Environmental advocates went toe-to-toe with the oil and gas industry in the halls of Congress this week. And in the face of stiff odds, we managed to chalk up a big win in the U.S. Senate, keeping an important regulation on the books that protects communities and our climate from oil and gas pollution.
As the cost of solar panels continues to plummet—it’s fallen an estimated 75 percent in the past six years—it seems logical that the laws of economics would compel utilities to switch to clean, cheap solar alternatives. Free market pressures combined with government incentives to clean up power plants should make rooftop solar, community solar and utility company investments in solar no-brainers across the U.S.
Imagine a life where your every decision is dictated by the air quality in your neighborhood. Want to take a walk around the block? Let me check if the oil well down the street is “flaring” (releasing harmful pollution into the air while burning gas). Want to play a baseball game? Let’s check the news to see if it’s a bad air day, and if we’re good to go, let’s not forget an inhaler on our way out the door, just in case.
Today, the Department of the Interior announced a 60-day assessment of the 2012 drilling program in the Arctic Ocean.
Earthjustice legislative representative Jessica Ennis issued this statement:
A review of Arctic Ocean drilling is the only reasonable option, given the continuous parade of mistakes in Shell’s operations. However, that review must be thorough, independent and cannot pre-judge the outcome.