sales of electric vehicles. EVs aren’t mainstream yet, but work is being done in Ohio to encourage drivers to go electric. The federal tax credit for Tesla customers ends Dec. 31. Chevy isn’t far behind. The tax incentive to buy an electric vehicle from that General Motors brand, originally $7,500, is now $1,875 and expected to zero out by the end of March....

Trump’s Christmas Gift to Big Oil: Killing H...

The tax credit is meant to help offset the upfront cost of electric vehicles and boost the EV market. Consumers who purchase an EV can currently claim a credit up to $7,500, and the credit phases out once auto manufacturers sell 200,000 qualifying vehicles. Tesla and General Motors have both hit the 200,000-vehicle cap and had lobbied for an extension. A bipartisan proposal called for allowing a $7,000 credit for an...

What the petrochemical buildout along the Ohio Riv...

The Ohio River Valley, like the rest of the U.S., stands at a crossroads of energy and industry, facing decisions about whether to turn toward a future of renewable energy and a green jobs revolution or one of shale gas and plastics. The R.E. Burger coal-fired power plant’s final day ended, appropriately enough, in a cloud of black smoke and dust. Link to...

Windfall from Rover, NEXUS pipelines in Ohio likel...

Two major natural gas pipeline systems built across Ohio in response to America’s fracking boom could generate far less tax revenue than promised for area schools, townships, parks, senior centers, and other services. Owners of both the Rover and NEXUS pipeline systems have filed separate requests with the Ohio Department of Taxation to have the values of their respective pipelines lowered significantly. Values vary from...

FirstEnergy corrupts democracy with gifts 🎁...

FirstEnergy spent millions on advertisements, lobbying and charitable giving to ensure the passage of House Bill 6, corrupting every branch of state government. Supreme Court         The fate of FirstEnergy’s bailout of its struggling nuclear and coal plants may rest in the hands of the Ohio Supreme Court. But six of the seven justices sitting on the court have received campaign cash from the...