What is Fracking?

May 23, 2011 by  
Filed under Wind and Solar

www.washingtontimes.com (Best viewed in HD) A spokesperson for Range Resources discusses the history and science of “fracking” and explains how the process is used to extract oil and natural gas from layers of rock.

Tilting at Wind Turbines: Should the Government Subsidize Renewable Energy?

May 19, 2011 by  
Filed under Wind and Solar

Switching from conventional sources of electricity like coal and natural gas to renewables like wind and solar, our elected leaders tell us, will reduce pollution, advance renewable technology and spark a green jobs revolution. Is renewable energy really a green pathway to a brighter economic future? Or is it nothing more than a heavily subsidized impossible dream? To learn more, we spoke with Cal State Fullerton economist Robert Michaels and Mark Tholke, an executive at enXco. Approximately 6.5 minutes. Produced by Paul Feine and Alex Manning. Go to reason.tv for downloadable versions, and subscribe to Reason.tv’s YouTube channel to receive automatic notification when new content is posted.

Solar Power in the US Southwest

May 6, 2011 by  
Filed under Wind and Solar

Many power plants burn coal or natural gas to make steam and generate electricity. But power also can come from a cleaner, more renewable source — concentrated solar power. From sunny Las Vegas, Nevada, Shelley Schlender reports