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March 30, 2012


 25 Brands Join Forces To Build Carbon Offset Projects With NativeEnergy

Carbon offset developer NativeEnergy and a group of corporate leaders in sustainability are collaborating to help build two wind turbines in Iowa, a landfill gas-to-energy project in Oklahoma, and a farm methane reduction project in Pennsylvania. By working together, these brands will provide an economic boost to local communities and cut greenhouse gas emissions by more than 400,000 metric tons. Through purchases of NativeEnergy's Help Build™ carbon offsets, the companies have provided critical upfront funding for the projects.

Aluminum impurity is a big issue for companies

As aluminum recycling continues to expand, so could the impurities and contamination that are found in scrap material unless measures are taken to prevent it, according to a recent study.

Areva, TEP bring solar thermal to AZ desert

Tucson Electric Power (TEP) is partnering with Areva Solar and incorporating steam solar generators into its Sundt generating station, which will boost generation capacity during peak demand by 5 MW without increasing emissions.  

Are You Missing One of the Most Vital Ingredients in a Healthy Lifestyle?

Hint: it helps you lose weight and live longer, it’s enjoyable, you probably don’t do it nearly enough, and there’s important new research about it that you need to know.

A True 'All of the Above' Energy Policy: Denmark Affirms Commitment to 100% Renewable Energy by 2050

This week, lawmakers in Denmark agreed upon a new set promotion programs for efficiency and renewable energy that will put the country on a path to getting 100 percent of electricity, heat and fuels from renewable resources by 2050

Australia to welcome 250 US Marines next month

The first 250 U.S. Marines will arrive next month in northern Australia where a permanent joint training hub will be based, but a proposal to build a U.S. air base on a remote Australian island in the Indian Ocean is not yet a priority, Defense Minister Stephen Smith said Wednesday.

Blackout spurs AG to hold utilities to 'higher standard'

After the latest extended blackout, Attorney General Martha Coakley says the time has come to demand more accountability from power utilities by implementing a new reporting system that would let the public track how much the utilities are spending on infrastructure improvements.

California crudes to receive no favored status in state's new carbon limits

As the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard heads toward a possible legal resolution later this year, one of the many changes from its earlier version is that crudes produced in the state won't have the same sort of special status under the new rules that they did in the regulation's formative years.

China has hacked every major US company

Summary: Cybersecurity advisor Richard Clarke is warning the U.S. that its major companies are being regularly infiltrated by Chinese hackers employed by the Chinese government to steal R&D.

Controlling Electromagnetic Fields

Progress in the design of metamaterials has been impressive. A negative index of refraction (3) is an example of a material property that does not exist in nature but has been enabled by using metamaterial concepts. As a result, negative refraction has been much studied in recent years ..

Crazy Ways to Make Electricity

For those of you who think creativity in generating energy means wind farms and photovoltaic panels, your minds are about to be blown. And before you close your browser window, I promise not to mention the word “algae.” Oops.


Salary of retired US Presidents .............$180,000 FOR LIFE
Salary of House/Senate .................$174,000 FOR LIFE This is stupid
Salary of Speaker of the House ......$223,500 FOR LIFE This is stupid
Salary of Majority/Minority Leaders .. $193,400 FOR LIFE This is stupid
Average Salary of a teacher ................ $40,065
Average Salary of Soldier
I think we found where the cuts should be made!

Diatomaceous Earth Rids Your Home And Garden Of 98 Percent Of Unwanted Insects And Bugs...
Without Dangerous Chemicals.I

Forgive me for once again stating the obvious: but chemical pesticides really are toxic. And to add insult to injury, they only work about 65% of the time. It goes downhill from there because over time, bugs develop a resistance to chemical pesticides so that you have to use more and more to get the same effect… or switch to a different, equally dangerous chemical.

Don't Put All Your Eggs in One Basket

Any time a renewable energy or natural gas advocate proclaims that gradually switching entirely to renewables or gas is the answer to the future of power generation, I can’t help but stifle a chuckle. If there’s anything the power industry has taught me over the last couple years, it’s that electricity is reliable and sustainable when it comes from a number of sources – not just one or two.

Drop in demand hurts coal company

Oxford Resource Partners, a Columbus-based coal company, is having a rough month.

EPA rule could halt new coal plants

New coal-fired power plants would be all but abolished in favor of a big bet on natural gas under a new Environmental Protection Agency rule unveiled Tuesday.

FBI: US losing hacker war

Summary: A Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) executive says “we’re not winning” the hacker war. He warns that FBI’s current model to fight hackers infiltrating governments and companies is “unsustainable.”

FDA Wants $220M from Food Producers After Congress Already Said No

Can’t get what you want by legitimate means? Just try an end-run around the system!
The FDA has submitted its budget funding request for FY 2013. That request includes $220 million in food facility registration fees. FDA would use the money to “increase its capacity to establish an integrated national food safety system and further strengthen food safety inspection.”

Floating wind turbines to produce low cost renewable energy

Altaeros Energies have created a floating wind turbine that produces low cost, renewable energy

Fossil fuels not the answer to energy challenges

"We need solutions that are economically, socially and environmentally sustainable -- many of which are now at hand," said Alexander Ochs, Director of Worldwatch's Climate and Energy Program and author of Worldwatch's Sustainable Energy Roadmap reports.

According to the report, by embracing an integrated mix of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and grid technologies, countries can put their energy systems on a more sustainable path while developing economically.

From Fukushima Disaster Comes Biomass Energy

In Japan, the wood from decommissioned nuclear power plants, even some that contains radiation, will serve as feedstock to new biomass power plants.

Get Dirty to Get Joy- Bacteria in Soil Acts as Antidepressant

bacteria found in soil called Mycobacterium has been found to effect the same neurons as Prozac, offering people a natural lift in mood.  This is just one more great reason to get out in the garden and grow your own foods. Not a green thumb? Just spending time in areas with rich soil will allow you to breath in these great benefits

Global Jihad Is Spreading

Daniel Byman, author of the 2007 book "The Five Front War: The Better Way to Fight Global Jihad," told LIGNET this week that while the fight against Al Qaeda is going “reasonably well,” the bigger picture is “troubling,” with jihad spreading and more people in Arab countries blaming the United States for their troubles.

GOP: Obama's 'Flexibility' Remark Shows He's a Flip-Flopper

Republicans are forcing President Barack Obama to pay a political price for telling Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that he will have more “flexibility” on missile defense policy after November’s election.

The remark has enabled the GOP not only to label the president a flip-flopper but also to pose the ominous question: What else is he hiding until after the election?

Henry Hub Average Natural Gas Spot Prices

The Henry Hub is the pricing point for natural gas futures contracts traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX).

Hunger is not a pretty thing

Hunger robs people of health, vitality, and eventually, their life. The very old and the very young are among the first to die without food—sometimes, within just a few days. Next to fall are those who are ill. Then pregnant women and nursing mothers. If hunger is prolonged, only the strongest survive.

Internal memo shows ATF rank and file don't trust the brass

Top leaders at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, already under fire from lawmakers in the wake of the “Fast and Furious” debacle, also get harsh marks from the men and women who serve under them, according to an internal survey.

Japan nuclear plant operator to seek 1.8 trillion yen in aid

Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), the operator of a damaged Japanese nuclear power plant, will this week request a capital injection of 1 trillion yen (12.07 billion dollars) and more than 800 billion yen in additional cash assistance from the state-backed nuclear compensation fund, a news report said Tuesday.

Lessons Learned

A week has passed since the auction for Greek our minds, the most striking thing about the entire situation was the wholesale shift in sentiment regarding the potential risks of a credit event. In the space of a few months, it went from being a big issue to a non-issue

March 2012 US Economic and Housing Market Outlook

Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) released yesterday its U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook for March showing signs the housing market is awakening from its depression-like condition of the past few years and beginning, though slowly, to make a nascent recovery.

Missing Nukes: Treason of the Highest Order

According to a wide range of reports, several nuclear bombs were “lost” for 36 hours after taking off August 29/30, 2007 on a “cross-country journey” across the U.S., from U.S.A.F Base Minot in North Dakota to U.S.A.F. Base Barksdale in Louisiana. [1] Reportedly, in total there were six W80-1 nuclear warheads armed on AGM-129 Advanced Cruise Missiles (ACMs) that were “lost.” [2] The story was first reported by the Military Times, after military servicemen leaked the story.

More rumbling at nuclear plant

Dominion power reported two events over the weekend at North Anna Power Station to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

NASA tracer rockets form ringed clouds at the edge of space

The rockets carry an onboard chemical which, when released, form clouds revealing wind patterns at outer reaches of Earth's atmosphere

NPPD's low level nuclear waste may go to Texas

Low-level radioactive waste from Nebraska Public Power District's nuclear facility may soon be heading to Texas.

The district's board of directors approved an agreement last month that would send a portion of the low-level waste from Cooper Nuclear Station near Brownville to a storage facility outside Andrews, Texas.

NRC says energy source alternatives not comparable to Davis-Besse

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has thrown out claims from several groups opposing the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant's re-licensing that wind, solar, or other "alternative" energy sources could replace the plant's electricity generation capability.

Our Food-Chain Fragility

The new grocery store in my neighborhood certainly looks amazing at first glance. All the aisles are loaded with neatly faced rows of produce and brightly colored boxes of essentials. Cute little signs proclaim that things are "organic" or "all-natural" and of course, "good for you!!!" to take home and eat.

It really does look great... so it's a pity it's nothing more than a marketing illusion.

Report of Solar-Geophysical Activity

Solar activity has been at low levels.  There were six C-class flares over the past 24 hours.  Solar activity is expected to be low with a chance for an isolated M-class flare.  The geomagnetic field is expected to be quiet for the next three days (30 March - 1 April)

Report: Safety agency failed to enforce laws at deadly mine

The federal agency charged with ensuring mine safety failed to enforce laws that might have prevented the Upper Big Branch mine explosion that killed 29 coal miners and seriously injured two others, according to an independent assessment of the 2010 incident.

Reuters Poll: Americans Angry with Obama over Gas Prices

More than two-thirds of Americans disapprove of the way President Barack Obama is handling high gasoline prices, although most do not blame him for them, according to a Reuters/Ipsos online poll released on Tuesday.

Sixty-eight percent disapprove and 24 percent approve of how Obama is responding to price increases that have become one of the biggest issues in the 2012 presidential campaign.

Rising Ocean Temperatures Harm Protected Coral Reefs

Special conservation zones known as marine protected areas provide many direct benefits to fisheries and coral reefs. However, such zones appear to offer limited help to corals in their battle against global warming, according to a new study.

To protect coral reefs from climate change, marine protected areas need to be complemented with policies that can meaningfully reduce greenhouse gas emissions, researchers said.

South Korea: Nuclear Summit Fails; Silence on Iran and North Korea

World leaders gathered in Seoul, South Korea for a two-day nuclear summit this week but produced only a vague, non-binding communique pledging to “secure all vulnerable nuclear material in four years.” Regional threats – especially rogue state nuclear programs -- played a major role in the failure of the summit and are likely to stymie future efforts until strong leaders emerge to confront these issues.

Study: Chocolate Lovers Stay Thinner

People who ate chocolate a few times a week or more weighed less than those who rarely indulged, according to a U.S. study involving a thousand people.

Study finds Minnesota's geothermal energy potential is greater than previously thought

Deep below Minnesota's often-frozen surface lies a boiling-hot, pollution-free energy source just waiting to be tapped.

Suggestions for How to Get Involved with the Roll-out of Exotic Free Energy

We need to show the "powers that be" on earth that we are sick of being slaves and dumbed down to accept the idea that exotic free energy is impossible. We need to show the "powers that be" in heaven that we deserve these technologies and that we are not going to further destroy the earth with the empowerment they will provide. 

Tell Congress Why Drug and Medical Device Safety is Important

Drugs and medical products have the ability to improve your health if they work, or seriously injure or kill you if they are dangerous. We've all seen the headlines of what happens when the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) safety system breaks down: antibiotics that cause liver damage, pain medications that increase the risk of heart attack, and more.

The Economic Surprise Index is Now Trending Down

Notice how the US economic data coming out lately has been quite mediocre relative to expectations? For example, today's pending home sales came in -0.5% vs. +1% expected. Dallas Fed manufacturing activity came in at 10.8 with 16 expected. Citi has an index that tracks economic data surprises. Here is the definition:

The future of fuel: The future of hydrogen (Part 1)

Hydrogen carries a well deserved reputation for being the clean fuel, and offering a route away from the continuous polluting cycle associated with mainstream fuels such as petrol and diesel. There is, however, a challenge for both commercial and private users of fuel to gain an understanding of hydrogen, the readiness of the associated technology, and the economics. This is a challenge that ITM Power has sought to address head on.

The future of fuel: The future of hydrogen (Part 2)

Electrolysis has a significant role to play in enabling more renewable energy to be accepted by the electricity grid. At times of excess supply, the electricity can be converted to hydrogen at a high efficiency. The hydrogen can be exported from the energy sector to the transport sector, seeding an infrastructure of clean fuel. At times of high electricity demand, the electrolysis systems can be turned off. This control can be exercised by the grid operators or utility companies remotely.

'Thermal cloak' hides objects from heat

The range of physical phenomena that scientists are trying to "cloak" objects from has a new entry - heat.

French researchers have shown how to apply the ideas of "optical cloaking" - the endeavour to make a Harry Potter-style cloak - to the thermal world.

Too Much Sitting Can Kill You, Study Suggests

For better health, try standing up more, a new study suggests. Those who spend 11 or more hours a day sitting are 40 percent more likely to die over the next three years regardless of how physically active they are otherwise, researchers say.

Top Six Reasons We Need a Better Definition of Clean Energy

If every energy industry representative and every politician uses the term "clean energy" freely, how do we know what it really means?

United States Senator Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Bingaman (D-NM) has just introduced his clean energy standard legislation, and yes, it has every energy source in it, except energy efficiency. Can a clean energy standard include all energy sources - and should it?

Turmeric — The Spice That Saves You From Dementia

You probably already know that a healthy diet is a powerful weapon for fighting off dementia as you age, but recent studies have shown that certain special foods have amazing powers to keep the brain healthy. Some, such as the compound curcumin, which is found in the spice turmeric, even help control the devastating plaques associated with Alzheimer's.

Unlucky #13: Uninsured depositors of New City Bank out of luck

On Friday, Illinois banking regulators closed the thirteenth bank of 2012 leaving uninsured depositors of New City Bank in the lurch. The institution was shuttered without a buyer to acquire its deposits. This is only the second time since January 2011 that the FDIC was not able to find another institution to assume a troubled bank's deposits.

U.S. asked France to join it for possible oil release

The United States asked France to join it for a possible emergency oil stock release, the French Energy Minister said on Wednesday,

U.S. Banking Industry Continues Modest Turnaround

The U.S. banking industry’s modest turnaround continues, according to a new analysis by Weiss Ratings, a leading independent rating agency of U.S. financial institutions. Increased profitability, growth in loan volume, and a decline in nonperforming loans are among the signs pointing to the industry’s improved performance following the financial crisis that began in 2008.

US Coal Production Declines as the Industry Faces Further Stress

Here is a follow-up to the post on the declining US coal demand. As natural gas hits a new low today, the pressure on US coal industry increases further.
To view the “Natural gas nearby futures contract (Bloomberg)” graph

US Consumer Confidence Dips in March, US Home Prices Held Steady in January

The Conference Board’s measure of US consumer confidence dipped 1.4 points to 70.2 points in March 2012, which was in line with market expectations for a reading of 70.1.
The current employment differential was unchanged at -31.6, although the “jobs plentiful” component reached its highest level since September 2008.

US Supreme Court Reviews Affordable Care Act — The Outcome Will Matter to YOU

“We will hear argument this morning in Case Number 11-398, Department of Health and Human Services v. Florida”.  With these words Chief Justice Roberts started potentially the most important litigation to have been heard recently in this grand setting.

Whether you are a health care or insurance professional, a consumer or political junkie, the Court’s decision will ultimately affect you.  For example, in early trading this morning, the shares of UnitedHealth Group (UNH), Humana (HUM) and Aetna Inc (AET) were up as much as four percent.

US wind on the brink?

America's wind industry is simultaneously on course for a record-breaking year of installations and on the brink of catastrophe – and a lot has to do with the boom and bust of the Production Tax Credit (PTC).

Virginia Offshore Wind Turbine Positioned to be First in U.S.

The American offshore wind market, which has yet to install a turbine anywhere in coastal waters, took a big step forward this week with state approval of a single 5-megawatt (MW) prototype off the coast of Virginia.

Wall Street Journal: In 10 Years, No Sign of Global Warming

World temperatures have remained virtually unchanged in the past 10 years despite predictions of global warming and America’s mildest winter in decades, Princeton physics professor William Happer contends.

WarmDirt keeps plants' roots frost-free

Dr Craig Hollabaugh has created a system that keeps the roots of his plants warm and cozy during the coldest months using electric heat cables running under sand on which the pots are placed

Your dog or cat can get better, more immediate medical attention and treatment than you?

What kind of crazy world do we live in when, in a western democracy that is fully vested in 21st century technology, your dog or cat can get better, more immediate medical attention and treatment than you? What kind of lunacy would relegate a human being to certain death through astronomical waiting periods for the most basic of services (such as diagnostics) while at the same time allowing those same machines and technologies to be available for the diagnosis and treatment of the same diseases in animals... but without the wait.


March 27, 2012




Afghan security forces kill 3 NATO troops

One soldier was an American.

Afghan security forces shot and killed three international troops Monday, one of them an American, in two attacks. They were the latest in a rising number of attacks in which Afghan forces have turned their weapons on their foreign partners.

Arizona lawmakers push to take over federal land

Another "sagebrush rebellion" is spreading through legislatures in Arizona and other Western states with a series of formal demands that the federal government hand over title to tens of millions of acres of forests, ranges and other public lands.

A widely-read analysis finds supply and retail price aren't related

Under much discussion today--including a back-and-forth on CNBC--is an Associated Press story and its analysis into the price of crude and its relationship to the retail price of gasoline.

Be Reminded of What it Means to Resist!

This speech from Charlie Chaplin comes from a movie created at the end of the Nazi era as a satire against the evil regime. A comedian for all intensive purposes, Charlie Chaplin was also wise, the words offered here are some of the most stirring ever to have been spoken in front of a camera.

Bernanke: Economy Lacks Strength to Sustain Gains

Bernanke said consumer demand remains weak relative to its level before the Great Recession. He noted that other contributors to economic growth — including borrowing and trade — have declined.

