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July 21, 2010 -- Obama remarks on Dodd-Frank regs.
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-- August 5, 2009, -- Obama interview on NBC News
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December 30, 2011 -- upstreamonline
UK awards 46 North Sea licences
The UK has handed out 46 new licences to explore for oil and gas in the North Sea, the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) revealed on Friday.
Shell, Wintershall, GDF Suez and Hurricane are amongst a plethora of companies to be offered the licences in what was the second tranche of awards from the 26th offshore oil and gas licensing round.
Maersk, Nexen, Centrica and Encore were also successful in the latest round of offers which was originally announced in October 2010 when 144 licences were dished out.
December 30, 2011 -- upstreamonline
E.ON eyes growth outside Europe
E.ON could be about to splash “several billion euro” on overseas expansion as it eyes markets outside Europe for the first time, according to a report.
The German utilities giant may even make its moves in the first six months of next year, chief executive Johannes Teyssen told Borsen-Zeitung on Friday.
The report indicates that E.ON has previously explored opportunities in Brazil, India and Turkey.
The vast sum would be almost double the 2011 investment, itself a record, the news wire reported.
December 30, 2011 -- upstreamonline
Bolivia eyes $2bn oil push
Bolivia is hoping for record investments in oil and gas projects of $2 billion next year, according to a report.
State-owned oil company YPFB is to chip in 64% of the total with more coming from private partners, Dow Jones reported, citing YPFB.
The vast sum would be almost double the 2011 investment, itself a record, the news wire reported.
December 27, 2011 -- moneynews.com
Iran Threatens to Stop Gulf Oil if Sanctions Widened
Iran threatened on Tuesday to stop the flow of oil through the Strait of Hormuz if foreign sanctions were imposed on its crude exports over its nuclear ambitions, a move that could trigger military conflict with economies dependent on Gulf oil.
Western tensions with Iran have increased since a November 8 report by the U.N. nuclear watchdog saying Tehran appears to have worked on designing an atomic bomb and may still be pursuing research to that end. Iran strongly denies this and says it is developing nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.
Iran has defiantly expanded nuclear activity despite four rounds of U.N. sanctions meted out since 2006 over its refusal to suspend sensitive uranium enrichment and open up to U.N. nuclear inspectors and investigators.
1. Sanctions did not work in Cuba. Sanctions will not work in Iran.
2. Stopping or even slowing the Keystone pipeline could be considered treason.
December 22, 2011 -- world-nuclear-news
New US mine set for development
Uranium Energy Corp (UEC) has now obtained all the permits needed to proceed with development of its Goliad in-situ leach (ISL) uranium project in South Texas.
Having issued UEC with a draft Radioactive Materials Licence (RML) for the Goliad project in September, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has now issued the final version. The company said that it "now has all the required permits to begin construction at the site, and the procurement of materials and initial wellfield development will commence shortly."
December 22, 2011 -- upstreamonline
Cobalt resumes drilling in US Gulf
US independent Cobalt International Energy has resumed drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico after receiving approval from US authorities.
The US Coast Guard and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement gave Cobalt the okay to drill the Ligurian-2 exploration well, located in Green Canyon Block 814. It is the company’s first operated well since the US lifted a deep-water drilling moratorium in the Gulf.
Cobalt said the Ensco 8503 semi-submersible rig has returned to the Gulf after being sublet to Tullow Oil to drill the much ballyhooed Zaedyus-1 probe off French Guiana.
December 21, 2011 -- upstreamonline
Slumping US stockpiles push oil up
Oil prices rose for a third straight day on Wednesday as US crude inventories dropped to their lowest in nearly three years, overshadowing worries about the euro zone debt crisis.
US government data showed domestic crude stocks fell 10.6 million barrels last week to 323.6 million barrels, the lowest since the week to 26 December 2008, after logging the biggest weekly inventory drawdown in nearly 11 years.
"Overall, the (oil stocks) data is mildly bullish and I expect we will continue the trend for the next week," Mark Waggoner, president at Excel Futures, told Reuters.
December 21, 2011 -- upstreamonline
Sun sets on BP's solar unit
British oil major BP shut down the remnants of its solar unit on Wednesday, drawing a line under the business on which most of its “Beyond Petroleum” tagline of the early 2000s was premised.
The unit, which BP has been scaling back since 2008, is the latest sun energy business to fall victim to rampant competition from China, falling prices, overcapacity and lower government subsidies on which the industry still depends.
Solar Millennium on Wednesday became the second German solar company to file for insolvency in December, following module maker Solon, Reuters reported.
December 19, 2011 -- world-nuclear-news
Japanese study underlines nuclear cost advantages
New cost estimates for nuclear power generation in Japan are over 50% higher than previous figures, but are still comparable to costs for wind and geothermal generation and competitive with fossil fuels.
The costs are estimated in a draft report prepared for a committee reporting to the ministerial level Japanese Energy and Environment Council and estimate nuclear generation costs for 2010 to be ¥8.9 per kWh (11.4 US cents). Following on from the March 2011 Fukushima Daiichi accident, the estimate factors in the possibility of a core meltdown at a nuclear plant, and includes societal costs such as the cost of dealing with future accidents and policy costs related to governmental budgets for the first time.
December 14, 2011 -- POWERnews
NRG Drops Delaware Offshore Wind Farm Project
NRG Energy brought development of a key offshore wind project off the coast of Delaware to a screeching halt on Monday. Saying the development of a new domestic offshore industry was ridden with “monumental challenges,” the Princeton, N.J., company cited its inability to find an investment partner, a lack of federal loan guarantees, and the looming expiration of wind tax incentives as key reasons behind its decision.
NRG and lead developer of the Mid-Atlantic Wind Park off the coast of Delaware, Bluewater Wind, plan to terminate the project’s 200-MW power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Delmarva Power & Light Company (DP&L) at the end of the year.
December 14, 2011 -- Tom Cohen, Washington CNN
House passes payroll tax plan opposed by Obama
Another Washington political showdown took shape Tuesday as the House of Representatives passed a Republican plan that would extend the payroll tax cut and speed the process for government approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
One of many job intensive energy projects vehemently opposed by Democrats.
December 1, 2011 -- Angela Neville, JD
Top Plant: Copper Mountain Solar 1, Boulder City, Nevada
The current largest photovoltaic plant in the U.S., the 48-MW Copper Mountain Solar 1, utilizes approximately 775,000 solar panels to generate emission-free electricity for about 14,000 homes without the use of water. The facility was constructed in less than a year—an unprecedented achievement for a project of this size.
