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December 31, 2010 --
Oil to end up 12%
Crude was set to close the year up more than 12% and average nearly $80 a barrel, with demand driven by resurgence in global demand, an unusually cold winter and falling inventories.
After rallying since May to a 26-month high of $91.88 on Monday, US crude edged lower, with the February contract down 30 cents at $89.54 a barrel.
The smaller-than-expected drawdown in US natural gas and crude stocks pressured prices, offsetting upbeat economic data from the world's top oil user. Oil prices were set to average $79.60 this year, second only to 2008's record average of $99.75.
ICE Brent crude eased 19 cents to $92.90.
According to the Energy Information Administration, US natural gas inventories fell last week by 136 billion cubic feet to 3.232 trillion cubic feet, below market expectations. more

December 28, 2010 -- Bryan Walsh
Holiday Blizzard: More Signs of Global Warming
It's become as much a winter tradition as eggnog at Christmas and champagne on New Year's Eve - the first major snowstorm of the year bringing out the climate-change skeptics. And the bona fide blizzard that has frozen much of the Northeast just a few days after winter officially began definitely qualifies as major. But while piles of snow blocking your driveway hardly conjure images of a dangerously warming world, it doesn't mean that climate change is a myth.
Read more:,8599,2039777,00.html#ixzz1AgSwvVIg more

EPA will begin regulating global warming on Jan 2
December 28, 2010 -- Bloomberg
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it will take control of carbon-emission rules in Texas after Governor Rick Perry rejected new federal regulations intended to combat climate change.
The EPA will decide directly on greenhouse-gas permits for companies seeking to build or upgrade power plants and oil refineries in Texas, the agency said today in a statement. The EPA’s nationwide carbon rules, imposed under the Clean Air Act, take effect Jan. 2.
Texas is the only state that has refused to implement the new rules. President Barack Obama is pressing ahead with the regulations after Congress failed to pass legislation capping carbon emissions. Perry, a Republican, calls the rules overreaching by the federal government that will cripple his state’s economy. more
97% of green house gas is water vapor. The balance is carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, ozone and fluorinated Gases.
More carbon dioxide is produced by volcanos than all the activities of man.

December 27, 2010 -- Matt Schneider
Brutal Winter, Warns “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet”
British meteorologist Piers Corbyn appeared on Fox and Friends to not only celebrate his accurate prediction of a bone-chillingly cold winter, but to also share his disgust with what he believes to be the “failed science” behind global warming. Despite it often being mentioned that the consensus in the scientific community is that global warming is undisputedly occurring, Corbyn proudly goes against the grain and advocates for his hypothesis of the coming global cooling.
Predicting in November that winter in Europe would be “exceptionally cold and snowy, like Hell frozen over at times,” Corbyn suggested we should sooner prepare for another Ice Age than worry about global warming. Corbyn believed global warming “is complete nonsense, it’s fiction, it comes from a cult ideology. There’s no science in there, no facts to back [it] up.” Furthermore, he disputed the underlying assumption of most scientists, arguing that higher carbon dioxide levels does not actually have the effect of increasing temperature, and instead global warming supporters “fiddle the facts to justify political attacks.” more

December 27, 2010 -- Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press
Iraq Oil Daily Production Exceeds 2.6M Barrels
Iraq's newly appointed oil minister on Monday said the country's daily oil production has increased by about 100,000 barrels a day, exceeding 2.6 million barrels per day for the first time in 20 years.
Abdul-Karim Elaibi said Iraq's production of crude will continue to rise and will reach its planned, higher targets "sooner than expected."
"Today, our production exceeded 2.6 million barrels a day," Elaibi told reporters during a ceremony to formally put him in charge of Iraq's oil ministry after the country's new government was sworn in last week. more

December 23, 2010 -- Guardian -- By Fariha Karim
US Pushed For Reopening Of Bangladesh Coal Mine
US diplomats privately pressurised the Bangladeshi government into reinstating a controversial coal mine which had been closed following violent protests, a leaked diplomatic cable shows.
The US ambassador to Dhaka, James Moriarty, last year held talks with the country's chief energy adviser, urging him to approve plans by the British company Global Coal Management (GCM) to begin open-cast coal mining in the country's Phulbari area, in the west of Bangladesh. more
Why? Did it benefit a US company? Are we outsourcing to the area? Something smells.

December 22, 2010 -- upstreamonline -- News wires
Oil jumps to two-year high
Oil jumped above $90 a barrel today to settle at that level for the first time in 26 months as a third straight weekly drop in US crude inventories and cold weather spurred pre-holiday buying.
US crude stockpiles fell by 5.3 million barrels last week, bringing the past three weeks' declines to 19 million barrels, roughly equivalent to one day of US fuel consumption. It marked the biggest three-week drop since 1998. more

December 22, 2010 -- Argus Leader
TransCanada official: Canadian oil sands will be developed regardless of Keystone
Debate about the merits of the Keystone pipeline system shouldn’t focus on the oil sands crude that flows inside it, TransCanada’s CEO told The Canadian Press.
“There are those that oppose our project that would like to see development in the Canadian oilsands stopped or slowed down quite considerably. And our pipeline just happens to be the latest battleground for that to occur,” Russ Girling told the news service.
The oil sands will be developed “irrespective of whether we build a pipeline or not,” he said. more

December 22, 2010 -- world-nuclear-news
Milestones for AP1000s
Construction of AP1000 units in China has seen three milestones this month: on-site, at a new module factory and in fuel fabrication.
Building work on the first of the Westinghouse-designed units at Sanmen moved on with the lifting in of the fourth ring of the reactor's containment vessel. Shandong Nuclear Power Company said the lift went well despite cold weather and took place 14 days ahead of schedule. more

December 22, 2010 --
Iraqi Christians on Wednesday called off Christmas festivities across the country as al-Qaida insurgents threatened more attacks on a beleaguered community still terrified from a bloody siege at a Baghdad church two months earlier.
Church officials in the northern cities of Kirkuk and Mosul, the southern city of Basra and in the capital confirmed they will not put up Christmas decorations or hold evening Mass and have urged worshippers to refrain from decorating their homes. Even an appearance by Santa Claus was called off.
"Nobody can ignore the threats of al-Qaida against Iraqi Christians," said Chaldean Archbishop Louis Sako in Kirkuk. "We cannot find a single source of joy that makes us celebrate. The situation of the Christians is bleak." more
Why do we have to depend on these countries for our oil?
December 22, 2010 -- upstreamonline
Crude nudges $90
Oil prices rose to hover just below $90 a barrel, supported by a drop in US oil and gasoline inventories and a winter cold snap in the US and Europe amid thin trading volumes.
US crude for February climbed 10 cents to $89.92 a barrel, while ICE Brent crude rose 17 cents to $93.37.
American Petroleum Institute data released late yesterday in the US showed a large 5.8 million barrel decline in weekly crude stocks and a 2.9 million barrel fall in gasoline inventories, surpassing the expectations of analysts. more

December 20, 2010 --
UNFCCC Chief says Cancun must be followed by higher global emission cuts and rapid launch of new climate bodies and funds
Nations must follow up their successful UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun with higher global emission cuts and the rapid launch of new institutions and funds to show the world that a new era of international cooperation on climate change is an established fact, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Christiana Figueres, said on Monday. more
A formula for ripping off developed nations.
Nuclear enegy is not a mitigating energy but may be in the future for developing Nations.
Developed nation to pay for reversing deforestation of developing nations.

December 20, 2010 -- Start Treaty "Recognizing the existence of the interrelationship between strategic offensive arms and strategic defensive arms, that this interrelationship will become more important as strategic nuclear arms are reduced, and that current strategic defensive arms do not undermine the viability and effectiveness of the strategic offensive arms of the Parties," more
Obviously this treaty limits our missle defenses.
In spite of the obvious flaws in the treaty 11 Republican senators voted in favor of moving ahead with it: Richard G. Lugar (Ind.), Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Robert F. Bennett (Utah), Scott Brown (Mass.), Thad Cochran (Miss.), Susan Collins (Maine), Bob Corker (Tenn.), Johnny Isakson (Ga.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Olympia J. Snowe (Maine) and George V. Voinovich (Ohio).

December 20, 2010 --
Halliburton bags Jasmine gig
Oilfield services player Halliburton said today it has been awarded a contract by ConocoPhillips for work on the Jasmine field in the central North Sea.
Workscope includes directional drilling, logging-while-drilling and surface data logging services to help develop the high temperature discovery.
Temperatures in the discovery, which is located in J-Block, are in the 175 degree C range, said Halliburton in a statement.
ConocoPhillips is operator of the field with 36.5% stake. Meanwhile Eni on 33% and BG Group with 30.5% are partners of the field. more

December 20, 2010 -- Manufacturing.Net
Automakers Suing EPA
Automakers and engine manufacturers are suing the Environmental Protection Agency over a plan to allow the sale of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol.
The Obama administration ruled in October that gas stations could start selling the corn-based ethanol blend for vehicles built since the 2007 model year. It's an increase from the current blend of 10 percent ethanol.
Automakers say they are worried the EPA decision would eventually lead to motorists unknowingly filling up their older cars and trucks with E15 and hurting their engines. The problem could be exacerbated if E15 fuels are cheaper than more conventional blends, prompting owners of older vehicles to use the fuel despite the potential engine problems. more

December 20, 2010 --
U.S. Envoy for Climate Change: Carbon Emissions 'Very Linked' to 'Economic Growth'
Todd Stern, Special Envoy for Climate Change at the U.S. Department of State said the “movement” of carbon emissions is “very linked” to the movement of “economic growth,” adding that the U.S. will not be able to get China to have a “below zero reduction in emissions” while their economy is growing at 10 percent. more
You got that right: Zero emission = Zero growth = 10% unemployment.
No government that respects its citizens would go along with that!
... Jones said there has been no statistically significant global warming since 1995. "I’m not a scientist so I’m not going to comment and I’m not familiar with exactly what he said," Stern responded.
So, our Envoy for Climate Change claims that he can't understand the climate change scam!

December 17, 2010 --
Napolitano Says DHS to Begin Battling Climate Change as Homeland Security Issue
At an all-day White House conference on "environmental justice," Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that her department is creating a new task force to battle the effects of climate change on domestic security operations.
Speaking at the first White House Forum on Environmental Justice on Thursday, Napolitano discussed the initial findings of the department’s recently created "Climate Change and Adaptation Task Force."
Napolitano explained that the task force was charged with “identifying and assessing the impact that climate change could have on the missions and operations of the Department of Homeland Security.”
DHS: Stop wasting our money and do your job: Secure our borders and secure your computer files.

December 16, 2010 -- CanadaFreePress -- Alan Caruba
Did the Global Warming Hoax Die in Cancun?
If you want to know the core beliefs of those who gathered in Cancun, Mexico, for yet another Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) conference, you need look no further than the way one of its days began with a prayer to Ixchel, a Mayan Moon goddess.
The global warmists are essentially pagans for whom the worship of Gaia, an Earth goddess of Greek origin, symbolizes their rejection of the Judeo-Christian values embraced by Western civilization.
It is, by now, a cliché to call environmentalism a religion, but that does not reduce the truth of this observation. For people of faith, however, it did not go unnoticed that the previous conference in Copenhagen closed amidst a huge blizzard that hit that city, nor that President Obama and the American contingent attending the conference had to depart early in order to avoid being unable to return to Washington, D.C. due to a blizzard that closed that city. more

December 16, 2010 -- Oregon Business
SolarWorld reaches 1,000 jobs
SolarWorld's five-year expansion has ended on target, with the company's addition of its 1,000th worker in Hillsboro.
German-based SolarWorld bought its Hillsboro location in 2007, where it now produces silicon crystal, solar wafers, photovoltaic cells and solar panels. The Hillsboro site is now the largest solar manufacturing plant in the U.S. more

December 13, 2010 -- Manufacturing.Net
GE To Buy Wellstream For $1.3 Billion
U.S. conglomerate GE says it is buying British oil and gas services group Wellstream Holdings PLC for 800 million pounds ($1.3 billion) to bolster its energy unit.
GE said Monday that Wellstream intends to unanimously recommend the deal to shareholders. The company hopes to complete the sale in the first quarter of next year.
Wellstream, which manufactures pipes for the oil and gas sector, has previously rejected two lower offers from GE and had received approaches from other unnamed suitors. more

December 13, 2010 -- upstreamonline
New Delhi lays out welcome mat India has invited Russia to enter its upstream play as New Delhi seeks to lessen the country's dependence on imports and attract more investment in its energy sector.
India is also interested in increasing its participation in the development of Russia's vast oil and gas reserves.
In 1999, India launched its New Exploration and Licensing Policy (Nelp), offering better terms for contractors. India imports over two-third of its crude oil needs and is keen to reduce its dependence on overseas purchases.
Today, India's energy officials presented the ninth round of Nelp in Moscow, urging Russia to take part in the exploration of 34 blocks. Bids for the latest auction will close on 18 March next year. more

December 13, 2010 -- upstreamonline
Oil steady after Opec output unchanged
Oil prices were steady to higher today after the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries met over the weekend and agreed to keep oil output levels flat.
US crude for January rose 29 cents to $88.08 a barrel. ICE Brent rose 16 cents to $90.64.
Several reports, including one from the International Energy Agency raising its 2011 oil demand growth forecast, indicated that fundamentals are strong, analysts said. more

While people around the world are starving we grow corn to make ethanol. Growing ethanol also raises most other food prices.
The environmental effects of ethanol are worse than that of gasoline. Even Al Gore, the inventor of global warming, admits that it is a bad idea.
The ethanol lobbyists won! Poor people lost!

