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The Fracking Fight Outgrows Itself

October 21, 2013

The Fracking Fight Outgrows Itself

The national debate over fracking started as a not-in-my-backyard fight over water contamination and local air quality when companies first started fracking in places like Pennsylvania.

Since then, environmentalists, including anti-fracking activist Josh Fox, have seized on these NIMBY fights and galvanized a global grassroots movement against fracking not based on local issues but on broader environmental ideas.


The Global Frackdown protests over the weekend are the latest examples of this out-sized fight. The fight over fracking is no longer about fracking. It's about fossil fuels and climate change.

The problem is, combating climate change and cutting fossil-fuel production requires a much broader solution than simply banning one drilling technique.

Amy Harder


WILL FRACKING SUCK CALIFORNIA DRY? New technologies have expanded oil production and they're adding another thirsty mouth to the state's tight water market.

CHINA CONSIDERS A CARBON TAX. Chinese officials are weighing economic-incentive programs to reduce greenhouse-gas pollution, including carbon trading and a carbon tax.

GORE OPTIMISTIC LAWMAKERS CAN WORK TOGETHER ON CLIMATE CHANGE. The former vice president said he thinks lawmakers can find a way forward on climate change, just as they did to avert a debt-ceiling crisis and end the government shutdown.

EPA RESCHEDULES LISTENING-TOUR STOPS. The Environmental Protection Agency has rescheduled two stops on a listening tour on regulations to limit carbon emissions from power plants.

NORTH DAKOTA OIL SPILL HAS NOT CONTAMINATED GROUNDWATER. An oil spill from a ruptured pipeline has not reached ground- or surface-water reservoirs.

OIL AND GAS TANKER DERAILS IN CANADA. A train carrying crude oil and liquefied petroleum gas crashed near Edmonton, raising concerns about the safety of shipping oil and gas by rail.

ARIZONA EXPERIMENTS WITH STORING SOLAR. Arizona Public Service is investing in a project called Solana to store solar energy as heat rather than electricity.

SENATOR: CLIMATE CHANGE MORE SERIOUS THREAT THAN AL-QAIDA. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said he considers climate change a bigger threat than terrorism.


ENERGY OUTLOOK. The American Association for the Advancement of Science holds a discussion on "The Outlook for Energy: A View to 2040."

CLIMATE AND SECURITY. The Henry L. Stimson Center holds a discussion on "Climate and Security: Views from the Global North and South," which will look at the impact of climate change on national security and economic development.

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