Texas "Frack You" Bill Goes to Vote Tomorrow

Texas “Frack You” Bill Goes to Vote Tomorrow

After a week of theatrics HB 40 is now scheduled for a House floor debate and vote tomorrow, Friday, April 17. It is imperative that we get as many people as possible to both call and e-mail ALL members of the Texas State House of Representatives opposing HB 40 and demanding they vote against it.… ...
Chip Northrup 3 days ago
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New Treatment for Climate Change Denial Disorder

New Treatment for Climate Change Denial Disorder

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Fracking Dean Skelos - Frackers NY Bag Man to be Indicted

Fracking Dean Skelos – Frackers NY Bag Man to be I…

The frackers thought they could buy their way into New York by simply bribing the right state officials -the way they did in Fracksylvania. No one was more important to that strategy than Dean Skelos, who controlled what got out of committee in the Senate. The fractavists always figured the guy for… ...
Chip Northrup 3 days ago
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Texas House Bill 40 "Frack Anywhere" Slithers Sideways

Texas House Bill 40 “Frack Anywhere” Slithers Side…

Texas HB 40, Frack Anywhere,  limped out of committee as of last night, with some new wording that leaves the bill as preposterously worded as it began. Out of 13 committee members, 6 were no-shows for the vote. Those 6 were evidently the ones that did not flunk high school English. Or arithmetic.… ...
Chip Northrup 4 days ago
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Ohio Home Rule: Get It Right or Get Fracked

Ohio Home Rule: Get It Right or Get Fracked

Municipalities cannot "regulate" fracking. They cannot issue fracking licenses. The states do that. Municipalities regulate land use. What can take place on the land. Did not need the Ohio Supremes to affirm that, but they did. Some day, some town in Ohio is actually going to hire a land… ...
Chip Northrup 6 days ago
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How To Tell If The Article About Climate You Are Reading Is B.S., In Four Easy Steps

April 18, 2015
How To Tell If The Article About Climate You Are Reading Is B.S., In Four Easy Steps

  by Joe Romm Posted on April 17, 2015 at 10:01 am Updated: April 17, 2015 at 11:29 am Share: Humanity’s choice (via IPCC): Aggressive climate action ASAP (left figure) minimizes future warming and costs a mere 0.06% of annual growth. Continued inaction (right figure) results in catastrophic warming, 9°F over much of U.S. If an article doesn’t explain how to start aggressive action ASAP and stay far away from catastrophe, it’s wasting your time. This may turn out to be one of the most important years in world history. The leading nations of the world are finally making serious pledges to address the greatest preventable threat to health and well-being of humanity, leading up to the Paris climate talks in December. The success or failure of those talks may well […]

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Is The Gas Industry Frackicidal?

April 18, 2015
Is The Gas Industry Frackicidal?

…the gas industry shows the same indifference to public health & safety wherever they are allowed to operate…   Fracking Campaigner’s fury as chemical giant plans to drill 400 METRES from homes and SCHOOL 08:19, 18 April 2015 By Stephen Stewart A SCOTTISH community has been left enraged by energy giant Ineos’ plan to drill boreholes for fracking just a few hundred metres from a residential area. Fracking protester Maria Montinaro at the site of a proposed fracking well near Grangemouth. The site lies behind a childrens school and in the shadow of the oil refinery. RESIDENTS blasted chemicals giant Ineos after they revealed plans to start fracking near school playgrounds and 400metres from homes. The news came at the first public meeting over the company’s controversial plans to extract […]

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Man Camps Become Ghost Towns

April 16, 2015
Man Camps Become Ghost Towns

The Oil Industry’s ‘Man Camps’ Are Dying Drillers spent big to house workers in the new boomtowns. No more by David WetheKelly Gilblom 7:57 PM EDT April 15, 2015 Roughnecks in a man camp before their shift outside Watford City, N.D. Photographer: Bryan Denton/Corbis At the peak of the fracking boom a few years ago, Jeff Myers converted his South Texas hunting camp into rental oilfield housing. Little wonder: The industry had an almost insatiable hunger for the grunt laborers—the roughnecks—to work the fields, and employers were happy to spend whatever it took to house and feed them. Today that boomtown demand—and $100-per-barrel prices—is a bittersweet memory, and occupancy at Myers’s once-packed Double C Resort has dropped to 10 percent as job cuts take hold. “There aren’t going to be any […]

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The Pope Takes on Climate Change

April 16, 2015
The Pope Takes on Climate Change

Vatican Announces Major Summit On Climate Change by Jack Jenkins Posted on April 15, 2015 at 4:46 pm Catholic officials announced on Tuesday plans for a landmark climate change-themed conference to be hosted at the Vatican later this month, the latest in Pope Francis’ faith-rooted campaign to raise awareness about global warming. The summit, which is scheduled for April 28 and entitled “Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity. The Moral Dimensions of Climate Change and Sustainable Development,” will draw together a combination of scientists, global faith leaders, and influential conservation advocates such as Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is slotted to offer the opening address, and organizers say the goal of the conference is to “build a consensus that the […]

