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October 30, 2012


5 reasons electric vehicles don't get buyers charged up illustrates a broader issue that confronts electric-vehicle owners throughout the country and is slowing the pace of EV adoption. There's just a smattering of publicly available charging stations throughout the U.S. Though more come online every day, charging infrastructure is still lagging.



An Aging Brain Can be Reversed - Overwhelming Medical Proof   

Forget what you've been told about losing brain function as you age - this tool looks at how the brain works, and 74,000 scans from 90 different countries have proven it's possible to recover, repair, and regain brain functionality that was previously lost...

Are Smart Meters Putting Your Home At Risk?

Since energy usage often drops to near zero when no one is home, intruders can use this data to help them determine whether anyone is in a home.

Aside from the U.S. Government’s Attempt at Genocide, what Has Caused the Most Egregious Cultural Harm to the Psyche of the American Indian People?

Pedophilia, which was an indirect consequence of the Boarding School system.

In the late 19th century, when Indians were forced onto reservations by the U.S. government, Indian children from the ages of 5 years onward were forcibly taken from their homes and placed in boarding schools run by religious denominations of all sorts, with the approval and sanctioning of the government.

As US Struggles, Mexico’s Economy Surges

Despite the drug violence that has dominated headlines, Mexico has a resilient and healthy economy that investors should be eyeing with interest. In the last 17 years, the Mexican economy has become one of the world’s most open and business growth has been steady despite the economic difficulties faced by some of the country’s biggest trading partners.

Buddhist monk declared world’s happiest man

As he grins serenely and his burgundy robes billow in the fresh Himalayan wind, it is not difficult to see why scientists declared Matthieu Ricard the happiest man they had ever tested.

The monk, molecular geneticist and confidant of the Dalai Lama, is passionately setting out why meditation can alter the brain and improve people’s happiness in the same way that lifting weights puts on muscle.

Canada's strongest earthquake in more than 60 years

Canada's strongest earthquake in more than 60 years has struck off British Columbia's coast. The magnitude 7.7 quake struck at 8:04 p.m. PT Saturday and was centered off Haida Gwaii, formerly the Queen Charlotte Islands. It could be felt as far away as Edmonton and Yukon.

Car Companies Shock Europe with News of Plant Closures

The deepening crisis in Europe’s automobile industry rippled throughout the continent in October as Ford (NYSE:F) unveiled plans to shutter three auto assembly and parts plants. The news highlighted the steep decline of an industry that is unlikely to recover in the near term, despite the efforts of governments.

China, India Q4 gasoil exports seen to surge 47% on year

Asia's two largest economies, China and India, could see combined gasoil exports surge 33-47% or 2 million-2.5 million mt year on year in the fourth quarter, up from 1.5 million-1.7 million mt in Q4 2011, amid a gloomy global economic outlook and increased refining capacity, traders said.

Composting adventures: Two for the show

It’s been a week since I sealed my bokashi compost bin. I can’t see what’s going on inside, but I assume the food scraps are happily fermenting away.

I’ve gotten used to saving food scraps; it feels strange, now, to throw them away or put them down my in-sink disposer. Strange and wasteful.

Crovel Tactical shovel digs holes, chops wood, impales zombies

The Crovel Tactical by Gearup Center is part lethal weapon and part outdoors multi-tool, packing three sharp edges, a saw, a spike, and a bottle opener into a compact three-pound (1.3-kg) shovel, which is correctly weighted for hurling like a throwing axe. With a keen eye on marketing, the company cites the Crovel Tactical as an ideal piece of kit for survivalists, campers, and budding zombie-slayers.

Dangers of Mercury Exposure

For 20 years, I have been testing my patients for heavy metal toxicity. After thousands of tests, I can assure you the vast majority of Americans have high levels of heavy metals, such as mercury, lead, arsenic, cadmium, and nickel.

Dealing With Diabetes Off The Grid

Any survivalist who is on regular prescription meds has one fear: what happens if things fall apart and you can't get medication?

If you're a diabetic and on daily medication for your condition, you know how serious it can be if you miss your meds.

Defkalion Posts Independent Data Showing 3x Overunity; NASA Blushes

he conclusions of the independent report are given as follows: (emphasis mine)

  1. Defkalion was able to demonstrate an excess of energy.
  2. They were able to demonstrate that they can fully control the reaction: starting it, stopping it, increasing and decreasing it.

Die Early with Sleeping Pills

A new study shows prescription sleeping pills bring an increased risk of dying early—or getting cancer. So why is FDA rubber-stamping such dangerous drugs?

Egypt’s President Supports Call to ‘Destroy the Jews’

A leading Jewish human rights group is once again calling on President Obama to sever ties with the Muslim Brotherhood after its former leader, new Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, was seen answering “amen” to a call to “destroy the Jews.”

Elections 2012: All Indians Are Democrats? Not in Oklahoma

There are some 24 members of the Oklahoma legislature who identify as tribal citizens, the most, by far, of any state. Most are Republicans, and are represented as members of the party’s leadership (as are the Democrats).

Germans & Russians Used Fluoride to Make Prisoners ‘Stupid & Docile’

“We discussed quite thoroughly the fluoridation of water supplies and how we were using it in Russia as a tranquilizer in the prison camps. The leaders of our school felt that if it could be induced into the American water supply, it would bring about a spirit of lethargy in the nation; where it would keep the general public docile during a steady encroachment of Communism. We also discussed the fact that keeping a store of deadly fluoride near the water reservoir would be advantageous during the time of the revolution, as it would give us opportunity to dump this poison into the water supply and either kill off the populace or threaten them with liquidation, so that they would surrender to obtain fresh water.

Harrison father shoots a man he found under his child's bed

Police say no charges will be filed against an Arkansas man who they say shot someone who tried to break into his home.

Officers say a man who lives on Fick street came home today to find Ryan Gingerich hiding under his child's bed. Wtnesses say Ginerich had a wrecking bar and a screwdriver in his hands. The homeowner ran to get a gun and Gingerich jumped out a window. Police say Ginerich didn't stop when the homeowner told him to, so he was shot.    

Iceberg Breakup

Icebergs start as ice sheets attached to the land or a glacier. They are large monsters of solid ice but they do break off the ice sheet before they float out to sea. How do they break up afterwards at sea?  An international team of scientists has discovered a previously unknown mechanism by which large tabular icebergs break up out at sea as part of a study carried out on the Peterman Iceberg in Baffin Bay over the summer. Scientists observed that the gradual creation of a huge underwater ice foot produced so much buoyancy that it broke large chunks off the main iceberg thus causing the iceberg to slowly disintegrate. This discovery was captured on camera as a film crew followed the expedition for Operation Iceberg.

Ikea plans to use 70% renewable energy by 2020

Using renewable energy is not new to Ikea. The company owns wind farms in six European countries and has 342,000 solar panels on its stores, warehouses and factories that generate 27% of the company's electricity, Reuters reported.

Injection Wells: The Poison Beneath Us

Over the past several decades, U.S. industries have injected more than 30 trillion gallons of toxic liquid deep into the earth, using broad expanses of the nation’s geology as an invisible dumping ground.

No company would be allowed to pour such dangerous chemicals into the rivers or onto the soil. But until recently, scientists and environmental officials have assumed that deep layers of rock beneath the earth would safely entomb the waste for millennia.

Investors Worth $800 Billion Lobby for Wind Energy Tax Credit

Two dozen investors with more than $800 billion in assets under management are urging an immediate extension of the production tax credit for renewable energy, which expires December 31. The investors say this tax credit supports the U.S. wind industry by creating economic benefits for wind power producers and their suppliers.

Japan quake-hit nuclear plant "may still be leaking radiation" into sea

The operator of Japan's quake-struck Fukushima nuclear power plant said on Friday it could not rule out the possibility that it may still be leaking radiation into the sea.

Mark Mobius: Yuan Not Ready for Prime Time as World’s Reserve Currency

With the U.S. economy on its heels and China still growing more than 7 percent, some analysts have speculated that the renminbi could one day replace the dollar as the world’s primary reserve currency.

Don’t bet on it in the near future, says Mark Mobius, executive chairman of Templeton Emerging Markets Group.

New Research Suggests Humans Can Sense Future Events Without Any Known Clues

Researchers already know that our subconscious minds sometimes know more than our conscious minds. Physiological measures of subconscious arousal, for instance, tend to show up before conscious awareness that a deck of cards is stacked against us.

Obama Curtails Drilling in Oil-Rich Alaskan Reserve

The Obama administration, citing environmental concerns, has banned drilling on half of the vast National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska in a move decried even by Alaska’s congressional delegation.

Oil sector disruption caused by Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy is currently heading north towards the US mid-Atlantic coastline, packing maximum sustained winds of around 85 mph, according to an update from the US National Hurricane Center at 0900 GMT Monday.

The storm has already caused substantial disruption to oil market infrastructure. Below is a summary of the main impact so far:

Pimco's Kashkari: Recession Avoidable if Congress Behaves

Lawmakers can steer the economy away from a recession next year even by striking even a less-than-optimal agreement that averts the fast-approaching fiscal cliff, but brinkmanship and bickering could mean otherwise, said Neel Kashkari, head of global equities at fund giant Pimco.

Prius best-seller in California

Auto Data Corp. which keeps track of automotive statistics from sales to promotions, said the Toyota Prius has become the bestselling vehicle in California, the nation's single largest vehicle market.

Report: CIA Operators’ Requests for Help Refused During Fatal Libyan Attack

In urgent request from the CIA for military back-up during the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya and another assault hours later was denied by U.S. officials. These same officials also told CIA officers twice to “stand down” rather than help the Americans when shots were heard that night in Benghazi.

Report of Solar-Geophysical Activity

B6 flare.  No Earth-directed CMEs were detected during the reporting
period.  Solar activity is expected to be low with a slight chance for M-class flares. The geomagnetic field is expected to be quiet on day 1 (30 October).  Quiet conditions are expected again on day 2 (31 October) until the arrival of the CMEs from 27/28 October, when there is a chance for active conditions late in the period.  Active conditions are again likely with a chance for minor storm conditions on day 3 (01 November).

Report Urges New Bans on Firearms

President Obama has been largely silent about gun control during his first term, but many gun owners have expressed concerns that he would address the issue if he is re-elected and no longer constrained by re-election worries.

Gun control advocates who have also stayed relatively quiet during Obama’s first term are already coming forward. The Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research has issued a new report whose recommendations include the regulation of gun designs and banning “problem drinkers” from owning firearms.

Runoff from Iowa Farms Growing Concern in Gulf

Nitrates from the fertilizer and manure that Iowa's farmers apply to their fields, mixed with sewage and runoff from suburban lawns, flow 800 miles down the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico.

There, the potent blend feeds algae that bloom, die and decompose, robbing the Gulf's waters of oxygen and creating a so-called dead zone - also known as hypoxia - each summer along Louisiana and Texas. Shellfish and other creatures capable of moving to more hospitable waters do so.

Russia: Putin Creates World’s Largest Oil Company

Exxon Mobil (XOM) has been displaced as the world’s largest oil company due to the acquisition by state-owned Russian oil giant Rosneft of TNK-BP, a Russian oil firm owned jointly by BP (NYSE: BP, London: BP) and a group of Russian billionaires. Politics and patronage appear to have played a significant role in the ascent of Rosneft, which is run by Putin’s close friend Igor Sechin. This deal raises major concerns about how Putin will use his control of Rosneft, now the world’s largest oil company, and the potential for corruption.

Scientists Turn Fresh Air into Petrol

No doubt, the name and concept "Air Fuel" strikes the "magic" button in the head, but I knew the second I heard it, and that it was covered in the mainstream press, that it would just be a matter of chemistry, and probably not very practical. ...

The company hopes that within two years, it will build a larger, commercial-scale plant capable of producing a ton of petrol a day. It also plans to produce green aviation fuel to make airline travel more carbon-neutral.

Spain austerity: Thousands join new budget cuts protest

Thousands of people have joined fresh protests in the Spanish capital, Madrid, angered by budget cuts and calling on the government to quit.

Demonstrators held a minute's silence with their backs to parliament, then shouted "resign" with fists clenched.

Superstorm Sandy slams Northeast, triggers massive blackouts and flooding

Superstorm Sandy slammed into the New Jersey coastline with 80 mph winds Monday night and hurled an unprecedented 13-foot surge of seawater at New York City, flooding its tunnels, subway stations and the electrical system that powers Wall Street. At least 16 U.S. deaths were blamed on the storm, which brought the presidential campaign to a halt a week before Election Day.

Survey: Jobless Rate Probably Rose in October Amid Lax Hiring

The jobless rate probably rose in October as U.S. employers kept a tight rein on payrolls with the nation closing in on the so-called fiscal cliff, economists said before a report this week.

The Bitter Seeds of Monsanto's Legacy: Debt, Death, and Global Destruction

  • Bitter Seeds raises critical questions about the human cost of genetically modified agriculture and the future of how we grow our food and other essential crops
  • The film couldn’t be more timely, as California stands poised to vote on Proposition 37, which would require genetically engineered foods to be labeled, on November 6

Tibet's burning: 7 self-immolations in 7 days

The number of Tibetans who self-immolated in the last one week is now seven, rights groups have said, adding that news of two more cases that took place in the Tibetan Autonomous Region earlier this week only coming out on late Saturday.

TSA pulls naked body scanners out of key airports

still refuses to submit to third-party safety testing

After months of complaints, negative feedback, bad press and no small amount of controversy, the Transportation Security Administration has announced it will begin removing its naked body scanners out of key airports around the country.

US DOE: 26% of Northeast refining capacity shut, rest is cut back

The US Department of Energy said Monday that 26% of the Northeast's 1.17 million b/d of petroleum refining capacity is shut and the remaining four plants are running at reduced rates while Hurricane Sandy approaches the region.

U.S. Personal Spending Up 0.8% in September

  • US personal spending rose a stronger than expected 0.8% in September 2012 following 0.5% and 0.4% increases in August and July, respectively. Market expectations were for a 0.6% gain in September.
  • Personal income rose 0.4% in September

Utility scale renewables: The new normal?

If utilities aren't thinking seriously about renewable energy, they'd better start. Renewable energy is quickly moving from an initiative of progressive "green" utilities to an industry imperative. And it brings with it serious challenges -- and benefits -- for utilities and consumers alike.

Vicious Superstorm Sandy Smashes U.S. Northeast Cities

After claiming 69 lives in the Caribbean countries it ravaged last week, Hurricane Sandy struck land near Atlantic City, New Jersey about 8 pm Monday night. Four hours later, 11 more people have lost their lives to the howling winds and flooding rains of the enormous storm.

Victims Outraged as Feds Refuse to Call Fort Hood Attack Terrorism

Victims of the 2009 shooting at Fort Hood in Texas that killed 13 people and wounded dozens more are outraged that the U.S. government refuses to classify it as an act of terrorism.

What do Food Labels Really Mean?

So how do you know if a food label is accurate – or even true? Fortunately some of the terms and claims used on food labels are legally defined.

What's A Lake Doing In The Middle Of The Desert?

One place you don't expect to see waves lapping against the shore is in the middle of a desert. But that's exactly what's happening deep inside the United Arab Emirates, where a recently formed lake is nestled into the sand dunes, and a new ecosystem is emerging.

Why Hurricane Sandy Has Morphed into a 'Frankenstorm' -- And Why We Should Get Used to Catastrophic Weather

Here's how manmade carbon pollution is making many of the most destructive kinds of extreme weather events -- Frankenstorms -- more frequent and more intense.

Wrecked ship's owners plead guilty, fined in New Zealand

The owners of a ship which smashed into a reef off a popular New Zealand holiday spot, causing the country's worst environmental disaster in decades, pleaded guilty to causing marine pollution and were fined on Friday.


October 26, 2012


4th Tibetan in week self-immolates in China

A U.S.-based rights group says a 24-year-old Tibetan farmer has become the fourth man to set himself on fire this week in a far western Chinese county to protest against Chinese rule.

80 Million People Can’t Be Wrong

I'm a little concerned about this next election. As a gun owner, I'm joined by 80 million other adult gun owners across this nation who share my trepidation. Gun manufacturers can't keep up with firearm demand, and national retailers like Cabela's and the Bass Pro Shops are planning huge inventory increases should the president win re-election. In fact, firearms background checks have risen 200% during these past four years of the Obama administration as people snatch up weapons in anticipation of more gun control laws. And they have a right to be worried. Gun confiscation has happened before in this country.

ADHD Drugs Prescribed to Poor Children to ‘Help’ in School

Medicating children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a double-edged sword, not only because of the steep health risks posed by the medications themselves, but also because many kids labeled with "ADHD" actually do not have ADHD at all.

Americans favor water recycling, but there's an "ick factor"

Most Americans have scant understanding about their water supply, but they are concerned about it, and believe recycling water gives the United States an advantage over other countries, a survey said on Tuesday.

However, Americans are less accepting of drinking recycled wastewater in a practice known as toilet-to-tap, the survey found.

AWEA Reports 2012 the Strongest Year on Record for U.S. Wind Energy, Continued Success Uncertain

There's evidence that the wind's picking up, and it's not all hot air. According to a report published on October 17 by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), 2012 has been a record year for the development of wind power within the United States. The U.S. wind industry has surpassed 50,000 megawatts of electrical power generation capacity, with a total of 4,728 megawatts added this year alone and another 8,430 megawatts in active development throughout 29 states and Puerto Rico.

Bacteria Evolution

The ancestors of modern bacteria were single-celled microorganisms that were the first forms of life to appear on Earth, about 4 billion years ago. For about 3 billion years, all organisms were microscopic, and bacteria and archaea were the dominant forms of life. Bacteria have a bad rap as agents of disease, but scientists are increasingly discovering their many benefits, such as maintaining a healthy gut. A new study now suggests that bacteria may also have helped kick off one of the key events in evolution: the leap from one-celled organisms to many-celled organisms, a development that eventually led to all larger multicelled animals, including humans.

Beware Of 'Taxmageddon'

Uncertainty is never good for any market or economy, and the water and wastewater industry is no exception. The tenuous status of the current U.S. tax rates and whether they will be allowed to expire at the end of this calendar year should be sounding alarms throughout our industry. Unless the President and Congress enact tax extender legislation to maintain the current rates, we will be facing as a nation what many people are calling “Taxmageddon” and its uncertain fallout.

Buffett: Global Economy Clearly Slowing as US ‘Inching Ahead’

The global economy is definitely cooling, although the United States is managing to inch along, said Berkshire Hathaway Chief Executive Warren Buffett.

The U.S. housing sector is showing signs of life, which will keep the world's largest economy in recovery mode, while stocks are still the best place for investors to keep their money, despite earnings from large U.S. companies like Caterpillar, 3M and DuPont that point to a cooler global economy.

Cell Phones All Contain Toxics: Older Ones the Most

All 36 cell phones torn apart in a new study to identify which phones are the most toxic, tested positive for chemical hazards such as lead and mercury.

CHAMP missile test flight knocks out electronic devices with a burst of energy

CHAMP, which stand for Counter-electronics High-powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project, is a cruise missile that replaces an explosive weapon with a sort of “death ray” for electronics. The effect is similar to Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) bombs that show up in James Bond films and give military planners nightmares about computer networks being disabled in a split second.

China: Cautious Optimism for Economy Despite GDP Drop

As China prepares for a once-in-a-decade leadership transition with the Party Congress that opens on November 8, economic forecasts leave much to be desired. In news that Beijing will probably attempt to downplay, China’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) announced on October 18 that the Chinese economy slowed for the seventh consecutive quarter to the lowest level in 13 years. However, other data provided reasons for cautious optimism for a turnaround in the Chinese economy in the coming months.

China Jockeying for Position in the Sea of Japan

China’s announcement that it is leasing a North Korean port on the Sea of Japan is adding fuel to the fire of regional territorial disputes. China claims the move is for purely economic reasons. However, China routinely asserts its political and diplomatic policies via passive-aggressive economic means, and this development has real implications not just for Japan, but for South Korea and Russia as well.

China’s oil demand bounces back

China's apparent oil demand* rose 9.1% year on year in September to 40.12 million metric tons (mt), or an average 9.8 million barrels per day (b/d), the highest on record, a just-released Platts analysis of recent Chinese government data showed.

Consumers blame utilities for water scarcity

Many water utility executives are concerned that demand for water will soon outstrip supply and say that wasteful consumer behavior is the biggest threat to the supply.

On the contrary, new research from GE reveals that Americans blame large industries (74 percent), agriculture (69 percent), and utilities and power companies (67 percent) for contributing an "extreme amount" or "quite a bit" to water scarcity.

Deadly Hurricane Sandy Blows North; U.S. East Coast on Alert

Hurricane Sandy howled across the Bahamas on Thursday as a powerful Category 2 storm, packing winds up to 105 miles per hour and moving north at about 20 mph. The storm is forecast to reach the northwestern Bahamas and be felt in Florida tonight, says the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

Double Standard: Women Must Typically Work Harder to Lose Weight

Muscle tissue burns three to five times more energy than fat tissues, so as you gain muscle, your metabolic rate increases, which allows you to burn more calories, even when you're sleeping or physically inactive. Perhaps because of their greater muscle mass, a man's resting metabolic rate can be up to 10 percent higher than a woman's (of the same age and weight),1 giving them a weight-loss advantage right out of the gate

Duke Energy readies advanced coal gasifier

With construction of Duke Energy’s (NYSE: DUK) Edwardsport coal gasification power plant virtually complete, extensive testing is under way to prepare for commercial operations next year, Duke said.

