Why Other Countries Aren't Fracking; Climate Scientist Sues Conservatives

Los Angeles Times on other countries fracking, Frontline on climate skeptics, The Guardian on the oil spill's damage to whales. McClatchy Newspapers on climate scientist suing conservatives, and Grist on a California state senate race.

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Los Angeles Times on why other countries aren't fracking The U.S. is the world leader in extracting natural gas by hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. "But as the world debates whether “fracking” is an economic boon or a budding environmental disaster, few foreign countries are following the U.S. lead." The chemicals that fracking leaves behind in mud and drinking water has other countries staying cautious, and since mineral rights belong to the government instead of individuals in other countries, citizens have more leeway in protesting the noise and pollution.

Frontline on how climate skeptics build their argument Save this for later: Frontline's documentary Climate of Doubt looks at how people against climate change mobilize and justify their views. Below is six-minute preview, wherein Myron Ebell of Competitive Enterprise Institute tells reporter John Hockenberry that climate skeptics have captured the attention of heartland Americans who have closer relationships with real "stuff."

The New York Times on how cash-strapped cities invest in energy efficiency Brea, California wanted to reduce carbon emissions and save money on energy. "So the city turned to a form of financing that has become common among government agencies at all levels: an energy-savings performance contract that requires no upfront costs and allows the city to pay for the project over time using the savings on utility bills." Now, 80-90 percent of energy service company revenue comes from public projects.

McClatchy Newspapers on the Penn State climate scientist suing National Review Penn State University scientist Michael Mann is suing for comparisons of him to Jerry Sandusky by conservative publications. National Review and Competitive Enterprise Institute accused him of fraud for work that showed temperatures rise with increased fossil fuel use. Mann filed the suit to combat "the onslaught of dishonest and libelous attacks that climate scientists have endured for years by dishonest front groups seeking to discredit the case for concern over climate change."

Grist on why California's 27th district's state Senate race matters Democrat Fran Pavley is running against Republican first-time Todd Zink, who is backed by a Koch brother PAC. Her win would be a chance for Democrats to take the state Senate—and Pavley has historically been aggressive in introducing climate legislation. "If it were a country, California would be the world’s 12th largest emitter of carbon. Its climate program is big deal, a pioneering experiment and a positive signal to the rest of America that progress is possible."

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