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  • Solar Modules Cause More Greenhouse Gas Emissions Than Modern Coal Power Plants! (WTF)

    08/04/2015 8:32:39 AM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 32 replies
    NotrickZone ^ | 3/25/3014 | P Gosselin
    It turns out that because of the emissions of extraordinarily potent greenhouse gases NF3 and SF6 and energy during the manufacture of solar modules, solar energy ends up being worse for the climate than burning coal (assuming the global warming hypothesis is valid). A Swiss engineer has made a thorough analysis of the greenhouse gas emissions caused by the manufacture, transport and operation of solar panels. His conclusion: Ferrucio Ferroni writes here how China is the number 1 manufacturer of solar panels globally and that the production of solar panels there requires immense amounts of electricity, which in China is...
  • Moody’s: More oil driller defaults coming as banks restrict lending

    08/04/2015 5:15:24 AM PDT · by thackney · 7 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | August 3, 2015 | Collin Eaton
    Moody’s Investors Service says it expects more U.S. oil companies to default on risky corporate debt over the next few months as banks tighten lending standards and as contracts that locked-in higher crude prices for future production start to expire. Oil producers in the second quarter accounted for seven of the nation’s 15 high-yield debt defaults, a three-year quarterly high. The credit ratings agency said its oil and gas liquidity stress index — a measure of corporate financial weakness in that sector — rose to 10.4 percent in June, up from 3.8 percent a year ago. “We expect that the...
  • Obama orders 30% cut in CO2 emissions in new EPA rule change

    08/03/2015 2:14:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | August 3, 2015 | ED MORRISEY
    If you like your electricity, you can keep your electricity. The White House announced the release of his “Clean Power Plan” late yesterday, which plans to cut carbon emissions from power plants in the US by 30%. Obama promised in his own message that this would result in lower energy prices, which sounds very similar to the promises made with ObamaCare — that later turned out to be the Lies of the Year once implemented:
  • Obama announces power plant regulations, GOP lawmakers vow fight

    08/03/2015 12:40:02 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | August 3, 2015
    resident Obama on Monday announced new regulations on power-plant carbon emissions that will have a dramatic impact on how Americans make, store and use energy. The president, speaking at the White House, touted the plan as a necessary step to combat global warming, even as the coal industry gears up to challenge the controversial regulations in court and Republicans prepare to fight them in Congress. "There is such a thing as being too late when it comes to climate change," Obama said. The plan calls for a 32 percent emissions cut by 2030, as compared with 2005 levels. The goals...
  • Oil sinks to six-month low amid weak data, slump in gasoline

    08/03/2015 12:31:07 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 32 replies
    ca.news.yahoo.com ^ | 08-03-2015 | By By Barani Krishnan
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil sank to six-month lows on Monday with Brent crude falling below $50 a barrel on sluggish U.S. and Chinese economic data and bets for weaker gasoline consumption in the United States after tearaway demand earlier in the summer. Evidence of growing global oversupply and a stock market collapse in China, the world's largest energy consumer, have weighed on oil for weeks, leading in July to U.S. crude futures' largest monthly decline since the 2008 financial crisis. On Monday, the rout deepened as U.S. gasoline fell its most in a day in 10 months. Supply worries...
  • New polymer able to store energy at higher temperatures

    08/03/2015 12:04:54 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 3 replies
    phys.org ^ | July 30, 2015 | Bob Yirka
    Flexible polymer nanocomposite thin films for high-temperature high-voltage capacitive energy storage. Credit: Q. Li +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ A team of researchers at the Pennsylvania State University has created a new polymer that is able to store energy at higher temperatures than conventional polymers without breaking down. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes how they created the polymer and why they believe it could be useful in many products. Harry Ploehn with the University of South Carolina offers a brief history of polymers created for use in electronics, in a News & Views piece in the same journal...
  • Sol-gel capacitor dielectric offers record-high energy storage

