Why Engineers Can’t Stop Los Angeles’ Enormous Methane Leak

One of the biggest environmental disasters in US history is happening right now, and you’ve probably never heard of it.

An enormous amount of harmful methane gas is currently erupting from an energy facility in Aliso Canyon, California, at a startling rate of 110,000 pounds per hour. The gas, which carries with it the stench of rotting eggs, has led to the evacuation 1,700 homes so far. Many residents have already filed lawsuits against the company that owns the facility, the Southern California Gas Company.

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Claim no easy victories. Paris was a failure, but a climate justice movement is rising

Two certainties existed entering the Paris climate talks. They hold as true coming out. The first was that the world’s heads of state were not prepared to act as is necessary. The second is that it was never going to be up to them anyway.

The richest governments – politically captured by a fossil fuel-wedded corporate class – were hobbled from the outset. It was the movement being built by activists around the globe that shaped the best of the Paris agreement.

 

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Order your Stop Fracking Action Pack

Today the Government broke its promises on fracking. 

MPs voted to allow dangerous fracking in the areas that protect our drinking water, and overturned their ‘outright ban’ on fracking in protected areas such as National Parks.

And despite recent promises in Paris about a fossil free future, this week the Government are likely to open up whole new swathes of the country for fracking licenses, while clamping down on renewables.

But we still have the power to keep our communities safe.

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Lord save us from badly informed academics

It is frustrating to hear the article on Radio 4 giving air time to somebody who, if they are not deliberately misleading the public, is spectacularly ill informed. Perhaps next time Radio 4 might be more discriminating in their choice of “expert” as today they appear to have been party to propagating a piece of gross misinformation.

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Fracking is still not the answer: Gas will not solve the climate-warming problem

Shale gas has become plentiful and cheap, with an economic advantage over renewables — but not a scientific one

Dr Jiang Kejun, director of the Energy Research Institute/National Development and Reform Commission (ERI/NDRC), China, believes that the rush to gas is all about getting it out of the ground before it becomes uncompetitive with renewables. It’s not a view often heard in the US, but gas and renewables are already competing in the marketplace, and the most cost-effective technology will ultimately prevail.

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“Gas Pipelinestan War is All About Gas Pipelines !”

Shazaam. What a fracking surprise. Thousands of men, women and children killed, bombs dropped, beheadings on YouTube, millions displaced – over some competing natural gas pipeline routes. The Shia Gas Line vs the Sunni Gas Line – to Europe. Who the frack would have ever fracking guessed that ? 

Two years after energy analysts were writing about this  – the popular press has figured out what the Syrian Gas Pipeline War is about . . . gas pipelines – including lines that would go through Turkey. Imagine that.

The Syrian war often seems like a big confusing mess but one factor that is not often mentioned could be the key to unlocking the conflict.

Some experts have pointed out that many of the key players have one thing in common:  competing multi billion dollar gas pipelines routes.

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Western firms primed to cash in on Syria’s oil and gas ‘frontier’

This exclusive is published by INSURGE INTELLIGENCE, a crowd-funded investigative journalism project. by Nafeez Ahmed

US, British, French, Israeli and other energy interests could be prime beneficiaries of military operations in Iraq and Syria designed to rollback the power of the ‘Islamic State’ (ISIS) and, potentially, the Bashar al-Assad regime.

A study for a global oil services company backed by the French government and linked to Britain’s Tory-led administration, published during the height of the Arab Spring, hailed the significant “hydrocarbon potential” of Syria’s offshore resources.

The 2011 study was printed in GeoArabia, a petroleum industry journal published by a Bahrain-based consultancy, GulfPetroLink, which is sponsored by some of the world’s biggest oil companies, including Chevron, ExxonMobil, Saudi Aramco, Shell, Total, and BP.

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