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.