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  • Israel's Plan To Bypass The World's Most Critical Oil Chokepoint

    12/09/2019 10:00:26 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 12 replies ^ | 12-09-2019 | Para
    Israel pitched to India this weekend its idea of a new transportation corridor in the Middle East bypassing the most critical oil chokepoint in the world which is very close to Iran, the Strait of Hormuz. During the Mediterranean Dialogues conference in Rome on Saturday, Israel’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Intelligence, Israel Katz, met with India’s Minister of External Affairs, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, to discuss bilateral trade and presented Israel’s “Tracks for Regional Peace” initiative.
  • The biggest battery breakthroughs of 2019 [End of year recap]

    12/09/2019 11:11:00 AM PST · by Red Badger · 7 replies
    New Atlas ^ | December 08, 2019 | By Nick Lavars
    2019 provided us with a number of battery breakthroughs that could change how we power our grids, our devices and also our modes of transport SergeyNivens/Depositphotos View 7 Images Many corners of society stand to gain from advances in battery technology, from automakers, to manufacturers of consumer electronics to all that care about the environment. This year offered a little something for everybody with an interest in this area of science, bringing us tech that could charge electric vehicles in 10 minutes, batteries that suck carbon dioxide out of the air and news that the world’s biggest battery is set...
  • Scrap Energy Tax Favors for Better Reform

    12/05/2019 5:51:54 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | December 5, 2019 | Katie Tubb
    It’s that time of year again when Congress, feeling the pressure of budget negotiations and the year’s end, provokes the issue of expired or soon-to-expire energy tax credits. Congress has on the table roughly a dozen renewable energy tax subsidies covering wind, solar, electric vehicles, biofuels, and others. There’s a host of reasons why these energy subsidies should end, not least of which being Congress’ 2015 promise to phase out two “temporary” credits that have been around for decades—wind and solar. These two alone divert $23 billion and $12.5 billion, respectively, between 2018 and 2022, and will continue to burden...
  • TED CRUZ: Cruz Presses Trump on Blocking Russian Gas Pipeline to Germany

    12/05/2019 10:58:23 AM PST · by conservative98 · 82 replies
    Ted Cruz on Twitter ^ | December 5, 2019, 2 hrs ago | Ted Cruz
  • Solid state battery breakthrough could double the density of lithium-ion cells

    12/04/2019 1:45:43 PM PST · by Red Badger · 25 replies ^ | November 26, 2019 | By Loz Blain
    The new technology has the potential to improve both the energy density and safety of lithium-ion batteries destinacigdem/Depositphotos =============================================================== Researchers at Australia's Deakin University say they've managed to use common industrial polymers to create solid electrolytes, opening the door to double-density solid state lithium batteries that won't explode or catch fire if they overheat. Dr. Fangfang Chen and Dr. Xiaoen Wang from Deakin's Institute for Frontier Materials claim to have made a breakthrough with "the first clear and useful example of liquid-free and efficient transportation of lithium-ion in the scientific community." The new technology uses a solid polymer material, weakly...
  • OPEC nations grapple with oversupply of oil

    12/04/2019 9:33:00 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 4, 2019 | Cathy Bussewitz
    The world may be heading for an even greater oversupply of oil, and that possibility — which could drive down fuel and energy prices — is hanging over members of the OPEC cartel as they head into negotiations Thursday. The oil-producing nations will decide whether to stick with production cuts they’ve endured for the past three years, relax them or deepen them in the hopes of propping up prices. […] Brent crude oil hovered around $61 per barrel Wednesday afternoon. Prices have fluctuated throughout the year, reaching nearly $75 per barrel in April after U.S. sanctions on Iran and Venezuela...
  • Germans in favor of 'reducing reliance' on US

    12/03/2019 4:28:23 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 101 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 12.03.2019 | Davis VanOpdorp
    A majority of Germans are in favor of reducing Germany’s reliance on the United States militarily, according to a YouGov poll commissioned by the German news agency DPA. According to the poll, 55% of Germans believe that European members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) should protect themselves from an attack without US help. In addition, a majority of poll participants believe the US should partially (23%) or completely (26%) withdraw its 30,000 troops stationed in Germany. Conversely, 54% said NATO should work more closely with Russia rather than relying on deterrence. Meanwhile, 37% are for lifting sanctions against...
  • Pa. DEP and major oil companies agree: Trump administration shouldn't roll back methane rules