November 29, 2011 -- www.bbc.co.uk
UK warns Iran after embassy stormed
Riot police took several hours to remove protesters from the embassy compound
UK Prime Minister David Cameron has warned Iran of "serious consequences" after protesters stormed the British embassy and a UK compound in Tehran.
Offices were ransacked and flags burned in the attacks, which followed a demonstration against sanctions imposed on Iran over its nuclear programme.
Mr Cameron described the attacks as "outrageous and indefensible".
The US and EU also condemned the attacks. Iran's foreign ministry expressed "regret" for the incidents.
While we propose sticter sanctions we help Iran by buying oil from their friend and potential nuclear aly, Venezuela.
November 28, 2011 -- world-nuclear-news.org
Durban climate change conference starts
The COP 17 climate change conference got underway in Durban, South Africa today with an opening ceremony attended by South African President Jacob Zuma. Discussions at the conference - due to end on 9 December - will aim to advance the implementation of the Convention and the Kyoto Protocol, as well as the Bali Action plan, agreed at COP 13 in 2007, and the Cancun Agreements, reached at COP 16 last December. United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) executive secretary Christiana Figueres said, "There is a sense amongst governments that the speed and scale of action to respond to the challenge [of climate change] must be rapidly increased."
Just when we thought that scientists had accepted the fact that global warming has been around for 14,000 years...
November 25, 2011 -- upstreamonline.com
Odfjell, Metrostar net drillship newbuild
Petrobras will soon get its hands on a drillship newbuild which has just been delivered to its Norwegian and Greek owners by a South Korean shipbuilding behemoth.
The ultra-deepwater unit Deepsea Metro II was handed over to Odfjell Drilling and Metrostar on Friday, the former wrote in a statement.
The sixth-generation drillship was ordered at Hyundai Heavy Industries along with its sistership Deepsea Metro I.
November 22, 2011 -- sweetness-light.com
New Trove of Stolen E-Mails From Climate Scientists Is Released
The anonymous hacker who shook the world of climate science two years ago by posting a trove of stolen e-mails delivered a new batch on Tuesday, stirring up climate-change contrarians a little more than a week before global negotiations on greenhouse gases are to begin in Durban, South Africa.
.... The University of East Anglia, the British institution at the middle of the previous hacking episode, confirmed that at least some of the newly released e-mails were authentic. The cache released in 2009 appeared to have come from a file someone obtained by hacking into the university’s computers, a crime for which no charges have been filed or suspects named. The new batch of more than 5,000 e-mails is evidently a fresh selection from the same set of records.
November 17, 2011 -- world-nuclear.org
Nuclear Power in China - updated
Mainland China has 14 nuclear power reactors in operation, more than 25 under construction, and more about to start construction soon.
Additional reactors are planned, including some of the world's most advanced, to give a five- or six-fold increase in nuclear capacity to at least 60 GWe by 2020, then 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.
November 17, 2011 -- www.nytimes.com
Panel Hears Defense of Loan to Solyndra
The bankruptcy of Solyndra, the solar power company that took $528 million in government loans, was "extremely unfortunate," Steven Chu, the energy secretary, told lawmakers on Thursday. But he rejected a suggestion put forward by a Republican that he or his department should apologize.
Companies fail when "the bottom of the market falls out," Dr. Chu testified before a subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. That, he said, is what happened to the solar panel business, for two reasons that he maintained could not be foreseen.
No apology necessary. Dr Chu is not qualified to evaluate multi million dollar investments. Obviously someone else had the authority.
November 13, 2011 -- David Sterman, Investor Update
Caution: Higher Oil Prices Could Punish These Stocks
A recent front-page article in The Financial Times warned of the prospects of $200 oil.
The respected financial publication predicted that any further tensions between Iran and the West — including a bombing raid by Israel to take Iran’s nuclear facilities off-line — would quickly create chaos in the oil pits.
November 11, 2011 -- haaretz.com
Report: Israel to equip airliners with anti-missile system as Libyan arms reach Gaza
Israel has accelerated the installation of anti-missile defenses on its airliners, a security official told Reuters on Friday, seeing an enhanced risk of attack by militants using looted Libyan arms.
The security official's comment came after Haaretz reported last month that improved quality of anti-aircraft missiles held by Hamas in Gaza is increasingly worrying the Israeli defense establishment.
250,000 Jobs & US security Axed by President Obama!
September 5, 2011 -- Chamber of Commerce of the United States
"Approve the Keystone XL pipeline. Construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline connecting Canada to U.S. refineries in Texas would support 250,000 jobs, boost investment in the United States by $20 billion, and generate government revenues totaling $585 million."
Chamber of Commerce of the United States September 5, 2011
November 10, 2011 -- NEW YORK (CNNMoney)
Keystone pipeline delayed by Obama until 2013
Bowing to public pressure, the Obama administration said Thursday it will delay a decision on the controversial Keystone oil sands pipeline expansion until at least 2013.
Citing concern over the proposed route through Nebraska's Sand Hills region and over the Ogallala Aquifer, the State Department said it needs more time to study the issues and look at possible alternative routes.
"Given the concentration of concerns regarding the environmental sensitivities of the current proposed route through the Sand Hills area of Nebraska, the Department has determined it needs to undertake an in-depth assessment of potential alternative routes in Nebraska," the State Department said in a statement.
November 10, 2011 -- Economy Watch
Dirty Oil, Dirty Tactics - The Keystone XL Pipeline
By: Jody Williams and Archbishop Desmond Tutu
If the Keystone XL pipeline, which would run from Alberta, Canada to the Texas coast, goes forward, it would spell disaster for efforts to combat climate change. But defenders of the pipeline are using dirty tactics to promote dirty oil. If these tactics succeed, the very future of our planet could be at stake.
..The pipeline's defenders proclaim that Canadian oil is "ethical," whereas oil from suspect countries is "unethical."
..The situation of women in Saudi Arabia is obviously unacceptable, but it is deeply disturbing that the oil industry is exploiting the issue of women's rights in order to shift the discussion away from fossil fuel and climate change.
..Williams and Archbishop Tutu are both Nobel Peace Prize Laureates.
Reply: We never heard of ethical and non-ethical oil. That is a crazy new thought. Communist China is the worst polluter in the world yet we buy from them we borrow from them.
The two reasons we like Canadian oil are:
1. We have been told countless times that Bush started the Middle East wars to protect big oil. We don't think that is true but after hearing it a hundred times we think that our leaders believe it.