Egypt: Disillusionment of Morsi Growing

Recent protests in Egypt over the last week are the latest sign of growing disillusionment with President Mohammed Morsi and suggest that whatever presidential honeymoon he may have had is over. Four months into his term, Morsi has raised his international profile, but domestic issues remain largely unresolved. More demonstrations are likely in coming months over a new constitution and the government’s failure to improve the lives of Egyptians and meet their sky-high expectations from last year’s Arab Spring revolution.

Elevated Indoor Carbon Dioxide Impairs Decision-Making Performance

Overturning decades of conventional wisdom, researchers at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have found that moderately high indoor concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) can significantly impair people's decision-making performance. The results were unexpected and may have particular implications for schools and other spaces with high occupant density.

Emails Told WH of Terrorist Claim Two Hours After Libya Attack

Officials at the White House and State Department were advised two hours after attackers assaulted the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11 that an Islamic militant group had claimed credit for the attack, official emails show.

“Expert” Detractors on California Prop 37 are Shills for Big Biotech

All eyes are on California where Proposition 37, which would require labeling of foods produced using genetic engineering. It will be put to voters on November 6th. In recent weeks, the battle over GMO labeling has taken an ugly turn. In a true David versus Goliath battle, the opposition will apparently stop at nothing to defeat the measure.

Federal officials probing solar company for fraud

The U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service are looking into the possible misuse of a federal solar rebate program by at least one mainland solar company that operates in the Hawaii market.

Fed Vows to Keep Stimulating Economy Until Job Market Improves

The Federal Reserve on Wednesday stuck to its plan to keep stimulating U.S. growth until the job market improves even as it acknowledged some parts of the economy were looking a bit better.

First Ever Observed Charged Particle Flare from Galactic Center

NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR), has caught its first look at the giant black hole parked at the center of our galaxy. The observations show the typically mild-mannered black hole during the middle of a flare-up.

Fossil fuel production heats up

The United States will produce more energy from fossil fuels than ever before this year, according to a data analysis by a University of Michigan economics professor.

Fukushima situation stable but still precarious: regulator

The situation at Japan's stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant has been stabilized but is still precarious, more than a year and a half after disaster struck, a senior Japanese regulatory official said on Wednesday.

Global Risk Appetite Still on the Rise

Global risk appetite continues to improve. The CS index is still below the early 2012 LTRO-induced euphoria, but is on the rise nevertheless. The dotted line indicates "panic" level, which is exactly where the index was a year ago.

Good News:  Egypt Persuades Hamas to Stop Firing Rockets at Israel.  But Why?

Good news on Israel’s southern border today: In a strange but welcome twist, the government of Egypt stepped in last night and actually persuaded Hamas and other pro-Iran terror groups to cease their fire of rockets and mortars against Israel. Could the truce be broken? Yes. Could Hamas and the other terror groups change their mind? Yes. But for now, things are mostly quiet again. This is positive but surprising on several levels.

Government Keeps Medicine in the Dark Ages, Part 3

Whether low-tech or high-tech, there are many exciting new frontiers in medicine. But how much of it will one-size-fits-all regulators and their corporate cronies allow to see the light of day?

Harper’s China-Canada Deal Overrides Environmental Protections

To attract Chinese investment for development of the Alberta oil sands and other natural resources, Prime Minister Stephen Harper is pushing through a treaty that gives away Canadian legislative and judicial sovereignty with no public debate, warns a Canadian international investment law expert and law professor.

How can OPEC agree output policy if it has trouble choosing a secretary general?

Appointing a secretary general to run OPEC’s Vienna headquarters should be easy. It never is. The job is technically an administrative one, but political rivalries between key producers have overshadowed the appointment process for years.

How Much Do U.S. Tax Benefits Cost per kWh of Solar Production?

Many frequently wonder: what is the cost to the taxpayer/ratepayer of the various benefits (federal, state, utility) bestowed on renewable energy projects, and is there a more cost-effective way to support these fledgling technologies? Also, how do U.S. support structures compare in cost to other places, say, Germany, which incentivizes investment in renewable technologies through feed-in tariffs (FITs)?

How Tumors Exploit Gut Flora to Fuel Growth, and the Surprising Finding that Chemotherapy Boosts Resistant Cancer

Could your gut flora play a role in cancer growth? According to recent research, the answer is a tentative yes.

Findings published in the journal Nature1 report the discovery of microbial-dependent mechanisms through which some cancers mount an inflammatory response that fuels their development and growth. These findings provide new insight into how cancer cells can hijack your body's inflammatory reaction by exploiting microbial-dependent immune cells.

Indian Country Reacts to Russell Means Passing

His tribe, the Oglala Sioux, have passed a proclamation declaring June 26 as Russell Means Day.

“It is our belief that Russell Means should be honored as a respected elder for his life-long accomplishments, dedication, and patriotism to the Oglala Sioux Tribe,” said John W. Yellow Bird Steele, the tribe’s president in the proclamation.

Investors want renewable energy production tax credit extension

Investors have called upon Congress to immediately extend the Production Tax Credit for renewable power.

Bolstered by the PTC, wind has accounted for 35 percent of newly installed electricity generation capacity in the U.S. over the last five years. Production costs are down more than 90 percent since 1980. But when the PTC

Iran Warns Against Attack With Satellite Jamming

With advanced signals warfare systems provided by Russia, Iran has been able to interfere with recent satellite transmissions, censoring news about its economy that it doesn’t want Iranians to see. This and other related actions show that Iran is not only technologically prepared for signals warfare, but also that it wants to make sure that the United States and Israel know that it is.

Iraq: Attacks Kill 12, Including Schoolboy

A 9-year-old schoolboy was among at least 12 people that insurgents killed across Iraq on Wednesday, rattling nerves ahead of a holiday weekend.

Violence has declined since the height of Iraq's insurgency, but the attacks once again showed that Sunni extremists seeking to undermine the Shiite-led government remain a lethal challenge to Iraq's security.

Is America Exceptional?   

ONCE UPON A TIME, hardly anyone dissented from the idea that, for better or worse, the United States of America was different from all other nations. This is not surprising, since the attributes that made it different were vividly evident from the day of its birth. Let me say a few words about three of them in particular.

ISRAEL: More than 80 rocket attacks on Wednesday alone

Terrorists in Gaza have escalated their war against Israel. Just today, more than 80 rockets, missiles and mortars have been fired from Gaza at civilian population centers in southern Israel. Israeli schools in the south have all been closed. Residents are being told to stay in or near their bomb shelters

Japan takes leap into offshore wind power

Wind turbines have become a familiar sight in the blustery port of Choshi on the eastern tip of the Kanto Plain, but this 126-meter-tall machine is different. Besides being one of the biggest wind turbines in Japan, it stands in the ocean, ready to take advantage of steady marine winds.

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Major blackouts less likely with smart-grid tech: NYISO official

Greater monitoring of the grid made possible by smart-grid investments funded by New York agencies and utilities and the US Department of Energy mean operators could avoid a major blackout such as the one that struck the Northeast in 2003, the head of the New York Independent System Operator said Wednesday.

Major US Cities at Risk as Cartel Joins Forces With MS-13

The ultra-violent street gang MS-13 has been fingered by the U.S. Treasury Department as a transnational criminal organization, but LIGNET believes that future law enforcement victories gained by freezing the group’s financial activities could be offset by its new “joint venture” with a deadly Mexican drug cartel. The Los Zetas cartel has reportedly engaged in the training of MS-13 gunmen in Mexico and there are signs of joint criminal activity between the cartel and MS-13 in Guatemala that could potentially spread beyond Central America into America’s border region.

Man-Made Quake

Groundwater extraction triggered the 11 May 2011 Lorca earthquake in southern Spain, suggests a study published online this week in Nature Geoscience. The study highlights the influence of human-induced perturbations to the Earth's crust on seismic activity.

Maui County pays fine over alleged landfill air violations

Maui County has agreed to pay a $380,000 fine, implement enhanced gas monitoring and build a renewable energy wind farm to resolve alleged violations of air pollution laws at the Central Maui Landfill in Puunene, Hawaii.

Maya Demand an End to Doomsday Myth

As ECM has stated in every article related to the Mayan calendar - and the date Dec. 21st 2012. There will be no difference on Dec. 20th or 23rd. The ending of one cycle and the beginning of another "does not" reflect the notion of flipping a light switch. However, Mayan prophecy and new modern scientific findings do parallel in many ways.

Melting Greenland

The Greenland ice sheet is a vast body of ice covering 660,235 square miles, roughly 80% of the surface of Greenland. It is the second largest ice body in the world, after the Antarctic Ice Sheet. The ice sheet is almost 1,500 miles long in a north-south direction, and its greatest width is 680 miles. The mean altitude of the ice is 7,005 feet. And it is all melting. Freshwater losses in Greenland have accelerated since the early 1990s, with the south-east of the island seeing losses rise by 50 per cent in less than 20 years, according to new research from the University of Bristol.

Newly Launched Hanwha Q.CELLS Becomes World's Third Largest Solar Manufacturer

In one swift move, Korean business conglomerate Hanwha Group has officially positioned itself as the third largest solar manufacturer in the world. With the purchase of bankrupt solar cell manufacturer Q.CELLS, the newly launched entity – appropriately named Hanwha Q.CELLS – now claims ownership of a total of 2.3 gigawatts of manufacturing capacity across Germany, Malaysia and China. That multinational position also puts Hanwha in the unique position of being able to deliver supply to any region in the world without concern over trade sanctions.

North Korean Threats Over Leaflet Balloons Reflect Wider Problems

A balloon launch this week by South Korean activists to drop 120,000 leaflets on North Korea promoting democracy sparked unusually harsh threats by the North Korean regime that probably reflect its economic problems and growing isolation. Pyongyang has engaged in similar rhetoric this year, including a threat to attack President Lee’s offices. The South Korean government wants to stop activities like leaflet balloon launches, believing they are unnecessary provocations of the North Korean government that could eventually lead to a military incident.

No Surprises from the Fed in October

The FOMC left policy unchanged at its October meeting, with the target range for the fed funds rate kept at 0.00% to 0.25%.

NRG Energy, SunPower Energize First 22 Megawatts of 250-Megawatt California Valley Solar

Once completed, CVSR will power a yearly average of 100,000 homes with clean, renewable solar energy, while protecting and conserving more than 12,000 acres of land in and around the Carrizo Plain in southeastern San Luis Obispo County, about 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Electricity from CVSR is being sold to PG&E through 25-year power purchase agreements.

Obama administration lays out details of upcoming Gulf oil, gas lease sale

The Obama administration on Thursday released the final details of a western Gulf of Mexico oil and natural gas lease sale planned for November.

The lease sale, scheduled for November 28 in New Orleans, will cover 20.8 million acres off the coast of Texas, according to the US Department of the Interior.

Obama, Romney offer vastly different visions of the nation's energy future

President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney offer vastly different visions of the nation's energy future that have key implications for Silicon Valley, which has reinvented itself as a global center of clean technology.

Peer Pressure Pushing Climate Change Stroller

Ok, so the subject of climate change didn’t come up during any of the three presidential debates. Can we then conclude that any movement in that direction will get elbowed out over the next four years? Nope.

Plastic bags used in laying roads in India

A few trial roads have been paved successfully by combining waste plastic with bitumen.

QE3 Begins

MBS on Fed's balance sheet.  (graph)

Rains help shrink drought but High Plains still parched

Many areas of the drought-stricken United States continued to see improvement over the last week as steady rains started recharging parched soils, but for key agricultural areas of the U.S. Heartland, there was little relief, according to a climatology report issued Thursday.

Report of Solar-Geophysical Activity

a few low-level C-class events.  did not produce any flares during the period. . a chance for M-class events for the next three days
(26 - 28 Oct). The geomagnetic field is expected to be quiet for the next three days (26 - 28 Oct).

"Responsibility: The Key To Safety"

Taking responsibility for our actions is a part of the very fabric of our nation.  America was built by men and women who believed in the worth of freedom, and they took on the responsibility of fighting for and protecting this great cause.  In the same way, I believe that good people like you are doing the same thing.  You’re taking responsibility for yourself, your loved ones, and your community by carrying a gun for protection from those who prey on the innocent and un-expecting. And for that, I applaud you.

Reverse Pres. Obama's Amnesty & Work Permits; Arizona needs those jobs

With more Americans unemployed than at any time since the Great Depression, President Obama is making it easier for illegal aliens to take American jobs. That's right: With 20 million Americans having trouble finding work, President Obama's bypassed Congress to unilaterally give amnesty and work permits to 2-3 million illegal aliens currently in the United States. It means more job competition and wage depression for the working class and fewer jobs for returning veterans and recent graduates.

REX gas flows drop 33% this month due to Marcellus, spreads West

Rockies Express Pipeline flows have dropped 33% this month alone as Marcellus Shale supplies continue to displace Rockies gas from Eastern markets and recent wintry weather in the region kept supplies local.

Rice and Global Warming

Rice is the most important grain with regard to human nutrition and caloric intake in the world, providing more than one fifth of the calories consumed worldwide by the human species. Without rice and the world will be a much different place. More carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, coupled with rising temperatures, is making rice agriculture a larger source of the potent greenhouse gas methane, according to a study published in Nature Climate Change by a research team that includes a University of California, Davis, plant scientist. The authors note that relatively simple changes in rice cultivation could help reduce methane emissions.

Russell Means Begins His Final Journey as Family and Supporters Gather for First of Four Memorials

A horse riding with an empty saddle stands outside Little Wound High School in Kyle, South Dakota after traveling down the Big Foot Trail from Porcupine during an honoring service for American Indian Movement activist Russell Means on Wednesday, October 24. The horse saddle was left empty in memory of Means, who passed away on Monday. He was 72.

Russia Revives Rail-Based ICBMs to Bolster Nuclear Arsenal

Russia’s recent announcement that it is interested in creating a new rail-based system to use as a mobile launch platform for nuclear missiles is troubling on many levels, but most of all in what it says about how Russia sees itself in the world. Insecure about its diminishing power vis-à-vis the United States and paranoid about China’s growing leverage in Asia, Russia’s new aggressive stance has not gone unnoticed in Washington and Beijing.

Saudi Arabia to generate record-high oil revenues in 2012: investment bank

Higher crude prices and increased production will enable Saudi Arabia to collect a record Saudi Riyals 1.08 trillion ($288 billion) in oil revenue in 2012, 4% higher than last year, Riyadh-based Jadwa Investments said in a report to clients Wednesday.

Science and Spirituality -  Soul Searching 

Soul is a name given by the spiritually-inclined to the life giving substance. The word itself does not describe its composition. Given that spirituality has traditionally probed this question in great detail, can science provide a parallel?

Sensors could monitor reactors in disaster

U.S. researchers say they've created self-powered sensors that could monitor a nuclear reactor in a disaster even when electrical power to the reactor fails.

Solar and Wind Energy Provide 100% New US Electrical Capacity in September

According to the latest "Energy Infrastructure Update" report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office of Energy Projects, 433 MW of new electrical generating capacity was added in the U.S. in September -- all from solar and wind sources. The total consisted of five wind projects totaling 300 MW and 18 solar projects totaling 133 MW.

Solar power said viable in snowy regions

Although a layer of snow can cause a solar-cell blackout for a period, not many regions experience heavy snow for more than a few months, they said, and even in midwinter panels don't usually stay snow-covered for long.

Solyndra bankruptcy plan approved over U.S. objections

Solyndra, the solar panel maker that failed despite a $528 million federal loan, on Monday won court approval for its plan to repay creditors and end its politically charged bankruptcy, after a judge overruled objections by the U.S. government.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Mary Walrath in Delaware rejected the government argument that the plan was improper because its main purpose was to provide tax breaks.

Some neighborhoods don't take a shine to solar power

Rodney Malisos never thought putting solar panels on his Liberty house would be controversial.

He was so wrong.

The world needs more waste-to-energy plants, gasification technology

Green technology is developing. Not only would the economy become greener but thousands of jobs would also have been created from enterprising individuals all over the United Kingdom in the creation, science, and development let alone the installation of all technologies.

Top U.S. Court Rejects Chevron’s Appeal in Ecuador Pollution Case

Chevron today lost its U.S. Supreme Court bid to block global enforcement of a $19 billion judgment by an Ecuadorean court in a long legal fight over contamination of the Amazon rainforest.

Tracking the Advances in Solar Charge Controllers

Recently, there has been an increase in popularity for off-grid solar systems for independence from utilities and grid-interactive systems for flexibility to easily switch from drawing from the grid when it's up or switching to off-grid power from other sources when the grid is down. This has resulted in more attention being paid to the technology providing the battery storage for backup power -- the solar charge controller. If you work in the energy industry, or more specifically, in the cleantech energy industry, chances are you have a good understanding of solar charge controllers.

Treatments for Early-Onset Dementia Are on the Horizon, Experts Say at AAAS Briefing

Dementia usually is considered a disease of the elderly, but Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia are detected in many who are younger than 65, and early diagnosis of the disorders can be elusive, a leading specialist on dementias told a recent Capitol Hill briefing hosted by AAAS.

Tuna-Loving Kids at Risk of Mercury Poisoning

Children who love to eat tuna fish may be at greater risk of mercury poisoning than anyone has realized, finds the first study on mercury in school lunches published Wednesday by the Mercury Policy Project.

U.S. Mortgage Rates Relatively Unchanged

Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) yesterday released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing fixed mortgage rates moving slightly higher while continuing to remain near their all-time lows helping to support the housing market.

Watchdog Agency Weighs In on Whether Shale Gas Drilling is Safe

Newfound shale gas deposits are getting touted as the next economic tidal wave that will carry the country to prosperity. True?

Weakness the Eurozone Credit Growth Persists; Stark Contrast with the U.S.

Tight credit conditions continue to persist in the Eurozone, inhibiting growth and dampening plans for fiscal consolidation.

What is the Most Difficult Issue Facing the Solar Industry?

The biggest challenge facing the solar industry is politicization, which is to be expected in an election year. However, solar is an unusually partisan issue. Ironically, solar energy is now more cost-effective than nuclear, which was heavily government-subsidized for generations.

Will We Let Industrial Farming Interests Set Us Up for Long-Run Mass Starvation?

The order allows DNR to seize and destroy non-conforming animals—some farmers’ principal livelihood and what remains of porcine genetic diversity—and will not compensate farmers whose pigs are destroyed. Even pet pigs could be in danger.

Wind energy forum brings hundreds

It was standing room only in the Recreation Park on Tuesday night -- with "BP Go Home" protesters occupying one side and green-shirted Voters for Wind filling the other.

Words of Wisdom

Forwarded message on Internet

(messages like:  You cannot save the planet, but you may be able to save yourself and your family.)


October 23, 2012


5 Weird and Frightening Effects of Fracking You May Not Know About

We know fracking has environmental and health damages, but there are other terrifying consequences.

9 Million Mortgages Still Underwater

As we finally begin to see improvements in the US housing market, it is important to note that we still have roughly 9 million mortgages that are "underwater" (the mortgage balance is higher than the value of the home). That's almost one fifth of the overall market.

6.6 Mwp - VANUATU

7,500 swell coal rally crowd

"I know my dad," Matt Romney said to a crowd of 7,500 people gathered for the rally. Consol estimated the number attending the rally by counting the cars entering the Poplar Gap Park concert venue. "He is someone who cares about this great nation." He said his father had a singular reason for seeking the presidency. "It was his time to give back," he said.

America at the Crossroads -- Two Worldviews, Two Futures

"Well, Charlie, what I've said is that I would look at raising the capital gains tax for purposes of fairness." Barack Obama, 2008

"I mean, I do think at a certain point you've made enough money." Barack Obama, 2010...

When you look at the above quotes, you begin to realize that this president does not speak in reference to equality of opportunity but in regard to equality of outcomes.

Analyzing China and Japan's recent dispute in the East China Sea

Why are Japan and China fighting over what is essentially a group of uninhabited islets and barren rocks in the East China Sea? Platts' Vandana Hari, Thomas Hogue, and Song Yen Ling investigate, as well as examine how the dispute is affecting the oil markets in the rest of Asia.

Arizona Senate Race Gets Ugly as New Polls Put Carmona Ahead

They’re not pulling any punches in the tight Arizona Senate race, where the attacks are getting increasingly personal.

Former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona, a decorated Vietnam War veteran, has accused six-term Republican Rep. Jeff Flake of “picking on veterans.” And Flake’s supporters are running ads that suggest Carmona has problems controlling his anger and dealing with women.

Armed Clash in the South China Sea

The risk of conflict in the South China Sea is significant. China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, and the Philippines have competing territorial and jurisdictional claims, particularly over rights to exploit the region's possibly extensive reserves of oil and gas. Freedom of navigation in the region is also a contentious issue, especially between the United States and China over the right of U.S. military vessels to operate in China's two-hundred-mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ). These tensions are shaping—and being shaped by—rising apprehensions about the growth of China's military power and its regional intentions. China has embarked on a substantial modernization of its maritime paramilitary forces as well as naval capabilities to enforce its sovereignty and jurisdiction claims by force if necessary. At the same time, it is developing capabilities that would put U.S. forces in the region at risk in a conflict, thus potentially denying access to the U.S. Navy in the western Pacific.

Biodiesel Exhaust Linked to Respiratory Illness

Burning biodiesel produces compounds that can cause respiratory disease, researchers from Queensland University of Technology have found.

The scientists say the discovery could lead to restrictions on the use of biodiesel as an alternative to petroleum diesel.

BofA Survey: Markets Taking Fiscal Cliff Too Lightly

A combination of expiring tax breaks and inbound spending cuts taking place at the same time next year — known as a fiscal cliff — could throw the country into a recession yet investors aren't pricing such scenarios into their trading strategies, a Bank of America Merrill Lynch survey of fund managers shows.

BP says Gulf spill well sealed despite surface oil sheen

BP Plc. on Thursday said its ill-fated Macondo well remains sealed and that an oil sheen spotted on the Gulf of Mexico near the site of the sunken Deepwater Horizon is likely from a cofferdam used in an attempt to cap the runaway well in 2010.