    08/03/2015 11:08:59 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 29 replies
    phys.org ^ | July 30, 2015 | by John Toon
    Samples of the new hybrid sol-gel material are shown placed on a clear plastic substrate for testing. Credit: John Toon, Georgia Tech ================================================================================================================= Using a hybrid silica sol-gel material and self-assembled monolayers of a common fatty acid, researchers have developed a new capacitor dielectric material that provides an electrical energy storage capacity rivaling certain batteries, with both a high energy density and high power density. If the material can be scaled up from laboratory samples, devices made from it could surpass traditional electrolytic capacitors for applications in electromagnetic propulsion, electric vehicles and defibrillators. Capacitors often complement batteries in these applications...
  • Obama’s Energy Power Grab

    08/03/2015 10:34:20 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/03/15 | Douglas Gibbs
    Obama to mandate steeper emissions cuts from U.S. Power Plants The expansion of the federal government, and more specifically the expansion of the executive branch, has been the daunting storyline of the Barack Obama administration, be it taking control of the auto industry; inserting heavy federal regulations on the banking and credit industries; hijacking the health care industry with Obamacare (and modifying the law through executive orders when legislative authorities belongs to Congress); gun control measures; seizing control of the internet through an expansive reach of the FCC; declaring its own definition of marriage through a Supreme Court judicial ruling;...
  • EPA Rule May Threaten Jobs, Economy

    08/03/2015 10:13:38 AM PDT · by Rio · 16 replies
    Product Design and Development ^ | 08/03/2015 | Melissa Fassbender
    Today, the EPA is expected to finalize its regulation of carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. An EPA administrator will sign the rule later today. In light of this change, the Electric Reliability Coordinating Council (ERCC), a group of energy companies working on common sense energy and environmental policy, has prepared a document answering ten questions about the final EPA carbon rule. The report, published July 31, follows the council’s previous report: The EPA’s Clean Power Plan: A Clear Threat to Electric Reliability, which cites the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC) findings that the rule would add “strains” to...
  • Another coal giant files for bankruptcy

    08/03/2015 9:30:43 AM PDT · by rktman · 27 replies
    businessinsider.com ^ | 8/3/2015 | Akin Oyedele
    Alpha Natural Resources has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. On Monday, a statement from the company said: "The Board of Directors of Alpha Natural Resources authorized the filing of the Chapter 11 cases to enhance the company's future as it weathers a historically challenged coal market." "The relief provided by Chapter 11 will allow the company to reorganize and emerge as a financially viable business that is better positioned to compete in dynamic energy markets." Bloomberg reported last Thursday the company had been planning to file today. The coal industry is in turmoil. Demand for natural gas is surging, and...
  • Obama Will Jetset To The Arctic To Warn About Global Warming

    08/03/2015 8:05:02 AM PDT · by rktman · 36 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 8/3/2015 | Michael Bastasch
    Based on government data, Obama’s jaunt to the Arctic aboard Air Force One will emit about 354, 585 pounds of carbon dioxide, or about 161 metric tonnes, for just that one leg of the flight. That’s equivalent to what 22 homes emit from burning electricity every year or the annual emissions from driving 33 cars, according to the EPA’s own carbon footprint calculator.
  • Obama poised to unveil major climate change plan [Poised to stamp out coal once and for all]

    08/03/2015 7:28:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Washington (AFP) - With one eye on his legacy, US President Barack Obama will Monday unveil what he called the "biggest, most important step we've ever taken" in the fight against climate change. The White House will release the final version of America's Clean Power Plan, a set of environmental rules and regulations that will home in on pollution from the nation's power plants, setting limits on power-plant carbon emissions for the first time. Plants will have to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, in an ambitious drive which will boost the renewable-energy sector...
  • Cruz Statement on President Obama’s EPA Regulations

