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How Americans Came to Oppose Fracking

How Americans Came to Oppose Fracking
by Walter Brasch
 
For the first time since high volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as nonconventional fracking, was developed, more Americans oppose it than support it.
According to a national survey conducted by the independent non-partisan Pew Research Center, 47 percent of Americans oppose fracking, while 41 percent support it. This is a 7 percent decline in support from March 2013, and a 9 percent increase in opposition.
The poll also reveals those who support fracking tend
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Catch the Wind: Helium-Filled Turbine to Float 1,000 Feet Above Alaska

Catch the Wind: Helium-Filled Turbine to Float 1,000 Feet Above Alaska
Ridgeline wind continues to be controversial, and offshore wind comes with its own set of on-site issues, including a much higher installation cost. However, if America is ever going to replace fossil fuels with clean alternatives, wind has to be part of the mix. Some innovative designers and engineers have come up with a solution worthy of Jules Verne: floating turbines.
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I'm Not a Scientist: Video Mash Up Shows Climate Denial Streak in GOP's Midterm Candidates

I'm Not a Scientist: Video Mash Up Shows Climate Denial Streak in GOP's Midterm Candidates
At town halls and candidate debates across the country, Republican and Democratic election hopefuls are being asked where they stand on the important issue of climate change. Many of their answers have been recorded for posterity and, at best, hilarity. At worst, the peril of this planet.
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Koch Brothers-Funded Group Issues 'Study,' Gets it Wildly Wrong on EPA's Clean Power Plan

Koch Brothers-Funded Group Issues 'Study,' Gets it Wildly Wrong on EPA's Clean Power Plan
Not that we should expect any better from a group funded by the Koch brothers and other fossil fuel interests, but the bizarre "60 Plus Association" has really outdone itself on this one. The group is crying wolf on an EPA study showing that electricity prices will rise under the new regulations by 2020, but ignoring the fact that the actual cost to consumers will dip by as much as 8.7 percent.
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BS by the Pound: UK Prime Minister's Top Donors Also Financing Climate Denial

BS by the Pound: UK Prime Minister's Top Donors Also Financing Climate Denial
UK Prime Minister David Cameron faces a major party rebellion over climate change, with Conservative funders giving money to climate denialists and calling for a party rethink on its policy of cutting greenhouse gas emissions.
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Judge Rules Dominion Violated MD Constitution with Zoning Exemptions, Frackers Promise to Get Federal Permits

Judge Rules Dominion Violated MD Constitution with Zoning Exemptions, Frackers Promise to Get Federal Permits
Earlier this month, a court decision handed down by Calvert County Circuit Court Judge James Salmon could put Dominion Resources’ timeline for its proposed Cove Point liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility in jeopardy. Salmon ruled that an ordinance exempting the Lusby, Maryland-based LNG project from local zoning laws violated both a section of a state Land Use law, as well as Maryland's constitution. The facility will be fueled by gas obtained via fracking. Dominion is still confident that it'll receive the exemptions at the federal level.
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Nothing to Feel Here: Oklahoma Media Stays Silent on Link Between Fracking and Surge in Earthquakes

Nothing to Feel Here: Oklahoma Media Stays Silent on Link Between Fracking and Surge in Earthquakes
The media coverage of the 4.3-magnitude earthquake that shook central Oklahoma Tuesday was complacent and routine. That's probably just what the oil and gas industry wants. A glance at online reports about the quakes from The Oklahoman, News 9, KOCO/Channel 5 and NewsChannel 4 shows they didn't even mention how scientists claim the dramatic surge in earthquakes here are caused by the oil and gas drilling process known as fracking.
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Microsoft to ALEC: Buh-Bye

Microsoft to ALEC: Buh-Bye
Microsoft has cut its ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative public-policy lobbying group, CNET reports. The group’s lobbying efforts to block the development of renewable energy apparently was the last straw for Microsoft, which noted in a statement that the company had been involved in ALEC’s Communication and Technology Task Force, but had cut all ties to the group and would no longer pay dues to it.
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Gas Company Responsible for Fatal Pipeline Explosion Pleads Not Guilty to Obstruction of Justice

Gas Company Responsible for Fatal Pipeline Explosion Pleads Not Guilty to Obstruction of Justice
Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has pleaded not guilty to charges in a new indictment that accuses the utility of lying to federal investigators looking into a fatal pipeline explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area neighborhood. Steve Bauer, an attorney for the company, entered the plea in court on Monday to all 28 counts in the indictment, including obstruction of justice.
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From Pastors to Parents, Tribal Leaders to Steelworkers, All Kinds Show Up for EPA's Hearing on Clean Power Plan

From Pastors to Parents, Tribal Leaders to Steelworkers, All Kinds Show Up for EPA's Hearing on Clean Power Plan
Denver is playing host Tuesday and Wednesday of this week as the EPA opens its LEED-certified doors, inviting testimony from all over the region and nation on the agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan, which would cut overall carbon pollution from existing power plants to 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. The proposal is billed as part of the President’s Climate Action Plan and carried out through the EPA’s rulemaking authority under the Clean Air Act.
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