December 10, 2010 -- world-nuclear
Nuclear Power in China
* Mainland China has 13 nuclear power reactors in operation, 25 under construction, and more about to start construction soon.
* Additional reactors are planned, including some of the world's most advanced, to give more than a tenfold increase in nuclear capacity to 80 GWe by 2020, 200 GWe by 2030, and 400 GWe by 2050.
* China is rapidly becoming self-sufficient in reactor design and construction, as well as other aspects of the fuel cycle.
Most of mainland China's electricity is produced from fossil fuels (80% from coal, 2% from oil, 1% from gas in 2006) and hydropower (15%). Two large hydro projects are recent additions: Three Gorges of 18.2 GWe and Yellow River of 15.8 GWe. Rapid growth in demand has given rise to power shortages, and the reliance on fossil fuels has led to much air pollution. The economic loss due to pollution is put by the World Bank at almost 6% of GDP.1 In 2009 power shortages were most acute in central provinces, particularly Hubei, and in December the Central China Grid Co. posted a peak load of 94.6 GW. more

December 10, 2010 -- Reuters -- Charles Abbott
The tax-cut package under debate in the Senate on Friday would extend through 2011 the 45 cent a gallon ethanol tax credit and a 54 cent tariff on imported ethanol -- the two major supports for the biofuels industry.
.... Biofuels subsidies in the tax bill would cost $7 billion according to congressional economists. Extension of the ethanol credit would cost nearly $5 billion.
The bill also revives through 2011 the $1 a gallon biodiesel tax credit that expired at the end of 2009. It would cost nearly $2 billion, according to cost estimates for the bill. more

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December 9, 2010 -- world-nuclear-news
Early closure for Oyster Creek
The Oyster Creek nuclear power plant will close early without building cooling towers, owner Exelon has said after negotiating on water use legislation with the state of New Jersey.
Despite getting regulatory approval to operate until 2029, the 610 MWe Oyster Creek reactor is now set for closure sometime in 2019. This is "the best option for the company, employees and shareholders," said Exelon chief operating officer Chris Crane, because "the plant faces a unique set of economic conditions and changing environmental regulations."
....Similar new policies on water use are under discussion in California and New York as well as at the federal level. The North American Electric Reliability Corp warned that about 41,200 MWe of generating capacity could potentially be lost to early closures and the lower efficiency of cooling towers. more

December 7, 2010 -- world-nuclear-news
Over 45 countries are actively considering embarking upon nuclear power programs.
These range from sophisticated economies to developing nations.
* In Europe: Italy, Albania, Serbia, Portugal, Norway, Poland, Belarus, Estonia, Latvia, Ireland, Turkey.
* In the Middle East and North Africa: Iran, Gulf states including UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar & Kuwait, Yemen, Israel, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Algeria, Morocco, Sudan.
* In west, central and southern Africa: Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Kenya, Uganda, Namibia.
* In South America: Chile, Ecuador, Venezuela.
* In central and southern Asia: Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka
* In SE Asia: Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand.
* In east Asia: North Korea more

December 6, 2010 -- world-nuclear-news
Agreements signed for Indian EPRs
France's Areva has signed major agreements with Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) for the construction of two EPR reactors at Jaitapur in India.
The agreements, which set contractual conditions, the industrial scheme for the project, a breakdown of roles and responsibilities, plus provisions for other partnerships, were signed by Areva CEO Anne Lauvergeon and NPCIL chairman and managing director SK Jain during a three-day working visit to India by French president Nicolas Sarkozy. more

WikiLeaks cables: US embassy cables:
# Cancún climate talks doomed to fail, says EU president
# Saudi Arabia fears missed trick on Copenhagen climate accord
# Netherlands links aid money to support for climate deal
# EU raises 'creative accounting' with US over climate aid
# EU mutes criticism of US climate stance
# US urges Ethiopia to back Copenhagen climate accord
# Maldives tout $50m climate projects to US
# Obama says no to EU-US climate summit in Madrid
# EU president Van Rompuy angry at climate talks snub
# US climate change negotiators targeted by cyberattack Read more:

December 7, 2010 -- world-nuclear-news
Delays see carbon costs rise by $1 trillion
Implementing clean energy solutions too slowly will make reaching climate goals more expensive and less likely, the International Energy Agency (IEA) warned as it put up the price tag on the world's climate change ambitions by $1 trillion.
It is essential, the IEA said, that countries increase efforts to meet the goals of the 2009 Copenhagen climate change meeting, even though it failed to reach a consensus. The resulting Copenhagen Accord set the overall goal of keeping the global temperature increase to less than 2°C, but it did not set emissions reductions to enable this to be achieved, nor was it endorsed by all countries.
Speaking at the latest UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico, IEA executive director Nobuo Tanaka said, "Despite the positive steps taken last year in Copenhagen, we must achieve a lower emission path." Read more:
Which scam artists would get the $1 trillion? The UN? Al Gore?
The money should be used for climate catastrophes! Earth Quakes, hurricanes and extreme cold weather.

December 5, 2010 --
Hidden behind the save-the-world rhetoric of the global climate change negotiations lies the mucky realpolitik: money and threats buy political support; spying and cyberwarfare are used to seek out leverage.
The US diplomatic cables reveal how the US seeks dirt on nations opposed to its approach to tackling global warming; how financial and other aid is used by countries to gain political backing; how distrust, broken promises and creative accounting dog negotiations; and how the US mounted a secret global diplomatic offensive to overwhelm opposition to the controversial "Copenhagen accord", the unofficial document that emerged from the ruins of the Copenhagen climate change summit in 2009.
Negotiating a climate treaty is a high-stakes game, not just because of the danger warming poses to civilisation but also because re-engineering the global economy to a low-carbon model will see the flow of billions of dollars redirected. Read more:

December 2, 2010 -- upstreamonline
GE and NOV re-start Wellstream woo
British oilfield services company Wellstream Holdings is back in talks with General Electric, as well as National Oilwell Varco, over a potential 755-million-pound ($1.2 billion) takeover deal.
The revival of talks come nearly two months after Wellstream spurned GE's earlier $1.2 billion bid.
Wellstream has allowed both GE and National Oilwell Varco access to confidential information as it tries to negotiate a higher offer from the two bidders, The Daily Telegraph said, citing unnamed sources. Read more:

December 1, 2010 --
Offshore Drilling Banned for Seven Years, At Least
Offshore drilling will no longer be allowed in either the eastern Gulf of Mexico or the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, at least for seven years.
According to, the White House will make the announcement that it will ban offshore drilling for at least seven years. The decision was prompted by the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Read more:
Another move by the Democratic administration to stall economic growth and guarantee our further dependence on foreign oil.

December 1, 2010 -- Kenneth J. Gish, Jr. -- Stites & Harbison, PLLC,
EPA issues guidance for controlling greenhouse gas emissions
With the January 2, 2011 start date for regulation of greenhouse gases (GHG) under the Clean Air Act fast approaching, the United State Environmental Protection Agency, on November 10, issued its much anticipated GHG permitting guidance. The document, titled “PSD and Title V Permitting Guidance for Greenhouse Gases” (“Guidance”), outlines how EPA plans to incorporate GHGs into its existing prevention of significant deterioration (PSD) and Title V permitting framework. more

December 1, 2010 -- The Heartland Institute
EPA's Guidance on Greenhouse Gases
On November 15, President Barack Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a “guidance” document that will require new or expanded sources of greenhouse gas emissions--such as power plants, steel operations, and petroleum refineries--to obtain preconstruction and operating permits limiting such emissions. more

November 27, 2010 --
Al Gore's Ethanol Epiphany
He concedes the industry he promoted serves no useful purpose.

Anyone who opposes ethanol subsidies, as these columns have for decades, comes to appreciate the wisdom of St. Jude. But now that a modern-day patron saint—St. Al of Green—has come out against the fuel made from corn and your tax dollars, maybe this isn't such a lost cause.
Welcome to the college of converts, Mr. Vice President. "It is not a good policy to have these massive subsidies for first-generation ethanol," Al Gore told a gathering of clean energy financiers in Greece this week. The benefits of ethanol are "trivial," he added, but "It's hard once such a program is put in place to deal with the lobbies that keep it going." more

November 25, 2010 -- world-nuclear-news
US regulator OKs uranium licence transfer
The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has approved the transfer of control of two Wyoming uranium recovery licences to Russian uranium company AtomRedMetZoloto (ARMZ). more

November 25, 2010 -- world-nuclear-news
China prepares to export reactors
Starting from French reactors imported in the 1980s, Chinese engineers have developed their own large reactor systems to the point that exports appear possible from 2013.
Zhang Shanming, president of China Guangdong Nuclear Power Corporation (CGNPC), revealed the company's future export potential to delegates at the China International Nuclear Symposium, organised in Beijing this week by the World Nuclear Association and China Nuclear Energy Association. more

November 24, 2010 -- upstreamonline
Weir teams up in China
Oilfield equipment maker Weir Group has teamed with Chinese player Shengli Oilfield Highland Petroleum Equipment Company on a joint venture to provide high-pressure well service pumps and related flow control equipment for shale gas development in China.
Upstream staff 24 November 2010 22:38 GMT
The venture is expected to start up in the first half of next year, subject to regulatory approvals.
Weir will own 60% and Highland 40% of the company, which will be based in Dongying, Shandong Province, China. more

November 23, 2010 --
Further Chinese nuclear reactor under construction
China National Nuclear Corporation and China Huaneng Group have started building the second 650 MWe Changjiang unit on Hainan island, due to be operational in mid 2015. The first reactor started construction in April. This makes 26 reactors under construction in China, total 28.7 GWe. more

November 22, 2010 --
Two more Indian reactors under construction
The Nuclear Power Corporation of India has started building Kakrapar units 3 & 4 in Gujarat state. These are the first two 700 MWe class pressurized heavy water reactors, scaled up from India's original 220 MWe class. They are expected to take 60 months to start-up, and a further six months to commercial operation. more

November 22, 2010 -- Christian A. DeHaemer
The Sierra Club's Worst Nightmare
China is Building Two Power Plants a Day

The greatest investor of the past forty years recently bought the remaining 77.4% of Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) for $44 billion in cash, stock and debt.
Warren Buffett likes to say this is a bet on the United States because "railroad operators cannot do well unless American businesses were producing goods and customers were buying them.”
What he isn't telling you is that it's also a bet on China importing coal. more

November 19, 2010 -- Christian A. DeHaemer
NEW NUCLEAR: The Queen digs nuclear
Ground was broken today on the UK's Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (NAMRC) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who used virtual reality to operate a digger. more

November 19, 2010 -- World Nuclear News
NUCLEAR POLICIES: Nuclear Energy Agency welcomes Poland
Poland has joined the OECD's Nuclear Energy Agency to support its nuclear build aspirations, while the UK has caused surprise by saying it is thinking of leaving. more

