Earthworking in 2016

January 6, 2016 • Jennifer Krill

Now that 2015 is behind us, we at Earthworks are looking forward to an exciting 2016. Here are are some of the things we expect in the coming year.

Are we going to sit back and wait for the next mine waste disaster?

December 22, 2015 • Jennifer Krill

“If the dam had collapsed at night, everyone would have died”.

These chilling words came from Duarte Junior, a mayor of a city downstream from Samarco mine waste dam that failed last month in Minas Gerais, a state in southwestern Brazil.

Fracking, Methane and Paris

December 20, 2015 • Jennifer Krill

The newly-minted Paris climate agreement calls for limiting global temperature increase to 2°C, and leaves in the preamble the more aspirational goal shared by many countries of 1.5°C. It’s clear to observers around the world that meeting this goal is going to require steep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions and leaving most of the world’s remaining fossil fuels in the ground.

And that includes natural gas, particularly fracked natural gas.

A crude way to treat the planet

December 18, 2015 • Jennifer Krill

Talk about a bitter pill – in exchange for a 5-year extension on the tax credit for renewable energy, Congress has PERMANENTLY lifted the forty-year old crude oil export ban.

This deal lines the pockets of the oil industry at the expense of the global climate. Crude oil from shale regions like the Bakken in North Dakota and the Eagle Ford in Texas can now be shipped to overseas markets; it’s not even likely to be a good deal for consumers.

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Fossil Fuel Divestment

November 20, 2014 • Jennifer Krill

One avenue to encourage a more rapid transition from dirty fossil fuels to a clean energy economy is through socially responsible investment, or in this case, disinvestment. If we want fossil fuels to stop dominating the global economy and our political decision makers, then we need to stop buying into them.

So it was great news back in September that the Rockefeller Brothers Fund announced they would divest from fossil fuels.

Can’t anybody here play this game?

May 13, 2014 • Jennifer Krill

“Can’t anybody here play this game?” baseball manager Casey Stengel said about his 1962 New York Mets, renowned as the worst team of all time.

Stengel’s famous line comes to mind with the recent publication of a report by the Government Accountability Office, Congress’ investigative arm, showing that the federal Bureau of Land Management, the leading regulator of oil and gas drilling on federal land, wasn’t even inspecting more than 2,100 of 3,702 wells drilled between fiscal years 2009 and 2012 that the bureau, itself, had designated as high risks for water pollution or other environmental harm.

How California Achieves Independence from Oil

April 11, 2014 • Jennifer Krill

Last week the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Minerals held a hearing entitled, “Energy Independence: Domestic Opportunities to Reverse California’s Growing Dependence on Foreign Oil”. This hearing was a thinly-veiled promotional exercise for increasing oil drilling and fracking in the Golden State.

Fracking moratoria introducida en California

February 22, 2014 • Jennifer Krill

El 20 de febrero, los senadores Holly Mitchell (D - Los Ángeles) y Mark Leno (D - San Francisco), introdujeron la Legislación de Senado (SB) 1132 a la Legislatura de California, la cual pide una moratoria al fracturamiento hidráulico y otros tipos de estimulación no convencional (como la acidificación).