    08/03/2015 8:07:37 AM PDT · by Isara · 20 replies
    TedCruz.org ^ | 08/03/15
    HOUSTON, Texas — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, released the following statement in response to President Obama’s announced EPA regulations:“The President’s lawless and radical attempt to destabilize the Nation’s energy system is flatly unconstitutional and–unless it is invalidated by Congress, struck down by the courts, or rescinded by the next Administration–will cause Americans’ electricity costs to skyrocket at a time when we can least afford it. I urge leaders of both parties, including Democrats who represent communities that will be devastated by this reckless policy, to stand up against this Administration’s dangerous agenda of economic decline.”###
  • Researcher who questioned CARB wins legal victory and settlement

    08/03/2015 4:39:13 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 24 replies
    Land Line ^ | 3/10/2015 | Charlie Morasch
    A California academic whose criticisms of science behind the nation’s most expensive diesel emissions rules has won a legal victory and effectively erased his termination. James Enstrom, an epidemiologist and researcher at UCLA for 35 years, learned last week he had won $140,000 and retains his ability to keep an office and use laboratory facilities on campus. He’ll also have the ability to gain an appointment to perform additional research. “It’s gratifying to get any kind of decision against the university,” Enstrom told Land Line Magazine by telephone Monday. “It’s really a brutal process. They go out of their way...
  • Obama to Announce the ‘Biggest, Most Important Step We’ve Ever Taken’ on Climate Change

    08/03/2015 7:31:26 AM PDT · by rktman · 33 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | 8/3/2015 | Liz Klimas
    President Barack Obama is mandating even steeper greenhouse gas cuts from U.S. power plants than previously expected, while granting states more time and broader options to comply. The tweaks to Obama’s unprecedented emissions limits on power plants, to be unveiled at the White House on Monday, aim to address a bevy of concerns raised by both environmentalist and the energy industry. The Environmental Protection Agency received more than 4 million public comments after Obama announced the proposed version last year, and opponents of the plan attempted unsuccessfully to stop it in Congress and in the courts.
  • EPA Issues More Ambitious But Flexible Final Clean Power Plan

    08/03/2015 5:28:03 AM PDT · by thackney · 11 replies
    Power ^ | 08/03/2015 | Sonal Patel
    The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) final Clean Power Plan will seek to tamp down the nation’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the power sector by 32% from 2005 levels by 2030—about 9% more ambitious than its original proposal. The first-ever final national standards to limit CO2 from power plants, to be released today—”the biggest, most important step we’ve taken to address climate change,” said President Obama—give states more time develop and tailored plans. State plans are now due in September 2016, but states that need more time can make an initial submission and request extensions of up to two years...
  • Senate panel passes bill lifting crude oil export ban

    08/03/2015 4:47:59 AM PDT · by thackney · 54 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 30, 2015 | Associated Press
    A Senate panel has approved energy legislation that would lift the 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports and open some areas of the Outer Continental Shelf to oil and gas exploration. Republican Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, chairman of the panel, championed the plan to lift the restrictions. It passed by a party-line vote of 12-10. Murkowski said lifting the ban would turn the U.S. into an energy superpower.
  • Obama climate change plan to eliminate jobs, raise electric bills, analysts say

    08/02/2015 7:21:18 PM PDT · by markomalley · 32 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 8/2/15 | Ben Wolfgang
    President Obama argues that his policies will result in cleaner air and will mitigate the effects of climate change, but unintended consequences of the administration’s environmental agenda seem all but certain — possibly even including higher mortality rates across the country, according to at least one scholar.Key pieces of Mr. Obama’s environmental plan, including proposals to increase ozone standards, limit carbon emissions from power plants and continue mandating more ethanol in U.S. gasoline supplies, will bring with them serious side effects in the coming months and years, critics and some analysts say.Those effects could include higher electricity rates and the...
  • Venezuela’s Socialist Paradise: No Food, No Beer, No Toilet Paper, No Freedom

