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  • Op Ed: Public transit is key to tackling global warming

    05/23/2018 10:41:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    Crain's New York Business ^ | May 23, 2018 | By John Samuelsen
    New York has a major opportunity to lead the nation in reducing emissions and to strike a blow against inequality by making significant and bold investments in public transit across the state. Transportation is now the top climate culprit in New York state, responsible for more greenhouse-gas emissions than power plants. While our state is ramping up investments in renewable energy, moving people cleanly and efficiently is absolutely critical too. We must address this need by expanding public transit in ways that will also create family-sustaining employment options, improved public health, safety and mobility. The climate crisis and the transportation...
  • Senate Democrats look for traction on gas prices

    05/23/2018 9:52:08 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 53 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/23/18 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) is ripping the White House over high gas prices, arguing President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal is putting a pinch on middle class wallets. “According to energy analysts and experts, President Trump’s reckless decision to pull out of the Iran deal has led to higher oil prices,” Schumer said at a press conference held at an Exxon filling station on Capitol Hill, where a gallon of regular costs $3.89. “These higher oil prices are translating directly to soaring gas prices, something we know disproportionately hurts middle- and lower-income people,” Schumer...
  • Latest fracking news (left is freaking out)

    05/23/2018 9:43:14 AM PDT · by gattaca · 30 replies
    Eco Watch ^ | May 22, 2018 | Eco Watch
    Trump Opens Door to Dangerous Fracking in Northern Arizona A new Trump administration plan proposes to auction off 4,200 acres of public land for oil and gas development in northern Arizona. The lands straddle the Little Colorado River, are within three miles of Petrified Forest National Park, and are near habitat for a federally threatened fish called the Little Colorado spinedace. Drilling and fracking would threaten to deplete and pollute groundwater in the Little Colorado River Basin. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is planning the September auction—which would convey development rights to fossil-fuel companies—without any site-specific public or environmental...
  • Venezuela is Launching a Crypto Currency Backed by Oil, Gas, Gold and Diamonds

    12/09/2017 6:40:17 PM PST · by Bon mots · 32 replies
    CNBC ^ | Dec. 3, 2017 | Staff
    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro looked to the world of digital currency to circumvent U.S.-led financial sanctions, announcing on Sunday the launch of the "petro" backed by oil reserves to shore up a collapsed economy. The leftist leader offered few specifics about the currency launch or how the struggling OPEC member would pull off such a feat, but he declared to cheers that "the 21st century has arrived!" "Venezuela will create a cryptocurrency," backed by oil, gas, gold and diamond reserves, Maduro said in his regular Sunday televised broadcast, a five-hour showcase of Christmas songs and dancing. The petro, he...
  • Enter the 'petro': Venezuela to launch oil-backed cryptocurrency

    12/03/2017 4:08:56 PM PST · by mdittmar · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 3, 2017 | Alexandra Ulmer, Deisy Buitrago
    CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro looked to the world of digital currency to circumvent U.S.-led financial sanctions, announcing on Sunday the launch of the “petro” backed by oil reserves to shore up a collapsed economy.The leftist leader offered few specifics about the currency launch or how the struggling OPEC member would pull off such a feat, but he declared to cheers that “the 21st century has arrived!”
  • Farm Bill Goes Down in House

    05/18/2018 9:41:09 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 56 replies
    Rollcall ^ | May 18, 2018
    In a major blow to Republican leaders and after a week full of drama and last-minute vote wrangling, the House failed to pass a farm bill Friday, with several Freedom Caucus members voting no in protest to a lack of immediate action on immigration. The bill failed 198-213. House GOP leaders had been touting the bill as a fulfillment of their campaign promise to overhaul welfare programs. The vote also brings the GOP’s intraparty fissures further into public view. Thirty Republicans joined all Democrats in voting it down.
  • Plans for Ohio's Only New Coal Plant Are Scrapped

