Sep 14 2012

Twitter Link Round-Up: Solar Power on the Rise and Isaac Washes Tar Balls on Gulf Shores

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Sep 07 2012

Twitter Link Round-Up: Effects from Climate Change on the Rise while Romney Jokes

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Oct 21 2011

Twitter Link Round-Up: A Discussion of the Indian Point Nuclear Plant and Global Warming Creates Hope for More Oil Exploration in Arctic Sea

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Sep 30 2011

Twitter Link Round-Up: Keystone XL Hearings and Environmental Hero Wangari Maathai Dies

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Sep 05 2011

The Keystone XL Pipeline: Fuse on a Climate Bomb

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Keystone XL demonstration, White House Photo Credit: Josh Lopez, via wikimedia

A sit-in protest has been going on outside the White House.  It’s attracted hundreds of protesters and resulted in hundreds of arrest, including some very high profile activists.  Among them are such diverse figures as Bill McKibben of 350.org (the architect of the protest), Dan Choi, and Daryl Hannah.  Called the largest act of civil disobedience in a generation, it was sparked by a project called the Keystone XL Pipeline.

This pipeline would be an expansion of the existing Keystone pipeline system and carry oil from the tar sands in Canada to refineries in Texas and is currently be considered by the State Department.  The protestors have several problems with this proposal.  First, tar sand oil itself has three times the carbon footprint of conventional oil, mostly because of the energy-intensive extraction process.  TransCanada, the owner of the Keystone pipelines system, insists that they have found ways to reduce the carbon footprint of tar sands production. However, Canada’s environmental ministry estimates (pdf) that emissions from tar sands will continue to be incredibly large.  James Hansen, NASA’s top climate scientist who was also arrested at the Keystone XL protest, has said that if this pipeline is approved it will be pretty much “game over” for the climate. Continue Reading »

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Aug 24 2011

BP Oil Spill Part Two?: New Oil Slick Found in Gulf

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Oil Spill, via wikimedia

The appearance of an oil sheen in the Gulf of Mexico near the source of last year’s major BP spill sparked new fears in a community still suffering from oil spill jitters.   BP has denied that the oil is coming from any of its wells, including the capped Macondo well that was the source of the worst oil spill in U.S. history.  They nevertheless sent boats and booms to the capped well and investigated the site with submersibles to ensure that there are no leaks.  The source of the oil sheen is not currently known, but there are several other abandoned oil wells that may be the culprits.  So far, this incident is another reminder of the ever-present danger of oil spills, which increases in offshore rigs, and the reality that minor spills and leaks from such rigs happens on a regular basis.  This summer also saw more two major oil leaks: the Shell leak in the North Sea and the ruptured ExxonMobil pipeline that spilled into the Yellowstone River. Continue Reading »

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