Are Investors Finally Waking Up to North America’s Fracked Gas Crisis

By Justin Mikulka, DeSmog Blog February 10, 2019 The fracked gas industry’s long borrowing binge may finally be hitting a hard reality: paying back investors. Enabled by rising debt, shale companies have been achieving record fracked oil and gas production, while promising investors a big future payoff. But over a decade into the “fracking miracle,” investors are showing signs they’re worried that payoff will never come …

As Himalayas melt, US kids in Juliana case, Youth v. Gov, demand a climate recovery plan, and in the interim, an injunction against fossil fuel permitting

Fossil fuels produced on federal land, which is overseen by the Interior Department resulted in 23% of the nation’s emissions in 2014, and production has increased significantly since then. The Juliana v. United States (#youthvgov) lawsuit charges that the federal government is violating the plaintiffs’ Constitutional rights to life, liberty and property by promoting an energy system that exacerbates climate change the …

Just 90 companies are to blame for most climate change: Over half of global industrial emissions since 1988 can be traced to just 25 corporate and state producers

Carbon Disclosure Project, 2017:  ‘Carbon Majors’ research finds 100 active fossil fuel producers including ExxonMobil, Shell, BHP Billiton and Gazprom are linked to 71% of industrial greenhouse gas emissions since 1988. Carbon Majors Database is the most comprehensive dataset of historic company greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions ever compiled; 100 active fossil fuel producers are linked to 71% of global industrial …

Carbon tax bill(s) update. Federal bill would apply to most emissions from the US energy sector and cut emissions 45 percent by 2030 according to Columbia

A letter to Congress earlier this month from 600-plus environmental groups, including several congregations of women religious and Franciscan Action Network, signaled they would oppose legislation that “place profits over community burdens and benefits, including market-based mechanisms,” such as the carbon tax that was recently proposed.  The bill’s sponsors, six Democrats and one Republican, say it is revenue-neutral and estimate the carbon …

Batteries Cheaper Than Gas. Also Demand For Flexibility Leads To Trading Platforms

Demand For Flexibility Leads To Trading Platforms, Clean Technica, February 9th, 2019 Distribution system operators need more flexibility to manage congested networks This article was originally published by Fereidoon Sioshansi in the EEnergy Informer newsletter. Fereidoon can be reached at fpsoshansi@aol.com. Reprinted with permission. As variable renewable generation increases across the globe and consumers turn into prosumers and prosumagers, the once predictable and unidirectional flows …

The power of community: How Cuba survived peak oil

By Megan Quinn, originally published by Permaculture Activist, February 25, 2006 Havana, Cuba — At the Organipónico de Alamar, a neighborhood agriculture project, a workers’ collective runs a large urban farm, a produce market and a restaurant. Hand tools and human labor replace oil-driven machinery. Worm cultivation and composting create productive soil. Drip irrigation conserves water, and the diverse, multi-hued produce provides the …

Corruption Powering Decisions: Fossil Fuel Industry Outspent Environmentalists and Renewables by 10:1 on Climate Lobbying, New Study Finds

Fossil Fuel Industry Outspends Renewables and Environmentalists by 10:1 on Climate Lobbying, By Itai Vardi, DeSmogBlog, July 18, 2018 Industry sectors based on fossil fuels significantly outspent environmental groups and renewable energy companies on climate change lobbying, new research has found. In a study published today in the journal Climatic Change, Drexel University sociologist Robert Brulle shows that between 2000 and 2016, lobbyists …

Fracked Shale Oil Wells Drying Up Faster than Predicted, Wall Street Journal Finds

By Sharon Kelly , DeSmogBlog, January 10, 2019 In 2015, Pioneer Natural Resources filed a report with the federal Securities and Exchange Commission, in which the shale drilling and fracking company said that it was “drilling the most productive wells in the Eagle Ford Shale” in Texas. That made the company a major player in what local trade papers were calling “arguably the largest single …

Fracking Moratorium Demand Letter with Concerns of 1 Million Coloradans Delivered to Governor Polis Prior to Inauguration

January 4, 2019 Dear Governor-elect Polis, Congratulations on your impending inauguration as Governor of Colorado. We look forward to your governorship and a new chapter in the history of Colorado. We hope this chapter will be more progressive, inclusive, and diverse than ever before. As Executive Director of Colorado Rising, it is my responsibility to express the very serious concerns …