Dolphins show signs of severe illness in wake of Gulf oil spill

Bottlenose dolphins in Barataria Bay, Louisiana, are showing signs of severe ill health, according to NOAA marine mammal biologists and their local, state, federal and other research partners.
Barataria Bay, located in the northern Gulf of Mexico, received heavy and prolonged exposure to oil during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Earth Sends Climate Warning by Busting World Heat Records

Accelarated climate change, driven by human activity, has led to soaring temperatures around the world and the decade between 2001 and 2010 was the warmest ever recorded in all continents of the globe, according to a new report released by the World Meteorological Organization.

Earth Warming Faster Than Expected

By 2050, global average temperature could be between 1.4°C and 3°C warmer than it was just a couple of decades ago, according to a new study that seeks to address the largest sources of uncertainty in current climate models. That's substantially higher than estimates produced by other climate analyses, suggesting that Earth's climate could warm much more quickly than previously thought.

Economic Forecasters Have Been Too Sanguine on Eurozone

Spanish bonds extended a slide that was triggered earlier this month after the country was chided by euro-zone authorities over the government's unilateral decision to revise up its budget deficit target for this year. With concerns over Greece abating after a crucial debt exchange went through, Spain is increasingly being seen as the next flashpoint in the euro zone.

Ethereal Aurora Hovers Over Northern Quebec: Photos

The solar flares of early March, plus a few others that have occurred since, are steadily igniting the northern lights this year. With the advent of spring, that activity will intensify as the aurora reaches its brightest season. This year and next, with the sun’s activity spikes as part of its 11-year cycle, that is going to be even more pronounced.

Food Storage Basics

The last winter crops are in from the garden, and in spite of mild weather in some parts, it may still be a little too early to plant anything in your neck of the woods. This slack time can be frustrating for gardeners. It can also be an excellent opportunity to plan how to handle next season’s harvest so you have more of your own produce to eat during the next slack time. Once the harvest is rolling in, you may not have much time to weigh your options.

Food Waste to Fuel Oslo's City Buses

Stale bread, banana peels, coffee grounds and other food waste will be transformed into green fuel for Oslo's city buses starting next year. The Norwegian capital's new biogas plant will supply the fuel and also provide nutrient-rich biofertilizer for agriculture.

Former Fed Official Blinder: U.S. Headed for a ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Next Year

"As tax cuts expire and spending falls, the economy will be hit with a 3.5 percent decline in gross domestic demand," Blinder writes in The Wall Street Journal.

Four Hundred Chernobyls: Solar Flares, Electromagnetic Pulses and Nuclear Armageddon

There are nearly 450 nuclear reactors in the world, with hundreds more being planned or under construction. There are 104 of these reactors in the United States and 195 in Europe. Imagine what havoc it would wreak on our civilization and the planet's ecosystems if we were to suddenly witness not just one or two nuclear meltdowns, but 400 or more! How likely is it that our world might experience an event that could ultimately cause hundreds of reactors to fail and melt down at approximately the same time? I venture to say that, unless we take significant protective measures, this apocalyptic scenario is not only possible, but probable.

FRACKING: Pennsylvania Gags Physicians

A new Pennsylvania law endangers public health by forbidding health care professionals from sharing information they learn about certain chemicals and procedures used in high volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing. The procedure is commonly known as fracking.

Global Warming Close To Becoming Irreversible-Scientists

Scientific estimates differ but the world's temperature looks set to rise by six degrees Celsius by 2100 if greenhouse gas emissions are allowed to rise uncontrollably.

Harvard’s Feldstein: Obama’s Tax Hikes to Spark New Recession

"The Congressional Budget Office predicts that, under current law, the revenue of the federal government will rise from $2.4 trillion in the current fiscal year, which ends in September, to $2.9 trillion in the following fiscal year," Feldstein writes in the Financial Times.

High Concentrations Of Solvents In Some San Fernando And San Gabriel Groundwater

Organic solvents were detected at high concentrations in 18 percent of the aquifer system used for public supply in the San Fernando and San Gabriel basins. However, groundwater is not directly used as drinking water; water purveyors may treat groundwater before delivering it to customers to ensure compliance with water quality standards.

Iraqi politician’s plea for action after guard dies

Iraq’s fugitive vice-president has demanded that global human rights groups investigate whether one of his bodyguards was tortured to death.

Islam won't be basis of new Tunisian constitution

Islamic law will not be enshrined in Tunisia's new constitution, preserving the secular basis of the North African nation, Tunisia's ruling Islamist Ennahda Party said Monday

Japan set to lose all nuclear output May 5 if no reactor restarts

Japan is set to lose total nuclear output on May 5 -- if there are no restarts of nuclear reactors in the country by then -- as Hokkaido Electric said Monday it has decided to start scheduled maintenance at its Tomari plant.

Japan's Tepco Shuts Its Last Reactor, Power Risks Loom

Tokyo Electric Power Co, the operator of the tsunami-crippled Fukushima power plant, shut its last operating nuclear reactor on Monday for regular maintenance, leaving just one running reactor supplying Japan's creaking power sector.

Lack of a US Energy Strategy Is a Big Drain on Us All

One thing that continues to shock me about the United States is that politicians on both end of the aisle continue to be bought off by the oil lobby.

Liberals and leftists resign from constitution-writing panel in Egypt

Islamists are poised to dominate a panel that is to draft the country’s constitution. The constitution has been the subject of heated debate since president Hosni Mubarak’s ouster last year.

Link Builds Between Weather Extremes And Warming

Extreme weather events over the past decade have increased and were "very likely" caused by manmade global warming, a study in the journal Nature Climate Change said on Sunday.

Scientists at Germany's Potsdam Institute for Climate Research used physics, statistical analysis and computer simulations to link extreme rainfall and heat waves to global warming. The link between warming and storms was less clear.

Little Sunshine Mistakes that Can Give You Cancer Instead of Vitamin D

Unfortunately, due to decades of professional and media misinformation, the typical American believes they should avoid the midday sun and need to use sunscreen before, and several times during, sun exposure.

Unfortunately, this is a prescription for minimizing vitamin D levels and all its widely appreciated benefits.

Natural Gas Pipeline Explosion Stirs Debate over Upgrade Expenses

Pacific Gas & Electric is agreeing to pay $170 million to help both San Bruno, Calif. and the victims of a 2010 pipeline explosion there. That disaster cost eight people their lives, resulted in numerous burn victims and wiped out 38 homes.

New ORNL Tool Developed To Assess Global Freshwater Stress

A new method to make better use of vast amounts of data related to global geography, population and climate may help determine the relative importance of population increases vs. climate change.

New wind tower guidelines aim to lower bird deaths

The Obama administration offered new guidance Friday on where wind farms should be located to reduce the number of bird deaths while promoting increased use of wind power.

Our Right to Know: Organizations Take Action for Labeling of GMOs

This past month I’ve found myself neck deep in thinking and talking about genetic engineering. Not about the science, but about the current state of affairs. Recently the unrestricted approval of Round-Up Ready alfalfa, the legal battles around sugar beets, and the pending approval of genetically engineered (GE) salmon have brought the uncertainties, dangers and influence of such technology back into focus, renewing discussions about how to protect ourselves and our future.

Planet Under Pressure: 'a Much Hotter Planet'

The 2,800 scientists, policymakers and business representatives opened their four-day conference with a reading of Earth's vital signs and an ominous prognosis, "without immediate action, societies everywhere face an uncertain future on what may become a much hotter planet."

Please read and do this.......

If you have been following and researching the disastrous effects that Obamacare will have on our nation, you may be aware that the U.S. Supreme Court is having hearings for three days from Monday, March 27th through March 29th, to rule on the constitutionality of this law.

Radiation Crises & Antidotes

Tritium is partly responsible for the 14% to 220% increase over otherwise anticipated cases of childhood leukemia that persistently occur in and around NPPs worldwide

Report of Solar-Geophysical Activity

Solar activity is expected to be low with a chance for an M-class flare. The geomagnetic field is expected to be mostly quiet on 27 March, increasing to unsettled to active conditions on 28 and 29 March due to a solar sector boundary followed by a negative polarity coronal hole.

Russia retrieves 1.6 tons of uranium abroad: Rosatom

Russia has taken back 1.6 tons of highly enriched uranium which is removed from reactors abroad, the Russian State Atomic Agency Rosatom said Friday.

"Russia has removed 1.6 tons of uranium from various countries. Using modern technology, this is enough to produce 65 to 100 nuclear warheads," said Sergei Kiriyenko, head of Rosatom

Sediment Sleuthing: Radioactive Medicine Being Tracked Through Rivers

A University of Delaware oceanographer has stumbled upon an unusual aid for studying local waterways: radioactive iodine. Trace amounts of the contaminant, which is used in medical treatments, are entering waterways via wastewater treatment systems and providing a new way to track where and how substances travel through rivers to the ocean.

Separatist black group stands by bounty offer for man who killed Florida teen

The separatist New Black Panther Party, described as a hate group by a civil rights organization, is standing by its $10,000 bounty offer for the capture of the man who shot Trayvon Martin, despite vehement opposition from, among others, Martin's family.

Sharp Rise in Auto Dealer M&A Continues

The Presidio Group LLC released its Automotive Retail M&A Report for Year End 2011.

“All of the factors we saw driving M&A activity in the first half of 2011 remained in force through the balance of the year, and they appear to be gaining strength in 2012”

Signs of Demand Destruction, the US Consumer is Saying NO to High Gasoline Prices

The NYMEX gasoline futures price hit another recent high last week and is sure to push up gasoline prices at the pump. This development will add to the lingering concerns about the nascent US consumer recovery.

Solar water heaters use 1/3 energy, Progress Energy study finds

Progress Energy customers saved an average of $235 a year by switching to solar thermal water heater, representing an average annual savings of 63 percent on the water heater portion of their power bill.

Storing Propane

Propane doesn’t degrade over time and there’s nothing you need to add to it to make it last longer. It will last indefinitely. You biggest problem is keeping the tank used to store it in good shape, along with the valves in the tank. Propane

Venus, Jupiter and Moon Back for More; Conjunction Lights up March 26 Twilight Sky in Jupiter’s Last Dance

Venus, the moon and Jupiter are closing in for yet another love triangle on March 26, official sky observers say. And this will be their last, since Jupiter flits off to its far-flung orbit as March flows into April, and the three are not due to meet in Mother Earth’s sky for quite some time.

Vitamin C and the Brain

If you ask most doctors to describe the function of vitamin C in the body, they will say that it’s an antioxidant, or that it prevents scurvy. In fact, many in the medical establishment are of the opinion that unless the levels of vitamin C in the diet are severely deficient — that is, low enough to bring on scurvy — there is no real risk.

Walker Recall Effort Shoves GOP Primary to Back Burner in Wisconsin

The effort to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker has been so all-consuming in Wisconsin that the upcoming presidential primary election is attracting little interest among voters or political activists in the Badger State.

Wells Fargo makes $2.8 billion in loans for green projects

Wells Fargo & Co. made a record $2.8 billion in loan commitments and financing to projects and businesses having a direct impact on the environment last year.


March 23, 2012


5 Deadly Threats to Our Precious Drinking Water Supply

World Water Day is a chance to stop and realize that humanity is facing a frightening water crisis...

The people hardest hit by the water crisis are in developing countries -- places it is easy for many world leaders (and the rest of us) to overlook. And even the number of those without clean water -- last tallied at 884 million -- can be hard to grasp.

Analysis confirms solar cell's 200% power output claims

Solar3D believes it has discovered a silicon solar cell design that can produce 200 percent of the power output of conventional solar cells and has completed a detailed simulation analysis comparing this solar cell with conventional solar cells to verify this claim. The results confirm the claim, according to the company.

Anheuser-Busch InBev closes in on 99% recycling goal

By eliminating material losses, improving packaging efficiencies and determining cost-effective alternative uses for raw materials and byproducts, the Leuven, Belgium-based beer manufacturer said it is making progress toward its three-year global environmental goals set in 2009 as part of its Better World commitment, according to a news release.

Aspirin Cuts Cancer Risk After 3 Years

Aspirin, the 3-cent painkiller whose origins can be traced to Hippocrates, reduces the chances of developing or dying from cancer earlier than previously thought and also prevents tumors from spreading, studies showed.

As Winter Becomes Spring, Another Summer-Like Day In Much Of U.S

On what meteorologists consider the first day of spring, record highs were set in dozens of central and eastern cities, from International Falls, Minnesota on the Canadian border to Lexington, Kentucky in the south, according to the National Weather Service.

At Oklahoma Oil Hub, Obama Pledges To Speed Part Of Pipeline

Standing in front of a row of pipes, President Barack Obama pledged on Thursday to accelerate approval of the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline, seeking to deflect criticism that his rejection of the full project helped create a climate for high gasoline prices.

Australian Fight Heats Up as Senate OKs Nuclear Waste Dump

The Australian government has approved a bill creating the country's first nuclear waste dump, over the objections of aboriginal and environmental groups and the Australian Greens.

Bison Return to Fort Peck: A Special Day, 200 Years in the Making

“It’s a special day,” Larry Wetsit said. “Our people have been waiting and praying about this for a couple hundred years. My relations, there were hundreds of them, starved on several occasions here as we were placed on the reservation. It was all about having no buffalo. That was the low part in our history, the lowest we could go. This is a start on the road to recovery.”

BP Deepwater Effect on Gulf of Mexico Food Chain

Research by East Carolina University faculty and students has confirmed that oil from the April 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico did reach the ocean’s food chain... the researchers found that crude oil from the spill entered the food chain through the tiniest of organisms, zooplankton, which forms the base of the food chain in marine ecosystems.

Change from the Bottom Up

Many of us look at the landscape of government, the government bureaucracy, the reach of lobbyists and corporatists, and the diminishing impact we have on our elected officials, and we wonder if there is anything that we can do to restore accountability to civil authorities.

China: Coup Rumors False, New Political Turmoil

The illusion of a unified and stable Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was dispelled this past week as once powerful leaders were purged in the greatest political turmoil China has suffered since the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989. The tension is so palpable that there were even wild rumors spreading over the Internet of a coup and tanks rolling into the streets of Beijing.

Damage To World's Oceans 'To Reach $2 Trillion A Year'

The study found that without action to limit rising greenhouse gas emissions, the global average temperature could rise by 4 degrees Celsius by the end of the century causing ocean acidification, sea level rise, marine pollution, species migration and more intense tropical cyclones. It would also threaten coral reefs, disrupt fisheries and deplete fish stocks.

Data theft: Hacktivists 'steal more than criminals'

Hacktivists are proving hard to combat, suggests a study of data breaches

Hacktivists stole more data from large corporations than cybercriminals in 2011, according to a study of significant security incidents.

The annual analysis of data breaches by Verizon uncovered a huge rise in politically motivated attacks.

Extreme Weather Makes a Convincing Case for Climate Change

The subject of extreme weather is of great importance because it provides a tangible illustration of climate change. The average person understands that the increasing number of record-breaking heat waves and tornadoes are more than isolated weather events, they reflect a changing climate. This point was born out in a recent study, which showed that more Americans are accepting the reality of climate change.

Fracking's Health and Environmental Impacts Greater Than Claimed

The natural gas industry defends hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, as safe and efficient. Thomas J. Pyle, president of the Institute for Energy Research, a pro-industry non-profit organization, claims fracking has been “a widely deployed as safe extraction technique,” dating back to 1949. What he doesn’t say is that until recently energy companies had used low-pressure methods to extract natural gas from fields closer to the surface than the current high-pressure technology that extracts more gas, but uses significantly more water, chemicals, and elements.

Getting Prepared for an Electromagnetic Pulse Attack
or Severe Solar Storm

Few people stop to consider what would happen if, in an instant, the magic went away. If our advanced technology were suddenly and completely destroyed, how would we manage to survive? A nuclear EMP could make the magic go away. I hope it never happens, and I don't think that it is at all inevitable. It makes no sense, however, to be blind to the danger. It is both much less likely to happen -- and also less likely to have a catastrophic impact -- if, both as a civilization and as individuals, we are prepared for an attack on our advanced technology.

GMO Drought-Tolerant Corn Over-Promises: Plant Scientist

Utilizing biotech "drought-tolerant" corn to boost global food production would be a less-effective tactic than planting conventional corn and improving agronomic practices, a veteran plant scientist said on Tuesday...."It is a modest benefit and a real benefit and a step forward. But it is really kind of a baby step,

Greenpeace calls for zero deforestation globally by 2020

Greenpeace reiterated its call for an end to deforestation in Brazil by 2015 and globally by 2020 during its launch of an awareness-raising expedition down the Amazon River aboard the Rainbow Warrior.

How to create resilient agriculture

Already, somewhere between 900 million and a billion people are chronically hungry, and by 2050 agriculture will have to cope with these threats while feeding a growing population with changing dietary demands. This will require doubling food production, especially if we are to build up reserves for climatic extremes.

Humanity has already had four major ecological collapses: how can we avoid a fifth?

You say most of history we've lived in balance, but when have we stepped out of balance and collapsed?

Well, there have been four collapses in Northern Europe. The first such collapse was round about 3000BC, and that was due partly to climate change ­the temperature got a great deal warmer ­ but also to the fact that we had deforested the uplands, where we lived. By 3000BC we had completely changed the forest and the woodland nature of Britain, and the same is true for most parts of Northern Europe. The climate changed, the soil blew away, we had not kept the hedges or the shrubs or the tree cover to ensure the soil stayed. It's very difficult to say, but it would appear that probably around about one-third of the population died of starvation as a result of the collapse of that agricultural system.

Iran crisis with no nuclear energy 'disastrous' for Japan: Tanaka

If a crisis over Iran curbs the supply of liquefied natural gas while Japan's nuclear fleet is shut, it could cause an economic impact greater than that from the March 2011 earthquake, the former executive director of the International Energy Agency said Thursday.

Is Walmart Really Going Organic and Local?

I live on an organic farm in North Carolina, so I don't spend much time roaming my local Walmart looking for produce. But on a recent trip to Austin, Texas, I decided to stop by a busy supercenter to see how the company was going about its well-publicized push to sell more local and organic food.

JohnsonMotor Ad Scam

I saw an add on coast to coast about free energy.
And I thought to my self - George Noory and his crew would not put up this if it was a scam.

So I bought the "blue print" on the Johnsonmotor and after that I go into your website, telling me its a scam.

Kauai utility sued to halt smart-meter plan

Kauai Island Utility Cooperative will "indefinitely defer" the installation of smart meters for any ratepayers who object to the devices, company officials announced after a federal lawsuit was filed by a KIUC member attempting to block the project.

Kevin Freeman: Terrorists, Nations Plot Attack to Doom Dollar

Terrorist organizations and sovereign governments have attacked the U.S. financial system in the past and may do it again to destroy the U.S. dollar's status as global reserve currency, says author Kevin Freeman.

