Fossil Fuels

Fossil Fuels

Alaska is about to get fracked up

Alaska’s been coasting on its stores of easy-access oil, but a new report from the U.S. Geological Survey shows that the state has a motherlode of shale oil and natural gas. You know what means — here come the frackers. The numbers are impressive: as much as 80 trillion cubic feet of frackable natural gas and up to 2 billion barrels of shale oil. To put that in perspective, the natural gas resources are smaller than the Marcellus Shale, which underlays Pennsylvania and New York, and smaller than Texas’ Haynesville and Eagle Ford shale formations — but it’s still the …

Politics

Stearns accidentally exposes GOP energy agenda

Rep. Cliff Stearns says successful companies should get government subsidies -- unless those successful companies are involved in clean energy.

Energy Efficiency

GOP to Navy: Use more oil, demand more money

In a budget hearing, GOP lawmakers mocked the Navy for its commitment to conserve energy, and instead suggested it spend more time advocating for military bloat.

Renewable Energy

Adorable video will make you feel bad for power plants

This video of collapsing power plant cooling towers is supposed to make you want to celebrate the victory of renewable energy over large power companies that run on fossil fuels. And it does! Sort of. But the cooling towers are so adorable that you feel kind of bad for rooting against them. Couldn’t they have put some cute moustaches on the turbines, too? 

Fossil Fuels

Time for an oil change: Americans strongly oppose fossil fuel subsidies

A Yale poll found that Americans are overwhelmingly opposed to oil, coal, and gas subsidies.

Election 2012

Crazy talk: Rick Santorum out-denies the climate deniers and spins eco-conspiracy theories

Rick Santorum is way crazy when it comes to environmental issues -- so crazy he makes Newt Gingrich's moon-colony plans sound plausible, and Mitt Romney's climate flip-floppery look presidential.

Green Living Tips

Me against the world: The trouble with travel and the climate

Last fall, our green-living pioneer, the Greenie Pig, set out to offset the globe-warming gases she produced on a trip to Texas. Four months into it, she’s not even halfway to her goal. The lesson? Well, read on …

Climate & Energy

Animated guide to building a Keystone XL

Turns out it's just a long concrete tube buried three to four feet under ground, rambling on for mile after mile, narrated by a guy with an adenoid problem.

Fossil Fuels

The great carbon bubble: Why the fossil-fuel industry fights so hard

Big Oil will do anything to avoid coming to terms with the fact that the business models which have made it so profitable directly threaten the Earth's survival, writes Bill McKibben.

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