    08/02/2015 4:26:13 PM PDT · by george76 · 51 replies
    Independent Sentinel ^ | July 31, 2015 | S. Noble
    The Socialist Utopia has come to Venezuela and so has triple-digit inflation. Inflation is soaring at about 65%, murder rates are the second highest in the world, they don’t have food, chocolate,cooking oil, sugar, beer, shampoo, chicken, beef or even toilet paper. Businesses put the blame on the socialist government’s economic policies and the government blames it on everyone else. A number of U.S. movie stars have gone to Venezuela many times to applaud their regime and compare their economy to ours. Sean Penn was one. ... American leftists cheered the Socialist government and the social justice he forced on...
  • Making environmentalism divisive

    08/02/2015 4:02:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Pittsburgh Tribune ^ | August 1, 2015 | Salena Zito
    ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio - In May, Murray Energy, which sits along the old National Pike here in eastern Ohio, told nearly 1,500 workers at five of its West Virginia mines that their jobs were eliminated. In Ohio, 249 Murray jobs were gone; nearly 170 employees were out of work in Illinois. The announcement wasn't an isolated one. Mines are being boarded up and thousands of coal jobs are vanishing across America, in part because of competition from abundant natural gas but in larger part because of new federal regulations limiting carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants. One month later, Murray...
  • Obama to Unveil 'Biggest Step Ever' in Climate Fight

    08/02/2015 6:26:26 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 34 replies
    Discovery News ^ | August 2, 2015
    Part of President Obama's new plan is to cut carbon pollution from power plants by 32 percent by 2030. President Barack Obama will Monday unveil what he called the “biggest, most important step we’ve ever taken” to fight climate change, a sensitive issue central to his legacy. The White House will release the final version of America’s Clean Power Plan, a set of environmental rules and regulations that will home in on the pollution from the nation’s power plants, setting limits on power-plant carbon emissions. Laying out how climate change was a threat to the health, well being and security...
  • Obama to unveil major climate change proposal

    08/02/2015 12:15:38 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 34 replies
    WLWT.com ^ | 08/02/2015 | Allie Malloy and Sunlen Serfaty CNN
    President says plan is 'the biggest most important step we've ever taken to combat climate change' WASHINGTON (CNN) —The Obama administration will unveil a major climate change plan Monday aimed at a large reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from the nation's coal-burning power plants, a senior administration official told CNN. The "Clean Power Plan" is the final version of regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency, which President Barack Obama called "the biggest most important step we've ever taken to combat climate change," in a video released by the White House on social media Saturday night. The plan will call for...
  • Obama to require steeper emissions cuts from US power plants

    08/02/2015 1:49:10 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 44 replies
    NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama will impose even steeper cuts on greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants than previously expected, senior administration officials said Sunday, in what the president called the most significant step the U.S. has ever taken to fight global warming..... Obama, in a video posted to Facebook, said the limits were backed up by decades of data and facts showing that without tough action, the world will face more extreme weather and escalating health problems like asthma."Climate change is not a problem for another generation," Obama said. "Not anymore."In his initial proposal, Obama had...
  • Community convenes for Colowyo ( Coal mining & electric power Jobs: Colorado )

    07/31/2015 1:03:52 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Steamboat Today ^ | July 31, 2015 | Patrick Kelly
    Craig community leaders hosted a meeting Thursday at Moffat County High School to provide a brief update on the situation at Colowyo Coal Mine, answer questions and facilitate public comment on the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement’s environmental assessment. Ray Beck, Craig mayor, opened the gathering by telling the audience about the economic significance of Colowyo mine’s 220 jobs to Craig and Northwest Colorado. “This is not the time to slow down,” Beck said, emphasizing the importance of community feedback on the development of the mine’s new environmental assessment. When the OMSRE’s recommendation to approve mining plans for...
  • Houston 'moneyman' ponies up $10 M for Cruz

    07/31/2015 10:38:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | July 31, 2015 | Jennifer Reiley
    Toby Neugebauer, the son of a U.S. Texas congressman, donated almost a third of the funds raised by Super PACs supporting presidential hopeful U.S. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, according to campaign finance reports filed Friday. Neugebauer, son of Lubbock Republican Randy Neugebauer, donated $10 million to "Keep the Promise II," one of four PACs for Cruz of the same name. Neugebauer is the co-founder of Quantum Energy Partners, a Houston-based private equity firm in the energy industry. According to Bloomberg, the firm has managed more than $7 billion in commitments since 1998. Neugebauer is heavily involved in the energy industry,...
  • Oil falls after OPEC comments imply no supply cut