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Northeast Gas Pipelines Losing Support

April 16, 2015
Northeast Gas Pipelines Losing Support

NED project deepens pipeline debate Town officials fear area could become ‘wasteland’ Posted: Tuesday, April 14, 2015 11:30 pm by Joe Mahoney  Staff Writer Contributed Sections of pipe to be used in the Constitution Pipeline are shown in this undated photograph. The Northeast Energy Direct pipeline project has altered the debate on the efforts by the natural gas industry to run underground transmission systems through upstate, according to several local officials. Some elected officials who voiced positive comments or adopted neutral stances on the Constitution Pipeline project, whose construction could begin as early as this year, have been increasingly critical of both the NED project and federal regulators. “This is a different animal from the first one,” Davenport Town Supervisor Dennis Valente said, who was neutral on the Constitution Pipeline […]

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Texas “Frack You” Bill Goes to Vote Tomorrow

April 16, 2015
Texas "Frack You" Bill Goes to Vote Tomorrow

After a week of theatrics HB 40 is now scheduled for a House floor debate and vote tomorrow, Friday, April 17. It is imperative that we get as many people as possible to both call and e-mail ALL members of the Texas State House of Representatives opposing HB 40 and demanding they vote against it. House membership list: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Members/Members.aspx?Chamber=H Click individual member names for phone numbers. Use the following format for e-mails: firstname.lastname@house.state.tx.us If we fail to apply adequate pressure then we may very well soon see our local rights to control oil and gas drilling (and everything else) taken away and given over to the state government. In both your e-mails and calls state that you oppose HB 40 and you want the Representative you are contacting to also […]

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A Ticking Time Bomb for NYC

April 16, 2015
A Ticking Time Bomb for NYC

Doing the Unthinkable: Giant Gas Pipeline to Flank a New York Nuclear Power Plant Wednesday, 15 April 2015 00:00 By Ellen Cantarow, Truthout | News Analysis (Image: Lauren Walker / Truthout) A very large gas pipeline will soon skirt the Indian Point Energy Center (IPEC), an aging nuclear power plant that stands in the town of Cortlandt in Westchester County, New York, 30 miles north of Manhattan. The federal agencies that have permitted the project have bowed to two corporations – the pipeline’s owner, Spectra Energy, and Entergy, which bought the Indian Point complex in 2001 from its former owner. A hazards assessment by a former employee of one of the plant’s prior owners, replete with errors, was the basis for the go-ahead. A dearth of mainstream press coverage leaves […]

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New Treatment for Climate Change Denial Disorder

April 16, 2015
New Treatment for Climate Change Denial Disorder

"Climate Change Denial Disorder" You've gotta watch this: Funny Or Die has made a hilarious faux-PSA about "Climate Change Denial Disorder." Posted by Forecast the Facts on Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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Fracking Dean Skelos – Frackers NY Bag Man to be Indicted

April 16, 2015
Fracking Dean Skelos - Frackers NY Bag Man to be Indicted

The frackers thought they could buy their way into New York by simply bribing the right state officials -the way they did in Fracksylvania. No one was more important to that strategy than Dean Skelos, who controlled what got out of committee in the Senate. The fractavists always figured the guy for a crook. Which he is. Dean Skelos Target of  Corruption Case By Rich Calder, Jamie Schram and Joe Tacopino April 16, 2015 | 12:29am  Here’s a graphic from two years ago that highlighted Skelo’s role in blocking fracking legislation: Dean SkelosPhoto: AP MORE ON: DEAN SKELOS Cuomo headed to Cuba but Skelos staying home Skelos seeks Cuomo’s support after clash with Democrats Skelos preaches reform but stays quiet on source of income from law firm Preet Bharara promises […]

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DEC: Just Say “NO” to Gas Storage in the Finger Lakes!

April 15, 2015
DEC: Just Say "NO" to Gas Storage in the Finger Lakes!

22 Finger Lakes Municipalities Say No to Gas Storage News Written by Gas Free Seneca PresidentJoseph Campbell At the close of Tuesday night’s Board meetings, the Towns of Varick (3-1) and Seneca Falls (unanimous) added their votes against Crestwood’s proposed gas storage and transport facility in Schuyler County. On the heels of last month’s unanimously passed City of Syracuse Resolution, these additions comprise 21 municipalities surrounding Seneca Lake and throughout the Finger Lakes region, representing nearly 760,000 constituents, who are urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to deny permits for gas storage to Texas-based Crestwood Midstream. “The Seneca Falls Canal Harbor is the historic gateway to the Finger Lakes.  It’s the birthplace of Women’s Rights, among other social and religious reforms that have been supported by local residents.  We are pleased that they […]

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