Tag Archives: Energy

Fracking on the Rise – But Not Without a Fight

The Washington Post recently reported that the Obama administration has approved a new proposal for natural gas exports, this time off the coast of Maryland.  The recent advent of “fracking” as a drilling method has resulted in a dramatic increase in requests to explore, drill, and push for domestic production.  As Lindsey Grant explained in Is Fracking […]

A New Tutorial on Wind Farms

At the end of 2012, the European market boasted 55 offshore wind farms and the U.S. had absolutely none. The question arises: “What’s the holdup?” There are a wide variety of answers to that inquiry. However, many are cleared up by Cleantechnica.com’s new report, titled “Where Do I Put My Offshore Wind Farm?,” a two-page […]

Happy Days are Here Again?

There has been a welter of celebratory stories in the popular press claiming that, because of the advent of fracking, our energy problems are over, that we are on the way to ending our dependence on foreign energy sources, and that – as a consequence – any worries about the limits to growth and the transition from fossil fuels are no longer relevant. I will present a less ecstatic analysis.1

Is Fracking an Answer? To What?

The Process. Fracking is a hot topic right now.  It is treated as something new on Earth.  In fact, two technologies – fracking and horizontal drilling – have matured at the same time. Both have been around for some time, fracking experiments since the 19th  Century and horizontal drilling for decades.  What has changed is […]


by Andrew R.B. Ferguson In the film An Inconvenient Truth, ex vice-president Al Gore presents the facts about climate change. It is a bravura performance. He makes use of brilliant presentational techniques to put before us all relevant current knowledge about climate change. He lightens the factual burden with humour, and by including some interesting […]

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