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June 29, 2010 -- Heritage Foundation
Pressure Prods Feds to Improve Oil Spill Cleanup
Pressure from Senator George LeMieux (R, FL) and others has paid off with an emergency federal rule to permit oil cleanup vessels to leave their posts elsewhere along America’s coastline and finally head to the Gulf of Mexico to provide help.
The Coast Guard and Environmental Protection Agency are to publish the formal rule tomorrow (June 30), LeMieux announced. Normally, large amounts of ships and equipment are required by law to be kept in standby reserve to handle possible spills in harbors, drilling areas, etc. Those federal dictates have prevented them from joining the under-supplied oil spill cleanup.
The situation is analogous to a major fire—when units are called in from neighboring jurisdictions after one area is overwhelmed by a major blaze.
, , , , But will the newfound urgency extend to the largest help that’s been offered so far—namely the giant A Whale tanker ship that its Taiwanese owners have equipped to collect 500,000 barrels of oil per day—250 times the capacity of most vessels now being used to skim oil from the Gulf? The Coast Guard reportedly will test the ship’s capabilities this week. Putting the ship to work will require approval by the Coast Guard and the EPA, and may or may not require a Jones Act waiver.
Please lift the Jones act! This is not only a BP disaster. This is a US government disaster!
June 28, 2010 -- Upstream Online
In a hearing earlier this month, US Representatives Henry Waxman and Edward Markey, both Democrats, blasted oil company executives for "virtually worthless" and "cookie cutter" plans to handle a deep-water oil spill.
What about our government's readiness?
Worse then worthless - obstructionist!
70 days and we are still not allowing foreign help!
Please tell Waxman and Markeyn that the best thing they could do is get the government out of the way!
June 25, 2010 -- Ben Pershing -- Washington Post
House passes Disclose Act campaign finance bill
House Democratic leaders pushed a far-reaching campaign finance reform measure through their chamber Thursday, overcoming the objections of critics on the left and the right.
The Disclose Act, written in response to the recent Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling, which allows corporations and unions to spend unlimited amounts on political ads, is the work of Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and a priority for President Obama. Democrats think that an effort to curb corporate spending on elections is a political winner for them that will put Republicans in a difficult position.
June 24, 2010 -- Upstream staff
Feds to scrutinise BP’s Liberty project
US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said on Thursday his department is reviewing BP's plans for drilling in Alaska.
"We are looking into the issue right now," Salazar told lawmakers at a Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee hearing, when asked about reports that BP's planned Liberty project may not have received sufficient environmental review.
The head of the former Minerals Management Service, Michael Bromwich, said in a Reuters report they have reached out to the department's regional office in Alaska to get more details about the project's
Hey Hugo, watch this. You may learn something!
June 24, 2010 -- Upstream staff
Encana to team with CNPC on shale gas
Canadian giant Encana and state-controlled China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) today signed a memorandum of understanding that could lead to joint ventures on Encana’s acreage in the Horn River, Greater Sierra and and Montney natural gas plays in British Columbia.
Encana holds about 275,000 net acres of land in the Greater Sierra play covering the Devonian shale formation in its Horn River play and about 1.7 million net acres covering the Jean Marie formation.
Encana’s Montney holdings at Cutbank Ridge total about 720,000 net acres.
June 23, 2010 -- Christian Science Monitor
Offshore drilling moratorium: How much could it cost the Gulf?
Offshore drilling moratorium could cost Gulf communities hundreds of millions in lost jobs and revenue well past the six-month term, say analysts.
Offshore drilling moratorium is idling deep-water drilling rigs, like this one seen in this June 8 photo near the site of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. On Tuesday, a federal judge struck down the Obama administration's six-month moratorium, saying the government rashly concluded that because one rig failed, the others are in immediate danger, too. The White House has said it will appeal. If reinstated, the moratorium could cost local Gulf communities hundreds of millions in lost revenue and jobs.
22 June 2010 -- Yahoo
Judge blocks Gulf offshore drilling moratorium
A federal judge in New Orleans has blocked a six-month moratorium on new deepwater drilling projects that was imposed in response to the massive Gulf oil spill.
22 June 2010 -- upstreamonline - Noah Brenner
Transocean boss slams drill ban
The boss of contract drilling giant Transocean - owner of the ill-fated semi-submersible drilling rig Deepwater Horizon - said today that a six-month moratorium on deep-water drilling after the Macondo spill is not necessary.
"I think there are things the administration could implement that would allow the industry to go back to work tomorrow without an arbitrary six-month time lag," Reuters quoted Transocean's chief executive Steven Newman telling reporters on the sidelines of the World National Oil Companies Congress in London today.
June 21, 2010 -- Reuters
Petrobras boosts investments in deep-water push
RIO DE JANEIRO/SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil's state oil company Petrobras announced on Monday a 29 percent investment hike over five years as it stepped up its campaign to tap some of the world's largest deposits of deep sea oil.
The $224 billion investment program for 2010-2014, currently the largest for the oil industry globally, increases refining outlays while still dedicating the bulk of spending to deep-water oil exploration.
The company said it maintained its expected start-up date of November for its Gulf of Mexico blocks despite the six-month moratorium on U.S. deep water drilling sparked by the BP spill, considered the worst in U.S. history. It said almost all the wells in question are already in transition to production and so are not covered by the moratorium.
June 21, 2010 -- by Patrick J. Michaels
Patrick J. Michaels is Cato Institute senior fellow and a distinguished senior fellow at the School of Public Policy, George Mason University.
Bam's Climate Rx: All Pain, No Gain
The cap-and-trade bill that the House passed last summer aims to force Americans to reduce those dreaded carbon emissions by 83 percent in less than four decades — to the same per-capita level as 1867. Yet, even under the Al Gore-approved climate-science models, the bill would do nothing to stop global warming.
The bill is 1,000-plus pages of rules, regulations, handouts, subsidies and whatever else House leaders deemed necessary. Not one of the 435 members read the whole monstrosity — because the leadership dropped 300 new pages on their desks the night before they voted.
Yet the central point is clear enough: The bill simply drives up the price of fossil-fuel based energy so high that the nation will have to somehow get along with only 17 percent of the gasoline and fossil-fuel-powered electricity that it uses today.
June 21, 2010 -- pddnet.com
Using carbon nanotubes in lithium batteries can dramatically improve energy capacity up to ten fold.
CAMBRIDGE, MA-- Batteries might gain a boost in power capacity as a result of a new finding from researchers at MIT. They found that using carbon nanotubes for one of the battery's electrodes produced a significant increase — up to tenfold — in the amount of power it could deliver from a given weight of material, compared to a conventional lithium-ion battery.
Such electrodes might find applications in small portable devices, and with further research might also lead to improved batteries for larger, more power-hungry applications.
To produce the powerful new electrode material, the team used a layer-by-layer fabrication method, in which a base material is alternately dipped in solutions containing carbon nanotubes that have been treated with simple organic compounds that give them either a positive or negative net charge.
June 21, 2010 -- ouramazingplanet
The water that fills the oceans doesn't stay in the same place from year to year -- huge ocean-wide patterns of circulation slowly cycle that water around the world over the course of thousands of years.
Until now, oceanographers have subscribed to the overarching view that a conveyor belt-like system circulates the ocean waters from the poles to the equator and back again. Scientists have known that this was an oversimplification, and new research is showing where the ocean superhighway takes some unexpected twists and turns.
Scientists have found evidence that the ocean currents move on different pathways than previously thought, said M. Susan Lozier of Duke University in Durham, N.C., and author of a review of ocean circulation research detailed in the June 18 issue of the journal Science.
The basic global conveyor belt theory works like this: Warm surface water flows poleward from the tropics and cools, becoming denser and eventually sinking when it reaches the North Atlantic. The cooled water then returns along the bottom of the ocean to the tropics. It's this circulation that is thought to help redistribute heat around the planet.
June 18, 2010 -- Letter to Lieberman et all
Cap and Trade is a sophisticated shell game played on a huge scale. Energy users are taxed on carbon emission. Where the money goes is never clear. Billions of dollars go to developing nations, some to residential customers, some to subsidize failing wind and sun projects and millions to politicians who have inside information on companies that will gain or fail in the process.
It is bad for the environment since it sells permits to pollute. It is bad for the public since rising energy prices send more jobs overseas.
Cap and Trade by any other name is still Cap and Trade.
President Obama said that: "electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket." The EPA Clams that: "the American Power Act will decrease American’s energy bills"
We will campaign against any politician who votes for the APA or any similar Cap and Trade bill.
Americans for Energy
June 16, 2010 - R & D
New process invented for hydrogen fuel cell cars
A new process for storing and generating hydrogen to run fuel cells in cars has been invented by chemical engineers at Purdue Univ.
The process, given the name hydrothermolysis, uses a powdered chemical called ammonia borane, which has one of the highest hydrogen contents of all solid materials, said Arvind Varma, R. Games Slayter Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and head of the School of Chemical Engineering.
June 15, 2010
Dear Mr. Majthenyi:
Thank you for writing to express your concerns over legislation to address global climate change. I respectfully disagree with your position and view climate change as the most important environmental challenge of our time.
On May 19, 2010, the National Academy of Sciences released a series of reports requested by Congress. The publications describe compelling evidence that climate change is occurring today and will continue into the future, is largely anthropogenic, and poses a serious threat to human health and welfare
June 15, 2010
Dear Senator Lieberman,
Assuming you are right and Professor Phil Jones, the former director of the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit is wrong, your American Power Act is still a disaster for America. A much simpler and more effective formula would be to tax fossil fuels and subsidize carbon free energy such as water, wind, solar and nuclear.
June 11, 2010 -- News wires
UK boss says strong BP needed
British Prime Minister David Cameron said today that it was in everyone's interests for BP to remain a strong and stable company following the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Cameron, who is on his way home from Afghanistan, spoke to BP chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg and expressed his frustration about the environmental damage caused by the leak.
"Mr Svanberg made clear that BP will continue to do all that it can to stop the oil spill, clean up the damage and meet all legitimate claims for compensation," a spokesman for the prime minister said in a Reuters report.
June 11, 2010 -- Upstream staff
US rigs up 21.
The number of oil and gas rigs drilling in the US jumped by 21 this week bringing the total to 1527.
The number of rigs drilling for oil went up by 16 to total 561 and those drilling for gas increased by seven bringing the total to 954, according to a report by Houston-based oilfield services company Baker Hughes released today.