    12/03/2019 7:49:23 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | December 2, 2019 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Several groups that often are at odds over environmental rules are on the same side when it comes to easing methane regulations at oil and gas sites. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection joined major oil and gas companies, environmental groups and lawmakers from both parties last week in urging the Trump administration not to go through with its proposal to eliminate methane control requirements from well sites and pipelines across the country. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to roll back rules adopted in 2016 that require companies to identify and stop methane leaks from new and modified...
  • With new gas pipeline, Russia's exports flow east

    12/03/2019 2:01:19 AM PST · by NorseViking · 6 replies
    Reuters by Yahoo ^ | December 2, 2019
    Smiles and waves between Russia's Vladimir Putin and China's Xi Jinping on Monday (December 2). Though this isn't just a casual video chat between two of the world's most powerful men, but the launch of a landmark pipeline that will transport natural gas from Siberia to north east China - a boost to economic and political ties between Moscow and Beijing and part of Russia's attempt to pivot East, away from the pain of Western financial sanctions imposed over its 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimea. (SOUNDBITE) PRESIDENT, VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING: "This is a remarkable, genuinely historical event not only for...
  • China’s Renewed Coal Boom

    12/02/2019 4:26:32 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 12 replies
    27 November 2019 | Robert Hunziker
    Greenpeace congratulated China and the EU by contrasting it with Trump’s refusal to commit the United States to the Paris climate accord: “What gets the pair together isn't just Trump – China and the EU understand the opportunities offered by a clean and climate-safe world.” Oops! Hold your horses! All bets are off! According to a BBC news headline d/d November 20, 2019: “Climate Change: China Coal Surge Threatens Paris Targets.” Astonishingly, over the past 18 months China has added enough new coal-based electricity generation (43GW) to power 31 million homes. King coal has returned. Not only, China is also...
  • Less Electricity Will Cost Californians More

    11/27/2019 7:09:50 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 63 replies
    Newsmax ^ | November 26, 2019 | By Paul F. deLespinasse
    The costs of global warming continue to mount up. Californians pay nearly the highest electricity prices in the continental United States, about twice as much per kilowatt-hour (kwh) as in nearby Oregon and Washington. Nevertheless, California's prices are probably not high enough. Some of the fires plaguing the drought-stricken state were caused by electrical lines downed by falling trees and by malfunctioning transformers. These fires have caused billions of dollars of damage to homes and other property. The resulting lawsuits have bankrupted Pacific Gas and Electric (PGE). Ultimately, California's electricity consumers will have to pay for what it costs to...
  • Nikola Corporation To Unveil Game-Changing Battery Cell Technology At Nikola World 2020

    11/27/2019 11:25:16 AM PST · by Red Badger · 76 replies
    PR Newswire ^ | Nov 19, 2019, 09:01 ET | News provided by Nikola Corporation
    - Technology encompasses world's first free-standing/self-supported electrode with a cathode that has 4x the energy density of lithium-ion - Achieves 2,000 cycles - Cell technology expected to cost 50% less to produce than lithium-ion - Could drive down the cost of hydrogen and double the range of battery-electric vehicles worldwide - Nikola will share intellectual property with OEMs around the world that contribute ======================================================================================= PHOENIX, Nov. 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Nikola Corporation is excited to announce details of its new battery that has a record energy density of 1,100 watt-hours per kg on the material level and 500 watt-hours per...
  • After Deepwater Horizon spill, oyster size did not change

    01/10/2017 7:42:04 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 34 replies
    Contrary to their own scientific intuition, Cornell researchers found that the body size of intertidal oysters didn’t change after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. This offers evidence that either the mollusks recovered rapidly or that the accident lacked the severity to affect growth. After the initial explosion April 20, 2010, which sank the Deepwater Horizon semi-submersible rig, about 3.2 million barrels of oil poured into the northern Gulf of Mexico until the well was capped July 15. The scientists believe that the travel distance of the oil gave it time to degrade, and bacterial...
  • New Iranian Attack On Saudi Oil Is ''Very Possible''

    11/25/2019 8:19:50 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 13 replies
    Despite the buildup of U.S. military presence in the Persian Gulf, Iran may “attack again,” the chief of the U.S. Central Command, General Kenneth McKenzie told Foreign Policy in an interview. “I think the strike on Saudi Aramco in September is pretty indicative of a nation that is behaving irresponsibly,” Gen. McKenzie said. “My judgment is that it is very possible they will attack again.”
  • Battery Derangement: Electric vehicles won’t save the planet and won’t survive without subsidies.