    07/31/2015 9:19:50 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 13 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | July 31, 2015 | Christopher Johnson
    Oil prices fell on Friday as concern over global oversupply intensified after oil producers’ cartel OPEC indicated there would be no cuts in production despite a huge global oversupply. The fall mirrored a general sell-off in commodities on persistent worries about demand in China, the world’s biggest user of energy and many key materials such as copper. China’s state planner said on Friday a slowing economy must not be allowed to morph into social risks as the volatile Chinese stock market fell again. “All commodities are down,” said Abhishek Deshpande, oil analyst at Natixis. “Commodities face weak demand, excess supplies...
  • Bill de Blasio warns New Yorkers on raising A/C too high during brutal heat wave

    07/31/2015 9:50:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 07/31/2015 | BY JENNIFER FERMINO
    It was so hot Wednesday that City Hall issued a 24-hour heat advisory warning people to stay indoors — but officials also cautioned against blasting the A/C. New Yorkers should keep their air conditioners at 78 degrees to help reduce the risk of blackouts, Mayor de Blasio said. “If the air conditioning is set at 78 degrees, people are safe and they will be able to deal with the hot temperatures,” he said. A 75-degree setting uses 18% more electricity, and a 72-degree setting uses 39% more, he said. The city’s fragile power grid was already showing signs of strain...
  • Iran Announces Two New Nuclear Facilities

    07/30/2015 7:45:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    INN ^ | 7/30/2015, 7:02 PM | Ari Yashar
    Just half a month after the Iran nuclear deal was signed in Vienna on July 14, the Islamic republic of Iran announced on Thursday that it plans to build two new nuclear facilities in its southeastern Makran region on the Indian Ocean. Mohammad Ahmadian, Deputy Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), announced the plans as quoted by the semi-official Fars News Agency. “Two 100MW (megawatt) nuclear reactors will be constructed on Makran coastline of the Sea of Oman to generate electricity,” Ahmadian declared. […] The nuclear deal stipulates that Iran will not build any new uranium enrichment...
  • Former Exxon President On Mission To Clean Up Oil Sands

    07/30/2015 3:59:22 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 4 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 30-07-2015 | utah
    Canada has given oil sands a dirty reputation, but a breakthrough, commercially viable technology has caught the eye of a former Exxon Mobil president who is putting it to use to clean up Utah’s billions of barrels of oil sands. Imagine extracting high-quality oil out of the estimated 32 billion barrels buried in Utah’s oil sands, without creating the toxic wastelands that have resulted from oil sands projects in Western Canada. And imagine doing it at a cost that can still turn a profit in today’s oil price slump. That would be highly enticing to some of the large operators...
  • Boehner Makes News With Call to Lift Oil Export Ban

    07/30/2015 3:19:05 PM PDT · by re_tail20 · 49 replies
    Speaker's Office ^ | July 30, 205 | Katie Boyd
    At a press briefing yesterday, Speaker Boehner called for ending the oil export ban – an antiquated policy born out of the 1970s “scarcity mindset” that is standing in the way of new jobs, lower gas prices, and stronger support for our allies: “Repealing the U.S. Ban Would Create One Million Jobs” “Repealing the U.S. ban would create one million jobs, help bring down gasoline prices for consumers and be good for allies, Boehner said. … U.S. oil producers hope Congress will repeal the trade restriction, which they say has led to an oil glut that threatens to choke the...
  • Thieves fry Kenya's power grid for fast food Vandals smash electrical transformers (Kenya)

