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Natural Gas and Fracking

Natural Gas and FrackingHydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a drilling process that injects millions of gallons of water, sand and undisclosed chemicals at high pressure into horizontal wells to crack open shale rock and release natural gas. Largely unregulated, the fast-spreading gas-extraction method is enjoying an unprecedented boom, but it could also be contaminating underground water supplies.
Workers installing solar panels on a roof near Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
‘No need for any type of fossil fuel,' says lead author of new report. Wind, water and sunlight could supply all New York state's power.
By 2050, New York State could run entirely on energy produced from wind, water and sunlight. That...
Mar 21, 2013 | Read More
Mining operations of Consol Energy
Shareholder activists are concerned that fossil fuels could become unburnable because of climate laws—and they want firms to divulge the financial risks.
Two advocacy groups have come up with a new tactic to show how climate change—and laws to deal with...
Mar 7, 2013 | Read More
Gina McCarthy
In past speeches, the expected nominee for EPA administrator has pushed for tough climate policies and reached out to help industry prepare.
President Obama's expected choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency is Gina McCarthy, who...
Feb 27, 2013 | Read More
President Obama delivers the State of the Union address on Feb. 13, 2013
Some see the president’s plan as an opportunity to expand drilling to protected public lands, including the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
WASHINGTON—With a couple of lines tucked into his State of the Union speech this month, President...
Feb 25, 2013 | Read More
Likely DOE nominee Ernest Moniz has already drawn fire from some environmentalists for being pro-industry. But his speeches reveal a more nuanced position.
The likely nomination of nuclear physicist Ernest Moniz to lead the Department of Energy has drawn...
Feb 21, 2013 | Read More
Suncor Millenium oil sands mine
Thanks to high global oil prices, industry can afford the large amount of energy needed to extract the oil and turn it into a usable fuel.
The average "energy returned on investment," or EROI, for conventional oil is roughly 25:1. In...
Feb 19, 2013 | Read More
Bill McKibben delivers a speech during his Do the Math Tour
Just six pages long, it is stoking a new moral urgency for climate action and forcing the financial world to reconsider the value of fossil fuel reserves.
It is probably the most influential paper on climate science today. But few outside scientific...
Feb 14, 2013 | Read More
President Barack Obama
News analysis: In his SOTU, the president was navigating through familiar political crosswinds—including GOP opposition and adamant demands from activists.
2/13/13: This story has been updated to include a statement by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. WASHINGTON...
Feb 13, 2013 | Read More
Mass. Governor Deval Patrick signs an energy law
A major change to RGGI is expected to increase the price of carbon and send billions more into state coffers, much of that to clean energy.
When the nine states in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a cap-and-trade system, agreed last...
Feb 11, 2013 | Read More
Oil spill cleanup on the Yellowstone River, July 2011.
Current guidelines say emergency response must be 'prompt and effective.' New report says that's not good enough.
2/5/13: This story has been updated to include information from PHMSA received after publication....
Feb 5, 2013 | Read More