    10/11/2019 9:33:04 AM PDT · by karpov · 127 replies
    City Journal ^ | October 10, 2019 | Mark P. Mills
    Electric vehicles stand at the center of every “green energy” initiative. Multiple jurisdictions mandate and subsidize the inevitable transition to “clean” transportation. Some policymakers have gone further, setting deadlines for outright bans on the internal-combustion engine (ICE), and Green pundits regularly issue forecasts promising the imminent dominance of electric vehicles (EVs). The EV is central to the notion that we’re on the cusp of a grand shift to a “new-energy economy.” In addition to its putative environmental benefits, the EV, we’re told, is a better machine than an ICE. It’s easier to manufacture, uses less labor, and will—eventually—cost less. Since...
  • Islam and Orthodox Christianity Have the Same Values, Putin Says

    11/23/2019 12:17:53 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 71 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | Nov 22 2019
    Orthodox Christianity and Islam are based on the same fundamental values, President Vladimir Putin said in an address to a religious conference in Kyrgyzstan. The conference, titled "Orthodoxy and Islam — Religions of Peace," aimed to promote interethnic and interreligious dialogue between Russia and Kyrgyzstan. "Islam and Orthodox Christianity, just like other world religions, are based on fundamental humanistic values that are of enduring importance — on mercy and love for one’s near, justice and respect for human beings," the state-run TASS news agency quoted Putin as saying Thursday. The address, which was read out to the conference by Russian...
  • New Mexico climate task force releases report (Implies give up our lifestyle)

    11/23/2019 3:42:08 PM PST · by CedarDave · 28 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | November 21, 2019 | Dan Boyd And Theresa Davis
    A New Mexico climate change task force released its first report Thursday, citing progress that has been made to combat the “climate crisis” and recommendations for the state climate strategy. Among other findings, the task force said New Mexico produced more than 66 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions in 2018 – about 1% of the national total. The state is home to about 0.6% of the nation’s population ... Overall, New Mexicans produce 31 tons of greenhouse gas emissions per person per year, the report found. The national average is 18 tons per person. “It is not hyperbole...
  • French minister criticizes US over ‘unanswered’ Iran attacks

    11/23/2019 8:54:58 AM PST · by Mariner · 37 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | November 23rd, 2019 | JON GAMBRELL
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — France’s defense minister criticized the U.S. on Saturday over what she described as “unanswered” attacks in recent months threatening the Persian Gulf, warning that the decades-long American deterrence in the oil-rich region appeared to be losing its power. Florence Parly separately said France “deplored” both U.S. President Donald Trump’s unilateral withdrawal of America from Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers that led to the re-imposition of crushing sanctions, as well as Tehran recently breaking the deal’s enrichment, stockpile and centrifuge limits. While saying France would continue to talk to Iran, her speech before...
  • No Plan B for Planet A

    11/23/2019 7:03:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | November 23, 2019 | Paul Driessen
    <p>Environmentalists and Green New Deal proponents love to say we need to take care of the Earth, because “There is no Planet B.” Above all, they insist, we must eliminate fossil fuels, which they say are causing climate change worse than the all-natural ice ages, Medieval Warm Period or anything else in history.</p>
  • Should Cities Phase Out Gas Appliances and Require New Buildings to Be All Electric?

    11/21/2019 5:23:36 PM PST · by karpov · 67 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Jonathan A. Lesser
    NO: A Ban Looks Good—Until You Do the Math Those seeking to ban natural-gas hookups in new buildings say it will reduce local pollution and greenhouse-gas emissions, while saving end users money. Some also point to safety benefits: Fewer natural-gas lines means less potential damage during earthquakes. When you compare the benefits and costs of such policies, however, you will find that their claims have little or no merit. For starters, if consumers had an economic incentive to use electricity instead of natural gas, there would be no need for bans in the first place. With these kinds of analyses...