Author Archive | William DiBenedetto

Pac coast gets it together on climate action

The Pacific Coast Collaborative—comprising British Columbia, California, Oregon and Washington—issued the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy late last month, representing an historic government and regional commitment–it covers the world’s fifth largest economy–to a comprehensive and far-reaching strategic alignment to combat climate change and promote clean energy. Oh and by the way, President Obama […]

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Fracking’s yin and yang

By now you probably know my take on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, if you have been reading this blog and my occasional articles on TriplePundit. Briefly put, I don’t see that the advantages of a marginally cleaner carbon-based energy supply outweigh the litany of disastrous impacts—both potential and real—to the environment, the atmosphere, the earth, […]

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Fracking fractures property values

Why does the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, method of drilling for natural gas and oil get a pass for its unintended consequences, such as soil, water and air pollution, water waste and earthquakes, among other really bad things? No need to answer, but there’s another alarming outcome of fracking that could hit close to home, […]

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PNW coal export scoping to include GHG impacts in Asia

The coal industry’s plan to move millions of tons of coal through Pacific Northwest terminals to China and other Asian markets took a serious hit when Washington regulators said environmental impact reviews must consider the worldwide impact of burning the export coal in China. A major battle surrounding the various export terminal proposals has centered […]

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Fracking: toxic snake oil

Richard Heinberg and the Post Carbon Institute, in a new book, have effectively deconstructed the supposed benefits—foisted upon us by the oil industry—of the hydraulic fracturing method of gas and oil extraction, or fracking.. In his latest book, SNAKE OIL: How Fracking’s False Promise of Plenty Imperils Our Future, Heinberg—journalist, author and senior fellow at […]

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Nature’s Fortune: Start Investing in Nature

We know that it’s wise to take care of Mother Nature, and not just because it’s not nice to do otherwise. From a business standpoint it’s even wiser to invest in nature. In his new book, Nature’s Fortune, Mark R. Tercek, president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy, makes a strong and impassioned case that […]

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New York City a floodplain by 2050? Believe it

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s recent warning and major initiative about the impact of climate change on the city might seem like something out of a science fiction novel, maybe Flood by Stephen Baxter. But it’s not SF. Major portions of the city could be underwater sooner than you think if actions are not […]

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ExxonMobil Adapt to Climate Change? Hah!

The question posed by a guest blogger on ThinkProgress was, “How will ExxonMobil adapt to climate change crisis it helped create?” Given the oil major’s history the answer should have been pretty obvious, until one saw who wrote the piece: Jane Dale Owen, the granddaughter of Robert Lee Blaffer, one of the founders of Humble […]

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Dishing up some solar energy alchemy

When it comes to renewable energy and efficiency, a double-dip in the dish is a great deal. The latest in solar dish technology that does what solar installations do—converts sunlight into power—but with an added twist: it generates clean water. The efficiency of the typical solar installation ranges from 10 to 20 percent, with the […]

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Infographic: Do Hybrids Make Sense and Cents?

As this infographic courtesy of AutoPawn indicates, maybe you can’t have everything—at least not yet. Created by AutoPawn Filed under: alternative energy, cleantech, climate change, economy, environment, transportation Tagged: Autopawn, clean technology, climate change, emissions, environment, hybrid vehicles, sustainability, transportation Read Original Post

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