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Community Fights Massive Drilling Site Planned near Public School in Low-Income Area

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 12:22:52 +0000


Residents of a city along Colorado’s Front Range are fighting the construction of a major oil and gas drilling site set to be completed next year near a public school attended mostly by low-income students of color.

Ask Eric Gimon

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:38:00 +0000


In this episode, energy expert Eric Gimon answers questions submitted by Energy Transition Show subscribers on a wide range of topics, including the non-climate effects of climate change; whether we even need to keep investing in climate research; what the reliable indicators of the global energy transition might be…

Fossil Fuel Subsidies Need to Go – But What about the Poorer People who Rely on Cheap Energy?

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 17:43:16 +0000


Isn’t there a contradiction between subsidising fossil fuels and meeting Paris climate targets? And, if the subsidies are removed, won’t many people suffer without cheap energy? Though recent analysis shows that the worldwide removal would not magically solve climate change, there are many reasons for reform beyond reducing emissions.

In Pittsburgh, a Community Bill of Rights helped Ban Fracking

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 16:01:45 +0000


ather than “regulate” the amount of harm that fracking would inflict on a city that had been cleaning up smog and brownfields for decades following the withdrawal of the steel industry, CELDF offered to draft a local civil rights law that would guarantee certain community rights, including the right to clean air, pure water, the rights of natural ecosystems to flourish, and the right to be free from toxic trespass (poisoning).

The World Oil Supply is Infinite: I Know That Because I Believe It

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 15:01:26 +0000


Earth scientists have been making the case for years that the present level of human activity is not sustainable.  We’re rapidly depleting resources, degrading ecosystems, altering the atmosphere, etc.  What earth scientists are saying is generally not covered by the mainstream media, or is sugar coated, because the mainstream media is an outlet for the corporate perspective on the world.

Peak Oil Review: 12 March 2018

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 11:59:11 +0000


It was a volatile week with oil prices climbing slowly on Monday and Tuesday, falling by over $2 a barrel on Wednesday and Thursday, and then rebounding to close down about 50 cents for the week on Friday.

Spooked by Quakes, Oklahoma Toughens Fracking Rules

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 12:57:57 +0000


After swarms of earthquakes caused by hydraulic fracturing, Oklahoma has introduced tougher regulations than those used by any Canadian energy regulator. Last month the Oklahoma Corporation Commission ordered all drillers to deploy seismic arrays to detect ground motion within five kilometres of hydraulic fracturing operations over a 39,000-square-kilometre area in the centre of the state.

Energy Prospects: Little to Smil About?

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 15:00:21 +0000


Anyway, this is all vaguely relevant to my present theme, which is some thoughts on Vaclav Smil’s Energy and Civilization: A History (MIT Press, 2017). It’s hard to keep up with Smil’s output, since he seems to produce about three books every year, but I find him an interesting writer.

Choosing to Get Off Fossil Energy—Our Best Local Choices

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 14:32:10 +0000


Richard Heinberg talks about local options for getting off fossil fuels on this episode of the Simpler Living Podcast.

Pathways to Deep Decarbonization

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 16:41:09 +0000


As energy transition proceeds we’ll need to move well beyond decarbonizing electricity generation and into transportation and space heating powered by renewables.

New U.S. Record-Level Oil Production! Peak Oil Theory Disproven! Not.

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 11:29:45 +0000


Sometime in the next few years, global oil output will indeed start to fall and the fact will be undeniable—even though the cause will likely be attributed to a financial or economic crash. But even if tenacious peak oil supply theorists feel vindicated, confirmation of their warnings will carry no sweetness.