November 18, 2010 -- upstreamonline
Hastings wants House energy consolidation
A key Republican today asked lawmakers to consolidate energy oversight in the House of Representatives into one powerful energy committee.
Doc Hastings, the expected incoming head of the House Natural Resources Committee, called for expanding his panel's jurisdiction to cover all energy policy.
This expanded panel would be renamed the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
Currently the Natural Resources Committee shares authority over energy legislation with the Energy and Commerce committee.
"This proposal would marry together our nation's broad energy policy with the vast majority of America's actual energy resources that are on our federal lands and offshore," Hastings said. more

November 16, 2010 -- upstreamonline
Williams makes $925m Bakken oil buy
Natural gas producer and pipeline player Williams Company agreed to acquire about 86,000 acres in the oil rich Bakken shale for $925 million, in a bid to minimise impact of weak gas prices on its bottom line.
The company said it will spend $60 million in 2010 and between $200 million to $300 million in 2011 in drilling and development costs in the acquired assets, apart from the purchase price.
The acquisition in North Dakota is expected to add about 185 million barrels of oil equivalent in total net reserve potential and will be funded with cash on hand, the company said.
Gas prices have shed more than a third so far this year. Oil, meanwhile, has gained 6%. more

November 8, 2010 -- world-nuclear-news
Venezuela puts nuclear over oil
Venezuela expects a nuclear reactor to save it $1 billion per year by increasing the amount of oil it exports, but a lot of work remains to realise the promise of nuclear cooperation with Russia.
On 9 November Venezuela's National Assembly ratified last month's nuclear cooperation agreement with Russia that could see the countries work on a research reactor and then a nuclear power plant. Celebrating this act, the Ministry of Communication and Information said a large nuclear reactor could displace some 15 million barrels of oil from electricity generation with an export value of $1 billion.
Producing 1200 MWe, a pressurized water reactor from Russia would produce up to about 10 TWh per year. This tallies with the latest International Energy Agency data which shows Venezuela used oil to generate 13.11 TWh of electricity in 2007 - about 11% of its total. more

November 8, 2010 -- world-nuclear-news
Europe's energy and climate strategy
The European Commission has adopted a ten-year strategy for energy, underlining the role nuclear plays as the continent's largest source of low-carbon power.
Today's 'communication' entitled Energy 2020, A strategy for competitive sustainable and secure energy began by placing dramatic emphasis on the role energy plays in society and the importance of modernizing its generation and use: "The price of failure is too high." more

November 8, 2010 --
US LNG bound for Europe
The US is set to supply gas to Europe for the first time, with a tanker of liquefied natural gas expected to arrive in the UK from Louisiana later this month.
News wires 08 November 2010 11:52 GMT
US gas prices have fallen more than 30% since the beginning of the year, pressured by a surge in North American gas production which has also reduced US LNG imports to minimal contracted volumes.
The US started re-exporting LNG to higher-paying markets in Asia and South America earlier this year, but the Maersk Meridian LNG tanker, expected to arrive on 18 November at UK's Isle of Grain terminal is the first to head to Europe - Russia's main export market.
"It's the first actual case of a direct Atlantic arbitrage that I've seen," one UK gas analyst told Reuters. more

November 3, 2010 --
Atlantic Ocean's waters reversed direction, study finds
Change may have happened 20,000 years ago when ice dominated the Earth. -- Although it's said that still waters run deep, now scientists find that deep waters aren't still — in fact, the deep waters of the Atlantic Ocean seem to have reversed their direction of flow since the last time ice dominated the Earth.
Instead of heading southward as they do now, these abyssal waters once flowed northward roughly 20,000 years ago, back when the world saw ice sheets more than a mile high, a new study suggests.
The change in flow could have accompanied profound changes in climate, researchers explained.
Climate connection - In the Atlantic, the Gulf Stream brings warm surface water northward from the tropics to high latitudes, where it cools, sinks and flows southward in the deep ocean. The way that water flows in the ocean helps redistribute large amounts of heat — and in this way is critical to how the world's climate works. more

November 3, 2010 -- upstreamonline
Cheniere preps 2 export cargoes
Cheniere Energy's Sabine Pass liquefied natural gas terminal in Louisiana is set to re-export two cargoes of LNG in the coming weeks, a source with knowledge of terminal operations said today.
These are the latest in a growing number of previously-imported cargoes being exported from the United States where weak demand and ample gas supply have reduced import needs and pressured prices.
The first tanker to be loaded, the Maersk Meridian, had already arrived at the terminal, the source told Reuters after offloading a cargo from Peru at the Freeport terminal in Texas last week.
Another tanker, the Al Hamla, is currently nearby and will load soon.
According to AISLive ship tracker on Reuters, the Al Hamla, which is currently nearby in the Gulf of Mexico, is expected at the terminal on 7 November more

November 2, 2010 -- Upstream staff
Marathon pumps up the volume
US independent Marathon Oil booked an almost 70% rise in third quarter profit and upped its production forecast for the next two years.
Third-quarter profit came in at $696 million or 98 cents per share, up 69% on the $413 million, or 58 cents per share, booked in the same period a year earlier.
Revenue increased to $18.6 billion from the year earlier's $14.4 billion. more

October 30, 2010 -- Ed.
US Senators continue their anti-energy, anti-job, anti-America crusade. Why do they want to risk importing oil from Venezuela and the Middle East? Are they representing Hugo Chaves and friends or Americans?

October 29, 2010 --
Senators Query Secretary Clinton on Pending Decision on TransCanada Tar Sands Pipeline
Led by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), 11 U.S. senators are raising questions about the pending approval of the TransCanada Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. In a letter sent Thursday to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the lawmakers sought answers to a series of concerns they have about the pipeline. Signing the letter, in addition to Leahy and Merkley, are Senators Roland Burris (D-Ill.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.).
"Approval of this pipeline will significantly increase our dependence on this oil for decades," the senators wrote. "We believe the Department of State (DOS) should not pre-judge the outcome of what should be a thorough, transparent analysis of the need for this oil and its impacts on our climate and clean energy goals." more

October 29, 2010 -- upstreamonline
Senators scrutinise Keystone XL
Nearly a dozen US Senators today raised questions about the need for a proposed $7 billion pipeline that they said will bring "dirty oil" from Canadian oil sands to US refineries and significantly increase the country's reliance on fossil fuels.
The lawmakers, 10 Democrats and one independent, said the State Department needs to answer several key questions before deciding whether to approve TransCanada's application to build the 2000-mile Keystone XL pipeline.
"Approval of this pipeline will significantly increase our dependence on this oil for decades," the senators said in a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. more

October 28, 2010 -- world-nuclear-news
Prototype Prism proposed for Savannah River
The idea of constructing a prototype Prism small modular reactor at the US Department of Energy's (DoE's) Savannah River site in South Carolina is to be jointly explored by GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) and Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS).
As part of a proposed demonstration of small reactor technologies that could take place at Savannah River, GEH and SNRS (partnership between Fluor, Northrop Grumman and Honeywell) signed a memorandum of understanding to consider the Prism design (Power Reactor Innovative Small Module). more

October 28, 2010 -- world-nuclear-news
A contract for the vacuum vessel and ramped up production rates for the super conducting magnet strands means that the next-step magnetic fusion reactor Iter is beginning to take shape.
....all of the suppliers have implemented an almost identical quality control regime, and production is on track to finish by 2013. more

October 27, 2010 -- upstreamonline
Industry begs for ozone regs delay
The Obama administration should postpone issuing restrictive ozone standards that would cost $10 trillion and more than 7 million jobs, the American Petroleum Institute said today.
The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed reducing the US air-quality limit for ozone, a main ingredient in smog, to 60 to 70 parts per billion, from 75 parts per billion under President George W Bush in 2008.
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has said tighter standards are "long overdue" and will help lower health risks. more

France comes to our rescue again:
October 27, 2010 -- world-nuclear-news
EdF takes control of Unistar
The two partners in Unistar Nuclear Energy have agreed a set of deals that will see Electricité de France (EdF) develop Calvert Cliffs 3 alone.
Negotiations were forced after the prohibitive terms of a Department of Energy (DoE's) loan guarantee put the joint development of an Areva EPR at the site in Maryland beyond Constellation's commercial reach. The US company called the DoE's credit cost calculations, which would have led to $880 in charges to guarantee a private loan of $7.5 billion, "flawed, unrealistic and unworkable." It then appealed to its French partner with a cut-price offer to bail out of the project. more

October 27, 2010 -- upstreamonline
US ups crude imports
US imports of crude oil from Canada, Saudi Arabia and Mexico rose last week, data from the US Energy Information Administration showed today
Imports from top supplier Canada topped 2 million barrels per day in the week to 22 October, up from 1.77 million bpd in the week to 15 October.
Mexican crude shipments to the United States rose to 1.3 million bpd, from just over 1 million bpd the previous week. more

October 27, 2010 -- upstreamonline
PetroChina posts record earnings
PetroChina posted its best quarterly earnings in two years, boosted by higher prices and putting it on track to beat full-year expectations.
Like global peers including top ranked ExxonMobil and Chevron, PetroChina has benefited from a 12% increase in crude oil prices in the third quarter. more

October 26, 2010 -- india-defence
Another contract has been signed between Saab and the Indian manufacturer CIM.
The contract, which relates to the manufacture of machined components for the Boeing 787, means that Aerostructures is moving production from the USA to India. The contract is a key step in Saab's continual work to lower costs. more

October 25, 2010 -- myfoxatlanta
Propane Fueled Jackson Co. Patrol Car Explodes
A Jackson County sheriff's deputy had to jump out of his car while it was moving at 50 miles an hour to escape a fire. The police cruiser was fueled partly by propane, an effort by Jackson County to use a cheaper, environmentally friendly alternative fuel. The sheriff said Monday that he believes something went wrong with the propane system.
.... The sheriff said the fire started when veteran Deputy Gary Cox tried to light a cigarette while responding to a robbery call more

October 25, 2010 -- world-nuclear-news
TVA requests extension to Bellefonte 1 permit
Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has requested a further extension to the construction permit for Bellefonte unit 1 in order to keep the option open to complete the partially-built unit.
Under the current construction permit, TVA must complete construction of Bellefonte unit 1 by 1 October 2011. However, TVA has now asked the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to extend the permit to 1 October 2020. more

October 25, 2010 -- upstreamonline
BP sells Gulf stakes
Embattled UK supermajor BP is set to sell its recently-acquired stakes in four mature producing deep-water fields in the US Gulf of Mexico to Japan's Marubeni Oil & Gas for $650 million.
BP bought the interests in the fields - Magnolia, Merganser, Nansen and Zia - from Devon Energy earlier this year as part of a wider $7 billion spree which saw it snap up assets in the Gulf of Mexico, Brazil and Azerbaijan. more

October 22, 2010 -- News wires
US gets first deep-water application
The US Interior Department has received its first application for a permit to drill a new deep-water well since its temporary drilling ban ended, according to data on the department's web site. more

October 22, 2010 -- Jim Lakely
Huzzah! Wikipedia Bans Climate Alarmist from Editing Global Warming Entries
In three words: It’s about time.
Via The Wall Street Journal and NewsBusters comes word that a notorious censor of Wikipedia’s global warming entry, British blogger William Connolley, has been banned from editing the collaborative, open-sourced and “democratic” online encyclopedia.
.....He routinely deleted entries that presented competing views and barred contributors with whom he disagreed. He also smeared scientific skeptics by rewriting their online biographies. more

October 22, 2010 -- upstreamonline
US may become shale gas exporter
As the boom in shale gas drilling continues to drive supply high and lower prices, the US could begin exporting gas, especially to areas of the world where prices are more closely linked to oil indexes, a BG Group executive told an energy conference in Houston.
“At the moment I don’t think it’s competitive,” Jon Harris, head of BG’s US upstream business, told Upstream on the sidelines of the Word Trade Group’s E&P Technology Summit. more

October 22, 2010 -- world-nuclear-news
Latest Qinshan unit goes commercial
Qinshan Phase II unit 3 has become China's 13th nuclear unit to enter commercial operation, China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) has announced.
.....China currently boasts some 23 reactors under construction, mostly of indigenous design but also including four Westinghouse AP1000s at Sanmen and Haiyang, and two Areva EPRs at Taishan. Construction is pencilled in to start on many more over the next few years. more

October 18, 2010 -- world-nuclear-news
Russian reactors slated for Venezuela
Russia has agreed to move towards building a nuclear power plant in Venezuela as part of the latest set of trade agreements between the nations.
On 5 October Presidents Dmitry Medvedev and Hugo Chavez spent about one hour discussing energy issues before signing a package of deals described as an 'action plan' for the next four years. Among other things, it covers joint development in oil and gas as well as nuclear energy.

