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Environment Issues

Fracking Cuts Greenhouse Gases

The United States emitted nearly 9 percent less carbon dioxide in 2009 than it did in 2008, mostly due to the wider employment of natural gas...

Why Europe Is Wrong about Canada's Oil Sands

Oil derived from sand -- like Canada's -- emits as much greenhouse gas emissions as Nigerian or Venezuelan crude oil, but only 6 percent more than the average crude oil consumed in the United States...

Solar Industry Faces Subsidy Cuts in Europe

Alternative-energy experts suggest that with solar panels' declining prices, subsidy cuts are not only acceptable, but to be expected...

Firm Sells Solar Panels, Taxpayers Pay

A heavily subsidized solar company received a U.S. taxpayer loan guarantee to sell solar panels to itself...

Wind Power Will Cost Britain

The cost of expanding wind turbines to 40 gigawatts, in order to provide 31 percent of the United Kingdom's electricity by 2020, could run as high as £75 billion ($120 billion)...

No Confidence in Nuclear Energy

By sidelining Yucca Mountain, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has eliminated a viable site to store spent nuclear fuel, essentially broadcasting a no-confidence message in the future of nuclear power...

A Cost Effective Way to Cut Smog

As much as 20 percent of California's smog may now be coming from Asia...

Get Dense

Studies have found that land devoted to organic farming produces 50 percent less wheat, 55 percent less asparagus and lettuce, and 23 percent less corn than conventionally farmed land of the same acreage...

Hydraulic Fracturing Is a Win-Win for the Environment

Natural gas production rose 50 percent in a single year from 2008 to 2009; natural gas production costs, meanwhile, have fallen 50 percent since 2008...

Faulty Wells, Not Fracking, Blamed for Groundwater Pollution

Opponents charge that the fracking process allows natural gas to seep into the ground and contaminate the water supply; the fracking industry says the problem is caused only by poor cement use in the construction of fracking wells...


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