Expectations that we are on the verge of a global transition from fossil fuels to clean energy sources may be mistaken. “Humanity is not entering a period that will be dominated by renewables… investment in unconventional fossil-fuel extraction and distribution is now expected to outpace spending on renewables by a ratio of at least three-to-one in the… Keep reading →
Law suits, countersuits, bribes, corruption and private investigators are all part of the battle between Chevron and lawyer Steve Donziger over Ecuadorian jungle contamination that dates back decades. Donziger currently faces a major suit brought by the oil giant. “As I take the long view, it’s Chevron that faces the risk, not Steven Donziger.” [New… Keep reading →
Air pollution increased rapidly along with industrial growth during the last century. Major pollutants include SO2, NOX, suspended particulate matter, and carbon. Recently, CO2 has been suspected of being a major greenhouse gas that may contribute to what some call the climate change phenomenon. The relationship between CO2 and climate change remains unclear. Fossil-fuel burning… Keep reading →
Waterless hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” technology has all the makings to disrupt and redefine the $30bln North American pressure pumping market. In recent weeks, I’ve spoken about the use of laser and even CO2 technologies that can be used for enhanced oil recovery (EOR). I’m still very much intrigued by the advancement of energy without… Keep reading →
House Democrats have released draft carbon-pricing legislation, soliciting feedback on a potential per-ton fee for emissions, annual rate of fee increase, and revenue spending.
On March 12, 2013, House Democrats released a draft plan for carbon-pricing legislation that would impose a fee on greenhouse gas emissions from the nation’s largest polluters, such as power plants, oil refineries, and factories. The measure, which has the potential to address both climate change and budget deficit, aims to establish a system that would minimize compliance burden for polluting entities and reduce administrative costs. It would build on EPA’s existing program that requires major sources to report emissions. The Treasury Department would have the responsibility to collect carbon fees based on EPA emissions data. Keep reading →
When it comes to saving energy and pursuing sustainability, corporate peer pressure can be a wonderful thing.
That’s the experience of Walmart, which since 2010 has been using its own environmental policies, along with its considerable corporate muscle, to persuade suppliers to join its ongoing campaign to reduce carbon emissions. Keep reading →