June 11, 2010 -- STEVEN THOMMA -- McClatchy Newspapers
A group of engineers and oil experts said Friday that the Interior Department changed the language of a high-profile oil spill report after they'd signed it, falsely signaling their support for a drilling moratorium that they thought went too far.
The new language called for a stronger and wider moratorium on some oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico than the experts thought necessary. In fact, one said Friday, the stronger moratorium might instead increase the risks slightly.
June 10, 2010 -- The Huffington Post -- Nick Wing
John Culberson: Gulf Oil Spill Is A 'Statistical Anomaly,' Texas Congressman Says
Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas) took his opposition to the Obama Administration's decision to enact a six-month moratorium on deep-water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico directly to the President Wednesday, sending him a letter that asked him to view the ongoing BP oil spill in its "proper historical context as a statistical anomaly.". . .
His argument? The record since 1985 shows that deep-water rigs have produced 7 billion barrels of oil, while spilling less than 0.001 percent of it. Culberson calls it "a 99.999% record for clean operations." He then encourages Obama not to ignore that "35-year record of safety," (though it appears that only 25 years have passed since 1985).
June 10, 2010 -- News wires
UK business rallies to BP's defence
UK business leaders today criticised the Obama administration for the level of political pressure on BP over the Macondo spill, with investors calling on Prime Minister David Cameron to support the company.
BP's shares continued a downward spiral today - at one point hitting their lowest level in 13 years - as Washington ratchets up the pressure on BP to pay more costs and cut its dividend.
"It's a matter of concern when politicians get heavily involved in business in this way," Richard Lambert, head of the CBI, the leading British business lobby group, told Reuters in an emailed statement.
June 10, 2010 -- Dow Jones
US Energy Dept. Awards $612 Million For Carbon Capture Projects
The U.S. Department of Energy said Thursday that it has awarded $612 million to Leucadia National Corp. (LUK), Archer Daniels Midland Corp. (ADM) and Air Products & Chemicals Inc. (APD) to build large-scale industrial projects to capture and store carbon dioxide, a key gas blamed for contributing to global warming.
June 09, 2010 -- Manufacturing.Net -
Ferro To Expand In Asia On Solar Demand
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Industrial materials maker Ferro Corp. said on Tuesday that it is expanding in Asia, including adding on to a plant in Suzhou, China, and building a new one in Taipei, Taiwan.
It said the expansion in Suzhou is to meet increasing demand from solar cell manufacturers in China.
The new facility in Taiwan will have solar cell printing and firing equipment, and is expected to be finished by the end of the year.
June 8, 2010 -- Upstream staff
Bakken light oil pulling crowds
Saskatchewan play emerges as Canadian hotspot for exploration
Some may call it the Land of Living Skies for its endless blue sky and flat lands, but for Canada’s energy industry Saskatchewan is fast becoming a hotspot for development because of the Bakken light oil pool.
June 8, 2010 -- Upstream staff
Callon funnels deep-water cash onshore
US player Callon Petroleum added a second rig in the Wolfberry oil play and plans to reinvest cash it had earmarked for deep-water Gulf of Mexico projects to its onshore assets.
The company said the new rig will be on site from 1 July, adding that its production outlook for the second quarter and the full year will stay the same.
Callon said the $2.7 million it had planned to spend on maintenance work in the Gulf will now be funnelled towards onshore conventional oil and shale gas projects.
June 8, 2010 -- Noah Brenner & Anthea Pitt
BP calls in FPSO for Macondo
BP will bring in a floating production, storage and offloading vessel to handle flow from oil containment system on the Macondo well in the US Gulf, a spokesman said.
BP spokesman Robert Wine told UpstreamOnline the UK supermajor would increase its oil processing and storage capacity with an FPSO that could then be offloaded with a shuttle tanker.
June 7, 2010
Obama says he's finding out 'whose ass to kick' over Gulf disaster
Is President Obama bowing to criticism that he hasn't shown enough emotion and outrage about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill? In an interview with the Today Show's Matt Lauer this morning, the president offered his most candid response yet about the disaster, bluntly telling Lauer he's been talking to experts about "whose ass to kick" when it comes to responsibility for the mess.
We know you plan to kick seniors by taking away their BP dividends. Some others you should kick:
Environmentalists who forced oil companies to drill in deep water.
Politicians who killed nuclear energy almost 40 years ago.
The EPA that is busy trying to cash in on global warming and has no time for environmental protection.
Al Gore, the carbon billionaire, who stopped all energy production.
Pickens who promised to replace oil with wind and backed out.
The UN scam experts who invented cap and trade.
June 7, 2010 -- By ROBIN BRAVENDER of ClimateWire
Thursday Is High Noon for Sen. Murkowski's Climate Resolution
In a vote that could be a precursor to a summer debate on climate and energy legislation, the Senate is set to vote Thursday on whether to unravel U.S. EPA's authority to issue climate rules.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) is planning to call for a vote on a resolution to upend EPA's "endangerment" finding for greenhouse gases, a determination that paves the way for agency climate rules. Murkowski last month reached an agreement with Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to call for the June 10 vote.
Friday, 04 June 2010
Sabine Pass LNG plan to export surplus US gas
Cheniere Energy said it was pursuing plans to build at least two liquefaction Trains at Sabine Pass LNG import terminal in Louisiana so that the US could export its surplus natural gas supplies when market prices dictated.
Maybe they could export to Boston?
Never allow a crisis to go to waste!
Another bill not reported by the media.
June 3, 2010 - Senator Joe Lieberman
"imminent cyber threat" legislation.
Another intrusion into private enterprise and freedom of speech.
Government could never act fast enough to stop an attack. It would have to close the web any time an imminent attack is suspected. -- Is that once a month, week or day?
Good bye cloud computing and Internet back up.
June 3, 2010
Re: "American Power Act"
This act commits an undefined amount of money to developing nations. Is this in addition to the one hundred billion dollars that President Obama promised the United Nations?
Americans would like to know.
June 3, 2010
Survey: Mood of Mexicans Worsens
For Mexicans, it's more imporant to resolve the political situation and the problem of insecurity than it is to fix the economy
According to a report by the Consulta-Mitofsky consulting firm, for Mexicans, the nation's political situation is in worse shape than the economy is in and the top problem is insecurity. While 22% of the population felt this way in Dec. 2009, the indicator rose to 36% during the May 2010 survey. President Calderon has managed to hang on to 53% approval upon reaching his 14th quarter in power which is his lowest rating during his mandate but also marks the end of three consecutive quarters of declines.
June 2, 2010
Never allow a crisis to go to waste,
While the left and right media is busy reporting on the BP oil crisis the administration is busy rounding up votes to pass the American Power Act.
This act, based on the fabricated global warming "Cap and Trade Act", would bring billions of dollars to special interest groups, enable taking over the power industry, send billions of dollars overseas while bilking the poor voters billions of dollars in new taxes and fees.
It is obviously very important to the administration and special interest friends.
June 2, 2010 -- Joe Lieberman
KERRY, LIEBERMAN: PRESIDENT OBAMA PERSONALLY PUSHES FOR AMERICAN POWER ACT
Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), authors of the Senate’s comprehensive energy independence and climate change legislation, today praised President Barack Obama for committing to round up votes to pass the American Power Act:
President Obama is clearly putting his shoulder to the wheel to pass comprehensive climate and energy legislation this year. Nothing could be more definitive than his explicit commitment today to find the remaining votes needed to pass this vital legislation.
Today marks four times in just the last twelve days that the President has thumped the bully pulpit to urge Senate action. We share the President’s determination to pass this critical bill so that our nation can begin to move toward a clean energy future. The tragic events in the Gulf underscore the need to move without haste to ensure, as the President eloquently stated, that ‘the next generation will not be held hostage to energy sources from the last century.’ This is clearly a moment demanding bi-partisan action.
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FOR ANNEX I PARTIES UNDER THE KYOTO PROTOCOL
Bonn, 1 to 11 June 2010
Item 2 (a) of the provisional agenda
Adoption of the agenda
Provisional agenda and annotations
Note by the Executive Secretary
I. Provisional agenda
1. Opening of the session.
2. Organizational matters:
(a) Adoption of the agenda; (b) Organization of the work of the session; (c) Election of officers.
3. Consideration of further commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol.
4. Other matters.
5. Report on the session.
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June 1, 2010
Get rich on energy legislation.
A few supporters of the Cap and Trade bill will profit handsomely.
We will find out who the supporters are.
June 1, 2010
(Re: your explanation of the bill)
"climate change legislation" is a scam!
God set up this universe pretty well. There is no global warming! We have not changed the climate!
>> "Our bill will create jobs and transform the American economy; make our country more energy independent"
That's what we were promised last year!
Even James Parks (AFL-CIO) admited that we have an "economy that is not creating new jobs"
>> "support from a growing and unprecedented coalition of business, national security, faith, and environmental communities"
Please list the special interest groups supporting the bill.
>> "faith communites"? Climate change is not a religion. Al Gore is not a god!
Sorry Joe. You have been mislead.
31 May to 9 June 2010 -- United Nations
Provisional agenda of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation at its thirty-second session
Conference Programme | Bonn Climate Change Talks June 2010
The thirty second sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) are being held in conjunction with the twelfth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) and the tenth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA).
May 30, 2010 -- Middle East Affairs ExaminerBill Heenan
Will Deepwater Horizon oil disaster exceed Desert Storm spill in Persian Gulf?
The first Gulf War lasted from August 2, 1990, to February 28, 1991, when America and its allies forced Iraq to end its occupation of Kuwait.
The scale of the catastrophe on sea and on land, and in the atmosphere staggers the imagination. An estimated 462 million gallons of oil from an estimated 10 percent of the world's oil reserves poured into the northwest corner of the Persian Gulf for slightly more than a month.
At one point, a slick visible from space covered more than 4,000 square miles, and oily rain fell hundreds of miles away on the Saudi capital Riyadh. The oil-well fires were finally extinguished at the end of 1991.
May 27, 2010 -- upstreamonline.com
American tots up Bakken gushers
US junior American Oil & Gas said reported a pair of wells that flowed above 2500 barrels per day during 24-hour tests on the North Dakota side of the Bakken oil play.
Upstream staff 25 May 2010 21:41 GMT
The Summerfield 15-15H well in Dunn County came on at 2799 barrels of oil equivalent (2178 barrels of oil and 3.7 million cubic feet of natural gas).