Breaking News: Russell Means Walks On

Russell Means has been called the most famous American Indian since Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse by the Los Angeles Times and recognized as a natural leader with a fearless dedication and indestructible sense of pride. This morning at 4:44 a.m. Means walked on amongst the ancestors.

Building sector linking energy efficiency with financial gain

The buildings sector is becoming increasingly interested in energy efficiency as evidenced by an international Economist Intelligence Unit survey commissioned by the Global Buildings Performance Network.

More than seven of 10 real estate and construction executives surveyed globally believe energy-efficiency legislation benefits the building sector, including 75 percent of respondents in the United States. However, a lack of enforcement of existing regulations is blocking energy-efficiency investments.

Buteyko Breathing: Non-drug Help for Asthma Sufferers

...what if doctors could come up with an effective technique that costs nothing, is easy to use, and works as well or better than drugs but without the side effects? Such a treatment has been used by doctors in Russia, Europe, Canada, and elsewhere for 60 years, and it’s finally starting to gain favor with American doctors.

Cleaning up the Bosphorus

In the last 70 years the population of Istanbul has grown 15-fold and this rapid urban development has come at a price: the Bosphorus, which has been used as a garbage dumb for centuries, is now so badly polluted that floating rubbish is a common sight alongside many of Istanbul's waterfront neighbourhoods.

Climate change activists beg more attention from Romney, Obama

With just 2 1/2 weeks left before election day, there's an urgency on all fronts in the presidential race. For activists, it's not just about whether President Obama or Mitt Romney will win, but whether either man will pay attention to their issue.

Colorado tax enforcer tells ’60 Minutes’: Weed beat the recession in Denver

In a 13-minute segment broadcast Sunday night, CBS’s “60 Minutes” explored Colorado’s budding medical marijuana industry, and heard from a former drug cop turned tax enforcer who insisted that the industry has helped Denver beat the recession.

Colton looks to green energy to cut electric costs

Add in the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, or AB 32, which aims to reduce the state's greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels, and residents might be waiting a long time for rate relief, as the city may pass along costs to customers in an effort comply with mandates from Sacramento.

But one official believes green energy will eventually translate into green savings.

Composting adventures: The great seal

While preparing breakfast Saturday morning, I watched my friend pull two slices of burnt toast out of the toaster and with a grimace move to toss them into the trash can.

"COMPOST!" I yelled.

Computer models of Earth's climate change confirmed on Mars

Computer models have accurately forecast conditions on Mars and are valid predictors of climate change on Earth, U.S. and French astronomers said on Tuesday.

Cows used to produce milk that protects against HIV

While cows cannot contract HIV themselves, they do nonetheless produce antibodies in response to the introduction of the foreign protein. Those antibodies are passed along in the colostrum, or first milk – that milk already has a naturally high antibody content, in order to protect newborn calves against infections.

In laboratory tests, the milk-derived HIV antibodies were found to bind with HIV, inhibiting it from entering human cells.

Debate Analysis:  Obama Vows to Stand with Israel "AFTER" an Iranian Attack

Mr. Obama insisted he would help Israel after Iran attacks the Jewish state. But if Iran attacks Israel with nuclear weapons, it would be too late for American military assistance to do much good. Indeed, it is immoral for an American president to vow to defend Israel only after she has been attacked with nuclear weapons. Yet this is the President's position.

Documentary Reveals How the Medical- and Pharmaceutical Industry Conspire to Maintain a Failing Business Model

The film Doctored reveals the hidden truth behind the chiropractic profession’s struggle against ignorance, and the systematic and deliberate campaign by the American Medical Association (AMA) to destroy complementary medicine

Drought areas shrink, wheat states see improvement

Drought retreated across many areas of the United States over the last week as storm systems pushed through parched areas, bringing coast-to-coast relief from record-breaking dry conditions.

Economist Piegza: ‘Bar Has Been Lowered’ for Recovery Under Obama

Forget conspiracy theories of Washington politicians and their state-level counterparts cooking data to make jobless data look better.

A longer-term view of employment data consistently points to a tepid economy that receives applause from markets looking for a silver lining when they can find it, said Lindsey Piegza, an economist at FTN Financial.

Elections 2012: Manifest Destiny is a Topic for Monday Debate

But Manifest Destiny is still the centerpiece in American thinking about the world. It’s topic one in tonight’s debate between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

Electric Car Batteries Need Time to Refuel

Did battery technology die with the declared bankruptcy of A123 Systems? While the electric car battery maker has fizzled out, it is now hitching a ride with Johnson Controls, which will buy up its factories and help bankroll the enterprise.

This is not just another belly flop.

EU Summit’s Limited Success Tests Credibility of Leaders

Last week’s EU summit left many central issues unaddressed, damaging the credibility of eurozone policymakers’ efforts to address the region’s ongoing debt crisis. EU leaders agreed that a single supervisory body will take responsibility over eurozone banks from next year, allowing the new eurozone bailout fund — the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) — to bypass national governments and lend directly to troubled banks.

Evolution of Teeth Revealed

Which evolved first, teeth or the jaw? Teeth are used for breaking down food, whereas the jaw is the opposable structure used to grasp prey and food. All living jawed vertebrates have teeth, but it has been understood that the first of these jawed vertebrates lacked those pearly whites. Instead, it was thought that these prehistoric creatures had scissor-like jawbones that were used for capturing prey and eating.

FERC attempting to ease burden of natural gas and oil industry filings

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is taking steps to ease the regulatory burdens on the natural gas and oil pipeline industries including that of unnecessary filings.

Last week, FERC proposed three regulatory reform actions and issued a staff report identifying next steps

Fitch: Domino Effect Unlikely from US Nuclear Plant Closures

Low power prices as a function of weak demand in the Midwest and the lack of a capacity market within the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator region have led Dominion Resources to shut down its Kewaunee plant in Wisconsin, according to Fitch Ratings. Dominion said it would close the plant during the second half of 2013.

Five Democratic Governors Get ‘F’ Mark on Fiscal Policy

The Cato Institute has issued its 11th biennial Fiscal Report Card on America’s Governors and only four get an “A” grade — all of them Republicans.

At the other end of the scale, five governors get an “F” grade — all of them Democrats.

Fracking Poisoning Families at Alarming Rate: Report

Residents living near gas fracking sites suffer an increasingly high rate of health problems now linked to pollutants used in the gas extraction process, according to a new report released Thursday.

France to send drones to Mali region

France will move surveillance drones to West Africa and is holding secretive talks with U.S. officials in Paris this week as it seeks to steer international military action to help Mali's feeble government win back the northern part of the country from al-Qaida-linked rebels, The Associated Press has learned.

Global Warming Stopped 16 Years Ago

The Earth stopped getting warmer nearly 16 years ago, according to newly released data — from the beginning of 1997 until August 2012 there was no discernible rise in global temperatures.

This pause or “plateau” in warming has now persisted for about the same length of time as the previous period when temperatures rose, from 1980 to 1996. Before that, temperatures had been stable or declining for about 40 years, The Daily Mail reported.

Green jobs impacting economic growth beyond renewable energy

Much of the current discussion about green jobs focuses on the renewable energy industry, but green jobs are pervasive throughout the economy. Industries with higher proportions of green jobs have higher job growth than that of the overall economy, according to research from the Economic Policy Institute.

Groups sue to vacate surface mine permit

Several environmental protection groups have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over granting what they believe to be an illegal mining permit.

According to a statement from Kentuckians for the Commonwealth and the Sierra Club, a permit granted to Leeco Mining is unlawful due to the destruction of streams and possible adverse health effects.

How companies can keep waste out of landfills

It doesn't seem possible. A huge factory can operate without big, ugly green dumpsters outside, overflowing with waste tossed in by employees who don't give a thought to the materials destined for a landfill.

Industry action needed to reach zero plastics in landfills, group says

The plastics industry needs to work harder at turning waste into a valuable resource, be it through recycling or energy recovery, according to PlasticsEurope.

Investors Say Romney Better for Economy

Asked who will win the November election, 64 percent of global investors said President Obama and just 28 percent chose Romney. American investors were less bullish on Obama — 54 percent said the president will be re-elected, and 37 percent said Romney will win, while the rest had no opinion, according to the poll by Bloomberg Markets.

Iran Deal: The October Surprise?

Will Obama announce a deal with Iran for a moratorium on the enrichment of uranium in return for the dismantling of some of the international sanctions against the regime?  And will the announcement be timed to appear just before the election?

Iranian President Ahmadinejad barred from prison

These are trying times for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has seen his power and prestige wane as the nation’s economy crumbles and the end of his second and final term nears.

He’s not even welcome at the prison in Tehran.

Iran Tries to Fool U.S. With Offer of One-on-One Talks

Despite official denials by American and Iranian officials, LIGNET believes an October 21 New York Times article claiming that Iran agreed in principle to one-on-one talks with the United States after the U.S. presidential election is accurate. While Obama officials may have leaked word of this agreement to influence the presidential election, Iran probably agreed to the bilateral meeting to buy time to advance its nuclear program and to drive a wedge between the United States and its European allies.

Island Dispute With UAE a Sign of Iran’s Mounting Aggression

A long-standing dispute over three islands strategically located in the middle of the Persian Gulf near the Strait of Hormuz is threatening to escalate hostilities between Iran and the United Arab Emirates. Control of the islands is likely to play a critical role if Tehran follows through on its threat to close the Strait if its nuclear facilities are attacked by Israel or the United States.

Libya Attack a Security Breakdown by Obama, Graham Says

President Barack Obama’s administration is responsible for security failures in Libya and botched its response to a Sept. 11 attack that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, said Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Malaysia: Elections to Impact Asia-Pacific Balance of Power

The next Malaysian general election is likely to occur prior to early 2013 and will have sweeping consequences for social programs in the country as well as the balance of power in the Asia-Pacific region. The prime minister’s political coalition, the Barisan National (BN) [translated as the National Front] has ruled Malaysia since 1973 and has built up solid ties to China. The potential for major political upheaval, combined with Malaysia’s important location in Asia, means that this upcoming election will be of significant consequence and could potentially impact Chinese security interests in the region.

New Frontiers: Falklands not turning into the oil giant that some had predicted

The Falklands War 30 years ago had many causes, but the potential for offshore oil reserves was always thought to be one of the reasons why Argentina tried to reclaim the archipelago by force. Now, drilling actually has begun and so far, the results are far from spectacular. In addition, Argentina’s political stance isn’t helping.

New Report: Americans Eating Their Weight In Genetically Engineered Food

Do you think you eat much genetically engineered food? The creepy truth is, most of us probably wouldn’t know given the lax labeling laws. But Environmental Working Group (EWG) has taken it upon themselves to do a little sleuthing for us, what they found isn’t exactly comforting.

New software improves measurement of greenhouse gas emissions

To obtain such precise information, Hestia draws on sources such as local air pollution reports, traffic counts, and property information available to tax assessors known as the APN (assessor’s parcel number). That data is combined with a modeling system that quantifies CO2 emissions on a micro level, such as for individual buildings and streets.

Now not just anybody can install PV systems

The latest version of the National Electrical Code contains revisions that could greatly impact alternative energy systems. Specifically, Article 690 in the Code, which applies to solar power systems, has industry watchers buzzing because it specifies that only "qualified persons" can install a PV system. In the past, the issue of qualifications was generally left to state and local agencies.

Orionid Meteor Shower

The Orionid meteor shower will rain bits of Halley's Comet on Earth tonight in a promising weekend "shooting star" display. You can even watch the celestial fireworks online if bad weather spoils your local view.

The 2012 Orionid meteor shower will peak early Sunday (Oct. 21), but should still be an impressive sight throughout the overnight hours of late Saturday...

Pesticides put bumblebee colonies at risk of failure

Pesticides used in farming are also killing worker bumblebees and damaging their ability to gather food, meaning colonies that are vital for plant pollination are more likely to fail when they are used, a study showed on Sunday.

The United Nations has estimated that a third of all plant-based foods eaten by people depend on bee pollination and scientists have been baffled by plummeting numbers of bees, mainly in North America and Europe, in recent years.

Portable Power Center wind turbine fits into a shipping container

Wind turbines have the potential to be very useful in providing renewable power to remote communities which have little or no infrastructure. Unfortunately, larger turbines tend to require a relatively involved set-up, with specialist gear needed to construct and maintain the turbines. The Portable Power Center (PPC) by Uprise Energy innovates in this regard by providing a self-contained unit which folds within a shipping container, and can be transported by truck.

Primates Vanishing Under Relentless Human Pressure

More than half the world’s species of apes, monkeys and lemurs -  humanity’s closest living relatives – are on the brink of extinction and in need of urgent conservation measures, wildlife experts warned today. The world’s 25 most endangered primates are named in a new report released at the UN’s Convention on Biological Diversity in Hyderabad.

Probiotics – Keeping The Doctor Away!

With cold and flu season approaching faster than you can say “Achoo,” you might be wondering how you can pump up your immunity to avoid the chills, fever, aches and sniffles this year.  Traditional wisdom would say “get your vitamin C” or “use that hand sanitizer”!  But there is another way that you can help boost your immunity, and it comes in the form of friendly little bacteria: probiotics.

PSST, Taxes Go up in 2013 for 163 Million Workers

President Barack Obama isn't talking about it and neither is Mitt Romney. But come January, 163 million workers can expect to feel the pinch of a big tax increase regardless of who wins the election.

A temporary reduction in Social Security payroll taxes is due to expire at the end of the year and hardly anyone in Washington is pushing to extend it. Neither Obama nor Romney has proposed an extension, and it probably wouldn't get through Congress anyway, with lawmakers in both parties down on the idea.

Pyrolysis: A Simple Process with Surprising Results

The effectiveness of this process to create biofuels is surprising to many, since most people think that heating fuel to vapor is the same as burning it.

Report of Solar-Geophysical Activity

an M5/1f event.  Solar activity is expected to be moderate to high with occasional M-class flares, and a slight chance for an isolated X-class flare for the next three days.  The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit was at high levels throughout the period.  The geomagnetic field is expected to be quiet for the next three days

Russell Means: A Look at His Journey Through Life

As news of his walking on spreads across Indian country, we’ve taken the time to look back at Russell Means’ storied life. He passed at 4:44 a.m. on October 22 at his home in Porcupine, South Dakota.

Means laughed in response to being called the most famous American Indian since Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse by the Los Angeles Times. Last year he told the Rapid City Journal: “I thought Jim Thorpe was,” he said with a grin. “Jim Thorpe was my hero.”

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha: Someone We Can Call Our Own

Thousands of spectators, many wearing flowered lei, feathered headdresses and traditional attire, and others carrying banners and flags assembled at Piazza San Pietro as Pope Benedict XVI presided over a special mass to name seven new saints at the Vatican on October 21 one of which was the first American Indian Kateri Tekakwitha also known as “Lilly of the Mohawks.”

Santee Cooper shuttering two oldest power plants

Amid a glut of cheap natural gas and stiffening environmental rules, Santee Cooper will shutter its two oldest coal- and oil-fired power plants, following the lead of other U.S. electricity providers.

Solar Activity Ramps Up - Warning Issued

Solar activity has increased to active during the past 24 hours, featuring a long duration M9.1 flare and six C flares.

Solar Power Adoption is Contagious

Apparently doing something good can be contagious. Or at least this seems to be the case with solar power adoption. According to a study by Yale and New York University, published though Marketing Science, individuals are most likely to install solar panels on their home if one of their neighbors has also done so.

Soldiers' arrest marks shift in Guatemala

Chanting and waving signs to protest high electricity prices, thousands of unarmed indigenous demonstrators blockaded a highway in western Guatemala, forcing a standoff with police. Two truckloads of soldiers arrived and gunfire erupted, killing eight protesters and wounding 34.

State Cuts Philosophical Objections from Vaccine Exemptions

State health officials in New Mexico changed the vaccine exemption form so that philosophical objections are no longer an option. The New Mexico Department of Health simply said they changed the form because the prior one allowed for “misinterpretation of the law.” From now on, parents will be required to state their religious beliefs in order to qualify for a non-medical vaccine exemption for their children to attend school.

The debate over coal continues to rage

Coal-fired power plants currently provide about a third of all U.S. electricity -- down from about 50 percent a few years ago. But the long-term prospects for U.S. coal consumption appear on the decline, fueled by competition from lower-priced natural gas and concerns about stringent new greenhouse gas emission regulations from the federal Environmental Protection Agency. Power providers have shuttered some coal-fired power plants and converted others to burn gas.

The Drugs Don’t Work: A Modern Medical Scandal

When your physician writes you a prescription, you probably assume that it has been scientifically proven to be both effective and safe.

This is the basis upon which the modern medical paradigm revolves... break this revered tenet and the entire system comes crashing down.

Well, let me tell you, the walls are already crumbling...

Top EU court finds Britain guilty of dumping raw sewage

Britain faces large fines for breaching European Union law on water treatment after plants in northern England and London dumped raw sewage into waterways, the European Court of Justice ruled on Thursday.

Toxic Alert: Herbicide Now Detected in Human Urine

Urine samples collected from city dwellers in Berlin all tested positive for glyphosate, with values ranging from 0.5 to 2 nanograms per milliliter (ng/ml), which is five to 20 times the permissible upper limit for glyphosate in German drinking water

UK to double its armed drone fleet in Afghanistan

The British military says it is doubling the size of its armed drone fleet in Afghanistan to 10 with the purchase of a batch of new Reapers.

UN Sends Monitors To Prevent Voter Suppression In U.S. Election

Who are the Europeans and Central Asians to check on how we run our elections?  The political system in the United States is significantly freer and less controlled by the government than in any European country and the nations of Central Asia are largely despotic dictatorships.

U.S. drought to continue through winter, may spread

The drought that ravaged the United States this year does not appear to be abating and may spread through the winter, government forecasters said on Thursday.

U.S. Housing Recovery Enthusiasm Should be Measured

Stronger data suggests that the U.S. housing recovery is gaining momentum, but Fitch Ratings notes that, while the strength of some numbers is encouraging, enthusiasm should be measured, as we believe recovery will likely occur in fits and starts. Irregular trends in consumer confidence and still-high unemployment continue to restrain the recovery, and an unresolved U.S. fiscal cliff issue as well as ongoing financial woes in Europe certainly have not helped.

U.S. nuclear outages seen down a third next spring

About 18,800 megawatts (MW) of power capacity at U.S. nuclear operators are expected to be offline at the peak of the 2013 spring refueling season, down roughly a third from a year earlier, Reuters data showed.

Vets promote wind power in capital

As Army officers, Duane Enger and Justin Van Beusekom each spent time in Iraq trying to win a grinding war. Last week, the two Minnesota veterans found themselves hunkered down in Washington battling political gridlock to preserve wind power as a part of the United States' energy arsenal.

Water execs: Demand likely to outstrip supply

According to the research, 30 percent of senior water utility executives believe it is highly likely that national water demand will outstrip supply due to increasing populations and changing environments, highlighting the need for a significant shift change in the management and production of water supplies. Another 54 percent believe the risk is "moderately likely."


Clean Edge's inaugural U.S. Metro Clean Tech Index subscription service, released today, provides the industry's most comprehensive and objective analysis of how the 50 largest U.S. metro regions, and the individuals, businesses, and organizations that operate there, compare across the clean-tech spectrum.

Where energy independence peddlers go wrong

First the good news: US net petroleum imports have dropped a lot in absolute and relative terms in recent years....

Now the bad news.

“Yet what we are seeing is we are spending more on oil, spending more on these imports, not just per barrel but overall,” she said. “We’re importing less oil but we’re sending more money overseas for oil.”

Will we need to pull carbon out of the atmosphere to save ourselves?

This year saw the Arctic sea ice extent fall to a new and shocking low, while the U.S. experienced it warmest month ever on record (July), beating even Dust Bowl temperatures. Meanwhile, a flood of new research has convincingly connected a rise in extreme weather events, especially droughts and heatwaves, to global climate change, and a recent report by the DARA Group and Climate Vulnerability Forum finds that climate change contributes to around 400,000 deaths a year and costs the world 1.6 percent of its GDP, or $1.2 trillion. All this and global temperatures have only risen about 0.8 degrees Celsius (1.44 degrees Fahrenheit) since the early Twentieth Century. Scientists predict that temperatures could rise between 1.1 degrees Celsius (2 degrees Fahrenheit) to a staggering 6.4 degrees Celsius (11.5 degrees Fahrenheit) by the end of the century.

Despite this, governments around the world have been slow to tackle climate change; global greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise year-after-year.

World sea piracy falls to lowest level since 2008

Sea piracy worldwide fell to its lowest level since 2008 over the first nine months of this year as navies and shipping companies cracked down on attacks off the coast of Somalia, an international maritime watchdog said Monday.


October 19, 2012


2011 national survey by Pat Caddell and John McLaughlin provides the key lines of attack Romney should follow in the foreign policy debate coming up on Monday.

•  Obama's outreach to the Muslim world has decreased our national security.  

•  Romney should stress that Obama's policy toward Iran will not stop it from developing nuclear weapons.

Buttered Popcorn Flavoring Linked to Alzheimer’s

If you like to snack on the occasional bag of microwave popcorn, it's probably the buttery flavoring that you crave.

This comes from an artificial flavoring called diacetyl, which is a natural byproduct of fermentation found in butter, beer and vinegar... and also a chemical made synthetically by food companies because it gives foods that irresistible buttery flavor and aroma.

Canonization of Kateri Tekakwitha Draws at Least 2,000 Mohawks to Vatican Ceremony

Almost 2,000 people from Akwesasne and Kahnawake will flock to the Vatican for the ceremony that will grant sainthood to Kateri Tekakwitha, the first indigenous woman of Turtle Island to be canonized by the Catholic Church. The canonization will take place on Sunday.

