Category: Environment

The fiscal cliff looms as president re-elected

Recent market gains may begin to fade as the economic reality of what still needs to be done begins to sink in with investors.  More »

Oil industry lobbies feds for sunlight on endangered species reviews

Oil industry leaders are pleading for a window into the government’s court-ordered review of whether to give endangered species protections to hundreds of plants and animals.  More »

A sign the fracking craze could be cooling?

Energy companies are buying fewer trucks for hydraulic fracturing, which means fewer radiator sales for a Minnesota manufacturer.  More »

EPA grants 16 states clean gas waivers after Sandy

The Obama administration is temporarily waiving some Clean Air Act requirements in 16 states and the District of Columbia to reduce fuel disruptions from Superstorm Sandy.  More »

Romney seen scuttling EPA proposals, letting rules stand

On the campaign trail, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has pledged to halt environmental regulations such as auto-mileage standards, mercury pollution limits for power plants and mandated cuts in greenhouse-gas emissions.  More »

New poll shows voters more concerned with energy policy than environmental policy

Energy policy fell in the middle of voters’ concerns for the coming presidential election, according to a poll released this week. And despite the angst expressed on Twitter and other social media sites about the absence of climate change in the debates and elsewhere on the campaign trail, environmental policy ranked last on a list of 10 issues.  More »

Southern Co., KBR promoting coal for electricity generation

Energy provider Southern Co. and Houston-based KBR are working together to use clean coal technology for power generation around the world.  More »

Some Thoughts On The University of Texas Energy Poll

This latest collection of random observations has been sponsored by the University of Texas, and their energy poll which was released last week. The results of 2,100 respondents have been weighted to reflect the demographics of the US. Now I’m not even going to touch the political Q&As with a barge pole, (although you can see them all here), […]  More »

Investors raise environmental concerns about oil sands

A coalition of 49 investors representing $2 trillion in assets, including investments in companies that operate in Canada’s oil sands, Monday called on those companies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental impacts of their operations.  More »

USGS head to be questioned in oil spill deposition

A critical issue in the ongoing litigation of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico rig explosion and oil spill is about to take center stage in a deposition of a key U.S. government figure — how the amount of crude that spewed from an undersea well was calculated.  More »

Shale video talks jobs, not fracking or traffic

A group supporting shale drilling released a 7-minute video today filled with sound bites from industry proponents about the benefits of increasing natural gas production from shale, but didn’t address many environmental concerns.  More »

API blasts government’s hydraulic fracturing probe

The Environmental Protection Agency’s approach to groundwater testing near Wyoming drilling sites raises concerns about its broader nationwide study on hydraulic fracturing, the nation’s leading oil and gas industry group said Thursday.  More »

Professor offers salt solution to fracturing problem

Since hydraulic fracturing involves mixing salt with water, an academic asks, wouldn’t it work to start with saltwater and conserve fresh water?  More »

Land commmissioner: time for protestors to leave the treehouse

Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson says the Keystone XL Pipeline protestors are “eco-anarchists.”  More »

EPA approves more flexible rules for plant expansions

The EPA has approved permitting rules that will let large industrial facilities expand if the changes don’t increase air pollution.  More »