The 4051-foot lateral in the Bakken formation was fracture stimulated with 14 stages.
American owns an approximate 33% working interest in this well.
The Ron Viall 1-25H well in Williams County produced 2844 barrels of oil equivalent in a 24-hour test.
The well produced 1748 boepd during its first seven production days.
May 19, 2010 -- The National Academy of Sciences
Strong evidence on climate change underscores need for actions to reduce emissions and begin adapting to impacts
WASHINGTON - As part of its most comprehensive study of climate change to date, the National Research Council today issued three reports emphasizing why the U.S. should act now to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and develop a national strategy to adapt to the inevitable impacts of climate change. The reports by the Research Council, the operating arm of the National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering, are part of a congressionally requested suite of five studies known as America's Climate Choices.
May 17, 2010 -- Prof. Ken Johnson
Energy 104 - Wind Turbines
All in all, wind power is like a giant cotton ball rolling downhill, and neither reason nor argument will stop it. One can bury his fist in it up to the shoulder, but it just keeps on rolling. It is like Global Warming from atmospheric CO2 . . . after all the evidence proving it was a scam and Climategate identified the scammers, Congress is still going to try to pass a bill to condemn fossil fuels and tax them out of existence . . . along with many other useful products that contain CO2 or use it in their manufacturing.
May 17, 2010 -- upstreamonline.com
Oil hits three-month low
Oil fell below $70 a barrel today, to its lowest in more than three months, extending a loss of nearly 17% over the past two weeks on fears over Europe's debts, the weak euro and swollen US oil inventories.
The euro sank to four-year lows as angst over Europe's debt crisis led investors to pull more money from stocks in favour of havens such as gold and Asian bonds.
US crude for June delivery fell more than $1.00 today to as low as $69.82 a barrel, its weakest since 5 February. It was trading at $70.12 by 0303 GMT, down $1.49, Reuters reported.
The contract settled down $2.79 on Friday, bringing a two-week tumble to $14.54, or 16.9%, the biggest two-week percentage loss since the period ending 16 January 2009.
May 12, 2010
Global warming bill is here!
Looks like a tax bill smells lika tax bill
It's worse than a tax bill!.
Text of "Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act"
Text of bill
Foreign aid excerpt:
Supporting Cap and Trade in Developing Countries
"1 or more funds are available with the fiduciary and technical capacity to effectively address-
(A) preparation of developing countries to participate in international markets for international offset credits for reduced emissions from deforestation;
(B) protection and promotion of the national security, foreign policy, environmental, and economic interests of the United States to the extent those interests may be advanced by minimizing, averting, or increasing resilience to the impacts of climate change; or
(C) deployment of clean energy technologies through activities such as-
''(i) support for the incremental costs associated with transforming economies to low carbon pathways;
''(ii) capacity building to implement energy efficiency; and
''(iii) expanding exports of clean energy technologies."
May 12, 2010 -- PRNewswire-USNewswire/
ACARE Declares Kerry-Lieberman Bill an "Assault on Taxpayers, the Economy and the Energy Industry"
Today the American Council for Affordable and Reliable Energy (ACARE) declared opposition to the Kerry-Lieberman (KL) "Cap and Trade" bill that was introduced this morning. After many months of speculation, it can be confirmed that the bill contains many costly elements of no benefit to Americans that the Senators claimed it wouldn't, as well as many special giveaways to certain major energy companies who helped to craft the bill.
Mike Carey, President of ACARE, commented that "Senators Kerry and Lieberman have put together an enormously expensive government power grab worse than the recently passed health care reform bill. It will create huge costs for every American family, job losses and redistribution of wealth with no environmental benefit. The escalating costs, mandates, penalties, regulations and taxes in this bill will prove to be a death blow to our economy as it struggles to climb out of a recession. This bill actually creates 60 new agencies, boards, reports and programs that will only bleed money while strangling businesses. This is by far the most egregious expansion of government in history, and our economy cannot withstand it."
12 May 2010 -- Earth Times
Washington - Two US senators Wednesday proposed a climate bill that could break an international logjam over long-stalled US action, strengthen US energy independence and reduce carbon emissions.
Senators John Kerry, a Democrat, and Joe Lieberman, an independent, who ran as a team for the 2004 presidency and vice presidency, are also to call for an expansion of offshore oil and natural-gas production.
US Senate inaction over the past months is often cited as a chief reason for the failure of agreement on a new global treaty to curb greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming.
The Kerry-Lieberman bill would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 17 per cent in the current decade compared to 2005 levels, under a carbon emissions trading programme already approved by the House of Representatives.
Kerry said the proposed law would "finally change our nation's energy policy from a national weakness into a national strength."
May 12, 2010 -- By Darren Samuelsohn of ClimateWire
Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) will release long-awaited climate and energy legislation today that reflects eight months of closed-door negotiations with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), while still leaving wide open additional room for changes as they search for the magic 60 votes.
Coming in at just under 1,000 pages, the bill includes 12 titles covering a cross section of the nation's top environmental and energy issues, from expanded nuclear power and carbon capture and sequestration to revenue sharing for states that want to conduct more offshore oil and gas production. It also would set the first-ever mandatory caps on greenhouse gas emissions, according to a 21-page summary obtained yesterday by E&E.
"carbon capture and sequestration" - Global warming is still an issue! (In New York we sill have the heat on. Before global warming we turned it off on April 15th.)
May 11, 2010 -- Upstream Online
CNR roars on higher output and prices
First-quarter profit at Canadian Natural Resources (CNR), the country's biggest independent oil explorer, more than doubled on higher oil production and stronger prices, the company said.
CNR which operates the new Horizon oil sands project and produces oil and gas in Canada, the North Sea and elsewhere, benefited from an 86% rise in oil prices, to $78.37 a barrel and strong heavy oil prices.
HR 5019 -- May 9, 2010
111TH CONGRESS -- 2D SESSION
Home Star Retrofit Rebate Act
To provide for the establishment of the Home Star Retrofit Rebate Program, and for other purposes.
Accredited contractor’’ means a qualified contractor that is accredited by the BPI; or under other standards that the Secretary shall approve or deny not later than 30 days after submittal, in consultation with the Administrator; and effective 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, that uses a certified work force.
Administrator’’ means the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
BPI. The term ‘‘BPI’’ means the Building Performance Institute.
HR-5019 - bill
May 5, 2010 -- Congressional Budget Office
ECONOMIC AND BUDGET ISSUE BRIEF
How Policies to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions could Affect Employment
Summary and Introduction
Human activities around the world are producing increasingly larger quantities of greenhouse gases, particu..
larly carbon dioxide resulting from the use of fossil fuels and from deforestation. Because of concerns that the
accumulation of such gases in the atmosphere will result in a variety of environmental changes over time that
would have serious and costly effects, policies to reduce those emissions are being considered. Such policies would
impose costs on the U.S. economy and affect patterns of employment throughout the country.
May 5, 2010 -- David Kreutzer, Ph.D. , Karen Campbell, Ph.D. , William Beach , Ben Lieberman and Nicolas Loris
A Renewable Electricity Standard: What It Will Really Cost Americans
Abstract: Renewable energy—harnessing the power of the wind and the sun—sounds wonderful until confronted with the facts. While wind and sun are indeed free, turning their energy into consumer-accessible electricity is not. Nor is it easy. Wind power must be used at the moment the wind is blowing— which it generally does not do during blazing-hot summer days, the peak of electricity use. Both solar and wind power require costly installations and transmission mechanisms. Instead of saving money for Americans, renewable energy sources are much more likely to spike their utility bills. Nevertheless, Congress is considering a mandate for a nationwide renewable electricity standard (RES). Heritage Foundation energy policy experts explain why an imposed national RES would be bad for families, bad for business, and bad for the economy.
May 5, 2010 -- Darren Samuelsohn of Greenwire
Senate Cap-And-Trade Bill Coming Out Next Week -- Boxer
Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) are planning to release their climate and energy bill as soon as next week even if they cannot win back their longtime GOP partner, according to a top Senate Democrat.
Kerry revealed the tentative schedule for the unveiling of his long-awaited measure during the Democrats' weekly meeting of committee leaders. "He said it's looking good, and he hopes to have a press conference next week," said Environment and Public Works Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.).
Both Kerry and Lieberman sidestepped questions about the timing of their bill. "It's coming soon," Lieberman said.
April 30, 2010 -- Ron Trevino -- khou.com
President Barack Obama has ordered all new offshore drilling be put on hold, until investigators figure out what happened in the oil rig disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
People in the energy sector still have a lot of questions about what this will mean, but right now, some see it as potentially bad news.
"If there's an immediate moratorium, it'll affect the entire industry," says Allen Sinor of Baker Hughes."The operators, the BPs, the Shells that are out there in the Gulf of Mexico today, along with all the other service companies out there in this very expensive environment."
April 29, 2010 -- AP
Coast Guard: US Feds offer to step in to contain massive Gulf oil spill; BP says help welcome
A massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is even worse than believed and as the government grows concerned that the rig's operator is ill-equipped to contain it, officials are offering a military response to try to avert a massive environmental disaster along the ecologically fragile U.S. coastline.
Speaking Thursday on NBC television, BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles, an executive for BP PLC, which operated the oil rig that exploded and sank last week, said the company would welcome help from the U.S. military.
April 28, 2010 -- Daily Star
Giant dome to contain US oil spill
Engineers raced yesterday to build a giant containment dome in case robotic submarines fail to stop oil gushing into the sea from a sunken rig in the Gulf of Mexico.
British energy giant BP is operating four robotic submarines some 1,500 meters (5,000 feet) down on the seabed to try to activate a blowout preventer that can cap the oil well.
But two days of efforts have yielded no progress and placing a giant dome over the leak is now considered the best solution to ward off the threat of an environmental disaster from the huge slick developing off the Louisiana coast.
April 19, 2010 -- Upstream
Khelil says shale causing LNG glut
New natural gas production from the US, along with liquefied-natural-gas projects globally, is leading to an excess of capacity in liquefied natural gas, Algeria's energy minister said today.
Chakib Khelil, speaking before a meeting in Oran of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum, of which he is president, said the glut had led to a drop in prices to which the group was trying to find solutions.
Amid a recent drop in demand, "the spectacular development of non-conventional gas production...[in North America] seems to be sustainable" due to technology, Khelil said. This will "generate idle capacity in regasification."