    07/30/2015 8:26:57 AM PDT · by dennisw · 15 replies
    Thieves fry Kenya's power grid for fast food Vandals smash electrical transformers to steal viscous fluid that's later sold as cooking oil for roadside stalls. Nairobi, Kenya - The morning scene is increasingly routine for Kenyans. When it's time to start the day, the power is already out. Somewhere nearby, the shell of a wrecked electrical transformer lies on its side underneath the pole where it had been fixed seven metres off the ground. The culprit is an unusual one: A vandal who is selling the toxic oil, drawn from the transformer, to chefs who use it for frying food...
  • 13 demonstrators hang from Portland bridge to block Shell ship

    07/30/2015 7:17:53 AM PDT · by Inspectorette · 80 replies
    KATU-TV ^ | Jul 29, 2015 at 4:56 AM | KATU.com Staff
    PORTLAND, Ore. – Protesters against Arctic drilling rappelled from the St. Johns Bridge early Wednesday morning to set up an aerial blockade of a Shell oil icebreaker in the port for repairs. "They are creating a human barricade so that the Shell icebreaker cannot get through," said Annie Leonard, the executive director of Greenpeace U.S. "They are prepared to stay up there for days because that's what it is going to take to save the arctic." The 13 Greenpeace protesters suspended themselves from the bridge around 3 a.m. Wednesday. One of them is from Portland. “I think direct action is...
  • Water you riding? Super clean motorcycle runs on H20 from a polluted river and can travel 310 MILES

    07/29/2015 7:25:20 PM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 54 replies
    Daily Mail Online (UK) ^ | 22 July 2015 | Jake Polden
    <p>A water-powered motorbike with the ability to travel up to 310 miles on a litre of H20 is turning heads in Brazil.</p>
  • Industrial natural gas use to continue to grow quickly, EIA says

    07/29/2015 11:48:31 AM PDT · by thackney · 18 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | July 29, 2015 | Robert Grattan
    New plants coming online are set to drive industrial natural gas growth forward by more than three percent in the next two years, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said in an analysis Wednesday. Industrial facilities, which include methanol and fertilizer plants, consumed an average of 21.0 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas in 2014, up 24 percent from 2009. By the end of 2015, that figure is expect to rise by another 3.4 percent to an annual average of 21.7 billion cubic feet per day. In 2016, the EIA predicted another 3.9 percent gain to 22.5 billion cubic...
  • Anadarko CEO: Outlook still uncertain for shale comeback

    07/29/2015 11:45:52 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | July 29, 2015 | Collin Eaton
    The CEO of Anadarko Petroleum Corp. says it’s still unclear when his company should go back into growth mode across U.S. shale plays. And that’s not necessarily because of volatility in the oil market, but rather because oil field service companies haven’t cut prices for equipment and other work deep enough yet. “Even with a tremendous amount of hardship that service providers have gone through in the first half of the year, we as an upstream company still don’t have the margins we had a year ago,” Anadarko CEO Al Walker said in a conference call with investors Wednesday. Analysts...
  • Warren Buffett And Elon Musk To Spark A Lithium Boom

    07/28/2015 6:46:18 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 27 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 28-07-2015 | Dave
    The age of electrification across the transportation sector, the solar panel revolution, and Tesla’s battery gigafactory are igniting a battle for the cheapest battery. That will transform lithium into a boom-time mineral and the hottest commodity on the energy investor’s radar. It has been easy to take lithium for granted. This wonder mineral is the backbone of our everyday lives, popping up in everything from the glass in our windows to our mountains of electronics. And while investors have long appreciated the steady rise in demand for this preferred mineral, the number of new applications continues to multiply. Smart phones,...
  • Here's what the US would look like if all the Earth's ice melted

    07/28/2015 3:51:27 PM PDT · by rktman · 82 replies
    businessinsider.com ^ | 7/25/2015 | unknown
    If all the Earth's land ice melted, sea levels would rise over 200 feet. So what would that mean for the United States' coastlines?
  • Hillary Clinton Is Stumped on Question of Keystone Pipeline