October 15, 2010 -- Patrick Goodenough
Iran Elected to Chair OPEC Next Year; Dismisses Western Energy Sanctions as Ineffective
For the first time since the Islamic revolution, Iran has been handed the rotating presidency of the OPEC cartel of oil-producing nations. The move comes at a time when Western governments are seeking to target Iran’s energy sector over its nuclear programs. more
Get ready to pay $6.00 and more for gas!
Wake up Democrats! We need oil and nuclear. Our own oil! Wind and solar will get us nowhere. Wake up or get out of the way!

October 14, 2010 -- editor
The government proudly created 400 jobs & quietly killed 4,000:
Nuclear energy: For a project that would have produced 4,000 jobs for 4-5 years in Maryland, the companies involved were being told that they had to PAY the US government a non refundable fee of $880 MILLION dollars in order to BORROW $7.5 billion for a project where they would have to invest at least 20% of the project cost as their own equity, thus giving them at least $2.0 billion in reasons to make sure the project succeeded.
In contrast, the wind farm, which will produce 400 jobs for a relatively short period during construction, was able to obtain a $1.06 billion dollar loan with NO CREDIT SUBSIDY COST at all. The ARRA has provided all of the money required for the credit subsidy cost for politically defined "renewable" energy via a change in section 1705 of the Energy Policy Act. more

October 12, 2010 -- Claudia Assis, MarketWatch
Corn and other grains futures shot up Friday after a U.S. Department of Agriculture report pointed to the tightest supply and demand balance for corn in 14 years.
The Agriculture Department on Friday forecast a 2010-11 corn crop 3.8% smaller than government expectations just a month ago, as a hot Midwest summer preceded by floods in June takes its toll. more
Corn is for food, NOT fuel!

October 12, 2010 -- (AP)
The Obama administration on Tuesday lifted the deep water oil drilling moratorium that the government imposed in the Gulf of Mexico in the wake of the disastrous BP oil spill.
The administration has been under heavy pressure from the industry and others in the region to lift the six-month ban on grounds it has cost jobs and damaged the economy. A federal report said the moratorium likely caused a temporary loss of 8,000 to 12,000 jobs in the Gulf region.
..... Michael Bromwich, director of the agency that oversees offshore drilling, said it would take "at least a couple of weeks" after the ban is lifted before permits are approved. more

October 8, 2010 -- SF Gate
California grossly miscalculated pollution levels in a scientific analysis used to toughen the state's clean-air standards, and scientists have spent the past several months revising data and planning a significant weakening of the landmark regulation, The Chronicle has found.
The pollution estimate in question was too high - by 340 percent, according to the California Air Resources Board, the state agency charged with researching and adopting air quality standards.

October 7, 2010 -- world-nuclear-news
Nuclear is competitive in Sweden, says report
Nuclear power could be the lowest-cost option for new electricity generating capacity in Sweden, according to a study by PricewaterhouseCoopers conducted for an electricity-intensive industry group.
... The study calculated a minimum price based on the prevailing market rate of return available in the energy sector, excluding taxes, fees and contributions. The study gives an investment that meets the market rate of return, with a minimum price for electricity from hydroelectric power at SKr 390 ($58.5) per megawatt-hour (MWh); for nuclear at SKr 421 ($63.1) and SKr 295 ($44.2) per MWh; and for wind power SKr 645 ($96.7) per MWh. Two models for nuclear were used in the study - one in which government loan guarantees are included and the other where they are not.
The study also shows that the marginal cost of wind energy is higher than for hydro and nuclear power. Excluding taxes, fees and contributions, this is SKr 60 ($9.0) per MWh for hydro power; SKr 100 ($15.0) per MWh for nuclear power; and SKr 1500 ($22.5) per MWh for wind power. more
Nuclear power is affordable! Wake up Democrats!

October 7, 2010 -- world-nuclear-news
Constellation rejects loan guarantee terms
American plans for new nuclear were hit by uncertainty after Unistar partner Constellation declared the terms of loan guarantees flawed, unrealistic and unworkable.
.... In a blow to Calvert Cliffs that puts a dark cloud over US new build plans, Constellation has revealed that the DoE would charge fees of 11.6% of the loan amount - in its case some $880 million. The charge would come in addition to interest on loans and, Wallace said, "would clearly destroy the project's economics, or the economics of any nuclear project for that matter." more

October 7, 2010 -- upstreamonline
'New US regs will up costs'
The Obama administration's new offshore drilling regulations will raise industry costs and increase US reliance on foreign oil but the effect on the consumer should be minimal, an Interior Department notice said today.
News wires 07 October 2010 21:55 GMT
The new rules unveiled last week by the department will increase the cost of drilling on average between $170,000 and $1.42 million per deep-water well, according to the department's formal notice on the rules to be published in the Federal Register next week.
Drilling in shallow water will cost $90,000 more per well on average under the department's new regulatory regime that sets standards for cementing, blowout preventers and well design, according to a Reuters report. more
Meanwhile, Cuba, who will be drilling 50 miles off the coast of Florida has no such restraints.
And, more US jobs will be lost. (ed)

December 6, 2010 --
Professor Emiritus Hal Lewis Resigns from American Physical Society
The following is a letter to the American Physical Society released to the public by Professor Emiritus of physics Hal Lewis of the University of California at Santa Barbara.
From: Hal Lewis, University of California, Santa Barbara
To: Curtis G. Callan, Jr., Princeton University, President of the American Physical Society
Dear Curt:
When I first joined the American Physical Society sixty-seven years ago it was much smaller, much gentler, and as yet uncorrupted by the money flood (a threat against which Dwight Eisenhower warned a half-century ago).
Indeed, the choice of physics as a profession was then a guarantor of a life of poverty and abstinence—it was World War II that changed all that. The prospect of worldly gain drove few physicists. As recently as thirty-five years ago, when I chaired the first APS study of a contentious social/scientific issue,
...... For reasons that will soon become clear my former pride at being an APS Fellow all these years has been turned into shame, and I am forced, with no pleasure at all, to offer you my resignation from the Society.
It is of course, the global warming scam, with the (literally) trillions of dollars driving it, that has corrupted so many scientists, and has carried APS before it like a rogue wave. It is the greatest and most successful pseudoscientific fraud I have seen in my long life as a physicist. more

October 6, 2010 --
Russia boosts nuclear fuel exports
Russia is set to have foreign contracts for the supply of nuclear fuel and uranium enrichment services worth $20 billion by the end of 2010, Sergey Kiriyenko, director general of Russian state nuclear energy company Rosatom, has promised prime minister Vladimir Putin.
He (Kiriyenko) noted that a 15-year supply contract has been signed by Rosatom with a Swiss company for the supply of enriched uranium, while a ten-year contract was signed with Eskom of South African for a significant part of its needs. In addition, he said that a contract for the supply of enriched uranium to meet the full needs of Mexico's sole nuclear power plant (Laguna Verde) has just come into force. more
NOTE: Russia bought Canadian uranium company mining in Wyoming and is selling enriched uranium to Mexico!

October 5, 2010 -- -- Michael Hardy
Solar power coming to the White House
Energy Department plans demonstration project
They're plugging in the sun at the White House.
By the end of next spring, the White House will have solar panels and a solar-powered water heater, wrote Energy Secretary Steven Chu on the Energy Department's blog.
"These two solar installations will be part of a Department of Energy demonstration project," he wrote. "The project will show that American solar technology is available, reliable and ready to install in homes throughout the country." more
Solar is four times as expensive as electricity from the grid but the government does not have to worry about it. We pay for it.

October 4, 2010 -- Upstream
ShawCor in Brazil buy
Canadian pipe player ShawCor said announced its Bredero Shaw division has completed its 37.9 million buy of the remaining 50% interest in Thermotite Brasil and BS Servicios de Injecao that it did not already own.
Bredero Shaw has been a partner in the joint venture, which provides anti-corrosion and advanced insulation coatings for offshore applications, since 2006. (CA-SCL.A) more

October 4, 2010 -- News wires
GE revealed as Wellstream bidder
US conglomerate General Electric made a bid worth more than 800 million pounds ($1.3 billion) for Wellstream Holdings, the Sunday Times reported, citing unidentified people close to the matter.
National Oilwell Varco is a rival bidder for the company which makes pipes used in deep-sea drilling, the newspaper said. more

October 4, 2010 -- News wires
EU delays tar sands ruling
Europe has yielded to Canadian pressure by delaying possible green trade barriers to Canada's oil sands, but only for one year, a leaked document shows.
Canada has repeatedly warned that draft European Union standards to promote greener fuels will harm the market for its oil sands - tar-like oil that is trapped in sediment and forms the world's second-largest proven crude reserves after Saudi Arabia.
A recent draft of the EU's "fuel quality directive" calculates greenhouse gas emissions from myriad transport fuels, from hydrogen to diesel, but says oil sands will only be evaluated some time before 31 December next year - a year later than plans made as recently as June.
All other fuels will be dealt with by the end of this year, with the aim of guiding industry on which fuels are best suited to the EU's goal of cutting carbon emissions to one fifth below 1990 levels over the next decade, a Reuters report said. more

October 4, 2010 -- world-nuclear-news
Ningde 4 the latest Chinese reactor project
The first phase of development at Ningde nuclear power plant is now fully underway, with four reactors at various stages of construction. Unit 1 is set to begin operation at the end of 2012, construction having begun in February 2008. The cost of the units is set at a grand total of only CNY 52 billion ($7.6 billion), although at least two more CPR-1000s are planned in a second phase of building.
Some 24 reactors are now under construction in China. more

October 3, 2010 -- San Francisco Examiner -- James Jay Carafano
America isn't prepared for another big disaster
"Americans will likely die on American soil, possibly in large numbers."
So concluded the Hart-Rudman Commission in a report issued Sept. 15, 1999 -- two years before the 9/11 attacks.
The commission also predicted that "all borders will be more porous; some will bend and some will break." Given conditions on the U.S.-Mexican border today and the deepening cycle of cross-border violence fueled by transnational criminal cartels, that finding seems mighty prophetic as well.
But the Hart-Rudman Commission didn't just forecast these future threats. It also argued that the nation should prepare to deal with them. One recommendation called for establishing a single federal agency "with responsibility for planning, coordinating, and integrating various government activities involved in homeland security." more

October 1, 2010 -- world-nuclear-news
New US uranium mine licensed
The US nuclear regulator has issued an operating licence for Uranium One's Moore Ranch in-situ leach (ISL) uranium mine in Wyoming. It is the first new uranium mine licence issued in the USA since 1998.
The Moore Ranch facility covers some 2873 hectares in the Powder River Basin region of northern Wyoming. Uranium One said that it expects the project to become a satellite ISL operation, with loaded resins to be transported to its fully permitted Willow Creek plant for further processing into dried U3O8. more

October 1, 2010 -- upstreamonline
European players drag feet on Iran
European oil giants resisted pressure from the United States to abandon all Iranian activities, saying they would continue buying Iranian crude and exit the country only upon expiry of existing contracts.
France's Total said it was still buying Iranian crude and Shell said it was not illegal to lift Iranian crude under the latest United Nations sanctions.
Norway's Statoil said it was providing Tehran with technical assistance while Italy's Eni said it would exit Iran only when existing deals expire. more

October 1, 2010 --
A future energy giant? India's thorium-based nuclear plans
As part of an ambitious three-stage plan to fulfil its nuclear vision and desire for energy security, India could find itself a leading global exporter of an alternative nuclear technology that is more efficient than today’s uranium-plutonium fuel cycle. more

October 1, 2010 -- world-nuclear-news
Paladin upgrades Namibian uranium resource
Paladin Energy has announced upgraded resource figures more than doubling the ore reserve for its Langer Heinrich uranium mine in Namibia.
The new figures, which comply with both JORC guidelines and NI 43-101 (the internationally recognised standards used for classifying uranium resources) show revised measured and indicated resources of 149.25 million pounds U3O8 (54,709 tU), a 106% increase on previously reported figures. A substantial portion of resources previously classed as inferred has been transferred to higher categories, resulting in a reduction in inferred resources from 91.6 million pounds U3O8 (35,234 tU) to 24.04 million pounds U3O8 (9247 tU). more