Manufacturers See Higher China Solar Duties Ahead

Solar panel manufacturers are still optimistic of winning substantial duties on solar panel imports from China, despite an initial U.S. government ruling that many found surprisingly low, the lead attorney for the industry group said on Wednesday.

Medical waste on road picked up; hospital apologizes

Medical waste found on the side of a Newfoundland road likely fell off the back of a truck, officials told local news media.

New material could be energy source

U.S. researchers say they've identified a new thermoelectric material that may lead to efficient conversion of heat into electricity and vice versa.

Obama Tells Secrets To Russia

President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are increasingly moving to strip America of vital defense capabilities through a web of international treaties and agreements. Already, Clinton is negotiating a code of conduct in outer space that would effectively ban our capacity to destroy satellites and put interceptor missiles in space.

‘Over 900 honour killings in Pakistan’

Over 900 Pakistani women were killed last year in the name of honour for allegedly shaming their families, while nearly 4,500 others were the target of domestic violence, the country’s top rights watchdog said in a report Thursday.

Palestinians Lose Water Access as Israelis Take Over Springs

Palestinians are losing access to water sources in the West Bank as Israeli settlers take over springs. The settlers use threats, intimidation and fences to ensure control of water sources near the settlements, finds a new United Nations survey released today.

Piezolelectric graphene could have wide-reaching applications

Scientists have succeeded in endowing graphene with yet another useful property. Already, it is the thinnest, strongest and stiffest material ever measured, while also proving to be an excellent conductor of heat and electricity. These qualities have allowed it to find use in everything from transistors to supercapacitors to anti-corrosion coatings. Now, two materials engineers from Stanford University have used computer models to show how it could also be turned into a piezoelectric material – this means that it could generate electricity when mechanically stressed, or change shape when subjected to an electric current.

Real Solutions to High Gas Prices

If you've filled up your gas tank recently, you don't need the newspapers to tell you gas prices are on the rise. But oil and gas prices are in the news, and politicians are grabbing headlines with plans that they claim will bring immediate relief at the pump. But these plans always fall short while real, long-term solutions are often missing from the conversation.

There is no "silver bullet" solution to high gas prices, but there are practical steps we can take to begin the transition from our oil-based transportation system.

Revolution of Renewable Batteries

Everyone uses batteries at some point in their lives. Whether it is for your Game Boy, flashlight, or an electric can opener of some sort, batteries are very useful in our lives during this 21st century, electronic based culture. However, most people do not even fathom where the batteries even come from. So there is a chance that some people will be shocked to find out that some new kinds of renewable batteries are made with trash. But when two European scientists combined chemicals and waste, there was a way to make batteries more environmentally friendly.

So, What Are My Options?

Let’s face it ... there are people surviving in countries without our level of technology to help them at all. They do just like we did before the industrial age and modern conveniences. They search for hours for usable wood, often settling for dried dung to feed their cooking fires. That’s when I learned that many aid organizations are supplying these people with solar ovens instead. And my curiosity was piqued.

Stubborn Drought Expected To Tax Mexico For Years

Cattle graze on dry land in Chihuahua February 17, 2012. A severe drought in Mexico that has cost farmers more than a billion dollars in crop losses alone and set back the national cattle herd for years

The Brazilian who wants to jail Chevron oilmen

When federal prosecutor Eduardo Santos de Oliveira heard in November about an oil spill in a Chevron field off Brazil's coast, he was determined that, this time, the polluters wouldn't wiggle from his grip.

Third solar-power company in Germany goes bust

Germany's Solarhybrid company has filed for insolvency, court officials said Wednesday -- the third company in Germany's once booming solar-power sector to fail in four months.

Thousands of police today surrounded thousands of anti-nuclear protestors

Thousands of police today surrounded thousands of anti-nuclear protestors demonstrating against the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant in Idinthakarai. In the afternoon, 10 people were arrested, including three protest leaders, for holding demonstrations without permission and preventing KNPP officials from discharging their duty.

US 30-Year Fixed-Rate Mortgage Averages 4.08 Percent

Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) yesterday released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS), showing mortgage rates continuing to follow bond yields higher amid improving economic data. The average 30-fixed rate mortgage averaged 4.08 percent for the week clearing the 4 percent barrier for the first time since October 27, 2011, when it averaged 4.10 percent.

US coal production falls 11.7% year-on-year in week ended Saturday: EIA

US coal production totaled about 18.8 million st in the week ended Saturday, 11.7% below output in the comparable week of 2011, the Energy Information Administration said Thursday.

U.S. Intelligence Sees Global Water Conflict Risks Rising

Fresh water supplies are unlikely to keep up with global demand by 2040, increasing political instability, hobbling economic growth and endangering world food markets, according to a U.S. intelligence assessment released on Thursday.

US to levy import fees on certain Chinese solar panels

The Chinese solar companies named in the dispute -- including Suntech, Trina Solar and Yingli -- have denied the allegations against them. Helena Kimball, Yingli Solar's head of marketing, has previously vowed to "mount a vigorous defense" against the charges.

U.S. Top Court Backs Landowners, Limits power Of EPA

The Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that landowners can sue to challenge a federal government compliance order under the clean water law, a decision that sides with corporate groups and puts new limits on a key Environmental Protection Agency power.

U.S. Utility Sector Investment in Smart Meters Driven By Public Policy

Fitch Ratings expects smart meters will play a growing role in federal and state regulatory and political policymaking, future retail rate design and system reliability standards, according to a report published today.

'Water Is Life and Sanitation is Dignity'

Ensuring universal access to water and using it wisely in agriculture is essential to end famine, drought and political instability, United Nations officials said today, emphasizing that countries must strive to provide water to all their citizens to achieve a sustainable future.

What The Fertilizer Industry Has Been Doing To Reduce Groundwater Pollution

The fertilizer industry is very concerned and engaged in the issue of nitrate contamination in California's groundwater supplies, according to Richard Cornett, communications director for the Western Plant Health Association in Sacramento, a trade group that represents fertilizer companies, manufacturers and retailers.


March 20, 2012


A “Cyber Pearl Harbor”: A Real and Growing Threat

In recent years, a wave of highly sophisticated computer viruses and cyber attacks has created new security threats that policymakers and analysts are just beginning to understand. The greatest concern is that the United States will be suddenly struck by a “cyber Pearl Harbor”—an event that could shut down or destroy significant parts of the nation’s digital-based infrastructure. LIGNET takes a closer look at a real and growing threat that has not received the attention it deserves.

Carbonised red mud can treat water cheaply

Red mud, a by-product of alumina industries, can be 'carbonised'for safe handling and the resulting material can be used to treat water contaminated with heavy metals, say scientists.

Red mud, so called for its reddish iron content, turns into 'carbonised' red mud (CRM) that is enriched with carbon when it is used as a catalyst for 'cracking' methane and other hydrocarbons into different products.

Clean Energy’s Falling Prices and Expanding Markets Overshadow Challenges

America’s divisive election year politics have once again turned energy into a wedge issue, with gas prices, pipelines, and clean technologies becoming mere talking points.

Depopulation in Indian Country, 21st Century Style

A strange thing is happening in and across Indian country: the number of federally recognized tribal nations continues to increase—the Tejon people of California were readmitted to the ranks in early January of this year, bringing the number of such groups to 566—while the population figures for existing federally recognized native peoples continues to decline because of the ongoing number of disenrollments of tribal members.

Device For Harvesting Energy And Water From Human Waste Gets Green Light

A project from a team of researchers from Imperial College London, the University of Manchester and Durham University beat more than 2,000 other proposals to receive funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a prototype system for recovering drinkable water and harvesting hydrogen energy from human faecal waste. The researchers believe the technology could provide an inexpensive device for people in the developing world to generate clean water and energy from waste and a sustainable source of hydrogen energy that could be used to power homes in developed countries.

Duqu cracked, seems to be work of pros

Security professionals have solved the mystery of the Duqu cyberweapon's programming language, and in doing so have confirmed the long-believed theory, and fear, that its creators are experts.

Analyzing the code, which now seems to have been built using a customized object-oriented version of the venerable programming language C,..

Evidence Grows That Israel is Set for War But What if Russia Intervenes?

Netanyahu and his cabinet are feeling increasingly confident they decisively neutralize the Iranian nuclear threat for years to come.

Experts: Avoid Disaster, Overhaul Global Environmental Governance

A fundamental overhaul of global environmental governance is needed now to avoid dangerous "tipping points" in the Earth system, 32 social scientists and researchers from around the world conclude in a new paper published Friday in the journal "Science."

These conclusions are reinforced by a new 40-year-outlook report just issued by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, OECD, whose 34 members include the world's largest economies.

Farmers seek to harvest wind

As the wind rattled the metal siding of his outbuilding, Tony Broshes nodded toward his Champaign County farm field and explained why he will allow a skyscraper-sized turbine to be built there. In his mind, the wind is just another crop.

FERC to utilities: "Change or die"

Allowing end-use customers retail access to the grid and the ability to actively respond to load changes would save billions of dollars, according to FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff.

France on high security alert after 4 killed in shooting at Jewish school

French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Monday night put the country's southwest region on the highest possible security alert level, hours after a teacher and three children were gunned down at a Jewish school in Toulouse.

The incident at the Ozar Hatorah school marked the third time in the past 10 days that a gunman on a motorcycle has fired on minorities in the region.

Half-Price Solar Panels Thanks to An Ion Cannon

Twin Creeks Technologies is a new startup that says it has sliced the price of producing solar panels in half—using an ion cannon. According to the company, it can produce solar cells for about 40 cents per watt compared to the 80 cents it costs now.

History of climate change re-written with release of Russian data

The history of a changing climate has been officially re-written following the release of new data from Russia and bases within the Arctic Circle. Scientists have now calculated that 2010 has overtaken 1998 to now be the warmest year on record, followed in second place by 2005 as 1998 is pushed into third place. The recalculation of the annual global mean temperature records follows the release of weather data from more than 600 locations around the Arctic Circle.

Honeybee Deaths Linked to Corn Insecticides

What was killing all those honeybees in recent years?  New research shows a link between an increase in the death of bees and insecticides, specifically the chemicals used to coat corn seeds.

Jailhouse Greens

Gardening programs have been popping up in prisons across the United States and can be found from Rikers to San Quentin.  Inmate gardening programs offer a wide range of benefits to both the inmates themselves and the surrounding communities.

Mississippi State court reverses Southern Co. coal project approval

In a 9-0 vote, the state supreme court said the Mississippi Public Service Commission’s May 2010 approval failed to satisfy state law that the plant would benefit the utility’s customers, and sent the case back to the PSC.

Mississippi Power is already constructing the 582 MW integrated gasification combined-cycle (IGCC) power plant...

Mystery Executive Order Raises Specter of Martial Law

Some conservative groups are concerned that the order, which Obama signed on Friday, gives the president absolute control over all the country’s natural resources in case of a natural disaster or during a time of war, fueling speculation that the Obama administration is making preparations for war with Iran.

'Non!': France Bans Monsanto's Genetically Modified Corn

France has announced today that it is imposing a new temporary ban on Monsanto's MON810 maize in the interests of protecting the environment.

Nuclear power plant shut down in Canada

On Saturday, March 17, 2012, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) said it was informed of a moderator leak on Bruce A Unit 2 as it was being re-started following refurbishment. The CNSC said Bruce Power staff took the appropriate action and returned the unit to the shut down state while they investigated the cause. The leak was determined to be inside confinement and has been isolated. There was no release to the environment and no plant worker received any dose.

Rapid Pine Beetle Breeding Destroying Forests in the American West

The mountain pine beetle epidemic is considered to be the largest forest insect blight in North American history. In the past, the pine beetles played a humble role, attacking old or weakened trees, making room for new healthy trees. The changing climate has turned their seemingly benign role into something much more insidious. An explosion in pine beetle size and numbers has forced them to turn their attention to healthy trees. Furthermore, they are reproducing twice as much as normal. Once thought to only produce one generation of tree-killing offspring per year, new research now shows that some populations are producing two generations per year, potentially increasing overall population by 60 times.

Republican budget proposal to be unveiled

House Republicans on Tuesday will propose a dramatic reshuffling of the tax code, suggesting collapsing individual tax brackets into two brackets with lower tax rates and slashing the top corporate tax rate.

Russian Anti-Terror Troops Arrive in Syria

A Russian military unit has arrived in Syria, according to Russian news reports, a development that a United Nations Security Council source told ABC News was "a bomb" certain to have serious repercussions.

Sandwich structure enables cheaper, more efficient hydrogen fuel cells

For the predicted hydrogen economy to become a reality, fuel cells must become more efficient and cost effective. Researchers from the University of Central Florida (UCF) claim to have addressed both these problems by creating a sandwich-like structure that allows more abundant materials to be used as catalysts in hydrogen fuel cells.

Skeptics say new meters not so smart

For a few homeowners, having a smart meter doesn't seem like a bright idea.

They're worried about privacy, health risks and their lack of choice in the matter.

Strong Resistance Ahead for Wind and Solar, Natural Gas Could be their Best Friend

For an old guy, the grid that transports the electrons that keeps the lights is in decent shape. But it still needs to stretch out and beef up. That’s pretty much what an analysis by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has concluded.

Study: Carbon can be stored underground

The United States has enough deep saline aquifers to store a century's worth of carbon dioxide emissions from its coal-fired power plants, a study shows.

While efforts to reduce greenhouse gases have focused on sources of clean energy, such as wind or solar power, "one thing that's not going away is coal" because it's such a cheap and widely available source of power,..

These aren't just any old tomatoes

And while I enjoy growing all these vegetables, taking care to weed and hoe, feed and fertilize, I have to confess... my pride and joy are my tomatoes.

Tribe: Bald-eagle permit a victory for tradition

A federal government decision to allow a Wyoming tribe to kill two bald eagles for a religious ceremony is a victory for American Indian sovereignty as well as for long-suppressed religious freedoms, the tribe says.

With Obama’s Pacific Pivot, China Scrambles for Strong Response

Caught off guard by President Obama’s late-2011 pivot to the Pacific, China has responded with another large increase in official defense spending. This year’s 11.2 percent increase comes on the heels of President Obama’s recent shift of US foreign policy away from the Middle East and towards China’s desired sphere of influence in the Pacific, a move that has prompted consternation from Chinese officials.

World Water Forum Refreshes Goal of Clean Water for All

Ministers and heads of delegations from 130 countries at the World Water Forum have issued a declaration urging the upcoming UN Rio+20 Summit on Sustainable Development to speed action that provides the poor with access to clean water and sanitation and fixes worsening problems of water scarcity and pollution.


March 16, 2012




Average global food prices have soared a whopping 37% since last June

Today, you can buy just two bags of groceries for the same amount of money that got you three bags full a year ago. Average global food prices have soared a whopping 37% since last June. And there's no end in sight. In fact, food prices rose more in 2011 than in any other year since 1974.

How are American families doing it?

Many aren't.

California Farms Get Testy Over Water Quality

California row-crop farmers are now required to test their private wells for nitrate, a widespread groundwater contaminant linked to over-fertilization.

Clean Your Plate, Save The World?

Cleaning your plate may not help feed starving children today, but the time-worn advice of mothers everywhere may help reduce food waste from the farm to the fork, help the environment and make it easier to feed the world's growing population.

Hard data is still being collected, but experts at the Reuters Food and Agriculture Summit in Chicago this week said an estimated 30 percent to 50 percent of the food produced in the world goes uneaten.

Climate, Food Pressures Require Rethink On Water: U.N.

The world's water supply is being strained by climate change and the growing food, energy and sanitary needs of a fast-growing population, according to a United Nations study that calls for a radical rethink of policies to manage competing claims.

Closing Strait of Hormuz would be 'suicide' for Iran: Fesharaki

A move to close the Strait of Hormuz would be "suicide" for Iran, which is deeply reliant on the waterway for its own critical imports of food and other basic needs, Fereidun Fesharaki, chairman of energy consultancy FACTS Global Energy, said March 13.

Congressional Inaction May Halt $100M Arkansas Wind Manufacturing Plant: 'No PTC, No Wind Turbine Plant'

Even with strong bipartisan support among governors, the business community, and many members of Congress, a small group of anti-clean energy opponents have held up passage of the production tax credit.

Congress wrestles with war-making role in Syria, Iran

With President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta not ruling out military action against Iran and Syria, Congress is once again trying to figure out its role in war making.

Dependence - it's really the name of the game, isn't it?

Big Ag wants you dependent on them for your food and the government wants you dependent on them for everything else. Urban and suburban sprawl has overtaken much of what used to be farmland in this country, and people feel less and less empowered to take care of themselves.

Isn't it time we pushed back? Isn't it time that we rebelled against this paradigm?

Dunkirk coal plant threatens closure

NRG Energy filed a notice Wednesday to mothball the Dunkirk plant -- one of the state's bigger power plants with a generating capacity of 535 megawatts -- because low natural gas prices have made it uncompetitive in today's lower-cost electricity market.

Electricity output, coal shipments drop

So far this year, U.S. power generation and coal shipments are down compared with the same period in 2011, according to weekly reports from the Edison Electric Institute and the American Association of Railroads

Emissions Set To Surge 50 Pct By 2050: OECD

Global greenhouse gas emissions could rise 50 percent by 2050 without more ambitious climate policies, as fossil fuels continue to dominate the energy mix, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said on Thursday.

Environmental Groups Sue EPA Over Gulf Dead Zone

Several environmental groups are suing the government to curb pollution of the Mississippi River with fertilizers and other contaminants blamed with creating a "dead zone" the size of Massachusetts in the Gulf of Mexico.

E-Waste in West Africa: a Million Tonnes a Year

Electronic waste is piling up in West Africa at the rate of up to a million metric tonnes a year. In five West African countries - Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, and Nigeria - between 650,000 and one million tonnes of domestic e-waste are generated each year, concludes a report prepared by the Secretariat of the Basel Convention.

Expiring renewable incentives: Utilities should just adapt

Utilities are concerned with the expiration of federal incentives for renewables and how they will meet state-mandated renewable portfolio standards (RPS), but PA Consulting Group says utilities will just have to adapt and find a way to recover the high cost of renewables.

Exploring for Shale Can Lead to Earthquakes, Geologists Make Definitive Link

Shale gas may have lots of possibilities, including the potential to cause smaller earthquakes. That’s why Ohio’s conservative governor implemented a moratorium on all shale-related activity at one of the state’s locations while Ohio’s Department of Natural Resources enacted new rules to mitigate the chance of self-induced tremors.

Former FDIC Head Isaac: Excess Regulation Has Country 'Scared to Death'

New regulations, including those outlined in the Dodd-Frank financial-overhaul legislation as well as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, are also preventing smaller banks from lending to smaller businesses, which further prevents job-creating endeavors from getting off the ground.