2. The pipeline would create thousands of US union jobs. More then you think and certainly more than most opponents would like to admit. Our interest is in America and Americans.
"If Keystone is built, there will be increased efforts to expand oil production there"
Wrong! Canadians love their people and their jobs. They would like to sell their oil to the US but they don't have to. They can build a pipeline to the Pacific and sell all the oil they can produce to China!
Alex Majthenyi -- Americans for Growth
More reasons for abandoning Middle East oil:
Impending conflict in the area will cut supply.
We are indirectly aiding Iran.
Oil tankers cause more damage than pipelines.
It is cheaper to get oil delivered through a pipeline
November 9, 2011 -- POWERnews
White House Threatens to Veto CSPAR-Blocking Senate Resolution
If the Senate votes on a measure this week to overturn the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) using the Congressional Review Act, as has been spearheaded by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), President Obama would veto the resolution.
The resolution, S.J.Res. 27, would block the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from implementing the rule it finalized this July, which seeks to reduce smog and particulate-forming pollution from power plants in 27 U.S. states. The resolution would "jeopardize … public health and economic benefits, and perpetuate uncertainty for businesses, freezing investments in clean technologies," the White House said in a statement of administration policy.
November 9, 2011 -- POWERnews
New Bill Pursues Delayed Compliance Deadlines for Utility MACT, CSAPR Rules
A new bill to extend compliance deadlines for the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) and Utility Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) rule was introduced in the U.S. Senate today by Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Dan Coats (R-Ind.).
The "Fair Compliance Act" creates "reasonable timelines and benchmarks" for utilities to comply with the two major Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules. The legislation would extend the compliance deadlines for CSAPR by three years and the deadline for the Utility MACT rule by two years.
November 9, 2011 -- POWERnews
EPA Moves Forward with GHG Regulations for Power Plants
The Obama administration on Tuesday posted a notice on the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) website that indicates the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has filed a copy of proposed rules to limit greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from new, modified, and existing power plants.
The EPA sent the regulations governing Greenhouse Gas New Source Performance Standard for Electric Generating Units to the OMB, as is consistent with the Supreme Court's ruling in Massachusetts v. EPA (2007), the landmark ruling that included GHGs within the Clean Air Act's definition of air pollutants, said Betsaida Alcantara in a statement.
November 9, 2011 -- POWERnews
Black Hills to Shutter Coal Plants, Build Gas-Fired Facility in Coal-Rich Wyo.
Black Hills Corp. will build and begin operating a natural gas-fired power plant in Wyoming and shutter three aging coal plants in the state by 2014 as part of a "future compliance" plan to meet growing power demand as federal environmental rules go into effect.
The South Dakota-based company's subsidiaries Black Hills Power and Cheyenne Light, Fuel & Power last week filed for a certificate of public convenience and necessity (CPCN) with the Wyoming Public Service Commission to construct and operate the new $237 million natural gas-fired electric generation facility within Cheyenne city limits.
November 9, 2011 -- POWERnews
Environmental Groups Seek Federal Court Review of EPA Avenal PSD Permit
Several environmental groups have asked a federal appeals court to review the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) decision to grant a Clean Air Act Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permit to the 600-MW gas-fired Avenal Energy Project proposed for construction in California's San Joaquin Valley. The groups contend that the agency exempted the project from several key air pollution standards.
The EPA's PSD permit for the combined cycle power plant was issued on May 27 and became effective this August. The Clean Air Act, however, allows for a court review of the decision, which may be sought by filing a petition for review with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
November 6, 2011 -- latimes.com
Keystone pipeline decision could be delayed until after election
The project has left Obama trapped between environmentalists who oppose it and unions who back it because it would create jobs.
Opponents of the Keystone XL oil pipeline project, including environmentalists who backed President Obama in the last election, protest at the White House.
....The step might put off a decision until after the 2012 election and be a way for the White House to at least temporarily avoid antagonizing either the unions that support the pipeline or the environmental activists who oppose it as President Obama gears up for his campaign.
"Our biggest obstruction to job creation is our own president."
November 1, 2011 -- Dr. Robert Peltier, -- powermag.com
90 new nuclear plants will enter service by 2030.
The global nuclear industry is moving forward at a brisk pace, only slightly slowed by the Fukushima Daiichi accident. The International Atomic Energy Agency's most realistic estimate is that 90 new nuclear plants will enter service by 2030. Ten new nuclear plants went online over the past two years.
November 1, 2011 -- Dr. Robert Peltier, -- powermag.com
It's More Than a Process
The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently concluded that the agency failed to follow prescribed policies in its peer review of the technical support document that provided the justification for its 2009 "endangerment finding" on greenhouse gases. The OIG report is timely, but in an unexpected way.
On December 15, 2009, the EPA released its Endangerment Finding for Greenhouse Gases under Section 202(a) of the Clean Air Act (CAA). The science that underpins the finding is found in the Technical Support Document (TSD). Uniquely, the primary scientific basis upon which this TSD was prepared was assessments conducted by outside organizations, particularly the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
October 28, 2011 -- theenergycollective
Emerging Nuclear Energy Countries
Nuclear power is under serious consideration in over 45 countries which do not currently have it (in a few, consideration is not necessarily at government level). For countries in bold, nuclear power prospects are more fully dealt with in specific country papers:
* In Europe: Italy, Albania, Serbia, Croatia, 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
October 28, 2011 -- theenergycollective
Alaska asks for ConocoPhillips approval
Top Alaska officials are pressing the Obama administration to approve oil-drilling plans submitted by ConocoPhillips in 2008, saying the company's inability to secure necessary permits will deter other companies from bidding on leases that come up for sale later this year.
In an interview on Friday with Dow Jones, the state's Department of Natural Resources commissioner said the success of an upcoming lease sale in the Alaska's National Petroleum Reserve (NPRA) will hinge in part on the federal government's approval of ConocoPhillips's permits.
The administration "seem[s] to be sending conflicting messages", commissioner Dan Sullivan said. "Which is, 'Yes, we want to lease the oil and gas acreage. But we don't want to provide investors with the opportunity to actually commercialise it.'"
October 28, 2011 -- world-nuclear
Nuclear Power in Russia
Russia is moving steadily forward with plans for much expanded role of nuclear energy, nearly doubling output by 2020.
Efficiency of nuclear generation in Russia has increased dramatically since the mid 1990s.
Exports of nuclear goods and services are a major Russian policy and economic objective.
Russia is a world leader in fast neutron reactor technology.
