CollectionsFossil Fuels
IN THE NEWS

Fossil Fuels

FEATURED ARTICLES
NEWS
May 30, 2016
ISSUE | FOSSIL FUELS It's time to clean up our act Fossil fuels must go ("Can fossil fuels be replaced?" Tuesday). They are a detriment to our environment and our economy. It has been widely accepted that climate change is real and will lead to catastrophe in our lifetimes if we do not act soon. Last year was the warmest on record, with 2014 ranking second, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and there's scientific evidence that points to excess carbon and fossil-fuel emissions as a likely cause.
NEWS
August 17, 1990 | By Ramona Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
When it comes to global warming, we may have to turn down the air conditioners to turn down the heat. The use of energy - especially power produced from fossil fuels - is the largest single source of the greenhouse gases pouring into Earth's atmosphere, experts say. And the biggest single step we can take to help cool the greenhouse is to cut back on energy use - and the carbon dioxide gushing into the atmosphere. But there are many other sources of greenhouse gases, in both industrial and agricultural nations: Carbon dioxide released when tropical forests are cut down for crops, ranch land and construction.
NEWS
May 4, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
A dozen Swarthmore College students waited Saturday morning in the quiet hallway of Kohlberg Hall. Some held hands. Two wore T-shirts emblazoned with an equation: WE > FOSSIL FUEL . The school's trustees, one by one, left a meeting and walked past without an announcement. Four hours later, in an e-mail to the campus, college officials said the school would not divest its endowment money of fossil fuels despite a 32-day student sit-in and faculty support for the protesters' demands.
NEWS
July 16, 2016
By Merrill Matthews This month's Democratic convention will be a hotbed of anti-fossil-fuel vitriol. The policy platform, invited speakers, and nominee herself all support a war against oil and natural gas. Gone are the days when Democrats supported nuclear power and natural gas. Gone are the days when they championed the fossil-fuel industry because it supports millions of high-paying, blue-collar jobs. Gone are the days when Democrats seriously pursued an energy-independent United States.
NEWS
April 22, 2015 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 32-day student sit-in at Swarthmore College ended Monday after faculty voted to support the protesters' demands to divest endowment money out of fossil fuels. "We are ending after a commitment by the Board of Managers to engage us in the weeks leading up to their decision on divestment on May 1 and 2," said sophomore Stephen O'Hanlon, an organizer with Swarthmore Mountain Justice, the student group that has pushed for divestment for the last five years. An alumni petition with 1,100 signatures bolstered their demands.
NEWS
March 14, 2002 | By Tom Randall
A young woman who didn't care for my opinion that energy should be cheap and plentiful confronted me one night on a Chicago public television talk show. Insisting that air pollution from burning fossil fuels was killing Americans and that higher taxes should be placed on these forms of energy to restrict their use, she said, "What does extra cost mean when lives are at stake?" She was referring to studies supposedly showing the thousands of "premature" deaths caused by fine particulates and other pollutants produced by burning fossil fuels and the resulting need to produce cleaner electricity, regardless of cost.
NEWS
March 5, 2001
Republicans introduced a self-defeating energy bill last week. They say they are responding to California's power shortage and securing the nation's long-term needs. Instead, they are assuring more consumption, more oil imports and more air pollution. And it despoils one of America's last bits of pristine wilderness. The National Energy Security Act of 2001, introduced last week by Sen. Frank Murkowski of Alaska, focuses almost exclusively on fossil fuels, awarding billions of dollars in subsidies to spur oil production and electrical generation.
NEWS
July 26, 1992 | By R.A. Zaldivar, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
Democrats brag about Sen. Al Gore's environmental record, but his controversial proposals for new environmental taxes could mean trouble down the road with voters. Republicans are calling Gore an environmental radical. Democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton is keeping his distance from his running mate's proposals, even though Gore would offset the new "green" taxes with other tax cuts. In his best-selling book, Earth in the Balance, Gore calls for new taxes on gasoline, heating oil, coal, natural gas and electricity generated from the burning of fossil fuels.
NEWS
October 13, 2015
ISSUE | CLIMATE CHANGE Trust the market A letter writer misses the point on climate change, energy, fossil fuels, and innovation (Oct. 5). He does get one thing right: Privation will not solve the problem. Any policy that lowers our standard of living will not get public support. On the other hand, continuing to burn fossil fuels without reductions and relying on technological innovation to get us out of the climate mess it will create will not work. The science is clear. We need to reduce our consumption as fast as possible, as much as possible.
NEWS
May 26, 2013
With a new study showing 97 percent of scientific papers on climate change since 1991 agree that fossil fuels are largely responsible, the doubters need to stand aside so public-policy initiatives to protect the Earth can proceed. There is as much heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere now as there was in the Pliocene Age, three million years ago, when oceans were 70 feet higher and temperatures warmer. Carbon dioxide levels are 41 percent higher now than during the Industrial Revolution - and climbing.