CA Online Sales See-Saw with New Tax Law

California's implementation of mandatory sales tax collection for online sellers keyed an up and down ecommerce sales cycle as the days of tax-free internet buying reached an end in September 2012.

Charles Schwab to Newsmax: Obama's Economics Crushing Seniors

Brokerage founder Charles Schwab tells Newsmax that if Mitt Romney is elected the economy will “pick up steam” and reverse the “no-growth policy” of President Obama that is crushing seniors with low interest rates.

He also predicts that Obama’s plan to raise taxes on wealthier Americans would not solve even “a fraction” of the problem with the federal budget deficit.

China to Use Drones to Enforce Claim to Disputed Islands

China appears to be stepping up the pressure on Japan over the Senkaku Islands with its announcement that it is deploying drones to monitor Japan’s “territorial transgressions.” Beijing is unlikely to deconflict its operation of these drones with Japan, which could increase the potential for air accidents with Japanese planes and further heighten regional tensions.

Church, property owner make solar energy cost-effective

Two Spokane property owners investing thousands of dollars in solar energy panels say financial incentives from federal and state governments made the decision easy.

Clean Water Act at 40: Is it failing to meet new pollution challenges?

Congress passed the far-reaching Clean Water Act 40 years ago. The measure scored dramatic environmental successes, including with Lake Erie. But now Erie, and the law, are besieged.

Congressional Report: Welfare Spending Soars Under Obama

Welfare spending has grown substantially over the past four years, reaching $746 billion in 2011 — or more than Social Security, basic defense spending or any other single chunk of the federal government — according to a new memo by the Congressional Research Service.

Decline in Salt Marshes in US Caused by Increased Nutrient Levels

Salt Marshes are marshy areas found near estuaries and low-energy coastlines. The water can vary from completely fresh to completely salt water, and is greatly affected by the tides. Salt marshes support diverse wildlife up and down the east coast of the United States. They also serve an important function in stabilizing the coastlines because the plant roots anchor the otherwise highly erodible soil. Unfortunately, salt marshes have been dying away over the past 20 years without a full understanding of how and why. However, a new report from the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, MA postulates that the cause of the decline is due to excess nutrients seeping into the marshes. These nutrients from sewer systems and lawn fertilizers, such as nitrogen and phosphorus, have been shown to cause salt marsh loss.

FBI Arrests Islamist in Federal Reserve Bomb Plot

A Bangladeshi man was arrested for allegedly plotting to bomb the New York Federal Reserve in lower Manhattan as part of a sting operation by federal authorities who provided the suspect with fake explosives.  

Getting Fit By the Age of 50 Helps Prevent Disease in Your “Golden Years”

A new study shows your lifestyle choices in middle age have a direct impact on how you'll spend your Golden Years. If you're fit at 50, you're much more likely to be healthy into your 70s and 80s.

Global renewable energy investments continue to grow

Emerging from the global economic recession, investments in renewable energy technologies continued their steady rise in 2011, with total new investments in renewable power and fuels (excluding large hydropower and solar hot water) reaching $257bn, up from $220bn in 2010.

Greece Again Steps Back from the Financial Cliff

The will-it-or-won’t-it saga of Greece’s exit from the eurozone took a turn for the better on Wednesday as EU leaders are expected to extend to Athens a second tranche of bailout assistance. While the new funding prevents a likely Greek default and exit from the 17-nation currency union, it also represents another EU move to kick the can down the road on Greece’s debt crisis.

Greece is Turning the Corner but Debt Restructuring is Key

It looks like Greece is close to clinching the deal with troika for additional bailout funding...

At this stage many view Greece's fiscal situation as untenable. Credit Suisse expects the debt to GDP ratio to stand at 175% by the end of this year, which is 12% above IMF's projection from earlier this year. Financially isolated (with massive liquidity problems) and squeezed by tough austerity measures, the nation will have a difficult time growing into its debt (to levels that would make the current debt levels sustainable). Many now think that another government debt restructuring should be a serious consideration.

HGA to design "Net Zero-plus" desert college campus

Images have been released of a design for the College of the Desert's new self-sustaining "Net Zero-plus" campus to be built at Palm Springs. The "Net Zero-plus" refers to the design's aim of generating more energy than it uses.

Ice Sheets Coming and Going

The findings, which provide the first simulation of past ice-sheet retreat and collapse over a ten thousand year period in Antarctica, shed new light on what makes ice stable or unstable and will help refine predictions of future ice extent and global sea-level rise, the researchers say.

Iraq presses US for faster arms deliveries

 Iraq's prime minister pressed for faster deliveries of weapons to help arm his country's military during a Thursday meeting with a senior U.S. defense official....Al-Maliki said Iraq needs to beef up its defenses to protect the country's security and national sovereignty, and to tackle terrorist groups that continue to threaten Iraq's stability more than nine years after the U.S.-led invasion.

Making waves: Harnessing the power of ocean energy

According to GlobalData, harnessing just a small portion of marine energy (tidal and wave power) could solve the majority of the world's energy crisis.

Native People Are Still Being Misinterpreted and Misunderstood

Native Peoples face the never-ending torrent of racial stereotypes, misconceptions and sports logos. When Natives are discussed outside of cultural understanding, there is the caricature of the intrepid warrior making his last stand, the government dependent and the victimized Indian who needs to be saved. Or simply the belief that Natives don’t exist.

Nebraska's low energy efficiency ranking no surprise to LPPD leader

A report naming Nebraska as one of the worst states for its energy efficiency standards didn't yield new information for Loup Public Power District CEO and President Neal Suess.

Suess said the conditions aren't right at the local utility's or government level to invest in energy efficiency.

"It does not surprise me that Nebraska's ranked that low," he said.

New EU sanctions blacklist Iran's NIOC, NITC, NIGC, other firms

New European Union sanctions on Iran which came into law on October 16 include an assets freeze on more than 30 companies involved in the Islamic Republic's oil and gas sector.

Added to the banned list are the ministries of petroleum and energy, the National Iranian Oil Company and several of its subsidiaries both inside and outside Iran, the National Iranian Tanker Company and the National Iranian Gas Company

Northwest Tribes Step Up Opposition to Proposed Coal Terminals

Tribes are stepping up their fight against the terminals that would enable coal to be brought from Montana and Wyoming to the Pacific Coast for transport to China and the rest of Asia, and are being joined by non-Natives, with fishers at the forefront.

Obama, Romney spar over energy policies in debate

US President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney sparred over who truly has the most jobs-friendly "all-of-the-above" energy plan, with Romney saying the president is untrustworthy when it comes to supporting more fossil fuels development, while Obama accused the former Massachusetts governor of being a puppet of the oil and gas industry.

Pimco: US Will Be Downgraded Again Amid Fiscal ‘Theater'

The U.S.’s sovereign credit rating will be cut as “fiscal theater” plays out in the world’s biggest economy, according to Pacific Investment Management Co., which runs the world’s biggest bond fund.

“The U.S. will get downgraded, it’s a question of when,” Scott Mather, Pimco’s head of global portfolio management, said at a briefing in Wellington, New Zealand. “It depends on what the end of the year looks like, but it could be fairly soon after that.”

Push toward wind power deflating

Wind energy plans continue to blow away in New York, as the industry faces a glut of cheap natural gas, uncertainty over federal support and dwindling financing. The amount of wind power expected to one day plug into the state's electrical grid has fallen by more than two-thirds since 2009 as developers shelve projects.

Report: Energy independence closer than it seems

The U.S. can achieve energy independence by 2025, according to new research commissioned by Claremont Creek Ventures, an investor in early-stage ventures that reduce reliance on traditional energy.

But first there are hurdles to clear, including penetration of electric and natural gas vehicles into the market; increased public and private sector investment in renewables and energy-efficiency technologies; and significant upfront investment in domestic oil reserves and Canadian delivery systems for Canadian oil.

Report of Solar-Geophysical Activity

slight chance for an isolated M-class event.  a high speed stream from a negative polarity coronal hole. The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at
geosynchronous orbit was at high levels throughout the period.  The geomagnetic field is expected to be mostly unsettled on 21 Oct due to a high speed stream associated with a negative polarity coronal hole.

SoberLook - Beijing Decapitates Romney's Tough Anti-China Rhetoric by Strengthening the Yuan

He has labeled China an oppressor of human rights, a flagrant violator of intellectual property rights, an aggressive promoter of cyber espionage, and worst of all for China, a currency manipulator.

[ED:  This shows the power of a strong stance.  Reminders of Reagon!

Reactions anticipating confrontation resulting in positive change.

Solar storms affect electric prices: report

Geomagnetic storms can affect power prices and reliability of the grid even in the absence of a blackout and better space weather forecasting could improve the ability to assess vulnerability of the grid, researchers have concluded.

Geomagnetic storms, also known as solar storms, are receiving increased attention among industry and regulators, but the conversation has focused on the impact of blackouts resulting from solar storms, such as occurred in 1989 on the Hydro Quebec grid.

[ED:  But we don't even try to protect the "grid".  Attempts have been struck down without positive action.  It remains true that the absolute best way to protect yourself is to go "off grid".!

TEP wants ACC vote on energy-saving plan

But in a strongly worded rebuke, Corporation Commission Chairman Gary Pierce blamed TEP for the delay and said the utility should drop a request for performance incentive payments for reaching energy-efficiency goals.

TEP had proposed an array of new energy-efficiency programs to begin by mid-2011, to meet a state mandate. But the matter has been hung up over issues including the performance incentive and a proposal to allow TEP to recover some revenue it expects to lose as efficiency programs take hold.

Toward pacemakers powered by heartbeats

The pacemakers of the future will be small, leadless and everlasting thanks to energy harvesting (EH)...heartbeat's vibration energy harvesting offers a great opportunity to develop hermetic systems, not in contact with any human body fluids; it was then chosen by HBS consortium (HBS for Heart Beat Scavenger) to power Sorin's future pacemakers.

U.S. Mortgage Rates Near Record Lows as Home Construction Builds Up Steam

Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) yesterday released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing fixed mortgage rates edging slightly lower with the 30-year fixed averaging 3.37 percent, just above its all-time record low of 3.36 percent, and the average 15-year fixed dipping to a new all-time record low at 2.66 percent.

What Is the Most Economical U.S. Wind Project Size?

Big dreams for renewable energy often goad people into imagining big wind projects, with hundreds of turbines.  But lots of smaller projects are just as likely to add up to big numbers.

Counting wind projects from 1999-2010 (based on data from LBNL's excellent Wind Technologies Market report) the average size of an American wind project is 80 megawatts (MW).  The size of projects has risen in the past decade, from about 50-60 MW, but largely because the average turbine size in U.S. wind projects has nearly doubled to 1.79 MW in that time period

Why the Food Movement Must Not Shirk Politic

People like me throw the term around loosely, partly because we sense the gathering of such a force, and partly (to be honest) to help wish it into being by sheer dint of repetition. Clearly there is growing sentiment in favor of reforming American agriculture and interest in questions about where our food comes from and how it was produced. And certainly we can see an alternative food economy rising around us: local and organic agriculture is growing far faster than the food market as a whole.

Wireless utility meters could aid burglar

Wireless utility meters found on many homes and small business could be putting out a welcome mat for would-be burglars, U.S. security experts say.

Analog meters that measure water, gas and electricity consumption are rapidly being replaced by automated meters that broadcast readings every 30 seconds for utility company employees to read as they walk or drive by with a receiver.

Yemen: Al-Qaeda ‘Hit List’ Could Wipe Out US-Backed Security Gains

The recent assassinations of a Yemeni intelligence officer and a Yemeni citizen working at the U.S. embassy are propaganda victories for al-Qaeda and its associated groups. The killings also raise the possibility that terrorists have a list of Yemeni officials that they intend to target. If true, the existence of such a list could undermine perceived security gains made by the United States and Yemen.


October 16, 2012


 4 Ancient Superfoods and their Timeless Benefits

Though the term “super food” has only been in circulation in recent years, the idea of super-nutritious and life giving foods have been around since the beginning of time. As a matter of fact, it’s likely that ancient man had a far better idea of what true superfoods are than what we gather as we wade through aisles of cans and boxes, seeking out those things that are in their most natural forms. Still, today anyone can compile a hefty superfoods list for the next shopping day.

6 Taliban killed in clash with Afghan villagers

A number of villagers in Andar district and adjoining areas have launched uprising against Taliban militants over the past months and reportedly have expelled the Taliban fighters from several villages.

The Afghan government has been supporting the uprising against Taliban militants elsewhere in the militancy-ridden country.

1,035,000 Construction Jobs Lost Under Obama

President Barack Obama vowed in February 2009 that the economic stimulus legislation he was signing would create construction jobs for 400,000 people building and rebuilding the nation's infrastructure.

But despite a price tag now estimated at $833 billion, there are 925,000 fewer construction jobs in the United States than in February 2009, and 1,035,000 fewer than when Obama was inaugurated, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

A better way to determine the remaining charge on a battery

A team of researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a breakthrough method for one of the biggest headaches associated with using electronics — accurately determining the amount of charge left on a device’s battery.

Alabama Power 'doubles down' on wind

Alabama Power Co. said recently that it has received approval from the Alabama Public Service Commission to purchase more electricity from Midwestern wind projects. A new purchase of electricity from Buffalo Dunes Wind Project, LLC, the firm said, mirrors one previously approved with Chisholm View Wind Project, LLC. Combined, the deals add up to 404 megawatts of electricity, and each project is under contract for 20 years.

A Mysterious Visitor at 4 a.m. in the Morning

One day you wake up to pounding on your front door.

It's still dark.

You wonder who could possibly be knocking on your door so early in the morning.

More importantly, you wonder why.

Arctic Sea Ice in Free Fall

The North Pole is losing its ice cap. Comparing recent melt seasons with historical records spanning more than 1,400 years shows summer Arctic sea ice in free fall.  Many scientists believe that the Arctic Ocean will be ice-free in the summertime within the next decade or two, and some say that this could occur as early as 2016.  The last time the Arctic was completely free of ice may have been 125,000 years ago.

A Silicon-Rich Mineral Water Therapy For Alzheimer's Disease

Research headed by Professor Christopher Exley at Keele University has shown that  regular drinking of up to 1 litre a day of Spritzer, a silicon-rich mineral water, removes aluminium from the bodies of people with Alzheimer’s disease and in some individuals offered clinically-significant protection against cognitive decline.

Battling Harmful Water Toxins

Dr Byrne explains: “Clean Technology is a term used to describe knowledge-based products or services that improve operational performance, productivity or efficiency, while reducing costs, inputs, energy consumption, waste or pollution.

“The increase of harmful algal blooms in estuaries and freshwater aquatic systems around the world is a major global problem because of the serious threat they pose to wildlife, livestock and humans,” he said.

Bhutan Aims to be First 100% Organic Nation

The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, famed for seeking “happiness” for its citizens, is aiming to become the first nation in the world to turn its home-grown food and farmers 100 percent organic.

The tiny Buddhist-majority nation wedged between China and India has an unusual and some say enviable approach to economic development, centred on protecting the environment and focusing on mental well-being.

China Inc Waves a Red Flag on Economic Recovery

Chinese corporate profits show no sign of a second-half recovery as analysts cut earnings estimates in September by the most in 2-1/2 years, a red flag for investors who expect the world's second-biggest economy to start picking up soon.

China’s Snub of Japan at IMF Meeting Reflects Deeper Problems

China’s decision last week to not send its top finance officials to an important international meeting in Tokyo greatly alarmed the global financial world since it reflected more than growing tensions between the two countries. The snub demonstrated that China does not plan to play by the traditional rules in these forums, even if this means endangering the global economy over minor disputes.

Climate change emerges as sleeper issue in Senate races

Climate change has become a sleeper issue in a number of Senate races as Democrats attempt to paint their opponents as extreme, based on their views on the issue.
It’s a largely straightforward peg for an attack that some Democrats hope will appeal to centrist voters that may be swayed if they see the Republican candidate as part of the party’s extreme.

Coal-fired units to shut down sooner at KU, LG&E

Kentucky Utilities and affiliated company Louisville Gas and Electric announced Monday that they expect to shut down three coal-fired electrical generation units months ahead of schedule as part of their effort to comply with new federal environmental regulations.

Contaminated landfill no longer threat to residents, EPA says

A long-closed contaminated landfill in Londonderry, N.H., no longer poses a threat to residents, according to a local news report.

Continued Central Bank Easing a Recipe for Disaster

Central bank easing around the globe has allowed financial markets to defy gravity, climbing ever upward in the face of poor economic fundamentals, says Pimco CEO Mohamed El-Erian.

A continuation of the monetary accommodation won’t end well, he writes on CNBC.

Central banks are “all in” when it comes to the easing, as evidenced by this week's round of interest rate cuts in Brazil and Korea, El-Erian says.

Deficit Tops $1 Trillion for Fourth Straight Year Under Obama

The U.S. budget deficit has topped $1 trillion for a fourth straight year, but a modest improvement in economic growth helped narrow the gap by $207 billion compared with last year.

The Treasury Department said Friday the deficit for the 2012 budget year totaled $1.1 trillion. Tax revenue rose 6.4 percent from last year to more than $2.4 trillion, helping contain the deficit.

Elderly woman takes punch to face, chases off home intruder with revolver

Undeterred by a punch to the face, a 70-year-old Fayette County woman greeted a late night intruder in her home with several rounds from her .38-caliber revolver, authorities said.

Environmental Chemicals Like BPA May Have Serious Reproductive Effects

Bisphenol-A (BPA) is one of the world's highest production-volume chemicals and as a result of its widespread use has been found in more than 90 percent of Americans tested. BPA is an endocrine disrupter, which means it mimics or interferes with your body's hormones and "disrupts" your endocrine system.

Extra Fuel is a safe petrol reserve to keep you motoring

Extra Fuel is designed to be safe – not because of what is in it, but what isn't. The reason why gasoline is so dangerous to keep stored in a car is because it isn't one simple chemical. It’s a mixture of organic compounds and some of them, such as butane, pentane, hexane and heptane, are extremely volatile. They vaporize at relatively low temperatures and if stored in a vehicle on a hot day they can pop the vent on a storage can and fill the car with dangerous, flammable fumes.

Federal Reserve Flirting With Higher Inflation

Will the U.S. Federal Reserve look the other way if inflation overruns its target?

Risking the wrath of politicians and the central bank's hard-won reputation for keeping prices stable, three top Fed officials are touting plans for boosting employment that explicitly allow for inflation to run above the Fed's 2.0-percent goal.

Felix Baumgartner breaks record for high-altitude skydiving

Well, Felix has gone and done it. Today over the arid countryside near Roswell, New Mexico, the Austrian daredevil successfully accomplished a feat that has been in the works since 2003 – he broke the record for the world’s highest parachute jump, dropping from an unofficial altitude of 128,100 feet (39,045 meters) – about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) higher than expected. In the process, he also became the first skydiver to exceed the speed of sound by reaching an estimated speed of 833.9 mph (1342.8 km/h) while in freefall. That's Mach 1.24 – the first supersonic skydive.

Fuel for thought: Colder temps could hike heating costs nearly 20 percent

Colder temperatures this winter are expected to bring with them increased heating bills.
Compared to last year, this winter is expected to be 18 percent colder in the Northeast, according to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
While the price of heating oil, natural gas, and electricity are expected to be relatively stable, colder temperatures will mean greater fuel consumption, which translates into higher heating bills

Group is giving voice to backers of wind credit

With the wind industry bleeding jobs in anticipation of the expiration of a tax credit at the end of the year, the Climate + Energy Project, a Kansas-based nonprofit group advocating renewable energy, is seeking to turn up the heat on the state's four U.S. representatives opposed to renewing the tax credit.

Gulf Stream Diversion

The extent and duration of the two 2011 warming events combined with the high salinity observed by the researchers suggested the cause was not a transient warm core ring, but the Gulf Stream itself that carried warm, salty water to the outer shelf.

IEA says call on OPEC oil to rise slowly over next five years

Rising production from independent producers will account for the bulk of the 6 million b/d growth in world oil demand over the next five years, leaving the call on the OPEC oil cartel to grow by just 860,000 b/d over the forecast period, the International Energy Agency said October 12 in its latest medium-term oil market outlook.

Immigrant Population at an All-Time High

The number of immigrants both legal and illegal in the United States hit a new record of 40 million in 2010, a 28 percent increase from 2000, a wide-ranging new report reveals.

And the number of immigrants plus their children born in this country now stands at around 50 million, accounting for about one-sixth of the U.S. population, according to Steven A. Camarota, director of research for the Center for Immigration Studies

Iranian electricity exports $1 billion worth of electricity

In total, Iran exported 5 billion kilowatt hours of electricity to neighboring countries in the first half of the current year, IRNA quoted Behzad as saying.

"The amount shows 51 percent increase compared to the same period previous year", he explained.

Is it time to take CSP and biogas seriously?

With Spanish government regulations threatening to penalize CSP’s use of natural gas, is there a case for switching to biogas instead?

It's What You Didn't Say....

A number of stories last week chronicled the fact that regulations stemming from Dodd-Frank on the OTC derivatives markets have begun to take effect.

These stories quite frankly come as a bit of surprise.  But it’s not because of what they say.  It’s because of what they don’t say.

John McCain: Economy Is 'Bleeding' Thanks to Bernanke, Dimon

The U.S. economy is bleeding thanks to the interest of big Wall Street banks and policymakers like Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke who cater to them, said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon said recently he did the Federal Reserve “a favor” by agreeing to take over troubled Bear Stearns during the 2008 financial crisis that ended with the government bailing the sector out.