With a huge supply of natural gas in the US, why are we importing LNG?
April 15, 2010 --
US climate compromise on its way
A long-awaited compromise bill to reduce US emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases blamed for global warming will be unveiled by a group of senators on 26 April, sources said today.
The legislative language to be sketched out in 11 days, according to government and environmental sources, is being drafted by Democratic senator John Kerry, Republican senator Lindsey Graham and independent senator Joseph Lieberman.
Backers of the environmental bill hope the unveiling will pave the way for the full Senate to debate and pass a measure in June or July if the compromise attracts enough support from a group of moderate Republicans and Democrats...
Like the House-passed bill and Obama administration policy, it would set a target of 17% reductions in smokestack emissions of carbon dioxide by 2020, from 2005 levels.
Point Carbon, an energy markets consulting service, estimated the anticipated Senate bill would result in US gasoline prices rising an average of 27 cents per gallon from 2013 to 2020.
The bill is expected to contain a fee on motor fuels.
Just when you thought that the economy would recover along comes the usual gang to send more jobs will go overseas.
April 15, 2010 -- Upstream
Venezuela lobbies for US oil cash
Venezuelan oil minister Rafael Ramirez today welcomed investment by US oil companies to help develop his country's vast crude reserves, as he held energy talks in Washington for the first time in six years.
Ramirez said Venezuela is signing agreements with companies in Russia, China, Europe and Japan to develop its reserves and US companies should be there as well.
April 13, 2010 -- Huffington Post
Neil Armstrong BLASTS Obama's 'Devastating' Space Plan
Former astronauts Neil Armstrong, James Lovell, and Eugene Cernan slammed President Barack Obama's proposed changes to the US space program, describing the Obama's move to cancel NASA's return to the moon as "devastating."
The statement, which the three astronauts sent to NBC and the Associated Press, warned Obama's plan "destines our nation to become one of second- or even third-rate stature."
"Without the skill and experience that actual spacecraft operation provides, the USA is far too likely to be on a long downhill slide to mediocrity," the letter reads. "America must decide if it wishes to remain a leader in space. If it does, we should institute a program which will give us the very best chance of achieving that goal."
Why is this administration destroying America?
April 9, 2010 | Upstream
Iran dangles Azadegan prize
Iran has started a process of transferring operatorship of the giant Azadegan oilfield to China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) in the apparent hope of China approving its biggest investment so far in the country, despite increasing international pressure for tighter sanctions.
April 9, 2010 | Upstream
Reliance makes $1.7bn shale partnership
US player Atlas Energy said today that it has entered a $1.7 billion joint venture deal with India’s Reliance Industries to develop Atlas’ Marcellus Shale gas operations.
Reliance will pay around $340 million in cash upon deal close and an additional $1.36 billion in the form of a drilling carry.
The two companies have agreed on a five-year development plan that includes drilling of 45 horizontal Marcellus Shale wells during the remainder of 2010, increasing to 108 wells in 2011, 178 wells in 2012, and 300 wells in 2013 and 2014.
April 8, 2010 | Upstream
Carrizo follows onshore oil rush
US independent Carrizo Oil & Gas is the latest unconventional specialist to shift its gaze from natural gas to oil plays.
The Houston-based company said its strategy moving forward would be to focus on liquids-rich horizons in gas plays like the Eagle Ford shale in West Texas and oil-bearing shale formations such as the Niobrara, which straddles Wyoming and Colorado.
Carrizo plans a to boost its capital budget from the previously announced target of $170 million to $225 million.
April 6, 2010 | Dow Jones
List Of Companies Posting Charges Related To Health-Care Law
Starting in 2013, companies that provide prescription-drug benefits for retirees under Medicare can no longer deduct this subsidy from their taxes, due to the federal health-care overhaul signed into law on March 23.
April 4, 2010 -- Jonathan Leake -- The Times
Arctic ice recovers from the great melt
IF you thought it was cold in Britain for the time of year, you should see what is happening around the North Pole. Scientists have discovered that the size of the Arctic ice cap has increased sharply to levels not seen since 2001.
A shift in the chilly winds across the Bering Sea over the past few months has caused thousands of square miles of ocean to freeze.
The same phenomenon, known as the Arctic Oscillation, is also partly responsible for the cold winter experienced in northern Europe and eastern America.
It allowed icy blasts of air to escape from the Arctic and make their way southwards. Provisional Met Office figures for December to February suggest the UK had its coldest winter since 1979, with an average temperature of 1.6C — a full 2.1C below normal. Last week a teenager was killed in Scotland when a school bus crashed in the snow — just days into British Summer Time.
The Arctic Oscillation usually acts like a ring of strong winds circulating anti-clockwise around the North Pole to dam up cold Arctic air. This year it has turned “negative”, meaning the ring has broken down, allowing blasts of cold air to escape to lower latitudes.
Mark Serreze, director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in Colorado, is surprised by the Arctic’s recovery from the great melt of 2007 when summer ice shrank to its smallest recorded extent.
April 2, 2010 -- upstreamonline.com
Shell’s Voser sees electric car boom
Anglo-Dutch supermajor Shell chief executive Peter Voser said he expects electricity-powered vehicles to account for as much as 40% of the worldwide car market by 2050.
Voser, speaking at The Wall Street Journal's ECO:nomics conference in Santa Barbara last week, said technological improvements and increases in the cost of producing gasoline will give a boost to vehicles that run on alternative power, Reuters reported.
"We think between now and 2050, we will go from 1 billion cars to 2 billion cars worldwide," he said. "We think by 2050, roughly 40% of those 2 billion cars will be electric."
April 2, 2010 -- Fred Dardick -- Canada Free Press
Obama to Crush Economy with Massive CO2 Taxes as Early as Next Week
Abandoning all loyalty to the democratic processes this nation holds dear, President Obama has made the decision that getting energy tax legislation through Congress with the approval of the American people is just too much of a pain to bother with. Instead he will have the EPA declare as early as next week that CO2 is a dangerous global warming gas and will start regulating its emissions immediately.
Obama’s promise to open up vast stretches of ocean on the East Coast and Gulf of Mexico to energy exploration is simply a ruse to soften up the public for soon to be announced draconian regulations.
April 2, 2010 -- AP
Russia offers Venezuela nuclear help, Chavez says
Russia has agreed to help Venezuela draw up plans for a nuclear power plant, President Hugo Chavez said Friday.
Atomic energy was one of many areas of cooperation discussed as Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin made his first visit to the South American country.
"We're ready to start drawing up the first plan of a nuclear power plant, obviously with peaceful aims," Chavez said.
Chavez had announced plans to turn to Russia for nuclear help in the past. He did not give details on how much Venezuela is prepared to invest, or how long it might take.
April 1, 2010 -- upstreamonline
JPMorgan signs up for LNG trade.
JPMorgan Chase & Co has unveiled its entry into the LNG market through a deal signed with US liquefied natural gas importer Cheniere Energy .
News wires 01 April 2010 01:55 GMT
Under the two-year deal, JP Morgan and Cheniere will jointly look for buying opportunities in the global LNG market, combining Cheniere's existing LNG assets and experience with JP Morgan's greater buying power.
March 31, 2010 15:37 -- UpstreamOnline
Obama announces drilling expansion.
US President Barack Obama announced today plans for a broad expansion of offshore oil and gas drilling in an effort to win Republican support for new laws to fight climate change.
The president, who needs bipartisan support to pass a bill that would set limits on US greenhouse gas emissions, cautioned that expanding drilling was not a catch-all answer to US energy challenges.
At first glance this looks like a great deal, but:
Alaska, where there is oil is out.
California, which needs additional income is out.
Most of the Gulf of Mexico is out.
Worst of all, the proposal is tied to a Cap and Trade or Cap and Tax bill that would impose billions of dollars of new taxes. Most of this burden would be borne by the poor and the middle class.
U.S. Blocks Oil Drilling at 60 Sites in Utah -- October 06, 2009
H.R.2454 - American Clean Energy And Security Act of 2009 -- Official Summary
March 30, 2010 -- Gene J. Koprowski, FOXNews
Global Warming Advocates Threaten Blizzard of Lawsuits
Environmentalists, unable to squeeze "cap and trade" rules through the U.S. Senate, have a new strategy for combating what they believe is man-made global warming:
They're going to sue.
March 26, 2010
EPA to launch shale gas probe
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is set to announce later today that it will take a closer look at the affects shale gas drilling can have on the environment and on human health, a US congressman said.
News wires 18 March 2010 14:02 GMT
The study, which could take months to complete, will put the spotlight on the potential dangers of hydraulic fracturing for water supplies and public health at a time when major players such as ExxonMobil, BP, Statoil and Total are stepping up investment in the shale gas sector.
Representative Maurice Hinchey of New York told Reuters that the EPA last night told groups concerned about the drilling technique that the agency would begin the first phase of its study today.
Government controls Banks
Government controls Health Insurance
Government controls Health Care
Government controls Automobile Industry
Government controls Energy
Government controls College Loans
What else can we do to destroy America?
How many more jobs can we kill?
March 26, 2010
Industry defends fracking
US natural gas industry officials today defended hydraulic fracturing as the industry braces for possible new government regulations.
News wires 25 March 2010 19:18 GMT
"There is no known instance where fracking has contaminated someone's drinking water," said Will Brackett, the managing editor of the Powell Barnett Shale Newsletter, speaking on an industry panel sponsored by the George W. Bush Institute and Southern Methodist University's Cox Maguire Energy Institute.
Bush, the former US president and Texas oil man, said more natural gas drilling would create more US jobs.
Bush did not touch on the hydraulic fracturing debate.
"When you explore for natural gas, when you develop natural gas, when you lay pipelines for natural gas, Americans are working," Bush said in opening remarks to the conference.
March 25, 2010 -- By Cassandra Sweet -- Dow Jones
Calif Gov Asks Regulators To Loosen Cap-And-Trade Rules
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has asked the state's top climate-change regulator to loosen proposed cap-and-trade rules to make it easier for companies to comply, in a sign the state is responding to pressures from business groups concerned about the cost of the program.
In a letter dated Wednesday and distributed early Thursday, Schwarzenegger, a Republican, asked state Air Resources Board Chairwoman Mary Nichols not to adopt a proposal by a panel of economists that would require companies to buy all the pollution allowances they would need to comply with state rules in an auction, but instead to consider giving away most pollution allowances for free in the early years of the program and auctioning only "a very small percentage of allowances.
