Tag: energy

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Welcome to West Texas: The World’s ‘Extraction Colony’

An unprecedented drilling boom in West Texas’s Permian Basin is great for business. But it’s polluting the air, overwhelming communities and threatening the planet. Kiah Collier, Jamie Smith Hopkins, & Rachel Leven MIDLAND, Texas — Drilling booms have come and gone in this oil town for nearly a century. But […]

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Karnes Immigrants Forced to Breathe Fracking Fumes

‘The prisoners have no choice but to inhale the toxic fumes coming from these sites.’ Jeremy Deaton Karnes County was once one of the poorest counties in Texas, but a few years ago it saw the beginnings of an oil and gas boom spurred on by advances in hydraulic fracturing, or […]

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Anti-nuclear waste tour kicks off in Houston

Organizers of the “Protect Texas from Radioactive Waste Tour” plan to travel to five Texas cities over the next week in protest of a proposed plan to store used nuclear materials in West Texas. Matt Zdun Several Texas organizations gathered in Houston on Tuesday to kick off their “Protect Texas […]

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‘Water Is Life!’ Sings At Bayou Bridge

The Trump Administration may have rolled over Standing Rock, but water protectors are still harrying Energy Transfer Partners. Sheehan Moore/ Waging Nonviolence Half an hour outside of Lafayette, Louisiana — almost three hours west of New Orleans — the proposed route of the Bayou Bridge pipeline crosses the road. It’s […]

Analysis

Puerto Rico Missing a Chance to Rebuild with Renewables

Eight months after Hurricane Maria damaged 80 percent of Puerto Rico’s electricity grid, energy expert Lionel Orama-Exclusa talks to Yale Environment 360 about how the island is missing an opportunity to transform its energy system from fossil fuels to renewable sources.

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VIDEO: Save San Antonio’s Coal Plants

‘Dirty’ Deely announces retirement at San Antonio Earth Day 2018. But pleads: “It’s not too late to save my little brother and sister!” San Antonio coal plant “Dirty” Deely made an unexpected appearance at Earth Day San Antonio this year. The sooty mass of cancer-causing smog was received warmly by […]

Coal experiments being run at at Oak Ridge National Lab.
Analysis

CPS Energy Forecast: Hazy with Strong Chance of Coal

CPS Energy’s “Flexible Generation Plan” anticipates the city will still be burning coal in 2042. I hope when I’m gone and the ages shall roll, My body will blacken and turn into coal. Then I’ll look from the door of my heavenly home, And pity the miner a-diggin’ my bones. […]

Coal Fly Ash Pollution. San Antonio.
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San Antonio’s 15 Worst Polluters

Deceleration‘s map of San Antonio’s major emitters of greenhouse gases, toxic chemicals, and so-called “criteria” pollutants. Greg Harman To state the obvious, San Antonio’s “Dirty” Deely coal plant is a really dirty polluter. We’re talking dirty to the tune of 2,755,917-annual-metric-tons-of-climate-destabilizing-CO2-pumped-out dirty. Add in the 740 tons of potent methane […]

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Two Rivers Report: False ID’s & Resistance

Editor’s Note: I interviewed and photographed Pedro Rabago Gutierrez several times over the last few months in relation to his opposition to Energy Transfer Partners’ Trans-Pecos Pipeline. I knew him as Pete Hefflin, as did everyone else around. Last week, Gutierrez was arrested by the Presidio County Sheriff’s Department, not […]

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Seeking A Cheap Solar Battery? Urine Luck

A battery made with urea, commonly found in fertilizers and mammal urine, could provide a low-cost way of storing energy produced through solar power or other forms of renewable energy for consumption during off hours. The battery is nonflammable and contains electrodes made from abundant aluminum and graphite. Its electrolyte’s […]

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Fracking, Mining, Damming: ‘Homemade’ Quakes Increasing

[EDITOR’S NOTE: As clear and vital as the following article is, it avoids entirely a sleeping giant of human-caused earthquake risk: climate change. If you’re interested in how our industrially warming climate is making the earth shake, read: “Nepal Anniversary: How Climate Change Causes Earthquakes.”] From The Conversation: People knew […]

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Protectors: We Want Parks, Not Pipelines (VIDEO)

Calls for ETP CEO Kelcy Warren to resign Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission seat fill chamber. The “pipeline cowboy,” as Bloomberg News describes Energy Transfer Partners’ CEO Kelcy Warren, should be looking for other work, said more than 50 Texas residents who descended upon a Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission […]