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More Cheap Oil Heading to Market Will Complicate Efforts To Curb Global Warming

More Cheap Oil Heading to Market Will Complicate Efforts To Curb Global Warming

Brazil, Canada, Norway, and Guyana are set to flood the global oil and gas market with an additional million barrels a day in 2020 and nearly a million more in 2021, thus driving down prices and slowing efforts to combat global warming by weaning consumers and industries off fossil fuels.  According to The New York Times, experts predict that this will complicate efforts to gain greater adoption of electric vehicles, and will keep SUVs and other less fuel-efficient cars competitive.

Why This Matters:  An increase in the supply of cheap gas could not come at a worse time for the global fight to curb greenhouse gas emissions — this will obviously have the opposite effect of a carbon tax.

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Nearly 250,000 Students At Risk Due to Proximity To Active Oil and Gas Wells

Nearly 250,000 Students At Risk Due to Proximity To Active Oil and Gas Wells

A Newsy analysis released last week found that more than 600 U.S. schools are located within 500 feet of an active oil or gas well, and more than 1.4 million people across the U.S. live within the 500-foot danger zone. 

Why This Matters:  Kids should not have to go to school near active oil and gas wells with toxic air emissions that put them at higher risk for cancer and respiratory problems.  Research from the Colorado School of Public Health has found that people living within 500 feet of an oil or gas facility have a cancer risk that is 8 times higher than the EPA’s accepted threshold.

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New Study Shows Natural Gas Power Plants Are A “Bridge” That Goes Too Far

A new study by the Rocky Mountain Institute published yesterday makes the case that the U.S. may be making too big an investment in natural gas power infrastructure — power plants and pipelines — the life of those plants go out past 2050 and are more than just a “bridge” to renewable power.  Not only […]

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Manmade Earthquakes Rattle North Texas Even After Oil Exploration Ends

Manmade Earthquakes Rattle North Texas Even After Oil Exploration Ends

In recent years the Fort Worth Basin located in North Central Texas has become a major shale gas production region. In order to extract oil and gas trapped in the rock, wastewater is injected deep into the ground and works its way into dormant faults and eventually forces the rock to crack and allow fossil […]

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De Blasio Getting Tough on Pollution – Is He Running Too?

De Blasio Getting Tough on Pollution – Is He Running Too?

Mayor Bill De Blasio of New York City, who is allegedly mulling whether to throw his hat into the Presidential race, used Trump Tower as a backdrop for an event on Monday highlighting a tough new law that reduces emissions from buildings, which has been dubbed the NYC’s GND. 

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Pipeline Court Challenges Continue

Pipeline Court Challenges Continue

On Tuesday, five environmental groups announced their intention to sue the Trump Administration over its decision to allow the Enefit project to go forward and begin constructing three pipelines and two transmission lines across federal land in Utah — these will transport processed oil from a large shale facility to various utilities.  The Hill reported […]

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FERC Reaches “Compromise” and Approves New LNG Export Terminal

FERC Reaches “Compromise” and Approves New LNG Export Terminal

For the first time in two years, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission late last week approved a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) export project — the Calcasieu Pass in Cameron Parish, Louisiana — after the Commission’s two Republican commissioners and one of the two Democratic commissioners agreed to use a new approach for consideration of direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from LNG facilities. 

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Funding Well May Be Running Dry For Frackers

Funding Well May Be Running Dry For Frackers

According to The Wall Street Journal, fracking companies are seeing their sources of capital on Wall Street dry up as investors are looking elsewhere given that many of the frackers have been operating at a loss for more than a decade.  The lack of capital to keep these companies liquid is forcing them to cut costs and plan for slower growth.  This is particularly true for small companies with lots of debt, but it is also happening to larger companies that are desperately trying to meet earnings targets set by their Wall Street lenders. 

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Former Oil Industry Lobbyist Nominated To Lead Interior

Former Oil Industry Lobbyist Nominated To Lead Interior

The Trump Administration did the expected and yesterday nominated Acting Secretary of Interior David Bernhardt, a former oil industry lobbyist and the top lawyer at Interior under Bush ’43 to take the top slot and officially replace Ryan Zinke.  Most industry experts expect that he will continue to push for expanding oil and gas drilling, […]

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Pipeline and LNG Terminal Project Puts Oregon Governor On the Spot

Pipeline and LNG Terminal Project Puts Oregon Governor On the Spot

In Oregon, there is a fossil fuel infrastructure project undergoing permitting and approval that is stirring up controversy, putting the newly re-elected Governor of the state, Kate Brown, on the spot over her campaign promise to tackle the issue of climate change.  The Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal and its Pacific Connector Gas pipeline would transport fracked natural gas from Colorado all the way to Oregon’s coast, where it would be super-cooled into liquid form and loaded on ships in the terminal bound for international markets.  A huge crowd of protesters attended a state hearing on the project expressed grave concerns about the large quantities of soil that would need to be displaced in order to install the proposed three-foot wide pipeline, spanning 229 miles, 78 wetlands, and 485 waterways across the state through four Oregon Counties.  

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Groundwater Supplies Are Depleted And at Risk From Fracking

Groundwater Supplies Are Depleted And at Risk From Fracking

The Revelator, a publication of the Center for Biological Diversity, reported on a new study that found that “fresh” groundwater is 50% less plentiful in several key U.S. regions than scientists previously believed.  Therefore, digging deeper to find groundwater that is drinkable (not too salty or contaminated) is an increasingly infeasible answer to water shortages across the country.

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