October 27, 2011 -- theenergycollective
German Nuclear Decommissioning and Renewables Build-Out
Germany will be redirecting its economy towards renewable energy, because of the political decision to decommission its nuclear plants, triggered by the Fukushima event in Japan and subsequent public opposition to nuclear energy. Germany's decision would make achieving its 2020 CO2 emission reduction targets more difficult.
To achieve the CO2 emissions reduction targets and replace nuclear energy, renewable energy would need to scale up from 16.8%, or 101.7 TWh, in 2010 to 57% of total electricity generation of 603 TWh in 2020, according to a study by The Breakthrough Institute. As electricity generation was 603 TWh in 2010, increased energy efficiency measures will be required to flat-line electricity production during the next 9 years. About 80% of 101.7 TWh was fed into the grid and paid for under EEG.
October 27, 2011 -- The Oklahoman
T. Boone Pickens still advocates replacing diesel as the fuel for America's trucking fleet with compressed natural gas, part of his eponymous Pickens Plan.
The Holdenville native has spent $82 million to promote the Pickens Plan since July 2008, amassing 1.7 million followers online, but lawmakers haven't moved ahead with any of his suggestions. Pickens said he is not sure Congress is ready for a comprehensive energy plan, so he has focused on getting the nation's trucking fleet running on compressed natural gas instead of diesel.
The NAT GAS Act was introduced in 2009. It now has 185 co-sponsors. "If we can get it to a vote, it'll pass," Pickens told The Oklahoman on Wednesday. He said he expects a similar bill to be filed in the Senate soon.
No matter what happens in Washington, D.C., Pickens said he is confident CNG will displace diesel fuel because it is $2 a gallon cheaper.
Iran Venezuela and North Korea support Occupy Wall Street
October 27, 2011 -- Patrick Goodenough -- (CNSNews.com)
Iran Rallies in Support of U.S. Protesters, Urges U.N. to Probe Police Response
- Iranians demonstrated in Tehran on Wednesday in support of the Occupy Wall Street rallies in the United States, which some Iranian leaders are hoping will lead to the downfall of Western capitalism.
Iranian media outlets described the protesters as laborers and said they displayed banners "condemning the suppression of Occupy Wall Street movement and tyranny of Zionist and capitalist system."
Nuclear energy -- Alive and booming in China!
October 22, 2011 -- world-nuclear-news
Reactor dome installed on Chinese EPR
Construction of the first EPR unit at the Taishan nuclear power plant in China's Guangdong province has reached a major milestone with the dome of the reactor building being lowered into place.
,,,,The reactor building dome, with a circumference of 147 metres and weighing some 270 tonnes, was lifted some 70 metres above the ground and then slowly lowered onto the 44-metre high reactor building. CNECC said it was the largest reactor building dome to be lifted in the world.
Warning! Your long life bulbs may be outlawed!
October 21, 2011 -- R&D Daily -- Maria Cheng
Talk of treaty ban on mercury concerns scientists
Scientists are warning officials negotiating a global treaty on mercury that banning the deadly chemical completely would be dangerous for public health because of the chemical's use in vaccines.
The ban option is one of several proposals on the table for a meeting later this month in Nairobi, but a final treaty isn't expected until 2013.
Nuclear energy -- Stagnant in America!
October 12, 2011 -- Associated Press
California's green tax breaks in question
SACRAMENTO -- In just a year, a little-noticed state panel created with bipartisan legislative support worked briskly to authorize $104 million in tax breaks to help "green" companies in California buy equipment and add jobs.
But the program was halted last month after the bankruptcy of Solyndra, the Fremont solar company that received $25 million in state tax breaks and, more notoriously, a $528 million federal loan guarantee despite its precarious financial state. The Solyndra debacle is being investigated by Congress.
The California program has been frozen to new applicants amid questions about how the recipients were chosen.
October 12, 2011 -- POWERnews
25 States Ask Federal Court to Delay EPA Utility MACT Rule
Twenty-five states and the U.S. Territory of Guam on Monday filed an amicus brief and urged a federal court to force the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to delay its proposed Utility Maximum Achievable Control Technology (Utility MACT) rule by one year, until at least Nov. 16, 2012.
The EPA has said it is on track to finalize the rule this November.
....The states said the EPA was “insisting on rushing ahead” with a rule that could have a massive impact on their economies without “adequately considering the serious concerns and questions raised by states and other interested parties in the rulemaking process.” The rule had the potential to significantly undermine the reliability of the nation’s power supply and increase power costs to the customer.
October 10, 2011 -- Scott Ellyson, CEO, East West Manufacturing
Manufacturing In China And Vietnam: A Perspective
Those of us who work in China have seen numerous changes in just the past decade as the country evolves from an agrarian society to an industrial one. The speed of the transformation has been astonishing, and the process is far from complete. Now Vietnam is emerging as a player in the global manufacturing market, although there are still a number of challenges to be met when working in this country.
Wake up America! We have fallen behind every country we defeated!
October 10, 2011 -- Steve Marshall
Iraq talks crude in energy debate
Hydrocarbons will take precedence over renewable sources over the next few decades in helping to provide widespread access to energy for the poor in developing countries, Iraq’s deputy prime minister for energy told an Oslo conference on Monday.
Hussein al-Shahristani said his country, which currently has 12 super-giant oilfields under development, is looking to supply crude “at affordable prices” to developing countries to fuel their economic development.
He was speaking at the Energy for All conference staged to launch a Norway-led global energy and climate initiative, dubbed Energy +, aimed at establishing a financing and regulatory framework for developing countries to tap renewables to stimulate economic growth while also cutting global greenhouse gas emissions.
Announcing the project, Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg said 1.3 billion people – about 20% of the world’s population - do not have access to electricity while 2.7 billion do not have access to safe and clean cooking fuel.
Oct. 6, 2011 -- finance.yahoo.com
SunPower Posts First Comprehensive Sustainability Report
SunPower Corp. a Silicon Valley-based manufacturer of the world's highest efficiency solar cells, solar panels and solar systems, today announced that its 2010 Sustainability Report is now available at www.sunpowercorp.com/sustainability. The report provides an overview of the company's sustainability performance, sets a baseline for improvements and contributes to the advancement of sustainability in the solar industry.
October 3, 2011 -- Jared A. Favole
Obama: Bank of America’s Debit-Card Fee Shows Need for Consumer Bureau
President Barack Obama on Monday pointed to Bank of America Corp.’s decision to charge some of its customers a $5 monthly fee for debit-card purchases as an example of why the U.S. needs a strong consumer watchdog.
