Synopsis of the Advisory Opinion of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal Session on Human Rights, Fracking, and Climate Change

1 Short Synopsis of the Advisory Opinion of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal Session on Human Rights, Fracking, and Climate Change In a ground-breaking advisory opinion, a highly-respected international human rights court, the Romebased Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal, weighed testimony about the human- and nature’s-rights impacts of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) and climate change. They found that: • The infrastructure and practice of …

Babies born near oil and gas wells have congenital heart defects

By Julie Conley, Commondreams, July 24, 2019 | EDUCATE! Researchers At The University Of Colorado Studied Pregnant Women Who Are Among The 17 Million Americans Living Within A Mile From An Active Oil Or Gas Well “Looking at where mothers lived immediately before pregnancy and during the first critical weeks after conception and what was going on at nearby fracking wells, researchers found startling …

Stranded assets: utilities and energy companies plan to invest $112 billion in new gas plants by 2025, as well as $32 billion in infrastructure to transmit the gas

Sunrun just announced that it nailed down a “landmark contract” with California’s East Bay Community Energy board of directors to to install home solar and battery systems on low income housing. The work will enable the area’s decades-old Oakland Power Plant to stop burning jet fuel during peak demand hours. On cautionary note, Marketplace.org looked at the prospects for replacing natural gas power plants …

US has offered close to 378m acres of public lands and waters for oil and gas leasing since Trump took office through April 2019, more than EU emissions

Emily Holden in Washington, Wed 17 Jul 2019 in The Guardian Donald Trump’s leases of public lands and waters for oil and gas drilling could lead to the production of more climate-warming pollution than the entire European Union contributes in a year, according to a new report. The Wilderness Society estimates heat-trapping emissions from extracting and burning those fossil fuels could range between …

Tri-State’s electric resource plan (ERP), by which renewable assets are added and emissions reduced, will remain under PUC regulation

Colorado Sun, July 19, 2019. In a sign of how quickly electricity industry is changing, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association is taking a quick paced series of steps to deal with market pressure and complaints from some of its member cooperatives. Westminster-based Tri-State — power provider to 43 rural electric cooperatives in four states, including 18 in Colorado — has …

Fossil fuel EROI for electricity close to 3:1

Science Daily, July 2019: Researchers have calculated the EROI for fossil fuels over a 16 year period and found that at the finished fuel stage, the ratios are much closer to those of renewable energy sources — roughly 6:1, and potentially as low as 3:1 in the case of electricity. An evaluation of the global energy return on investment for …

Challenge to BLM oil and gas sales in 6 Navajo and Apache counties

AP, 16 July 2019, HOLBROOK, Ariz. (AP) — Three environmental groups have sued the federal government over oil and gas lease sales in eastern Arizona. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management approved the leases last September. They cover more than 6 square miles (17 square kilometers) in Navajo and Apache counties. Two are near Woodruff and the third is near …

A UN report shows an estimated 2 billion people now face moderate or severe food insecurity as the planet heats

By Georgina Gustin, July 15, 2019, Inside Climate News The combined forces of climate change, conflict and economic stagnation are driving more people around the world into hunger, reversing earlier progress, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization reported on Monday. Although the numbers fluctuate as economies rise and fall, conflicts come and go, and climate emergencies intensify and recede, …

Navajo Nation proposes to rescind the tribe’s current energy policy

FARMINGTON — Legislation that proposes the Navajo Nation focus on generating revenue from renewable energy sources is headed to the Navajo Nation Council. The bill, sponsored by Delegate Elmer Begay, proposes to rescind the tribe’s current energy policy and direct the Navajo Nation Department of Justice to draft a replacement policy. It would also establish a task force to address the pending closures of the Navajo …