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What Would It Cost for You to Sign Away Legal Liability for Future Health Problems to a Fracking Company?

A Pennsylvania gas company offers residents cash to buy protection from any claims of harm.

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The Poor Regulation of the Fracking Industry

In Ohio, where gas drilling is booming and toxic waste abundant, legislators acted modestly to address concerns about public safety.

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How Can We Best Measure the Serious Health Threats Posed by Fracking?

In Pennsylvania, opponents of gas drilling say regulators are slow and unprepared in responding to air quality complaints.

 

Romney’s Energy Plan Isn’t an Energy Plan

It’s a veiled stimulus plan to bring back fossil-fuel jobs.

 

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Fracking Away the Wildlife

A spiderweb of natural gas sites is making it harder for the antelope to roam.

 

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Frac-o-nomics: More Gas Won’t Guarantee Lower Prices

As humble guar gum illustrates, the economics of producing more fossil fuels won’t automatically result in lower prices, nor will increased protections necessarily mean big price increases.

 

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Is Natural Gas Just as Polluting as Coal?

Researchers find that harmful methane leaks into the air at twice the amounts estimated by the EPA.

 

Burning Ice: The Next Energy Boom?

Oil companies and governments around the world are examining how to uncage huge amounts of methane gas locked up in undersea ice.

 

Oklahoma Earthquakes and the Wages of Fracking

European experiences offer hints as to whether high seismicity in the U.S. oil patch is related to new gas extraction methods.

 

Russian Gas and the Cost of Germany’s Energy Revolution

Doing deals with the Russians to put a pipe under the North Sea gives Germany some flexibility in its post-nuclear future, but at what price?

 

Think Biomass, Not Natural Gas

John Lennon said imagining world peace is easy if you try. Imagining the energy makeup of a country four decades from now may be a little more difficult.

 

Natural Gas a Player in Alternative Landscape

The nation’s largest natural gas producer discusses the ‘ocean’ of untapped product available in North America.

 

In Praise of the Electric Car

Energy researcher Jonathan Dorn says he backs electric cars, dismisses natural gas as our savior and reluctantly supports a Big Three bailout.

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Love and Hate in Israel and Palestine

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How to Water a Farm in Sandy Ground

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