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Oil is crashing

Posted by seumasach on November 30, 2014

Business Insider

27th November, 2014

Crude oil just broke $70 for the first time since June 2010.

West Texas Intermediate crude futures sank below $70 after Thursday’s OPEC meeting resulted in the oil cartel announcing that it will not cut production.

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Germany environment minister: Make fracking illegal

Posted by seumasach on April 2, 2014

Wake From Your Slumber

1st April, 2014

Germany’s environment minister has called for the controversial gas extraction technique known as “fracking” to be made illegal. Her comments came ahead of an emergency energy summit.

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Water firms raise fears over shale gas fracking

Posted by seumasach on August 11, 2013

Telegraph

19th July, 2013

In a blow for shale gas explorers and government alike, Water UK, which represents all major water suppliers, has published a series of concerns about fracking and warned that failure to address them could “stop the industry in its tracks”.

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Fracking ‘silence’ for life

Posted by seumasach on August 10, 2013

Asia Times

9th August, 2013

WASHINGTON – New signs have emerged in recent days which indicate extreme measures are being taken in order to suppress evidence of the pernicious effects of the energy extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”.

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Fracking: Study on groundwater contamination

Posted by seumasach on August 9, 2013

New Study Finds High Levels of Arsenic in Groundwater Near Fracking Sites

Theodoric Meyer

ProPublica

A recently published study by researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington found elevated levels of arsenic and other heavy metals in groundwater near natural gas fracking sites in Texas’ Barnett Shale.

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The fracked-up USA shale gas bubble

Posted by seumasach on August 5, 2013

F.William Engdahl

Global Research

13th March, 2013

At a time when much of the world is looking with a mix of envy and excitement at the recent boom in USA unconventional gas from shale rock, when countries from China to Poland to France to the UK are beginning to launch their own ventures into unconventional shale gas extraction, hoping it is the cure for their energy woes, the US shale boom is revealing itself to have been a gigantic hyped confidence bubble that is already beginning to deflate. Carpe diem!

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Nature’s capital is the limiting resource

Posted by seumasach on January 25, 2013

Paul Craig Roberts

Institute for Political Economy

24th January, 2013

Only in science fiction can humans escape the consequences of destroying their own habitat. In Robert A. Heinlein’s Time Enough For Love, the “Great Diaspora of the Human Race” began “more than two millennia ago” and has spread to more than “two thousand colonized planets.” The once “lovely green planet” Earth is a slum planet barely able to support life where only the poorest live, Earth’s natural capital having been consumed over two thousand years ago. Humans have found the ability to rejuvenate themselves and to live almost endless lives, but they are unable to rejuvenate the planets whose natural capital they devour. Humans have not encountered “one race as mean, as nasty, as deadly as our own.” As homo sapiens use up the environments of colonized planets, “human intergalactic colony ships are already headed out into the Endless Deeps,” leaving their ruins behind them.

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