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Gas Pipeline Nixed In Pinelands Reserve… For Now

“Truly a special place,” says the National Park Service online guide. (Pictured: the Mullica River, from wiki commons). The fragile environment of the New Jersey Pinelands gained a rare win this month over development pressures, as represented by the governor, the utility industry, and multistate corporate interests. Lane closures last fall on the George Washington […]

January 23rd

Top 10 Toxic Ingredients Used In The Fossil Fuel Industries

A User’s Guide To Oil, Coal, and Gas There are many reasons to reject fossil fuels now, after 200 years of their reign as society’s primary energy source. History will articulate both the benefits provided to human society derived from fossil fuel energy technologies from 1750 to the present — and the extensive costs. In […]

December 7th

Formaldehyde — #5 In "Top 10 Toxic Ingredients Used By The Fossil Fuel Industries" Series

This is part of a 10-part series on the “Top 10 Toxic Ingredients Used By The Fossil Fuel Industries.” Read, share, and check in tomorrow for the next part, which will focus on pet coke. 5. Formaldehyde Fossil Fuel Source: Natural Gas Formaldehyde is a carcinogen with known links to leukemia and rare nasopharyngeall cancers, according to the International […]

December 3rd

Russell Brand Wants Revolution (VIDEO)

I can’t say that I agree with everything Russell Brand says here, but I think I agree with 99% of it. Check this out for an impassioned political tirade or 5 from Russell Brand: Related Stories: Occupy Wall Street Cartoons, News, + How Republicans Try to (& Do) Rob the 99% to Pay the 1% […]

November 9th

How Clean Is Your Electricity? Ask The EPA

If you’ve ever wondered about the composition of the electricity delivered to your home (most of us have no clue), there’s one quick and easy way to find out. The EPA’s ‘Power Profiler’ tool has apparently been around for at least 2 years, but I only discovered it recently. Although the data used to generate […]

October 30th

Our Way Of Life

By Maggie Fox, President and CEO, Climate Reality Project It’s funny. A lot of the rhetoric we hear pushing back against putting a price on carbon pollution parrots the argument that “it would threaten our way of life.” Nothing could be further from the truth. Fossil fuels like oil and coal helped power us through the […]

October 21st

Pipeline Problems, or: the Keystone XL is a Tiny Thing

Hello, Planetsave readers! This is my first post here on Planetsave, after many years of writing for PS’ sister sites Gas 2 and Cleantechnica, as well as heading up our zombie apocalypse survival blog, Insteading. Since I’m not 100% on where to start, I’ve decided to re-post a recent article from Cleantechnica covering a number […]

August 20th

Climate Activist Tim DeChristopher Appears On David Letterman

Last week, climate activist Tim DeChristopher received a warm welcome on the David Letterman Show. The 12-minute interview with Dave was productive and seemed to give the host a little insight into climate activism. DeChristopher had a chance to discuss climate activism, the upcoming documentary Bidder 70, and the events leading up to DeChristopher’s imprisonment. During the interview, […]

July 2nd

US Coal Exports: "The Worst Of The Worst"

First, a historical parallel: The US tobacco industry, during the late 1990s, targeted children in underdeveloped parts of the world — South America, Asia, and the middle-East — with a particularly abhorrent marketing program: they gave away free cigarettes to children in order to introduce them to smoking at an early age. At the same […]

May 30th

Fracking Waste: Too Toxic, Even For A Hazardous Waste Site

On April 19, a truck delivering waste from a fracking operation in Greene County, Pennsylvania, was quarantined after being rejected by a hazardous waste landfill as too dangerous. The truck was carrying highly radioactive radium-226 in concentrations 86 times higher than allowed per EPA limits. After being quarantined at a the landfill, the truck was sent back […]

April 30th

Federal Court Rules Against Fracking Industry In California

In what is being hailed as a “landmark ruling” a federal judge in California has ruled (on April 8, 2013) that federal authorities at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) broke the law when they leased government-controlled land to oil and natural gas drilling companies without proper environmental oversight and assessment of the risks of […]

