Natural Gas

Climate Change

Myhrvold: 50 simple things won’t fix the climate — but a few complex things might

Nathan Myhrvold responds to follow-up questions about his paper that found that the transition to carbon-free energy must begin immediately.

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 …

Natural Gas

As fracking boom hits Ohio, industry deceives landowners

Tapes reveal fracking industry reps misleading Ohio landowners about the value of their land and the chemicals involved in the practice.

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.

Natural Gas

How the Sierra Club and the natural gas industry broke up

Yesterday, TIME published the news that the Sierra Club had taken more than $25 million dollars from the natural gas industry — specifically, from employees and subsidiaries of Chesapeake Energy, one of the largest natural gas companies around. The donations came at a time when the environmental movement was rallying behind natural gas as a “bridge fuel” — an energy source cleaner than coal that could lead to a renewable energy future. But in 2010, the Sierra Club’s new executive director, Michael Brune, decided to end the financial relationship, forgoing an additional $30 million in funding — an amount equal …

Politics

What did Obama say about energy last night?

We at Grist List know more or less how your State of the Union experience went last night: You intended to watch it, but oooooh, you forgot there was a new Downton Abbey episode you hadn’t watched yet. You started watching the speech, but booooooring! You changed the channel/zoned out/got distracted by YouTube. Or you watched the speech but your drinking game involved a word that no one thought would come up. But then it did! Like a million times! Ugh, now you are hungover. To help y’all out, we have condensed here the most important energy-related bits of the …

Politics

Obama makes strong call for clean energy — oh, and drilling and fracking too

Clean energy rocks. Nice people get jobs at wind-turbine plants. Oil-industry subsidies suck. We need to drill, baby, drill. And we need to frack, baby, frack. That's the takeaway from the State of the Union.

Natural Gas

Natural gas: A bridge to nowhere

Natural gas might have been a "bridge fuel" to a low-carbon future 30 years ago, but today it does little to solve the climate problem, especially without a price on carbon.

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