Unchecked industrial water use threatens Louisiana capital’s drinking water – and the state can’t stop it

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jun/08/louisiana-saltwater-intrusion-water-exxon-georgia-pacific Industrial water use threatens Louisiana capital’s drinking water The Exxon refinery in Baton Rouge. ‘People ought to come first, not Exxon and Georgia-Pacific,’ said Russel L Honoré. Photograph: Kathleen Flynn/Reuters Unchecked water use by companies like Exxon risks saltwater intrusion and undrinkable tap water Sara Sneath, Wed 8 Jun 2022 08.00 EDT Flowers seem to … Continue reading Unchecked industrial water use threatens Louisiana capital’s drinking water – and the state can’t stop it

Why is eco-conscious California still spending millions to support natural gas?

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jun/07/california-air-pollution-natural-gas Why is eco-conscious California spending millions to support natural gas? Regulators are pouring millions into natural gas as they seek to tackle regional air pollution. Illustration: Define Urban A Los Angeles-area air board faces questions over grant spending amid some of the worst air pollution in the US Miranda Green for Floodlight in partnership with the … Continue reading Why is eco-conscious California still spending millions to support natural gas?

EU pledges to curb oil purchases from Russia but with important exceptions

https://www.wsj.com/articles/eu-leaders-spar-over-russian-oil-ban-11653921289 European Union Pledges to Curb Oil Purchases From Russia Agreed-to embargo would exempt imports via pipeline and mark a sixth sanctions package By Laurence Norman, Daniel Michaels and Joe Wallace Updated May 30, 2022 7:39 pm ET BRUSSELS—European Union leaders said for the first time that they would impose an oil embargo on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, taking a … Continue reading EU pledges to curb oil purchases from Russia but with important exceptions

U.S. and U.K. investors will take huge financial hit if fossil fuels tank

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/may/26/people-in-us-and-uk-face-huge-financial-hit-if-fossil-fuels-lose-value-study-shows? People in US and UK face huge financial hit if fossil fuels lose value, study shows Strong climate action could wipe $756bn from individuals’ pension funds and other investments in rich countries An oilfield in Germany. The study calculated that individuals own 54% of the $1.4tn oil and gas assets at risk. Photograph: Martin Meissner/AP … Continue reading U.S. and U.K. investors will take huge financial hit if fossil fuels tank

Biggest energy use by households in the U.S.? Transportation

U.S. households wanting to be more environmentally friendly -- or just to save on what will become increasingly expensive costs -- will find that cutting transportation. That means reviving mothballed public transportation, carpooling, denser population concentrations, either moving closer to work or working from home, and more. U.S. residents have taken for granted the large … Continue reading Biggest energy use by households in the U.S.? Transportation

Even now, fossil fuel industry has clout to gut IPCC recommendations to totally stop use of that energy within three years

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/apr/05/ipcc-report-scientists-climate-crisis-fossil-fuels IPCC: We can tackle climate change if big oil gets out of the way Experts say criticism of oil and gas’s ‘climate-blocking activities’ cut from final draft, reflective of industry’s power and influence The report made clear that the obstacles to action over the climate crisis are politics and fossil fuel interests. Photograph: Alain Pitton/NurPhoto/Rex/Shutterstock … Continue reading Even now, fossil fuel industry has clout to gut IPCC recommendations to totally stop use of that energy within three years

Oil prices are going to keep going up

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2022/03/russian-oil-sanctions-gas-prices/627074/? The Global Oil Market Is Based on a Fiction What we call petroleum is more like a category of chemicals than a single thing. By Robinson Meyer Andrey Rudakov / Bloomberg / Getty MARCH 16, 2022 Crude oil, the world’s most important and ubiquitous commodity, is weird. It is weird both as a physical object … Continue reading Oil prices are going to keep going up

Germany makes huge changes in just 2 weeks thanks to Russia

Russia's unjustified military action/invasion of Ukraine may accomplish many things Putin doesn't want: solidifying NATO ties, forcing people to make immediate changes away from Russian oil, facing the withdrawal of virtually all ability to access Western financing and commercial property. Putin can threaten takeover of those companies' properties who have shut down (they thought temporarily) … Continue reading Germany makes huge changes in just 2 weeks thanks to Russia

The case for induction cooking

http://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/11/dining/induction-cooking.html The Case for Induction Cooking As the perils of cooking with gas become more apparent, there’s ever more reason for cooks to turn to these flameless, easy-to-clean ranges.By Melissa Clark March 11, 2022 Robert Osborne grew anxious about dinner when his Brooklyn co-op board put the kibosh on a plan to move a gas line … Continue reading The case for induction cooking

Fossil fuel industry proven to be greenwashing its efforts to combat climate crisis

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/feb/18/greenwashing-pr-advertising-oil-firms-exxon-chevron-shell-bp The great greenwashing scam: PR firms face reckoning after spinning for big oil A comprehensive study confirms that oil companies are largely all talk and no action when it comes to clean energy initiatives A Chevron drilling site near Midland, Texas. It’s unlikely PR firms will be able to serve the fossil-fuel industry as … Continue reading Fossil fuel industry proven to be greenwashing its efforts to combat climate crisis

Bitcoin production is demonstrably toxic — no question or doubt

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2022/feb/18/bitcoin-miners-revive-fossil-fuel-plant-co2-emissions-soared Bitcoin miners revived a dying coal plant – then CO2 emissions soared The Hardin coal plant in southern Montana was on the brink of closing when a bitcoin ‘mining’ company bought it, and it roared back to life. Photograph: Courtesy of Anne Hedges Critics say the enormous electricity consumption needed to sustain cryptocurrency is fueling … Continue reading Bitcoin production is demonstrably toxic — no question or doubt

NYC restaurants screaming about skyrocketing electric bills

Surprised that this article doesn't mention that the outside parts of NYC restaurants were required to switch from butane heat to electric. That could account for much of the increase. https://ny.eater.com/2022/2/11/22927772/con-edison-price-increases-electric-bills-nyc-restaurants-brooklyn-kolache-886-guevaras NYC Restaurants Blindsided by Skyrocketing Electric Bills The drastic, overnight bill increase, one restaurant owner says, is “highway robbery.” by Emma Orlow  Feb 11, 2022, 11:05am … Continue reading NYC restaurants screaming about skyrocketing electric bills