In an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Mr. Obama said the debit-purchase fees are “exactly why we need somebody whose sole job it is to prevent this kind of stuff from happening.” The decision by Bank of America and other banks to charge debit-purchase fees has sparked outrage among some consumers, and Mr. Obama said he hopes that banks discover on their own that raising fees is not a good business practice.
Mr. Obama suggested the federal government could crack down on fees when banks are treating consumers unfairly. “You can stop it,” he said, adding that the government can tell the banks “you don’t have some inherent right just to, you know, get a certain amount of profit, if your customers are being mistreated.”
Bank of America said it needed to charge the fees to recoup revenue it will lose because of government regulations that Mr. Obama and Democrats championed in the wake of the financial crisis. Regulations taking effect Saturday cap the amount banks can charge merchants for debit-card transactions.
Gas prices have doubled since President Obama was elected. Household expenses are going up 7% per year. Unemployment has gone from 6.9% to 9.1%. More Americans then ever are depending on food stamps while their money is being wasted on "stimulus" projects.
Banks as well as all companies must be allowed to charge for their services. Consumers can go to banks that charge less but they are stuck with this administration until election time.
October 3, 2011 -- By STEPHEN MOORE
How North Dakota Became Saudi Arabia
Harold Hamm, discoverer of the Bakken fields of the northern Great Plains, on America's oil future and why OPEC's days are numbered.
Harold Hamm, the Oklahoma-based founder and CEO of Continental Resources, the 14th-largest oil company in America, is a man who thinks big. He came to Washington last month to spread a needed message of economic optimism: With the right set of national energy policies, the United States could be "completely energy independent by the end of the decade. We can be the Saudi Arabia of oil and natural gas in the 21st century."
"President Obama is riding the wrong horse on energy," he adds. We can't come anywhere near the scale of energy production to achieve energy independence by pouring tax dollars into "green energy" sources like wind and solar, he argues. It has to come from oil and gas.
September 23, 2011 -- world-nuclear-news
Reactor vessel in place at Sanmen
Construction of the Sanmen nuclear power plant has reached a milestone with the installation of the pressure vessel for the first reactor.
China's State Nuclear Power Technology Corporation (SNPTC) has a major role in the transfer of knowledge and technology from the plant supplier, Westinghouse, while building the world's first AP1000 units. SNPTC announced yesterday's successful lift, noting the role of the vessel as the heart of the power plant as well as its vital safety significance over a design life of 60 years.
The huge component was made in South Korea by Doosan Heavy Industries using some forgings from China First Heavy Industries. It was shipped to Sanmen in July and yesterday lifted to a height of 54 metres in order to enter the reactor building through its open roof and then lowered into place with just 15 centimetres to spare on each side. The vessel head and control rod drive mechanisms are to be shipped and installed separately.
September 21, 2011 -- Bill Lehane and news wires
Shell may face new Alaska battle
Environmental groups are considering a challenge to a set of permits issued to Royal Dutch Shell this week for oil drilling projects off the coast of Alaska, reports have said.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on Monday it had approved the air quality permits for the Anglo-Dutch supermajor to operate the Discoverer drillship and supporting vessels in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas starting in 2012.
Environmental groups now say they are reviewing the EPA permits to determine whether to file a challenge with the agency’s Environmental Appeals Board (EAB), according to Dow Jones.
September 21, 2011 -- POWERnews
EPA Indefinitely Delays Power Plant Greenhouse Gas Rules
Just two weeks after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) withdrew its smog rule, the agency on Thursday confirmed it would not meet a Sept. 30, 2011, deadline for issuing proposed New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) to limit greenhouse gas emissions from new, modified, and existing power plants. The agency did not specify a new deadline for proposing the rule.
“EPA has engaged in an extensive and open public process to gather the latest and best information prior to proposing pollution standards for fossil fuel-fired power plants, one of the largest stationary sources of carbon pollution,” the agency said in statement. “We will fully consider all this information to develop smart, cost-effective and protective standards.”
September 20, 2011 -- Elena Schor of Greenwire
DNC Members Latest on Left to Pressure Obama on Canada-To-U.S. Pipeline
President Obama yesterday got nudged from his left to nix the Keystone XL pipeline, as seven Democratic National Committee (DNC) members signed on to a resolution urging rejection of the controversial Canada-to-U.S. project on environmental, economic and national security grounds.
Authored by Maryland state legislator and Democratic national committeewoman Heather Mizeur -- who drew fire from the natural gas industry this year after pitching a bill to "pause" the extraction technique of hydraulic fracturing in the Free State -- the resolution won an endorsement from Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.), a DNC vice chairman, as well as five other state-level DNC representatives. Its emergence on the heels of a two-week White House sit-in against Keystone XL suggests that liberals are coming to embrace the pipeline as a grass-roots touchstone and could portend more inter-party ire at Obama if the project is approved.
It is unbelievable that these representatives would rather buy oil in the Middle East and ship it to the US than have it delivered through a pipeline,
We assume they mean well but they certainly are not fit to represent us.
September 20, 2011 -- Eric Lam, Financial Post
Canada tops America in economic freedom
Surprise, surprise: When it comes to economic freedom, Canada has now edged ahead of the land of the free, the Fraser Institute said in a report Tuesday.
Canada bumped the United States out of sixth place on the annual freedom survey with a score of 7.81, up one ranking from the year before.
September 16, 2011 -- ohsonline.com
Third-Party Audits Proposed for Offshore Operations
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, the federal agency recently created to regulate safety in offshore energy operations, proposed Sept. 14 to require operators to undergo independent third-party audits of their Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) programs. BOEMRE is removing the option for operators to use their own designated and qualified personnel to audit their SEMS programs.
Aggregated data from the audits will be made public under BOEMRE's proposed rule, which applies to oil, gas, and sulphur operations in the Outer Continental Shelf.
The US will be the only country in the world with such a requirement! More bad news for our failing economy.
September 14, 2011 -- (CNSNews.com)
Administration Defends Half Billion Dollar Loan to Bankrupt ‘Clean Energy’ Firm
Obama administration officials told U.S. lawmakers Wednesday that a contributor to the president’s 2008 campaign played no role in pushing the $535 billion federal loan to the bankrupt solar panel firm Solyndra, Inc., raided by the FBI last week.
However, one Energy Department official did not answer directly when asked whether he had direct communications with the White House over the loan provided through stimulus money.
So who pushed the loan through knowing that the company had to fail and who stole the assets: Building, cars, data center, inventory, etc.
