Hillary Clinton’s Energy Initiative Pressed Countries to Embrace Fracking, New Emails Reveal

Newly disclosed emails show Clinton State Department officials working alongside fossil fuel companies aggressively pushed for fracking even in countries where local objections were growing.

Source: Hillary Clinton’s Energy Initiative Pressed Countries to Embrace Fracking, New Emails Reveal

US Oil Sands announces slow down and lack of funding! USOS STOCKS plummet!

June 27, 2016:  Utah Tar Sands Resistance is hopeful about the real impact of the recent announcement by US Oil Sands of the scale down of their plans for tar sands strip mining at PR Springs Utah. All beings will continue to gain from the existence of this remote ecosystem and the preservation of this historic source of spring water.  From: www.tarsandsresist.org

Consider joining a tar-sands protest vigil in June.

Alberta must move away from oil-based economy, minister says

EDMONTON — Climate isn’t all that’s changing in Alberta. The province’s NDP government has arguably made bigger moves on global warming in six months than the previous Conservatives made in a generation.  From: thechronicleherald.ca

Thank you Shannon Phillips.  Trudeau makes it all possible.

Nature News Digests

GarryRogersNature News Digests:

Extinction Resources: Information, Opinion, Ideas, & Questions

Extinction Information Resources

PassengerPigeon

Passenger Pigeon

Stopping human-caused extinction of Earth’s plant and animal species is the greatest challenge of our time. This post provides access to the latest articles on extinction. The first item (Ceballos et al. 2015) is the latest detailed report on what we know and how we acquired the information.

 Ceballos, Gerardo, Paul R. Ehrlich, Anthony D. Barnosky, Andrés García, Robert M. Pringle, and Todd M. Palmer. 19 June 2015. Accelerated modern human–induced species losses: Entering the sixth mass extinction. Science Advances Vol. 1, no. 5 (e1400253, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1400253). Corresponding author. E-mail: gceballo@ecologia.unam.mx.

More than a thousand recent articles are linked to my blog (https://garryrogers.com/blog):

Causes of Extinction

My blog covers the things that people do to cause extinctions and reduce biodiversity. These deeds of ours are woven into individual and our collective habits and beliefs. Stopping them will alter our society and our culture. It will be difficult. Our population must be reduced, our food choices must change, and our resource harvest must decline. Nothing less will succeed. Search the blog using the following terms for recent reports:  Burning, Coal, Construction, Deforestation, Desertification, Energy, Farming, Fishing, Fracking, Grazing, Hunting, Invasive Species, Logging, Mining, Oil, Pesticides, Pet Trade, Pollution, Population, Roads, and Soil.

Climate change will become the major cause of extinction.  Here’s its search link on my blog:  Climate Change.

For more reading, my Internet newsletters include a wider variety of articles than my blog.

Fracking: New aerial research to track pollutants above western fossil fuel development zones

GR:  As always, we study the consequences of our actions after we act. We often do not attempt to determine effects before we act, and if we do try to predict consequences, the attempt is usually feeble and inadequate. Even more disappointing, the companies and government agencies involved rarely do any kind of follow-up research. And if they do, their results usually justify the action. For mining and energy development, the U. S. Bureau of Land Management is the biggest failure.

Summit County Citizens Voice

Sensitive instruments to track methane, VOCs and other airborne toxins from New Mexico to North Dakota

The Four Corners area (red) is the major U.S. hot spot for methane emissions in this map showing how much emissions varied from average background concentrations from 2003-2009 (dark colors are lower than average; lighter colors are higher). Image Credit:  NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Michigan. The Four Corners area (red) is the major U.S. hot spot for methane emissions in this map showing how much emissions varied from average background concentrations from 2003-2009 (dark colors are lower than average; lighter colors are higher). Image courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Michigan.

Staff Report

FRISCO — A recent study of satellite data showing a hotspot of potent heat-trapping methane pollution over the Four Corners region makes it clear that we’re digging an ever-deeper global warming hole by fracking every last corner of the country.

As NOAA put it, “Vast regions west of the Mississippi River are under development for oil and gas extraction … but while one focus is on what comes out of the ground, NOAA and Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences researchers and their colleagues are studying what escapes…

View original post 398 more words

Study shows challenges of restoring fracking sites

‘Wildlife habitat goals cannot be realized by merely establishing grasses …’ Staff Report FRISCO — Restoring areas after drilling and fracking requires more than just spreading out some dirt and …

Source: summitcountyvoice.com

GR:  There are important differences in habitat restoration, reclamation, and stabilization.  Mining destroys habitat, so mining companies should pay for its restoration.

U.S. Interior Department: Still All About Fossil Fuels

55,000 acres of public lands are slated to be auctioned off for fracking in southern Utah. The prospect of more fossil fuel development portends disaster both for our climate and our public lands.

 

Even as scientists are confirming that it’s time to keep fossil fuels in the ground, the U.S. Department of the Interior continues to open the door for extensive coal, oil, and gas development on o…  Source: climatewest.org

GR:  The U.S. Department of the Interior has never behaved as if the public lands belonged to American citizens.  They have always put the interests of harvesters–loggers, grazers, and miners–ahead of ordinary people.  Because when they don’t, Congress gives them the boot.

Colorado toughens fracking penalties

“New rules eliminate penalty cap.  Penalties for fracking leaks and spills, or other environmentally dangerous accidents associated with fossil fuel development will go up to as much as $15,000 per day in Colorado, under new rules adopted this week by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.The beefed-up penalty structure also does away with a $10,000 penalty cap for each violation.”

Source: summitcountyvoice.com

GR:  We applaud attempts to hold the mining industry accountable for environmental impacts.  Fracking can be the worst source of environmental degradation.  In the pursuit of profits, the energy industry is unconcerned with the effects of their actions (look at the photo below).  Other governments should begin forcing responsible behavior.

(Tar Sands’ hellish landscape of ruined Earth and toxic tailing ponds. Image source Occupy.)

(Tar Sands’ hellish landscape of ruined Earth and toxic tailing ponds. Image source Occupy.)

World to Oil Producers — “We Don’t Want Your Fracking Crude”

“World oil prices routed to 49 dollars per barrel today amidst weak global demand. It’s a sea change in the oil and energy markets that is now in the process of rattling many previously well established oil ventures to their foundations. A shot across the bow that may well signal the beginning of the end of crude due to a combination of expensive production, competition by renewables and efficiencies, and a widespread recognition of ramping hazards from human-caused climate change.  Photo:  Fracking Pads stretch as far as the eye can see in North Dakota’s Bakken Formation (Image source: Greenpeace).

“Within 5-10 years the next price war on marginal oil may well be spear headed by renewables themselves. And that is a good thing, because in order to prevent the very worst impacts of human caused climate change that geological firewater needs to remain where it belongs — in the ground. In other words, there’s good reason not to want that fracking crude.”

Source: robertscribbler.wordpress.com

GR:  This is an excellent review of the current global oil market.  As Scribbler points out, there has been a huge sacrifice of nature for oil profits.  Scribbler also included the photo below in his article.

(Tar Sands’ hellish landscape of ruined Earth and toxic tailing ponds. Image source Occupy.)

(Tar Sands’ hellish landscape of ruined Earth and toxic tailing ponds. Image source Occupy.)