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Radiation, Pollution, and Radiophobia

March 20, 2014 by Rod Adams

Nuclear Radiation Risk

I found a book titled Nuclear Shadowboxing: Legacies and Challenges. It includes a fascinating appendix titled Radiation, Pollution and Radiophobia that should be required reading for people who are interested in understanding more about the health effects of low level radiation.[read more]

Energy Risks of the Ukraine Crisis

March 5, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles
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Although Ukraine's various energy assets don't actually appear to be a major focus of Russia's occupation of the Crimean peninsula, any escalation of the ongoing crisis could eventually have serious energy consequences, regionally and globally.[read more]

Coal Ash Causing Problems in Carolina

February 7, 2014 by Jessica Kennedy

Carolina and Coal Ash

On Monday February 3, Duke Energy officially notified the public that up to 82,000 tons of coal ash leaked from a pond at a retired power plant and were flowing into the Dan River. This volume of ash would fill between 20 and 32 Olympic-size swimming pools.[read more]

Are You Playing the Right Energy Trend? Interview with Porter Stansberry

February 2, 2014 by Jim Patrick

Porter Stansberry founded Stansberry & Associates Investment Research, a private publishing company based in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1999. His monthly newsletter, Stansberry's Investment Advisory, deals with safe-value investments poised to give subscribers years of exceptional returns.[read more]

Slaying the Deal Killer: De-Risking Efficiency and Distributed Energy

November 1, 2013 by Stephen Lacey

For such a simple resource, energy efficiency has a lot of complicated factors working against it. Financing constraints, cultural inertia, inconsistent and ineffective policies. Underlying all of those obstacles is perhaps the biggest challenge for efficiency: risk.[read more]

More than Half of Landowners Report Problems with Shale Gas Development

September 13, 2013 by Amy Mall
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Earlier this year, researchers from West Virginia University surveyed West Virginia land owners with shale wells on their property. The survey asked about the use of the land prior to drilling, overall satisfaction with outcome, problems encountered, and other factors.[read more]

Ocean Acidification May Amplify Global Warming Up To 0.9°F

August 28, 2013 by Joseph Romm

Ocean Acidification

Ocean acidification may speed up total warming this century as much as 0.9°F, a new study finds. This amplifying feedback is not to be found in the IPCC climate report — one more reason it provides an instantly out of date lowball estimate of future warming.[read more]

The Fracking Chickens Are Coming Home To Roost

August 22, 2013 by Tina Casey

Fracking Boom Going Bust?

Bloomberg recently reported that the boom in gas field purchasing from 2009 to 2012 has turned into a whopper of a bust, leaving oil and gas companies with a belly load of depressed assets and “disappointing” wells to go with falling gas prices.[read more]

Nuclear Energy Less Risky Than Natural Gas

August 4, 2013 by Rod Adams
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Cost and Risk Trends

People who get most of their electricity-related economic analysis from the current executives at large companies would be shocked to learn that nuclear power plants produce electricity for the same cost as natural gas fired combined cycle gas turbine power plants.[read more]

A First-Hand View of Fracking in Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale

August 1, 2013 by Geoffrey Styles
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Fracking Site

It’s easy to talk about the shale gas revolution in the abstract and forget that it is the cumulative result of thousands of operations in locations across the country. It combines the technological marvel of precisely planned drilling with the efforts of skilled workers on the surface.[read more]

Energy Risk: Sharp Rise In U.S. Earthquakes Directly Linked To Fracking

July 15, 2013 by Joseph Romm
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Caused by Fracking?

Large earthquakes from distant parts of the globe are setting off tremors around waste-fluid injection wells in the central United States, says a new study.[read more]

My Family's Brush with Toxic Chemicals: Protecting Families from Hazards

July 12, 2013 by Frances Beinecke

Toxic chemicals touch our lives every day through our furniture, the air we breathe, and many other ways. My family recently had an alarming experience with a chemical commonly found in paint strippers – methylene chloride.[read more]

Energy Risks: Sex, Murder, Public Utility Capital Ratios

June 19, 2013 by Adam James

What do sex, murder, and public utility capital ratios have in common? They all carry a certain level of risk. Let’s start with the most exciting one; capital ratios for public utilities.[read more]