GE Bug Makes Floridians Part of Oxitec’s Grand Experiment

“The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District meets tomorrow to discuss the application from British firm Oxitec to release genetically engineered mosquitoes in the Florida Keys.

“We cannot stress strongly enough how dangerously misguided this application is. Oxitec hopes to use the neighborhoods and precious ecosystem of the Keys as their private, for-profit laboratory.

Government To Challenge China On Rare Earths Curbs At WTO

The United States, Japan and European Union plan to bring a new trade case against China over its export restrictions on rare earth minerals used in a variety of high-tech and clean energy products, senior administration officials said on Monday.

Hacker threatens to expose Anonymous members, Al Qaeda supporters

Summary: The Jester has detailed a sophisticated attack he put together last week that stole personal data stored on smartphones belonging to various individuals on his very own “shit-list.”

Harmful Solar Trade Wars Possible

SolarWord, a Germany solar cell manufacturer, has filed a petition with the U.S. Department of Commerce that, if successful, would increase prices for solar cells and panels and reduce the solar industry's job growth in America.

More critically, this petition has become the first shot heard around the world in an emerging trade war between the United States and China. SolarWorld's petition is harmful to the U.S. solar industry as a whole, and a trade war would be a major setback for solar in competing with fossil fuel generated

Hospital Stomach Bug Deaths Double

Infections gained in hospitals and nursing homes led to more than double the number of U.S. deaths from stomach inflammation that causes vomiting and diarrhea, a report by U.S. health officials found.

Hydraulic Fracturing: Management Challenges, Not Technology, Biggest Hurdles for Companies

The natural gas industry is technologically capable of tapping vast shale gas resources in the United States, but it is unclear if all companies can successfully manage the complex array of environmental and social risks that could impede profitable extraction. Companies also vary in the quality, quantity and timeliness of their disclosure regarding shale gas activities, and generally need to replace anecdotal descriptions of some innovations with consistent and comprehensive data across their operations.

Idaho Power wants to change federal renewable energy contract

Idaho Power Co. is seeking permission to stop buying renewable energy through the federal Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA). The utility has said that it is paying excessive prices for power that comes from renewable resources.

Iran says energy dialog has failed to depoliticize oil

Dialog between producing and consuming countries has failed to de-politicize oil to the extent that had been expected, Iranian oil minister Rostam Ghasemi told the International Energy Forum, a talking shop for producers and consumers, March 14 in Kuwait.

Japan Stands Still on Fukushima Disaster Anniversary

Japan stopped for a moment on Sunday to mark the one-year anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that leveled northeastern Honshu Island, left 16,000 people dead and 3,000 others missing, and precipitated the world's worst nuclear crisis in 25 years.

More companies put focus on sustainability

The sustainability movement is approaching a tipping point, with seven out of 10 companies now placing it on their permanent management agenda, according to a new report.

New production process could cut solar cell costs of production by half

Boosting solar cell efficiency is seen as a key factor in making them more practical, but there is another way of looking at the matter ... if the price of those cells were lowered, we could generate more power simply by using more of them. That’s where Mississippi-based Twin Creeks Technologies comes into the picture. The company has developed a method of making crystalline silicon wafers which it says could reduce the cost of solar cell production by half.

Norway Gives $1.2 Million to Armenia Reforestation Project

The Armenia Tree Project's 18-year-long effort to reforest the Caucasus country with tree planting, environmental education, and sustainable development was rewarded this week with a $1.2 million grant from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Nuclear Reactor Failures

Anything can fail. Nuclear reactors are built to last and designed to run safely with extensive safeguards. Yet what would happen if one failed in your US neighborhood such as as the Fukushima reactor did as a a result of a major earthquake? A new mapping tool was released by the Natural Resources Defense Council which illustrates the potential radiological impacts of a severe accident at the nation’s nuclear reactors and flags risk factors associated with each individual site. A future severe nuclear accident at a U.S. nuclear power plant is a possibility. In 2011 five nuclear power plants in the United States lost primary power due to earthquake or extreme weather events, including tornados, hurricanes, and flooding. Fortunately the designed backup power systems kicked in at these plants and a disaster was averted.

Older Nuclear Plants Pose Safety Challenge: IAEA

Eighty percent of the world's nuclear power plants are more than 20 years old, raising safety concerns, a draft U.N. report says a year after Japan's Fukushima disaster.

On Prophecies and the New Age: Elder Dave Courchene Discusses the Way Forward

With all the talk lately of Maya-predicted doom, and the scientific naysaying of same, one wonders where, if anywhere, the grain of truth lies.

For European descendents, prophecy is where religion, the environment and politics meet. But for First Nations and other aboriginal peoples, they are one and the same—a fusion of spirituality, environmental awareness and leadership, the starting point for healing the world.

Oregon residents protest food scraps composting plant

A composting operation near Portland, Ore., has taken some heat since the city´s recently mandated composting program began.

Since Dec. 1, more than 320 odor complaints have been filed against North Plains-based Nature’s Needs, a subsidiary of Recology Inc. The complaints started shortly after Portland’s residential food scraps composting system launched, the Portland Tribune reported.

Pimco’s El-Erian: US Stuck in ‘Financial Repression’ Caused by the Fed

“The Fed is keeping rates artificially low in order to bolster debtors, and it is creditors that are paying the costs for that," El-Erian tells CNBC. "That is what is being done to deal with the debt overhang and at the same time to try and promote growth."

Report of Solar-Geophysical Activity

Solar activity was moderate, produced an M1, Type II radio sweep, a CME visible on STEREO Ahead and Behind.  The geoeffectiveness of this CME is under review.  Solar activity is expected to continue at low to moderate levels for the next three days with a slight chance for an isolated X-class flare.Geomagnetic activity is expected to be at unsettled to active levels and up to minor storm

Report: U.S. 2011 solar installations top 2010 numbers by 109%

The U.S. solar energy industry installed a record 1,855 MW of photovoltaic (PV) capacity in 2011, more than doubling the previous annual record of 887 MW set in 2010, according to a U.S. Solar Market Insight report. The solar installations represent a 109 percent growth rate in 2011 and marks the first time the U.S. solar market has topped 1 GW in a single year.

Sanctions noose tightens around Iran as buyers seek alternative oil

International sanctions aimed at slashing Iran's main economic lifeline, its oil revenues, could have an impact on the country's export volumes well beyond the 500,000 b/d of crude that a European Union ban will displace from July.

Sea-Levels Rising: Millions in Coastal USA at Risk

Nearly four million Americans are at risk of severe flooding as climate change raises sea levels and intensifies storm surges during the coming century, new research indicates.

Two studies, published today in the journal "Environmental Research Letters," provide evidence that sea levels are rising, creating higher and higher floods that will inundate much of the low-lying coastal United States.

Senate defeats wind Production Tax Credit renewal

Senate lawmakers rejected a one-year extension for the Production Tax Credit. The PTC was attached as an amendment to the two-year highway bill.

The extension failed on a 49-49 vote. It needed to gain 60 votes in order to pass under a Senate agreement.

Some days, all I want out of life is a hot meal

I work hard - and I imagine I'll work a lot harder when the global economy truly breaks down. At the end of a long day living off the grid, cold-soaking some freeze dried foods to keep myself alive sounds pretty grim. That's not the future I want.

Special Report on Restoring US Competitiveness

“This issue of Harvard Business Review is filled with smart ideas on how to restore American competitiveness. We think this is the number one issue for this election year, and we are excited to get it in the hands of top business leaders and policy makers”

Spring Allergy Season Arrives Early — Get Relief Now

Although spring makes its official debut next week, it appeared in many parts of the United States ahead of schedule — following the fourth warmest winter on record — and got the allergy season off to an early start. If the sneezing and wheezing seem more severe than usual, it's not your imagination.

Spring Flooding 2012

Spring floods are a common situation. This is due to winter snowfall melting from where it had accumulated and adding to the normally higher spring rain storms. Last winter was fairly warm and snowfall did not accumulate, For the first time in four years, no area of the country faces a high risk of major to record spring flooding, largely due to the limited winter snowfall, according to the NOAA’s annual Spring Outlook, which forecasts the potential for flooding from April to June.

State lawmakers support wind energy

The General Assembly adopted a resolution Wednesday recognizing the wind-energy industry in the state on the heels of a vote in the U.S. Senate that threatens to cripple it.

Street sweeper tests real-world feasibility of hydrogen-powered vehicles

The street sweeper is part of a project to practically test the feasibility of hydrogen-powered vehicles under real-world conditions and the results from the trial indicate that, although hydrogen-powered vehicles can save energy, are environmentally friendly, and technically feasible, the prices of fuel cells, pressurized storage tanks and electric drives must all drop significantly before such vehicles are cost-effective.

Study: Climate Change will Exacerbate Respiratory Diseases

A new study highlights the growing danger of respiratory disease as the Earth gets warmer. Higher temperatures, in and of itself, do not make a person more likely to come down with something like asthma, allergies, infections and the like. The danger will come from the increase in ground level ozone in urban areas, higher particulate matter in drought-stricken areas, and the ranges of communicable diseases expanding into the higher latitudes.

Sun fuels car chargers in St. Paul's Como Park

The concept may be strange to some, but enthusiasm for electric cars exists both in government and the industry.

"What we're hearing from auto dealers is they're not going to sell the cars where there isn't the infrastructure," said Anne Hunt, environmental policy director in the mayor's office.

Supercapacitors or Batteries

A capacitor is not a battery and is of a more temporary nature. Electrochemical capacitors (ECs), also known as supercapacitors or ultracapacitors, differ from regular capacitors that you would find in your TV or computer in that they store substantially higher amounts of charges. They have garnered attention as energy storage devices as they charge and discharge faster than batteries, yet they are still limited by low energy densities, only a fraction of the energy density of batteries.

Tell WalMart to Reject Monsanto’s GMO Corn

There is growing evidence of health hazards associated with genetically modified (GM) food and feed, which ISIS has reviewed extensively over the years. Health hazards linked to Bt toxins include organ damage in lab animals, diarrhoea, increased water consumption, decrease in liver weight, damage and death of human kidney cells in culture, allergies in humans, changes in blood chemistry, and mass deaths of sheep grazing on Bt crops residues:

The real ‘entitlement mentality’ that Is bankrupting America

It is true that so-called entitlement programs are growing as a share of the federal budget and the national economy. Along with spending on national defense and interest on the federal debt, spending on entitlement programs consumes the overwhelming majority of the federal budget. But a close look at the data shows that it’s not a voter sense of entitlement that is driving the process. Quite the contrary.

The Secret Threat from Syria’s Nuclear Weapons Program

The United States must start thinking about how to secure Syria’s nuclear program and to locate the missing uranium and nuclear weapons-related technology before they can find their way into the hands of the Iranians or terrorist groups,...

The State of the 2012 Advanced Biofuels Industry

“Biofuels continue to grow in importance as the rising price of oil impacts every aspect of the global economy, so today’s sessions covering the latest in aviation, sustainability, and investments were critical to finding solution to our global energy needs,” said Claire Poole, Event Director, Green Power Conferences, organizer of the conference. “The level of discussion and debate already throughout the show is a sign of how important these issues are, and why there is so much interest and revived investment in new energy solutions.”

The unexpected is about to happen

Since President Obama took office, the U.S. national debt
has increased by $5 trillion. That's a 50% increase in government
debt in four short years.

Trump: Real Estate Best Hedge Against ‘Massive Inflation’

"Massive inflation" is poised to strike the U.S. economy and the best hedge against galloping prices won't be gold but real estate, says the sector's mogul Donald Trump.

Volcker: A Little Extra Inflation Would Backfire

The U.S. economy is recovering "pretty well" and trying to juice it up by allowing a little extra inflation would be disastrous, said Paul Volcker, the former Federal Reserve chairman known for successfully reining in double-digit inflation.

Water Scarcity Threatens Much of the World, UN Report

"If we fail today to make water an instrument of peace, it might become tomorrow a major source of conflict," warns UNESCO director-general Irina Bokova in her foreword to the UN World Water Development Report released today at the opening of the World Water Forum in Marseilles. "Freshwater is a core issue for sustainable development - and it is slipping through the cracks."

What Public Employee Unions are Doing to Our Country 

Let me start with the relationship between government employee unions and our elected officials. On paper, it is true, mayors and governors sit across the table from city and state workers collectively bargaining for wages and benefits. On paper, this makes them management—representing us, the taxpayers. But in practice, these people often serve more as the employees of unions than as their managers. New Jersey has been telling here. Look at our former governor, Jon Corzine

Women´s council to distribute coloring book in Afghanistan

The book, "Where Does My Garbage Go?" will be published in English with a Dari translation and distributed to school children as part of a public education campaign in Kabul to raise awareness for the need to keep the city clean, EIA said.

World wind record set; US contributions lag

For the third straight year, China led the charge, installing a whopping 18,000 MW for a total wind capacity of 63,000 MW.


March 13, 2012


After the tsunami, Japan may exit atomic age

A year ago, Japan depended on its 54 reactors for 30 percent of its electricity; only two of them remain open. Japan could become the first industrial society to enter the postnuclear age.

Amid GOP attacks, good news for Obama's green-energy program

The Obama administration is getting some much-needed good news about a pair of companies supported through its embattled green-energy programs.

Two Energy Department-backed companies that had filed for bankruptcy say their financial outlook is improving.

A NOSH-aspirin a day may just help keep cancer away

Adding two new chemical groups to regular aspirin (pictured) results in NOSH-aspirin that shrinks tumors and curbs cancer cell growth

An uncertain future for recycling electric vehicle batteries

Sales of such electric vehicles as the Toyota Prius, Nissan Leaf, and Chevy Volt are on the rise, and so, too, is the need for a comprehensive recycling strategy once their batteries wear out. The rechargeable batteries used in electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) are expected to last eight to 10 years, after which they must be replaced. But there is still an open question about what to do with these partially spent batteries once the time comes.

Apocalypse Now? Try Never: NASA Scientist Debunks the Doomsayers

Although this is slightly heavier than a calendar page, the beginning of the next Mayan long count cycle will be little more complicated than flipping from December to January.

Are You Putting Poison on Your Skin?

Many American women are using skin creams and lotions as well as other personal care products that are contaminated with poisonous mercury, says a spokesperson for the FDA. Most of the products are made outside the country and are sold online as well as in many ethnic neighborhoods across the United States.

Asian Currencies Fall, led by Ringgit, as China Data Dims Export Outlook

Asian currencies added to last week’s losses after reports over the weekend signaled China’s economy slowed last month, damping the demand outlook for the region’s exports.

Ball State University Converts from Coal to Geothermal

Ball State University in Indiana is building the largest closed geothermal heat pump system in the US.

It replaces four antiquated coal boilers and will provide heating and cooling for 47 buildings on 730 acres - almost half the campus. The $70 million project will save $2 million a year in operating costs.

In this one stroke, the university is cutting its greenhouse gas footprint in half.

Basics of real power

Even engineers sometimes get confused by energy-related terms such as VAR, Watt-hour, and power factor. Here’s help sorting out the differences.

Battle brewing between solar industry and utilities over 'net metering'

A battle is brewing between the solar industry and utilities over "net metering," a popular policy that allows homeowners, school districts and businesses to offset the cost of their electric use with the rooftop solar power they generate and export to the grid.

Camp Parks is churning out its own power

Go Army is going green, and a reservist base in Dublin could lead the way.

With its own mini power plant that looks like it's straight from a science-fiction flick and enough solar potential to power nearly 1,000 average-size homes, Camp Parks is shooting to become the model for the U.S. military's quest to become energy self-sufficient.

China hints at halt to yuan rise

Chinese central bank officials have suggested the renminbi is no longer significantly undervalued after six years of gradual appreciation, citing the country's large trade deficit in February.

D.C. Circuit Hears Challenges to EPA Climate Regulations

The rare, two-day argument began with a challenge to EPA's December 7, 2009 finding that emissions of six GHGs, including carbon dioxide, "may reasonably be anticipated both to endanger public health and to endanger public welfare." This "endangerment finding" is the cornerstone of all subsequent action by EPA to regulate GHGs. The Court appeared reluctant to second-guess the science behind EPA's determination or to consider non-scientific factors as a basis for overturning it, noting that the Supreme Court had already rejected such lines of argument in its 2007...

Driving Home the Value of Natural Gas

Want to beat the high price of gasoline? Here’s another idea: Gas-to-liquids, or GTL, which is a fuel substitute that could ease the demand for pure crude as well as provide productive uses for stranded natural gas.

It’s expensive. But it’s an arrow in the energy quiver.

Efficiency Boom Will Cut US Electricity Demand 14% by 2035

Those pesky standards which make appliances, lights and other equipment more efficient, which the current GOP loves to hate, will save US homeowners and businesses $1.1 trillion through 2035, reports the ACEEE in their latest report. 

Electric Cars--How Much Does It Cost per Charge?

Does trading a gasoline power source for an electric one really help the environment?

Electric grid can handle plug-in vehicles

A coming wave of electric vehicles poses no threat to the electrical system in Illinois, according to a report issued Friday by the Illinois Commerce Commission, the body tasked with regulating utilities.

EPA Encourages Americans To Save Water During Fix A Leak Week

American households waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water each year due to leaky pipes, toilets, showerheads and other fixtures, but fixing leaks can be easy and inexpensive.

Ever Had a Convenient Emergency?

Emergencies never happen on a schedule or when it's most convenient. In fact, most emergency situations occur at the most inopportune times and when you least expect them. It doesn't matter whether the emergency you're facing is personal, local, state-wide, or encompasses the nation--the point is that being prepared is essential.

Exelon responds to nuclear report

A year removed from a scare in Japan after a massive tsunami crippled the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear facility, the safety and security of nuclear power has become a discussion point nationwide. Cleanup and decontamination from the meltdown could take years, or decades, and will continue to fuel international debate on the safety of nuclear power.

For Less Than $5 Per Month, Austin Energy Offers Unlimited Electric Vehicle charging at More Than 100 EVerywhere™ Stations

With gas prices soaring to historic highs, Austin Energy is providing unlimited “electric fuel” from 100% GreenChoice® renewable energy at more than 100 plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) charging stations for less than $5 per month.

Germany Harnesses Green Power In Desolate East

Germany's solution to a large part of its energy dilemma may lie in a muddy field in desolate, windswept flatlands in the northeast.

In an area 75 miles north of Berlin that until now has attracted more birdwatchers than cutting-edge industries...

Greenland Ice Melt Seen At Lower Temperatures: Study

The complete melt of the Greenland ice sheet could occur at lower global temperatures than previously thought, a study in the journal Nature Climate Change showed on Sunday, increasing the threat and severity of a rise in sea level.