    05/20/2018 4:23:45 PM PDT · by Pontiac · 16 replies
    WKSU ^ | May 17, 2018 | Andy Chow
    After years in limbo, a plan to construct a new coal plant has been scrapped. That leaves Ohio without any proposals for new coal-power generation. Environmental groups see this as a critical turning point.Since the early 2000s, the Lima energy plant has been on again and off again. But now the company behind the project is officially bowing out. Neil Waggoner with the Beyond Coal campaign says it’s clear coal is near its end. “We see there are no coal plants under consideration to be built. The current coal plants that are already in the state are struggling to be...
  • Honeycomb Battery Tech Breakthrough Could Bring 100X Improvement In Device Runtime

    05/19/2018 11:43:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Hot Hardware ^ | May 17, 2018 | Shane McGlaun
    A group of researchers at the University of Missouri have developed a new battery breakthrough that could have a big impact on runtimes for the gadgets. The researchers have developed new material that can address the two chief complaints of batteries used in electronic devices now: relatively runtimes life and unwanted heat production. The team has applied for a patent for a magnetic material that has a unique honeycomb lattice structure that offers distinct electronical properties. “Semiconductor diodes and amplifiers, which often are made of silicon or germanium, are key elements in modern electronic devices,” said Deepak K. Singh, head...
  • Farm bill fails in House, amid conservative uprising over immigration

    05/18/2018 11:04:02 AM PDT · by xzins · 53 replies
    Fox ^ | 18 May 18 | Chad Pergam
    GOP seeks farm bill support amid immigration debate House Freedom Caucus members are trying to flex some muscle on immigration in exchange for support on the farm bill; A sprawling and subsidy-packed farm bill that also would have tightened food stamp rules failed in the House on Friday, in a dramatic defeat for GOP leaders who faced an uprising from conservatives over inaction on immigration. The farm bill, which was voted down 213-198, had been hanging in the balance as the conservative House Freedom Caucus threatened to withhold support without an agreement on an immigration bill vote. The GOP leadership,...
  • Bitcoin Will Soon Use More Energy Than Austria

    05/17/2018 12:52:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Discover Magazine ^ | May 16, 2018 | Eric Betz
    By now, we’re all tired of hearing about the virtual currency turned investment craze known as Bitcoin. Created in response to the 2008 financial crisis, anarcho-capitalists hailed it as the decentralized future of commerce. But as prices soared and the biggest names on Wall Street bought in, Bitcoin became mostly known as a speculative, unregulated investment. Think Beanie Babies, but you can also use them to buy drugs and engage in human trafficking. Perhaps the most remarkable Bitcoin storyline recently has been just how much computational horsepower it takes to create the virtual currency: some 26 quintillion calculations per second....
  • Australia is begging to be colonized again

    05/16/2018 7:03:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/16/2018 | Viv Forbes
    Japan has 45 new high-energy, low-emission (HELE) coal-fired power plants on the drawing boards. These will probably burn high-quality Australian coal. And despite the tsunami that hit Japan, nuclear power still generates about 20% of Japan's electricity. Chinese companies have plans to build 700 new coal power plants all over the world, mostly in China. In addition, China will bring five new nuclear power reactors online in 2018 and has plans for a further six to eight units. India generates more than 65% of its electricity from thermal power plants, and about 85% of these plants are coal-fired. India's state-run...
  • Chemists find new way to create lithium metal electrodes for batteries

    05/15/2018 2:09:59 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 18 replies
    phys.org ^ | May 15, 2018 | by Jim Shelton, Yale University
    This image shows the schematic structure of a new battery cell with lithium metal electrodes developed at Yale and Donghua University. Credit: Yale University ________________________________________________________________________________________ Researchers at Yale and Donghua University in China have developed a new process for creating lithium metal that may boost the energy and capacity of rechargeable batteries. Lithium metal is considered the best option as a material for anodes in high-energy batteries, the researchers said, because of the metal's high potential for providing large amounts of energy and capacity in a given mass. Yet existing lithium metal electrodes, limited by low capacity and utilization efficiency,...
  • Who Turned Off the Lights?