“I don’t owe Mr. Dimon anything,” McCain told CNBC.

Lanai to become eco-lab that runs on solar, billionaire Ellison promises

Four months after snapping up nearly the entire island of Lanai, billionaire Larry Ellison has presented his vision of paradise: an eco-lab based on solar power, with electric cars replacing gas guzzlers and sea water transformed into fresh water for an organic farm export industry.

Layoffs at Wind Facilities Now Occurring

With the approaching deadline to renew the production tax credit fast approaching, the same types of lay-offs could occur at other wind-related businesses, says the American Energy Association. It is asking U.S. lawmakers to bridge their differences and realize that jobs are stake. Opponents of the tax credit, however, say that it cost too much and that free market forces should take over.  

Life, liberty and the pursuit of domestic energy resources

Is the U.S. on the right track regarding domestic energy policy and domestic energy resources? A new Harris Interactive research poll finds that Americans are divided on that front.

The poll, commissioned by the Propane Education & Research Council, found that 45 percent believe the U.S. is headed in the right direction; 43 percent are on the opposite end of the spectrum and believe the direction is wrong.

Murdoch: 'Nightmare for Israel' If Obama Wins

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch tweeted on Saturday that it would be a “nightmare for Israel” if President Obama is re-elected to a second term.

Vice President Joe “Biden outright lied about personal relations with Bibi. Susan Rice for State real nightmare,” opined the 81-year-old Murdoch, who built the world’s largest media corporation with assets that include Fox News, The Wall Street Journal and the New York Post.

Nation's largest wind farm gets Interior Department approval

The 2000 to 3000 MW,  1000-turbine CCSM wind farm is significant not only because it will be the largest in the U.S., but because it has been named to BLM's list of "2012 Renewable Energy Priority Projects" and the White House's seven "nationally and regionally significant" renewable energy projects.

Net-zero energy homes on the rise

Several subdivision developments in the Charleston suburbs are offering super-efficient "green" homes designed to generate the energy they consume.

It's part of a growing national trend in home construction that has arrived in the Lowcountry.

Net-zero homes, as they sometimes are called, are a niche within the booming "green homes" sector.

New Supplement Provides Energy Shot to the Brain

It sounds almost too good to be true: a dietary supplement that makes people feel more energetic and alert, boosts memory and mood, and has almost no side effects.

No risk of oil price collapse despite demand slowdown: Aramco CEO

"Our industry now faces downward pressure on demand; supply abundance; a slowdown in the deployment of renewables; and reduced momentum on climate change legislation," Falih said in a speech made to the Oxford Energy Institute on September 20 and just released by Saudi Aramco.

Obama-Backed Battery Plant Furloughing Workers

Two years after a groundbreaking ceremony attended by President Obama, a Michigan plant built with $150 million in taxpayer funds to make batteries for hybrid vehicles is putting workers on furlough — before a single battery has been produced.

ORNL researching tech to lower solar costs

ORNL is getting more than $2 million from the DOE's SunShot Initiative Concentrating Solar Power program for a project titled "low-cost self-cleaning reflector coatings for concentrating solar power collectors" focused on developing a transparent superhydrophobic coating to keep the collector mirrors clear of debris by preventing dust from sticking to the mirror surface, maximizing the amount of reflected sunlight from the collector mirrors while decreasing cleaning costs.

Panetta: Cyberattacks Could Become as Destructive as 9/11

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the Pentagon and American intelligence agencies are seeing an increase in cyber threats that could become as devastating as the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks if they aren’t stopped.

“A cyber attack perpetrated by nation states or violent extremist groups could be as destructive as the terrorist attack of 9/11,” Panetta said Thursday night.

“Such a destructive cyber terrorist attack could paralyze the nation.”

Penon High-Temperature E-Cat Test Results Posted

Andrea Rossi, the inventor of the Energy Catalyzer, has shared the results of an extended test of a high temperature module. If the results are verified by the group of third party scientists working towards validating the technology, it could mean the "hot cat" is a true breakthrough with huge implications for all of human civilization.

Pew: Banks Still Raising Fees — and Hiding Them

Banks are raising fees on their checking-account customers and are hiding them, a study of 12 banks by Pew Charitable Trusts finds.

Information on fees can be buried deep in paperwork and sometimes not on bank and credit unions' web sites.

Poisonous Cloud Sparks Mass Evacuation After Kraft Foods Leak in Germany

The incident happened in the small town of Bad Fallingbostel in the country’s north. Workers at the facility accidentally poured nitric acid into a tank, which contained sodium hydroxide, and caused a chemical reaction.

The nitrous gases which participated in the reaction are considered extremely dangerous if they come into contact with the human body.

Proposal 3 battle over renewable energy costs millions

The Gratiot County Wind project sits near Breckenridge. Voters in November will decide on Proposal 3, a proposal that would put an energy mandate in the state constitution.

Protein could enable blood test to detect lung cancer in its early stages

While the overall lung cancer five-year survival rate in the U.S. is 15 percent, the odds of survival increase significantly with early detection. However, the expense or invasiveness of current screening methods and the lack of symptoms at early stages of the disease means most people aren’t diagnosed until the cancer is well advanced. Findings by researchers at the University of York could pave the way for a simple blood test that would detect the disease even in its early stages.

Ramifications of the Potential US 'Fiscal Cliff'

The UBS Global Asset Management Cyclical Market Forum, held quarterly to discuss three plausible economic scenarios and their potential implications for investments over the next 12 months, found its Q3 Forum dominated by discussion of the US “fiscal cliff”—the impending spending cuts and tax increases that will automatically be enacted next year, unless specific political action is taken prior occur to January 2, 2013.

Report: Nuclear Iran Means Double Oil Prices

Oil prices could nearly double, costing the United States millions of jobs, if Iran is permitted to obtain a nuclear weapon — even if the Iranians don’t use the weapon, a new report warns.

Report of Solar-Geophysical Activity

Solar activity is expected to be low with a chance for an isolated M-class event.  The geomagnetic field was quiet to unsettled during the past 24 hours. The solar wind velocity at the ACE spacecraft showed a steady downward trend from initial values around 495 km/s to end-of-day values near 400 km/s. The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at
geosynchronous orbit reached high levels during the period.  The geomagnetic field is expected to be quiet to unsettled for the next three days.

Researchers plan to use one-of-a-kind airship to search for Bigfoot

Fifteen years ago, Utah-based prospector William A. Barnes was on a solo gold-dredging expedition in the wilds of Northern California. One night, he heard something disturbing the rocks in the canyon above his campsite. He proceeded to watch as that indistinct “something” came trudging downhill, until it stood only about three feet (0.9 meters) from his tent. At that point, upon seeing its size, shape, and profile against the brightly-moonlit quartz hillside, he became a firm believer in the legendary creature commonly referred to as Bigfoot or Sasquatch.

Sitting for Protracted Periods Increases Risk of Diabetes, Heart Disease and Death

A new study led by the University of Leicester, in association with colleagues at Loughborough University, has discovered that sitting for long periods increases your risk of diabetes, heart disease and death.

Smart Glass Controls Light & Heat Like Nothing Before It

Traditional blinds and curtains have nothing on electronically tinted smart glass. Whereas curtains are an all-or-nothing solution to streaming in sunlight, and blinds obscure visibility, smart glass allows a clear view no matter the tint. Smart glass is also an energy efficient way to handle heat — the sunnier the day, the dark the tint; cloudier days, the lighter the tint. This exceptional advancement in control over how much sunlight and heat entering a building can have a significant impact on energy costs.

SoberLook - Is Overregulation Contributing to Slow Recovery in the US?

John Taylor makes an interesting point on his blog with respect to the bloated government regulation in the US. Here are two charts that compare the recovery from the recession in the early 80s (during the Reagan administration) with the current economic recovery. One trend that really stands out is the number of federal workers employed in regulatory activities (excluding transportation security). The two trends are drastically different.

Spain: Presence of US Ships Will Anger Russia

Spain’s decision to host U.S. Navy ships capable of shooting down ballistic missiles from Iran will strengthen NATO’s strategic position in Europe and the greater Mediterranean, but will further aggravate its already cool relations with Russia. While concerns have been raised about the capabilities of the European missile shield, the agreement will help Spain’s struggling economy and indicates Madrid’s continuing strong ties to the United States and NATO despite the country’s domestic problems.

SRP's 90K-panel Queen Creek solar plant up and running

Salt River Project went live on a 19 megawatt solar plant in Queen Creek last week, raising the company's retail electrical needs from renewable sources to 10 percent.

States Trying to Jump Start Natural Gas Vehicle Market

The states are trying to jumpstart the natural gas vehicle market. A coalition of 22 U.S. governors is saying that their respective states will buy at least 10,000 such cars and trucks if the automakers will agree to produce them.

Switzerland's Earth Houses resemble real-life Hobbit Holes

In The Lord Of The Rings, the Hobbits live in the Shire in their distinctive dwellings known as Hobbit Holes. They're really just homes built into hillsides, with banked earth sitting atop the basic structures. While the Hobbits are fictional creatures, their homes are not, as people have been taking up residence in similar dwellings for many years. And the idea has now taken a firm hold with those interested in working with, rather than against the environment. In other words Hobbit Holes are real and, on this occasion at least, the Shire can be found in Switzerland.

Tensions Grow After Turkey Inspects Another Syria-Bound Plane for Weapons

For the second time in a week, Turkey stopped and searched a Syria-bound plane for weapons, increasing the likelihood of a military conflict between the two nations. While NATO will still try to avoid military action in Syria without a UN mandate, Western pressure on Russia will increase due to a report that the Assad regime is using Russian-made cluster bombs on civilians.

The best anti-littering ad of the year?

Copyranter, Buzzfeed's ad blogger, says this 40-second spot, put out by the South Dublin (Ireland) County Council, is "the best anti litter commercial of the year" and the best since Keep America Beautiful's classic crying American Indian commercial from the 1970s.

The expiration of the Bush-era tax cuts would have a significant effect on taxpayers at all income levels

“Projecting 2013’s brackets is more complicated than usual given the uncertainty surrounding the potential expiration of the Bush cuts, originally enacted in 2001 and 2003, and more recent stimulus bill tax cuts originally passed in 2009,” the Foundation observes.

Tim Kane: 4 More Years of Obama Means ‘Almost No Job Creation’

The U.S. economy will remain stuck in idle and very few jobs will be created if President Barack Obama is re-elected in November, said Tim Kane, chief economist at the Hudson Institute and founder of the social-networking firm StoryPoint.

Trump: Rosy Jobs Data Will Be Revised Down After Elections

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) will unveil a massive downward revision to its surprisingly strong September jobs report after November’s elections, said billionaire real-estate mogul Donald Trump.

The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent in September from 8.1 percent in August, the BLS reported last week, far outpacing many analysts’ expectations.

Update: Fusion Power

Green house gasses, nuclear waste.....these are concerns with our most widely used power generation technologies, fossil fuel combustion and nuclear fission. Fusion power holds the promise of abundant energy, no green house gas emissions, and little to no waste products. Fusion is getting closer to commercial reality. Until now, it has been produced only in the lab, and only for the briefest of time scales. Scientists in several countries are getting much closer to sustained fusion and this offers the real potential for commercial power production!

US Ambassador: Internet Fee Proposal Gaining Momentum

U.S. Ambassador Terry Kramer warned on Friday that a proposal to give a United Nations agency more control over the Internet is gaining momentum in other countries.

Proposals to expand the U.N.'s International Telecommunications Union's (ITU) authority over the Internet could come up at a treaty conference in Dubai in December. European telecommunications companies are pushing a plan that would create new rules that would allow them to charge more to carry international traffic.

U.S. Biomass Has Huge Potential for Renewable Energy

Enough to Produce Four Times The Biofuel Made from Corn

Non-food crops, farm residues and waste -- collectively known as “biomass” -- have the power to dramatically increase our nation’s renewable energy supply, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) concluded in a report released today.

U.S. Housing Update: Shrinking Inventories

US residential housing supplies remain at multi-year low levels. The inventories of unsold homes as measured in months (time to clear the inventory) are at the lowest level since 2006.

Waste and 'recycling' in the bush

So this year I broke the pledge and burned my packaging waste. I know you zero-wasters are cringing right now, but for me, it was the right decision. The last thing I wanted in bear country was rotting chicken salad in my pack.

Water ‘Directly Responsible’ for 12.6% of US Energy Use

Over 12 percent of US energy use is directly related to water consumption, according to research from The University of Texas at Austin.

We’re a lot less together in the oil world than we used to be, according to the IEA outlook

Interdependence has been a consistent theme in the world of oil for many years, the idea that even a small supply disruption in one part of the globe can have an impact thousands of miles away.
Well, say goodbye to that notion, or at least part of it. The International Energy Agency has looked into the not-too-distant future and it sees a world divided between an increasingly self-contained western hemisphere and pretty much everywhere else.

White House ponders a strike over Libya attack

The White House is "aiming for a small pop, a flash in the pan, so as to be able to say, `Hey, we're doing something about it,'" said retired Air Force Lt. Col. Rudy Attalah,

Xcel runs into nuclear economics

As it weighs a possible upgrade to its aging Prairie Island reactors, Xcel Energy Inc. is finding the economics of nuclear power as challenging as the engineering

Zuni Sanctuary for Injured Eagles Bestows Blessings on Birds and Caregivers

Zuni decided to build the first Native American aviary for nonreleasable eagles. “They said, ‘Send them to us. We’ll care for them,’ ” said Early. As the eagles naturally molted their feathers, these were collected for tribal members’ use.


October 12, 2012



Analysis of US EIA data: US distillate stocks drop sharply; crude stocks rise: EIA

U.S. distillate stocks fell 3.177 million barrels to 120.882 million barrels for the reporting week ended October 5, U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) data showed Thursday.Analysts polled by Platts expected U.S. distillate stocks to decline, but by a much smaller 400,000 barrels.

Anthropogenic Methane Traced Back 2,000 Years

A new study suggests that human have been producing traceable amounts of atmospheric methane earlier than thought. The results will challenge global warming predictions, because what was assumed to be 'natural' levels of methane, have in fact been inflated by human activities since Roman times.

Australia's largest solar farm opens amid renewable target debate

Australia switched on its first utility-scale solar farm on Wednesday, bringing the country a small step closer to achieving ambitious renewable energy use targets that traditional coal and gas power producers are now fighting to soften.

Can Shifting from Coal-fired Power Plants to Natural Gas Help Tackle Global Warming?

Natural  gas, renewable sources of energy, and energy efficiency measures are stepping up to replace coal because they make more economic sense. That development is good news for U.S. carbon dioxide emissions which are now at a 20-year low, as well as emissions of other harmful pollutants like mercury, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen oxides.

But, while natural gas will inevitably play a role as we make a transition to a clean energy future, it alone cannot deliver the reductions in global warming emissions that we need to avert the worst consequences of climate change. Natural gas also comes with other environmental and potential health risks and is subject to considerable price volatility.

Clean coal projects face political, financial headwinds: report

At least 130 projects that capture and store carbon emissions at coal power and industrial plants must come online by 2020 if the world is to stay on course to keeping the rise in global temperatures below a threshold deemed dangerous by scientists, a new report released Wednesday said.

Clean energy investment down 20 percent in third-quarter: report

Global investment in clean energy fell to $56.6 billion in the third quarter of this year, down 20 percent year-on-year and signalling 2012 will see the first annual decline in eight years, a report by analysts Bloomberg New Energy Finance said on Tuesday.

Clean(er) slate for SC energy

The energy landscape of South Carolina and the country is rapidly and dramatically changing in light of cost-effective energy that is also greener and more efficient than that of the past.

Composting adventures: My cup runneth over

For the next couple weeks, Waste & Recycling News reporter Kerri Jansen will be blogging about her experience with bokashi composting, a new method of composting developed in Japan and gaining popularity in the U.S.

Credit/Mezz Funds Create a Major Hole in the Volcker Rule

There is a hole in the Volcker Rule that banks are trying exploit. But before jumping to conclusions, let's walk through the following logic. The Volcker Rule prohibits significant proprietary trading and limits banks' investments in hedge funds and private equity to 3% of Tier-1 capital. It also prohibits banks from holding more than 3% of any one fund's assets. The purpose of Volcker Rule is to focus the bulk of banks' capital on its primary business of lending. Seems clear-cut, right?

DEP Approves First Natural Gas-Fired Power Plant in Pennsylvania

"Today is a red-letter day for Pennsylvania," DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said. "With this approval, Moxie now has all that it needs from DEP to move forward with the construction of this historic facility, which will use clean, pipeline-quality, locally produced natural gas as fuel."

Elections 2012: An American Tradition – Who Can’t Vote?

American elections have often been defined by who is not allowed to vote.

Two days before the Declaration of Independence, for example the New Jersey Constitution declared that all residents “who are worth fifty pounds” could vote. (That included women and African Americans, but by 1807 that line was rewritten so that only white men were eligible.)

Energy Efficiency May Get Short Shrift After the Election

If common ground exists between the Obama and Romney campaigns, it is in the area of energy efficiency. But even such a non-contentious issue must still get parsed out and removed from the back burner where it has long been sitting.

EPA and Coal: No Longer the ‘Bad Guys’ in Presidential Contest

With the presidential campaign headed down the final stretch, it is expected that the two main candidates will slow up. What? While their slugfest will remain in high gear, their highly toxic rhetoric will begin to ease as they seek to woo the independent and moderate voters.

EPA's Jackson Charts The Course For Cleaner Water

These bodies of water, and countless others, are now thriving thanks in large part to the regulations set forth by the Clean Water Act. “It’s only when you don’t have access to water that you suddenly realize just how irreplaceable that resource is, and how much the ecosystem is at the heart of community and economy,” Jackson said.

The work is not complete, however, as even today 8% of Americans do not have access to water that meets all federal standards. An old and crumbling infrastructure has much to do with the failure to reach 100%, and was identified by Jackson as the prevailing issue for municipalities in North America. Other challenges mentioned were the financing of municipal projects, dealing with the repercussions of climate change such as drought and extreme weather, and protecting water from emerging contaminants derived from pharmaceuticals and personal care products.

Fantastic Jobless Claims Number from the Labor Department, But Many Remain Skeptical

We are seeing more seasonality adjustments fun and games from the US Department of Labor. The drop in the initial jobless claims was so large, it looks suspicious. Lee Adler has a detailed write-up on seasonality adjustments following last Friday's employment report (discussed - and yes, the post contains all sorts of Bloomberg charts). The premise is that this drop actually happened earlier (which explains the sharp decline in the unemployment rate last week) and is only now showing up in the numbers. Either way, it is certainly a welcome development for the US economy.

Fed's Kocherlakota: 2.25% Inflation not a Trigger for Tightening

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Narayana Kocherlakota said the U.S. central bank shouldn’t automatically raise interest rates from the current record low near zero when the outlook for inflation rises above 2.25 percent.

Flu Shot Being Forced on Health Workers

Why don’t they want it? Because some of them know too much. Here’s the whole tawdry tale.

Foreclosures surge as banks end self-imposed hiatus

Forclosure notices surged 56% in the third quarter as banks ended their self-imposed pause after the robo-signing scandal.

The foreclosure crisis has raised its ugly head again in the city.

Genetically Engineered Foods Versus Organic Foods

Over the past few years, an interesting pattern has emerged, where political supporters of genetically engineered (GE) foods are feasting on organics, while promoting unlabeled GE foods for everyone else.

Geothermal Broken Down by USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

After years of debate over the benefits and safety of geothermal energy on Hawaii Island, the community remains divided, even as Puna Geothermal Venture pumps out 38 megawatts on the volcanic lands outside Pahoa.

Meanwhile, HVO scientists — who study the dangerous gases and seismic activity of the volcano on a daily basis — have remained mostly quiet.

Greenhouse gases rise with GDP, slower to fall in recession

Greenhouse gas emissions rise when economies expand but don't fall as quickly when recession strikes, perhaps because people stick with a higher-emitting lifestyle from the boom times, a study showed.

Greenpeace breaks into grounds of Swedish nuclear plants

Environmental activists from Greenpeace broke into restricted areas surrounding two Swedish nuclear power plants on Tuesday to highlight what they said were safety deficiencies.

Hot, dry weather batter maize crops across eastern Europe

Sizzling temperatures and lack of rains have scorched maize or corn crops across eastern Europe, further reducing global supplies already hit after the worst drought in the United States in 50 years.

Less Can Be More, Research Shows: Maximizing Health Benefits of Exercise By Finding Your “Goldilock’s Zone”

Danish researchers were quite surprised when they realized that exercising for less amount of time (even without using high-intensity type training) still produced greater weight loss, without making any planned dietary changes

Libya: Benghazi Consulate Security Woefully Inadequate

Testimony about poor security at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi to a congressional hearing yesterday appeared to change the terms of the debate over the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack that resulted in the deaths of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. The testimony by career State Department and defense personnel was compelling and appeared to point to major shortcomings in U.S. diplomatic security as well as policy problems facing the United States and its European allies in the Arab world due to the downside of the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings

Living in a World of Domination

As a result of that centuries-long process, domination is now a world in which we live without noticing; it is similar to the way a fish lives in water without noticing. Yet, we have no theory to account for systems of domination and their consequences on humans and ecological systems. There is no Department of Domination Studies in your local college or university. Good luck finding a professor of Domination Studies. There aren’t any.

Majority of Americans believe Climate Change is worsening extreme weather

According to a new poll, 74 percent of Americans agree that climate change is impacting weather in the U.S., including 73 percent who agreed, strongly or somewhat, that climate change had exacerbated record high temperatures over the summer. The findings mean that a large majority of Americans agree with climatologists who in recent years have found increasingly strong evidence that climate change has both increased and worsened extreme weather events.

