75 Drilling down the road from Summit Elementary School, Butler County PA

Saturday morning and Monday afternoon, Pennsylvania community organizers led Power Shift attendees from Wisconsin, Kentucky, California, Colorado and more on a tour of shale gas fracking operations and related infrastructure north of Pittsburgh. Among others, we saw Shell, Exxon, and Chevron's shale gas operations.


81 Lawrence, Butler, and Beaver Counties were all covered by the shalefield tour.












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Welcome back to the Week in Green Politics, where I know that most of you are sick of politics by now. So I'll keep it quick.

Obviously the most timely issue in the climate world is Hurricane Sandy. If you're on the East Coast, I hope you're staying safe.

From a political point of view, one pressing question is whether the candidates will mention climate change in the context of extreme weather. And that brings us to our first headline:

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It's time again for our weekly round-up of the juiciest (relatively speaking) stories in climate and energy politics.

Record-breaking solar power in Germany

First up: German solar power plants set a world record, meeting a third of the country's electricity needs on a workday, and nearly half on a Saturday. Thanks largely to a feed-in tariff and other forms of government support, Germany gets about 20 percent of its electricity from renewable sources.

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