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Lac-Mégantic oil train disaster has awakened the public to the dangers of moving oil by trains - but can it lead to the end of oil trains?

The End of Oil Trains?

This week people from across North America and around the world are commemorating the one year anniversary of the Lac-Mégantic oil train disaster. There is growing concern about the dangers shipping oil by rail and increased public calls to reign-in oil trains. The environmental and emotional legacy of the Lac-Mégantic disaster On July 6, 2013, a runaway train carrying crude oil…

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Fracking operations like this pose a hazard to human and ecosystem health

Whats the Fracking Problem?

Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” has been associated with water contamination, global warming-causing air pollution, health problems, falling property values and even earthquakes. Each year fracking pumps billions of gallons of water and chemicals deep underground under high pressure to force open cracks and release natural gas. Natural Gas Fracking Problems Exposed According to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the chemicals used in fracking fluids…

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Clear-cutting Indonesian rainforest for a palm oil plantation

The Biofuels Pipedream

First generation biofuels have been widely criticized, but even second, third and fourth generation biofuels have uncertain technical, economic and environmental viability. A full assessment of the environmental costs of biofuels reveals that the vast majority do not make sense. For biofuels to be a truly feasible alternative to oil, life cycle analysis must take into account not only CO2,…

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Natural Gas is not the "clean" fossil fuel many say it is, but more the "energy bridge to nowhere"

Natural Gas is Not Clean Energy

Natural gas has garnered a lot of attention, but the research reveals it is anything but clean. To increase domestic energy production and reduce reliance on coal, there is a natural gas boom in the U.S. and elsewhere. However, reliance on natural gas is not a panacea to our energy woes. Natural Gas is Not a Clean Energy Source According to a February 2012 study published in Nature, extracting and producing natural…

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Musings of a Malcontent: The Earth in 2012 – Aye Carumba!

“Musings of a Malcontent” is a weekly op-ed by GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Carlyle Coash I am beginning to feel redundant. I mean how many weeks in a row can I talk about oil spills? Seemingly forever at the rate we’re going. If you haven’t seen it yet, there is an absolutely fabulous spill off the coast of Nigeria. Shell Oil clearly…

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