Enviro News Wrap: Fracking and Natural Gas; Taxing Chinese Solar Panels; Watering Down Environmental Laws, and more...
GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week:
- This pro-fracking article is a great insight into the minds of anti-environmentalists. Natural gas is growing market though and is seen as better than oil. Natural gas may be better than oil in some ways, but damage is still done to humans and our environment.
- Wind turbines kill birds, they also provide "green" energy. These two attributes have come to a head in North Carolina.
- The Associated Press always brings us such wonderfully slanted news. Apparently the BP Gulf Oil spill wasn't so bad for Bluefin Tune, only 2% of the entire population will be either killed or made impotent. New charges by the US government are made against the trio that caused the Gulf Oil Spill; BP, Halliburton and Transocean.
- Here is a business report trying to explain the volatility of oil prices.
- The Endangered Species Act (ESA) is used to force the issue of carbon emissions in the US, first the Polar Bear was used, now its the Emperor Penguin. The idea is that carbon emissions are melting the poles and destroying the habitat of species like Emperor Penguins, so if the Penguins were protected by the ESA then the US would be forced to reduce emissions drastically in the short term. The EPA also affects land owners and their ability to develop. The potential listing of a lizard in Texas has natural gas companies worried about their ability to ruin landscapes in pursuit of dirty energy.
- The US government is stepping closer to putting an import tax on Chinese made solar panels. The CEOs of these Chinese companies are defending themselves and attributing their low prices in personal ingenuity. The solar industry is doing fine job, claims Forbes, because energy will always be needed.
- The GOP candidates in the US Presidential race debate environmentalism and renewable energy. The candidates speak of sweeping reform, just as Obama did 3 years ago, but will they really be able to do things like scrap the entire EPA?
- Did you know that the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs edits environmental laws to make them less effective so they impose less of a cost?