Fires and earthquakes have not been able to destroy California but the Air Resources Board will.
Other countries have already ditched Cap & Trade. Even environmentalists say it's the wrong way to go. Carbon tax is more acceptable. At least it’s easy to cancel once you admit that carbon is a miniscule part of greenhouse gases.
March 24, 2010
NGL pipeline planned to run to American Midwest
Enbridge has proposed a natural gas liquids (NGL) pipeline running from the Marcellus Shale, located in Southern Pennsylvania and Northern West Virginia, to markets in the Midwestern United States.
The pipeline is intended to connect into existing NGL infrastructure in the Chicago area, including the Aux Sable gas processing facility, which connects to the Alliance Pipeline.
Mar 23, 2010 -- Addy Dugdale
Bill Gates Goes Nuclear With Toshiba's 4S Reactor
Bill Gates is going atomic. The Microsoft founder's startup TerraPower is partnering with Toshiba to build a traveling-wave reactor. These reactors run on depleted uranium, rather than the enriched sort found in light-water reactors, only have to be refueled every 60 to 100 years, and are small enough to fit in a hot tub. it is all part of Gates' quest for zero carbon emissions in the next 40 years.
Mar. 19, 2010 -- By Carl Mario Nudi
Port Manatee signs $30M deal
MANATEE - The giant check was not only symbolic for a $425,000 down payment Port Dolphin Energy will pay to Port Manatee, but also for the $30 million value of a contract approved Thursday.
The agreement the Manatee Port Authority board unanimously approved calls for Port Dolphin Energy leasing about 35 acres of port property and the right of way for a pipeline through the port.
This agreement continues the Port Authority's commitment to creating jobs, board Chairman Larry Bustle said in a press release.
18 March 2010 -- upstreamonline
Canada makes oil sands case
The United States should not discriminate against the Canadian oil sands industry, Canada's ambassador in Washington said today, warning that trade restrictions could cause the top energy supplier to US markets to seek out other customers.
Canada's abundant oil sands resources have been threatened in the US market with proposed climate change policies that would place additional costs on fuels that emit higher levels of carbon dioxide.
Mar 10, 2010 -- Gillian Wong, Associated Press
China tells US to do more on climate change
China told the United States on Wednesday to make stronger commitments on climate change and provide environmental expertise and financing to developing nations.
At the same time, China said its own efforts to reduce energy intensity have been hampered by its economic recovery in the latter part of last year, which brought growth in heavy energy-consuming industries.
China's top climate change negotiator, Xie Zhenhua, acknowledged the current U.S. administration's greater stress on greenhouse gas reductions, but said its pledges thus far fall short of expectations.
Mar 10, 2010 Delphi
The only way we could make stronger commitments on reducing carbon (the imaginary cause of climate change) is by starting a crash program to build 50 or more nuclear reactors.
We have neither the political will or the financial ability to do that. China and India started on that route years ago and can thus pledge reducing emissions.
China's request for the US to provide environmental expertise and financing to developing nations is absurd and insulting. They have already own the best US technology companies and know that the US in no position to provide financing.
Mar 10, 2010 -- Saibal Dasgupta, TNN,
China to stick to climate change stand, expects India to follow suit
BEIJING: China said it will not deviate from its stand on climate change even after it gave qualified approval to the Copenhagen climate accord on Tuesday. It expects India to stick to its stand as well, a senior Chinese official said on Wednesday.
"In future negotiations and cooperation on climate change, we will continue to be good partners. The government of India and China have signed an MOU enhancing our climate partnership," Xie Zhenhua, vice minister of the National Development and Reform Commission, told a news conference here.
"We are willing to step up cooperation in the areas of forestry, energy efficiency and renewable energy (with India)," Xie said.
He said China would not allow intrusive supervision of the work on environmental restoration done in this country but would be open to consultation on the subject with international bodies.
Mar 10, 2010
China, India back Copenhagen climate deal
China and India announced on Tuesday they would back the 11th-hour climate accord hammered out in Copenhagen in December, removing doubts that the world's two most populous countries fully supported the contested deal.
Ahead of a January 31 deadline, China -- the world's No. 1 greenhouse-gas emitter -- informed the UN of voluntary actions it planned to take to curb the carbon intensity of its economy.
But it did not give the accord the political endorsement of saying it sought to be "associated" with the deal, a step taken by all industrialised countries.
It also commits rich countries to paying out around 30 billion dollars in total over the next three years, and sets a potential figure of 100 billion dollars annually by 2020, to help poor nations fight climate change.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC): "Cap-and-trade is dead."
Sens. John Kerry (D-MA) and Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) "This is a different bill"
The end result of the bill is the same: More taxes more companies lost and more unemployment. Wake up Senators. We are sinking!
February 27, 2010 -- Juliet Eilperin -- Washington Post
Senators to propose abandoning cap-and-trade
Three key senators are engaged in a radical behind-the-scenes overhaul of climate legislation, preparing to jettison the broad "cap-and-trade" approach that has defined the legislative debate for close to a decade. . . .
They plan to introduce legislation next month that would apply different carbon controls to individual sectors of the economy instead of setting a national target. . . .
Power plants would face an overall cap on emissions that would become more stringent over time; motor fuel may be subject to a carbon tax whose proceeds could help electrify the U.S. transportation sector; and industrial facilities would be exempted from a cap on emissions for several years before it is phased in. The legislation would also expand domestic oil and gas drilling offshore and would provide federal assistance for constructing nuclear power plants and carbon sequestration and storage projects at coal-fired utilities.
A desperate plea from Al Gore:
February 27, 2010 -- Al Gore -- New York Times
We Can’t Wish Away Climate Change
It would be an enormous relief if the recent attacks on the science of global warming actually indicated that we do not face an unimaginable calamity requiring large-scale, preventive measures to protect human civilization as we know it.
Of course, we would still need to deal with the national security risks of our growing dependence on a global oil market dominated by dwindling reserves in the most unstable region of the world, and the economic risks of sending hundreds of billions of dollars a year overseas in return for that oil. . . . . .
But the scientific enterprise will never be completely free of mistakes. What is important is that the overwhelming consensus on global warming remains unchanged.
February 24, 2010 -- Peter Behr of ClimateWire
Reactor that burns depleted fuel attracts R&D leaders
After years in a status closer to science fiction than reality, the traveling wave nuclear reactor is emerging as a potential "game changer," according to a U.S. Department of Energy official. It helps that the reactor is the product of a team of top scientists backed by the deep pockets of Microsoft founder Bill Gates.
This reactor (pdf) works something like a cigarette. A chain reaction is launched in one end of a closed cylinder of spent uranium fuel, creating a slow-moving "deflagration," a wave of nuclear fission reactions that keeps breeding neutrons as it makes way through the container, keeping the self-sustaining reaction going.
And it goes and goes, perhaps for 100 years, said former Bechtel Corp. physicist John Gilleland. He heads TerraPower LLC, a private research team based outside Seattle that is pursuing the traveling wave reactor design.
Feb. 21, 2010 -- Shawn McCarthy -- Globe and Mail
North American drilling companies' methods are facing growing scrutiny that may curtail their efforts to tap a key U.S. source of natural gas.
In the latest signal of the increasing public and political concern over the drilling, a U.S. congressional committee is investigating drilling firms, including two Calgary companies, over concerns that their drilling for shale gas deposits may be contaminating water supplies.
Drilling for shale gas "has been used for more than 60 years in more than one million U.S. wells without a single confirmed instance of groundwater contamination.”
February 18, 2010 -- Karen Schuberg -- (CNSNews.com)
Top U.S. Climate Official: 15 Years With No Global Warming Is Not a Trend
When asked yesterday whether she agreed or disagreed with one of the world’s top climate-change scientists that there had been no statistically significant global warming over the last fifteen years, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Administrator Jane Lubchenco would only say “that it is inappropriate to look at any particular short period of time to discern the long-term trend.”
Feb 18, 2010 -- AP -- Fox News
Top U.N. Climate Official Yvo de Boer Resigning
Yvo de Boer, the top U.N. climate change official, is resigning after nearly four years -- mere months before 193 nations are due to reconvene in Mexico for another attempt to reach a worldwide agreement on controlling greenhouse gases.
. . . . De Boer said he will be a consultant on climate and sustainability issues for KPMG, a global accounting firm, and will be associated with several universities.
February 17, 2010 -- Dennis T. Avery -- Hudson Institute
India Sets Up Independent Global Warming Panel:
India is setting up its own climate research unit because it no longer trusts the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. I’ve been predicting such a move for years—partly due to the IPCC’s biased science, but more because India simply cannot afford to curtail its desperately needed and energy-powered economic growth. India’s government’s stability depends on expanding prosperity for the all of its people. That means more energy, and over half of India’s electricity comes from coal.
Carried to its extreme, the global warming scare would pressure India to give up the nitrogen fertilizer that feeds nearly half its population—and even slaughter its 200 million sacred cows, which daily produce huge amounts of the greenhouse gas methane. Either would cause widespread rioting.
February 17, 2010 -- Sheila McNulty -- Financial Times
BP pulls out of emissions reduction coalition
By Sheila McNulty in Houston and Anna Fifield in,Washington
Published: February 17 2010 02:00 | Last updated: February 17 2010 02:00
BP, Europe's biggest oil company, has pulled out of the leading business group lobbying for curbs on US greenhouse gas emissions, a sign of fragmentation in the campaign for climate and energy legislation.
ConocoPhillips and Caterpillar of the US have also dropped out of USCAP, the group revealed yesterday. Royal Dutch Shell is now the only large oil company that is still a member.
February 17, 2010 -- Michael D. Shear -- Washington Post
President Obama seized a key Republican energy initiative as his own Tuesday, promising $8.33 billion in federal loan guarantees for a pair of Georgia reactors that he said would give new life to the U.S. nuclear power industry and create a surge of high-skill jobs.
February 16, 2010 -- Dugald McConnell, CNN
Obama's nuclear power push faces obstacle: Waste
President Obama's announcement Tuesday of loan guarantees for nuclear power plants may encourage new construction, but a problem still remains that has plagued atomic energy for decades: what to do with nuclear waste?