October 1, 2010 -- upstreamonline
Bromwich delivers moratorium report
US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is reviewing an agency report that may pave the way for the end of the department's deep-water drilling moratorium.
The report delivered to Salazar today by Interior official Michael Bromwich is supposed to provide suggestions on possible modifications to the department's temporary ban on exploratory drilling at depths more than 500 feet. more

October 1, 2010 -- upstreamonline
Mercon bags new platform job
Engineering contractor Mercon said today it has won a new deal from GDF SUEZ E&P Nederland to build gas production platform G16a-B, due to be installed in the Dutch sector of the North Sea.
The contract includes the construction, load out and sea fastening of the satellite water separation platform.
Mercon's scope of work will consist of manufacturing of a 1250-tonne topside and a 950-tonne jacket ncluding piles (580 tonnes). more

October 1, 2010 -- upstreamonline
US giants pass on Libya renewals
US giants Chevron and Occidental have not extended their five-year oil and gas licenses in Libya, a senior executive with Libya's NOC state energy company said. more

October 1, 2010 -- William Tucker -- American Spectator
Nuclear Renaissance Blossoms -- Without the USA
This summer China surpassed the United States as the world's largest producer of energy. What was noteworthy, however, is not what China has accomplished over the past 10 years -- doubling its energy capacity -- but what it is planning for its future.
Under construction now in China are 23 nuclear reactors, many originally of American design. The Chinese are building four Westinghouse AP1000s -- a model our Nuclear Regulatory Commission has not even approved yet. On the drawing boards are at least 30 more projects. By 2020, China's nuclear complex will be more than half the size of the U.S.'s aging fleet of 104. more

September 30, 2010 -- National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling
THE AMOUNT AND FATE OF THE OIL -- Staff Working Paper No. 3
The federal government.s estimates of the amount of oil flowing into and later remaining in the Gulf of Mexico in the aftermath of the Macondo well explosion were the source of significant controversy, which undermined public confidence in the federal government.s response to the spill. By initially underestimating the amount of oil flow and then, at the end of the summer, appearing to underestimate the amount of oil remaining in the Gulf, the federal government created the impression that it was either not fully competent to handle the spill or not fully candid with the American people about the scope of the problem. more

September 29, 2010 -- NY Times
Five months after the BP oil spill, a federal moratorium still prohibits new deepwater drilling in the American waters of the Gulf of Mexico. And under longstanding federal law, drilling is also banned near the coast of Florida.
Yet next year, a Spanish company will begin drilling new wells 50 miles from the Florida Keys — in Cuba’s sovereign waters.
Cuba currently produces little oil. But oil experts say the country might have reserves along its north coast as plentiful as that of the international oil middleweights, Ecuador and Colombia — enough to bolster its faltering economy and cut its dependence on Venezuela for its energy needs. more

September 29, 2010 -- poder360
Cuba May Begin Oil Drilling Next Year
Cuba could begin drilling offshore for oil and gas as soon as next year, The Miami Herald reports
The Spanish energy company, Repsol, was contracted to drill the first of several exploratory wells with a semi-submersible rig that is expected to arrive in Cuba at the end of the year, according to Jorge Piñon, an energy expert and visiting research fellow at Florida International University. Quoted in The Miami Herald, Piñon said the rig is expected to drill down 5,600 feet in an area about 22 miles north of Havana and 65 miles south of the Marquesas Keys. Cuba is currently heavily dependent on Venezuela for its petroleum needs. The U.S. Geological Survey estimates Cuba's offshore reserves hold from 5-billion to 9-billion barrels of oil (almost as much as in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska), and close to 1-trillion cubic feet of natural gas more

September 29, 2010 -- upstreamonline
Judge pledges swift action on drill ban
US Judge Martin Feldman said today he would rule quickly on Ensco’s challenge to the Obama administration's new moratorium on deep-water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, which was imposed after the BP oil spill.
A lawyer for the offshore driller said that the ban on drilling was no different than the first moratorium that the same judge lifted earlier this year and that the government's justification for the new ban was a "sham."
Ensco's lawyer Adam Feinberg said that the decision for the new moratorium had been made on 22 June before any new analysis had been done.
The agency "cannot base decisions on post-hoc rationalisation," he told the court. more

September 29, 2010 -- upstreamonline
New deep-water rules on the horizon
The Obama administration was set to release its latest set of requirements for offshore oil drillers by tomorrow as the government moves toward lifting its contested ban on deep-water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Interior Department has said it will release new drilling regulations by the end of September aimed at increasing safety in the industry, which was rocked by the BP oil spill disaster.
The new rules are one of the conditions the department said must be in place before it lifts its temporary ban on exploratory drilling in waters more than 500 feet (150 metres) deep. more

September 29, 2010 -- upstreamonline
US oil demand hits 2-year high
Revised US oil demand figures for July showed petroleum consumption at its second highest level in almost two years, the Energy Information Administration said today.
Although July oil demand was revised down a slight 0.34%, or 65,000 barrels per day, to 19.278 million bpd oil demand was still 3.5% higher than the 18.626 million bpd in July last year.
This is the second highest monthly level of oil demand since October 2008, following June's 19.314 million bpd demand figure. more

September 29, 2010 -- world-nuclear
GE-Hitachi looks to generate sales
GE-Hitachi is planning a push into new markets with its reactor designs next year. Regional sales offices are planned and the ESBWR will be put to UK regulators.
The reactor vendor, formed from the merger of GE and Hitachi's nuclear businesses in 2007, is yet to secure a contract to build in European or North American markets. more

September 24, 2010 --
Incandescents may be given a stay of execution. Last week, U.S. Reps. Joe Barton (R-Texas), Michael Burgess (R-Texas), and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn) introduced legislation designed to repeal the incandescent light bulb ban.
The “Better Use of Light Bulbs Act” (H.R. 6144) would repeal Subtitle B of Title III of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, the latter of which acts as a de facto ban on incandescent light bulbs. As it stands, 100 W incandescents will be phased out in 2012, and by 2014, the Edison light bulb will be contraband. In turn, this has raised concerns about forced obsolescence of legacy technologies. more

September 23, 2010 -- -- By Carey Gillam
Awaiting EPA decision on E15.
Ethanol industry leaders said on Thursday federal action is crucial to the industry's future, and they urged U.S. regulators and lawmakers to move forward with proposed increased blending levels as well as greater investment in broad biofuel infrastructure improvements.
... Buis and Green Plains Renewable Energy (GPRE.O) CEO Todd Becker said in a press conference that while they hoped to have a favorable ruling soon from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on raised blending levels for ethanol into gasoline, the industry needs continued federal support.
Currently, U.S. law provides a 45 cent per gallon tax credit to refiners who blend ethanol with gasoline, and imposes an import tariff as a deterrent to foreign competition. more
While people are starving elsewhere in the world, we waste food and water on fuel.

September 22, 2010
A PLEDGE TO AMERICA -- Congressman Tim Murphy
1. The pledge proposes to significantly cut wasteful spending by canceling unspent “stimulus” funds and scaling back the growth in spending for Congressional operations. As a cosponsor of a Balanced Budget Amendment and a bill to cap the debt ceiling, I am determined to rein in excessive federal spending and cut the $13.5 trillion national debt.
2. The pledge calls on Congress to “protect our entitlement programs for today’s seniors and future generations.” In response to your concerns and ideas about protecting the benefits you have paid and earned, I introduced the Social Security and Medicare Protection Act (HR 4939) to stop Congress from treating the trust funds as a bottomless checking account.
3. The pledge also notes that “we will fight to increase access to domestic energy sources.” My bill, HR 2227, the American Conservation and Clean Energy Act, is a comprehensive bipartisan energy bill I introduced to move America toward energy independence and invest in clean energy, while creating American jobs without increasing taxes or the national debt. text - (pdf)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010 -- By Nicholas Ballasy --
Congressman Calls For Schools To ‘Promote The Agenda’ Of Climate Change, Population Limitation
Rep. John Sarbanes says more environmental education in public schools will promote the agenda of climate change and population growth.
Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) told at a "Sustainability Education Summit" hosted by the U.S. Education Department on Tuesday that environmental education in schools can "promote the agenda" of climate change and population growth through the influence it has on children.
"Like I keep saying over and over again, if you get young people invested in those ideas early on, that will result in those kinds of positive policy developments," Sarbanes told "So, whether it’s climate change, whether it’s population growth, whether it’s all these factors that impact the health of our world, raising that awareness early among young people is only going to promote the agenda." more
A similar program was instituted between the 1920's and 1940's:
"The Hitlerjugend grew early out of existing German boys and girls associations. In 1926, on National Party Day, before Hitler had taken office as Chancellor and President, the formal Youth Party was founded with only about 300 members. Before the War years were out, the number would grow to close to 9 million, due in large part to the compulsory membership requirement established in 1940. This requirement mandated that all children (but particularly boys) belong to the HJ, giving the Third Reich complete control over the generation to come." more

September 22, 2010 -- Jim Powell -- Cato Institute
Why Derek Jeter and LeBron James Are Running for Florida
Jim Powell, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, is the author of FDR's Folly, Wilson's War, Bully Boy and other books.
The New York Yankees' star shortstop Derek Jeter has become the latest to flee the Empire State as spendthrift state officials target the rich. Jeter put his 70th-floor, 5,425-square-foot Trump World Tower condo on the market for a reported $20 million. He had bought it in 2001, after signing a 10-year contract with the Yankees. He will now make his undisputed residence in Tampa, where a 30,875-square-foot, seven-bedroom mansion is nearing completion.
The reason for this move has little to do with his loyalty, or lack thereof, for New York. Rather, it's likely a simple calculation: New York City is among the highest-taxed places in the U.S., including hefty state and city income taxes. Florida doesn't have an income tax, so Jeter, whose contract pays him $18.9 million annually, will be able to save a bundle.
.......Moreover, capital can be transferred offshore electronically faster than you can say "higher taxes." According to the Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. citizens and U.S.-based multinational corporations hold $18 trillion of assets offshore. Politicians complain some of that capital should be brought home to fund jobs in America, but if that happened, the IRS would impose a 35% tax, so the capital stays offshore. more

September 22, 2010 -- world-nuclear-news
CNNC prepares for massive investment
China National Nuclear Corp (CNNC) plans to invest 800 billion yuan ($120 billion) into nuclear energy projects by 2020, in line with the country's move to accelerate the development of the industry, the China Daily reported. Total investment in nuclear power plants, in which CNNC will hold controlling stakes, will reach 500 billion yuan ($75 billion) by 2015, according to CNNC vice president Sun Youqi. In order to fund the company's expansion target, CNNC plans to list its subsidiary, CNNC Nuclear Power Co Ltd, said Chen Hua, assistant president of CNNC. more

September 22, 2010 -- upstreamonline
Greenpeace ups stakes at Stena Carron
Greenpeace today stepped up their action against Chevron's planned deep-water campaign on the Atlantic Margin, rolling out a reinforced survival pod and attaching it to one of the anchor chains of the drillship Stena Carron.
The Stena Carron is currently at anchor in Bressay Sound as Chevron waits on permits to drill a wildcat well on the Lagavulin prospect, about 260 kilometres north of Shetland. more

September 20, 2010 -- world-nuclear-news
South Korean partnership for Argentina
South Korea has made headway into the South American nuclear market following the signing of an agreement to support Argentina's nuclear power program.
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation in new nuclear projects and life extension of existing plants was signed on 16 September by South Korean knowledge economy minister Choi Kyoung-hwan and Argentinean planning minister Julio de Vido.
Korea Electric Power Corporation (Kepco) is actively marketing new nuclear plants and, in December 2009, its APR-1400 design was selected as the basis of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) nuclear power program. more

September 17, 2010 -- world-nuclear-news
US new build plans delayed
Plans for new nuclear build in the USA have been delayed due to a lack of demand for electricity, according to the head of the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI). Nevertheless,TVA's forward planning sees it increasing its nuclear capacity over the next 20 years.
Speaking in London at the Annual Symposium of the World Nuclear Association, NEI President and CEO Marvin Fertel told the meeting that the economic downturn, along with a decline in the price of natural gas, has caused forward power prices to fall to levels well below those previously predicted. more

September 16, 2010 --
Optimizing climate change reduction
Scientists at the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Global Ecology have taken a new approach on examining a proposal to fix the warming planet. So-called geoengineering ideas—large-scale projects to change the Earth’s climate—have included erecting giant mirrors in space to reflect solar radiation, injecting aerosols of sulfate into the stratosphere making a global sunshade, and much more. Past modeling of the sulfate idea looked at how the stratospheric aerosols might affect Earth’s climate and chemistry. The Carnegie researchers started out differently by asking how, if people decided what kind of climate they want, they would go about determining the aerosol distribution pattern that would come closest to achieving their climate goals. more
More insanity!

