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Renewable Energy Everywhere, But Not for America

Tokelau, an independent territory of New Zealand, is a small three island archipelago of about 1,400 residents about 300 miles north of American Samoa in the South Pacific. In October 2012, the Polynesian nation turned off the last of its diesel generators and became the first country to use solar power as its only energy

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Brasch Hosts New Radio Show on Fracking

Dr. Walter Brasch, author of the critically-acclaimed book, Fracking Pennsylvania, is hosting a weekly half-hour radio show about fracking. “The Frack Report” airs 7:30 p.m., Mondays (beginning July 29) and is re-run 7:30 a.m., Wednesdays, on WFTE-FM (90.3 in Mt. Cobb and 105.7 in Scranton.) The show will be also be livestreamed at www.wfte.org and also available a day

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Fracking America’s Food Supply

Fracking—the process the oil and gas industry uses to extract fossil fuel as much as two miles below the ground—may directly impact the nation’s water supply, reduce water-based recreational and sports activity, and lead to an increase in the cost of food. The cocktail soup required for each well requires about two million pounds of

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Environmental Justice: One Illegal Bid at a Time

On April 21, the day before Earth Day, Tim DeChristopher was released from custody by the Department of Justice. He had served 21 months for having committed an act of civil disobedience against a government bureau that had violated the law. In his mid-20s, DeChristopher, who graduated from high school in Pittsburgh, was in Utah

Gas Rigs on College Campuses

Gas wells and rigs could be planted on the campuses of Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned universities because Gov. Tom Corbett believes that’s one way to raise income for a system that saw a $1 billion cut in its funding. The chancellor’s office of the State System of Higher Education supports drilling on or near state universities,

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You Can’t Wash Away Fracking’s Effects

José Lara just wanted a job. A company working in the natural gas fields needed a man to power wash wastewater tanks. Clean off the debris. Make them shining again. And so José Lara became a power washer for the Rain for Rent Co. “The chemicals, the smell was so bad. Once I got out,

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How Legislators Fracked Rural America

Politics continues to threaten the health and welfare of Pennsylvanians. The latest is how the Republican-dominated legislature and Gov. Tom Corbett separated one of the wealthiest and more high-tech/industrial areas of the state from the rural areas.   Less than a week before the 2011–2012 fiscal year budget was scheduled to expire, June 30, the

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