There’s nothing natural about natural gas

There’s nothing natural about natural gas, by Robyn Purchia, SF Examiner, February 20, 2019 San Francisco Fire fighters work to extinguish a gas line-related fire in the Richmond District on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner) Two weeks ago, contractors working at the corner of Geary Boulevard and Parker Avenue hit a gas line. The incident caused an …

World’s largest sovereign wealth fund (Norwegian) worth $1 trillion, divests from all fossil fuels

Citing ‘Permanent Oil Price Decline,’ Norwegian Fund’s Fossil Fuel Divestment Could Spark Global ‘Shockwave’, by Jon Queally, Common Dreams, March 08, 2019 “The decision should sound like a red alert for private banks and investors whose oil and gas assets are becoming increasingly risky and morally untenable,” say climate campaigners The Norwegian government announced Friday a bold recommendation for the Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund …

Coal Ash Contaminates Groundwater at 91% of U.S. Coal Plants, Tests Show: An analysis of water monitoring reports found unsafe levels of toxic substances near hundreds of coal ash sites, many of them in the Midwest and Southeast

“It’s everything we could get our hands on,” said the report’s lead author, Abel Russ, a senior attorney with the Environmental Integrity Project, which worked with Earthjustice on the report. The contamination is “widespread,” Russ said, and in many places, “groundwater may be unusable for decades or hundreds of years.” Almost every coal-fired power plant in the US is contaminating …

Should Utilities Be Buying New Gas Plants?

BY JOHN FARRELL | ILSR.org 25 FEB 2019  In a report entitled Reverse Power Flow released last year, ILSR warned that the widespread availability of affordable energy storage would have major implications for the electricity market, upending traditional planning. In particular, it suggested that new investments in fossil fuel power plants were likely bad bet for electricity customers. So when a monopoly electric company …

Colorado Democrats’ High-Stakes Oil and Gas Bill to Elevate Health and Safety is Finally Here

By CHASE WOODRUFF | FEBRUARY 28, 2019 | Westword For more than a decade, Coloradans impacted by oil and gas development near their homes have clashed with the state’s powerful fossil-fuel industry inside courtrooms, agency hearings, town halls and city council meetings. The hotly anticipated package of oil and gas reforms introduced by Democrats this week is unlikely to bring an end to …

Gus Speth: After 40 Years of Government Inaction on Climate, Have We Finally Turned a Corner?

Policy expert Gus Speth talks about Our Children’s Trust’s lawsuit and how the US government has endangered future well-being, violated the government’s public trust responsibility and citizens’ constitutional rights, explaining the U.S.’s longtime knowledge of climate change even as it pushed fossil fuels. But now we’ve got a fighting chance. By Fran Korten, Yes! Magazine, posted Feb 22, 2019 In 2015, 21 young people …

‘Plastic Is Lethal’: Groundbreaking Report Reveals Health Risks at Every Stage in Plastics Life Cycle

By Olivia Rosane, Feb. 22, 2019 A new study reveals the health risks posed by the making, use and disposal of plastics. Jeffrey Phelps / Getty Images With eight million metric tons of plastic entering the world’s oceans every year, there is growing concern about the proliferation of plastics in the environment. Despite this, surprisingly little is known about the full impact of plastic pollution on human health. But …

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 …