What We Do In The Dark

Almost everything about fossil fuels, by definition, happens in the dark. The organisms that form coal, gas and oil form in the dark; they are extracted from deep dark places that are under water, under mountains, beneath broad plains. From well to tank, most oil never sees the light of day unless there’s a leak,…

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Collateral Damage

Three years ago, one of the largest oil spills in North American history occurred in the Gulf of Mexico. It was a massive disaster – loss of human life, oil spewing into the Gulf unhindered for almost three months, with an estimated 209 million gallons of oil entering Gulf waters. Within a year, many in…

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Sticky Solutions

Canadian tar sand oil has been touted, along with natural gas, as one of the primary means of gaining energy independence in North America. I was dismayed when I heard this, not because I don’t want North America to be energy independent, but because this independence will come at the price of continued use of…

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Oil Philosophy

At the May 29 ExxonMobil shareholder meeting in Dallas, Texas, Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson said that the oil economy is here to stay, and cutting carbon emissions would do no good. He asked, “What good is it to save the planet if humanity suffers?” My first impression was of a man who had studied and…

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