Substantial melting of land ice could contribute to long-term sea level rise of several meters, potentially threatening the lives of millions of people.

'Green' light bulb to come at hefty price

A "green" light bulb that won a U.S. government award of $10 million may have trouble attracting buyers because of its $50 price tag, retailers say.

Hundreds protest near San Onofre against nuclear energy

Activists protested near the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station on Sunday morning, recognizing the first anniversary of the disaster at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor and continuing a grass-roots push against nuclear energy.

Industry seeks energy independence

Nearly four decades after President Richard Nixon called for the United States to wean itself off foreign oil, many energy and political leaders are preparing to declare independence.

Increased domestic oil and natural gas drilling, reduced energy consumption and the promise of alternative fuels have reversed decades-old trends and caused domestic energy production to increase and oil imports from outside of North America to drop.

"I am 100 percent sure that we can be energy independent in North America," said Harold Hamm, CEO of Oklahoma-based Continental Resources Inc. "We're estimating that in the next 10 years we can be there. It might come sooner than that."

Iran, India agree to replace dollar partially with rupee in trade deals

Iran and India have agreed to boost bilateral trade and replace the dollar partially with the rupee in their transactions as Tehran seeks to bypass international sanctions over its controversial nuclear program, state media reported.

Jim Rogers: Government Is Lying About Inflation

High fuel prices are pushing up overall prices despite what officials at the Federal Reserve say, according to international investor Jim Rogers.

The Federal Reserve often focuses on core inflation, which is stripped of volatile food and energy items, when setting monetary policy, pointing out that headline inflation remains within comfort zones.

Mayan 2012 Predictions: Apocalypse or a Game of Telephone?

Sunspots? Black holes? Comets? What will the apocalypse bring? To hear the New Agers tell it, we are doomed. But in the year running up to the next Winter Solstice, on December 21, 2012, the impending changeover to we know not what is already causing buzz, plus hotel reservations. But the voices of reason warn that this is not much more than a long-term game of telephone.

Military Unveils Fleet of GM Fuel Cell Vehicles in Hawaii

The U.S. Army, Pacific, on Wednesday unveiled a fleet of 16 General Motors’ hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles, the world’s first military fleet of fuel cell vehicles. Each branch of the military is evaluating the vehicles in real-world use.

NASA Weighs In on Mayan Apocalypse on YouTube

In a nutshell - it's safe to make plans for December 22.  NASA's Don Yeoman's gives insight that he say debunks some end of the world scenarios diehard Mayan Apocalypse observers believe.

Natural Gas Vehicles: Long Road Ahead

With gasoline prices nearing $4 a gallon, people are clamoring for relief. More drilling is one answer. But so too is shifting over to natural gas to move cars and trucks. There’s plenty of it in the ground, especially with newer drilling technologies that can access the once hard-to-get shale gas. While that obstacle has been overcome, others remain standing: The lack of fueling stations and the relative high cost of a natural gas vehicle compared with a conventional one.

New Energy is Driving Auto Production

During one of President Obama’s factory visits -- some might call it a campaign stop -- he joked that he would buy an electric car in about five years, or after his second term. That was just before GM, which makes the Chevy Volt, said it would suspend production of the car for five weeks

Ohio stiffens regulations after concluding that fracking caused earthquakes

Ohio state regulators announced tough new regulations on Friday after concluding that the injection of wastewater underground as part of the controversial gas-drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” had almost certainly caused a dozen earthquakes near one well.

Open Jobs Held by Illegal Aliens to Unemployed Arizona Residents

A nationwide poll conducted by Pulse Opinion Research found that practically all groups of Americans favor mandating the E-Verify system, a free tool that will reduce the presence of illegal aliens in Arizona's workforce. The poll, conducted on February 16, 2012, found that 78% of likely voters favor the use of mandatory worker verification, which will open up more Arizona jobs for unemployed Arizona residents.

Power Generated By Coal Decreased Last Year

Coal is one of the biggest sources of greenhouse gas emissions in the world. The good news is that coal's share of monthly power generation in the U.S. decreased to below 40 percent in November and December 2011, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). The last time coal's share of total generation fell below 40 percent for a monthly total was March 1978.

Reflecting on the Winter that Never Was

In a couple weeks, the northern hemisphere will be entering the spring season, and now is a good time to reflect on this winter. For some, it feels like spring has already been here, and soon summer will be approaching. That is because for many Americans, it was the winter that never was. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), it was not the warmest winter in recent history, but it does rank pretty high. Furthermore, this winter will be marked for its amazing lack of snowfall, especially when compared with last year.

Renewable Electricity Standards Have No Statistically Significant Impact on Rates

There's a thriving cottage industry devoted to debunking Robert Bryce of the Manhattan Institute. Last October, Bryce said be believed a still-unproven experiment with neutrinos called our entire scientific understanding of global warming into question.

Rep. Mike Thompson Introduces BiPartisan Bill to Improve Renewable Energy Storage

Energy storage systems allow businesses and consumers to keep excess energy generated when energy is in low demand and then use it during periods of peak demand, reducing consumers’ electricity bills, greatly enhancing the reliability of alternative energy sources, and making our electric grid more efficient and secure.   

Report of Solar-Geophysical Activity

Solar activity is expected to be low with a chance for moderate levels.  A slight chance for an isolated X-class flare The geomagnetic field ranged from quiet to major storm levels with isolated periods of severe storm levels. Solar wind speeds reached up to 775 km/s during the
event.  The greater than 10 MeV proton event at geosynchronous orbit
remains near 10 pfu as of forecast issue. The greater than 2 MeV
electron flux at geosynchronous orbit reached high levels during the

Report: Romney Is Clear Favorite of Washington Lobbyists

...when it comes to financing his campaign, Romney has courted a key symbol of Washington's establishment: its lobbyists, the quietly powerful forces who are hired to try to influence government decisions.

Rocket Attacks Force 500,000 Israelis into Bomb Shelters

Worst violence in 6 months.

* More than 150 rockets and missiles have been fired from Gaza at southern Israel in the last 3 days.

* On Sunday alone, about 50 rockets were fired at Israel.

Sarkozy defies Europe with protectionist push

President Nicolas Sarkozy, recasting himself as France's saviour from low-cost competition and high immigration, threatened to disregard European limitations on protectionism as he sought to give his re-election campaign a second wind on Sunday.

Saving Biodiversity: A $300 Billion-A-Year Challenge

Saving biodiversity -- the vast and essential variety of the natural world -- will be expensive, at an estimated $300 billion a year for the next eight years. But losing it would cost even more, in terms of disease, hunger, poverty and diminished resilience to climate change, according to the new chief of the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity.

Schwarzenegger: time for a new breed of action heroes

The former California Governor heads new initiative to build “Sustainia” – the world’s first realistic model of a sustainable world in 2020 – and identifies the companies and persons who can make it real.

Scientists See Rise In Tornado-Creating Conditions

When at least 80 tornadoes rampaged across the United States, from the Midwest to the Gulf of Mexico, last Friday, it was more than is typically observed during the entire month of March, tracking firm reported on Monday.

According to some climate scientists, such earlier-than-normal outbreaks of tornadoes, which typically peak in the spring, will become the norm as the planet warms.

Sea breezes touted as power producer

Using sea breezes to make electricity for Southern states could take another decade, but to industry proponents, wind power is a more realistic proposition than many people realize.

Solar industry divided, threatened by Chinese imports

The issue: Should the government impose tariffs on Chinese-made solar panels to protect U.S. manufacturing jobs? Or would trade barriers backfire and stall the momentum of a small but fast-growing sector of the economy?

Solar PV, Wind, and Biofuel Markets Grow 31 Percent to $246.1 Billion in 2011

The global market for solar photovoltaics increased from $71.2 billion in 2010 to $91.6 billion in 2011. While total market revenues were up 29 percent, installations climbed more than 69 percent from 15.6 gigawatts in 2010 to more than 26 GW worldwide last year due to rapidly declining solar costs.

Solar Storm Has Minor Impact On Earth

A solar storm that shook the Earth's magnetic field on Thursday spared satellite and power systems as it delivered a glancing blow, although it could still intensify until early Friday, space weather experts said.

The geomagnetic storm surging from the sun was initially expected to be strong enough to disrupt power grids, airplane traffic and space-based satellite navigation systems. But government scientists on Thursday downgraded their prediction on the intensity of the storm - a big cloud of charged particles spawned by two solar flares.

States Fire up Renewable Standards

Renewable energy mandates have been around for about 10 years, pioneered by the states with important milestones coming due in the next few years.

Tesla Motors hits a brick wall

Tesla’s $109,000 Roadster suffers a potentially debilitating problem with its lithium-ion battery pack. If the car is left alone and the battery is totally discharged, the owner is left with a “brick,” as Tesla itself describes the condition. The car is immobile:  the wheels lock and the car can’t be pushed, towed, or rolled anywhere. The only fix is to replace the battery pack, a $40,000 option.

The Blue Planet's New Water Budget

Water accounts for about ½ of a thousandth of the Earth's total mass, despite the fact that roughly 70% of the planet's surface is covered by this substance so vital to survival. Indeed, water is a relatively "rare substance" on our "Blue Planet".

The Latest on the Greek Saga

As predicted, the PSI results have triggered a Credit Event. Greece is officially in default. Again, the reason for the big fuss (with some in the financial media completely confused) about the 85% vs. 95% is that 85% would have resulted in CACs while 95% would not have. That's because 95% would have given Greece enough of a debt reduction without the need for CAC.

The Power of the World Works in Circles

You have noticed that everything an Indian does is in a circle, and that is because the power of the world always works in circles, and everything tries to be round. In the old days all our power came to us from the sacred hoop of the nation and so long as the hoop was unbroken the people flourished. – Black Elk, from the book Black Elk Speaks.

The rise in US natural gas production may be slowing

It appeared that US natural gas production would rise forever. Nobody thinks it's done increasing, but for now, it might be taking a breather. In the New Frontiers column from Platts Oilgram News, Starr Spencer takes a look.

UN Small Arms Treaty is designed to register, ban and CONFISCATE firearms owned by private citizens like YOU

Gun-grabbers around the globe believe they have it made.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently announced the Obama Administration will be working hand-in-glove with the UN to pass a new “Small Arms Treaty.”

Disguised as an “International Arms Control Treaty” to fight against “terrorism,” “insurgency” and “international crime syndicates,” the UN Small Arms Treaty is in fact a massive, GLOBAL gun control scheme.

U.S. Defense Contractors Are Hidden Investment Plays in Renewable Energy Initiatives

Not many investors are aware of it, but the U.S. defense contractors are hidden investment plays in the widening use of renewable energy. That’s because the U.S. military is way ahead of almost every other organization in pursuing a clean energy policy that’s critical for the operation of its bases — with the assist of some defense contractors that usually provide aircraft, weapons, missiles and specialized technological systems and services.

US soldier's killing spree puts Afghanistan on a knife-edge

Tensions increase as nine children among 16 shot dead by lone gunman in Zangabad village in Kandahar

U.S. wind generation increases 27 percent in 2011

Wind generation in the U.S. increased 27 percent in 2011 as compared with that of 2010, continuing a trend of rapid growth, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said in a report on Monday.

Federal production tax credits and grants for electricity from certain renewable sources as well as state-level renewable portfolio standards have encouraged both capacity additions and increased generation from wind and other renewable sources, the agency said.

Water Scarcity Threatens Much of the World, UN Report

If we fail today to make water an instrument of peace, it might become tomorrow a major source of conflict," warns UNESCO director-general Irina Bokova in her foreword to the UN World Water Development Report released today at the opening of the World Water Forum in Marseilles. "Freshwater is a core issue for sustainable development - and it is slipping through the cracks."

While California persecutes raw milk farmers, France unveils raw milk vending machines for happy, healthy consumers

Thanks to the extraordinarily cruel and vindictive actions of the LA County and Ventura County District Attorneys' offices, California is rapidly losing its reputation as a state that promotes a healthy lifestyle. Instead, the state is becoming increasingly known as "the torture state" where senior citizen farmers and fresh food advocates are imprisoned, tortured, and charged with felony crimes for making fresh milk available to customers.

White House energy report takes credit for falling US oil import dependence

Members of President Barack Obama's cabinet on Monday outlined what they see as the administration's energy accomplishments, including policies to boost US oil and gas production, cut foreign imports, develop advanced fuels and spur renewable generation.

The document -- and its language of "historic achievements" -- will no doubt fuel Republican attacks that Obama's policies have hampered, not helped, the energy sector.

Yemen: US airstrikes kill 18 al-Qaida militants

Yemeni military officials said Saturday that two U.S. airstrikes killed at least 18 al-Qaida-linked militants in an evening attack on a central province that had been partly overrun by the group earlier this year.

You need a permit for that !??

Industry organizations that include NEMA have commented on new building code proposals in California that, in the name of energy efficiency, would require permits for something as simple as changing the ballast in a fluorescent light fixture. On the face of it, a building permit for a ballast changeout does seem ridiculous. As a practical matter, many people won’t pay much attention to the rule, which is a bit of a problem in itself. Rules which are not or cannot be enforced create a scofflaw culture, and insidiously, reward those who skirt the rules with greater economic efficiency. This is exactly what’s happened in the small HVAC industry in California, and regulators are having a tough time getting a handle on it.

Youngstown quakes likely caused by waste injection well: Ohio

Ohio environmental regulators introduced tighter requirements for the Class II disposal wells used to store wastewater from shale oil and gas wells Friday, after scientists determined that a series of earthquakes near Youngstown occurred after injected wastewater found a previously unknown fault in the bedrock at the bottom of the 9,184-foot deep Northstar 1 well.


March 9, 2012


3-7 Henry Hub Average Natural Gas Spot Prices

The Henry Hub is the pricing point for natural gas futures contracts traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX).

70% energy cost savings found in unlikely place

Utilities working with customers to deliver energy-efficiency savings can add window film to the list of cost-effective solutions. A comprehensive analysis of wind film found it to be the most cost-effective energy saving choice for Californians when used in retrofit applications on homes and buildings...

7.1 Mw - VANUATU

9 Republican Attorneys General Allege Obama Administration Violates Law 21 Times

The Obama administration has used a variety of regulatory agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency and other means, to violate the law at least 21 times, Republican attorneys general in nine states allege in a report.

Afghan president backs strict guidelines for women

Afghanistan's president on Tuesday endorsed a "code of conduct" issued by a council of clerics that activists say represents a giant step backward for women's rights.

After Fukushima, Are We Safe with All the Aging Reactors in the United States?

The devastating disaster in Fukushima, Japan nearly one year ago showed us that, while the likelihood of a nuclear power plant accident is low, its consequences can be grave. The truth is, an accident like the one at the Fukushima Daiiachi nuclear plant could happen here. An equipment malfunction, a fire, a natural disaster or terrorist attack, or even human error could, separately or in combination, lead to a nuclear crisis.

Air Pollutant Emission Limits Exceeded In Twelve EU Member States

Twelve Member States exceeded one or more of the emission limits set by the EU National Emission Ceilings (NEC) Directive, according to recent official data for 2010 reported to the European Environment Agency (EEA). In some instances the limits were exceeded by significant amounts.

America's changing energy choices

... it is clear that fundamental changes are underway in America’s energy supply and demand structure. While these changes will take decades to play out, the trends show that the U.S. is moving away from its consumer-oriented energy structure towards an economy that shows an interest in energy production, and even exports.

A Quick Power Grid Update: Still Gaping Vulnerabilities

One area of neglect is in cyber-security. Last month, according to the Wall Street Journal, National Security Agency Director General Keith Alexander warned of threats to the grid by the hacker group Anonymous. According to Alexander, within one to two years, Anonymous could have the ability to cause power grid failure through cyber-attacks.

Are big energy companies destined to be dealers?

Energy companies are in the energy business, not the swaps business, these groups claim. With potentially tens, if not hundreds, of millions of dollars at stake, energy firms should be regulated as energy firms, not swap dealers.

Ban on exports from Keystone XL pipeline fails in US Senate

The US Senate on Thursday defeated a proposal to ban exports of crude carried by the proposed Keystone XL pipeline and any petroleum products refined from that Canadian oil.

Breakthrough Allows Transplants From Mismatched Organ Donors

Scientists have found a way to trick the immune system into accepting organs from a mismatched, unrelated organ donor, a finding that could help patients avoid a lifetime of drugs to prevent rejection of the donated organ.

Cancers, Infectious Diseases, and Lifestyle Illnesses: Why “Miracle Drugs” Are the Problem, Not the Solution

The medical industry’s obsession with bigger, more powerful (and above all, patentable!) medicines may lead to killer pandemics.

Chile Considers Bill to Boost Renewable Energy

High costs of energy due to a severe drought that has severely impaired hydro power plants coupled with restrictions in the capacity of transmission systems has once again put renewable energy in the sight of authorities as a way to decrease reliance of hydro and coal-based electricity.

China to resume building nuclear plants

China will soon resume the approval and construction of nuclear power plants, senior officials said during the plenary session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee yesterday.

Constitution 101, a free online course from Hillsdale College

For the first time ever, Hillsdale College is offering a no-cost 10 week online Constitution course based on the course Hillsdale College students must complete, in order to graduate.

Dams would get green credit in bill

The debate over whether large dams are renewable power sources took a twist Monday.

Two Modesto-area lawmakers said utilities should get at least some credit for these plants under the state's mandate for at least 33 percent renewables by 2020.

Deloitte's Latest Findings On The Global Water Industry

"At present, water pricing barely covers the cost of maintenance and operations, let alone upgrading or extending the system. However, while the water industry hasn't been a front runner in leading with technological advances, the potential for consumer prices to rise and the ever increasing demand for infrastructure is likely to drive much greater investment in technology."

Double Bombing in Tal Afar Among Attacks That Killed 23 Iraqis

Dozens of people were killed or wounded in a complex attack in the northern city of Tal Afar. At least 23 Iraqis were killed and 44 more were wounded overall. Meanwhile, the P.K.K. kidnapped five of Iraqi Kurdistan President Massoud Barzani’s relatives.

Electric cars could fill up at the MetILs pump

Sandia researchers have discovered a new family of Metal-based Ionic Liquids (MetILs), that could allow electric vehicles to recharge their batteries with a simple refill

European gasoline prices hit fresh 10-month outright highs on surging crude oil prices

Outright European gasoline prices surged on the back of rallying crude prices to fresh 10-month highs Thursday, as cracks remained broadly supported throughout the day on concerns about future supply, traders said.

Evacuees awaiting TEPCO compensation unable to go home

Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s delay in compensating victims of the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant is hindering evacuees ability to return home.