September 16, 2010 -- Nicholas Ballasy -- ( -
White House Science Czar Says He Would Use "Free Market" to "De-Develop the United States"
In a video interview this week, White House Office of Science and Technology Director John P. Holdren told that he would use the “free market economy” to implement the “massive campaign” he advocated along with Population Bomb author Paul Ehrlich to “de-develop the United States.”
In his role as President Barack Obama’s top science and technology adviser, Holdren deals with issues ranging from global warming to health care.
"This effort must be largely political, especially with regard to our overexploitation of world resources, but the campaign should be strongly supplemented by legal and boycott action against polluters and others whose activities damage the environment." more

"The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism, but under the name of liberalism, they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program until one day America will be a socialist nation without ever knowing how it happened."
Norman Thomas: Socialist Party of America presidential candidate

September 16, 2010 -- by Rebecca Lutzy
The Future of Fossil Power Generation:
An interview with Michael Suess, CEO of Fossil Power Generation at Siemens
At this week’s World Energy Congress in Montreal, the message that fossil fuels are here to stay was front-and-center in the discussion. World energy demand is expected to double by 2050, and abundant, cheap fossil fuels will not be cast aside. This fossil fuel reality-check tends to sound like bad news for those of us who believe we need to rapidly de-carbonize the global energy system. Some good news – fossil fuels don’t necessarily spell climate disaster. As is the case with all energy production, the details matter. A lot. And carbon capture and storage is not, by a long shot, the only available tool to drive down fossil emissions. more
Tags: Carbon and De-carbonization Coal Electricity Natural Gas siemens the world energy congress wec10

September 16, 2010 -- Manufacturing.Net
Texas Wants Court To Block Greenhouse Gas Rules
Texas has asked a federal court to block new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency greenhouse gas rules, arguing they threaten jobs and are based on questionable science.
The motions filed Thursday are based on a lawsuit the state filed in February challenging the EPA's finding that greenhouse gases are dangerous to people. Texas wants the court to block rules that would impose new emission limits on cars and possibly factories and refineries.
The court challenges are all part of a bitter battle between Texas and the EPA. Recently, the EPA has disapproved chunks of the Texas industrial permitting program, a move that left some of the nation's largest refineries in operating limbo. more

September 16, 2010 -- Marc Gunther
A super light prize-winning car -- The Edison2
Here’s a surprise: The biggest winner in the $10-million Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE competition, which is designed to inspire a new generation of low-polluting cars, is not an electric car, but a car that weighs less than 1,000 pounds and is powered by an internal combustion engine.
The car is known, fittingly, as the Very Light Car #98, and it won the $5 million prize in the “mainstream” category, which required cars to seat four people, run on four wheels and have a driving range of at least 200 miles. The Very Light Car runs on E85, a blend of ethanol and gasoline, and it was built by a team known as Edison2, led by a German-born entrepreneur named Oliver Kuttner and based in Charlottesville, Va more

September 15, 2010 -- upstreamonline Daewoo may pip Shell to FLNG
Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Company has said its Papua New Guinea energy venture may beat Shell to become the first operator of a floating liquefied natural gas production vessel.
The venture could begin using a floating LNG unit in 2014 to process gas from an onshore field, Kim Jin Seok, chief executive officer of DSME E&R, the shipbuilder’s oil and gas arm, said in an interview yesterday. Shell is due to receive the first of as many as 10 floating LNG plants in 2016 for use off Australia. more

September 14, 2010 -- By Eric Scheiner --
Obama's Science Adviser: Don't Call it 'Global Warming'
John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, says that the term "global warming" is "a dangerous misnomer” that should be replaced with “global climate disruption."
At the Environmental Protection Agency's 40th celebration of the Clean Air Act on Tuesday, Holdren said, "I think one of the failures of the scientific community was in embracing the term 'global warming'. Global warming is in fact a dangerous misnomer." more
The term "climate disruption" was used in conjunction with the erroneous "hockey stick". It was believed that the temperature of the earth had changed suddenly. "Climate disruption" is not appropriate because disruptions are caused by natural events such as earthquakes and weather events such as tornados.

September 14, 2010 -- News wires -- Upstream
Enbridge to open pipe by end of the week
Canadian pipe giant Enbridge will be allowed to restart a key oil pipeline supplying the US Midwest by the end of the week, following the repair of a rupture, a federal official said. more

September 14, 2010 -- News wires -- Upstream
Drill ban back in court
The US defended its moratorium on deep-water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico as offshore oil- services companies asked an appeals court to uphold a New Orleans judge’s decision blocking enforcement of the ban.
US District Judge Martin Feldman barred enforcement of the government moratorium on 22 June after Hornbeck Offshore Services Inc. and other companies sued, claiming that it would cause irreparable economic harm. more

September 10, 2010 -- News wires -- Upstream
Oil jumps towards $75
US crude for October jumped to near $75 after a leak forced Enbridge to shut down the biggest pipeline supplying Canadian oil to refineries in the Midwest.
Enbridge closed its 670,000 barrel per day Line 6A, the largest of the company's major three, after a leak was discovered near Romeoville, Illinois.
Front-month US crude for delivery in October jumped 60 cents to $74.85 a barrel, while the November contract added just 4 cents to $75.83. more

September 9, 2010 -- world-nuclear-news
Before the end of October Russia will sign to build a nuclear power plant in Vietnam, provide the fuel and take it back for reprocessing.
The countries intend to "accelerate work" towards the signing, said Vietnamese prime minister Nguyen Tan Dung after a meeting with Rosatom's Sergei Kiriyenko.
Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet and minister of trade Vu Huy Huang were also present. more

September 8, 2010 -- By Peter Whoriskey --
Lights out for ordinary bulbs made in the U.S.
WINCHESTER, VA. - The last major GE factory making ordinary incandescent light bulbs in the United States is closing this month, marking a small, sad exit for a product and company that can trace their roots to Thomas Alva Edison's innovations in the 1870s.
The remaining 200 workers at the plant here will lose their jobs.
"Now what're we going to do?" said Toby Savolainen, 49, who like many others worked for decades at the factory, making bulbs now deemed wasteful. more
(After 2014 you will have to buy spiral bulbs containing mercury or LED bulbs)

September 3, 2010 -- Anthea Pitt -- Upstream
Greenpeace activists to be deported
Denmark today issued deportation orders for the four Greenpeace activists who stopped drilling at the Cairn Energy-operated Sigguk Block, in Baffin Bay off Greenland, earlier this week.
* Update: the four were deported from Greenland on saturday. As well as a fine, they are barred from entering Greenland for a year.
Greenland’s Chief Constable Bjorn Bay told Upstream he expected the four men - a US citizen, a German, a Finn and a Polish national - to be deported tomorrow.
They pleaded guilty and have accepted a fine of Dkr20,000 ($3440) each, Bay added. more

September 2, 2010 -- Anthea Pitt -- Upstream
Greenland police charge rig protestors
Greenland’s police chief today told Upstream that the activists on board the Greenpeace vessel Esperanza have, in the force’s opinion, broken Greenlandic law and may be liable to prosecution over the environmental group’s occupation of the semi-submersible drilling rig Stena Don.

September 2, 2010 -- Anthea Pitt -- Upstream
Legal threat to UK deep-water plans
The UK government faces a legal challenge to its plans to further open up the country's deep-water play to E&P activity.
.....Greenpeace executive director John Sauven said: "This is just the start of a long campaign. more

September 2, 2010 -- Upstream -- News wires
All crew accounted for in Gulf blast
US Coast Guard said the fire has been doused and there is no oil sheen on the water after a reported "explosion" at a facility in the Gulf of Mexico in Vermilion Block 380, about 80 miles south of Vermilion Bay off Louisiana.
Initial reports of an oil sheen were not correct but the Coast Guard continues to monitor the area with vessels and aircraft, Coast Guard Captain Peter Troedssen told reporters at a briefing in New Orleans today.
A Coast Guard spokesman had previously confirmed an oil sheen in the water about a mile long and 100 feet wide but Troedssen those reports have been debunked. more

September 1, 2010 -- Upstream -- News wires
Judge upholds Hornbeck drill ban suit
The federal judge who struck down the Obama administration's initial six-month moratorium on deep-water oil-drilling dealt the government another blow today
US District Court Judge Martin Feldman denied the government's request to throw out a suit challenging the drilling halt that had been filed by offshore-oil-service companies. Justice Department lawyers had argued the lawsuit was moot because the Interior Department imposed a new, temporary drilling ban on 12 July, replacing a 28 May order that Feldman had struck down in June. more

September 1, 2010 -- Upstream staff
Transocean Marianas heads for Nigeria
Transocean has moved one of its deep-water rigs out of the Gulf of Mexico, as the Obama administration's deep-water drilling moratorium hampers US offshore oil and gas operations.
Transocean's semi-submersible drilling rig Transocean Marianas is its first to move from the Gulf since the suspension began and departed last week, bound for Nigeria, a company spokesman confirmed today.
The rig, under contract with Italy's Eni, was set to drill the Triton field, according to a Reuters report. more
More jobs, revenue and US oil lost, perhaps for years!

August 31, 2010 --
Shareholders approve sale of controlling stake to ARMZ
* Approximately 95 percent voted in favor of deal
* Expects transaction to close by end of 2010 (In U.S. dollars unless noted)
Uranium One (UUU.TO) shareholders voted on Tuesday in favor of a deal to sell a controlling stake in the company to Russian state-owned miner ARMZ in exchange for cash and shares in two Kazakh mines.
At the meeting held in Vancouver, 95 percent of the total votes cast supported the deal, while about 92 percent of votes cast by shareholders other than ARMZ and its affiliates were in favor, Uranium One said. more

August 31, 2010 -- Jeffrey Ball -- Wall Street Journal
An independent investigation called for "fundamental reform" at the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, saying the organization's 2007 report played down uncertainty about some aspects of global warming.
The probe of the IPCC, a preeminent climate-science body that won the Nobel Peace Prize three years ago, was conducted by the InterAcademy Council, a consortium of national scientific academies. Leaders of the IPCC asked the council to conduct the probe following the disclosure of a few errors in its 2007 climate-science report, which concluded, among other things, that climate change is "unequivocal" and is "very likely" caused by human activity.
The investigation comes at a precarious time for the IPCC and for advocates of tough measures to curb greenhouse-gas emissions. For months, critics of such steps have cited the errors in the IPCC's 2007 report as reason to question the group's basic conclusion about climate change. more

August 27, 2010 --
Building plants builds support in South Korea
Support for the nuclear power industry is rising in South Korea following the country's successful bid to construct four APR1400 reactors in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The JoonAng Daily quotes a survey from the Korean Nuclear Energy Foundation, a research body of the Knowledge Economy Ministry, to report that 88.4% of a survey of 800 Koreans said that the development of the nuclear industry is necessary, while 61.1% are in favour of constructing more reactors in South Korea and 31.1% would not oppose a plant being built near where they live. more

August 27, 2010 -- Upstream staff
Amec going shopping
UK oil services and engineering group Amec is in talks about potential takeovers as it looks to double its earnings per share.
"We don't limit ourselves to small, medium or large (deals), what we have been doing is looking at how much shareholder value it will create. If it will create good shareholder value, we are ready for it," said chief executive Samir Brikho said in a call with reporters.
Amec said first-half profits increased by 20% compared with the same period last year. more

August 26, 2010 -- Upstream staff
GE scoops up Goliat wellhead job
Electrical equipment supplier GE said today it has won an order to provide over 130 subsea wellhead sensors for installation in the Goliat field, in Norway’s sector of the Barents Sea.
The order has been placed by Aker Solutions, who won the engineering,procurement and construction contract in 2009 from operator Eni. more

August 23, 2010 -- John Heilprin - Associated Press
UN May Rein In Carbon Trading Scam
An obscure U.N. board that oversees a $2.7 billion market intended to cut heat-trapping gases has agreed to take steps that could lead to it eventually reining in what European and U.S. environmentalists are calling a huge scam.
,,, environmentalists say rich nations could be wasting billions of dollars on what some are calling "perverse financial incentives," because some of the largest projects funded by the U.N.-managed CDM are a golden goose for chemical makers without making meaningful cuts in emissions. more

August 16, 2010 -- washingtonindependent
On Extreme Weather and Climate Change
The New York Times ran a front-page story on Sunday that tackles a thorny scientific and political issue: whether individual extreme weather events are evidence of long-term shifts in climate.
According to the Times, the answer is "probably."
In reality though, the answer to this question is much more subtle, as the Times article notes later. While a warming planet will likely feature more extreme weather, scientists say it’s nearly impossible to blame global warming for any one weather event. more
"probably"? -- The Hudson river and valley were covered by glaciers just 24,000 years ago. The area was warmed by the sun before man started polluting the atmosphere.