Many drugs are just fine years after they 'expire,' study finds

Many prescription drugs were still potent even 40 years after they had officially "expired," according to a new study.

More US coal plants to retire due to green rules: study

More U.S. coal-fired power plants could retire due to environmental regulations and weaker-than-expected electric demand, costing the industry up to $144 billion, economists at consultancy Brattle Group said.

In a new study, Brattle's economists forecast 59,000 to 77,000 megawatts (MW) of coal plant capacity would likely retire over the next five years.

New Chevy Volt app breaks down the cost of charging

Calculating the fuel costs of a traditional vehicle is quite easy – just look at the price read-out on the gas pump or receipt after you finish filling it up. The cost of filling up an electric vehicle's battery can be a bit more difficult to pin down because you don't get a receipt on the spot and the cost of electricity fluctuates regularly. GM plans to make the process easier for Chevy Volt owners with a new app currently being tested designed to give Volt owners a full cost breakdown.

New Euro Bailout Fund Won’t Solve EU Debt Crisis

European finance ministers are hailing the new euro bailout fund, the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), as a defense against the ongoing European debt crisis, but it looks unlikely to solve the region’s economic challenges. While a heftier package than its predecessor, the ESM will probably be short of sufficient funds to deal with major bailouts on the horizon and overlooks key economic problems that Europe is struggling with.

New Evidence Demolishes Claims of Safety and Effectiveness of HPV Vaccine

There are currently two HPV vaccines on the market, but if there was any regard for sound scientific evidence, neither would be promoted as heavily as they are.

The first, Gardasil...

Nigerian oil pollution case against Shell to start in Dutch court

A legal case against Shell is set to begin Thursday in a Dutch court with the Anglo-Dutch major facing charges of causing environmental pollution in Nigeria.

Nuclear Waste Will Remain Buried Until 2012 Election is Decided

It’s likely that the issue of nuclear waste will remain buried until well after the 2012 presidential election. But if you listen to the General Accountability Office, the matter shouldn’t sit for too long.

“Organic” Baby Food May Soon Contain Who-Knows-What

The NOSB—a division of the USDA—is responsible for regulating all organic crops and determining what can be called “Certified Organic.” The board is meeting next week, and on the agenda will be whether to allow eight synthetic substances in organic baby food, primarily in organic infant formula.

Palo Verde Unit 2 Sets Operational Run Record

Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station's Unit 2 recorded the best performance in plant history beginning with its last refueling outage in spring 2011 to the current scheduled maintenance and refueling outage, which commenced over the weekend. The 1,340-megawatt unit operated for a plant-record 518 consecutive days, producing enough electricity over that time to equal the production of almost three Hoover Dams.

PG&E researching energy storage for renewables

As a way to help meet California's renewable energy goals, Pacific Gas & Electric will delve into a research and demonstration project with the help of $1 million from the California Energy Commission.

Prairie Island Indian Community Granted Federal Hearing in Fight against 40 Year Extension of Nuclear Waste Storage

The tribe will continue its fight against a 40-year extension of onsite nuclear waste storage on Prairie Island.

"Four more decades of storage could expose all of us to the vulnerabilities of aging facilities, human error, and natural disasters," said Tribal Council President Johnny Johnson. "But the real problem with the request is that it's based on the fiction that it's only a 40-year extension for only 48 dry casks. There's already enough nuclear waste in the spent fuel pool to fill another 30 casks -11 more than the 48 casks in the current license, and in just 20 more years of plant operation the plant will generate enough waste to fill 98 casks. Washington politics will continue to delay the creation of a federally-mandated geologic repository like Yucca Mountain, and the 98 casks containing more than 2,500 tons of radioactive nuclear waste will be stranded indefinitely along the banks of the Mississippi River and within 30 miles of the metro area."

Pros, cons of coal export plan explained

A total of five proposed export terminals -- two in Washington, three in Oregon -- would process coal from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and Montana on its way to energy-hungry Asian markets. Longview is one of the five sites currently under consideration for a new terminal. Plans for a sixth facility in Grays Harbor were dropped earlier this year.

Report of Solar-Geophysical Activity

largest flare of the period, the most complex region with a Beta-Gamma magnetic classification.  No Earth-directed coronal mass ejections were observed. Solar activity is expected to be low with a chance for isolated M-class activity.  in day 3 (14 October) a coronal hole high speed stream is expected to move into geoeffective position causing quiet to unsettled conditions with a chance for active periods.

Russia: Coming Trade Deficit May Force Real Reforms

Russian leaders may be hoping that President Vladimir Putin's 60th birthday celebrations last week overshadowed announcements made by the Central Bank of Russia that left little room for optimism about Russia’s economic outlook. In its forecasts for the next three years, the bank revealed that it expects Russia's export surplus to be reversed by the year 2015, an occurrence that will mark a sudden reversal of fortune for Russia’s economy.

Russia Won’t Renew Pact on Weapons With U.S.

The Russian government said Wednesday that it would not renew a hugely successful 20-year partnership with the United States to safeguard and dismantle nuclear and chemical weapons in the former Soviet Union when the program expires next spring, a potentially grave setback in the already fraying relationship between the former cold war enemies.

Schiff: Much Larger Fiscal Cliff Looms Over US Economy

The year-end fiscal adjustment shouldn’t raise as many red flags as it is, as the country’s chronic health issues are much more dangerous, said broker, author and financial commentator Peter Schiff.

At the end of this year, tax breaks are scheduled to expire at the same time automatic cuts to government spending kick in, a combination known as a fiscal cliff that could send the country into a recession next year if left unchecked by Congress.

Solar: A Fall From Grace for Investors

The Cleantech Group released its preliminary investment numbers on Tuesday to show that solar, once the top money grabber, ceded that spot to transportation, biofuel and green chemicals during the third quarter of this year.

South Korea: As Region Arms Up, Seoul Relies On Missile Gambit

South Korea’s decision to increase the range of its ballistic missiles could easily be interpreted as a move to forestall a North Korean attack. But a more accurate assessment would take into account many changes in East Asia, including worry over an arms buildup underway in China and Japan, as well as saber-rattling from the north. For Seoul, the missiles are not just about defense but about keeping up with the technological advancements of other militaries in the region so as not to be perceived as the region’s “weak sister.”

Statement of Vision Toward the Next 500 Years, Revisited

Since time immemorial, Native Nations have lived in harmony with this land and in solidarity with all our relations. Our continued survival depends on this vital relationship. We perpetuate this harmony for our continued survival and world peace. We carry out our religious duties for the good of all. Endangering us endangers us all.

Study examines wastewater treatment process to remove pharmaceuticals, phosphorus

"There is mounting concern across the U.S. about the impact of trace organics, such as hormones and pharmaceuticals, in our water systems and the potential threats they pose on human health, wildlife and the environment," said Dr. Rebecca Klaper, the lead scientist from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee who worked on the study. "This research showed that when Actiflo® Carb is added to a wastewater treatment process, it removes a significant portion of the pharmaceuticals tested."

Suicide Overtakes Car Accidents as Leading Cause of Injury-Related Death

A recent report on causes of death shows that suicide has now overtaken traffic accidents as the leading cause of injury-related death in the US. One reason for that is because car accident occurrences are down. But even so, the rate of suicide rose by an unhealthy 15 percent between 2000 and 2009, and poisoning (the number one cause of which is prescription drugs) rose by a whopping 128 percent.

Syria-Turkey Tensions Threaten to Draw in NATO

NATO members do not want to be drawn into the Syrian conflict, but might be forced to because of growing tensions between Turkey and Syria which increased yesterday when Turkey intercepted a Syrian airliner. While it is unclear whether this is Turkey’s goal, Ankara seems to be picking a fight with the Assad regime that could result in a regional conflict.

Texas Report Highlights Water Benefits of Coal-to-Gas Switching

Aside from emitting less carbon dioxide (CO2), switching much of the Texas power generation portfolio from coal-to-natural gas could also conserve a lot of water.

The Modern Food System and the Roots of Obesity

If you've ever felt that you're overweight, it's your own fault because you are not smart enough to eat the right foods and you're too lazy to exercise... that's exactly what the government and food industry would like you to believe.

The U.N. Tries To Become A Global Government

The United Nations was founded to provide a forum in which the world’s nations could negotiate their differences to avoid armed conflict.  Its administrative role was restricted to policing peace agreements after they were concluded and providing humanitarian assistance around the world.

Turkish Premier Says Russian Munitions Were Found on Syrian Jet

Turkey’s confrontation with Syria spread on Thursday to include Russia, Syria’s principal military ally, when Turkey’s prime minister said Russian munitions intended for Syria’s government had been impounded from a Syrian commercial jetliner forced to land in Turkey.

Unexploded Bombs Menace Busy Gulf Of Mexico

Millions of pounds of unexploded bombs dumped decades ago off the coasts of 16 states, from New Jersey to Hawaii, could now pose threats to shipping lanes and the 4,000 oil and gas rigs in the Gulf of Mexico, oceanographers warn

Universal Energy Access Eludes Some Developing Nations

Getting access to electricity is the main obstacle to growing economies in struggling nations. That’s why some global organizations have prioritized such electrification efforts.

Urban Cities' Greenhouse Gasses are Mapped

The goal is to map out greenhouse emissions across the most populated cities in the United States. This in itself would account for almost a quarter of all CO2 emissions in the world.

U.S. Fed's Beige Book Shows a Slight Improvement in Conditions as "Economic Activity Generally Expanded Modestly" in the Late Summer

indicated that overall economic activity “generally expanded modestly” in the period since the last report in late August. 10 of the 12 Federal Reserve Districts reported that growth continued at a modest pace, while one noted a “levelling off” in activity and another indicated some slowing in the pace of growth. These assessments of economic conditions represent a modest improvement from the last report in which three Districts reported a slowing in growth and one cited mixed activity.

U.S. Mortgage Rates Change Little Following Employment Report

Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) yesterday released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates edging slightly higher while remaining near their all-time record lows coming off the employment report for September.

U.S. sets steep final duties on Chinese solar panels

The United States on Wednesday set steep final duties on billions of dollars of solar energy products from China, but turned down a request from lawmakers and U.S. manufacturers to expand the scope of its order.

"Unilateral trade barriers will not make any one company more competitive, but will make solar less competitive against other forms of electricity generation," said E.L. "Mick" McDaniel, managing director of Suntech America, a division of one of China's biggest solar manufacturers.

Why teen drinking and driving has been cut in half in past 20 years

Nine out of 10 high-schoolers chose not to drink and drive in 2011, according to the CDC. Safety advocacy groups and government agencies have worked with youths and parents on the issue.

Zero waste can be achieved

Across the country, and among many kinds of organizations, there's an emerging trend that's ambitious, yet achievable: diverting 100% of an organization's waste from landfills.


October 9, 2012


Authorities charge 91 in $430 million Medicare fraud

Ninety-one people including doctors, nurses and other medical professionals were charged criminally in a new sweep of Medicare fraud involving seven U.S. cities and $430 million in alleged false billing, officials said on Thursday.

It was the government's second big raid in recent months...

Biden: Yes, We Want to Raise Taxes by $1 Trillion

Vice President Joe Biden acknowledged Thursday that he and President Barack Obama want to raise $1 trillion in taxes on the wealthy as part of a plan to let some Bush-era tax cuts expire, giving Republicans fresh fodder to criticize the Democratic ticket just days after the vice president said the middle class has been buried during the past four years.

Boulder hydroelectric plant may spin another half-century

The Boulder Canyon hydroelectric plant is more than a century old, and a few years ago it appeared to be near the end of its operable life.

But thanks in part to a $1.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy and two and a half years of hard work...

California governor orders CARB to immediately allow winter-grade gasoline

However, the problems in the state that have caused spot and retail prices to spike are occuring against a backdrop of refinery and pipeline problems, but refineries have largely shifted already from making summer-grade gasoline to winter-grade gasoline, raising a question about whether Brown's mandate will have any impact.

Can Idaho Power turn off the wind?

Idaho Power officials say they are preparing to appeal a federal ruling that challenges company efforts to shut down wind farms during periods of low demand.

But where and how the fight will take place remain to be seen.

Cato's Allison to Moneynews: Deficit Ills are Treatable if We Act Soon

Gaping U.S. deficits are treatable conditions but not without some pain, and the sooner Washington acts, the less painful treatment will be, said John Allison, president and CEO of the Cato Institute.

Coal no longer king in TVA region as more gas-fired plants used to generate electricity

While TVA's half-century-old Allen Fossil Plant in Memphis continued consuming piles of coal to make electricity, agency officials gathered on the other end of the state last week to dedicate a sleek, $775 million facility that represents a quantum shift in how the Mid-South gets its power.

Coal plant owner faces new heat

Already under pressure to curb noxious air pollution, the owner of four coal-fired power plants in Illinois is facing new legal complaints about toxic chemicals and heavy metals leaching from decades-old waste ponds.

Dormant plant may power up

Plans to bring to life a decade-old power plant, built but never used, seem to be gaining steam.

Owner Invenergy had considered converting the abandoned facility into an ethanol and electrical power plant. More than a year ago, it dropped the ethanol portion and said it plans a natural gas-fired electrical power plant instead.

Fed Backed Into Corner as Interest Rate Increase Would Bankrupt Government

The U.S. government has been on a borrowing binge the past few years, fueled in part by low interest rates that make borrowing very inexpensive. The Great Recession began in December 2007, and at that time, the U.S. government was paying an average interest rate of 4.69 percent on its marketable securities. This is the rate on securities held by the public or foreign governments and not the rate on issues for programs like Social Security, which consist of special bonds designed specifically for that program.

Fed: Consumer Credit Jumps $18.12 Billion in August

The rebound would likely be interpreted as a short-term boon to growth, though it could bode ill for household balance sheets if it is not accompanied by a rise in real wages, which have been stagnant.

Heart Surgeons Will Never Tell You About This!

L-Arginine is converted in the blood vessels into a chemical called nitric oxide. Nitric oxide causes blood vessels to open wider for improved blood flow. L-Arginine also stimulates the release of growth hormone, insulin, and other substances in the body.

How To Stock Your Freezer With Free Meat

Meat prices are astronomical and they seem to be going up daily. And while prices are continuing to rise, I'll have to say the quality of the meat is going down. I looked at a couple of T-bone steaks in my local grocery store the other day, and I have seldom seen the lines of gristle and inedible parts that those steaks had.

IEA sees Iraqi oil output doubling to 6.1 mil b/d in 2020

Iraqi oil output is set to more than double over the rest of the current decade, rising to 6.1 million b/d by 2020 and reaching 8.3 million b/d in 2035, the International Energy Agency said Tuesday in a special report on the Middle East country.

IMF: Eurozone Unemployment to Exceed that of Middle East and North Africa

The IMF staff’s Global Projection Model (GPM) uses an entirely different methodology to gauge risk but confirms that risks for recession in advanced economies (entailing a serious slowdown in emerging market and developing economies) are alarmingly high.

Is the UK the Next AAA Nation to be Downgraded?

As George Osborne proudly talks about cutting £10bn from the welfare budget, the reality is setting in that UK's £120bn deficit target is likely to be breached and debt to GDP ratio will reach well over 90% (from under 70% today) in the next few years. The double-dip recession that reduces tax receipts has been the key culprit.

Jack Welch: Jobs Numbers Are Too Good to Be True, Imply 5% GDP Growth

The economy grew 1.3 percent in the second quarter and 2 percent in the first quarter.

“I’ve been reviewing 14 businesses all week, and not one of them is showing stronger growth in the third quarter than they did in the second,

Modesto solar plant tour showcases clean, green technology

"We need to clean up the air," said Frieda Rector of Modesto, one of nearly 100 people who visited the plant. "This is a source we can use that won't pollute the air."

The tour was sponsored by, which promotes the technology, and the Civic Engagement Project at Modesto Junior College.

Money, morals spark interest in energy efficiency

Speakers at an industrial energy conference Thursday said there are economic and moral reasons why businesses should be good stewards and make efficient use of the Earth's limited resources.

More than 11 Million EV Charging Stations Will be Installed Worldwide by 2020

The past year has seen a major uptick in deployments of electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE). This acceleration is a direct result of developments in the market for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs): More than 135,000 PEVs will be sold globally in 2012, and growth is expected to continue at a steady pace.

New Analysis Of Drinking Water-Related Gastrointestinal Illness

The distribution system piping in U.S. public water systems that rely on non-disinfected well water or “ground water” may be a largely unrecognized cause of up to 1.1 million annual cases of acute gastrointestinal illness (AGI), involving nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, scientists are reporting.

New tech converts regular paper into powerful medical diagnostic tool

A group of researchers at the University of Washington has found a way to isolate and identify medically interesting molecules using little more than scraps of office paper, a Ziplock bag and a cheap diluted solvent. If properly developed, the system – which requires minimal costs and know-how to build and operate – could be made to administer a wide range of medical tests nearly free of charge.

Non-Native Plants Show a Greater Response Than Native Wildflowers to Climate Change

This adaptive nature demonstrated by introduced species could serve them well as the climate continues to warm. At the same time, the non-natives' potential ability to become even more invasive could threaten the survival of native species already under pressure from land-use changes, researchers say.

Peanut butter recall expands to 240 products

More than 200 peanut products have now been recalled because they may contain Salmonella bacteria, U.S. health officials say.

The recalled products all contain peanut butter made at Sunland Inc., a manufacturing company in New Mexico.

Philippines, Muslim rebels agree on peace pact

Philippine government negotiator Marvic Leonen speaks during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said Sunday his government reached a preliminary peace agreement with the largest Muslim rebel group in a major breakthrough toward ending a decades-long rebellion in the country’s south.

Proper Vaccine Safety Studies Have Not Been Conducted

Vaccine proponents have stated that there are over 20,000 studies that "prove" the safety of vaccines. But a closer inspection of those studies would likely reveal otherwise.

Proposal 3 would put state out front in dash to renewable energy

The campaign ads for Proposal 3 on the Nov. 6 ballot could lead a voter to conclude that its passage would bring Michigan's reliance on renewable energy sources for its power in line with forward-thinking states across the nation.

Report of Solar-Geophysical Activity

Two CMEs were observed.  The geomagnetic field began the period at unsettled levels before the arrival of the CME from 05 October around 08/0445Z. At that time, a transient passage was observed at ACE and was then followed by a subsequent sudden impulse (21nT at Boulder) to Earth's magnetic field at 08/0515Z. Conditions increased to active levels for a sole period, before major storm levels began and lasted for two periods (06-12Z). The remainder of the day saw a recovery back to unsettled and active levels.

Russia: Putin and Medvedev Move Apart

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s long and close relationship with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is fraying because of growing differences between the priorities and governing styles of the Kremlin’s two most senior politicians. The rivalry reflects Medvedev’s inclination to sympathize with a growing number of Russians who reject Putin’s tilt toward Soviet-style authoritarianism.

Ryan: Romney's Best Spokesman

He is not just a vice presidential candidate.  He is the author and intellectual founder of the modern Republican agenda.  There can be no more profound and articulate a spokesman to defend and elaborate the Romney agenda to America.

Sales Tax Burden Looms for Online Sellers

While the esteemed candidates for President of the United States debate the fate of Big Bird on Sesame Street, the real issue for ecommerce professionals on the internet's Main Street involves the collection of sales taxes.
Washington wants to find a way to get state sales taxes collected by all online sellers from all buyers who should be liable for such taxes. The quaint idea of requiring a physical "nexus" in a state to require a seller to collect sales taxes is rapidly becoming past tense.

Solar support overwhelming across all parties

More than nine out of 10, or 92 percent, want the United States to be involved in the development and use of more solar energy. For the most part, political parties actually agreed with 84 percent of Republicans, 95 percent of independents, and 98 percent of Democrats in support of solar.

States Face $1.4 Trillion Pension Chasm

Cities and states around the country are shoring up battered retirement plans by reducing promised benefits to public workers and retirees. All told, states need $1.4 trillion to fulfill their pension obligations. It's a yawning chasm that threatens to wreck government budgets and prompt tax hikes or deep cuts to education and other programs.

Study: Arizona death rates shrank when Medicaid coverage grew

“It makes the case that people who get covered have better outcomes and live longer,” Hughes said. “But does that mean that putting people only into Medicaid will have better health outcomes? No.”

But health advocates argue that the findings cannot be ignored.

Study: Electric cars can be polluters

Electric cars, often touted as "green" vehicles, might cause as much or more pollution than gasoline- or diesel-powered cars, European researchers say.

Greenhouse gas emissions can rise dramatically if coal is used to produce the electricity to charge cars, and electric car factories can emit more toxic waste than conventional car factories, researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology said.

Suppressed Technology: The War on Cold Fusion

"In a world where corruption, greed, and political maneuvering often win out over the virtues of the human spirit, we believe, perhaps naively, that an exception might exist in the experimental sciences. The history of science is littered with individual incidences of fraud, patent stealing, and flagrant misrepresentation; but here [cold fusion] we found a contemporary conspiracy that overshadows most of what we've discovered in the Phenomenon Archives."

Terra Firma Planning a Renewable Energy Fund of $5 Billion

Creating this new fund clearly shows that Terra Firma has confidence in the continued growth of renewable energies even after some governments have chosen to reduce their subsidies in the wake of the ongoing financial crisis.

The garbage no one wanted

On March 22, 1987, a tugboat towed a barge piled high with bales of trash away from a pier on New York's Long Island. For the most part, no one noticed. It wasn't unusual for New York to export its garbage; this load of municipal waste, bound for a landfill in North Carolina, was as boring as they came.

The Next Pandemic will likely come from wildlife

Experts believe the next deadly human pandemic will almost certainly be a virus that spills over from wildlife to humans. The reasons why have a lot to do with the frenetic pace with which we are destroying wild places and disrupting ecosystems.