    05/15/2018 8:50:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 15, 2018 | Stephen Moore
    Is anyone paying attention to the crisis that is going on in our electric power markets? Over the past six months, at least four major nuclear power plants have been slated for shutdown, including the last one in operation in California. Meanwhile, dozens of coal plants have been shuttered as well -- despite low prices and cleaner coal. Some of our major coal companies may go into bankruptcy. This is a dangerous game we are playing with our most valuable resource outside of clean air and water. Traditionally, we've received almost half our electric power nationwide from coal and nuclear...
  • The Study You Won’t Be Hearing About: No Impact On Groundwater From Fracking

    05/11/2018 8:48:28 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 11 replies
    hotair ^ | May 10, 2018 | JAZZ SHAW
    Protests by environmentalists against hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) have been going on for years now, along with the Hollywood efforts of serial fabulists such as Josh Fox. One of the biggest concerns surrounding the process is the possibility of contamination of groundwater. While a previous study in Pennsylvania by the state Department of Environmental Protection revealed zero instances of this happening (except for surface spills during transport of hydraulic fluids), critics discounted the study and the protests continued. Now a different study conducted in Ohio on the Utica shale play has been completed and published. They were looking for evidence...
  • California Moves Forward With Plan To Require Solar Panels On New Homes

    05/10/2018 8:45:07 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 36 replies
    NPR ^ | May 9, 20185:12 PM ET | Camila Domonoske
    A state board in California has approved a proposal to require solar panels on all new homes beginning in 2020, a measure that would increase the cost of new construction but provide savings on utilities — and help the state meet ambitious targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. California, which is routinely a leader in environmental regulatory efforts, would be the first state in the country with such a requirement. Several cities, including San Francisco and South Miami, Fla., have residential solar panel requirements. The new rule in California would cover all low-rise residential buildings, although houses that are frequently...
  • Michael Bloomberg donates $4.5M to U.N. climate body after U.S. cuts

    04/23/2018 5:41:27 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | April 23, 2018 | by Associated Press
    Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has vowed to write a $4.5 million check to the United Nations body that oversees climate change negotiations to make up the shortfall in the agency's budget caused by U.S. funding cuts. President Donald Trump last year formally announced the U.S. would pull out of the Paris climate accord deal, stating that it was not fair. Congress also cut funding for the Bonn, Germany-based UNFCCC from $7.5 million in previous years to $3 million this year. "America made a commitment and as an American if the government's not going to do it we...
  • Gas prices are topping $4 at some Fresno stations. Ready to pay more at the pump?

    05/10/2018 8:47:55 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 55 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | 05/09/18 | Bryant-Jon Anteola
    Gasoline prices in Fresno already increased beyond $4 per gallon this week at some places in town. And gas prices are projected to rise even more going into the summer in the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. A year ago, the national average for was $2.34 for a gallon of gas, according to a CNN Money report. These days, that national average has jumped to $2.81 per gallon. Those in Fresno can probably add a dollar on top of the national price, with high state taxes and stringent standards for reformulating...
  • California Could See the Return of $4 Gasoline by May [Bloomberg Link Only]

    02/01/2018 5:12:47 AM PST · by C19fan · 18 replies
    Bloomberg [Link in Body Thread] ^ | January 31, 2018 | Milana Vinn
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  • REPORT: US Could Produce 12 MILLION Barrels Of Oil A Day By 2019

    05/09/2018 9:21:24 AM PDT · by rktman · 30 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 5/9/2018 | Michael Bastasch
    U.S. crude oil production could top 12 million barrels per day by the end of 2019, according to the latest Energy Department (DOE) forecast released on Tuesday. The U.S. Energy Information Administration, the DOE’s statistics arm, (EIA) projects U.S. crude output would grow by more than 1.5 million barrels per day over the next two years, primarily as the result of abundant shale oil and gas reserves. EIA projects the U.S. will “average 11.9 million [barrels per day (b/d)] in 2019, 0.4 million b/d higher than forecast” the agency released in April. Now, EIA “forecasts U.S. crude oil production will...
  • Ford EcoBlue - 2.0L Technical Wonder

    05/08/2018 1:02:17 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 64 replies
    MSN.com ^ | 07 May 2018 | John Lehenbauer
    Major European cities such as Madrid and Paris are discriminating against diesel engines due to officials’ concerns about the types of pollution oil-burners produce...The four-cylinder EcoBlue is the most advanced diesel engine Ford has ever produced. Starting with a clean sheet, engineers focused on developing an engine that has very low internal friction.