August 16, 2010 -- world-nuclear-news
Construction of Chinese 'Nuclear City' to start
Plans are advancing for the construction of the first industrial park in China to help with the rapid development of the country's nuclear power industry, with detailed engineering and construction preparation work at the site in Haiyan, Zhejiang province, expected to start soon.
The coastal city of Haiyan, on the Yangtze Delta, has been selected to house the 'Nuclear City'. It is some 118 kilometres (70 miles) southwest of Shanghai and close to the cities of Hangzhou, Suzhou and Ningbo. It also lies midway along China’s coast, where several nuclear power plants have been constructed or are planned. more

August 9, 2010 -- upstreamonline
Nabors to buy Superior Wells for $900m
Nabors Industries and Superior Well Services today announced that they have entered into an agreement whereby Nabors will acquire Superior Well Services for around $900 million.
Nabors will start a tender offer for all outstanding shares of Superior Well Services common stock at a price of $22.12 per share in cash in accordance with the agreement.
"For some time now, we have evaluated integrating more service offerings into our business, particularly internationally,” said Nabors' Chairman Gene Isenberg. more

August 9, 2010 -- Elizabeth Skrapits
Rep wants Pa. to follow N.Y.'s lead on gas drilling moratorium
A local legislator says Pennsylvania should follow New York's lead to pass a temporary moratorium on natural gas drilling - but public pressure is the only way to make it happen.
"That's what we should be doing," said state Rep. Phyllis Mundy, D-120, Kingston. "I think that's a very good idea. I'm pleased with New York. I wish we would follow their lead, and I wish the federal government would do more as well." more

August 2, 2010 -- upstreamonline
Cheniere swings to profit
US LNG player Cheniere Energy reported today net income of $85.68 million or 86 cents per share for the second quarter as against a net loss of $13.05 million or 25 cents per share in the same quarter last year.
The recent quarter results included a gain of $128.3 million on the sale of equity method investment.
The Houston, Texas-based company's total revenues for the latest quarter rose substantially to $68.28 million from $37.96 million in the prior-year quarter. more

August 2, 2010 --
Democrats delay energy bill vote
US Senate Democrats today postponed this week's test vote on alternative energy legislation that also would have clamped down on offshore energy drilling in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's decision to take the bill off the Senate's schedule until at least mid-September, when Congress returns from a long summer break, dealt a blow to Democrats' efforts to hold BP fully responsible for the economic damage from the Gulf oil spill.
.... "There was substantial concern on the Democratic side that the energy bill did not do enough," Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein said in a Reuters report.
She said many Democrats wanted the legislation to include language, which was removed by Reid, that would have required utilities to generate more of their electricity supplies from renewable energy sources like wind and solar power. more

August 2, 2010 --
Feds nail down BP blowout flow
US government scientists today refined estimates of how much oil flowed into the Gulf of Mexico from BP’s blown-out Macondo well.
The Flow Rate Technical Group and a team of scientists with the US Department of Energy say 4.9 million barrels of oil have been released from the well at a rate of 62,000 barrels a day at the beginning of the spill in late April.
That rate dropped to 53,000 barrels a day immediately before it was sealed on July 15, the group said, according to a Reuters report. more
NOTE: The Persian Gulf oil spill began on January 23, 1991 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.
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".

July 30th, 2010 -- Roy Spencer, Ph.D.
Global Sea Surface Temperature Update: The Cooling Continues
Sea Surface Temperatures (SSTs) measured by the AMSR-E instrument on NASA’s Aqua satellite continue the fall which began several months ago. The following plot, updated through yesterday (July 29, 2010) shows that the cooling in the Nino34 region in the tropical east Pacific continue to be well ahead of the cooling in the global average SST, something we did not see during the 2007-08 La Nina event (click on it for the large, undistorted version; note the global SST values have been multiplied by 10): more

July 29, 2010 -- EPA
Denial of Petitions for Reconsideration of the Endangerment and Cause or Contribute Findings for Greenhouse Gases under Section 202(a) of the Clean Air Act
EPA determined in December 2009 that climate change caused by emissions of greenhouse gases threatens the public's health and the environment. Since then, EPA received ten petitions challenging this determination. On July 29, 2010, EPA denied these petitions.
The petitions to reconsider EPA's "Endangerment Finding" claimed that climate science can't be trusted, and asserted a conspiracy that calls into question the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Exit EPA disclaimer, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences Exit EPA disclaimer, and the U.S. Global Change Research Program. After months of serious consideration of the petitions and of the state of climate change science, EPA found no evidence to support these claims more

July 29, 2010 -- upstreamonline
Shell feels drill ban pinch
Anglo-Dutch supermajor Shell has idled seven rigs and taken a $56 million second-quarter charge thanks to the US ban on deep-water drilling, with a top executive refusing to rule out the possibility that Shell may seek to reclaim the cash from BP.
Shell, one of the biggest oil producers in the Gulf of Mexico, said it had idled rigs rather than move them elsewhere because the six-month duration of the drilling ban meant it was not profitable to redeploy rigs to other areas. more
The US administration is responsible for the moratorium - not BP!

Jul 27, 2010 -- Foreign Policy
In the first quarter of 2010, Venezuela's economy contracted by 5.8 percent.
Earthquake-ravaged Haiti is the only other country in the Western hemisphere to see its economy shrink so far this year. National oil company Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) produces virtually all of the country's export revenue. The country's cash cow helped Venezuela produce 3.3 million barrels of oil per day (bpd) in 2001. But a massive strike in 2002, the firings of thousands of PDVSA employees that followed, and the president's habit of milking the company for extra revenue have taken a toll. The government claims that it still produces 3 million bpd. Some experts claim the number is closer to 2.6 million. OPEC says Venezuela is now producing closer to 2.3 million.
In June, inflation hit 31.2 percent year on year. Venezuela imports nearly three quarters of its food, but shortages of basic foodstuffs in state-run grocery stores have eroded Chavez's popularity. A scandal erupted this spring when officials discovered tens of thousands of tons of imported food that had been abandoned to rot in state-run warehouses. more

Jul 27, 2010 -- American Energy Aliance
The Economic Cost of a Moratorium on Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration to the Gulf Region
* Over 8,000 jobs lost in the Gulf Coast region
* Over 12,000 jobs lost across the country.
* $700 million in lost wages due to the moratorium.
* $2.1 billion in economic activity lost in the Gulf Coast region and nearly $2.7 billion lost nationwide.
Today, in New Orleans, ground zero of this economic disaster, we released a new study titled “The Economic Cost of a Moratorium on Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration to the Gulf Region.” The economic analysis, conducted by Hermann Moyse Jr./Louisiana Bankers Association endowed professor of banking at Louisiana State University Dr. Joseph Mason, shows how this administration’s moratorium is causing a massive jobs spill out of the Gulf region. Click here to view the paper. source

Jul 27, 2010 -- Paul Kane and Shailagh Murray, Washington Post
Among House Democrats in Rust Belt, a sense of abandonment over energy bill
Choleric House Dems Believe Speaker Lied to Them In Insisting Walking the Plank on Cap-and-Raid Was Gonna Be OK - Senate Won't Leave You Hangin'! Washington Post (7/27) reports, "Thirteen months after that tough vote on cap-and-trade, Boccieri and dozens of other House Democrats along the Rust Belt are not at all happy with the way things have turned out.
The White House and Speaker Pelosi had assured reluctant members that the Senate would take up the measure. Although Senate passage wasn't a sure thing, House Democrats hoped to go back home to voters with a great story to tell -- about reducing dependence on foreign oil, slowing climate change and creating jobs. That didn't happen. Senate leaders, sensing political danger, repeatedly put off energy legislation, and the White House didn't lean on them very hard to make it a priority. source

Jul 26, 2010 -- The Hill Meanwhile, "Spill Bill" Released by House Dems Last Night
Not Something Designed to Attract Bipartisan Support, Observers Say - Will Rs Take the Bait?
The Hill reports, "House Democrats on Monday unveiled their strategy to respond to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a package headed for the floor late this week that would shore up offshore rig safety standards and block BP from obtaining new offshore drilling leases. The bill, slated for debate Friday, also increases oil companies' liability for damages from offshore spills. The 238-page plan - a slimmed down combination of bills approved by three panels - would also give subpoena power to a commission President Obama has appointed in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico spill, while dropping the idea of creating a separate commission largely appointed by Congress. The House Democratic strategy includes language from Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) that would block BP or any other company with a "significant history" of violating worker safety or environmental laws. source
More important would be to change whatever it takes so that we don't have to wait three months before cleaning up the next spill.

Jul 26, 2010 -- Thomas Pyle -- saveusenergyjobs
As Harry Reid and his fellow Senators in Washington prepare to release a new energy bill next week, let’s hope members of Congress are getting the message – America and the Gulf region need a strong oil and gas industry; one that is not hamstrung by a counterproductive moratorium, excessive regulation, or confiscatory taxes.
A recent study by LSU professor Dr. Joe Mason highlighted the widespread impact of the offshore drilling moratorium. It noted that the moratorium would results in more than $707 million in lost wages and spillover effects that will cost the United States $2.7 billion dollars in lost economic activity.
The Senate’s "energy" bill must protect Gulf residents during this difficult time and not create policies that will make it even harder for them to re-coup their livelihoods and get our economy back on track. Now is the worst time to either enact or even tolerate policies that will result in more lost jobs, more lost revenue, and more damaged communities. source

July 23, 2010 -- Penny Starr -- (
"Sen. Kerry Predicts ‘Ice-Free Arctic' In '5 or 10 Years’"
Speaking at a town hall-style meeting promoting climate change legislation on Thursday, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) predicted there will be “an ice-free Arctic” in "five or 10 years."
"The arctic ice is disappearing faster than was predicted," Kerry said. "And instead of waiting until 2030 or whenever it was to have an ice-free Arctic, we’re going to have one in five or 10 years."
However, the Web site of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says: "Using the observed 2007/2008 summer sea ice extents as a starting point, computer models predict that the Arctic could be nearly sea ice free in summertime within 30 years." source
We need truth not Cap & Tax snake oil:
April 8, 2010 -- James Heiser --
Arctic Ice Expanding, Not Retreating

At last December’s UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, former Vice President Al Gore shrilly proclaimed that “The entire polar ice cap ... could be completely ice free within the next five to seven years.” As implausible as Gore’s claim already was at the time, recent developments in the arctic have only served to make the fear of an ice-free polar zone all the more absurd. source
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. source

July 21, 2010 -- From: The Alyona Show
China Leaves US in Clean Energy Dust
On Wednesday evening, Director of Americans for Energy Leadership Teryn Norris was interviewed on TV as part of The Alyona Show in a segment called "China Leaves U.S. in Clean Energy Dust," aired live in Washington DC, New York City, and Los Angeles.
In the midst of a raging nation-wide debate on energy and climate policy, Alyona asked Teryn what will it take for lawmakers to realize the U.S. is falling behind in the global clean energy industry and take the necessary action to regain our position. source
There is only one word for that: Bull!
Eighty per cent of China's electricity comes from coal, and there are plans for 544 new coal-fired power stations to meet an insatiable demand for energy. The People's Republic of China is the largest consumer of coal in the world.
To their credit, they have 12 nuclear power reactors in operation, 23 under construction, and more about to start construction soon.
Their concentrating solar power "plants" still face formidable obstacles, including government officials who are skeptical that the technology will be useful on a large scale in China.

