If the much-hyped dream of U.S. energy independence must involve hydraulic fracturing (also known as fracking) to extract natural gas from shale deposits deep underneath the surface of the earth, the State of Vermont wants no part of it.
While the push is under way in some states to provide roadside battery charging for the thousands of electric cars on the highways, another alternative, the natural-gas-powered vehicle, mostly sits idle.
Two media artists moonlighting from Google’s “Big Picture” visualization lab have created a “wind map” to show where, when and how powerfully the wind blows, in real time, all over the lower 48 states.
In a possible foreshadowing of long-awaited findings by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Energy Institute at the University of Texas at Austin has found “no direct link to reports of groundwater contamination” from the controversial natural gas extraction method known as fracking.
With the residential real estate industry shell-shocked from years of a moribund market, its spokespeople can be forgiven for taking a cautious attitude toward Thursday’s announcement of a $25 billion settlement with five of the nation’s biggest mortgage lenders over flawed and fraudulent foreclosure practices.