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 [...]

Syngenta Targeted Scientist Over Findings That Herbicide Caused Sexual Deformities

By: Friday February 7, 2014 8:30 am

According to a new report in the New Yorker, agribusiness giant Syngenta waged an underhanded campaign to destroy scientist Tyrone Hayes after his research showed that the company’s lucrative herbicide, atrazine, impeded sexual development in frogs. Atrazine is an extremely popular herbicide and is reportedly applied to more than half the corn in the United [...]

New Utah NSA Spy Center Needs 1.7 Million Gallons Of Water A Day

By: Tuesday July 16, 2013 7:23 am

So where does all that information the NSA is collecting on Americans and the world go? One place will be the NSA’s massive new spying complex in Utah. Apparently all that data takes a toll on the computers as it has been reported that the center requires 1.7 million gallons of water a day to [...]

Nestle CEO Believes All Water On The Planet Should Be In Private Hands

By: Monday April 22, 2013 10:45 am

Peter Brabeck, the Chairman of Nestle Group, has a theory about how the world should work regarding access to water and he would like to share his theory (of not sharing). Brabeck is not a fan of nature, at least not as it is understood today. Saying man can now provide “balance to nature.” Brabeck [...]

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, [...]

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 Impacting Shipping On the Mississippi River

By: Tuesday August 21, 2012 11:44 am

Marcy Wheeler alerts me to the huge economic consequences of the drought of 2012 as it relates to the Mississippi River. Since those canny Ron Paul supporters shut down the NAFTA Superhighway, the might Mississippi remains the key shipping highway connecting north and south in America. And because of the drought, the water level has [...]

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 [...]

EPA Sends Water Shipments to Dimock, Where Fracking Contaminated Water Supply

By: Monday January 23, 2012 12:58 pm

After weeks of apprehension, the Environmental Protection Agency will step in to supply drinking water to residents of Dimock, PA, a de facto acknowledgment that fracking led to contamination of the water supply in this town along the Delaware River Basin. On Friday, the agency announced it would bring tanks of drinking water to four [...]

EPA Backtracks, Declines to Provide Drinking Water for Fracking-Ravaged Dimock

By: Tuesday January 10, 2012 10:14 am

I’m trying to figure out what happened in Dimock, Pennsylvania over the weekend. As you may know, Dimock, home to dozens of fracking wells and featured in the movie Gasland, experienced massive contamination with their water supply. For a time, Cabot Oil & Gas, the main fracking company in the region, provided free water to [...]

Broken: US Infrastructure Needs Still Great

By: Tuesday January 3, 2012 12:55 pm

Back in 2008, after the Presidential election, I remember Rachel Maddow doing an interview with President-elect Obama and asking him about infrastructure needs, citing an American Society of Civil Engineering report giving the country a failing grade for infrastructure, with hundreds of billions if not trillions of dollars in projects needed for upgrades and maintenance. [...]

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