May 2 News: Chesapeake Energy Ousts Chairman Aubrey McClendon Over Conflict Of Interest Questions

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Chesapeake Energy announced plans Tuesday to strip Aubrey McClendon of his role as chairman, a bid to quell a growing shareholder revolt and head off heightened federal scrutiny over his use of a program that let him take a personal stake in the company’s oil and gas wells. [Politico]

The Discovery Channel’s popular “Frozen Planet” series states that global warming is harming arctic habitats. But it doesn’t mention what the majority of the world’s scientists believe: Accelerated warming is caused by carbon pollution from humans. [Washington Post]

To get a sense of how many alternative fueling stations the U.S. might need some day, consider the number of locations around the nation that have gasoline pumps. The Energy Department says that there are 160,000 gasoline stations around the U.S. but just 10,000 alternative fuel stations across the 48 contiguous states. [Los Angeles Times]

So here’s a question: Would blocking coal export terminals have any impact on the staggering growth in coal use in places such as China? Actually, yes: There’s some evidence that it could matter a fair bit at the margins. [Wonk Blog]

There is growing evidence that, if anything, the E.P.A.’s life-cycle emissions calculations for palm oil were too conservative. [New York Times]

Hundreds of sites across England and Wales could be contaminated with radioactive waste from old military bases and factories, according to a new government report. [Guardian]

A new report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows that bustling airports could serve a vital new function, doubling as alternative energy factories. [Huffington Post]

They couldn’t “make the numbers work”. There’s something so blithe – and enormously telling – about the excuse offered by the oil company Shell to explain why they were not investing in wind power in Britain. [Guardian]

6 Responses to May 2 News: Chesapeake Energy Ousts Chairman Aubrey McClendon Over Conflict Of Interest Questions

  1. John Tucker says:

    Also about the radioactive military base and industrial waste. It is probably about time we became more savvy understanding radiation and get the actual levels and names of contaminants.

    If you read the comments to that article they nearly all have some element of anti nuclear power to them. Even though the nuclear power is not the stated source of the contaminants. Certainly not modern nuclear power.

    I think the following premise is supported by the comments and the outcome of the last 30 years of anti nuclear sentiment:

    “The anti nuclear organization industry, over any pro industry group, is the greatest threat to the environment. It DEPENDS on Ignorance and Fear and ignores more important issues.”

  2. John Tucker says:

    Germany escapes carbon emissions rise

    emissions from the electricity sector increased by 2-6% during 2011, the agency said, while Germany’s energy situation was supported by a mild winter that reduced demand for heating by around 9% with significant drops in demand for gas and heating oil for this purpose. ( )

    So I guess we need to actually find the emissions data as Germany only decreased nuclear output by less than a fourth while in one of the largest renewables pushes ever.

  3. John Tucker says:

    Something else to look into:

    U.S. Corporations Sponsor Carbon Scam in Europe

    Dow scored the largest purchase volumes. The Michigan-headquartered giant owns dozens of CO2-venting plants producing plastics and chemicals in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain and Poland. Altogether, those plants ranked 21st among the top 100 European buyers of certified emissions reduction certificates (CERs) that originated from questionable projects.

    Power and processing plants operating in the European Union (EU), including subsidiaries of U.S. companies, are required to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions – which cause global warming – by switching to cleaner technologies or offsetting their emissions through the purchase of CERs. ( )

  4. Merrelyn Emery says:

    The assumption that the land around airports is unproductive or of no value because humans haven’t changed it, is the same assumption that the natural functions of the Earth are of no value.

    That is the same assumption that got us into this mess in the first place, ME

  5. D. R. Tucker says:

    Jonathan Koomey, Consulting Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University, talks about his new book,”Cold Cash, Cool Climate: Science Based Advice for Ecological Entrepreneurs”. Dr. Koomey says computer efficiency technology is improving rapidly but will continue only if we invest more today to reduce greenhouse gas emissions tomorrow. Next, Janet Nudelman,Director of Program and Policy at The Breast Cancer Fund, talks about links between bpa and breast cancer and a campaign to get thechemical out of commonly used food cans and drink bottles. Last, but not least, a petition campaign aimed at Discovery Channel’s “FrozenPlanet” series, which omitted an inconvenient truth about human caused contributions to climate change! Daniel Souweine, CampaignDirector with “Forecast The Facts” tells us what happened when they delivered more than ten-thousand signatures to the network’s office.

  6. John Tucker says:

    Japan’s Post-Fukushima Earthquake Health Woes Go Beyond Radiation Effects

    Heart disease and depression are likely to claim more lives than radiation after the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident, experts say ( )