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Export Delusions: Why the Rush to Export Natural Gas is a Fool’s Errand

On a sweltering day in May last year I sat dumbfounded at a US Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee meeting. Pat Outtrim, VP of Cheniere Energy, was arguing for fast-tracking approval of Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) exports because it would benefit energy consumers…in Great Britain.
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A year later and the drum beat for approving LNG export operations is reaching a crescendo. This time it’s spurred by claims that we must save Europeans from the grip of Russia, who is using its position as the primary natural gas provider in Europe to annex Crimea and assert its power in the region. 
In both cases, the rationale is the same: The US has an over-supply of natural gas—thanks to an explosion of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) for previously inaccessible shale gas—and it’s our duty as international citizens to make sure that our friends in Europe (not to mention Asia) can benefit from our lower-cost largesse. 

Ostensibly in response to the crisis in Ukraine, two bills have been introduced in Congress: Senate Bill 2274, introduced by Mark Udall (D-CO), and House Bill 6, introduced by Cory Gardner (R-CO).

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We're Addicted to Economic Growth and It Will Be the Death of Us

The following is excerpted from the new report, Climate After Growth: Why Environmentalists Must Embrace Post-Growth Economics and Community Resilence by Post Carbon Institute and Transition Network.

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Fracking the Commons: Why Your Public Lands Are Under Assault by Oil and Gas Drilling

Editor's note: You can take action to ban fracking on federal lands here.

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There's Only One Real Option for Averting Economic and Ecological Ruin -- So Why Aren't We Talking About It?

The following excerpt is reprinted from the new book Energy: Overdevelopment and the Delusion of Endless Growthedited by Tom Butler and George Wuerthner, published by Post Carbon Institute and Watershed Media, in collaboration with the Foundation for Deep Ecology.

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How We Can Grow Community Food Solutions

Editor's Note: The following is an excerpt from the The Post Carbon Reader, which features essays by some of the world’s most provocative thinkers on the key issues shaping our new century, from renewable energy and urban agriculture to social justice and community resilience. This insightful collection takes a hard-nosed look at the interconnected threats of our global sustainability quandary and presents some of the most promising responses.

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