    07/28/2015 11:44:49 AM PDT · by McGruff · 22 replies
    NY Times ^ | 7/28/2015 | Amy Chozick
    Hillary Rodham Clinton has an aggressive set of proposals to combat climate-change — and a pipeline problem. The day after Mrs. Clinton put forth a detailed plan that would go further than the any president in using the government to protect the environment and produce solar and wind energy, she found herself once again stumped on the question of whether or not she would support the Keystone XL Pipeline project, which would bring Canadian oil to Texas.
  • R.I. offshore wind farm starts construction

    07/28/2015 9:25:06 AM PDT · by thackney · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/27/15 | Timothy Cama
    The developer of the nation’s first commercial-scale offshore wind farm installed the first steel foundation for the project off Rhode Island’s coast. The Sunday installation of Deepwater Wind Block Island Wind Farm came just in time for a Monday tour of the site that will include Obama administration officials, lawmakers and Rhode Island’s governor, among others. ADVERTISEMENT “It was a very big moment,” Jeffrey Grybowski, Chief Executive Officer of Deepwater Wind, told the Providence Journal shortly after watching the first foundation’s installation from a boat. The company had hoped to install the foundation on Thursday, but the weather did not...
  • Halliburton, Baker cut workforces deeper, bringing layoffs to 27,000

    07/28/2015 5:32:46 AM PDT · by thackney · 8 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | July 27, 2015 | Collin Eaton
    Halliburton has cut nearly 14,000 jobs and Baker Hughes has laid off 13,000 employees since they began trimming their headcounts last year to cope with the oil-market crash, officials said Monday. Those figures, shown in quarterly securities filings Friday and confirmed by company spokeswomen on Monday, are several thousand more jobs than the last time the oil field service companies gave an estimate of their planned layoffs in April. Halliburton’s latest layoff estimate exceeds its April figure by 5,000 jobs, bringing its cuts up to16 percent of its workforce. And Baker Hughes’ estimate is up by 2,500 jobs, up to...
  • EU tries again for compromise on deal to phase out coal aid

    07/27/2015 12:35:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Jul 27, 2015 7:55am EDT | Barbara Lewis
    EU bosses are pushing to resolve a clash between industry and environmental policy with a new strategy to phase out funding to export coal technology to developing nations, ahead of a meeting of leading economic powers on the issue. The European Commission, the EU executive, urges tougher rules on when subsidies, known as coal export credits, can be used in a paper seen by Reuters, ahead of interim talks this week. Political pressure is growing to reach agreement on restricting the coal subsidies before United Nations climate change talks in Paris at the end of the year. But opposition is...
  • Obama’s Nuclear Waste Blunders Could Cost Taxpayers Over $20 Billion

    07/27/2015 10:00:29 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 3 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 27-07-2015 | King
    President Obama says otherwise, but he seems to have a propensity for slapping the nuclear industry across the face. When the Obama administration came into power, one of its first actions was to end work on the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nevada. In so doing, it delivered a shuddering blow to the U.S. nuclear industry, trashing the project when it was nearly ready to open. The cost to taxpayers was about $15 billion. Now the administration is going through the motions to suspend another costly nuclear waste investment when it is about 67 percent com
  • Ted Cruz Sells His Soul to to Frackers for $15 Million

    07/25/2015 7:59:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 90 replies
    Politicus USA - Real liberal politics ^ | July 25, 2015 | Hrafnkell Haraldsson
    While Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are bringing in a sizeable number of donations of under $100, Republicans have been going for the big money, like the huge score Ted Cruz just made from a pair of Texas frackers. Even so, on July 16, Newsmax made a big deal of Hillary receiving donations from wealthy individuals, with the headline, “Hillary Clinton’s Donations From Hedge Fund Titans Exceed Republicans.” Those Democrats are such elitists! You don’t want to be drinking milk when you read these things, at least not without a bib. And here the Texas Messiah, Ted Cruz, just hauled...
  • Green-energy CEO: Vermonters must abandon the car, embrace renewable energy future