In other words, does anyone at the top of this (and any) administration know what happens in the field.
September 14, 2011 -- upstreamonline.com
Cheniere in $60m share offering
Cheniere Energy Partners plans to raise about $60 million in a share offering and says it will use the money to add liquefaction capacity at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal.
The Houston-based LNG player plans to offer 3 million shares at $15.25 apiece, and another 622,131 shares in its subsidiary, Cheniere Common Units Holding, for the same price.
Cheniere said it will use the proceeds for general business purposes, including development costs of its expansion project to add liquefaction capacity at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal in Louisiana.
September 14, 2011 -- upstreamonline.com
Petrohawk wings clipped in $500k fine
US explorer Petrohawk has been ordered to pay $500,000 related to violations of the federal Endangered Species Act in Arkansas.
The US Department of Justice ordered Petrohawk to pay $350,000 for damaging the habitat of the endangered speckled pocketbook mussel in Van Buren County.
The company, which was bought by BHP Billiton last month, was also ordered to donate $150,000 to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to go towards restoration projects in the Little Red River watershed in Arkansas.
September 9, 2011
American Jobs Act of 2011
OBAMA: "Everything in this bill will be paid for. Everything."
Everything is and will be paid for by taxpayers!!
OBAMA: "It will not add to the deficit."
True only if new taxes and fees cover the entire cost.
This stimulus plan would create thousands of government jobs, two more bureaucracies and more regulations. Could also create private enterprise jobs but at a very high cost per job. At the same time more jobs would be destroyed by taking money from the same taxpayers that create jobs.
Being relatively short this is a must read for anyone who wants to understand why the previous stimulus plans failed to create a net gain in employment.
Please read the entire report.
September 9, 2011 --
Tullow Oil shares soar after find
Shares in Tullow Oil rose more than 17% on Friday to top the FTSE 100 leaderboard on the back of its discovery in French Guiana.
Stocks in the British-based explorer rose by £2.01 to reach £14.28 ($22.70) at 2pm on Friday in the wake of this morning's announcement by the company that it had hit over 70 metres of net oil pay at its Zaedyus 1 well.
Analysts from Royal Bank of Scotland called the find “game-changing.”
The rise meant stocks in the company, which is Europe’s largest market listed exploration company, also topped the FTSEurofirst 300 leaderboard.
September 8, 2011
Weinberg Foundation launched to drive awareness to Thorium
" The world desperately needs sustainable, low carbon energy to address climate change while lifting people out of poverty. Thorium based reactors, such as those designed by the late Alvin Weinberg, could radically change perceptions of nuclear power leading to widespread deployment. "
-Baroness Worthington, Patron
The Weinberg Foundation will collaborate with like-minded global organizations to drive awareness, research and commercialization of cleaner and safer, nuclear technologies, fuelled by Thorium.
September 8, 2011 -- bloomberg.com
Canada's Oil-Sand Fields Need U.S. Workers, Alberta Minister Says
Unemployed U.S. construction workers should look for jobs in Canada's oil-sands industry, which faces a shortage of as many as 75,000 positions in the next few years, Alberta Energy Minister Ronald Liepert said.
Alberta's oil sands, the world's third-largest recoverable reserve of crude, needs workers including electricians and construction staff, Liepert said in an interview at Bloomberg headquarters in New York late yesterday. Labor restrictions between Canada and the U.S. need to be eliminated first, he said.
September 8, 2011 -- upstreamonline.com
Court approves CNOOC Opti deal
CNOOC is closer to acquiring Opti Canada after a Canadian court approved the Chinese giant’s acquisition of the struggling oil sands company.
In a filing to the Toronto Venture Exchange, Opti said the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta had granted an order approving the company’s master plan pursuant to Canadian law, following an Opti noteholders meeting where the plan was approved.
Rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline would provide "a tremendous opportunity" to begin a transition "away from our dependence on oil, coal and gas and instead increase investments in renewable energies and energy efficiency,"
September 7, 2011 -- Kathrine Schmidt
API: Drilling for jobs
An aggressive US expansion of drilling areas could create an additional 1.4 million jobs and $800 billion in government revenue by 2030, an industry-based study released Wednesday said.
The American Petroleum Institute put out its analysis completed by Wood Mackenzie on the eve of a major jobs address planned by President Barack Obama.
“Our industry has kept more than 9 million Americans employed through some of the toughest economic times in America’s history, and we created thousands of jobs just last month,” said API President and CEO Jack Gerard, who also spoke at a half-day summit in Washington on Wednesday aimed at drawing attention to the issue.
“The creation of these jobs is within the president’s control.”
More "friends". These would love to bury America.
September 7, 2011
Nobel winners join anti-pipeline push
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, (Anglican) the Dalai Lama and six other Nobel Peace Prize winners urged fellow laureate President Barack Obama to reject TransCanada's proposed $7 billion pipeline across six US states, reports said Wednesday.
Rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline would provide "a tremendous opportunity" to begin a transition "away from our dependence on oil, coal and gas and instead increase investments in renewable energies and energy efficiency,"
September 7, 2011
Toshiba to Raise Ownership of Westinghouse by Acquiring Stocks Owned by Shaw Group
Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO: 6502) announced today that the company will increase its ownership in Westinghouse Electric by acquiring all shares (20% of the holding companies of Westinghouse Electric) currently held by Nuclear Energy Holdings LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Shaw Group Inc., the U.S. engineering company. The purchase will increase Toshiba’s ownership of Westinghouse from 67% to 87%.
The timing of the share acquisition is as yet undetermined, as it is subject to the completion of Shaw’s procedures.
In October 2006, Toshiba acquired majority ownership of Westinghouse. Since then, Westinghouse has steadily expanded its businesses and has won orders for 10 units of AP1000, the next-generation pressurized water reactor, in the United States and China.
With friends like these . . . .
September 5, 2011
Biden on Ohio State Law
"Repeal this law your governor passed!"
Biden yelled at an AFL-CIO Labor Day picnic.
Biden argued that anti-union politicians don't share the same value set as ordinary Americans.
September 5, 2011
Hoffa on Tea Party: 'Take These Son-of-a-Bitches Out'
"President Obama, this is your army, we are ready to march," Hoffa said. "But everybody here's got to vote. If we go back, and keep the eye on the prize, let's take these son-of-a-bitches out."
September 5, 2011
Joe Biden at AFL-CIO Rally:
"You Are The Only Folks Keeping The Barbarians From the Gates"
October 25, 2010
Obama on Republicans:
"We don't mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back."
