Hydroelectric plants may pollute water with methylmercury

A startling article published by The Canadian Press. A peer-reviewed manuscript published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that hydroelectric plants will emit more methylmercury into ecosystems than climate change. Methylmercury is a neurotoxin created as mercury mixes with bacteria and is associated with heart issues and intellectual problems in…

Oil price decline may result in renewable energy collapse

An insightful op-ed published in Fortune states that oil price declined might mean the renewable energy market could collapse or be seriously damaged. Despite the renewables market taking off the first half of 2015, the essay’s author, Varun Sivaram, investors piled money into Yieldco companies that not only operated renewable energy projects but also helped…

Are we running out of resources?

A common belief and narrative furthered by environmentalists is that humans are using too much of the Earth’s resources and that we will eventually run out. University of St. Lawrence economics professor Steve Horwitz addresses this common belief and reveals that there are economic reasons why we will never run out of resources. In a…

Study: Fracking does not cause earthquakes

Researchers may have found the cause of the spike in Oklahoma earthquakes. Originally, it was thought that fracking may have been the reason earthquakes occur but a new study reveals that rather it is waste water in deep rock formations. Researchers published their findings in the journal Science Advances in which, according to CNBC, the…

Fracking helps lower US production costs

With all of the talk and concern expressed about outsourcing or shipping jobs overseas, a Fortune magazine article reveals that fracking is helping to lower US production costs. One consulting firm, BCG, is quoted as saying that manufacturing costs in the US are only 5% higher in China but almost 20% lower than Europe. In…