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March 18, 2013
nbcnews:

‘It’s real’: Energy boom dawns in America
(Graphic: NBC News)
In a four-part series, NBC News and CNBC examine America’s sudden energy renaissance, including how “fracking” and other innovations promise to transform the nation’s economic and political future.
Read more and explore our interactive map.

Meanwhile, Obama is planning to divert $2 billion in money from the oil and gas industries into developing renewable energy resources.

nbcnews:

‘It’s real’: Energy boom dawns in America

(Graphic: NBC News)

In a four-part series, NBC News and CNBC examine America’s sudden energy renaissance, including how “fracking” and other innovations promise to transform the nation’s economic and political future.

Read more and explore our interactive map.

Meanwhile, Obama is planning to divert $2 billion in money from the oil and gas industries into developing renewable energy resources.

10:19 // 1 year ago
February 13, 2013
You can drink it. We did drink it, around the table, almost ritual-like…

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper at a Senate hearing on natural gas, saying he once drank fracking fluid with Halliburton representatives.

Hickenlooper says the liquid he sipped was made entirely of “food additives,” but fracking fluids can contain chemicals ranging from lead to formaldehyde

(via officialssay)

What Mr. Hickenlooper isn’t saying is that he fracked it up afterwards.

16:08 // 1 year ago
July 22, 2012
You can literally put facts in front of people, and they will just ignore them.
Mark Lubell, the director of the Center for Environmental Policy and Behavior at the University of California-Davis • Discussing the nature of the debate over “fracking” in recent months, where both sides have been known to use questionable facts to support their arguments for or against the practice. Example: Protesters claim that the air pollution threats caused by fracking are significant, despite the evidence that the popularity of the practice cuts back on the production of far-more-damaging-to-the-atmosphere coal energy. On top of this, EPA regulations have helped to limit air pollution from fracking. Honestly, environmental issues are emotional. But let’s be honest when bringing up said emotional issues.
13:24 // 2 years ago
July 3, 2012
How does a bill become a law? In the case of today’s vote to legalize hydraulic fracking in North Carolina, by means of an accidental button push. State Rep. Becky Carney, a longstanding opponent of fracking, accidentally voted “yes” instead of “no” on an override of Governor Bev Perdue’s veto of a previously passed, pro-fracking bill. And even though she realized her mistake immediately, apparently that’s just bad luck in North Carolina — her unintended vote was locked in. And hers was the deciding vote. Meaning that, since it was a veto overturn, her slip-up was the single, literal difference between fracking and no fracking in her state. “I feel rotten, and I feel tired,” Carney said. “And I feel that mistakes are made constantly when people are tired. And I feel rotten about it, but I take responsibility for my vote.”

How does a bill become a law? In the case of today’s vote to legalize hydraulic fracking in North Carolina, by means of an accidental button push. State Rep. Becky Carney, a longstanding opponent of fracking, accidentally voted “yes” instead of “no” on an override of Governor Bev Perdue’s veto of a previously passed, pro-fracking bill. And even though she realized her mistake immediately, apparently that’s just bad luck in North Carolina — her unintended vote was locked in. And hers was the deciding vote. Meaning that, since it was a veto overturn, her slip-up was the single, literal difference between fracking and no fracking in her state. “I feel rotten, and I feel tired,” Carney said. “And I feel that mistakes are made constantly when people are tired. And I feel rotten about it, but I take responsibility for my vote.”

19:59 // 2 years ago
June 29, 2012

U.S. becoming less dependent on foreign oil: Why is that, anyway?

  • 5 million number of barrels per day the U.S. increased its oil consumption by between 1980 and 2005
  • 1 million number of barrels per day the U.S. is projected to increase its consumption by between 2010 and 2035 source

» Don’t start fracking in your backyard just yet: While increased instances of hydrofracking on (well, literally in) U.S. soil have helped decrease any reliance on oil from the Middle East — which only comprises 10% of our consumption anyway — the bigger help is increased fuel economy, among other energy efficiency measures being taken. Heck, the more energy-efficient our cars are, the less oil we need from anywhere.

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10:51 // 2 years ago
May 28, 2012
Indian farmers’ new cash crop: “Guar has changed my life.”: Guar, a bean, is commonly used (in guar gum form) as an additive to foods such as ice cream, but that’s not what’s driven up its value tenfold in the past year — rather, guar gum is a necessary part of fracking. Really. source Find us on Twitter! • Stalk us on Facebook!

Indian farmers’ new cash crop: “Guar has changed my life.”: Guar, a bean, is commonly used (in guar gum form) as an additive to foods such as ice cream, but that’s not what’s driven up its value tenfold in the past year — rather, guar gum is a necessary part of fracking. Really. source

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10:38 // 2 years ago
January 6, 2012
These earthquakes were sitting there waiting to happen. We have triggered these earthquakes.
Seismologist John Armbruster • Discussing the recent string of earthquakes in Ohio. If you live in that state, you might have noticed up to a dozen small earthquakes since last spring. There hasn’t been a measured earthquake in the area ever until last March. Apparently, the disposing of waste water into the ground (during a energy-releasing process called “fracking”) may have flowed into an earthquake fault line. This same problem has happened in Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas. In Arkansas alone, 1,000 mini-quakes were measured. source (viafollow)
10:06 // 2 years ago