July 21, 2010 Upside
Judge upholds decision to kill drill ban
A US judge today refused a request by environmental groups to reinstate the Obama administration's original moratorium on deep-water drilling set in the wake of the BP oil spill.
Defenders of Wildlife and other groups requested that US District Judge Martin Feldman lift his injunction blocking the moratorium because he had owned stock in several oil and offshore energy companies, arguing that showed he should be disqualified from the case. source

July 21, 2010 Upside
Ensco dented by drilling ban
Offshore rig contractor Ensco International reported a smaller quarterly profit, hit by weeks of downtime for its Gulf of Mexico rigs due to US restrictions on drilling following the BP well disaster.
Second-quarter net income fell to $124.8 million, or 89 cents per share, from $197.9 million, or $1.41 per share. Revenue fell to $406 million from $497 million.
Ensco filed a lawsuit earlier this week, challenging the Obama administration's new deep-water oil drilling moratorium, saying it was mostly the same as the first ban that a US court already put on hold, according to a Reuters report. source

July 21, 2010 Upside
BP buy may hit Apache ratings
Moody's Investors Service and Fitch Ratings said today they may cut their ratings on Apache after the company agreed to buy $7 billion of BP's assets.
BP said yesterday that Apache will buy properties in Texas, western Canada and Egypt, with BP getting a $5 billion cash deposit on 30 July as part of the deal.
Moody's and Fitch currently rate Apache as A3 and A-minus, respectively, the seventh highest investment grade for both. source
Watch for buying opportunity.

July 20, 2010 -- (UPI)
Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill argued Tuesday about who is to blame for the BP oil spill, the Bush administration or President Barack Obama.
Senior Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee used a hearing on the Interior Department's role to lay the blame on former Vice President Dick Cheney's energy policy task force, The Hill reported. source
This administration takes credit for everything that is good and blames the previous administration for everything that is not. Not unusual, however, they cannot escape blame for delaying the oil cleanup. Had the cleanup been started immediately, none of the oil would have reached shore.

19 July 19, 2010 -- Upstream staff
Spill and moratorium hit Gulf economy
The Macondo oil spill may cost the US Gulf Coast region 17,000 jobs and about $1.2 billion in lost economic growth by year-end even if the flow is stanched permanently next month, Moody's Analytics said in a report.
Under a more pessimistic scenario in which the oil spill continues through December and President Barack Obama's six- month moratorium on deep-water drilling is extended, economic losses may reach $7.4 billion, and more than 100,000 jobs would be lost, Moody's said today in a report written by Marisa Di Natale, a director based in West Chester, Pennsylvania. source

19 July 19, 2010 -- Upstream staff
US schedules offshore drilling meetings
The US offshore drilling regulator will hold a series of public meetings to discuss new regulations on offshore drilling and oil spill response.
The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEM), has scheduled meetings for in August in New Orleans, LA, Lafayette, LA, Mobile, AL, Pensacola, FL, Santa Barbara, CA, and Anchorage, AK. -- Meetings will be held in early September in Biloxi, MS and Houston, TX. source

July 15, 2010 --
Uranium One Special Committee and Board Recommend Transaction with ARMZ
Trading Symbols: UUU - Toronto Stock Exchange, JSE Limited (Johannesburg Stock Exchange)
Further to its press release of June 8, 2010, Uranium One Inc. ("Uranium One") announced today that its Board of Directors has approved recommending to shareholders the acquisition of a 50% interest in the Akbastau uranium mine and a 49.67% interest in the Zarechnoye uranium mine (collectively, the "Assets") from JSC Atomredmetzoloto ("ARMZ").
In addition, ARMZ will contribute US$ 610 million in cash, at least US$ 479 million of which will be paid directly to shareholders (other than ARMZ) as a change of control premium after closing, by way of a special dividend of at least US$ 1.06 per share. source

July 15, 2010 -- News wires
Green ads seek to sully Alberta oil sands
Environmentalists are taking aim at Alberta's C$5.6 billion ($5.4 billion) tourism industry in the latest battle over the impact of developing the Canadian province's oil sands.
Alberta is the largest supplier of crude oil to the United States and the environmentalists say their "Rethink Alberta" campaign is in response to pro oil-sands lobbying and advertising in the United States by the Alberta government and the province's oil industry. source

July 15, 2010 -- Tan Hwee Hwee
Winner lined up for Heerema prize
Dutch giant Heerema Marine Contractors is set to unveil the winner of a much-anticipated newbuild heavylift vessel contract.
South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering is well-placed for the prized deal after outbidding compatriot Samsung Heavy Industries, sources said.
DSME is said to have submitted a low bid of between $200 million and $250 million to build the Ulstein Sea of Solutions design hybrid heavylift pipelay vessel. source

July 12, 2010 -- By Dan Balz -- Washington Post
BOSTON -- The co-chairmen of President Obama's debt and deficit commission offered an ominous assessment of the nation's fiscal future here Sunday, calling current budgetary trends a cancer "that will destroy the country from within" unless checked by tough action in Washington.
The two leaders -- former Republican senator Alan Simpson of Wyoming and Erskine Bowles, White House chief of staff under President Bill Clinton -- sought to build support for the work of the commission, whose recommendations due later this year are likely to spark a fierce debate in Congress. source
The debt and deficit commission charged with justifying and taking the blame for extreme tax increases has done just that. Watch the administration sing (after the elections) "it’s not our fault", "it’s not our decision".

July 12, 2010 -- GMT Blake Wright
New suspensions for deep-water drilling

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEM) has issued new suspensions of deep-water drilling in the US Gulf applying to drilling operations that use subsea blowout preventers (BOP) or surface BOPs on floating facilities.... "More than eighty days into the BP oil spill, a pause on deep-water drilling is essential and appropriate to protect communities, coasts, and wildlife from the risks that deep-water drilling currently pose," Salazar said. "I am basing my decision on evidence that grows every day of the industry's inability in the deepwater to contain a catastrophic blowout, respond to an oil spill, and to operate safely." source
NOTE: Foreign help has been restrained by Mr. Salazar and the administration!

July 12, 2010 -- Upstream staff
Diamond lines up rig gig outside US
US rig owner Diamond Offshore said today it has entered into a term contract for the Ocean Endeavour, which will see the unit leave the US Gulf immediately to work off Egypt. source
NOTE: Another rig leaves the Gulf and take hundreds or thousands of jobs with it.

July 9, 2010 --
Union Beach NJ turbine will ruin their view and raise electric rates.
The Bayshore Sewage Authority is defying the will of the mayor, the town council and the majority of local citizens in its efforts to build an industrial wind turbine at its facility in Union Beach, New Jersey on the shores of Raritan Bay.
The turbine blades will reach 380 feet rising from its 240-foot-tall on-shore concrete pedestal.
It will be an eyesore ruining the aesthetic beauty of Bayshore region and will lower property values.
We don't object to alternate energy when it makes sense but the rights to "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." should not be violated. source

July 8, 2010 -- upstreamonline
Maximino set for ultra-deep Pemex drive.
Mexico’s Pemex will start a much-anticipated ultra-deepwater exploration programme later this year with the Maximino-1 wildcat in the offshore Perdido area, at a time when drilling activities in the Gulf of Mexico have been halted after BP’s Macondo oil spill. source

July 5, 2010 -- upstreamonline
More companies seeking way out of Gulf rig contracts.
Rig contractor Diamond Offshore Drilling said two more clients had joined the ranks of Gulf of Mexico operators seeking a way out of rig contracts due to the US deepwater drilling moratorium.
Ocean Endeavor: Devon is seeking a way out of its $290,000 per day contract for the rig.

July 4, 1776 - Thomas Jefferson:
Preamble to Declaration of Independence:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
Please memorize and ponder these words.
We must defend the rights and principles our founding fathers fought for and established for us.

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World wide energy production is booming.
61 countries are building or planning to build nuclear power plants. Forget gold and silver -- Invest in global energy.
China National Nuclear Corporation and China Huaneng Group have started building the second 650 MWe Changjiang unit on Hainan island, due to be operational in mid 2015. (4 years)
Two more 700 MWe reactors under construction in India. They are expected to take 60 months to start-up, and a further six months to commercial operation. (5 years)

In the US "it is expected that 4-6 new units may come on line by 2018" (8 years)

Nuclear Renaissance Blossoms -- Without the USA
This summer China surpassed the United States as the world's largest producer of energy. What was noteworthy, however, is not what China has accomplished over the past 10 years -- doubling its energy capacity -- but what it is planning for its future.
Under construction now in China are 23 nuclear reactors, many originally of American design. The Chinese are building four Westinghouse AP1000s -- a model our Nuclear Regulatory Commission has not even approved yet. On the drawing boards are at least 30 more projects. By 2020, China's nuclear complex will be more than half the size of the U.S.'s aging fleet of 104. more
October 2010 -- William Tucker -- American Spectator

October 30, 2010 "Whatever the outcome on Tuesday, we need to come together to help put people who are still looking for jobs"
October 25, 2010 "We don't mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back."
October 25, 2010 Latinos should be saying: "we're gonna punish our enemies and we're gonna reward our friends who stand with us"
June 14, 2008 "If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun,"
The Great Global Warming Scam:
Oct. 2010 -- Hal Lewis: Global Warming is a Scam
Oct. 2010 -- CA finds 340% diesel pollution error
Aug. 2010 -- InterAcademy Council investigation
Aug. 2010 -- "nations could be wasting billions"
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 -- Holdren "Global warming is a misnomer,"
2007 -- NASA's Goddard calculation errors
2003 -- The Mann/NOA IPCC Hockey Stick Hoax
The Apollo Alliance
The Apollo Alliance is a powerful coalition of unions like the SEIU, along with “Social Justice” groups like ACORN and it’s myriad of underlings…(the largest radical group in America, with more than 400,000 dues-paying member families , and more than 1,200 chapters in 110 U.S. cities.)
The Alliance is united by their collective belief that America is a chief source of worldwide “environmental disruption, rising social inequity, and … fundamentalist anger.” Apollo Alliance’s endorsing organizations and partners include Greenpeace, the League of Conservation Voters, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the National Wildlife Federation, the Rainforest Action Network, the Sierra Club, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and, of course, ACORN. Apollo Alliance’s National Steering Committee and National Advisory Board members include, among others, Robert Borosage, Carl Pope of the Sierra Club, Julian Bond of the NAACP, Gerry Hudson of the Service Employees International Union, and U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. Apollo Alliance has also received strong support from the socialist Senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders, and from Hillary Rodham Clinton. more..

"no more taxpayer-funded bailouts. Period."
President Obama signing financial reform measure. July 21, 2010
The goyernment has NO money! All epenses and bailouts are, directly or indirectly, paid for by taxpayers!
Thousands of Jobs available overseas
Management, Enginering, Sales, Marketing....
Electric cars are coming!
Save the planet! Use clean electric energy!
The truth. US electricity comes from:
"Fossil" fuel: 71.2%
        Coal: 48.7%
        Petroleum: 1.1%
        Natural Gas: 21.4%
"Green" fuel: 25.8%
        Nuclear: 19.7%
        Hydro: 6.1%
        Sun/Wind: 3%
AND, electricity is expensive!

Who's a__ gets kicked?
1. Seniors who invested in BP stock.
2. Seniors, when political pressure forces BP to halt dividends.
3. US workers when Gulf moratorium forces layoffs.
4. Americans who will be forced to import more oil.
5. Americans when Gulf rigs are moved elsewhere
and the winner is: Hugo Chavez!
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.[2] Estimates on the volume spilled usually range around 11 million barrels (462 million gallons or 1.75 billion liters);[3] 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 [4] 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);, (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 --
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 -- WorldNetDaily

Waxman-Markey Bill:
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. more

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.
Jobs killed:
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
Lease income
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.   more

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     CEI transmittal
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.

Energy divided by taxes and regulation equals jobs

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