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Fracked Oil, Gas Well Defects Leading to Methane Leaks

Fracked Oil, Gas Well Defects Leading to Methane Leaks

Defects in fracked oil and gas wells in Pennsylvania are leading to methane leaks in shale wells throughout the state — greenhouse gas emissions that could exacerbate climate change, according to a Cornell University study published Monday.… Read More

Basis for EPA Clean Power Plan Cuts a ‘Mystery’

Basis for EPA Clean Power Plan Cuts a ‘Mystery’

The nation’s biggest CO2 emitter won’t need to make the biggest cuts in existing power plant CO2 emissions, according to the Clean Power Plan’s goals proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.… Read More

World Bank: Tackling Climate Will Grow the Economy

World Bank: Tackling Climate Will Grow the Economy

Fighting climate change would help grow the world economy, according to the World Bank, adding up to $2.6 trillion a year to global GDP in the coming decades. The findings, made available in a report on Tuesday, offer a sharp contrast with claims by the Australian government that fighting climate change would “clobber” the economy. The report also… Read More

Climate Change Puts World’s Energy Systems at Risk

Climate Change Puts World’s Energy Systems at Risk

Rising sea levels, extremes of weather and an increase in the frequency of droughts and floods will all play havoc with the world's energy systems as climate change takes hold, a new report has found. Energy companies are more often cited as part of the problem of climate change, generating the lion's share of the world's greenhouse gas emissions,… Read More

EPA Starts Taking Comments on Clean Power Plan

EPA Starts Taking Comments on Clean Power Plan

A four-month public comment period on the federal government’s plan to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired electric power plants began this week, allowing anyone to submit feedback through Oct. 16.… Read More

Derelict Oil Wells May Be Major Methane Emitters

Derelict Oil Wells May Be Major Methane Emitters

A Princeton University study has found that the hundreds of thousands of abandoned and plugged oil and gas wells in Pennsylvania together may be a significant source of leaking methane, suggesting that an unknown but possibly large number of defunct wells that go mostly unmonitored in oil and gas fields across the country could be a bigger source o… Read More

Clean Power Plan Exempts Major CO2 Emitters

Clean Power Plan Exempts Major CO2 Emitters

The Clean Power Plan, which aims to slash carbon emissions from existing electric power plants burning fossil fuel, may allow some of the most polluting coal-fired power plants in the country to continue operating without having to slash their emissions.… Read More

Map Shows Energy Installations In Extreme Weather’s Path

Map Shows Energy Installations In Extreme Weather’s Path

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has an online interactive map that will show all the major energy infrastructure for any given address in the U.S., allowing anyone to look closely at what power plants, refineries, oil wells, power lines and other installations might exist in a place that is vulnerable to extreme weather.… Read More