NY Times: Energy Interests Spend Millions for Their Seat at the Climate Table

The energy sector increased influence spending in the first quarter of 2010, as companies with major interests in climate change and energy legislation lobbied to help shape the Senate bill set to be unveiled this week.

Businesses engaged in influence spending believe that regardless of what policies pass this year, Congress will ultimately reign in carbon emissions through regulation in the future.

Tyson Slocum, director of watchdog group Public Citizen’s Energy Program said, "What’s at stake is the difference between coming out ahead in the climate bill or breaking even or losing.”

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The Marcellus Shale: New York is the Natural Gas Industry’s New Lab Rat

Under some of the most beautiful parts of rural New York State in the pre-Jurassic era formation called the Marcellus Shale is an unimaginable fortune in natural gas. Getting that gas to market has become an obsession of Wall Street and the biggest gas drilling companies in the world. In this gas rush, New York is fast becoming a geological science experiment that many experts fear will have profound, dire environmental and health consequences. The drilling companies use a witch’s brew of water, pressure and chemicals to force the gas from the shale. It is the secrecy of what is in that brew that has New Yorkers worried and many suspicious. Even the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has not yet identified all of the compounds in products proposed for use in fracturing shale.
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