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.






Democratic control could mean changes for oil, gas regulations

Nov 8, 2018

Democratic state Rep. Mike Foote of Lafayette figures he ran up to a dozen oil and gas regulatory measures that cleared the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives, only to see most of them die in the Republican-controlled state Senate.

Though Foote won’t be around the legislature to see it because he didn’t seek re-election, the future could be different for regulation of the industry now that the Democrats also have taken control of the Senate with Tuesday’s election, which also saw Democrat Jared Polis elected governor.

While Proposition 112, which would have imposed a 2,500-foot setback between drilling and homes as well as vulnerable areas such as streams and recreation areas, lost this week, Foote points out that more than 800,000 Coloradans voted for it.


Chevron Facing New Obstacles Over $12b Ecuador Pollution Liability as Death Toll Rises in Amazon Rainforest

Submitted by:Amazon Defense Coalition – FDA


Posted:Nov 08, 2018 – 01:01 PM EST

NEW YORK, Nov. 08 /CSRwire/ – Having failed to block its $12 billion Ecuador pollution liability despite two decades of massive spending, Chevron now faces a slew of growing problems after Canada’s courts green-lighted a lawsuit by Indigenous groups and farmer communities to seize company assets to remediate the world’s worst oil-related environmental disaster.

Chevron’s recent setbacks in Canadian courts and increasing pressure from company shareholders, activists, and Indigenous groups appear to be fraying nerves inside the executive suite of company CEO Mike Wirth, said Patricio Salazar, the lead Ecuadorian lawyer on the case. Chevron has an estimated $15 billion of assets in Canada that produce roughly $4 billion annually in profits. The affected Ecuadorian communities plan to seize some those assets to force compliance with their judgment, now worth $12 billion with interest, said Salazar.