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By Laura Beans
In a continuation of MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry's Aug. 17 show, which highlighted the process of hydraulic fracturing, a panel of experts gathered to discuss the specific case of rural Dryden, NY, which banned fracking within city limits in August 2011.
That same year, the ban prompted an oil corporation—which had spent millions buying up leases, from private home and farm owners in the town—to sue the town. The energy company wanted the court to force Dryden to accept industrial gas drilling, including fracking, within their city limits.
With the assistance of Earthjustice, Dryden successfully argued that their right to make local land use decisions, enshrined in the home rule provision of the New York State Constitution, applies to oil and gas development. In February 2012, a state trial court judge agreed.
But the battle is not over. In May, Norse Energy Corp. USA, a subsidiary of a foreign-owned oil and gas company, filed to have the decision reversed. Filmmaker Josh Fox joins the panel to examine the contamination caused by fracking, from the poisoning of groundwater to the political corruption that surrounds the controversial fossil fuel extraction method.
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By Bijal Trivedi
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report on Nov. 13 that describes a list of microorganisms that have become resistant to antibiotics and pose a serious threat to public health. Each year these so-called superbugs cause more than 2.8 million infections in the U.S. and kill more than 35,000 people.
By Joe Vukovich
Under the guise of responding to consumer complaints that today's energy- and water-efficient dishwashers take too long, the Department of Energy has proposed creating a new class of dishwashers that wouldn't be subject to any water or energy efficiency standards at all. The move would not only undermine three decades of progress for consumers and the environment, it is based on serious distortions of fact regarding today's dishwashers.
By Emily Moran
If you have oak trees in your neighborhood, perhaps you've noticed that some years the ground is carpeted with their acorns, and some years there are hardly any. Biologists call this pattern, in which all the oak trees for miles around make either lots of acorns or almost none, "masting."
By Catherine Davidson
Tashi Yudon peeks out from behind a net curtain at the rooftops below and lets out a sigh, her breath frosting on the windowpane in front of her.
Some 700 kilometers away in the capital city Delhi, temperatures have yet to dip below 25 degrees Celsius, but in Spiti there is already an atmosphere of impatient expectation as winter settles over the valley.