Today’s Essential Reads
Several hundred protesters rallied Monday to raise concerns about the potential for natural gas drilling along the Delaware River watershed.
Hundreds of environmental activists flocked to the Statehouse steps yesterday in celebration of a mild victory that prolonged New Jersey’s moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, a controversial method of extracting underground natural gas.
On the relatively rare occasions that city folk and suburbanites previously had to think about oil and gas drilling, many probably conjured images of grasshopper-esque rigs dotting remote landscapes like Wyoming’s mountain range, Alaska’s tundra or Oklahoma’s wind-swept plains. Most probably didn’t equate drilling with the bright lights of their big city, but they should have because urban America is fast becoming ground zero for the same fights over energy that have long threatened the great wide open.
BP OIL SPILL:
554 days after the Deepwater Horizon explosion, BP is back in action in the Gulf of Mexico.
For years, policy makers have galvanized a debate: Should the US fight climate change by implementing carbon tax or a cap and trade program? But how can the US government possibly consider taxing carbon when they’re still subsidizing oil? Isn’t this an obvious contradiction?
A couple of weeks ago, it was announced that BP would once again begin drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. It has been little more than 18 months since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill occurred and while most Americans have not felt the impact from that disaster, many in the Gulf region are stillstruggling to come back. Many fisher families took a big hit to their economic sustainability when habitats were destroyed by the oil spill, some of which have still not come back.
A U.S. district court in Louisiana dismissed claims filed by rig-owner Transocean that the U.S. government was at fault for last year’s gulf oil spill.
Japanese professor warns melted down reactors pose significant threat if left in current condition.