    07/25/2015 3:56:00 PM PDT · by Twotone · 62 replies
    Vermont Watchdog ^ | July 24, 2015 | Bruce Barker
    Now that Vermont has a mandate to get 75 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2032, residents will have to ditch automobiles and embrace a whole new way of life, the state’s top renewable energy CEO says.
  • Three scientists investigating melting Arctic ice may have been assassinated, professor claims

    07/25/2015 12:27:05 PM PDT · by crusty old prospector · 68 replies
    The U. K. Telegraph ^ | July 25, 2015 | Robert Mendick
    A Cambridge Professor has made the astonishing claim that three scientists investigating the melting of Arctic ice may have been assassinated within the space of a few months. Professor Peter Wadhams said he feared being labelled a “looney” over his suspicion that the deaths of the scientists were more than just an ‘extraordinary’ coincidence. But he insisted the trio could have been murdered and hinted that the oil industry or else sinister government forces might be implicated. The three scientists he identified - Seymour Laxon and Katherine Giles, both climate change scientists at University College London, and Tim Boyd of...
  • Replacing Fossil Fuels: Energy Evolution Has Happened Before

    07/25/2015 8:42:31 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 60 replies
    fool.com ^ | Travis Hoium
    Replacing Fossil Fuels: Energy Evolution Has Happened Before If renewable energy replaces fossil fuels as our main source of energy it won't be the first time a fuel source was rapidly replaced. On the surface, energy seems like a pretty stagnant industry these days. Oil has dominated transportation for most of the last century while natural gas and coal provide a vast majority of the electricity we consume. That's not all that different than the way things were at the turn of the 20th century.But if you look at the overall energy mix over more than two centuries there's a...
  • GOP senator calls for more corn cronyism mandated by the EPA

    07/25/2015 7:37:50 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 14 replies
    Against Crony Capitalism ^ | 24 July 2015 | Nick Sorrentino
    It’s the same party with 2 wings. The Washington Crony Party. If one can fleece the taxpayer it will be done, Republican, Democrat, whatever, so long as money is funneled to the narrow interests which fund your campaigns. The Republican Party, though it has a free market wing which is young and growing is still dominated by the older big government crony Republicans. How long that generation can hold on, and how much damage they will create to the economy is anyone’s guess. (From The Surge) "Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) just can’t help himself. He is intent on using the...
  • Oil and gas officials scramble after feds review species protections

    07/24/2015 4:01:42 PM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    Watchdog ^ | July 3, 2015 | Rob Nikolewski
    Oil and gas producers in one of the most active drilling areas in the country have had to make concessions to not disturb species such as the lesser prairie chicken and the dunes sagebrush lizard. Now industry officials in parts of Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico may have four other species to contend with: make way for the Cascade Caverns salamander, the Arizona toad, the alligator snapping turtle and the Rio Grande cooter. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Tuesday it is giving what it calls “status reviews” to the four amphibians and reptiles found in the Southwest as...
  • Eco-Imperialism Joins Vulture Environmentalism

    03/21/2013 11:14:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 21, 2013 | Paul Drissen
    Gina McCarthy, President Obama’s choice to replace Lisa Jackson at the Environmental Protection Agency, has been chastised for having lied to Congress, in claiming that EPA did not use “dangerous manmade climate change” to justify new 54.5 mpg standards for cars and light trucks. She’s also been implicated in the agency’s practice of using fake emails to hide questionable dealings and activities. These issues highlight attitudes toward ethics, law and public policy that prevail at EPA and too many other government agencies. However, that attention should not distract from other important matters. Ms. McCarthy may be the worst of the...
  • GOP launches probe of 'improper influence' on EPA climate rule

    09/02/2014 2:27:28 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 2, 2014 | Laura Barron-Lopez
    Republicans are investigating what they call "improper influence" from a national green group on the Obama administration's signature Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) climate change regulation. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, as well as Republicans on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, are demanding the EPA and the environmental group Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) hand over documents on the organization's involvement in drafting the proposed carbon pollution rules. The investigation is based on a New York Times ' report that said the NRDC provided the blueprint used for the rules, and "heavily influenced the president's proposal." While...