Illinois launches statewide plan to boost monarch butterfly population: 'If enough people get on board, we can turn this thing around'
CHICAGO — Monarch butterflies have flown south for the winter, but efforts to protect them in Illinois are sticking around.As butterflies east of the Rocky Mountains migrated thousands of miles toward Mexico, a group of stakeholders representing farms, cities, roadsides and natural areas signed on to the Illinois Monarch Action Plan, the state’s all-hands-on-deck effort to ensure the survival of that unmistakable orange-winged butterfly.The plan is part of an effort to add regionally 1.3 billion stems of milkweed, which monarchs depend upon. Illinois aims to add 150 million stems of the state ...
Will Bunch: Trump, TV pundits don't have a fracking clue about Pennsylvania and fossil fuels
Both President Donald Trump and a small army of TV talking heads were on full alert at Thursday night’s debate for a Joe Biden “gaffe” that could change the dynamic of an election that the incumbent seems to be losing by a large margin. And when the Democratic nominee said near the end of the 95-minute session that a Biden administration would “transition from the oil industry” while fighting climate change, Trump and the pundits pounced.An unusually animated Trump claimed that “basically what he’s saying is he’s going to destroy the oil industry. Will you remember that Texas? Will you remembe...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Editorial: Trump's promise to protect Florida from oil drilling — worthless
On Sept. 8, President Donald Trump came to Jupiter, Florida, and signed an executive order that he said would protect the state from offshore drilling for 10 years. Trump added this laughable claim: “To my administration, environmental protection is a sacred obligation.”Just three months earlier, Trump sounded more like the president who believes public lands are made for private exploitation.In declaring June to be National Ocean Month, he noted that nearly 20% of the country’s oil and gas production comes from offshore sources. “There is great potential,” he said in his proclamation, “to bol...
Trinidad says idle Venezuela oil vessel not a threat. Environmentalists are not convinced
The government of Trinidad and Tobago said Thursday that a floating oil-storage vessel with nearly 55 million gallons of Venezuelan crude oil off its coast is not taking on water and shows no sign of capsizing and creating an environmental disaster off the coast of South America.Trinidad Energy Minister Franklin Khan also confirmed reports that Venezuela had started to transfer the crude oil onboard the FSO Nabarima to a tanker via a barge. Khan said while the process of emptying the 1.3 million barrels of oil from the Nabarima is safe, they are concerned about the inordinate amount of time — ...
An idle Venezuelan tanker with millions of gallons of oil is creating panic in Trinidad
More than 20 months after a Venezuelan oil tanker carrying nearly 55 million gallons of crude oil was abandoned off the country’s northern coast following tightened U.S. sanctions, inspectors from neighboring Trinidad and Tobago will finally get a chance to see for themselves if the idle vessel’s cargo could lead to a major ecological disaster off the Caribbean coast of South America.Trinidad and Tobago’s energy and foreign ministers both confirmed to the Miami Herald that a team will head out Tuesday to visit the Venezuelan-flagged floating storage and offloading vessel Nabarima, which enviro...
North Dakota oil production swells as wells go back online
North Dakota’s oil output soared 14% in August as more wells shut down earlier this spring because of the coronavirus crisis came back online.“It is nice to note that we are back on the road again to healthy production,” Lynn Helms, director of North Dakota’s Mineral Resources Department, told reporters Friday.Still, Helms noted that while oil prices have been high enough to return wells to production, they’re still too low to drill and frac new wells. So, while September’s oil data is likely to show another increase, production will likely fall thereafter.North Dakota, the nation’s second lar...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Louisiana reports first Hurricane Delta death
The state of Louisiana reported its first Hurricane Delta-related death Sunday as 348,000 remained without power after the storm battered the state on Friday and Saturday.Gov. John Bel Edwards said an 86-year-old was killed in a fire after trying to refill a gas-powered generator, according to the Monroe News Star.“I want to remind everyone that there was only one of the 30 Laura deaths that was directly caused by the storm,” Edwards said, referencing the storm that swept through the state several weeks ago and saw many people killed by generator problems and in various accidents during clean ...
New York Daily News
Report: A combination of factors caused California's rolling blackouts in August
A report from three key state groups analyzing what caused a pair of blackouts in mid-August largely conformed to reasons previously cited by California’s grid operator — that a combination of factors, including a sweltering heatwave, pushed the state’s power system to its edge, leading to the first statewide outages in nearly 20 years.“The extreme heat storm in August was an extraordinary 1-in-35-year event that, with climate change, is unfortunately becoming more common,” Marybel Batjer, president of the California Public Utilities Commission, said in a statement.After two straight days of r...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Republicans warn Pa. shale gas industry of economic 'disaster' if Democrats win
Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry faces an existential threat if Joe Biden and Democrats sweep into office in the Nov. 3 election, Trump administration officials and supporters told a Marcellus Shale Coalition conference on Tuesday.U.S. Energy Secretary Daniel Brouillette and U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., speaking at a conference sponsored by the industry trade group, warned of job losses, energy shortages, price increases and an erosion of national security if climate activists succeed in banning fracking and in curtailing development of fossil fuel resources and infrastructure, such as pipe...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Judge blocks Peabody, Arch coal joint venture
ST. LOUIS — A federal judge on Tuesday blocked a proposed joint venture between two of the world’s largest private coal companies, Peabody Energy and Arch Resources, that federal regulators argued would allow the companies to dominate the Powder River Basin coal market.The Federal Trade Commission “has shown that there is a reasonable probability that the proposed joint venture will substantially impair competition in the market for Southern Powder River Basin coal,” U.S. District Judge Sarah Pitlyk ruled.St. Louis-based Peabody and Creve Coeur, Mo.-based Arch in June 2019 proposed combining t...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch