Solar Employs More Workers Than Coal, Oil and Natural Gas Combined

U.S. solar employs more workers than any other energy industry, including coal, oil and natural gas combined, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s second annual U.S. Energy and Employment Report.

6.4 million Americans now work in the traditional energy and the energy efficiency sector, which added more than 300,000 net new jobs in 2016, or 14 percent of the nation’s job growth.

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Three protesters accept plea deals to avoid likely unfair trials in North Dakota.

Among the hundreds of people arrested in North Dakota for protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, Native Americans faced the most serious charges. More than two years after the protests began, federal judges are now handing down lengthy prison sentences to the protesters.

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Hemp farmers and experts in Colorado praise Farm Bill that legalizes crop for first time in decades U.S. Senate votes to lift ban on pot’s cousin

10:04 PM, Jun 28, 2018
10:43 PM, Jun 28, 2018

FORT COLLINS, Colo. —

 

After a decades-long ban on marijuana’s non-psychoactive cousin, the U.S. Senate made the unprecedented decision Thursday to legalize hemp.

The reclassification of hemp is part of the 2018 Farm Bill.

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Rise of the Machines: Fracking Execs Plan Profits by Using Automation to Shrink Workforce

By Justin Mikulka • Friday, June 29, 2018 – 08:45

At a recent industry conference, Terry Spencer, head of natural gas infrastructure company ONEOK, made clear the direction the fracking industry was headed: “One of these days one of these big ol’ fracs will be operated with nobody there.”

Translation: Computers and robots are going to replace all human jobs at the oil and gas fracking sites of the future.

The fracking industry certainly has increased economic activity in America and created jobs within the industry. Less discussed, however, is the fact that the industry has consistently lost money on the wells it’s drilling and is heavily in debt. One way to address this structural problem in the industry’s finances is to eliminate high labor costs by replacing people with computers and robots.

Will fracking one day become profitable when companies shrink the human element from the labor equation? It seems much more likely. And the industry appears more than willing to find out.

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AN 18-WELL FRACKING MEGAPAD IS ON ERIE PLANNING DOCUMENTS FOR LAFAYETTE’S BORDER

A megapad consisting of 18 fracking wells is on Erie planning documents for Lafayette’s border with Erie on East County Line Road (119th) and Baseline Road, near the Great Bark Dog Park. Look for the Cornflower megapad on the map above.

The project — Parkdale Development – will consist of 642 homes and – less well-known – may include a proposed megapad fracking operation consisting of 18 wells. Yes, you heard right – 18 wells. To put this number into perspective, that pad will hold twice as many producing wells as the 9 working oil and gas wells within the city limits of Lafayette.

Why concentrate wells in one place? This is the new trend. Basically, you can extract oil and gas using a fraction of the purchased land. Unfortunately, you also have the potential for more concentrated waste and cancer-causing chemicals to potentially blow over the town, leak into the soil, and be dumped somewhere along with the wastewater. 

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‘Historic First’: Nebraska Farmers Return Land to Ponca Tribe in Effort to Block Keystone XL

“We want to protect this land,” said the tribe’s state chairman. “We don’t want to see a pipeline go through.”

COLORADO’S DEMOCRATIC PARTY KINGMAKER IS A FRACKING LAWYER. WHAT COULD GO WRONG?

June 6 2018, 5:00 a.m.

KEN SALAZAR IS one of the most understated and unassuming political figures west of the Mississippi. He’s also one of the most powerful.

When he was chosen to head Hillary Clinton’s ill-fated transition team in August 2016, the Colorado Independent observed that Salazar was “about as entrenched in the Colorado Democratic establishment as one can be — a former attorney general and U.S. Senator … whom President Barack Obama appointed as secretary of the Department of Interior.” When he was considering a gubernatorial run in March 2017, the Denver Post described him as having “a fortune’s worth of contacts in Democratic politics.”

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Winds carry oil, gas pollutants into Boulder County, CU researchers say

Researchers found strong correlation between winds from Weld County and increased levels of certain air pollutants

By Cassa NiedringhausStaff Writer

Winds carry air pollutants into Boulder County from oil and natural gas development, likely in Weld County, according to local researchers.

More than a year ago, University of Colorado researchers embarked on a project to track Boulder’s air quality that is sponsored by Boulder County Public Health and in partnership with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Since then, a system of instruments in a nondescript white shed next to Boulder Reservoir has quietly collected tens of thousands of data points about 19 air pollutant compounds in the atmosphere.

Earlier this month, the researchers announced one of their biggest and clearest findings: There is a strong correlation between northeasterly winds from Weld County and levels of petroleum hydrocarbons — such as methane, ethane and propane — in Boulder’s air.

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