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Fracked Gas Well Blowout in Louisiana Likely to Burn for the Next Month

Fracked Gas Well Blowout in Louisiana Likely to Burn for the Next Month

By Julie Dermansky A fracked natural gas well in northwest Louisiana has been burning for two weeks after suffering a blowout. A state official said the fire will likely burn for the next month before the flames can be brought under control by drilling a relief well. Well Blowout DeSmog obtained drone video footage shot […]

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    Fracking in 2018: Another Year of Pretending to Make Money

    Fracking in 2018: Another Year of Pretending to Make Money

    By Justin Mikulka 2018 was the year the oil and gas industry promised that its darling, the shale fracking revolution, would stop focusing on endless production and instead turn a profit for its investors. But as the year winds to a close, it’s clear that hasn’t happened. Instead, the fracking industry has helped set new […]

    3 Key Dangers of Solar Geoengineering and Why Some Critics Urge a Global Ban

    3 Key Dangers of Solar Geoengineering and Why Some Critics Urge a Global Ban

    By Justin Mikulka A Harvard research team recently announced plans to perform early tests to shoot sunlight-reflecting particles into the high atmosphere to slow or reverse global warming. These research efforts, which could take shape as soon as the first half of 2019, fall under the banner of a geoengineering technology known as solar radiation […]

    Tense Atmosphere: Poland Issues Terrorism Alert for Katowice Ahead of COP24

    Tense Atmosphere: Poland Issues Terrorism Alert for Katowice Ahead of COP24

    By Chloe Farand The Polish government has implemented a terrorism alert in the province where the annual UN climate talks are about to start. Climate campaigners are warning of a tense atmosphere in and around the city of Katowice in southern Poland, where the global climate negotiations, known as COP24, are due to kick off […]

    Koch Industries Lobbies Against Electric Vehicle Tax Credit

    Koch Industries Lobbies Against Electric Vehicle Tax Credit

    By Dana Drugmand Koch Industries is calling for the elimination of tax credits for electric vehicles (EVs), all while claiming that it does not oppose plug-in cars and inviting the elimination of oil and gas subsidies that the petroleum conglomerate and its industry peers receive. Outgoing Nevada Republican Senator Dean Heller introduced a bill in […]

    Why Plans to Turn America’s Rust Belt Into a New Plastics Belt Are Bad News for the Climate

    Why Plans to Turn America’s Rust Belt Into a New Plastics Belt Are Bad News for the Climate

    By Sharon Kelly The petrochemical industry anticipates spending a total of over $200 billion on factories, pipelines, and other infrastructure in the U.S. that will rely on shale gas, the American Chemistry Council announced in September. Construction is already underway at many sites. This building spree would dramatically expand the Gulf Coast’s petrochemical corridor (known […]

    New York Sues Exxon for Deceiving Investors on Climate Change

    New York Sues Exxon for Deceiving Investors on Climate Change

    New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood filed a lawsuit against Exxon Mobil on Wednesday alleging the company defrauded shareholders and downplayed the risk of climate change to its business. The suit, first reported by the New York Times, is the culmination of a years-long investigation—colloquially known as the #ExxonKnew probe—into the energy giant’s business practices […]