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The Environmental Health Costs of a Petrochemical Future | TruthOut

By Sue Sturgis, Facing South A chemical industry trade group is touting a job-creating side benefit of fracking in North Carolina, claiming that building a plant to process natural gas into the petrochemical products used to make plastics and synthetic fabrics would create thousands of jobs for the state. But the experience of other places with similar facilities shows those ...

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Oil and Ice: The Risks of Drilling in Alaska’s Arctic Ocean | YouTube via AmericanProgress.org

As offshore oil drilling edges ever closer to becoming a reality in the Arctic Ocean, the Center for American Progress examines the region’s lack of readiness in the event of a spill. The video highlights the concerns and challenges facing the Coast Guard charged with its protection, the grave doubts of the scientific community about the lack of knowledge in ...

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The Perils of Fracking | Counterpunch

The natural gas industry defends hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, as safe and efficient. Thomas J. Pyle, president of the Institute for Energy Research, a pro-industry non-profit organization, claims fracking has been “a widely deployed as safe extraction technique,” dating back to 1949. What he doesn’t say is that until recently energy companies had used low-pressure methods to extract ...

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Solar power firms in Mojave desert feel glare of tribes and environmentalists | guardian.co.uk

Of the many projects commissioned by the Obama administration to showcase its commitment to renewable energy, few are as grandly futuristic as the multibillion-dollar solar power projects under construction across broad swaths of desert on the California-Arizona border. But at least two developments, including the $1bn, 250-megawatt Genesis Solar near Blythe in the lower Colorado river valley and the Solar ...

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Exxon in spotlight after Papua New Guinea landslide | guardian.co.uk

A deadly landslide in the mountains of Papua New Guinea, near where Exxon Mobil is building a $15.7bn gas project, has raised new questions about the global energy industry’s scramble for ever harder-to-reach resources. The landslide tore through a quarry used by Exxon in January, killing at least 25 people in the poor South Pacific country, but it has stirred ...

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Keystone XL oil pipeline given legislative backing by 44 US senators | The Guardian

A group of 44 US senators, all Republican except one, have backed proposed legislation that would allow the Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL oil pipeline despite the refusal of Barack Obama to advance the project. Republican senator John Hoeven is set to introduce a bill on Monday that, if passed into law, would allow work to begin immediately on TransCanada’s controversial $7bn ...

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How Arctic oil could break new ground | Roger Howard, guardian.co.uk

In an age of diminishing resources but soaring populations, the scramble for the Arctic’s riches continues. Months after BP’s rival bid fell through, US oil giant ExxonMobil has just struck a £2bn agreement to develop vast hydrocarbon resources in the Kara Sea, off Russia’s northern coast, in return for offering its Russian partner, Rosneft, assets in the US. In one ...

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Pacific-Atlantic route drives up fears of crime and destruction | The Guardian

Carretera Interoceánica boosts links with China for Brazil and Peru but causes anxiety for environmental groups They call it El Puente Billinghurst: a bright orange, half-mile suspension bridge, straddling the thick, murky waters of Peru’s Madre de Dios River. But the Billinghurst is no ordinary bridge. When it is inaugurated later this month it will signal the realisation of a ...

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