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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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The fight against fracking at a Manhattan protest

The New Front Lines of the Fight Against Fracking

The front lines of the fight over hydraulic fracturing -or “fracking” – are being drawn at the lowest political levels. Fracking involves detonating explosions deep underground and then pumping large volumes of chemical laced water at high pressure into these wells. More than 1,000 chemicals have already been identified as those commonly used in the drilling process. According to a…

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The Latest Environmental News Headlines

Enviro News Wrap: Climate Change and National Security; Keeling Curve On the Brink of 400; Getting Beyond Politics Leads to Climate Action, and more…

GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up and comments on the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: The US government is placing a focus on the threats of climate change to national security. If the rate and severity of natural disasters increases then a great strain will be placed on the military resources of the US. Americans don’t sit by…

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The Latest Environmental News Headlines

Enviro News Wrap: Fracking Regulation; Climate Change National Security Threat; Rainforest Resilience, and more…

GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up and comments on the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: Climate Change is a military issue: Even if the general public does not commonly accept this the military sure does and is taking the coming changes to our planet quite seriously. Rainforests and global warming: Predicting how planet Earth will respond to the…

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Fugitive methane emissions could wipe out any climate benefits of burning natural gas instead of coal

EDF, Chevron Agree Natural Gas Fracking Here to Stay, Part Ways on Fugitive Methane Emissions and Short-Term Impacts of Shale Boom

Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) sat down with Chevron’s Vice President of Policy and Planning Rhonda Zygocki on Monday at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco to discuss, among other things, the recent boom in natural gas hydrofracking (or simply “fracking”). Natural gas as “magic bullet” Zygocki spoke of a “fundamental shift in the energy landscape” over…

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No Fracking Way: A debate on natural gas fracking

No Fracking Way: The Natural Gas Debate

This Intelligence2 debate, in partnership with the Aspen Institute, discusses the recent boom in natural gas fracking. What role does natural gas play in an age of growing energy insecurity and climate disruption? Deborah Goldberg from Earthjustice and Katherine Hudson of Riverkeeper debate New York Times op-ed columnist Joe Nocera, and Sue Tierney of the Analysis Group. The following video previews…

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Environmental News Wrap: Fracking, Better Batteries, Carbon Absorbing Foam, and more…

GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: Fracking is a term used to describe a process that aids in the extraction of natural gas. The chemicals used for this process are under scrutiny now with the US Environmental Protection Agency getting involved. The natural gas industry claims that these chemicals are no…

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