Susan G. Komen Foundation Under Fire For Partnership With Fracking Company

By: Thursday October 9, 2014 9:46 am

The Susan G Komen Foundation has once again found itself under fire for one of its corporate partnerships. Previously the organization, which focuses on breast cancer awareness, received criticism for partnering with fast food companies. Fast food companies are considered a major contributor the nation’s obesity problem. Obesity is believed to be a contributing lifestyle [...]

Cuomo Administration Undermined Fracking Study

By: Monday October 6, 2014 7:51 am

The administration of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has already faced severe criticism after attempting to sabotage a corruption investigation by stopping political consultants that had done business with the Cuomo for Governor campaign from being interviewed by investigators. Now it has been revealed by Capital New York that the Cuomo Administration delayed and edited [...]

Illinois Fracking Ban Fails After Local Newspapers Refuse To Accept Ads Supporting It

By: Wednesday March 19, 2014 10:03 am

An attempt to ban fracking in Johnson County, Illinois has failed by a 58-42 vote after the only two newspapers in the country refused to run advertisements from those supporting the initiative. According to the group Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing our Environment (SAFE) Johnson County’s only two newspapers – The Goreville Gazette and The Vienna [...]

Children Given Lifelong Ban From Talking About Fracking As Water Activists Labeled Terrorists By Government

By: Wednesday August 7, 2013 10:21 am

The absurd world of natural gas exploitation just keeps on producing wild stories. First there was the revelation of the Halliburton Loophole that Vice President Cheney instituted, exempting fracking from many environmental regulations, including the Clean Water Act. Then the stories of people lighting their tap water on fire due to natural gas from fracking getting into the [...]

Fracking Industry Moves to Recycling Wastewater

By: Monday November 19, 2012 11:38 am

The fracking boom happened so quickly that nobody had any time to deal with the consequences. Not only did politicians not anticipate regulations, allowing the industry to operate in a kind of free-fire zone, but the industry didn’t recognize the massive amounts of limited resources they would need to continue fracking in the future. Specifically, [...]

The US: The Saudi Arabia of Oil

By: Wednesday October 24, 2012 7:01 am

I recall hearing quite a bit from various governors that the US is the “Saudi Arabia of coal” or the “Saudi Arabia of wind,” or whatever natural resource they had in abundance. Now, according to AP energy writer Jonathan Fahey, the US verges on becoming the Saudi Arabia… of oil. U.S. oil output is surging [...]

Administration Wrestles With Granting Natural Gas Export Permits

By: Wednesday October 17, 2012 10:00 am

For all the influence and power in fracking today, if the US were to export natural gas that would magnify a hundred fold. Think about the difference between Saudi Arabia only supplying their domestic industries with oil fuel and supplying the world. There’s no comparison. Natural gas has traditionally been very difficult to export, but [...]

Andrew Cuomo Pressured Into Delaying Approval on Fracking

By: Monday October 1, 2012 9:45 am

Here’s a story about the power of independent, outside movements to advance policy arguments. The story about fracking in New York was that it would simply happen, without much resistance from the state government. The special interests were too powerful, there was too much money at stake. In fact, nationally, the fracking boom is key [...]

Methane Showing Up in Water Contaminated By Fracking

By: Tuesday August 28, 2012 12:26 pm

The biggest reason for the decline in greenhouse gas emissions over the past couple years is the replacement of dirty coal with natural gas to generate electricity. But this will not last if the fracking that has unlocked so much natural gas leads to the release of underground methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. Among all [...]

Drought Relief Bill Passes House, But Won’t Help Livestock Producers Through August

By: Friday August 3, 2012 8:15 am

The House of Representatives passed their one-year drought relief bill by a relatively thin margin yesterday, 223-197. They needed 35 votes from Democrats to get it across the line, as 46 Republicans begged off the bill. Here’s the roll call. The House passed this on the last possible day of the session before the August [...]

Rare Judicial Rulings Go Against Corporate Power

By: Friday July 27, 2012 12:22 pm

A couple judicial rulings recently actually went against corporate America in favor of consumers and residents, in such a rare fashion that I feel compelled to report on it. First, in Pennsylvania a state appellate court delivered what may be one of the first rulings against expanded hydraulic fracturing in a state with plenty of [...]

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