June 14, 2008
"If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun,"
Senator Obama said in Philadelphia last night. "Because from what I understand, folks in Philly like a good brawl. I’ve seen Eagles fans."
September 5, 2011 -- catholicculture.org
Biofuel production aggravates world hunger, instability, corporate CEO notes
The chairman of the Nestlé corporation has his own special perspective on global-hunger problems. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal he is arguing for acceptance of genetically modified food. But in the process, Peter Brabeck-Letmathe makes an important point about agricultural production-specifically, the growing proportion of farming that is devoted to gasohol and various other biofuels, to be used by consumers in affluent countries:
If the price of our breakfast cereal goes up because we're diverting agricultural production to ethanol or biodiesel, it's an annoyance. But if the price of corn or flour doubles or triples in the Third World, where according to Mr. Brabeck-Letmathe people "are spending 80% of [their] disposable income on food," hundreds of millions of people go hungry. Sometimes, as in the Middle East earlier this year, they revolt.
September 5, 2011 -- By Cori O'Donnell
ClearEdge Power Recieves $73.5 Million In Funding
ClearEdge Power has snagged $73.5 million from investors towards their small-scale fuel cells.
ClearEdge Power was established in 2003 and is an innovator in the clean energy market. They, like Bloom Energy, have used their knowledge of fuel cells to manufacture compact power and heating systems that can be used for several residential homes or to power a small commercial building.
The fuel cell generators ClearEdge create can range from 5kW to 60kW. Mike Upp, the ClearEdge VP of sales and marketing,said that a 34-square-foot installation of ClearEdge units could produce the same amount of heat and power as a 3,200-square-foot solar installation. The fuel cells are powered by natural gas.
Aug. 31, 2011 -- Jason Dearen, Manufacturing.Net
Solar Company That Got Federal Loan Shuts Down
A California solar-panel manufacturer once touted by President Barack Obama as a beneficiary of his administration's economic policies -- and the recipient of a $535 million federal loan -- is laying off 1,100 workers and filing for bankruptcy.
Solyndra LLC of Fremont, Calif., is the third solar company to seek bankruptcy protection this year. Officials said Wednesday that the global economy as well as unfavorable conditions in the solar industry combined to force the company to suspend its manufacturing operations.
Oil from Canada or the Persian Gulf.
This is not a choice between energy security and environmental risk. The risk of shipping oil from Saudi Arabia is far greater then sending oil through a pipeline.
It is a choice between importing oil from our enemies or our friends. It is also a choice buying Canadian oil or letting China buy it.
Environmentalists today are against anything that would help the economy and Capitalism. Unfortunately, so is this administration.
Aug. 26, 2011 -- by John M. Broder
U.S. Offers Key Support to Canadian Pipeline
WASHINGTON - The State Department gave a crucial green light on Friday to a proposed 1,711-mile pipeline that would carry heavy oil from oil sands in Canada across the Great Plains to terminals in Oklahoma and the Gulf Coast.
The project, which would be the longest oil pipeline outside of Russia and China, has become a potent symbol in a growing fight that pits energy security against environmental risk, a struggle highlighted by last year’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Oct. 20, 2010 5:41PM -- U.S. set to approve Keystone XL pipeline
Aug. 23, 2011 -- Dr. Laurie Roth --
EPA – one of Obama’s deadly weapons of destruction
Most of America gets common sense guidelines and regulations that protect our environment, food sources and water. No one I know wants forests to be clear cut and pollution smog to take over and darken a city. However, long ago, simple and clear, protective guidelines turned into an orgy of invented paranoia and schemes, designed to fulfill the vision from the progressive left and Obama. This vision is simply to destroy American economy, business and energy systems.
Aug. 22, 2011 -- world-nuclear-news
US makes nuclear fuel reserve available
The USA has formally announced the availability of a reserve stockpile of low-enriched uranium for use in nuclear fuel, derived from downblended surplus military material. Meanwhile, Belarus has suspended a program to exchange high enriched uranium fuel with the US.
Titled the American Assured Fuel Supply (AFS), the reserve announced by the US Department of Energy (DoE) and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) sets aside a reserve of low-enriched uranium (LEU) from the downblending of surplus high-enriched uranium (HEU) from US weapons. The material is to be available as a backup fuel supply for foreign or domestic nuclear reactors in the event of a supply disruption.
In so doing, according to the NNSA, it creates a vehicle for promoting the peaceful use of nuclear energy
When will our government promote nuclear energy here in the USA?
Who will provide us with fuel when we need it?
Is our government working for us or our enemies?
Aug. 19, 2011 -- world-nuclear-news
Decision to build Bellefonte 1
Tennessee Valley Authority has decided to complete a nuclear reactor at Bellefonte - selling and leasing back another new reactor to pay for it.
The decision yesterday by TVA's board brings to an end some five years of deliberation by the non-profit firm that manages power, water and other resources in the US state. Bellefonte 1 is a Babcock & Wilcox pressurized water reactor currently considered 55% complete. A $4.9 billion project should see it begin operation by 2020 to generate 1260 MWe.
Aug. 18, 2011 --
Don't blame me: Democrats want credit for wins but still blame Bush for their problems.
Democrats inherited a recession and millions of lost jobs. Now, they are creating jobs. Almost every month the Labor Department’s reports shows that U.S. economy generated jobs
Ever wonder why the unemployment numbers are still high? We are not told about the number of jobs destroyed. The real numbers:
Start: 2009 133,563 million jobs
- End: 7/2011 131,190 million jobs
= Lost: 2,373 million jobs
Aug. 15, 2011 -- Jerry Kronenberg -- bostonherald.com
Evergreen Solar Inc., the Massachusetts clean-energy company that received millions in state subsidies from the Patrick administration for an ill-fated Bay State factory, has filed for bankruptcy, listing $485.6 million in debt.
Evergreen, which closed its taxpayer-supported Devens factory in March and cut 800 jobs, has been trying to rework its debt for months. The cash-strapped company announced today has sought a reorganization in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware and reached a deal with certain note holders to restructure its debt and auction off assets.
“The bankruptcy of Evergreen Solar is another sad event for the Massachusetts company and highlights the folly of the Patrick-Murray Administration which has put government subsidies into their pet projects instead of offering broad based relief to all Bay State employers,” said Jennifer Nassour, head of the state GOP
Aug. 11, 2011 -- Matthew L. Wald -- nytimes.com
New Rules and Old Plants May Strain Summer Energy Supplies
WASHINGTON - As 58 million people across 13 states sweated through the third day of a heat wave last month, power demand in North America's largest regional grid jurisdiction hit a record high. And yet there was no shortage, no rolling blackout and no brownout in an area that stretches from Maryland to Chicago.