Feb 15,2010 -- Carl Zimmer -- Environment360
An Ominous Warning on the Effects of Ocean Acidification
A new study says the seas are acidifying ten times faster today than 55 million years ago when a mass extinction of marine species occurred. And, the study concludes, current changes in ocean chemistry due to the burning of fossil fuels may portend a new wave of die-offs.
The JOIDES Resolution looks like a bizarre hybrid of an oil rig and a cargo ship. It is, in fact, a research vessel that ocean scientists use to dig up sediment from the sea floor. In 2003, on a voyage to the southeastern Atlantic, scientists aboard the JOIDES Resolution brought up a particularly striking haul.
One cold day does not prove global cooling and one core drilled in Australia does not prove a rise in acidity but we get the point: If you can't prove global warming you have to come up with another excuse to tax fossil fuel.
Feb 14 2010 -- By Jonathan Petre -- Mail Online
Climategate U-turn as scientist at centre of row admits:
There has been no global warming since 1995
Data for vital 'hockey stick graph' has gone missing
Warming periods have happened before - but NOT due to man-made changes
Data: Professor Phil Jones admitted his record keeping is 'not as good as it should be'
The academic at the centre of the 'Climategate' affair, whose raw data is crucial to the theory of climate change, has admitted that he has trouble 'keeping track' of the information.
Colleagues say that the reason Professor Phil Jones has refused Freedom of Information requests is that he may have actually lost the relevant papers.
Feb-14-2010 -- NY Post
Trump cool to global warning
Donald Trumpis not a big believer in global warming. "With the coldest winter ever recorded, with snow setting record levels up and down the coast, the Nobel committee should take the Nobel Prize back from Al Gore," the tycoon told members of his Trump National Golf Club in Westchester in a recent speech. "Gore wants us to clean up our factories and plants in order to protect us from global warming, when China and other countries couldn't care less. It would make us totally noncompetitive in the manufacturing world, and China, Japan and India are laughing at America's stupidity." The crowd of 500 stood up and cheered.
State of the Climate Global Analysis 2009
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Climatic Data Center
Global land and ocean annual surface temperatures through December tied with 2006 as the fifth warmest on record, at 0.56°C (1.01°F) above the 20th century average.
The 2000-2009 decade is the warmest on record, with an average global surface temperature of 0.54°C (0.96°F) above the 20th century average. This shattered the 1990s value of 0.36°C (0.65°F).
But stratospheric temperatures (14 to 22 km / 9 to 14 miles above the surface):
January-December 2009 was the 17th consecutive year with below-average temperatures (an anomaly of -0.53°C/-0.95°F), the eighth coolest year on record. The below-average stratospheric temperatures are consistent with the depletion of ozone in the lower stratosphere and the effects of increasing greenhouse gas concentrations. The large temperature increase in 1982 is attributed to the volcanic eruption of El Chichon, and the increase in 1991 was associated with the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in the Philippines.
Note: you will only see the inacurate and discredited surface measurments quoted in the media. You will not se the more accurate stratospheric temperature records.
Friday, February 12, 2010 -- Cassandra Sweet -- Dow Jones
Arizona Quits Western Cap-And-Trade Market; Utah Mulls Similar Move
Days after Arizona pulled out of a western cap-and-trade market, Utah lawmakers were considering a proposal Friday to follow suit, potentially weakening the fledgling regional carbon market.
In an executive order signed last week, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican, rescinded the state's agreement to participate in the Western Climate Initiative cap-and-trade market, scheduled to start Jan. 1, 2012, citing concerns about the economy and the program's costs. On Friday, a Utah House panel passed a resolution asking the state's governor to do the same thing.
Feb-11-2010 -- Scoop
'IPCC: Cherish It, Tweak It, Scrap It?'
In response to intensifying calls for reform of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), five influential climatologists have stepped forward with their views on what ought to be done.
Their suggestions, in an Opinions article in today's edition of the journal Nature, range from reaffirming the current structure with an emphasis on best practise, or streamlining the process, to scrapping the IPCC entirely in favour of an International Climate Agency or even a Wikipedia-style repository of climate research.
February 11, 2010 -- Sewell Chan -- New York Times
Obama Advisers Predict Unemployment of 8.2% by 2012
The Obama administration projected Thursday that the unemployment rate would fall this year by only a little, if at all, and would remain well over 6 percent until 2015.
Feb-10-2010 -- Venezuela -- Associated Press
Venezuela forges foreign alliances for Orinoco oil
Venezuela's state-run oil company signed a series of multibillion-dollar agreements Wednesday with foreign and domestic firms to develop oil fields in the South American nation's petroleum-rich Orinoco region.
Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez said Petroleos de Venezuela will create joint ventures with two consortiums of foreign companies to develop two blocks in the Carabobo area of the Orinoco Belt — one of the world's largest known oil deposits.
Senior Chinese climatologist calls for reform of IPCC
Lü Xuedu says Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is a young institution that needs to strengthen its credibility
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) should be reformed to prevent political interference, improve research and reduce western bias, a senior Chinese climatologist has told the Guardian.
Lü Xuedu, the deputy director general of the National Climate Centre and a Chinese delegate to the Copenhagen conference, said the use of flawed projections about the speed of melting of Himalayan glaciers and recent allegations that scientists blocked criticism proved there are problems with the way some IPCC documents are assessed and checked.
Feb-09-2010 -- Venezuela -- poder360.com
Heavy Fines -- The government announced its first electricity emergency measures
President Hugo Chavez announced that the electricity emergency will extend itself for the next 60 days and announced fines for those who don't reduce energy consumption. From now on, residences which consume over 500 kilowatts/hour must reduce consumption by 10%. If they don't a 75% fine on their bill will be applied. If the amount of energy consumption goes up, the user must pay double. The government also established a discount program of up to 50% of the value of one's bill for those clients who save 10% or 20% of electricity.
Feb. 7, 2009 -- COLOMBIA -- Poder
Intelligence Report Classifies Venezuela as “Anti-U.S. Leader”
The National Director of Intelligence, in his annual threat assessment before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said Venezuela continues to fund Colombian insurgents
Admiral Dennis Blair¹s report details the principle threats to the interests and security of the U.S. worldwide. In addition to mentioning the usual security concerns Iran, North Korea, Afghanistan, Al Qaida and Iraq the report dedicates significant space to Venezuela. In his statement Blair said Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez "continued his covert support to the terrorist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC)." Blair also called Chavez one of the U.S.'s foremost international detractors and a potential destabilizing actor in the region - highlighting Chavez's purchases of Russian weapons, close ties to Iran, and his increasingly belligerent opposition to Colombia¹s defense cooperation agreement with the U.S., which Chavez has called a declaration of war.
Feb 04, 2010 -- AP -- Fox News
India to Pull Back From IPCC, Create Independent Climate Panel
Recent scandals involving the IPCC have undercut its creditability to such an extent that the nation of India plans to look for an independent assessment.
Recent scandals involving the IPCC have undercut its creditability to such an extent that the nation of India plans to look for an independent assessment.
Feb. 4, 2009 -- From The Times
IPCC chief Rajendra Pachauri under pressure to go over glacier error
The head of the UN's climate change body is under pressure to resign after one of his strongest allies in the environmental movement said his judgment was flawed and called for a new leader to restore confidence in climatic science.
Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), has insisted that he will remain in post for another four years despite having failed to act on a serious error in the body's 2007 report.
Feb. 4, 2009 -- COLOMBIA -- Poder
Ecopetrol and Knoc Create Savia Peru
Ecopetrol and Knoc Create Savia Peru
State oil firm Ecopetrol and South Korea's Knoc confirmed this Thurs. that they concluded the process of transforming the Petro Tech Peru company, in order to convert it into a firm called Savia Peru. The firm plans to invest over $2.5 billion in the next eight years and hopes to become the top crude and gas producer in the country. The project aims to produce 18,000 barrels of oil daily, reaching 50,000 in 2016. Ecopetrol has a 50% share of Savia Peru.
Feb 3, 2010 -- Jessica Van Sack -- Boston Herald
Uproar as LNG tankers head for Boston Harbor
The U.S. Coast Guard will allow tankers from Yemen carrying liquefied natural gas to begin rolling into Boston Harbor later this month despite elected officials' fears about the highly flammable cargo originating from a suspected al-Qaeda stronghold.
Insanity or Treason?
With natural gas prices near record lows and US supplies at record high why are we importing LNG? Who in government is making money on this deal?
Feb. 2, 2009 -- Lisi, NY Post
Bin Laden: Global warming is US' fault
Osama bin Laden has raised the terror warning level to green. In a message that would make Al Gore proud, the man behind the Sept. 11 attacks called for the world to boycott American products and the US dollar -- blaming this country for global warming, according to an audiotape released today. In the tape, the terror lord rants of the dangers of climate change and said the only way to stop it is to bring "the wheels of the American economy" to a grinding halt. He called for "drastic solutions" to global warming -- "not solutions that partially reduce the effect of climate change," according to the taped message. The message was played today by the Qatar-based Arab satellite TV channel Al Jazeera.
Feb. 2, 2009 -- Poder
White House to Push Biofuels
As the president tries to garner GOP support for his climate-change bill, he is broadening his support of energy sources seen as less polluting
President Obama is expanding his repertoire of energy sources to include biofuels, as he seeks to attract GOP support for his legislation to reduce greenhouse gases.
Feb. 2, 2009
Anyone familiar with the 2011 budget and recent regulations would have to be insane to hire employees or start a business. The budget includes 86.7 billion in tax increases plus 39.0 billion in "Climate revenues". With increased taxes and "skyrocketing" energy costs we see more layoffs and bankruptcies, not employment. The most to suffer will be the middle class.
Recent news would send any company running to a friendlier country.
Feb. 1, 2009 -- Mason and Timothy Gardner
Obama budget drops revenue outlook for carbon trade
WASHINGTON, Feb 1 (Reuters) - The White House on Monday dropped prospects for revenue from a climate cap-and-trade system opposed by many lawmakers, but its
proposed budget still called for a "market-based" policy to fight climate change.
January 29, 2010
SURFACE TEMPERATURE RECORDS: POLICY DRIVEN DECEPTION?
by Joseph D'Aleo and Anthony Watts
Recent revelations from the Climategate1 emails, originating from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia showed how all the data centers, most notably NOAA and NASA, conspired in the manipulation of global temperature records to suggest that temperatures in the 20th century rose faster than, in reality, they actually did.
