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Submission + - US Carbon Emissions Lowest In 20 Years (

Freddybear writes: A recent report from the US Energy Information Agency says that US carbon emissions are the lowest they have been in 20 years, and attributes the decline to the increasing use of cheap natural gas obtained from fracking wells.

Michael Mann, director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University, said the shift away from coal is reason for "cautious optimism" about potential ways to deal with climate change. He said it demonstrates that "ultimately people follow their wallets" on global warming.

"There's a very clear lesson here. What it shows is that if you make a cleaner energy source cheaper, you will displace dirtier sources," said Roger Pielke Jr., a climate expert at the University of Colorado.

Submission + - EPA fracked up report (

Freddybear writes: A recent EPA report which claimed that "fracking" could cause hydrocarbon pollution of the water table was based on 900-foot deep wells (much deeper than the usually 300-foot deep water wells) which penetrated into the gas field.

"In short, they drilled into the natural gas reservoir that has long attracted industry producers. It may the single most productive moment in EPA history."

"Love your country but never trust its government." -- from a hand-painted road sign in central Pennsylvania