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What’s the Fracking Problem?

One image in the HBO movie Gasland changed our perception of shale gas: a Pennsylvania resident held a lit matchstick up to a running kitchen faucet and turned it into a blowtorch.  An army of hydrogeologists cannot expunge that image from our consciousness: tap water caught fire. The United States … Read more »

Don’t Board the ‘Fracking Banned’ Wagon

In my last column, I preached patience for those who question the safety of extracting shale gas via fracking. In this month’s column, I profile the growing trend of states and localities electing to ban fracking in response to fears that it might cause groundwater contamination. The availability of cheap, … Read more »

Handicapping Senate Passage of the Kerry-Boxer Climate Bill

With the decline of the Redskins, a new favorite pastime among Washingtonians is handicapping Senate passage of climate change legislation. Will the Senate pass the “Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act,” S.1733, a cap-and-trade bill cosponsored by Sen. John Kerry (D Mass.) and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) (also known … Read more »