Tag Archives: oil

Bill McKibben: Do the math on climate change

And the math says it is real and is happening right now. The Oregonian paper offers this.

When it comes to ‘energy,’ politicians can’t see through the smog

The energy world portrayed in the debates – one in which coal is ‘clean’ and oil and gas companies will lead the US to a new era of energy abundance – is an illusion carefully crafted by the fossil fuel industry. Oh, and be sure and look over the muddy filth contained in the photograph accompanying this feature-length article from today’s Christian Science Monitor. That, my friends, is what is happening to our natural heritage, in Pennsylvania and elsewhere.

Mitt shifts to the right when it comes to talking about energy

That’s right. Stuff like oil drilling, punching holes in Earth for natural gas, building more roads and paving more wildlife habitat, etc. etc. And the cars he talks about now, in fitting for the son of an automobile executive, don’t have to get great mileage. In fact, the more gasoline and petroleum they burn up, the happier he and his Big Oil campaign contributors are. This NY Times piece spells it all out.

Trace Romney’s views on climate change

Actually, he appears to share Senator James Inhofe’s view that it is all a big hoax. Well, heck, you can read about Mitt’s stance right here. Then vote for the other guy.

New gas-mileage standards saving oil, cutting emissions?

Higher fuel efficiency standards will cut oil use and greenhouse gas emissions. That’s the gist of this article. But it is what is beneath the headline that really makes a difference  as far as the health and well-being of fish and wildlife populations: The presence of roads and their fragmenting effect on the landscape everywhere. How about we start shutting some roads and restoring some migratory corridors and making protected areas “whole” again in the process.

Crude, dirty and dangerous

That’s the best way to describe the so-called oil that comes from tar sands – the same crud that a bunch of people, including some politicians, want to ship via pipeline to refineries on America’s Gulf Coast. You can read about this crud right here.

Addicted to oil in Maine – for heating the house

While federal officials try to wean the country from messy and expensive heating oil, Maine remains addicted. The housing stock is old, most communities are rural, and many residents cannot afford to switch to a cleaner heat source. So the tankers pull into, say, the Portland port, the trucks load up, and the likes of Ike Libby, co-owner of Hometown Energy,  sidle up to house after house to fill oil tanks. I have dim memories of my family’s first house in Pocatello, Idaho, which was heated by an oil-burning furnace. I also remember my father’s bitching at the beast every now and then, and having to deal with a dirty air filter. Today’s NY Times offers this look at the state of Maine, where many folks still heat their place by burning oil.