Richard Parker: Texas could have kept the lights on

Republicans are blaming renewable energy, when it’s the state’s powerful utilities that failed to prepare for the worst.
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New Mexico’s nuclear rush

A massive nuclear waste storage site proposed near Carlsbad is seemingly on a fast track. Can the company behind it be trusted?

Two mayors offer starkly different views on Biden’s climate policies

Midland, Texas Mayor Patrick Payton and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Mayor William Peduto join Judy Woodruff to discuss their views on Biden's climate and energy policies.


In the hunt for industrial brine, a surfeit of sinkholes

Delicate work aims to fill a void in New Mexico before it collapses, but it’s a more expensive problem than expected.

Trump’s pullback of pollution controls is even more hazardous than you think

The EPA scrapped the Obama-era rules controlling methane emissions. The fracking-friendly move will also result in the release of hazardous air pollutants linked to cancer.

French government blocks U.S. LNG deal as too dirty

The French trading firm Engie had been poised to sign the $7 billion, 20-year contract.

ConocoPhillips to buy Concho for $9.7B, creating shale giant

ConocoPhillips agreed to buy Concho Resources for about $9.7 billion in stock, the largest shale industry deal since the collapse in energy demand earlier this year and one that will create a heavyweight driller in America's most prolific oil field.


Oil industry turns to mergers and acquisitions to survive

With the price of a barrel stuck around $40 and no recovery in sight, companies are combining to cut costs and ride out the pandemic.

Will loopholes gut New Mexico's rules on oil and gas well pollution?

Environmentalists estimate 95 percent of the state’s wells will be exempt from new emission regulations.

A pause for energy developers threatening Texas Big Bend region

Big Bend is undergoing a thoughtful, patient exercise to achieve a unique goal in Texas: Tilting the balance between shareholders and stakeholders more favorably to those intent on preserving what is sacred in this rugged territory.


When it rains, Texas forgets drought and worsening water scarcity

In Texas, dry years reveal a momentous confrontation as residents encounter the menacing consequence of runaway growth.

Trump seeks out loyal donors in West Texas fracking fields

His visit on Wednesday comes during the state's fierce coronavirus outbreak. At the same time, a global oil and gas glut is putting the squeeze on Trump's loyal donors in the petroleum industry.
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Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

A statewide network of fracking and conventional wells, pipelines, and petrochemical plants closes in on communities.

Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

EHN.org scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

LISTEN: Kristina Marusic discusses the "Fractured" investigation

"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."

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