Fukushima nuclear tragedy leaves lasting mark at Millstone

Though it happened more than 6,000 miles away, the disaster last year at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan has had a significant impact at the Millstone Power Station that will continue into the foreseeable future.

"We're still learning from that event," ...

Global oil, gas industry has 'unprecedented' capital available: CERAWeek panel

The global oil and gas industry boasts enormous potential for raising the capital needed to finance its future, including growing desire by China for investments in North America, financial experts on a panel at the CERAWeek energy conference in Houston agreed Tuesday.

"There is a wall of money ready to come into North America from the national oil companies," said William Wicker, vice chairman for investment banking at Morgan Stanley.

Happy Purim!

This is the Jewish holiday that celebrates the remarkable story of how the Lord used two faithful believers — Mordechai and Esther — and a movement of prayer and fasting to save the Jewish people from an evil Persian regime determine to annihilate them. The Bible tells believers throughout the ages to celebrate this important holiday.

Hoekstra: Bring in Red Team on Iran Nuclear Program

Expressing serious concerns about the objectivity and quality of the U.S. intelligence community's analysis, Peter Hoekstra, former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, is calling for a red team — an independent panel of experts — to review the information on Iran’s development of nuclear weapons and issue its own report that might be compared and contrasted with the latest National Intelligence Estimate issued jointly by the 16 intelligence agencies.

Hybrid system reduces fuel use by 43% in Fla. tests

Parker Hannifin Corp. says a hydraulic hybrid drive system being tested on garbage trucks in Florida has reduced fuel consumption by an average of 43% when compared to traditional diesel trucks.

India´s plastic waste can be seen from the moon

According to Michael Stephen, chairman of Symphony Environmental, India´s plastic litter problem could be solved by using his company´s oxo-biodegradable d2w additive.

Thousands of tons of waste plastic are despoiling India´s streets, fields, beaches and countryside, and India´s railways are visible from the moon because of the plastic waste at the sides of the tracks, he explained, adding that Symphony´s d2w technology would solve this problem.

India Water Desalination Market Set To Grow At 22% CAGR

Increasing governmental support, industrialization and demand for fresh water to drive India water desalination industry in coming years.

In Drought-Stricken Israel, Farmers Take Matters Into Their Own Hands

Farmers build own effluent reuse system for crop irrigation

Japan nuke safety expert sees no viable alternative to nuclear power

A year after Fukushima, a majority of the people in Japan have turned against the continued use of nuclear energy and there are no strongly pro-nuclear political voices, but zero nuclear power generation is not an option, a Japanese nuclear expert said Thursday.

La Niña is expected to transition to ENSO-neutral conditions by the end of April 2012

La Niña is expected to transition to ENSO-neutral conditions by the end of April 2012.
La Niña weakened during February 2012, as near- to- above average sea surface temperatures (SST) emerged in the eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean

Moldova votes to legalize chemical castration

Foreigners convicted of sexually abusing children in Moldova will be mandatorily castrated, according to new legislation introduced Tuesday.

Native Americans threaten to confiscate Keystone Pipeline trucks

At least five Native Americans were arrested in South Dakota on Monday after a six-hour standoff that temporarily blockaded trucks from moving equipment thought to be destined for the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Netanyahu Gives Obama "Esther" Scroll, Even as He Warns Time is Running Out with Iran

Biblical story tells of a Persian tyrant who wanted to "annihilate" the Jews.

Netanyahu:  "None of Us Can Afford to Wait Much Longer":  A Man Who Has Made Peace with the Task Ahead

All the signs to me look like Israel is going to war with Iran, and soon. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu strikes me as a man who has made his peace with the task ahead of him, a man who now believes his nation is capable of winning a war with Iran and has made all of the preparations necessary to strike if need be.

Newest Scam on Fringe of Climate Change Involves Land-Grabs in Peruvian Rainforest

When the United Nations process on climate change unveiled the program known as Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) three years ago, it was hailed by its architects as “an effort to create a financial value for the carbon stored in forests, offering incentives for developing countries to reduce emissions from forested lands and invest in low-carbon paths to sustainable development.”

New Scientific Data Forces Government to Reverse Its Stance on Fluoride in the Water Supply

Water fluoridation was introduced to the United States in the 1940s as a way to use waste product from the manufacture of aluminum, a waste product that was expensive to dispose of and which was harming cattle and farmland. Since then, the federal government has taken the stance that the fluoridation of drinking water, which conveniently disposed of the waste, is vitally important to help prevent tooth decay; the CDC called it one of the ten great public health achievements of the 20th century. But the the latest scientific studies have finally made the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) change their tune on how much fluoride is safe.

New Survey Of The Effects Of Climate Change On India's Water Supplies Offers Hope For Water Stressed Regions

A major new survey of the likely effects of climate change on India's water resources published recently identifies huge challenges to maintaining adequate supplies in the next few decades, but argues that these can be overcome with an integrated, multi-sectorial approach that takes into account water use from farm to river basin level.

Nuclear plant debate sets off series of reactions at Capitol

Consideration of a regulatory framework for a proposed nuclear power plant has set off a large reaction, including competing ads and a planned 'zombie' march.

Nuclear regulators issue annual assessment on U.S. plants

The NRC said 88 nuclear reactors fully met all safety performance objectives and were inspected by NRC using the normal detailed level inspection program.

Obama challenges US cities to develop alternative-fueled vehicles

Under political fire from Republicans for high US gasoline prices, President Barack Obama Wednesday announced several new initiatives that are designed to boost the use of cars and trucks that run on electricity, liquefied natural gas and other alternative fuels.

Oil Expert Kloza: Pricey Gasoline Costs US $170 Million a Day

Rising gasoline prices at the pump have cost the United States $170 million a day since New Year's Eve, says Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst for the Oil Price Information Service in New Jersey.

Ontarians say wind energy is one of the safest forms of electricity generation, new poll finds

"This poll indicates that the majority of Ontarians clearly believe wind energy is a safe form of electricity generation despite a minority voice that suggests otherwise. We will continue to ensure wind energy is developed in a safe and responsible manner for the benefit of all Ontarians," said Robert Hornung, president of CanWEA.

Options for America's energy future

By 2035, U.S. electricity demand will increase by 25 percent; by 2050, all present U.S. electricity-generation power plants will need to be replaced, according to a new report from the American Security Project (ASP), a non-profit, non-partisan public policy and research organization. Today's energy situation is "geopolitically, environmentally, and economically unsustainable," according to the report.

Outside of Japan and Europe, no major post-Fukushima nuclear retraction: WEC

The accident at Fukushima I in Japan last year has not caused a "significant retraction" in nuclear power programs in countries outside Europe, except in Japan itself, the World Energy Council said in a report issued Friday. But the report said the accident has caused the global industry to refocus on nuclear safety.

Power company to stunt trees

Georgia Power plans to use a chemical to slow the growth of trees near power lines on St. Simons Island as a way to save money and make driving safer for motorists.

Profoundly Flawed Study Used as Basis for CDC’s New Report on Supposed “Dangers” of Raw Milk

To hear the media tell it, our lives are in jeopardy if we drink unpasteurized milk. But the facts tell the opposite story.
A new study from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declares that raw milk “cannot be considered safe under any circumstances,” and essentially advocates for stricter laws and enforcement against raw milk on the state level.

Protest in Germany: "Protect Solar Jobs!"

"We are the energy transition!" read one of the many placards hoisted in the air at the Germany-wide "Stop the Solar Energy Exit" demonstration at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate on Monday. According to the event's organizers, 11,000 people were on hand for the protest against the Merkel government's energy policies.

Reduction In U.S. Carbon Emissions Attributed To Cheaper Natural Gas

Lower emission from power plants in 2009 was driven by competitive pricing of natural gas versus coal, experts say.

Report: E-waste export ban bills could face legal challenge

A ban on the export of electronic waste to developing countries could be susceptible to challenge by a World Trade Organization (WTO) panel, a report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) said.

Report of Solar-Geophysical Activity

Solar activity was high. There were five M-class x-ray events during the past 24 hours, all from Region 1429 (N17E31). The largest event was an M2, CME.  The geomagnetic field ranged from quiet to active levels with isolated minor storm periods at high latitudes. The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit reached high levels the CME that occurred on 04 March (associated with the M2 x-ray event).

Sen. Schultz sides with Democrats against new wind farm rules bill

"We have industries in this state that need stability from a state policy on renewable energies," Schultz said. "I don't have a problem with a study into the possible effects of wind energy, but this would have thrown us into limbo again."

Sewage Pollution Continues To Be A Major Problem In New Jersey

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved the 2010 list of waters in New Jersey that are considered either impaired or threatened by pollutants.

Smart meter opt outs gain popularity

CPUC scaled back its ambitions just months after ruling in favor of the mandate. Regulators voted to require the utilities to offer customer delayed smart meter installation. A step shy of a full-scale opt-out program, the formal Delayed Installation Program (DIP) requirement was designed to ease customer concerns regarding smart meters and buy time until more information and research could be done regarding possible negative affects of smart meters.

Smart meters 101: Five things you need to know

NV Energy's smart meters have been installed at 750,000 residences over the past 18 months, and the utility says it has another 150,000 to go. The devices, which can be read remotely, are supposed to save money, allow customers to better monitor their energy usage and allow the utility to spot outages before customers call. What's not to love? Well, some conspiracy-minded Nevadans see a threat to health and privacy.

Solar Activity Continues, Another CME On Its Way

The coronal mass ejection (CME) associated with the R3 (Strong) Radio Blackout event from 0024 UTC March 7 (7:24 p.m. EST March 6) continues to affect the Earth and G3 (Strong) storming levels have now been observed.  The magnetic field orientation needed to cause strong geomagnetic storming finally occurred overnight, so although it got off to a slow start, levels have reached what was predicted.

Solar energy-harvesting “nanotrees” could produce hydrogen fuel on a mass scale

While hydrogen is considered a "clean" fuel because the only waste product it generates is water, the conventional way to produce it relies on electricity, which is usually produced through the burning of fossil fuels. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), have now developed a "3D branched nanowire array" that they claim could cheaply and cleanly deliver hydrogen fuel on a mass scale.

Solar Power in Poor Rural Areas

Solar power works best of course where the sun is brightest. However, another major factor is the capital cost for a solar installation. If your are poor, you cannot get started easily. One of the big opportunities positive climate action has presented the developing world is the chance to leapfrog a generation of energy technology straight into clean, green generation without the intervening capital intensive and dirtier aspects of energy technology

Super Tuesday primaries: Mitt Romney wins Ohio and 5 more, but Rick Santorum hangs tough

A Super Tuesday primary night that was supposed to bring clarity to the Republican nomination fight instead left things nearly as muddled as ever, as the 10 states voting across the country scattered every which way and the most important battleground, Ohio, handed Mitt Romney only the narrowest of victories.

Survey: Americans Not Warming Up to Nuclear Power One Year After Fukushima

Contrary to Industry Predictions, Reactor Disaster Seen As Having a "Lasting Chill" on Perceptions;

It's Not All Fukushima: 3 in 5 Americans Less Supportive Due to Woes of U.S. Nuclear Industry in Last Year.

The Humble Potato

--potatoes have spread to every corner of the globe. China and India now plant more potatoes than Ireland, Peru, or even Idaho. Yukon Gold may be popular in American grocery stores for baking and mashing, but there are also Desirees, All Blues, German Butterballs, Purple Vikings, Rose Finn Apples, and many, many more.

The word on LPG: lots of supply, and US export prospects rising

Global LPG supply growth rate depends on developments in segments of the oil and gas industry: rising oil production in the Middle East, refinery expansions in Asia, and shale gas development in North America. Remember, LPG is a byproduct of processing hydrocarbons: from oil wells, from gas wells, and in the refining process.

UAE's Microsol Buying Solon's Assets

Consolidation in the solar sector continues to evolve.  In the latest chapter for consolidation in the solar industry, Solon has agreed to be bought by Microsol, a solar cell manufacturer based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), for an undisclosed amount.

US crude stocks rise 832,000 barrels; run rates rise, Cushing stocks jump

US crude oil inventories rose a smaller-than-expected 832,000 barrels last week as refiners increased runs despite softening demand, data Wednesday from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) showed. The rise occurred as stocks jumped in Cushing, Oklahoma, the delivery point of the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) futures contracts, to their highest level in more than eight months.

US Investor Optimism Surges, Majority Sees ‘Plenty’ of Opportunity in the US Today

Overall U.S. investor optimism has surged to +40, back up to the February 2011 level and a significant jump from -45 recorded in the September poll, according to the February Wells Fargo/Gallup Investor and Retirement Optimism Index.

U.S. military's ability to stop drug smuggling declines

A general says as planes and ships have been diverted to operations around the world, the number of Latin America-U.S. drug interdictions has fallen.

U.S. Nuclear Power Safety One Year After Fukushima

The designs of the Fukushima reactors closely resemble those of many U.S. reactors. And while most U.S. reactors are not subject to the one-two punch of earthquake and tsunami that struck at Fukushima, they are vulnerable to other severe natural disasters—or to a terrorist attack, which could create similarly serious conditions.

U.S. nuke plants: How much is enough?

Nuclear power plants must be capable of responding to major emergencies at more than one plant simultaneously and of maintaining safety system operations during extended power outages.

U.S. States: a profile of Oklahoma

Last year Google announced its power purchase agreement for the output of an Oklahoma wind farm. So why is Oklahoma such a good place for renewable energy developments?

U.S. studies confirm Europe close on 'God particle'

More scientists are getting closer in the search for the "God particle" of physics that would help explain the fundamentals of the universe, but they haven't found it yet.

Waste To Energy And Biomass Set To Be The Recipients Of Huge Capital Injections Up To 2020

According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, "Investment in biomass and waste-to-energy is projected to increase from $14bn in 2010 to $80bn by 2020".

Watchdog: Cancerous Chemical in Soda

U.S. regulators said soft drinks from PepsiCo Inc and Coca-Cola Co posed no health risk, contrary to a U.S. watchdog group that reported several popular brands contain high levels of a chemical linked to cancer in animals.

What is the real cost of renewable energy? (part 1)

Renewable energy technologies have certainly come into the limelight in the last decade or so, and so too has the debate surrounding them, especially on cost. The skeptics remain large in number, and in some cases for good reason. While hydropower, onshore wind power – and to some extent parts of the solar PV sector – have proven themselves technologically (and economically) in some countries, there is still some way to go for other technologies. Even though their promise and potential look good.

What is the real cost of renewable energy? (part 2)

Which energy technology really is the most economical, cost-effective solution for the long term? In this second installment, we look at renewable energy cost examples, LCOE and the importance of taking risk into account.

World Meets Drinking Water Target But Progress On Sanitation Falls Short

WaterAid welcomes the news that the world has met its goal to halve the proportion of people without safe drinking water by 2015. The international non-profit organization has called for a renewed effort to reach the 780 million people still waiting for water.

Zorg Biogas AG Develops A 'Dry Recycling' Process For Biogas Plants

Swiss engineering bureau Zorg Biogas AG, specializing in construction of biogas plants, announced a breakthrough in biogas technology. Innovative solution, developed by the company's experts, allows recycling of municipal solid waste with the latter production of compressed biogas and electricity. The cost of biogas plants using new technology will also be substantially cheaper.


March 6, 2012



$13,500 to Kill Sacred White Buffalo in Texas—Can This Be True?

American Indians across the internet are flocking to the website of Texas Hunt Lodge today—and not because they’re planning a hunting trip. No, they’re alarmed by a page on the site dedicated to the White Buffalo Hunt Package, which advertises a chance to kill a white buffalo for $13,500.

Are Consumers Getting Tired of Hearing about Green Energy?

American consumers say they continue to strongly favor solar power, wind turbines and greener cars as energy solutions, but their overall support for clean energy concepts is eroding, Pike Research finds.

The slippage is among the more striking trends seen in the latest Energy & Environment Consumer Survey from Pike, which annually queries U.S. adults about  their perceptions and awareness of energy concepts

Bingaman launches uphill battle with 'clean' power proposal

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) floated highly anticipated legislation Thursday to reduce power plant pollution by mandating greater use of low-carbon energy sources.

Biodiesel plant opens in Bridgeport

A plant that converts used cooking oil into biodiesel opened in Bridgeport's West End neighborhood Monday. Initially, the plant should produce 1 million gallons of biodiesel a year, enough to heat about 550 average-sized homes in Connecticut. It has the capacity to produce 3 million gallons a year.

Boulder proposal calls for enforcing Clean Air Act to cut greenhouse gases

Global climate change is "not an abstract problem," and action must be taken now to reduce the amount of carbon in the atmosphere.

BP opens 3% higher after $7.8 billion US oil spill settlement

BP's shares surged early Monday after the oil major announced late Friday that it had reached a $7.8 billion settlement with the largest group of plaintiffs for claims arising from the Macondo Deepwater Horizon accident and oil spill in 2010.

Calling All Mayors - A Challenge For Water

With the nation facing $1T in water infrastructure improvements in the next 20 years, a group of federal, non-profit, and local organizations are asking mayor's across the nation to compete next month to see who can inspire the most residents in their cities to become the most "water wise."

Can China Break Its Addiction to Exports?

For the first time in eight years, the Chinese government announced that its growth rate would fall below 8 percent and openly admitted that its economy was imbalanced and in need of restructuring. China has acknowledged the need to reorient its economy towards domestic consumption and away from investment and exports, but has failed to deliver on similar promises in the past. Despite strong foreign exchange reserves, China must now address the consequences of two decades of a policy of promoting exports and questionable investments in state-led construction and infrastructure projects.

Candidly Speaking, Japan Could have Learned from Three Mile Island

The Japanese are considered reserved. It is that characteristic for which that government and its utility are being sharply criticized, all in the context of the Fukushima nuclear accident almost a year ago.

Deal could bring SRS mini-reactors

The U.S. Department of Energy has given the green light for three companies to partner with the Savannah River Site in Aiken to potentially locate mini-nuclear reactors there.

Defensive Handgun Stances

“The great body of our citizens shoot less as times goes on. We should encourage rifle practice among schoolboys, and indeed among all classes, as well as in the military services by every means in our power. Thus, and not otherwise, may we be able to assist in preserving peace in the world. The first step – in the direction of preparation to avert war if possible, and to be fit for war if it should come – is to teach men to shoot!” — Theodore Roosevelt

Disclosing more detail about fracking chemicals might be wise

While some in the natural gas industry may think they have gone the extra mile in making public information about the chemicals used in fracking fluids, the fact is many people don't think the industry has come close to meeting their concerns.

Go to any public hearing on drilling and sooner or later someone in the audience will express worry about what drillers are putting deep underground. Members of Congress attending a House subcommittee hearing in Steubenville, Ohio, in February were told by witnesses they strongly object to fracking because they believe it posses a serious threat to their water supplies.