Emerging diseases are in the news again. Scary viruses are making themselves noticed and felt. There's been a lot of that during the past several months...

Turkey, Syria trade fire; border tensions mount

The exchange of fire stoked fears that Syria's civil war will escalate into a regional conflagration drawing in NATO member Turkey, once an ally of President Bashar Assad but now a key supporter of the rebels fighting to topple him.

Watch Out Urbanites, Here Come the Carnivores

Raccoons, skunks, possums and certain other animals have long been city dwellers, but now larger wild carnivores are moving into urban areas, according to a symposium presented today at EcoSummit 2012, an international conference held in Columbus, Ohio.

Leading the way are coyotes, which have established a territory just five miles from Chicago O'Hare International Airport. They appear to be paving the way for other large mammalian carnivores.

Why Do Supporters of Genetically Engineered Foods Insist on Organics for Their Own Families?

Many political supporters of genetically engineered (GE) foods are feasting on organics, while promoting unlabeled GE foods for everyone else, including Mitt Romney, President Obama, and former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

Zogby: 68 Million Say It’s OK to Default on Mortgage

"What jumped out is how many Americans feel it is acceptable for homeowners to walk away from a mortgage and go into foreclosure. If Americans carry on with that mindset, it will continue to cause problems as the economy undergoes a slow recovery."


October 5, 2012


2 S Korea nuclear reactors malfunction

Two nuclear reactors were shut down in South Korea Tuesday after unrelated technical malfunctions, the plants' operators said.

Neither reactor is in danger of releasing radiation, officials at Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power, Yonhap News Agency reported. The first reactor, the Shingori 1 in Busan, South Korea, 280 miles south of Seoul, was shut down after it detected a problem with the control rod that governs the rate of fission inside the reactor.

APS plans to shut down 3 units at Four Corners Power Plant by end of year

Arizona Public Service Co. plans to decommission the three oldest units at Four Corners Power Plant by the end of the year, a company spokesman said Wednesday.

The Phoenix-based utility will continue to operate units 4 and 5, which produce the majority of power at Four Corners.

Are Root Canals Safe?

Holistic dentists have been warning the public about them for years. But it’s a huge and extremely lucrative industry—so most dental surgeons are turning a blind eye to the health risks.

Over 41,000 root canals are performed every day in dental offices across the country—that’s 25 million every year.

Are You Concerned Over Genetically Modified Vaccines?

Genetically modified (GM) vaccines are already being produced – some are even on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommended vaccine schedule – even though, as is the case with GM foods, we know very little about their long-term effects

Borderline ENSO-neutral/ weak El Niño conditions are expected to continue into Northern Hemisphere winter 2012-13

During September 2012, the trend towards El Niño slowed in several key oceanic and atmospheric indicators. However, the Pacific basin reflects borderline ENSO-neutral/ weak El Niño conditions. Equatorial sea surface temperatures (SST) remained elevated across the Pacific Ocean

Can Ginger Beat Out The Multi-Billion Dollar Acid Blockers?

Did you know that the multi-billion drug category known as “acid blockers,” despite being used by millions around the world daily, may not work as well as the humble ginger plant in relieving symptoms of indigestion and heartburn?

Ginger is a spice, a food, and has been used as a medicine safely for millennia by a wide range of world cultures. Research on the health benefits of ginger is simply staggering in its depth and breadth.

Coal plant retirements will hit utility wallets hard

New research from the Brattle Group -- an update to an analysis conducted in 2010 -- finds that 59,000 to 77,000 MW of coal plant capacity are likely to retire over the next five years as a result of the impact of emerging Environmental Protection Agency air quality regulations on coal-fired power plants. This is approximately 25,000 MW more than previously estimated.

County action may favor coal port

Lane County commissioners are considering whether to throw their support behind an effort to establish a new bulk cargo terminal in Coos Bay that would handle coal shipped by rail through Eugene.

Deepwater to build first U.S. offshore wind farm

The privately held U.S. wind power developer plans to begin construction of the $250 million, 30-megawatt (MW) Block Island project by early 2014, ahead of a farm proposed by Cape Wind long expected to be the nation's first offshore facility.

Delays dog U.S. government loans to green energy projects

A year after the U.S. government raced to meet a deadline to finish loan agreements with dozens of clean energy companies, less than half the total money promised has been handed over.

Technical questions and companies' own failures in hitting contractual milestones are behind some of the holdups.

Enbridge ordered to do more spill cleanup in Michigan's Kalamazoo River

Canadian pipeline owner Enbridge has been ordered to do another round of cleanup work in Michigan's Kalamazoo River, more than two years after the company's Line 6B spilled crude oil into the river, the US Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday.

EPA Awards Grants In Michigan And Ohio To Improve Water Quality And Reduce Algal Blooms In The Great Lakes

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced 11 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants for projects in Michigan and Ohio to improve water quality and reduce excess nutrients that contribute to harmful algal blooms in Great Lakes watersheds.

EU nuclear reactors need 10-25 billion euros safety spend

Europe's nuclear reactors need investment of 10-25 billion euros, a draft European Commission report said, following a safety review designed to ensure a disaster like Japan's Fukushima cannot happen.

Experts: Global Food Prices at Levels That Spark Riots

Global food prices are reaching levels that have sparked riots in recent past, and researchers say unrest could erupt across the planet in the very near future.

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization’s Food Price Index averaged 213 points in August, unchanged from the previous month.

Any level over 210 increases the chance of igniting riots similar to the those that took place around the Arab Spring uprising, according to research conducted by the New England Complex Science Institute in Cambridge, Mass., National Public Radio reports.

France Facing Double-dip Recession

Bad economic news from France continues to pour in, pointing to weakness in the Eurozone core states. As discussed earlier, France is facing a second recession in 3 years. This morning's manufacturing PMI numbers confirmed the nation's economic difficulties. The chart below compares Markit Manufacturing PMI with INSEE Production index, which is reported on a lag. The PMI survey has been a good predictor of the country's manufacturing output and is now at levels not seen since 2009.

France: Hollande Backs Away from Stimulus Promises

While the Socialist government of French President François Hollande unveiled a budget last week that included higher taxes on large corporations and a 75-percent tax bracket for the super-rich, there were also major reductions in public spending, marking a turn away from the kind of stimulus spending Hollande had promised during his campaign to help stimulate job creation. Hollande, it appears, is conceding at least in part that France cannot spend its way out of this recession.

Gardens That Grow Gigawatts

Is it possible to develop large solar projects with households as backers, and do it again and again? That's the idea behind solar gardens or community shared solar, a trend catching fast in the US.

Gee, Thanks, Mr. Vice President!

Joe Biden has been bragging on the campaign trail in Florida about a free health “exam” for seniors. What kind of “exam” is this?

What about the free colonoscopy? Well, it does say something about today’s world that a national politician would campaign today by offering a free colonoscopy. You wouldn’t think the voters would find it something to look forward to. In the old days, national politicians promised a “chicken in every pot.”

German Coal-Fired Generation of Electricity Falls While Renewable Generation Rises

German use of coal to generate electricity has declined steadily from 1990 to 2011, according to readily available statistics on the German electricity system. The percentage of coal-fired electricity in German electricity generation has fallen from 56.7% in 1990 to 43.5% last year — a decrease of more than 10% despite a increase in total electricity generation during the same period of about 10%. At the same time the share of renewable energy in the electricity mix has increased from 3.6% to 19.9%, mostly due to the rapid development of wind energy and biomass.

Gov. Brewer: Righteous Anger, Not Just Tears, for Slain Border Agent

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said on Tuesday that her state is in mourning over the fatal shooting of another U.S. Border Patrol agent and the wounding of another.

How Exercise Influences Hunger and Weight Loss

Recent research shows that 45 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous exercise in the morning may reduce food cravings, both immediately afterward and throughout the day

A common assumption about exercise is that it will motivate you to eat more. But recent research turns this assumption on its head by showing that 45 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous exercise in the morning may actually reduce your food cravings

Huge Drop in Military Requests for Absentee Ballots

Requests from military voters for absentee ballots have dropped significantly since 2008 — and by as much as 70 percent in Virginia and Ohio — leading a GOP senator to conclude that they are yet another example of how the U.S. Defense Department under President Barack Obama has failed the nation’s military.

IMF Chief Economist: Global Crisis Will Last a Decade

The world economy will take at least 10 years to emerge from the financial crisis that began in 2008, International Monetary Fund Chief Economist Olivier Blanchard said in an interview published on Wednesday.

Iraqi oil output seen at 3.4 mil b/d by end-2012

Iraq is aiming to raise crude oil production to 3.4 million b/d and exports to 2.6 million b/d by the end of this year, Thamir Ghadhban, chairman of the prime minister's advisory committee, said Tuesday.

Output in 2013 will average 3.5 million-3.6 million b/d, with exports rising to an average of 2.9 million b/d, he told reporters on the sidelines of the CWC Iraq Megaprojects Conference in Dubai.

Kamakura Reports Improvement in Corporate Credit Quality in September

Kamakura Corporation reported Monday that the Kamakura index of troubled public companies closed the month of September at 6.23%. A decline in the index reflects improved credit quality. The index reflects the percentage of the Kamakura coverage universe that has a default probability over 1%.  The index hit an intra-month high of 7.28% on September 4th, while the intra-month low of 6.05% was on September 20th.

Known to Cause Deadly Heart Attacks Since 1906 - So Why Haven't You Been Told?

DNA testing shows that this procedure done by tens of millions of people can leak toxins into far-reaching locations in your body... And heart attacks could be transferred 100 percent of the time. Also linked to other serious conditions. Don't wait to find out the truth...

As recently as 1906, Mayo Clinic in conjunction with Weston Price DDS, MS as head of research for the dental association of that time, announced that root canals were a haven for disease-producing bacteria.

Krugman Says US, Europe Are ‘Nowhere Close to Ending Crisis’

The United States and the European Union are “nowhere close to ending” the financial crisis and German-led austerity efforts may lead to a 1930s-style economic depression, Nobel laureate Paul Krugman said.

Five years into the crisis, the United States needs “another round of stimulus” and Federal Reserve officials “should be doing whatever they can” to aid the recovery, while Europe needs a fiscal union to save its single currency, Krugman said in a speech in Belgrade today.

Kuwait: Court Ruling Continues Standoff with Islamists

On September 25, Kuwait’s highest court ruled against the Emir’s attempt to rig future parliamentary elections in his favor. It was a victory for judicial independence, but also has empowered the Islamist political movement in the country. The Islamists now stand poised to gain control of the next parliament, but this is less of a cause for concern than it may seem, as LIGNET explains

Liquid laundry additive turns clothes into air purifiers

A laundry additive created by researchers from the University of Sheffield and the London College of Fashion turns clothing into a photocatalytic material that can help remove nitrogen oxides (NOx) from the air. One of the most prominent air pollutants, nitrogen oxides are emitted from the exhausts of ICE-powered vehicles and aggravate asthma and other respiratory diseases.

Look What's Now Patently Obvious in Cleantech

Anyone can look up at the sky and make a guess at tomorrow’s weather. But having actual data informs your opinion and makes your guess a little more accurate....

Because while everyone’s got an opinion about the health of the cleantech space, as in weather forecasting, data matters.

Lost in migration: Earth's magnetic field overdue a flip

The discovery by NASA rover Curiosity of evidence that water once flowed on Mars - the most Earth-like planet in the solar system - should intensify interest in what the future could hold for mankind.

The only thing stopping Earth having a lifeless environment like Mars is the magnetic field that shields us from deadly solar radiation and helps some animals migrate, and it may be a lot more fragile and febrile than one might think.

Scientists say earth's magnetic field is weakening and could all but disappear in as little as 500 years as a precursor to flipping upside down.

NASA's Radiation Belt Storm Probes record electromagnetic "Earthsong"

NASA’s twin Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) took a musical interlude and listened to the Earth singing to itself. This “Earthsong,” as NASA calls it, was recorded by the two spacecraft as they orbited inside the highly radioactive Van Allen Belts that surround the Earth. The “song” is in the form of radio waves generated by the belts and the study of it may provide a clue toward answering the question of how to protect satellites and astronauts from deadly radiation storms.

Natural Gas in Storage Approaches Historical Levels

US natural gas prices have stabilized just under $3.50/MMBTU (for Henry Hub delivery NYMEX futures) - about 20% above the August lows. Production continues to be considerably higher than in 2011 but growth in production has finally slowed. Rig count in the Gulf and elsewhere is lower.

New algorithms could allow lithium-ion batteries to charge twice as fast

The single biggest factor hindering the convenience, and therefore the adoption, of electric vehicles is the batteries used to power them. While filling up an ICE vehicle takes just a few minutes at the pump, electric vehicle recharge times are measured in hours. Engineers at the University of California, San Diego, have developed new algorithms that improve the efficiency of existing lithium-ion batteries and could allow them to be charged twice as fast than is currently possible.

Nigeria lost $7 bil in oil revenues to theft in 2011: central bank

Nigeria lost of a total of $7 billion in potential oil revenue in 2011 due to theft through sabotage attacks on pipelines and production facilities in the Niger Delta, constituting a major drain on the nation's economy, central bank chief Lamido Sanusi said.

No Syria solution in sight at UN General Assembly

After countless speeches, meetings and behind-the-scenes discussions, the war in Syria remained the unsolved problem that loomed over this year's gathering of world leaders at the United Nations.

Nuclear "birth control" helps Croatia fruit farmers fight flies

At the height of the tangerine season in Croatia's Neretva river delta, two pickup trucks scour a maze of water channels carrying an odd-looking contraption: a mortar-like pipe spraying orchards with sterilized flies.

Each launch sends into the air thousands of males of the fruit fly, one of the most harmful orchard pests, in what advocates say is a prime example of how nuclear science can benefit both agriculture and the environment.

They have been bombarded with radioactive Cobalt-60...

Obama Wanted to Put bin Laden on Trial

A new book says President Barack Obama hoped to put Osama bin Laden on trial, showing the U.S. commitment to due process under law, if the al-Qaida leader had surrendered during a U.S. raid in Pakistan last year.

Obesity Epidemic Not Due to High Fructose Corn Syrup?

A staggering two-thirds of Americans are overweight, and about one-quarter to one-third of adults fall into the obese category and it is projected to go to FIFTY percent by 2030.

Obesity is now so common that it leads to more doctor visits than smoking1 – and rates have been on the rise for decades now.

The fact that obesity is now an epidemic is not up for debate. What's causing it, however, is.

Options for energy storage

There are more storage technologies than one may imagine. Batteries are the primary format, but other technologies are being developed, reports Joyce Laird.

Physically Fit Boys and Girls Score Higher on Reading and Math

If there were a way to make your child a better reader, or improve their performance in math – and it was free, natural and absolutely safe – would you do it?

Of course you would!

Virtually every parent hopes their child will excel academically, and for kids the boost to reading and math skills can be a tremendous lift to their self-esteem.

Progress Energy Carolinas to retire two coal-fired power plants Oct. 1

As announced in July, Progress Energy Carolinas, a subsidiary of Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), on Oct. 1 will officially retire two coal-fired power plants, including the utility's first coal-fueled facility built in 1923.

The utility will close the Cape Fear power plant, near Moncure, N.C., and the H.B. Robinson Unit 1 power plant, near Hartsville, S.C., as part of its ongoing fleet-modernization program.

PV in prices – the hard sell

Currently it seems as if prices for solar photovoltaics (PV) change by the minute, with rumours of ever lower prices. These lower prices are in many cases referred to as “progress and proof” of reaching ‘grid parity’ – but they are coming at a cost.

Reaching the $16.4 Trillion Debt Ceiling Carries Significant Downside Risks

The topic of the US debt ceiling is covered widely in the media and the blogosphere. It is often accompanied by a great deal of finger pointing. Let's try to take an unbiased look for a second. The map below shows how total government debt level increased under either the Democrats' or the Republicans' controlled White House, the Senate, or the House.

Renewable Energy Gets Brief Mention During 2012 Presidential Debate

Wednesday night was a dry one for those playing renewable energy-themed drinking games during the first debate between President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. In the course of the entire 90-minute debate, which focused specifically on domestic issues with the economy and health care taking front and center, not a single mention was made of global warming or climate change by either candidate.

Renewable push not in the cards for Ga. Power

Fifty years from now, Georgia Power CEO Paul Bowers doesn't believe electrical power will be generated in any form other than the bread-and-butter sources the utility relies on now.

Rich nations owe more to combating global climate change: Brazil

Major emerging economies' obligations to cut emissions under a climate change agreement should not be the same as those of rich countries, Brazil's chief negotiator said, signaling a retreat to an old position that has hamstrung years of U.N. negotiations.

Romans, Han Dynasty were greenhouse gas emitters: study

A 200-year period covering the heyday of both the Roman Empire and China's Han dynasty saw a big rise in greenhouse gases, according to a study that challenges the U.N. view that man-made climate change only began around 1800.

Romney on '47 Percent': I Was 'Completely Wrong'

Mitt Romney Thursday reversed his controversial remarks about 47 percent of American voters being dependent on government and not paying taxes, telling Fox News’ Sean Hannity that he was “just completely wrong.”

Romney Won't Revoke Young Illegal Immigrant Visas

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says he would honor temporary work permits for young illegal immigrants who were allowed to stay in the U.S. because of an executive order signed this summer by President Barack Obama.

Russia Suspends Import and Use of American GM Corn After Study Revealed Cancer Risk

Russia has suspended the import and use of an American GM corn following a study suggesting a link to breast cancer and organ damage.

Separately, the European Food Safety Authority(EFSA), has ordered its own review in to the research, which was conducted at a French university.

Scientists invent transparent soil to reveal the secret life of plants

Most people’s image of plants is actually upside down. For most of our photosynthetic friends, the majority of the plant is underground in the form of an intricate system of roots. The bit that sticks up is almost an afterthought. That’s a problem for scientists trying to study plants because growing them in media that allow you to see the roots,...

Solar plant to supply power from year end

By the end of the year, Shams 1 will be the first major renewable energy plant in Abu Dhabi to supply solar power to the emirate.

With a capacity to generate 100 Megawatt of electricity, enough to power 20,000 homes, Shams 1 is a Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plant, one of the largest in the world and the first of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa.

Storms to starfish: Great Barrier Reef faces rapid coral loss: study

The world's largest coral reef - under threat from Australia's surging coal and gas shipments, climate change and a destructive starfish - is declining faster than ever and coral cover could fall to just 5 percent in the next decade, a study shows.

Survey: Doctors Support Romney Over Obama 55 to 36%

A new survey of physicians shows that if the Presidential election were held today, 55 percent would vote for Mitt Romney and 36 percent would support President Obama, according to a survey conducted byJackson & Coker, a division of Jackson Healthcare, the third largest healthcare staffing company in the US.

Survey: Fiscal Cliff Is Dangerous, but Will Likely Be Avoided

Letting the economy speed over the dreaded fiscal cliff at the end of the year would very likely throw the country into a recession, though lawmakers will likely save the day and steer the country away from disaster, a new CNNMoney survey of economists finds.

Swing State Polls Are Rigged

After Wednesday night's smashing debate victory for Romney, we may expect the national and swing state polls to change in the Republican's direction.  But not by as much as they should.  These polls are biased in favor of Obama and here's the data to prove it:

Syria-Turkey: War Unlikely Despite Border Violence

Despite two days of Turkish artillery fire into Syria in response to an October 3 Syrian mortar bomb that hit a Turkish town and Turkey’s parliament authorizing military operations against Syria, war between the two nations does not appear likely. While the aftermath of the Syrian attack showed that Turkey is prepared to aggressively defend its territory, it also indicated that there is little support from Europe or the United States to join Turkey for possible military action against Syria.

The battery of the future might run on sugar

Researchers at the Tokyo University of Science have turned to sugar as part of a continuous effort to control Japan's growing import costs associated with building lithium-ion batteries. It seems that sugar may be the missing ingredient for building rechargeable batteries that are more robust, cheaper, and capable of storing more energy.

The Healing Powers of Vinegar

Vinegar has been a trusted home remedy that your mother, grandmother, and their grandmothers have known. It literally can be used from head to toe. Scalp problems such as dandruff, athlete's foot, yeast infections, even headaches are no match for this remedy. It can also be used as a cosmetic to help protect and beautify your skin!

Turkey authorizes military operations in Syria

Turkey's Parliament authorized military operations against Syria on Thursday and its military fired on targets there for a second day after deadly shelling from Syria killed five civilians in a Turkish border town.

USA: are natural gas and liberalised energy markets challenging nuclear’s future?

At closer inspection, liberalised energy markets paired with cheaper natural gas prices could mean the US hosts some no-go zones for existing and future nuclear energy plants. But add carbon pricing into the long-term mix and nuclear energy comes with its advantage.

US gas heating bills may rise 7% this winter due to weather: AGA

US gas customers may see their average winter heating bills increase by 7% compared to last year due to colder weather, though total winter heating bills will still be among the lowest in the past decade, the American Gas Association said Thursday.

US Households Face $3,446 Tax Increase From 2013 Fiscal Cliff

U.S. households are facing an average tax increase of $3,446 in 2013 if Congress doesn’t avert the so-called fiscal cliff, the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center said in a study released Monday in Washington.

The top 1 percent of households face some of the largest tax increases and would see their average federal tax rates hit 40.5 percent, up 7.2 percentage points from this year. That would translate to an average tax increase of $120,537.

U.S. Humane Society head seeks Tyson board seat

The head of the Humane Society of the United States is running for a seat on the board of Tyson Foods Inc, the latest move by the largest U.S. animal protection group in its bid to stop the use of confining stalls for housing pregnant sows.