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | Next »
ARTICLES BY DATE
NEWS
July 16, 2016
By Merrill Matthews This month's Democratic convention will be a hotbed of anti-fossil-fuel vitriol. The policy platform, invited speakers, and nominee herself all support a war against oil and natural gas. Gone are the days when Democrats supported nuclear power and natural gas. Gone are the days when they championed the fossil-fuel industry because it supports millions of high-paying, blue-collar jobs. Gone are the days when Democrats seriously pursued an energy-independent United States.
NEWS
June 29, 2016
ISSUE | ENVIRONMENT Safe to have kids? It's normal for a 21-year-old like me to be stressed about my future - will I get a job, and what am I doing with my life? But it's not normal for people like me to be scared about the future of the planet. Carbon dioxide levels have reached 400 parts per million in Antarctica, which had been the last place on Earth to remain under that historic threshold. Frighteningly, that extremely high level of the greenhouse gas was first hit only three years ago, meaning climate change is advancing rapidly and is affecting the entire planet - even places that humans do not inhabit.
NEWS
May 30, 2016
ISSUE | FOSSIL FUELS It's time to clean up our act Fossil fuels must go ("Can fossil fuels be replaced?" Tuesday). They are a detriment to our environment and our economy. It has been widely accepted that climate change is real and will lead to catastrophe in our lifetimes if we do not act soon. Last year was the warmest on record, with 2014 ranking second, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and there's scientific evidence that points to excess carbon and fossil-fuel emissions as a likely cause.
NEWS
May 25, 2016
By Kyle Isakower The Paris climate agreement was signed less than a month ago, yet the United States is already one-third of the way to achieving the emissions reductions we committed to. We pledged to cut greenhouse-gas emissions 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, and emissions are down 9 percent compared with 2005 levels. How did we do it? Largely through greater use of clean-burning natural gas. The U.S. Energy Information Administration reports that energy-related carbon dioxide emissions dropped 12 percent below 2005 levels last year, "mostly because of ... increased use of natural gas for electricity generation.
NEWS
May 25, 2016
By Michael Brune Clean energy is already replacing fossil fuels. The truth is, just as computers replaced typewriters and cellphones replaced landlines, modern clean energy will replace outdated fossil fuels - it's just a matter of how quickly. And that's because people around the country are starting to see that the transition from dirty fossil fuels like coal, oil, and gas to clean energy is best viewed not as an obligation but as an opportunity. We're all familiar with the problems that should motivate us to move beyond dirty fuels: air pollution and asthma, water pollution, climate instability, volatile prices, and reliance on overseas oil sources.
NEWS
May 5, 2016
FOR DECADES the Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) oil refinery in South and Southwest Philly has polluted the air and hurt the health of our families and friends who live in our neighborhoods. For parents like me, this means dealing with respiratory and health problems for my children, which can add up to thousands of dollars in medical bills and asthma treatment. The statistics back it up, as one quarter of children in Philly suffer from asthma, a statistic that's shamefully twice the national average.
NEWS
April 22, 2016
ISSUE | EARTH DAY Rebuild prudently As a doctor, a professor of medicine, and an activist for 40 years, I've cared for the health of people and our planet. With the 47th annual observance of Earth Day on Friday, the state of disrepair of our country's infrastructure presents us with a golden opportunity to rebuild not based on fossil fuels, but on efficiency and renewable energy. While rebuilding, we can fortify our communities against the severe storms that climate change will continue to bring.
NEWS
April 15, 2016
ISSUE | ENERGY HUB Illogical plan Why would we want to build natural-gas pipelines and an energy hub based on fossil fuels when those fuels are rapidly becoming obsolete ("Pipelines mean jobs," Sunday)? I can understand building more fossil-fuel infrastructure while renewables are catching up and haven't surpassed old energy sources, but why bank heavily on obsolete energy sources that are killing the planet? Natural gas is fine when it is burned. But a massive gas well leak in a Los Angeles neighborhood lasted 31/2 months and forced thousands of residents to relocate.
NEWS
December 30, 2015
ISSUE | DEATH PENALTY Reprieve warranted The Jewish Social Policy Action Network applauds the unanimous decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court upholding Gov. Wolf's grant of a reprieve to death-row inmate Terrance Williams ("Court backs Wolf in Phila. death penalty case," Dec. 22). The decision was in keeping with the position taken by JSPAN in a detailed statement of interest supporting a brief filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, in which we reviewed our long-standing opposition to capital punishment as it is imposed, based on a reading of many Jewish sources and our concern about its moral implications.
NEWS
December 19, 2015
History, on the "right side" of which President Obama endeavors to keep us, has a sense of whimsy. Proof of which is something happening this week: Britain's last deep-pit coal mine is closing, a small event pertinent to an enormous event, the Industrial Revolution, which was ignited by British coal. The mine closure should not, however, occasion cartwheels by the climate's saviors, fresh from their Paris achievement. The mine is primarily a casualty of declining coal prices, a result of burgeoning world energy supplies.
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | Next »
|
|
|
|
|