Fracking

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Reducing methane is crucial for protecting climate and health, and it can pay for itself – so why aren’t more companies doing it?

Methane, the main ingredient in natural gas, is a larger climate problem than the world anticipates, and cutting its emissions will be crucial to slow global warming, a new United Nations report warns. The greenhouse gas is many times more powerful than carbon dioxide at warming the planet, and its concentration in the atmosphere is […]

UN report highlights ‘Absolutely critical’ need to dramatically slash global methane emissions

The critical importance of reducing global methane emissions, including those generated by the fossil fuel industry, is more significant than previously understood, according to a report published Thursday by the United Nations Environment Program. By Brett Wilkins Common Dreams The new global methane assessment (pdf) concludes that slashing a pollutant that is 84 to 87 times more potent than […]

May 8th

Fracked gas IS a bridge… to tens of thousands of premature deaths

A new study by researchers at Harvard University confirmed Wednesday that natural gas and wood as energy sources—billed by proponents as “cleaner” alternatives to coal and oil—are a major threat to public health and are responsible for pollution which causes tens of thousands of premature deaths each year. By Julia Conley Common Dreams The study, published in […]

May 6th

‘The Climate Emergency is not coming. It is here’: Local officials across US ask Biden to institute a fracking ban

More than 375 local and state elected officials from across the United States sent a letter to President Joe Biden and Congress Tuesday urging national leaders to halt all new fracking and fossil fuel infrastructure projects. By Jenna McGuire Common Dreams The letter (pdf), organized by the advocacy group Food & Water Watch, outlined key actions the federal […]

April 17th

Coalition backing California’s SB 467 vows to continue fighting for setbacks, end to dangerous oil drilling

In a follow-up to my article yesterday on the blocking of Senate Bill 467 in the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and the Environment, below my short commentary is a press release from the statewide coalition of environmental, economic, racial justice and public health organizations that supported the bill. By Dan Bacher The coalition today announced […]

April 15th

In California, communities are battling the last gasp of big oil

The climate crisis has already come to Kern County. In August, when wildfires raged across California, the county was choked with smoke, resulting in the worst air quality the region had seen in years—in a county where the air is regularly so unhealthy that it earns an F rating from the American Lung Association. By Michael Brune Sierra Club […]

March 29th

Climate activists welcome cancellation of Texas LNG terminal

In what Indigenous and environmental activists hailed as a testament to the power of grassroots organizing, a leading U.S. fossil fuel company on Monday announced the cancellation of a planned fracked natural gas terminal in southern Texas. Reuters reports liquefied natural gas developer Annova LNG said it will immediately discontinue work on the Brownsville export terminal “due […]

March 25th

Fracking BANNED in the Delaware River basin

In late February, the fracked gas industry had yet another one of its increasingly frequent bad days. After years of advocacy from thousands of residents, Sierra Club organizers, and numerous partners, the governors of Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Delaware unanimously voted to permanently ban fracking in the Delaware River Basin. Nearly half of the basin […]

March 15th

Oil industry loves to make ludicrous assumptions about job impact of anti-oil policies

One of the defining features of organized denial is that it’s coordinated and relies on politicians, pundits and industry spokespeople singing from the same hymnal, each validating the other while appearing as though they’re working independently. By Climate Denier Roundup  In Floodlight’s latest investigation, Emily Holden worked with Cooper McKim of Wyoming Public Media to expose […]

Elevated levels of ethylbenzene, styrene, and toluene in children living near fracking wells

“While financial analysts, policymakers, and massive corporations squabble over the finer points of the fracking debate, families living amidst the wells day in and day out live in constant fear about what the industry might cost them—if they had another child, would they need to worry about birth defects? Are these exposures increasing their kids’ cancer risk? Would it […]

March 5th