Electric, hybrid cars make steady gains

The shock at the gas pump has many drivers thinking electric.

That, combined with a growing trend in environmental responsibility, has brought a plethora of all-electric cars and hybrids, to the marketplace.

Elevated Carbon Dioxide Concentrations Can Increase Carbon Storage in the Soil

Elevated carbon dioxide concentrations can increase carbon storage in the soil, according to results from a 12-year carbon dioxide-enrichment experiment at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

The increased storage of carbon in soil could help to slow down rising atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations.

E.P.A. Greenhouse Gas Rules Face New Legal Challenges

U.S. limits on greenhouse gas emissions face a challenge in federal court this week from more than 100 industry groups and several U.S. states, the latest high-profile effort to halt or overturn the Environmental Protection Agency's rules.

Federal judge says gun owners need not provide 'good reason,' rules Maryland law unconstitutional

Maryland residents do not have to provide a "good and substantial reason" to legally own a handgun, a federal judge ruled Monday, striking down as unconstitutional the state's requirements for getting a permit.

Food matters: Setting the table for a greener future

Humans ought to change their eating habits to successfully meet the 2050 targets set out in the European Commission's resource efficiency roadmap, writes Oliver Smith.

Ford Focus Electric Rated at 105 Miles Per Gallon

EPA's new label will show potential buyers they can save $9,700 in fuel costs over the course of five years compared with the average new vehicle. That amount will rise with higher gas prices.

Former landfills, hazardous waste sites reclaimed

At first glance, there´s nothing out of the ordinary about the gentle roaming hills at the Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, N.Y.

The grass-covered mounds, which make up 42 acres at the 264-acre preserve, are a distinct shift from the otherwise flat terrain, with the highest one providing a view of the Buffalo skyline to the north and across Lake Erie to Ontario from the second highest point in the city, 634 feet.

Yet beneath the surface of this picturesque scene lies 2 million cubic yards of municipal solid waste.

For some, electric cars are the way to go

Brent Beasley loved his Chevy Volt electric car even before gasoline seemed headed for $4 a gallon. Now he's enjoying it even more.

Full Analysis of Obama Eligibility Hearing

For the first time, this morning in Georgia, the question of Obama’s eligibility to serve, became official. No longer the stuff of speculation, no longer dismissible by liberals as something which will never be heard in court, Obama’s eligibility became a matter of an official court record.

What does it mean?

GE Unit Buys Stake In Arizona Solar Project

GE Energy Financial Services, part of General Electric (GE.N), said on Wednesday it bought a stake in a large U.S. solar power project for $100 million, bringing its investments in the sector to $1.4 billion in the last year.

Giant new plant shows coal power isn't going away

The Prairie State power plant, set amid farm fields and woods in southwestern Illinois, will start producing power soon, beginning a life of burning local coal that's expected to last until at least the 2040s.

Green power holds promise to replace fossil fuel as world's primary electricity source

Large-scale green energy systems can affordably replace fossil fuel as the world's primary source of electricity within 20 years, new research from the United States weather office suggests.

Groups say they'll sue EPA over permit process for coal-burning plant

Two environmental groups on Thursday filed a notice of intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency over a water permit involving the Valley Power Plant in Milwaukee.

Health Law Cost Increase Triggers House Republican Inquiry

The Republican chairman of the U.S. House tax-writing committee questioned why Obama administration spending estimates for insurance subsidies under the health-care law rose by $111 billion from a year ago.

Hope Creek reactor shut down

The Hope Creek nuclear power station in South Jersey was shut down at 11:02 a.m. Sunday, two days after the failure of a recirculation pump.

Humanity’s Earliest Ancestor Is an Ancient Worm?

Scientists say they’ve discovered mankind’s oldest ancestor—Pikaia gracilens. The rarely found 505 million-year-old fossil of a two-inch worm found only in the Burgess Shale fossil beds, located on a ridge between Mt. Field and Wapta Mountain in British Columbia, Canada’s Yoho National Park.

Israel, Cyprus, Greece agree to build undersea energy cable

For both Israel and Cyprus, connecting the countries through an underwater cable will foster more than just electrical stability for two energy islands - it will further the sense of "duty and friendship" between two allies...

Japanese team invents device that silences the overly-wordy

A Japanese team has invented a portable device that painlessly causes people to stop talking

Kamakura Reports Improvement in Corporate Credit Quality in February

Kamakura Corporation reported Thursday that the Kamakura index of troubled public companies improved, falling 0.25% to 7.02% in February. The index has deteriorated in seven of the last ten months.  The index hit an intra-month high of 7.42% on February 15 while having an intra-month low of 6.84 on three different occasions.  There was less volatility in the index during February compared to the prior month.

Lack of lining in pond blamed in bluff collapse at We Energies site

Failure to build a liner in a pond on a We Energies construction site was a "significant factor" in the collapse of a bluff next to the Oak Creek power plant that sent a mixture of coal ash and dirt into Lake Michigan on Halloween, state regulators have found.

Marc Faber: US 'Financial Mess' Will Force Government to Take Your Gold

“Like in 1933, gold will be purchased back by the government” because eventually the financial mess will be so bad that gold prices “will go ballistic, and the government will take away something from a minority, and not many people own gold."

Mesa considers solar incentives for homes, businesses

Mesa is preparing to bolster incentives to residents and businesses who want to cut their electric bills by installing solar panels.

Minn.'s 2 nuclear plants will get post-Fukushima upgrades

Like other U.S. nuclear plant owners, Xcel Energy is buying more diesel pumps and portable generators that could be quickly deployed at its Monticello and Prairie Island plants if all backup electricity went out, as it did at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi plant.

Miyagi city to build huge solar plant

The Iwanuma city government plans to build a mega solar power plant on farmland rendered useless by salt damage and subsidence as a result of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

More Americans now believe in global warming

The latest in an ongoing series of studies by the Brookings Institute shows that the number of  Americans who believe that the planet is warming is on the rise. Sixty-two percent of U.S. residents now believe in human-caused global warming, which is up from a low of 50% in spring 2010.

Neighbors energized by sped-up closing of power plants

Residents of Pilsen and Little Village celebrated a victorious end to their long fight for cleaner air on Thursday, exultant over the deal that will shut down two coal-fired power plants that have for years been unwelcome neighbors.

New Approach Aims to Slash Cost of Solar Cells

Solar-powered electricity prices could soon approach those of power from coal or natural gas thanks to collaborative research with solar start-up Ampulse Corporation at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

New Macondo settlement gains favor with claimants' attorneys

Lawyers representing claimants against BP in the consolidated federal Macondo damages case said Monday that they were generally pleased with the proposed settlement announced late Friday by the company and the lead plaintiffs' attorneys. Monday was the first business day that attorneys not part of the Plaintiffs Steering Committee could have their staffs study the proposed settlement, and also the first chance to contact many clients.

North Carolina Offshore wind turbines at least 5 years away

Despite a glowing report from the governor's Scientific Advisory Panel on Offshore Energy, wind turbines most likely won't be constructed off the North Carolina coastline for at least another five years, experts say.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission approves first licences for nuclear power reactors in 34 years

The NRC’s approval February 9 of licenses for Southern Co.’s planned two nuclear units was welcomed by the industry and its allies, but even the strongest supporters said the agency’s decision will not overcome economic obstacles to the addition of more than four or five nuclear units this decade.

Obama Will Need Indian Votes to Be Reelected

The price of gasoline at the pump is skyrocketing and is expected to flatten the upward trend on the stock market charts, thus maybe even stalling the economic recovery from the Republican recession of 2009 and 2010. In a strange twist, this is making many millionaire and billionaire stockholders happy. Why? Because President Obama will get the blame, and perhaps if we are in an economic nosedive come election time, Obama will be defeated.

Oceans' Acidity at Highest Point in 300 Million Years

High levels of pollution may be turning the planet's oceans acidic at a faster rate than at any time in the past 300 million years, with unknown consequences for future sea life, researchers said Thursday.

The acidification may be worse than during four major mass extinctions in history when natural pulses of carbon from asteroid impacts and volcanic eruptions caused global temperatures to soar, said the study in the journal Science.

One Year After Fukushima: Exelon Nuclear Reaffirms High Level of Safety, Protection

Exelon Nuclear has added seven mobile, high-volume diesel-driven pumps at its nuclear energy facilities, among thousands of equipment purchases, upgrades, and validations completed at Exelon's 10 plants in the year following the tragic earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

On the Sun’s Grid: The Principles of Passive Solar Heating and Cooling

The sun is truly an eternal presence in our sky, its tides of life-giving heat and light washing across the surface of our small blue planet each and every day. Starlight literally permeates every fiber of our beings, and without the sun’s energy to provide the earth’s surface with sustenance this would be a cold, dead world indeed.

OriginOil Study Concludes Algae Producers Can Make Gasoline and Diesel For as Little as $2.28/Gallon

OriginOil, developer of a breakthrough technology to convert algae into renewable crude oil, today announced a new company study indicating for the first time that algae producers worldwide can now make transportation fuels cost-effectively themselves.

Paying for a Nuclear Resurgence

If the United States is to see a nuclear power renaissance, rate increases in many states will kick in long before the plants are operational. For utility customers in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida they already have.
Georgia Power, part of Southern Co., announced a monthly increase of 57 cents for the average customer beginning January 2012 for financing two additional nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle near Augusta. The first such increase, $3.73, took effect in January 2011.

Persistent Droughts Plaguing Much of the World

Long dry spells have been a problem in various parts of the world including China, Africa, Russia, Australia, the southern and western United States, and Western Europe. Many are hoping that this is just a cyclical nuisance and not evidence of a permanent change in climate patterns. England in particular is used to being a damp and rainy island, but has been surprised now with three straight winters of drought-level precipitation. The first to notice and be affected by the changing levels of rainfall are the farmers. However, now public officials are beginning to worry about the long-term stability of their water supplies and the effects that lower rainfall will have on the environment as a whole.

Phosphorus And Groundwater: Scientists Establish Links Between Agricultural Use And Transport To Streams

Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey have, for the first time, demonstrated how aquifer composition can affect how excessive levels of phosphorous (an essential nutrient contained in fertilizers) can be carried from fertilized agricultural fields via groundwater to streams and waterways. This finding will allow for more informed management of agriculture, ecosystem, and human water needs.

Preserving Eggs for the Long Term

If you have been watching National Geographic’s Doomsday Prepper series, you’ve probably seen a few ideas that you wanted to try to implement in your own storage preparations. At least a show or two got you wondering about the feasibility of some of the stuff these preppers are doing. One thing that piqued my interest was from the episode that showed the woman oiling her eggs in order to preserve them for long-term storage.

Putin claims victory in Russia's presidential election

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Sunday claimed victory in Russia's presidential election before tens of thousands of cheering supporters, even as the opposition and independent observers insisted the vote had been marred by widespread violations.

Rawesome Foods' James Stewart arrested in $1 million warrant

This appears to all be part of California's open war on family farming and real food. Observers present at the hearing described the ambush as something "done out of pure unadulterated intimidation" by a rogue government that has abandoned all law.

RFA Analysis Shows Ethanol Industry Creates Jobs, Economic Opportunity, and Energy Security in 2011

In a turbulent year for America’s economy, domestic ethanol production was a shining light of hope for hundreds of thousands of American families all across the nation in 2011.

Rise of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever has officials urging caution outdoors

Reported Arizona cases of a potentially fatal disease spread by ticks have increased steadily over the past decade and spiked within the last two years. With temperatures warming, state and federal officials say those heading into the outdoors should be aware of the danger.

Sale of Evergreen Solar plant near

The dark clouds hanging over the defunct Evergreen Solar plant in Devens may soon disperse.

San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station Provides Status Update

Southern California Edison (SCE) continues to perform extensive testing and inspections of the steam generators at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

Several militants killed and detained in Afghan operations

This comes as an Afghan security officer recently shot dead two US military advisers inside the Afghan Interior Ministry complex.

The Dark at the Center of a Cosmic Collision

In other words, the dark matter core may be associated with a filament aligned with the direction of observation and not be at the center of the cluster. However, it is only a theory with no solid proof yet.

There's More Here Than Meets the Eye

I would like to slap those folks silly in Washington D.C. What sort of fantasy bubble do they live in? I guess it's easy to be blasé about the struggles of American families when you can just rob from the depleted coffers of the U.S. Treasury at will, when you can vote a pay raise for yourself whenever you feel the gym membership and restaurant tab is pinching your pocketbook just a little more than you feel comfortable with, and when working for a living is a concept that you have no real-life experience with or is a long-forgotten memory shrouded in a hazy mist of forgetfulness.

The talk is rising: Keystone XL would just be a highway for oil exports

The suggestion that Keystone XL might be used only as a highway to bring Canadian crude to the Gulf of Mexico for export has long been touted by its opponents as a reason to fight the project. This blog from the National Resources Defense Counsel is a good example of the export-focused argument that Keystone XL opponents are making in their battle against the project.

United States Named Global Leader in Renewable Energy Investment

In 2011, American renewable energy investment in solar and wind technologies dominated the global market, propelling the United States past China into the leadership position, according to Ernst & Young’s latest quarterly

University lab taps the power of the sun

The fruits of UNA's solar lab -- solar ovens, water distillers, dehydrators and other equipment -- sit under the sun in an open lot outside the university's physics department. Madriz gives a tour of the facility to demonstrate methods for harnessing the sun's heat and power.

US coal-fired generators 'frightened' by low natural gas prices: Barclays

Low US natural gas prices "frighten" coal-fired generators more than new Environmental Protection Agency regulations, because they "could hasten more coal plant retirements than environmental rules alone," Barclays Capital analysts said Friday.

U.S. dominates global renewable market; surprising states lead charge

In 2011, American renewable energy investment in solar and wind technologies dominated the global market and put the U.S. in the top leadership position, according to Ernst & Young's last quarterly Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index (CAI).

US ethanol exports lead to a trade action

The US tripled its ethanol exports last year and shot past Brazil as the world's top supplier of the corn-based fuel. The new title came with a bummer of a door prize: a European Commission trade complaint investigating possible dumping and unfair subsidies. 

U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rebound 3.3 Percent

Higher energy consumption and warmer weather drove up total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions 3.3 percent to 6.866 billion tonnes between 2009 and 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said in its latest emissions inventory report released Monday.

U.S. Was Net Oil-Product Exporter for First Time Since 1949

The U.S. exported more gasoline, diesel and other fuels than it imported in 2011 for the first time since 1949, the Energy Department said.

Vermont plan would ban recyclables from landfills

House Bill 485 would ban batteries from landfills immediately, recyclable materials including plastic and glass containers, cardboard, paper and other products by July 1, 2015, yard waste by July 1, 2016, and all organic materials by July 1, 2020.

Victim Impact Statement

In closing I will just say that regardless of how the media and government try to shape the public perception of this case, I am convinced that Umar was given an intentionally defective bomb by a U.S. Government agent and placed on our flight without showing a passport or going through security, to stage a false terrorist attack to be used to implement various government policies.

The effect this matter has had on my life has been astounding and due to this case, I will never trust the government in any matter, ever.

Virent partner Shell builds pilot biofuels plant in Texas

Shell said its goal for the new plant, using a process similar to the one being used in Madison, is to explore the use of a variety of feedstocks, using sugars from plants that include non-food cellulosic alternatives, to produce gasoline, diesel and jet fuel.

Washington's Largest Wind-Power Site Begins Generating Electricity

Washington's newest and largest wind farm -- the Lower Snake River Wind Facility-Phase I -- today began commercial operations, providing Puget Sound Energy's 1.1 million electric customers with more renewable, emissions-free power.

Watch This Incredible Spotlight Dance Video From the 2012 Yuma Strong Hearts Pow Wow

Why CNG Now?

Waste Management will eventually have nothing but compressed natural gas refuse trucks for all their garbage and recycling services.   Valley Metro has been running CNG and LNG for years.

Wicked Twisters Kill 37 People Across Midwest and South

Thirty-seven people across five states have died and hundreds were injured as nearly 100 tornadoes ripped across America's heartland Friday, spawned by a powerful thunderstorm system stretching from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes.

Winds of fortune sweep West Texas

BP and other energy companies are funneling millions into building and operating wind farms in West Texas, helping to transform oil country into one of the nation's leading hubs for green energy production.

With BP oil spill billions at stake, why did Gulf fishermen suddenly settle?

News that 100,000 fishermen and oil spill workers settled with BP for $7.8 billion rather than going to trial suggests a lesson from the Valdez spill: Drawn-out litigation can become its own tragedy.


March 2, 2012


3 more power plants set to close in W.Pa.

Edison Mission Energy said on Wednesday that it has been unable to raise financing for $700 million in scrubber installations and other air pollution control upgrades at the EME Homer City plant in Indiana County.

The move raises questions about the plant's future.

$13 billion clean-energy bond issue gets green light

A proposed $13 billion clean-energy state bond issue got the green light from the Ohio Ballot Board yesterday. Supporters can now begin gathering the 385,253 valid signatures of registered Ohio voters necessary to put the issue on the ballot. It would ask voters to amend the state constitution to require an expenditure of $13 billion over 10 years on wind, solar, geothermal and other renewable energy resources. A coalition of environmental groups immediately raised serious questions about the proposed amendment.

African renewables potential mapped

Tapping into Africa's renewable energy could transform living standards across the continent, according to a report that has mapped the potential of renewables in the region. The report aims to help African governments set up renewable energy plans, and has called for the urgent transfer of relevant knowledge to research and technology partners in Africa.

American Scientists Make Great Leap in Battery Technology

One of the primary concerns with owning an electric vehicle is cost of the battery, the range it offers, and the time it takes to recharge. Those concerns will be significantly lessoned with the development of a new lithium-ion battery. Designed by scientists at Envia Systems, a US-based company, the new battery has roughly twice the energy density of existing rechargeable batteries. Such an innovation could greatly increase the range of electric cars as well as cut the price of the battery packs in half.

Antibiotics in Meat Cause Superbug Infections

Using antibiotics in meat causes farmers to develop drug-resistant infections known as superbugs, a new study says. The study, published in the journal mBio, looks at a strain of MRSA that causes skin infections and sepsis, the New Scientist reported. The study authors, a team lead by Paul Keim of the Translational Genomics Research Institute, were able to trace the drug-resistant infections to the common practice of putting antibiotics in livestock feed.

APS Seeks Renewable Energy Projects from Solar

Arizona Public Service Co. announces a Request for Proposal (RFP) from solar developers and installers to construct a 14-megawatt solar photovoltaic facility -- financed by APS through the company's AZ Sun Program.

