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White House Launches Inquiry into Pruitt’s Rent Deal With Energy Lobbyist’s Wife – April 3, 2018

Lobbyist’s clients reportedly include ExxonMobil, Enbridge Energy, Colonial Pipeline, and Cheniere Energy

There is a growing political scandal surrounding the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, the climate denier, Scott “Polluting” Pruitt.

The White House has launched a formal inquiry into any potential conflict of interest over the fact that Pruitt rented a bedroom in a centrally located Capitol Hill townhouse, which just happens to be co-owned by the wife of a top energy lobbyist.

2013 fracking protest in BalcombePhoto by Greg SkidmoreThe rental agreement between Pruitt and Vicki Hart, the wife of lobbyist J. Steven Hart, “potentially violates the Ethics Pledge you signed on becoming the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator,” Democrats on the House panel… more

by: Andy Rowell

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A New Golden Age for Big Oil or A Golden Goodbye? – March 28, 2018

Oil firms’ best chance of commercial survival is to rapidly diversify from fossil fuels into alternative technologies

Goldman Sachs, the investment bank at the heart of the global economy still doesn’t get it.

The bank, once famously described as “a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity,” has a blinkered and fundamentally flawed vision when it comes to the future of the oil industry.

Sunset over the oil rig at Huntington BeachPhoto by Pete MarkhamGoldman Sachs' analysis claiming "a new golden age for Big Oil" is dangerously defective in that it seems to envisage a world where Big Oil can carry on drilling unimpeded for decades.

On Monday, Bloomberg reported that the hugely influential investment bank… more

by: Andy Rowell

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You Can’t Frack Without Harming Public Health, New Research Shows – March 15, 2018

Study examines over 1,200 peer-reviewed research papers, government reports, news articles

The conclusion is damning. “All together, findings to date from scientific, medical, and journalistic investigations combine to demonstrate that fracking poses significant threats to air, water, health, public safety, climate stability, seismic stability, community cohesion, and long-term economic vitality.”

arial view of fracked landPhoto courtesy of EcoflightAn oil and gas drilling area in Wyoming. In terms of public health, children and pregnant women are among the groups most at risk from air pollution caused by fracking.

“Emerging data from a rapidly expanding body of evidence continue to reveal a plethora of recurring problems and harms that cannot be sufficiently averted through regulatory frameworks.

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by: Andy Rowell

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Warnings from the Arctic – January 16, 2018

Record-breaking temperatures in Alaska, the US's canary in the climate coal mine, provide glimpse of a warmer future

There is an ongoing scientific debate as to how much influence our changing climate had on the extreme cold snap or what some call “bomb cycle” in the Northeastern US.

As usual, there is an active discussion. Last week, World Weather Attribution claimed that the US has always epxerience cold snaps, but that “cold waves like this have decreased in intensity and frequency over the last century.”

photo of arctic researchPhoto by World Meteorological OrganizationThe Arctic is being fundamentally transformed by human caused climate change.

They add that their research shows “that the temperature of North American cold waves has… more

by: Andy Rowell

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Majority of US Public Against Drilling in ANWR – December 5, 2017

Oil experts think economics are “suspect”

Republicans may be celebrating their great tax rip off they sneaked through last Friday night, which included the hugely disputed proposal of drilling of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, but opening up America’s last true wilderness to oil exploitation is still far from certain.

Caribou in ANWRPhoto by USFWSCaribou graze on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, with the Brooks Range as a backdrop.

Firstly, drilling in ANWR is deeply unpopular with the American public; secondly, it still has to get past the House, where some Republicans are opposed to opening up ANWR; thirdly, even oil industry consultants think drilling now… more

by: Andy Rowell

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