April 17th

EU Must Go Beyond Carbon Pricing — For Economy, Climate, EU

WWF has released a briefing paper on post-2020 renewable energy targets. The EU has had some of the most aggressive renewable energy and energy efficiency policies and programs for over two decades now. However, its fuel imports have still risen considerably. Already-established renewable energy and energy efficiency leadership will help the EU to curtail that […]

March 15th

Fracking In The Age Of Cancer

In 1794 Thomas Paine released “The Age of Reason“, a call to abandon blind loyalty to institutionalized religion.The title of Paine’s work can also be applied to today’s fracking industry — in the age of cancer. In 2012 alone there were 1,600,000 newly diagnosed cancer discoveries in the United States. Some 1,500 people die of […]

March 5th

A Huge Purchase You Make Without Thinking

  Generally speaking, we compare products when shopping. We look for the cheapest, greenest, most socially responsible options we can find. It’s quite common for us to do this when it comes to food, clothing, electronics, and even cars. However, there’s one huge expense we pay for regularly without even thinking (or hardly thinking), and […]

November 26th

Best Environment Infographic Ever

  Seriously. This is the best environment infographic ever. Politicians and oil companies might waste time debating whether or not we’ve reached peak oil. What they ignore is that we run out completely in under 40 years’ time, by which time a third of the planet’s biodiversity will be lost. In the meantime, tantalum, that great […]

November 14th

Fracking Industry Cited By Prominent Medical Journal For Infringing Upon Patient–Physician Relationship

  A report issued this month in The New England Journal of Medicine cites the controversial gas extraction process known as ‘fracking’ as one of four prime examples of an increasing trend whereby legislators, in cooperation with industry, “inappropriately infringe on clinical practice and patient-physician relationships.” The October 18 article, titled “Legislative Interference with the […]

November 14th

Elizabeth Warren For Senate (Massachusetts)

  If you’re voting in the Massachusetts election today or tomorrow, you should be voting for Elizabeth Warren without any hesitation — she’s one of the best politicians I’m aware of. Here’s a quick rundown of how her and her opponent, Scott Brown, differ: Not many politicians are so dedicated to the people as Elizabeth […]

November 5th

Endorsement For Obama (Obama's Clean Energy, Energy Efficiency, Clean Transportation, Green Jobs, & Climate Change Successes)

  I’ve been on the “there’s hardly any difference between Republicans and Democrats” line. I’ve campaigned for people on that line. But that simply isn’t the story today. There are now HUGE differences between Democrats and Republicans (the most backwards group of politicians I’m aware of in U.S. history), and that includes some huge differences […]

November 5th

Brits Love Renewable Energy, Hate Fossil Fuels, Divided on Fracking

A new survey conducted by UK pollsters YouGov has shown that support for renewable energy remains consistently strong in Britain whilst support for fossil fuels continues to decline. However, the same survey shows that there is division over whether large scale fracking in the north of England should go ahead, and most people continue to […]

October 29th

"Worst Environmental Bill" Now Before Congress: Denying Science & Health, Written by Coal Industry Lackey

  Tomorrow, the US House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 3409, the “Coal Miner Employment and Domestic Energy Infrastructure Protection Act.” The bill has been called the “single worst environmental law” proposed by the most virulently anti-environmental US legislators in history. The bill is aggressively anti-science and anti-public health. Its priority is made clear: […]

September 20th

Fracking and the Natural Gas "Boom" — No National Standards, Secrecy, and Carcinogens

  The President of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Francis Beinecke, recently visited areas in western Pennsylvania where ‘fracking’ operations are occurring, and spoke with local residents about the impacts of these projects in their communities. My cousin — a medical professional without any affiliation with environmental organizations like Ms. Beinecke’s — also spent […]

September 7th