Are Pollution Rules Too Strict? Mining Company Says Yes, Two-Headed Trout Says No

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seemed happy with a report from mining operation J.R. Simplot Company—but other scientists were unnerved by the two-headed trout.

Bernanke: US Recovery Could Go Off 'Massive Fiscal Cliff'

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Wednesday offered a tempered view of the U.S. economy, pouring cold water on the notion recent upbeat signs herald a stronger recovery.

Big Prospects for Small Wind Turbines

Markets for turbines of less than 100 kW offer huge potential for growth if government incentives are set up, according to GlobalData's report on the sector.

Bipartisan Calls: Senators, Representatives Urge PTC Extension

The push for a Production Tax Credit (PTC) extension continued on Capitol Hill with bipartisan contingents in both the House and Senate recently calling for action.

Broad Global Partnership Formed to Rescue Troubled Oceans

The World Bank today announced the Global Partnership for Oceans, gathering governments, scientists, advocacy organizations, the private sector and international public institutions to confront the increasingly urgent issues of over-fishing, marine degradation, and habitat loss.

Coal-fired power plants in Chicago to close sooner

Midwest Generation is planning to close down two coal-fired power plants in Illinois sooner than originally planned as part of a deal with environmental groups and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Coal Utilities Take EPA to Court

The regulation of greenhouse gas emissions is part of the presidential campaign. It’s also back before a federal court, which will decide if the Environmental Protection Agency has overstepped its bounds.

Could Obamas Privacy Plan Threaten the Internet

The ongoing debate over online privacy is in the spotlight once again. However, this time, it's the White House that's at the center of the controversy.

Could Putin’s Re-election Trigger A ‘Russian Spring’?

Vladimir Putin will almost certainly win Russia’s March 4 presidential election, but his next term in office will be challenged by a newly vocal Russian citizenry. They rose up to protest the nation’s rigged parliamentary election late last year and are poised to do the same if Putin is elected under a cloud. Whatever happens, Russia stands poised for rapid transformation, which is bad news for Putin.

Disaster report: Japan hid nuclear risk

The Japanese government withheld information about the full danger of last year's nuclear disaster from its own people and from the United States, putting U.S.-Japanese relations at risk in the first days after the accident, according to an independent report released Tuesday.

The report, compiled from interviews with more than 300 people, delivers a scathing view of how leaders played down the risks of the meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant and secretly considered evacuating Tokyo following the massive March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Egypt Says It Will Lift Travel Ban, Allowing American Defendants to Leave

Egyptian officials said Wednesday that they would lift a travel ban barring seven Americans from leaving the country during the politically charged prosecution of four American-financed nonprofit groups here, apparently resolving a crisis that threatened to break the country’s 30-year alliance with Washington.

Eurozone unemployment hits record high

Unemployment in the 17-member eurozone jumped to a record high of 10.7 per cent in January, underlining the challenge facing European leaders as they gathered in Brussels for a summit dedicated to restarting the continent’s economy.

FBI Director: Cyber-threats Will Become Top Worry

The director of the FBI told an annual gathering of cyber-security professionals on Thursday that the agency needs the private sector to help combat what he believes is becoming the nation's No. 1 threat.

Feds downsize wind lease area

Federal officials have dropped consideration of almost 100,000 acres from a swath of ocean between Rhode Island and Massachusetts that is being eyed for potential offshore wind energy projects.

The area under consideration now includes more than 164,000 acres of federal water southwest of Nomans Land between Martha's Vineyard and Block Island.

FEMA Puts Out Contract For Emergency Camps to House “Displaced Citizens”

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is looking for contractors to construct temporary emergency camps inside the United States which can be ready for occupancy within a 72 hour time period and used to house emergency responders as well as “displaced citizens”.

Fifteen 'Near-Misses' at U.S. Nuclear Plants in 2011

The Union of Concerned Scientists has documented 15 "near-misses" at 13 U.S. nuclear plants during 2011 and evaluates the response of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to each event in a report released today.

First industry railgun prototype launcher gets all fired up

The first full-energy shots from the electromagnetic railgun prototype launcher captured from a high-speed camera

Fossil Fuels Fight Back

The fossil fuel sectors are fighting back against a wave of popular sentiment that they say is ill-founded. The oil, gas and coal industries say that their products are abundant and reliable, allowing this nation to achieve its economic well-being.

Genetically Engineered Food Damaging to Humans

A new research study shows genetically engineered food (GE) causes cellular damage. On February 15, 2012, the Journal of Applied Toxicology released an important study on damage done to human cells by GE food. This food carries the bacteria Bacillus thuringiensis ( Bt ) insecticide and the herbicide 'Roundup' glyphosate gene traits.

Georgia Power darkens prospects for solar bill

A push to allow new financing options for renewable energy such as solar panels got a push back from Georgia Power.

GE's Rise as a Major Solar Investor

Given the low interest rates and plummeting prices for solar energy equipment, it would seem a good time for investing in solar power generation. GE Energy Financial Services, for one, has been pursuing solar deals actively and on Wednesday it announced a $100 million equity investment in a solar power plant in Arizona.

Gingrich calls for stronger Air Force, alternative energy

...Gingrich says he thinks military spending should rise some and that the U.S. should "recapitalize" its Air Force, meaning investment in new generations of equipment.

Helmets inspired by brain fluid to offer better impact protection

Inspired by the fluid that wraps your brain in a protective, wet blanket, Multi-directional Impact Protection System (MIPS), which is the name of both the technology and the company behind it, claims to offer superior protection for your head. Major helmet manufacturers are starting to turn on to what is self-hailed as the "next generation" of helmet design.

House Holds Hearing To Review Financing Tools For Water Infrastructure

The Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, chaired by U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-OH), held a hearing this morning to review innovative approaches for financing community water infrastructure projects. This morning's hearing was the first in a two-part series of hearings on the subject, the second of which is tentatively scheduled for March.

House Passes Bill That Will Make Protesting Illegal at Secret Service Covered Events

The House of Representatives approved a bill on Monday that outlaws protests in instances where some government officials are nearby, whether or not you even know it.

HoverMast cam launches in 10 seconds

The HoverMast is a hovering surveillance machine that can be deployed from a small vehicle such as an armored SUV. The machine, developed by Sky Sapience and currently at the prototype stage, can be deployed to an altitude of up to 50 meters (164 feet) within 10-15 seconds.

Iran offers Pakistan 80,000 b/d crude on deferred payment -- official

Iran has offered Pakistan 80,000 b/d of crude oil on a three-month deferred payment plan, a government official said Wednesday.

Iran Says It Will Take Gold Over Dollars for Oil

Iran will accept gold and other currencies in place of dollars in an effort to end-run financial sanctions put into place by the United States and the European Union. Besides blocking oil sales, the two have made it harder for buyers of Iranian oil to use dollars to buy, despite oil being priced internationally in dollars.

Japan refiners want force majeure to cover Iran oil shipping ban

Japanese refiners have stepped up efforts to get an additional force majeure clause included in Iranian crude oil contracts that could be invoked if tankers cannot call on Iran's ports to lift barrels because of the loss of insurance cover, sources close to the matter told Platts Thursday.

Libertarians push helmet law repeal

The Motorcyclist Liberty Restoration Act currently before the Tennessee legislature would put an end to the helmet requirement for motorcycle riders 21 and older. Even though no state has repealed a helmet law since Pennsylvania did it in 2003, the rising popularity of libertarian ideas gives the anti-helmet movement a boost. Medical associations in the state are keeping a close watch on the legislation, which will be discussed Tuesday during a noon hearing before the House transportation subcommittee.

Much of the Produce in the Grocery is Nutrient Poor

Walk into your local grocery store's produce department, and you'll be bombarded with marketing messages telling you how fresh and healthy the fruits and veggies are.

Too bad it's all a big fat lie.

Multi-use solar collector inspired by lotus flower

This rather novel solar collector draws inspiration from the lotus flower to provide small-scale solar energy - both electric and thermal - to domestic and small business users.

New Czar Rising

The media is fixated on the GOP primaries and the American presidential campaign and giving scant attention to Russia's upcoming election on Sunday, March 4th. But the Russian vote may prove to be a bigger deal than our own.

No concealed weapon permit needed under SD legislation

State senators gave final legislative approval today to a major change in South Dakota’s concealed weapon laws: Adults wouldn’t need to apply for a permit anymore.

North Korea agrees to suspend uranium-enrichment program

In exchange for food.  Despite the State Department's announcement Wednesday that North Korea has agreed to suspend its uranium-enrichment program and long-range missile tests, Obama administration officials stress that the concession marks only modest progress toward its goal of denuclearizing North Korea.

Was U.S. Food Aid Deal with North Korea a Wasted Bribe?

North Korea will receive 240,000 tons of food aid from the United States in return for halting weapons tests and allowing inspectors back into one of its nuclear facilities in a deal announced on February 28. The agreement was hailed by the press as a major breakthrough in long-stalled nuclear talks, but several similar agreements have fallen through in the past after North Korea was caught cheating. Even if the North Koreans keep their word, the agreement covers only the Yongbyon nuclear complex — other nuclear facilities in North Korea will continue to operate and will not be subject to IAEA inspections, leading many to ask what the United States really gained.

North Korea Can Flood World With Fake U.S. Cash

Could North Korea print millions upon millions of nearly undetectable fake U.S. $100 bills and get away with it? They already do, points out one counterfeiting expert. And they seem poised to do more.

Obama Privacy Bill of Rights: Is It What the U.S. Needs Or Not?

The Obama Administration announced a privacy plan last week in hopes of increasing protections for consumer privacy. The Administration has been working toward this effort for several months and has created a framework consisting of a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights, a multi-stakeholder process to determine how the rights will apply to the context of business, an adequate enforcement model, and a commitment to strengthen interoperability between the privacy standards in the U.S. and its global partners.

Paying for a Nuclear Resurgence

If the United States is to see a nuclear power renaissance, rate increases in many states will kick in long before the plants are operational. For utility customers in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida they already have.

Pedal power keeps gym's lights on

A Hadley gym is the first private group fitness studio in the state to capture clean, renewable energy from high-intensity indoor cycling workouts.

Prudential Capital Group works with Santander to Fund Arizona Solar Project

Prudential Capital Group provided financing in the form of $121 million of long-term senior notes to LS Power for a new solar power generating project in Maricopa County, Ariz.

Qualifying homeowners can save big on solar installation

Bill Shearer has seen his monthly electric bill top $500 on occasion, but those days are just about over.

Renewable Energy from Food Wastes

Food waste is an untapped energy source which mostly ends up rotting in landfills thereby releasing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Food waste is difficult to treat or recycle since it contains high levels of sodium salt and moisture, and is mixed with other waste during collection.

Renewable Energy Industry Leaps into Mainstream Power Generation

There’s another exciting and invigorating development taking place this year. It is one that proves renewable energy has made it to the mainstream and it is happening in December.

Researchers Create the Largest See-Through Solar Module Ever Produced

Homeowners associations are notoriously resistant to solar, often banning roof-top installations that conflict with their aesthetic values. But what if you could install an invisible solar system on your home that no one knows is there?

Should Fossil Fuel Subsidies go to Green Energy?

President Obama is trying to renovate the country’s intricate tax system. He won’t succeed in time for the November election. But he might pull it off if he sticks around and can build on the existing bipartisan support to accomplish just that.

Sleeping Pills Boost Death Risk Fivefold

Commonly prescribed sleeping pills boost the risk of dying more than 300 percent, even among people who take fewer than 18 a year, says a study published in the online journal BMJ Open. The risk is even higher for those who take them more often. In addition, sleeping pills boost the risk of developing cancer.

Slowly but Surely, Japanese Tsunami Debris Is on its Way

Debris washed out to sea by the tsunami that hit Japan nearly a year ago has been making its way slowly across the Pacific Ocean, and according to an AP report some of it could reach remote islands north of Hawaii “any day now.” The debris is not expected to reach the atolls of Hawaii until late 2012 or early 2013. Sometime after that, some amount of debris will likely wash up on the west coast of the United States.

Solar farm passes Progress Energy test

Power generated by the Sorrento Solar Farm will have no negative impacts on Progress Energy Florida's transmission system, a study by the utility shows.

Study: Cheaper gas lowered emissions

Fewer emissions from U.S. power plants in 2009 were the result of cheaper prices of natural gas, reducing the industry's reliance on coal, researchers say.

As the United States tumbled into economic recession in that year, CO2 greenhouse gas emissions also fell by 6.59 percent relative to 2008, but the recession was not the main cause, researchers at Harvard University said.

Syria: Regime says troops have overrun rebel enclave in Homs

"Syrian forces overran a longtime rebel enclave in the battleground city of Homs, the government said Thursday, as the United Nations Security Council called on Syrian authorities to allow immediate humanitarian access to conflict-ridden areas of the country. The occupation of Homs' Baba Amr neighborhood, which became an international symbol of resistance, is an important victory for the Syrian military, though rebels continue to battle government forces in other parts of Homs and elsewhere in the country."

The Cooker in a Can

It's no secret our grandparents know how to do a lot more than the current generation. My own grandmother bakes with no recipes, cans food worth fighting over, and seems ready for anything all the time.

The cure for high gas prices and imported oil!  American natural gas!

Fuel at home or work without interrupting your schedule!     Cut out the middle man and save money using your own natural gas supply from your regulated utility!!

The Sunflower focuses sunlight where you want it

Some people have a cool, gloomy room in their house that receives little if any direct sunlight, even though it has a window. Should you be one of those people, and you want to save electricity, perhaps a home heliostat is what you need. Heliostats are motorized mirrored devices that move to compensate for the changing angle of the Sun as it moves across the sky, reflecting its rays onto a fixed target such as a window, photovoltaic panel, or solar oven.

Trump: US Is 'Saudi Arabia of Natural Gas' but OPEC Laughs at Us

The United States is "the Saudi Arabia of natural gas" and has no business buying pricey oil from OPEC producing-nations, says real estate mogul and one-time presidential hopeful Donald Trump.

Supply issues stemming from Middle East unrest coupled with refinery closures in the United States have lifted gasoline prices to a nationwide average of more than $3.70 a gallon, with most experts predicting that figure will easily top $4 a gallon.

Unusual Weather: Arctic Sea Ice Decline May Be Driving Snowy Winters Seen in Recent Years in N. Hemisphere

A new study led by the Georgia Institute of Technology provides further evidence of a relationship between melting ice in the Arctic regions and widespread cold outbreaks in the Northern Hemisphere. The study's findings could be used to improve seasonal forecasting of snow and temperature anomalies across northern continents.

US 30-year Fixed-rate Mortgage Averages 3.90 Percent

Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) yesterday released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS), showing fixed mortgage rates moving slightly lower for the week and remaining near their 60-year lows helping to keep homebuyer affordability high.

USCHPA Applauds Treatment of CHP in Bingaman CES Legislation

USCHPA Executive Director Jessica Bridges today commended Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) for introducing legislation to establish a national Clean Energy Standard (CES) that aptly recognizes the energy and environmental benefits of combined heat and power (CHP) and effectively incentivizes greater deployment of CHP in the American marketplace.

US crude imports from Canada reach record high 2.436 million b/d

US crude imports from Canada climbed to a record high 2.436 million b/d in December, data released by the US Energy Information Administration showed Wednesday.

USDA Decides the Current Rush to Rubber-Stamp GMO Foods Is Too Slow!

In an attempt to cut already too rapid approval times for genetically engineered seeds in half, the US Department of Agriculture will, under forthcoming rules (expected in March), give GE seed companies—including the Monsanto Company—faster regulatory reviews

US defends SPR's potential for quick response to oil-supply emergencies

The US government on Thursday pushed back against a prominent analyst's argument that major shifts in pipeline flows have left the country's emergency oil stockpile unable to quickly inject supplies into the market when needed.

Ed Morse, Citi Group's managing director and global head of commodity research, said last year's sale of 30.6 million barrels of stockpiled crude demonstrated the Strategic Petroleum Reserve's increasingly limited takeaway capacity.

US refiners scrutinize biodiesel producers in wake of bogus credits

After getting burned buying fake renewable fuel credits, US refiners have increased their scrutiny of biodiesel producers by visiting plants, examining feedstocks and sticking to larger, established players.

US Senate Democrat introduces clean energy standard bill

US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman on Thursday introduced a clean energy standard that would require the largest utilities to obtain by 2015 a percentage of the electricity they sell from clean energy sources, including renewables, natural gas, nuclear power and coal plants equipped with carbon capture and storage.

US to block foreign banks defying Iran sanctions

The U.S. Treasury warned foreign banks on Wednesday they could now be blocked from the country's financial system if they continued to deal with Iran's central bank for their non-oil transactions.

US Water Utilities Are Facing a Sea Change In Credit Quality as Supplies Dwindle

Based on current projections of population and economic growth, water use will be 40% greater in 2030 than the current sustainable supply, and a third of the world's population--mostly in developing countries--will face a deficit larger than 50%, according to a report just published on RatingsDirect. The report, titled, "Is The U.S. Water Sector Approaching A Tipping Point?" says that such a projected supply gap would be alarming under any conditions, but it is even more so considering that the water utility sector has historically been afflicted with insufficient planning, underinvestment, and inefficient markets.

Weale Reflects on What Lies Behind the Weakness in Consumption

Weale observes that recent indicators of economic activity have been positive and expresses concern about the persistence of inflation. Overall, he does not at present see any case for extending the asset programme further and notes that “the yield curve suggests that an increase in Bank Rate is not fully priced in until mid-2014. But, obviously, if the very real risks I see about inflation do materialise, then it is perfectly possible that the first rise will come earlier than that.”

What if That Day Comes

Footsteps downstairs in the hallway. The sound of a gun cocking. Then silence.

His heart was pounding. What to do?

He had a gun, but he never really thought he'd have to use it. At least, not like this

What is North America going to do with all this oil?

It was almost like a bidding war at the Platts North American Crude Marketing conference in Houston on its first day today, with bullish projections flying around the room on the ultimate impact the shale revolution would have on US and North American liquids production.

What Public Employee Unions are Doing to Our Country

I am a taxpayer in the People’s Republic of New Jerseystan. That makes me an authority on how public sector unions—especially at the state and local level—are thwarting economic growth, strangling the middle class, and generally hijacking the democratic process to serve their own ends rather than the public.

'Wind farm' beside Everglades gets initial go-ahead, despite bird concerns

The risk to endangered wood storks and Everglades snail kites, as well as bald eagles and flocks of other birds flying over western Palm Beach County prompted the Sierra Club, Audubon of Florida and other environmental advocates that normally support alternative energy to oppose the wind farm.

"We need more wind (energy) throughout our country and less fossil fuels," Zoning Commission Chairwoman Sherry Hyman said Thursday.



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