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Holey Frack: Utah is Starting to Look Like Swiss Cheese

Holey Frack: Utah is Starting to Look Like Swiss Cheese

Fracking is short for hydraulic fracking. It’s a process that involves injecting gallons of water, sand, and chemicals at enormous pressure to extract oil and natural gas from shale rock formations.

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U.S. Natural Gas Flaring Emissions Equivalent to One Million Additional Cars on the Road

U.S. Natural Gas Flaring Emissions Equivalent to One Million Additional Cars on the Road

Photo via Shutterstock As President Obama continues to push for climate change action by reducing carbon pollution, is he literally burning up his global warming plan by also promoting hydraulic

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47 Evacuated After Natural Gas Drilling Rig Blows Out in Gulf of Mexico

47 Evacuated After Natural Gas Drilling Rig Blows Out in Gulf of Mexico

Just yesterday a drilling rig off the Lousiana coast suffered a blowout and caught fire, leading to the evacuation of 47 workers. Unlike the 2010 Deepwater Horizon fiasco, this rig was not drilling for

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One Quarter of World’s Energy to be Renewable by 2018, IEA Reports

One Quarter of World’s Energy to be Renewable by 2018, IEA Reports

Image via Shutterstock One quarter of all the world's energy generation will be renewable by 2018, the International Energy Agency (IEA) announced on Wednesday. The news comes just days after President

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Renewable Energy Could Be Stored in Facilities Deep Underground

Renewable Energy Could Be Stored in Facilities Deep Underground

Photo via Shutterstock A new study by the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Bonneville Power Administration finds that two underground sites in the Pacific Northwest

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Report Says US Petroleum Consumption and Greenhouse Gases From Cars Could Plummet by 2050

Report Says US Petroleum Consumption and Greenhouse Gases From Cars Could Plummet by 2050

A new report by the National Research Council has some good news for the future of US transportation. By taking advantage of biofuels, new vehicle technology, and policy reform, America has the potential

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US Wind Power Growth May Surpass Natural Gas and Coal for 2012

US Wind Power Growth May Surpass Natural Gas and Coal for 2012

According to current data, wind power capacity in the United States might beat natural gas and coal in 2012. Up until November 2012, the United States has installed new wind power adding up to 6,519

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Dangerous Coal Use Surges Despite Despite Global Warming

Dangerous Coal Use Surges Despite Despite Global Warming

On the heels of the recent COP 18 climate conference in Qatar, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has reported that global coal use is on the rise. Without controls to make one of the most polluting

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Fracking for Shale Gas Receives UK Government Approval

Fracking for Shale Gas Receives UK Government Approval

Just days after the UN climate change conference closed in Qatar, Energy and Climate Secretary Ed Davey has given government approval to fracking for natural gas in the UK. A ban prohibiting the company

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Morocco Plans to Produce 14% of its Energy From Solar Power by 2020

Morocco Plans to Produce 14% of its Energy From Solar Power by 2020

Many countries in the Middle East and North Africa are embracing solar power to take advantage of the copious amount of sunlight they receive. Recently the Moroccan Agency For Solar Energy (MASEN)

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The London 2012 Summer Games Were The Greenest Olympics Ever

The London 2012 Summer Games Were The Greenest Olympics Ever

Before the London 2012 Olympic Games began, we explored how the event had failed to live up to some of the green targets it had set itself. The organizers of London 2012 had always claimed that they would

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How Green Is The Thomas Heatherwick-Designed 2012 Olympic Cauldron?

How Green Is The Thomas Heatherwick-Designed 2012 Olympic Cauldron?

The opening ceremony for the London 2012 Olympic Games had many highlights, culminating in the lighting of the Thomas Heatherwick-designed Olympic Cauldron. A major aim of the Olympic committee has been

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North Carolina Lawmaker Accidentally Legalizes Fracking By Pressing The Wrong Button!

North Carolina Lawmaker Accidentally Legalizes Fracking By Pressing The Wrong Button!

We all make mistakes, but our errors are rarely made law. That is what happened in North Carolina when state representative democrat Becky Carney accidentally pushed the wrong button whilst casting the

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Bright-Red U-Shaped Salburua Social Housing Sells Excess Energy in Spain

Bright-Red U-Shaped Salburua Social Housing Sells Excess Energy in Spain

This is a mixed-use development that clusters all the services (such as waste and energy generation) in one central space to ensure maximum efficiency. Each apartment is positioned for maximum solar

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EPA Introduces Regulations Limiting Hydraulic Fracturing Emissions

EPA Introduces Regulations Limiting Hydraulic Fracturing Emissions

Today the EPA finally introduced long-delayed regulations requiring natural gas companies to utilize technologies that reduce or eliminate the emission of smog-forming volatile organic compounds (VOCS)

