27 May '14, 3pm

Revealed - the fossil fuel lobbies behind attacks on renewables - The Ecologist

Revealed - the fossil fuel lobbies behind attacks on renewables - The Ecologist

The emergence of affordable, clean electricity presents a serious threat to an industry that's operated largely in the same way since Thomas Edison turned on the first investor-owned power station in 1882. Fossil fuel exploitation in the United States has reached a fevered pitch. Oil production is at a near-record high , and fracking activities have made the US the number one producer of natural gas . All of this comes at a cost. In 2013, the oil industry averaged 20 oil spills per day , destroying countless swaths of the environment and leaving toxic chemicals for nearby residents to deal with. Meanwhile, oil and gas train derailments have totaled at least 11 in the last 11 months. During this period of dirty energy dominance, investments in renewable energy continued to fall by 14% in 2013 . The United States is averaging 20 oil spills per day, one dirty energy transport...

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2413558/re...

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