This has inspired climate researchers worldwide to take a hard look at the data proffered by comparing it to the original data and to other data sources. This report compiles some of the initial alarming findings.
January 28, 2010 -- Reuters
The United States on Thursday formally notified the United Nations that it has embraced the Copenhagen Accord setting nonbinding goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions that was negotiated last month.
Todd Stern, the top U.S. climate negotiator for the Obama administration, also gave notice that, as expected, it will aim for a 17 percent reduction in emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases blamed for global warming by 2020, with 2005 as the base year.
A final emissions reduction target will be submitted, the U.S. said, once the U.S. Congress enacts domestic legislation requiring carbon pollution cuts. But such legislation has an uncertain fate in the Senate.
CUBA - Wrote to U.N. Secretariat expressing opposition to the accord.
After projecting a record deficit the White House promises to cut carbon emmission to fight a fabricated "Global Warming" danger. As the President said, "fuel prices will skyrocket.
Fidel makes more sense.
January 27, 2010 -- Media Digest -- Gyan Varma / DNA
Finding on Himalayas 'poorly substantiated': Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Geneva: The United Nations-led Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) admitted on Wednesday that "clear and well-established standards of evidence were not applied properly" and expressed regret within days of allegations that the Nobel-winning agency had got it wrong that Himalayan glaciers would vanish by 2035.
January 27, 2010 -- Media Digest
Signs Of The Apocalypse: The 182 Page CBO 2010 Deficit Analysis
A review of the Congressional Budget Office forecast of the 2010 to 2020 fiscal P&L and balance sheets for the US government leaves the impression that the government is caught in a financial vice from which it cannot free itself—at least not in the next ten years.
Every newspaper, newscast, and online information site gave front page billing to the CBO report that the 2010 federal budget deficit will be $1.35 trillion, assuming current laws and policies remain unchanged. ‘The agency worried in its report that if Congress does not cut spending or raise revenue via taxes that the numbers could be even worse than they were in 2009 when the deficit was $1.4 trillion. The part of the analysis that should startle people the most is the CBO assumption that unemployment will remain above 10% for at least the first half of next year. This information must have caused everyone in The White House to blanch. The Administration has pushed the idea that its stimulus package would rescue the U.S. from severe joblessness early this year.
Does anyone care? Washington has no serious plans for new jobs and no real budget cuts only incredibly wasteful "health" and "global warming" scams. They don’t care. It’s easier to print money and raise taxes.
US Debt 54,802,863,650,000
Your portion 178,745
Budget cut 17,000,000,000
Per cent cut 0.48%
Oil Import barrels 4,219,560,000
Price per barrel 74
Cost of foreign oil 312,247,440,000
January 27, 2010
State of the Union speech, President Obama,
"And no area is more ripe for such innovation than energy. You can see the results of last year's investments in clean energy in the North Carolina company that will create 1,200 jobs nationwide, helping to make advanced batteries, or in the California business that will put 1,000 people to work making solar panels.
But to create more of these clean-energy jobs, we need more production, more efficiency, more incentives, and that means building a new generation of safe, clean nuclear power plants in this country.
It means making tough decisions about opening new off-shore areas for oil and gas development.
It means continued investment in advanced biofuels and clean-coal technologies.
And, yes, it means passing a comprehensive energy and climate bill with incentives that will finally make clean energy the profitable kind of energy in America.
I'm grateful to the House for passing such a bill last year."
Transcript of speech
1. 2400 jobs created is hardly significant when our loses are in the millions.
2. President Obama's election platform noted the importance of nuclear energy. He later deleted it.
3. The House bill allows drilling 12 miles off shore and places where there is no oil.
4. The House bill removed long standing drilling incentives from States.
5. Adding the EPA as another layer of regulation assured that no new nuclear plants will be built. No off-shore wells will be drilled.
6. President Obama listens to only one climate lobbyist, Al Gore.
7. President Obama will find it very difficult to advance energy with Nancy Pelosi and lobbyists obstructing all real energy proposals.
8. Until the President stops bashing companies, including banks and those listed on Wall Street, we will not have real job growth.
Most Insane Regulation of the Century
SEC to require disclosure of climate change risks
January 28, 2010 -- The Washington Post
A politically divided Securities and Exchange Commission voted on Wednesday to make clear when companies must provide information to investors about the business risks associated with climate change.
The commission, in a 3 to 2 vote, decided to require that companies disclose in their public filings the impact of climate change on their businesses -- from new regulations or legislation they may face domestically or abroad to potential changes in economic trends or physical risks to a company.
This administration refuses to defend us from terrorists but insists on defending us from the global warming they invented.
January 28, 2010 -- News on the Net -- Ben Webster
Scientists in stolen e-mail scandal hid climate data
The university at the centre of the climate change row over stolen e-mails broke the law by refusing to hand over its raw data for public scrutiny.
The University of East Anglia breached the Freedom of Information Act by refusing to comply with requests for data concerning claims by its scientists that man-made emissions were causing global warming.
January 27, 2010 -- Anthea Pitt
UK hopes rise as bid offerings unveiled
The UK put a record 2818 licences up for grabs in the country's 26th round today, as industry hopes rose on expectations that Chancellor Alistair Darling will go public with incentives aimed at boosting the upstream sector later in the day.
Energy & Climate Change Minister Lord Hunt made the announcement during a visit to a fabrication yard in Fife, Scotland, this morning.
The round includes acreage in all areas of the UK offshore, including the much-touted West of Shetland frontier play, Cardigan Bay off Wales, and tracts in the English Channel and the UK's westerly approach waters off Cornwall.
January 19, 2010
The voters of Massachusetts have spoken for us.
We don’t want a corrupt "health care" bill or an economy and job killing "cap and trade" bill.
Scott Brown cleared the way for all of us to speak out. We must demand reduced health care costs and full coverage. Demand real energy and real jobs.
January 16, 2010 -- By Tom Grace -- Cooperstown News
Arcuri to DEC: Gas regs need work
More than 100 people turned out Friday at the Otesaga Hotel as U.S. Rep. Michael Arcuri, D-Utica, called on the DEC to rewrite regulations for natural gas drilling.
Health and Energy - A taxing agenda
While the networks are busily reporting on the "Health Care" bill and the earthquake in Haiti it is clear that in the background the administration is working hard to finalize the "Global Warming" or "Cap and Trade" bill.
It is extremely important for the administration that this bill passes. Spending is out of control and Americans are tired of rising taxes. The only way the administration can raise more money for pet projects and special interest groups is by hiding them. The "Health Care" bill is a huge reward for the insurance and drug industries. The proceeds of the "Cap and Trade" bill, an immense energy tax scheme can be used for virtually any project.
We have a remarkable chance to slow down the Obama-Pelosi-Reid machine and their two TAX bills. Martha Coakley, a Democrat is running in the special Massachusetts U.S. Senate race. If she wins she would be a rubber stamp for the administration. Her opponent, Scott Brown, is against taxes, for real energy and real jobs. The special election is on Tuesday January 19.
You can make a difference.
Please watch the powerful TV ad our friend Dick Morris has crafted
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Jan. 13, 2010 -- World Oil
ExxonMobil, Petrobras and TPAO sign agreement to explore deep water offshore Turkey
Exxon Mobil Corporation and Petrobras have announced that an ExxonMobil affiliate signed an agreement with a Petrobras affiliate and the Turkish National Oil Company (TPAO) to explore for hydrocarbons in the deepwater Black Sea offshore Turkey.
Under the terms of the farm-in agreement, ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Turkey B.V. will acquire a 25 percent interest in the Sinop, Ayancik and Çars,amba sub-blocks of the AR/TPO/3922 exploration license. Petrobras will retain a 25% equity interest in the block and will remain the operator. TPAO holds the remaining 50% interest.
Oil related jobs available: Brazil, China, Cuba, India, Turkey and many other countries
Jan. 13, 2010 -- Upstream
US passes Russia as top gas producer
The US overtook Russia as the world’s largest natural-gas producer last year as operators tapped unconventional resources while demand in Russia plunged amid the country’s worst economic decline on record.
US output advanced 3.9%t in January through October to 18.3 trillion feet (519 billion cubic metres), according to the latest Department of Energy data.
Russian output, about four-fifths of which comes from state-run Gazprom, plunged 17% in the period to 462 billion cubic metres.
Jan. 12, 2010 -- World Oil
Egypt reveals $3 billion drilling plans for 2010
Egypt’s Minister of Petroleum, Sameh Fahmy, has revealed that the North African state plans to drill 520 exploratory and development wells for oil and 36 for natural gas in 2010.
The drilling costs for the oil wells will be around $2 billion with the gas wells costing $1 billion due to them being in the Nile Delta and the Mediterranean.
The Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation awarded the concessions where the drilling will take place. Egypt has also said that no export contracts for gas will be signed for the foreseeable future due to rising domestic demand.
January 12, 2010 -- Christian Science Monitor
Chavez vows to punish "bourgeoisie speculation" after devaluing currency
The move by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to steeply devalue the nation's currency has generated anxiety among citizens, who rushed to stores over the weekend to purchase goods they expect will rise in price. But for economists and analysts, it also underlies the dire economic straits of the oil-rich nation, which already suffers the highest inflation rate in the region and will face a tough recovery ahead. more:
Socialist economic system failed so you punish the goose that laid the golden egg:
punish "bourgeoisie speculation" in America we punish Wall Street
10th January 2010 -- By David Rose -- Daily Mail
The mini ice age starts here
The bitter winter afflicting much of the Northern Hemisphere is only the start of a global trend towards cooler weather that is likely to last for 20 or 30 years, say some of the world’s most eminent climate scientists.
Their predictions based on an analysis of natural cycles in water temperatures in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans – challenge some of the global warming orthodoxy’s most deeply cherished beliefs, such as the claim that the North Pole will be free of ice in
summer by 2013.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1242011/DAVID-ROSE-The-mini-ice-age-starts-here.html#ixzz0cYVnEEaW
Jan. 10, 2010 -- By jim_robbins on
An Inconvenient Truth: The Ice Cap Is Growing
A report from the US National Snow and Ice Data Center in Colorado finds that Arctic summer sea ice has increased by 409,000 square miles, or 26 per cent, since 2007. But didn't we hear from the same Center that the North Pole was set to disappear by now? We all deserve apologies from the global warming fanatics who wanted to reshape the world in their image and called those who objected to their wild theories ignorant deniers.