U.S. Mortgage Rates Hit All-time Record Lows For Second Consecutive Week

Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) yesterday released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates falling to new all-time record lows for the second consecutive week on mortgage securities purchases by the Federal Reserve and indicators of a weakening economy. The Federal Reserve's purchase of long-term fixed mortgage securities allowed the 15-year fixed-rate mortgage at 2.69 percent to fall below the 5-year ARM's rate at 2.72 percent. The last time the average 15-year fixed was lower than the 5-year ARM was the week ending October 15, 2009.

US-New Zealand Naval Agreement Aimed at Countering China

Washington’s decision to end a 25-year ban that prevented New Zealand naval vessels from docking at American ports is the latest sign of a U.S. effort to foster allies in the Asia-Pacific region as part a buffer against continuing Chinese expansion. While a minor diplomatic gesture of goodwill toward New Zealand, LIGNET regards the U.S. move as indicative of a strategy aimed at countering China’s military buildup, as well as its near and long-term threat to the region and American interests.

U.S. seeks to stamp out deceptive "green" advertising

Environmental and consumer groups have long been frustrated by advertising that touts products as good for the environment when, in fact, they often are not.

Viruses Help MU Scientists Battle Pathogenic Bacteria And Improve Water Supply

Newly developed technique can kill antibiotic-resistant germs

Infectious bacteria received a taste of their own medicine from University of Missouri researchers who used viruses to infect and kill colonies of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, common disease-causing bacteria. The viruses, known as bacteriophages, could be used to efficiently sanitize water treatment facilities and may aid in the fight against deadly antibiotic-resistant bacteria. 

Warp drive looks more promising than ever in recent NASA studies

The warp drive broke away from being a wholly fictional concept in 1994, when physicist Miguel Alcubierre suggested that faster-than-light (FTL) travel was possible if you remained still on a flat piece of spacetime inside a warp bubble that was made to move at superluminal velocity. Rather like a magic carpet. The main idea here is that, although no material objects can travel faster than light, there is no known upper speed to the ability of spacetime itself to expand and contract.

Water supply in limbo: Cargill Eddyville, Alliant Energy could face hardships as lake levels drop

While rainfall has returned to normal in the last two weeks, water levels are still below normal or near historic lows.

Mike Heffernan, general manager of Ottumwa Water Works and Hydro, said Lake Red Rock's levels are continuing to drop.

It's projected that the lake will release 320 cubic feet per second (cfs) through Oct. 15.

Yemen: U.S. Doubles Down on Aid to Fight al-Qaeda

More drone hits on Islamist insurgents in Yemen, a new U.S. arms package, and a military reorganization should give Yemen a leg up in its conflict with al-Qaeda and other Islamist militants. The increased U.S. support appears part of an air-land battle plan to leverage drone operations and combine them with ground troops trained by U.S. special operations personnel. This could enable the Yemeni military to better engage extremist militants and take back territory in the south.


October 2, 2012


 4 Buddhist temples, 15 homes set on fire

Hundreds of Muslims in Bangladesh burned at least four Buddhist temples and 15 homes of Buddhists on Sunday after complaining that a Buddhist man had insulted Islam, police and residents said. Members of the Buddhist minority in the Cox's Bazar area in the southeast of the country said unidentified people were bent on upsetting relations between Muslims and Buddhists.

5 Bodily Signs Your Iodine Levels Are Dangerously Low

True or false: You get enough iodine in your diet by using iodized salt.

If you said “true,” you’re wrong — possibly dead wrong…


Alternative-fuel supporters welcome new state law

As state government, business and military leaders gathered in Camarillo on Thursday to discuss ways to break the nation's dependency on gasoline, word came down that the governor had just signed a bill meant to strengthen their endeavor.

Are You Concerned Over Genetically Modified Vaccines?

Genetically modified (GM) vaccines are already being produced – some are even on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommended vaccine schedule – even though, as is the case with GM foods, we know very little about their long-term effects

Back to the oil flash crash: the role of options studied

In the aftermath of the sharp selloff in NYMEX crude futures nearly two weeks ago, analysts and pundits remain conflicted about how and why the front-month contract fell more than $3/b in just one minute. As we wrote earlier, analysts and pundits just don’t seem to know what happened.

Bernanke: Fed to Keep Rates Low Even After Economy Picks Up

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke renewed a pledge to sustain record stimulus even after the U.S. expansion gains strength, while saying policy makers don’t expect the economy to remain weak through 2015.

Bread And Circuses

Where is our ultimacy? What is it that we revere so much that we get upset over it? If we had to be honest, we're pretty much like the ancient Romans. We have a collapsing financial system, unemployment at a real rate of over 14%, energy prices which are skyrocketing, and a federal government that is taking away more and more of our freedoms. But what gets us upset?

A football game... NFL refs and their union...

Coal still a burning issue in Will County

As local activists honored Mayor Rahm Emanuel this week for brokering a deal that scuttled two coal-fired power plants in Chicago, three women gathered around a dining room table in suburban Will County couldn't help but feel left out.

Conventional Farmer: Labeling is a win-win

A new and unexpected voice has come out in support of Proposition 37, the California Right to Know ballot initiative to label genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Troy Roush, an Indiana farmer featured in the 2009 documentary Food, Inc., grows GMO corn and soybeans.  He also agrees with 65 percent of Californians who believe consumers have the right to know what’s in their food.

Coral Castle Busted -- Interesting but not Anti-Gravity

How could one man, 5 feet tall and barely 100 pounds, excavate, shape, and hoist hundreds of massive coral blocks, the largest weighing 28 tons, into a structure by himself? This mystery has intrigued people for decades, drawing visitors from all over the world. But the truth is much less intriguing, though still impressive.

Dallas Fed's Fisher: US 'Drowning in Unemployment'

The United States is "drowning in unemployment," its economy is running at stall speed and inflation is "not a problem," but easier monetary policy is not the answer, one of the Federal Reserve's most hawkish policymakers said on Friday.

Discovery of element 113 confirmed nine years after first detection

Ununtrium is part of a group called superheavy or transuranic elements (those with atomic numbers greater than 92 – the atomic number of uranium). To date, all the transuranic elements having 93-117 protons have been discovered and confirmed (although 115 and 117 are still not officially recognized), save for element 113. Until now.

Dispute with China Forces Japan to Rethink Pacifist Stance

With tensions escalating between China and Japan over control of the Senkaku Islands, Japan is poised to amend its constitution, changing the provisions that limit the ability of its defense forces to act. It is unlikely that China and Japan will go to war over the islands, but it appears that the dispute will affect their relationship for years to come and may compel Japan to abandon the pacifist stance it has maintained since World War II.

End of payroll, Bush tax cuts top "fiscal cliff" fears: study

If Congress does nothing and the United States plunges off the "fiscal cliff" in three months, taxes would rise for 90 percent of Americans due to automatic increases in income and payroll taxes and other financial shocks, said a report issued on Monday.

France Facing Double-dip Recession

Bad economic news from France continues to pour in, pointing to weakness in the Eurozone core states. As discussed earlier, France is facing a second recession in 3 years

GM discounts Volt, showing that electric cars must be cheaper for people to buy them

Sales of the Volt set a monthly record of 2,800 in August, mostly because of steep discounts.

High Arctic warming surpasses Viking era, study shows

Temperatures high in the Norwegian Arctic are above those in a natural warm period in Viking times, underscoring a thaw opening the region to everything from oil exploration to shipping, scientists said on Thursday.

Last week, sea ice on the Arctic Ocean set a record low since satellite observations began in the 1970s. In recent years, mussels have been found off the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard for the first time since the Viking era 1,000 years ago.

Holder Under New Fire Over Fast and Furious

Embattled Attorney General Eric Holder started the week on Monday with a barrage of bad news, making his chances of holding on to his job in a second Obama administration more unlikely.

Documents released in Mexico linked weapons bought under the shambolic Fast and Furious gunrunning scheme with dozens of murders south of the border — including two mass killings that left a total of 34 dead.

Huge Drop in Military Requests for Absentee Ballots

Requests from military voters for absentee ballots have dropped significantly since 2008 — and by as much as 70 percent in Virginia and Ohio — leading a GOP senator to conclude that they are yet another example of how the U.S. Defense Department under President Barack Obama has failed the nation’s military.

Invisible Plastic Soup is Harming Ocean Animals

Plastic nanoparticles released when plastic debris decomposes in seawater can have an adverse effect on sea animals, Dutch scientists have found.

Nanoparticles of plastic measuring just thirty millionths of a millimeter, invisible to the naked eye, are responsible for inhibiting feeding and growth in mussels, according to new research by Professor Bart Koelmans of Wageningen University and his research team.

Iran rial plunges as Western sanctions bite

ran's rial plunged against the U.S. dollar in open-market trade on Monday, taking its loss in value over the past week to more than a quarter in further evidence that Western sanctions are shattering the economy.

The freefall suggests sanctions imposed over Iran's nuclear program are undermining its ability to earn foreign exchange and that its reserves of hard currency may be running low.

Iraqi oil output seen at 3.4 mil b/d by end-2012

Output in 2013 will average 3.5 million-3.6 million b/d, with exports rising to an average of 2.9 million b/d, he told reporters on the sidelines of the CWC Iraq Megaprojects Conference in Dubai.

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When I built my company … (whoops, I guess I'm not being politically correct). I didn't build my company? Who did? As I recall, I spent countless hours with little or no sleep, working 16- to 20-hour days gambling every cent I had.

Israeli Strike On Iran More Likely After Elections Than Now

Iran’s currency plunging due to sanctions

Is This the Most Dangerous Antibiotic of All?

Antibiotics are severely overused – not just in medicine, but also in food production. In fact, about 80 percent of all the antibiotics produced are used in agriculture – not only to fight infection, but to promote unhealthy (though profitable) weight gain in the animals. Hence, if you want to avoid overexposure to antibiotics, it's also crucial to avoid conventionally-raised meats.

Kamakura Reports Improvement in Corporate Credit Quality in September

Kamakura Corporation reported Monday that the Kamakura index of troubled public companies closed the month of September at 6.23%. A decline in the index reflects improved credit quality. The index reflects the percentage of the Kamakura coverage universe that has a default probability over 1%.  The index hit an intra-month high of 7.28% on September 4th, while the intra-month low of 6.05% was on September 20th.

Known to Cause Deadly Heart Attacks Since 1906 - So Why Haven't You Been Told?

DNA testing shows that this procedure done by tens of millions of people can leak toxins into far-reaching locations in your body... And heart attacks could be transferred 100 percent of the time. Also linked to other serious conditions.

Root Canals are Breeding Grounds for Bacterial Toxins

Kuwait: Court Ruling Continues Standoff with Islamists

On September 25, Kuwait’s highest court ruled against the Emir’s attempt to rig future parliamentary elections in his favor. It was a victory for judicial independence, but also has empowered the Islamist political movement in the country. The Islamists now stand poised to gain control of the next parliament, but this is less of a cause for concern than it may seem, as LIGNET explains

Liquid laundry additive turns clothes into air purifiers

A laundry additive created by researchers from the University of Sheffield and the London College of Fashion turns clothing into a photocatalytic material that can help remove nitrogen oxides (NOx) from the air. One of the most prominent air pollutants, nitrogen oxides are emitted from the exhausts of ICE-powered vehicles and aggravate asthma and other respiratory diseases. The researchers claim one person getting around town in clothing treated with the additive for a day would be able to remove roughly the same amount of nitrogen oxides produced by the average family car each day.


Message From The Editor of Off-Grid News

Do you ever get weary from it all? I would love to go back to the days where all I had to worry about was going to work, coming home to the family, and spending evenings and weekends simply piddling in the yard, reading a good book, or watching a movie with a bowl of popcorn propped between the four of us. We were happy.

Minnesota farmer cleared in milk case

A soft-spoken Minnesota farmer was cleared of violating state laws for distributing raw milk Thursday, a verdict advocates for such foods called their first major legal victory.

Motor-Generator Self-Looped with Usable Energy Left Over

Picture this. You have a motor turning a larger output generator, and the generator is producing enough energy to keep the motor running, as well as enough left over to power other things. (It's a little more complicated than this, but that is the general idea.) All you need to get it going is a starter motor, temporarily, like on an automobile engine, and once the system is going, it stays going, unless it is shut off.

Sounds like a clear case of violating the law of conservation of energy, right?

NASA/NOAA Sends Geomagnetic Storm "WARNING"

This is the second strong warning the space and atmospheric agencies have put out for cycle 24. Several coronal mass ejections (CMEs) along with coronal hole and filament discharges have been produced over the last 72 hours. The cumulative effect of these events has caused an unexpected alert. The status of this event has been placed as a G3 'Strong' event.

New study distils the eco footprint of biofuels

A new study by Swiss research group Empa found that some biofuels, especially the ones made from crops cultivated on deforested land, produce more GHG emissions than petrol.

Nuclear Attack on Wind Turbines — Energy Wars Begin

The nation’s largest nuclear utility is leading a full court lobbying blitz to eliminate subsidies for the wind energy industry, which built 35 percent of new U.S. electricity generation capacity since 2007.  

Poll: Swing voters want more from Obama, Congress on climate

Most undecided voters want more action from President Obama and Congress to fight global warming, and a substantial percentage say the topic will influence their ballot for president, a new poll shows.

Presidential Candidates Support RFS

Both President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney say they support maintaining the Renewable Fuel Standard in answers to an American Farm Bureau Federation questionnaire on agricultural issues.

Pulse of Charged Particles From Galactic Center

A New Equation is Born:
Increase Charged Particles (galaxy) =>Deceased Magnetic Field (earth) =>Increase Outer Core Convection =>Increase of Mantle Plumes =>Increase in Earthquake & Volcanoes =>Cools Mantle and Outer Core =>Return of Outer Core Convection (mitch battros 2012)

Rasmussen: Race Still Close, 'Could Go Either Way'

Pollster and political analyst Scott Rasmussen tells Newsmax that despite new polls showing President Obama pulling ahead of Mitt Romney, the race is still close and “could go either way.”

Report of Solar-Geophysical Activity

several C-class x-ray events, No Earth-sided CMEs were observed
leaving the solar disk.  The geomagnetic field began the period at active levels, as weak CME effects from the previous period continued in progress. The first period of 1 October saw an increase to severe storm levels, after a second CME arrived.  Sudden Impulse (SI) to Earth's magnetic field. 

Scientists announce new treatment for type II diabetes

According to the World Health Organization, there are currently 347 million diabetics worldwide, with 90 percent of those people having type II diabetes specifically. It occurs when fat accumulates in places such as muscles, blood vessels and the heart, causing the cells in those areas to no longer be sufficiently responsive to insulin. This insulin resistance, in turn, causes blood glucose levels to rise to dangerous levels.

Scouting for Free Energy Technologies in Europe" trip

Let me pause and give you a brief update on what I've learned. Each of these bullets deserves a story, and you can be looking for updates in the days ahead as I get time to develop them.

State official: Power plant will be cleaned up

The state will make sure that past and current owners are held responsible for the cleanup of the Salem Harbor Station power plant, the state's top energy official said yesterday.

States Fail to Enforce Their Own Oil, Gas Rules

Janet McIntyre suffers from the blood cancer leukemia, and she has experienced seizures and renal failure since gas wells were drilled near her home in Connoquenessing Township, western Pennsylvania.

McIntyre says she is exposed to noxious odors and her once clean water is now tainted. “Can I say it was because of them? I don’t know, but I do know a lot of people with the same illnesses,” she said.

States with EERS consume less electricity per capita than those without

Over the last decade, 29 states have created energy efficiency resource standards (EERS) or efficiency goals (see map below). These programs vary greatly from state to state; most of them are mandatory goals while some are voluntary, some have small savings goals while others are more ambitious, some have relatively near-term goals while others are more long-term, and each incentivizes or mandates savings in various ways.

Survey: Doctors Support Romney Over Obama 55 to 36%

A new survey of physicians shows that if the Presidential election were held today, 55 percent would vote for Mitt Romney and 36 percent would support President Obama, according to a survey conducted byJackson & Coker, a division of Jackson Healthcare, the third largest healthcare staffing company in the US.

Survival Seed Banks Half Price - While They Last

If you've been thinking about grabbing a Survival Seed Bank ... or two or three ... now's the time. It's the end of the season, we're clearing out the warehouse, and we're letting these go for half price. The Survival Seed Bank is always a smart investment ... but as this election season approaches, you'll want to be sure to have one tucked away as a safety net in case Obama gets re-elected. I'll tell you why in a minute.

Take it to the Limit: Algenol and rising yields in advanced biofuels

Algenol hits 7000 gallon per acre mark in field operations. What’s the impact for Algenol, for energy independence, for the cost of transport fuel?

TEP, Partners to Foster Workforce Development with Federal Grant

Tucson Electric Power (TEP), Pima Community College (PCC) and other partners will use a federal grant to expand energy industry job training programs in Arizona.

The United States Department of Labor awarded a $13,477,799 Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant to the Arizona Sun Corridor Get Into Energy Consortium (Consortium), an association of five community colleges in Arizona.

The Economist: Mexico’s Banks Now Sturdier Than Their Foreign Owners

Mexico’s banks, once considered a financial backwater for tin-pot investors, look pretty good these days relative to some of their American and European cousins.

In fact, Mexico’s banks are so profitable now they can offer a lifeline to those in more developed nations, ..

There Are 3 Kinds of Lies: Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics

Most people in America know very little about how statistics can be “gamed" and are economically illiterate.

The battery of the future might run on sugar

Researchers from the Tokyo University of Science have found pyrolyzed sucrose to be a surprisingly effective material for the anode of sodium-ion batteries

The Victim Disarmament Crowd is at it Again

Thanks to what happened last July, the gun grabbers are back in full force. Not that they ever went away. Whenever there is mass shooting you can rest assure the anti-gun side will be there to dance in the blood of the victims so they can further their own agenda. It's always during the time of tragedy when the attacks on our Second Amendment rights are the most intense.

Tribe faces fight to make case over nuclear storage

Federal regulators are partially opening the door for a Minnesota Indian tribe to challenge Xcel Energy's request for a 40-year extension on its license to store highly radioactive waste in casks on the site of the Prairie Island nuclear power plant near Red Wing, Minn.

Typhoon Hits Japan as Nuclear Plant Construction Resumes

The Japanese power company J-Power today said it will resume construction of a nuclear power plant in Aomori prefecture at the northernmost tip of Japan’s main island, just as a typhoon delivered high winds, pounding rain and high waves to the area.

U.S. Department of Defense Spending on Renewable Energy Programs to Accelerate Rapidly during the Next Decade

Energy is the lifeblood of the U.S. military.  The various branches of the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) combine to form the single largest consumer of energy in the world, surpassing the consumption totals of more than 100 nations.

US Households Face $3,446 Tax Increase From 2013 Fiscal Cliff

U.S. households are facing an average tax increase of $3,446 in 2013 if Congress doesn’t avert the so-called fiscal cliff, the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center said in a study released Monday in Washington.

The top 1 percent of households face some of the largest tax increases and would see their average federal tax rates hit 40.5 percent, up 7.2 percentage points from this year. That would translate to an average tax increase of $120,537.

US lower 48 production rises 0.4% to 72.58 Bcf/d in July: EIA

Natural gas output in the US Lower 48 states rose 0.4%, or 290,000 Mcf/d in July from June, the US Energy Information Administration said Friday in its monthly natural gas gross production report.

US-New Zealand Naval Agreement Aimed at Countering China

Washington’s decision to end a 25-year ban that prevented New Zealand naval vessels from docking at American ports is the latest sign of a U.S. effort to foster allies in the Asia-Pacific region as part a buffer against continuing Chinese expansion. While a minor diplomatic gesture of goodwill toward New Zealand, LIGNET regards the U.S. move as indicative of a strategy aimed at countering China’s military buildup, as well as its near and long-term threat to the region and American interests.

US Postal Service Poised to Default on Second $5 Billion Payment

The U.S. Postal Service, on the brink of default on a second multibillion-dollar payment it can't afford to pay, is sounding a new cautionary note that having squeezed out all the cost savings within its power, the mail agency's viability now lies almost entirely with Congress.

U.S. states struggle with water woes amid drought

The worst drought in more than half a century baked more than two thirds of the continental United States this summer and its harsh effects continue to plague the parched cities and towns of the Great Plains.

Ask the 94,000 people of San Angelo, Texas who are running out of water. Fast.

V3Solar puts a new spin on PV efficiency

V3Solar has developed a cone-shaped solar energy harvester that is claimed to generate over 20 times more electricity than a flat panel thanks to a combination of concentrating lenses, dynamic spin, conical shape, and advanced electronics

Venezuela: Is Hugo Chavez About To Lose Power?

For the first time since he became president of Venezuela in 1999, Hugo Chavez is close to losing an election. In poor health and weighed down by a dismal record in office, he is also confronted with a young, telegenic challenger, Henrique Capriles Radonski, who has captured the support of many Venezuelans. If Chavez does lose the election, it is an open question whether he will actually give up power, as LIGNET explains.

Viruses Help MU Scientists Battle Pathogenic Bacteria And Improve Water Supply

Infectious bacteria received a taste of their own medicine from University of Missouri researchers who used viruses to infect and kill colonies of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, common disease-causing bacteria. The viruses, known as bacteriophages, could be used to efficiently sanitize water treatment facilities and may aid in the fight against deadly antibiotic-resistant bacteria.  

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Produced in San Diego County by local college students, and local high schoolers.....can you believe California!!

Wind credit set to expire

Supporters say the tax credit has helped level the playing field and allowed the industry to compete with cheaper but more polluting forms of energy.

Worst flood for decades uproots 10,000 in central Nigeria

Nigeria's worst flooding in decades has displaced more than 10,000 people in the centre of the country over the past week and stranded some villagers on rooftops, emergency services said on Thursday.


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