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EPA significantly underestimates amount of methane leaking from fracking operations

The Fracking Context for the EPA’s New Methane Rules

The Obama administration’s new rules to curb methane come in the wake of two reports that illustrate the dangers of hydraulic fracturing (fracking). These reports show that methane is leaking throughout the fracking process from extraction to the end users. The Environmental Protection Agency recently released the final version of their new federal rules to limit methane emissions at oil and gas…

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A carbon tax could provide economic, social and environmental benefits

Putting a Price on Carbon: Carbon Tax Explained

Editor’s note: this is the first in a series of posts on carbon pricing and emissions mitigation strategy. Look for more articles in the coming weeks about carbon emissions, pricing and various possible policy approaches to reducing emissions –  With the international commitment in Paris calling for the decarbonization of the global economy by the second half of this century, the task we…

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Exxon isn't the only bad apple. The entire fossil fuel industry is rotten to the core

The Fossil Fuel Industry is Rotten to the Core

Exxon is a corporate devil but it is not alone in its demonic subterfuge. Exxon is being investigated for criminal wrongdoings and some other fossil fuel companies are also coming under legal scrutiny. In November, a criminal investigation was launched into Exxon and a month later, many other fossil fuel industry CEO’s were formally asked to clarify what they knew…

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Abandoned well of a different age: do falling oil prices signal the end of oil?

Falling Profits Augur the End of Oil

The profits of the big oil companies keep falling along with the price of a barrel of crude. In 2015, the profits of oil behemoths like Shell, Chevron, Exxon Mobil and BP tumbled. Together, these big four saw profits decline by an average of 65 percent last year. These falling margins have a cascade of impacts that are hastening the…

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Overhead photos of the well leaking methane at Porter Ranch, California

The Invisible Climate Nightmare Unfolding in California

One of the biggest environmental disasters in US history is happening right now in southern California. The methane leak at the SoCalGas Aliso Canyon Storage Facility, located in the Porter Ranch neighborhood of northwest Los Angeles, is already the largest such leak in U.S. history and it is far from over. The leak started in October and SoCalGas has indicated…

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Fossil fuel companies burn from their own deception

Academics on the Take: Mounting Evidence of Fossil Fuel-Funded Climate Denial

Greenpeace revealed today the results of an undercover investigation showing how fossil fuel companies secretly pay academics from leading U.S. universities “to write research that sows doubt about climate science and promotes the companies’ commercial interests,” reported Lawrence Carter and Meave McClenaghan on EnergyDesk Greenpeace today. Reporters from Greenpeace UK posing as representative from coal and oil companies approached professors from Princeton…

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President Obama rejects Keystone XL pipeline

Obama Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline

In what may have been a move to call TransCanada’s bluff, President Obama shut down the Keystone XL pipeline project, rejecting the application that would have brought 800,000 barrels a day of heavy crude oil scoured from enormous tar sand pits in Alberta Canada 1,179 miles south to refineries the U.S. Gulf Coast. Producers can find other means to move…

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