Note: This is the opposite of what Gore reported in Copenhagen.
Jan 6, 2010
Florida Freeze Continues To Threaten Agriculture
Governor Charlie Crist is declaring a state of emergency to help farmers save their crops from freezing temperatures. Crist issued an executive order lifting weight and height restrictions for trucks hauling produce......
The last time Florida felt a freeze that stayed more than a week this far down the peninsula, was 1985. The freeze killed crops and decimated orange groves. Terry McElroy of the Department of Agriculture says the damage forced farmers to replant farther south.
Electric cars are coming!
Save the planet. Use clean electric energy.
The truth. US electricity comes from:
"Fossil" fuel: 71.2%
Natural Gas: 21.4%
"Green" fuel: 25.8%
AND, electricity is expensive!
The Great Global Warming Scam:
Feb. 2010 -- Jones: "no global warming since 1995"
Feb. 2010 -- China: problems with IPCC documents.
Jan. 2010 -- Himalayan glaciers are not melting.
Dec. 2009 -- Gore: (email) "was from 10 years ago"
2009 -- Carbon Markets are a Sham
2009 -- The Infamous HARRY_READ_ME file
March 2009 -- EPA supresses CEI critique
2009 -- East Anglia's Climatic Research fraud
2007 -- NASA's Goddard calculation errors
2003 -- The Mann/NOA IPCC Hockey Stick Hoax
Cleaning up an oil spill the right way:
The oil spill, which began on January 23, 1991, caused considerable damage to wildlife in the Persian Gulf especially in areas surrounding Kuwait and Iraq. Estimates on the volume spilled usually range around 11 million barrels (462 million gallons or 1.75 billion liters); the slick reached a maximum size of 101 by 42 miles (4242 square miles or 10860 km²) and was 5 inches (13 cm) thick in some areas. Despite the uncertainty surrounding the size of the spill, figures place it several times  the size (in gallons spilled) of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, and almost twice the size of the 1979 Ixtoc I blowout in the Gulf of Mexico.
The New York Times reported that a 1993 study sponsored by UNESCO, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the United States found the spill did "little long-term damage":
System for controlling & rationing your home energy use.
Big brother is watching you taking a shower
System and method for residential emissions trading
Patent number: 6904336 -- Franklin D. Raines et al
Assignees: Fannie Mae, (US); CO2e.com, (US)
Ten-question test concerning
AGW (Anthropogenic Global Warming).
Can you pass the test?
Basics of Global Control through Climate Control:
Global Governance: Agenda 21
UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Division for Sustainable Development
Rio de Janerio, Brazil, 3 to 14 June 1992.
Agenda 21 - text
Global Energy: Kyoto Protocol
UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
adopted in New York on 9 May 1992.
Kyoto Protocol - text
Britain Goes Berserk
November 25, 2009 -- Telegraph.co.uk
Climate change poses a "real and present danger" to the immediate health of millions of people, Andy Burnham, the Health Secretary, has warned.
His comments came as a series of reports suggested that tens of thousands of lives a year could be saved in Britain alone by cutting greenhouse gas emissions.
The warning comes less than a fortnight before international leaders are due to meet in Copenhagen for crunch climate change talks.
Cutting animal farming by a third could significantly reduce emissions and save around 18,000 lives a year in Britain because of the resultant drop in cases of heart disease if people eat less red meat, scientists estimate.
Another 5,000 early deaths from lung problems and other conditions could be prevented by better home insulation and reducing the use of carbon based fuels.
Reducing our dependence on cars could improve also health, as well as lower emissions, the studies found.
Switching to walking instead of driving for many journeys could also cut deaths from heart disease by up to 4,200 cases a year.
The move could also save around 200 deaths a year each from dementia and breast cancer.
Good advice but it has nothing to do with greenhouse gas emissions. Also, add:
Ban alcohol. Making ethanol instead would save thousands of accidents and lives.
Water vapor is a greenhouse gas. Ban hot or warm showers.
November 10, 2009 -- Chelsea Schilling --
Sen. Maria Cantwell confirmed that the Cap & Trade bill would send $1.4 trillion overseas in so-called "international offsets."
We have to ration health care for seniors, leave 25 million uninsured but can borrow and send $1.4 trillion overseas.
Is this insanity or treason?
World will 'cool for the next decade'
09 September 2009 by Fred Pearce
FORECASTS of climate change are about to go seriously out of kilter. We could be about to enter one or even two decades of cooler temperatures, according to one of the world's top climate modellers.
"People will say this is global warming disappearing," Mojib Latif told more than 1500 climate scientists gathered at the UN's World Climate Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, last week. "I am not one of the sceptics. However, we have to ask the nasty questions ourselves or other people will do it."
Few climate scientists go as far as Latif, an author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and a climate physicist at the Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of Kiel, Germany. Yet many now agree that the short-term prognosis for climate change is less certain than once thought.
October 06, 2009
U.S. Blocks Oil Drilling at 60 Sites in Utah
The Department of the Interior has frozen oil and gas development on 60 of 77 contested drilling sites in Utah,
Reasons included possible damage to the habitat of sage grouse, which is being considered for endangered species protection, and to avoid dust and noise pollution associated with drilling operations.
Engineering - determining hole locations
Construction - Access roads Onsite offices & storage
Manufacturing - Drill rigs Pipes & fittings Drill bits
Office - On-site & headquarters
Government - Site inspectors
Food service - On-site meals
Housing - Housing for new employees
Trucking -- Crude to refinery
Retail - Sales to new employees
Taxes & royalties lost
Corporate income taxes
Employee income taxes
Employee sales taxes
Sales taxes on petroleum products
Thousands of potential jobs are killed through government regulations and restrictions.
Many existing jobs will be lost through the coming health care and cap & trade bills.
Be ready when the next energy & economic crisis strikes.
Nanci Pelosi's Cap & Trade Bill:
"I'm trying to save the planet" -- Nancy: July 29, 2009
Nancy: Read the bill!
It sells licenses to pollute. It is terrible for the environment!
It is just another special interest pork bill!
Creates jobs? Yes government jobs paid for by taxpayers!
Experts: Carbon Tax needed and NOT Cap-and-Trade Emission Trading Scheme (ETS)
Scientists, economists and writers variously argue strongly FOR a global Carbon Tax that will directly put a price on greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution and enable urgently required rapid transformation to a non-carbon economy.
They argue AGAINST carbon pricing based on a Kyoto Protocol-based Cap-and Trade Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS)
Among the people who prefer carbon-based taxes over cap-and-trade are:
Al Gore - Former US Vice President and Nobel Laureate
James Hansen - Professor; Head, NASA Goddard Institute
Jonathan Leake - editor of the UK Sunday Times.
William Nordhaus - Professor; Economics, Yale University.
Jacqueline McGlade - Professor; European Environment Agency,
Daniel M. Kammen, - Professor; University of California.
Barry Brook - Professor; University of Adelaide, Australia.
Dr Robert J. Shapiro - Chair, U.S. Climate Task Force
Joseph Stiglitz - Professor; 2001 Economics Nobel Laureate
Greenpeace - leading global environment protection organization
Chris Williams -- Socialist Worker
Worse than no bill at all
"the climate bill making its way through Congress is more focused on preserving corporate profits than the environment."
While much has been made of the bill's promise to cut 17 percent of CO2 emissions by 2020, the baseline has been changed from 1990 (when the baseline for Kyoto began) to 2005. Therefore, in the best-case scenario--i.e., if the system actually works like it's supposed to--this represents just a 4 percent reduction of U.S. emissions from 1990.
July 8, 2009
The G8 meeting:
Rich nations sought to persuade China and India to cut greenhouse gas emissions
Al Gore: "If the United States leads, China will follow"
Obviously the Chinese are smarter and more honest than Al Gore.
Real Clear Government.
Where is the transparency we were promised?
In March of 2009 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) drafted a 98-page report that warned against making hasty "decisions based on a scientific hypothesis that does not appear to explain most of the available data."
March 17, 2009. Al McGartland, an EPA official, sent an e-mail message to the authors stating "The administrator and the administration has decided to move forward... and your comments do not help the legal or policy case for this decision."
April 17, 2009. The EPA issued an endangerment finding, saying that global warming poses a serious threat to public health and safety. Much of the findings were based on information gathered by other agencies as well as on the IPCC Plenary reports written in 2007.
June 26, 2009. The Competitive Enterprise Institute released the draft of the "internal study on climate science which was suppressed by the Environmental Protection Agency."
Write or call your representatives. Demand that they read the report before the cap and trade bill is adopted.
draft copy of report
Energy Tax Facts
The Markey-Waxman "Cap-and-trade" Energy Tax bill, in the current form being considered by the House Energy and Commerce committee, would have the following catastrophic effects by 2035:
1. Reduce aggregate gross domestic product (GDP) by $9.6 trillion annually;
2. Destroy 1,105,000 American jobs per year on average, with peak years seeing unemployment rise by over 2,479,000 jobs;
3. Raise electricity rates 90 percent after adjusting for inflation;
4. Raise inflation-adjusted gasoline prices by 74 percent;
5. Raise residential natural gas prices by 55 percent;
6. Raise an average family's annual energy bill by $1,500 annually; and
7. Increase inflation-adjusted federal debt by 26 percent, or $29,150 additional federal debt per person, again after adjusting for inflation.
Source: Heritage Foundation
May 5, 2009
Please tax us!
According to the latest energy bill (H.R.2454) the government intends to set up a system to control carbon emission through "Cap and trade".
Each year the government would issue your company (you) a permit to emit a fixed amount of carbon. You will not be allowed to exceed your permitted amount. If you reduce the amount of carbon you emit you will be allowed to sell the excess allowance you have received. If exceed your allowance, you will be able to buy an additional allowance from the companies who have cut down their emission. You will also be able to buy allowances from companies that specialize in carbon reduction.
A government department will measure and track your carbon emission as well as control your allowances all trades.
An alternative to "cap and trade" is the carbon tax. You are taxed on the amount of carbon you emit. The government would still have to measure the pollution produced and tax accordingly.
Please make it simple and clear! Tax all fossil fuels. If we use more fuel we emit more carbon and pay more. If we become more efficient we use less fuel and pay less, The system is already in place. You (The government) can start collecting the additional tax almost immediately and we (the taxpayers) will see where the money is spent.
"the government is not the solution to our problems,
the government IS the problem!"
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