Energy

Environment
8:28 am
Tue December 9, 2014

West Virginia To Allow Fracking Underneath The Ohio River

The Ohio River borders West Virginia and Ohio in a rural corner of the state, but the river itself is mostly on the West Virginia side.
Credit erjkprunkczyk / Flickr/Creative Commons

West Virginia is selling hydraulic fracturing or fracking rights under the Ohio River, and the effects of that decision will be monitored by the other states in the Ohio River Valley.

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Environment
6:00 pm
Sun December 7, 2014

Quakers Protest PNC Bank For Financing Mountaintop Coal Mining

About 50 Quaker protesters showed at two PNC bank branches in Springfield Saturday.
Credit Wayne Baker / WYSO

Several local Quaker activists participated in a “Flood PNC” protest in Springfield Saturday morning. The Earth Quaker Action Team organized demonstrations in 12 states and the District of Columbia to ask PNC Bank to stop financing mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachian areas.

The U.S. EPA says the process involves mining companies blowing the tops off of mountains in order to extract an abundance of coal. After the coal is extracted, toxic waste is often dumped into the environment, harming water supplies and wildlife.

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Commentary
6:00 am
Fri November 28, 2014

A House Made of Straw

Bob Brecha's strawbale house
Credit Bob Brecha

When University of Dayton professor Bob Brecha and his wife decided to have a home built awhile back, they were intrigued by the idea of having straw as the key ingredient; stacks of it, covered by mud plaster. And if that sounds flimsy, possibly cold, listen to his story of the making of a strawbale house in Yellow Springs.

 

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Energy
9:41 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Panel Studying Ohio's Green Energy Law Kicks Off

Ohio's renewable energy standards are on hold for two years while the legislature studies their impact.
Credit Lucas County Choppers

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A legislative panel reviewing Ohio's renewable energy law while state mandates are on a two-year hiatus is kicking off with testimony from the state's top utility regulator.

Public Utilities Commission of Ohio Chairman Tom Johnson addresses the Energy Mandates Study Committee Monday.

The panel was created in May to part of a bill delaying enforcement of state mandates for alternative energy sources, such as solar and wind.

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Commentary
5:15 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

The United States, China, Ohio and Climate Change

China is suffering greatly from the effects of air pollution, much of it coming from its reliance on coal for electricity
Credit Han Jun Zeng / Flickr Creative Commons

The United States, China and Ohio might seem like an unlikely grouping, but that’s how University of Dayton professor Bob Brecha is making sense of the climate change agreement made during the President’s visit to China this week.

Science now tells us that climate change is real. We are witnessing the effects around the world, from heat waves to extreme rain and snow. Although we’ve been working on international climate agreements for decades, very little has been accomplished.

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