By Lauren Pratt |Staff Writer| Two hundred and sixty one of 435 representatives took to action Friday, Oct. 9, in attempt to lift a 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports. The has not yet reached the Senate for approval, but in the case that it does, President Barack Obama has stated he will veto the bill. “The country needs to focus more on alternate energy (wind, solar, water),” according to the Washington Street Journal. The Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 was a bill Congress passed used to stifle the harsh impact of future oil embargos (an official ban on trade) by foreign oil producing countries. The bill was enacted due to the aftermath of the 1973 Arab Oil Embargo that … [Read more...] about Reps. fight for oil ban appeal
By Danni Ybarra |Staff Writer| A new study estimates that over 200 earthquakes in Oklahoma and Kansas this year are due to fracking. A “big one” may be in store for the future, reported ABC News. Although there is a slim chance that a large earthquake will happen in the near future, the study, conducted by Geophysicist William Ellsworth of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), shows that the continuous fracking responsible for the increase in smaller earthquakes can eventually lead to a “big one” with devastating results, reported ABC News. “Fracking does cause earthquakes. Last year, Oklahoma overtook California as the state with most earthquakes, and the only reason is because of … [Read more...] about Fracking = earthquakes
By Aimee Villalpando |Staff Writer| Divest Harvard is one of over 400 campaigns at universities across the nation calling for endowments in fossil fuel companies to be terminated, according to divestharvard.com. Harvard currently has $34.6 million invested in the top 200 fossil fuel companies, which is the largest university endowment in the world. Endowments, as defined by the 2012 California State University’s (CSU) Philanthropic Report, are funds to be retained and invested for income-producing purposes. Members of Divest Harvard believe higher education institutions serve as investments in the future of their students and their communities and should not be supporting … [Read more...] about Group seeks to withdraw investments from fossil fuels
By Andres Ibarra |Staff Writer| Health may be at risk for millions of Americans due to drinking water contaminated by oil and gasoline. “The government failed to inspect thousands of oil and gas wells that pose a potential threat of water contamination and environmental damage,” according to the Associated Press. Many investigators claim that a lot of the blame falls on the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) weak regulation, which allowed policies based on outdated sciences, according to the Associated Press. “One of the factors includes increased use in hydraulic fracturing, while it may have been beneficial economically,it also increased the risk of chemicals spreading to our … [Read more...] about Oil in my water, who knew?
By Clarissa Toll |Staff Writer| Gov. Jerry Brown proposed rules recently on fracking in California. Fracking, also known as hydraulic fracturing, is the process by which a mixture of chemicals and water are pumped deep into the ground at high pressures to extract oil or natural gas. These drafted regulations include the necessity of those who conduct fracking to obtain permits from the state, notify neighboring areas of their processes and routine ground water testing. The draft of rules are in response to the state law past last year on Well Stimulation (SB4). According to Mark Nechodom, director of the state Department of Conservation, “We believe that once these proposed … [Read more...] about New fracking rules create controversy
By Daniel DeMarco |Staff Writer| Oct 18: UN Security Council seat rejected by Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia was elected as a non-permanent member of the UN security council and the country rejected the seat, according to Aljazeera. Saudi Arabia attributes the decision to the Security Council's failure in carrying out duties to resolve the Syrian civil war or punish the Syrian president's regime. Oct 19: 3,000 miles of Dead Ocean According to ENENews, a man sailed across the Pacific Ocean from Osaka, Japan to San Francisco, where the sailor described the sea as "dead." He reported seeing hardly any wild life, but instead saw "garbage in astounding … [Read more...] about World News briefs
By Alexis Figueroa|Staff Writer| It seems there is no end in sight to the rise in gas prices. The price of gas jumped again with the biggest increase since February 2008 for the Inland Empire, according to a report by CBS News. The average price per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline is now $4.35 and that is expected to shoot up further before the beginning of summer. Prices in 2008 were $4.11 when the national average price of oil was up. Today, gas stations have far surpassed that number. According to fivecentnickel.com, experts report gas prices will reach a national average of $4.50 a gallon, with the average in California peaking around $5. For Riverside and San Bernardino … [Read more...] about Demand for oil consumption shows increase in gas prices