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Matt Damon Set To Star in Anti-Fracking Movie “Promised Land”

Matt Damon Set To Star in Anti-Fracking Movie “Promised Land”

Natural gas drilling has starred in several documentary films in recent years, including Josh Fox's Oscar-nominated "GasLand," and now it's set to become the subject of a major feature film starring Matt

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Meet the RE:VOLT, Chevy’s Next-Generation Green Vehicle

Meet the RE:VOLT, Chevy’s Next-Generation Green Vehicle

Much has been made about the environmental costs associated with natural gas drilling, but there's a different type of natural gas that's produced by every one of the planet's more than 7 billion

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Study Shows Air Emissions from Fracking Sites Contain Carcinogens and Other Harmful Chemicals

Study Shows Air Emissions from Fracking Sites Contain Carcinogens and Other Harmful Chemicals

When hydraulic fracturing (or fracking - the technique of extracting natural gas from rocks) was thrust into the public consciousness with the release of the 2010 film Gasland, most of the conversation

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New Study Shows Natural Gas is a Bridge (Fuel) to Nowhere

New Study Shows Natural Gas is a Bridge (Fuel) to Nowhere

Natural gas has been widely billed as a "bridge fuel" - a low-carbon alternative to coal that will help us make the transition to cleaner energy - but a new study pokes some big holes in that argument.

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Sierra Club Turned Down $30 Million Gift From Natural Gas Fracking Company

Sierra Club Turned Down $30 Million Gift From Natural Gas Fracking Company

Thanks to efforts by environmentalists and opponents of the natural gas industry, the process of fracking has come under the limelight recently - and the federal government is considering new, tougher

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Coal Accounts for Less than 40% of U.S. Electricity Production in 2011, Lowest Level in Over 30 years

Coal Accounts for Less than 40% of U.S. Electricity Production in 2011, Lowest Level in Over 30 years

The Energy Information Administration has released data to show that in 2011, coal power made up less than 40% of all U.S. electricity. As coal-fueled electric dropped to 30 year lows last year, the

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3M’s New Nanoparticle Technology Could Make Natural Gas Cars Cheaper and More Attractive

3M’s New Nanoparticle Technology Could Make Natural Gas Cars Cheaper and More Attractive

Gas prices have increased at record levels this month, with prices climbing for 20 days in a row, and as gas prices rise, interest in more fuel efficient vehicles go up as well. Automakers have continued

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US Department of Energy Decreases Estimate of East Coast Natural Gas Reserves by 66%

US Department of Energy Decreases Estimate of East Coast Natural Gas Reserves by 66%

The US Department of Energy took a chunk out of the natural gas industry's high hopes for the future yesterday by slashing the amount of gas estimated to be held in the Marcellus Shale -- a huge swath of

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Barcelona to Build the World’s First Carbon-Neutral Indoor Ski Slope

Barcelona to Build the World’s First Carbon-Neutral Indoor Ski Slope

The designers behind Ski Dubai's artificial ski slope, Snow World and B01 Arquitectos, have teamed up to improve on their original design with the world's very first carbon-neutral indoor ski slope in

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Bulgaria Officially Bans Hydraulic Fracturing for Natural Gas

Bulgaria Officially Bans Hydraulic Fracturing for Natural Gas

The country of Bulgaria just thwarted Chevron and took a big step forward for the environment by banning hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) for natural gas, making it the second European nation to do so

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EPA to Provide Clean Drinking Water to Families Near Fracking Sites in Pennsylvania

EPA to Provide Clean Drinking Water to Families Near Fracking Sites in Pennsylvania

Showing concern for the dangerous impact of hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) on ground water reserves, the EPA has decided to provide clean drinking water to four families in Dimock, Pennsylvania who

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Report Shows 18.5-Mile-Wide Cloud of Air Pollution Rose From the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Report Shows 18.5-Mile-Wide Cloud of Air Pollution Rose From the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

According to a study released today by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the massive plume from the Deepwater

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EPA Finds Fracking Chemicals in Wyoming Groundwater, Oil and Gas Industry Fights Back

EPA Finds Fracking Chemicals in Wyoming Groundwater, Oil and Gas Industry Fights Back

Late last week the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a preliminary report that they've found dangerous levels of toxic chemicals related to hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) in

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Fracking Ban in the Delaware River Basin Preserved After Meeting to Lift Ban is Cancelled

Fracking Ban in the Delaware River Basin Preserved After Meeting to Lift Ban is Cancelled

Thanks to a petition put together by CREDO Action, a grassroots political advocacy group, the ban on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas (usually referred to as fracking) in the Delaware River Basin is

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