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ETHICS OF FRACKING ASKS HARD QUESTIONS

“…a rush to action without being clear of the consequences….”

ETHICS OF FRACKING explores the issue of fossil fuel drilling though different professional and religious backgrounds. It also takes a look at the deceiving advertising the gas industry heavily relies on.  In addition to the environmental damages, there is the social impact which is changing communities in drastic ways.

Ethics of Fracking questions the “cost benefit”.  It asks who is benefiting and at what price.  These are questions which haven’t been asked of our local, state and federal legislators.    These are questions which must be asked and answered.

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Scott Cannon produced this film, and has been well known for his Marcellus Shale Reality Tour series.  Cannon is a member of the Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition of Luzerne County, PA.

It is for educational purposes only.  If any groups would like a DVD or to host a screening of the film, they can request one by email at videoinnovation@epix.net

©2014 by Dory Hippauf


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MUST READS for July 1, 2013

must readsRedesigning The Electricity Market For Wind And Solar

June 26, 2013 | Giles Parkinson | CleanTechnia

Late last year, RenewEconomy wrote an analysis entitled the energy markets are broken. We were pilloried by some for exaggeration and being overly dramatic. But we simply drew on insight from the experts, and now they are quite open about the problem: the world’s energy markets do need to be redesigned, otherwise they cannot cope with the impact of wind and solar.

The International Energy Agency, in its recent special update of progress on climate policies, noted that liberalised energy markets (such as Australia’s) should be able to encourage a “significant decarbonisation” of the energy mix. The problem was that these markets – created to support incumbent, centralised fossil fuel generators, were not suited to deliver the sort of energy transformation that was needed to meet climate change targets.

Part of the problem is that the current “energy” markets are designed to allow baseload fossil fuel generation to trundle through at relatively low cost – but no environmental accounting. When demand rises, more expensive peaking plant generation is brought in, with prices rising for all generators. This has underpinned much of the revenues and profits for the incumbents.

 

Why Is China Investing So Much in U.S. Solar and Wind?

June 20, 2013 | Yingzhen Zhao | insights

The world’s two largest greenhouse gas emitters—the United States and China—have been forging a growing bond in combating climate change. Just last week, President Obama and President Xi made a landmark agreement to work towards reducing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a potent greenhouse gas. And both the United States and China are leading global investment and development of clean energy. The United States invested $30.4 billion and added 16.9 GW of wind and solar capacity in 2012. China invested $58.4 billion and added 19.2 GW in capacity.

U.S.-China cooperation on clean energy was the topic of discussion at an event last week at the Woodrow Wilson International Center’s China Environment Forum. Experts from the World Resources Institute and the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) looked at this cooperation from a seldom-discussed viewpoint – China’s renewable energy investments in the United States.

New Spin On Wind Turbine Adds Solar Element

June 7, 2013 | Pete Danko | earthtechling

Go big or go home, right? That seems to be the thinking at the University of Bath, which has headlined a report on a new renewable energy device design with the not-so-timid claim: “New hybrid technology set to change the future of renewables.”

The university is touting a design that combines wind and solar in a vertical-axis turbine configuration. It was developed by a company called McCamley Middle East, with input from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Bath, we’re told.

Bath and McCamley make assertions of superiority over horizontal-axis turbines: the turbine, they say, starts up in lighter winds, handles variations in wind direction better and can continue operating at very high wind speeds. These are familiar claims for vertical-axis turbines – as Michael Barnard points out in his excellent overview of VAWTs – and theoretically defensible to some degree. But why this design would be superior to other VAWTs, none of which have yet passed muster with the Small Wind Certification Council, BTW, isn’t clear.


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RENEWABLES ARE DO-ABLES

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We often hear that renewable energy is “not there yet” as a viable source. The oil & gas industry touts their “job creation numbers” as a reason for boosting the economy.

But is this really true?  Do we shove wind and solar to the back of the closet?

Not only did the renewable energy sector create over 110,000 US jobs in 2012, there are thousands of renewable energy projects going on in the United States and across the globe.

A recently released report by the Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) found:

  • Public transportation drove clean job growth nationwide, clocking in at over 43,000 jobs over the course of the year. Power generation, most of which came from solar, wind, and geothermal, came in second with more than 30,000 jobs.
  • Solar power was a strong and steady job creator throughout the year, and especially in the fourth quarter, providing over 19,000 jobs between the manufacturing and power generation sectors.
  • Investment in energy efficiency hit a record high of $5.6 billion in 2012, according to E2′s analysis of government data, thanks to the announcement of as many as 9,000 new jobs.

Europe, Asia and even OPEC countries are getting themselves off the fossil fuel habit, and moving ahead with solar and wind.  The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has over $5-billion invested in renewable projects. One of the UAE’s motivating factor is the diminishing supply of fossil fuels, by converting to renewable sources for their country there will be more fossil fuels to export to short-sighted countries.

WHERE DOES THE US RANK?

From Renewable Energy world.com: Breakdown: Penetration of Renewable Energy in Selected Markets, the US is producing as much in total renewables in 2011 as we did in 1983.  We barely reached the 14% mark in 30 years.  Compare that to other countries which are utilizing well over 50% renewables for an energy source.

The US ranks 9th out of 10 countries surveyed.

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Worldwide comparison, the US lags behind developing countries, European Union (as a whole) and China.

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We use to be NUMBER 1 in technology and innovation, with the rest of the world clamoring at our door.  Why aren’t we number 1 with renewables?

Clearly, countries can, when they choose to do so, generate a very high percentage — if not 100 percent — of their electricity with renewables. The challenge has never been technical. The problem is the lack of political will to make the choice and consistently implement policies that work.

We can be NUMBER 1 in renewables, it is do-able, but we have to make that choice.   What do you choose?


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EARTH DAY – EVERY DAY

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The genesis of Earth Day is credited to Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin. After witnessing the ravages of the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill, he called for an environmental teach-in.  His modest idea grew quickly and on Wednesday, April 22, 1970 the first Earth Day was held.

43 years later, and held in over 140 counties, Earth Day continues to bring real people together to celebrate this amazing planet and more importantly, to work together to save this amazing planet.

Here we are again. Earth Day, Monday, April 22, 2013, and the threats to our planet, our lives are even more dire.

We can point to greedy corporations, and blame them.  We can complain about politicians who talk a lot but do little and we can shake our fists at ineffectual government agencies.  But pointing, complaining and shaking fists are not enough.

Around the time of the first Earth Day, there was a saying – If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.  It is time to make a choice.  It is time to make a choice to stand up, speak out and be part of the solution, or you can choose to be part of the problem.

When you came here today, you made a choice.   You choose to be a participant of Earth Day.    You choose to stand with others who share the same concerns, the same worries and are seeking the same answers.

This is what is it comes down to – Choice.   What do you choose?

I choose fresh air.    I choose air that flows easily and freely.

What do you choose?

I choose pure water.   I choose water that nourishes the land and all that lives on it.

What do you choose?

I choose a healthy land.   I choose land where life is able to flourish.

What do you choose?

I choose a clean world.  I choose a clean world for myself, for my family, for my town, for my state, for my country, for my world and for the generations yet to come.

And to this end, I choose to make everyday Earth Day.   I choose to be involved, to do what is needed to create a clean world.

Do you want fresh air, pure water, a healthy land and a clean world?  Then choose to make everyday Earth Day.  Find a group in your area, in none exists – start one.   Educate and learn what you can do each and everyday.

The choice is yours.  What do you choose?

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