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By Robert Rapier on Apr 13, 2016 with 12 responses

Natural Gas Bankrupted The U.S. Coal Industry

Coal Goes Bust

Today, as had been expected, Peabody Energy Corp. (NYSE: BTU) — the largest coal producer in the United States — filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Following the announcement I immediately began to receive press releases from various environmental organizations crediting the rise of renewable energy and/or the campaigns to divest investments from fossil fuels for the decline in the U.S. coal industry.

A press release from declared Peabody’s bankruptcy “A harbinger of the end of the fossil fuel era.” While I applaud a transition away from coal, these organizations are falling all over themselves to give credit to everything except the primary culprit behind the demise of the U.S. coal industry, which is natural gas (as I demonstrate below). In fact, many of these organizations have circulated stories — usually from those with clear vested interests — intended to discredit the indisputable role that natural gas has played. So let’s take a closer look.  CONTINUE»

By Russ Finley on Jun 4, 2012 with 21 responses

Will Fukushima Save the Bluefin Tuna?

From a story in Forbes titled Fukushima Radiation May Actually Save Bluefin Tuna:

If the governments can’t help, maybe bad publicity will [save the bluefin tuna]. Nicholas Fisher, the study’s co-author and a marine biologist at Stony Brook University in New York, says when he first saw the levels of radiation in the fish, caught off of San Diego, “my first thought was ‘this will do more for the conservation of this endangered animal than nearly anything else could.’”

Which is also the first thing I thought when this story broke. And yes, I know that isn’t a picture of a bluefin tuna.

 There are natural levels of radioactivity in the tuna, and Fukushima has only added the slightest amount more. (The report can be found here.) “But people are often anxious about radioactivity,” says Fisher.

And this may be what ultimately benefits the Bluefin. The fish, Madigan points out, is not harmed by the radiation that they collected while swimming through the spill waters off the coast of Japan after the tsunami.

But the public perception of the fish may be contaminated for good. And that may keep it out of restaurants.


By Robert Rapier on Nov 22, 2011 with 11 responses

R-Squared Energy TV: Episode 2 – Environmentalist and Debunking Myths

This week’s episode of R-Squared Energy TV considers a couple of questions that I receive from time to time. The questions are as follows: You’ve called yourself an environmentalist in the past; can you expound on that? What causes do you support? Do you get enjoyment out of debunking myths? Next week’s episode will touch on the politics of energy, as well as the single most important question to ask when you encounter an energy claim that sounds too good to be true. Readers who have specific questions can send them to ask [at] consumerenergyreport [dot] com or leave the question after this post (at the original source). Consider subscribing to our YouTube channel where you’ll be able to view… Continue»

By Shay Bapple on Mar 5, 2010 with 3 responses

Obama Unveils Cash for Caulkers Program

Obama’s newest initiative “Cash for Caulkers” would promote energy efficiency by offering government rebates for modified homes.

By Kaid @ NRDC on Jun 4, 2009 with no responses

Dramatic New Carbon Maps Show CO2 Emissions Levels in Metro Areas

The maps demonstrate that although emissions are greatest in highly urban areas, it is in the suburbs and outlying areas where we pollute the most

By Park Howell on May 8, 2009 with 3 responses

9 Steps to Making Your Green Brand Sustainable and Relevant

How do you get people to sit up and pay attention to your eco-conscious pursuits? Are you finding it difficult to cut through the din of green marketing hype?

By Kaid @ NRDC on May 6, 2009 with 20 responses

Downsizing the Carbon Footprint with ‘Tiny Texas Houses’

Tiny Texas Houses disproves the saying that “everything in Texas is bigger”.

By Kaid @ NRDC on May 1, 2009 with 2 responses

US Cities Rank Poorly in International “Quality of Life” Ratings

Six of the top ten cities in Mercer Consulting’s annual rankings of over 200 international locations according to a composite “quality of living” index are either German or Swiss.

By Nathanael Greene on Apr 27, 2009 with 4 responses

NRDC Launches Renewable Energy Site With Mapping Tool

The site shows the enormous potential for new energy systems that reduce global warming, protect the environment and move the U.S. toward energy security.

By Samuel R. Avro on Apr 19, 2009 with no responses

U.S. Energy Sec’y: Island States Will ‘Disappear’ if Climate Change Not Dealt With

President Obama and his Energy Secretary warned of the drastic consequences climate change can cause, especially to small island nations.