But that may not be the case in the future as stricter air quality rules are put in place. Eastern utilities satisfied demand that day - July 21 - with hefty output from dozens of 1950s and 1960s coal-burning power plants that dump prodigious amounts of acid gases, soot, mercury and arsenic into the air. Because of new Environmental Protection Agency rules, and some yet to be written, many of those plants are expected to close in coming years.
Germany to give up their manufacturing leadership to China.
Aug. 10, 2011 --
Heavy impact from post-Fukushima decision
Up to 11,000 jobs are under threat as EOn moves to meet the challenges posed by Germany's new nuclear policy. Only yesterday another utility, RWE, announced the shutdowns had so far cost it €900 million ($1.3 billion).
.....It was on 15 March, just four days into the Fukushima accident, that Chancellor Angela Merkel asked the utilities to shut eight nuclear power reactors for a three month period. The government has since decided that none of these may restart, while remaining reactors will close in a sequence ending in 2022. The hope is to replace most of this lost generation capacity with an exponential scale-up of renewables, paid for with feed-in tarriffs as well as by a special tax on nuclear fuel.
Aug. 8, 2011 -- Melanie Trottman -- Washington Wire
Trumka Turns Up Pressure for Jobs
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has posed a mighty challenge to President Barack Obama: When it comes to job creation, offer solutions that match the scale of the problem.
In an appearance on MSNBC Monday, Mr. Trumka said the nation needs a jobs agenda that amounts to more than just “sound bites” from U.S. leaders.
During a conference call with reporters Friday, Mr. Trumka was more specific, saying he wants to see Mr. Obama apply the same urgency to job creation as he did to the debt ceiling crisis. Ditto for other politicians, said Mr. Trumka, whose recommendations include everything from the creation of an infrastructure bank to more aid for state and local governments.
......The AFL-CIO said it is taking action this month by kicking off a series of 450 nationwide events including fundraisers and town halls where middle class Americans will demand politicians back policies to create jobs and restore the economy.
Politicians make campaign promises. Companies create jobs.
If you are serious about reducing unemployment ask President Obama to eliminate regulations that kill jobs. Not next year, not next month but next week.
Aug. 8, 2011 -- Associated Press
It's not just economics: S&P made a political judgment in downgrading US credit rating
The S&P downgrade was more of a statement on the toxic political landscape in Washington than a comment on the nation’s ability to pay its bills. But S&P has its own checkered history. Just a few years ago, the company gave its top triple-A rating to some of the mortgage-backed securities that helped cause the Great Recession.
Could it be wrong again?
New York-based Standard and Poor’s was upfront about its focus on the political angle, citing the long standoff between President Barack Obama and Congress as a key factor in its unprecedented downgrade of the government’s credit rating. “We think the debacle over raising the debt ceiling is one illustration of that,” John Chambers, head of S&P’s debt rating committee, said on Monday. He said that the political gridlock and S&P’s analysis of a rising U.S. debt burden in coming years prompted the downgrade.
Aug. 4, 2011 -- Sam Hananel, Manufacturing.Net
Dems: Long-Term Jobless Could Derail Recovery
Unemployment remains stubbornly high at just over 9 percent, but it's the alarming number of long-term jobless that is causing fresh concern for Democratic lawmakers.
About 42 percent of the nation's 14.1 million unemployed have been out of work for at least six months, and nearly one in three has been jobless more than a year. Those numbers -- still near record levels set last year -- could be a sign of chronic labor market problems that could derail any lasting economic recovery, according to a report Thursday from Congress' Joint Economic Committee.
Many of these workers suffer because their skill sets no longer fit the needs of employers, the report found. It suggests more investment in job search and training programs would help the long-term unemployed find new work.
Not much of a surprise.
The government cannot create jobs but it can kill millions of them. Every day there is another onerous regulation that is anti energy, anti manufacturing and pro some special interest group.
There can be no recovery and certainly no growth until the government changes its anti business attitude.
Aug. 4, 2011 -- Luke Johnson -- upstreamonline.com
Bakken boosts Denbury
US tertiary recovery specialist Denbury Resources saw its earnings nearly double in the second quarter, as increased Bakken production and higher oil prices led to a record quarterly cash flow for the company.
Plano, Texas-based Denbury reported net income of $259.2 million in the three months to June on revenues of $601.4 million.
That represented a 92% increase from the $135.4 million the company earned in the second quarter of 2010, and a 21% jump in second-quarter revenues of $497.2 million last year.
While we are closing power plants the government promotes electric cars!
July 27, 2011 -- recovery.gov
Recovery Funds Support Electric Vehicle Technology
As part of a Recovery initiative to promote quick adoption of electric vehicles, more than 1,800 recharging units have been installed primarily in garages of people who have bought electric vehicles. Some units have also been installed in public parking lots and at curbside locations as well as at private businesses that have invested in commercial electric fleets.
The U.S. Department of Energy says the goal of the $400 million Initiative is to deploy more than 22,000 recharging units in residential, commercial, and public spaces by the end of 2011, creating an expansive network of recharging stations across the country. Prior to the Recovery Act, less than 500 recharging stations existed nationwide.
July 20, 2011, -- Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
Stand with President Obama: End Tax Breaks for Billionaires and Big Oil
"I've reached my limit. This may bring my Presidency down, but I will not yield on this."
- President Obama to Eric Cantor and Congressional Republicans in a closed-door meeting at the White House
Critical budget negotiations have left the GOP refusing to give up even one penny of tax breaks for Big Oil and billionaires.
1. Stop spending!
2. End all energy tax breaks! ALL! Including ethanol!
3. Why did you sign the Bush tax break extension?
4. Stop the administration's virtual moratorium on nuclear energy and oil & gas production.
5. Export oil to China!
That would create millions of jobs and bring in billions in tax revenues for you to spend.
6. Stop importing Middle East oil. Why should they have the jobs we need?
7. Stop taxing the poor and elderly. Yes, inflation is a tax that primarily hurts the poor!
July 15, 2011, -- Patrick J. Michaels -- Forbes.com
Why Hasn't the Earth Warmed in Nearly 15 Years?
There is no statistically significant warming trend since November of 1996 in monthly surface temperature records compiled at the University of East Anglia. Do we now understand why there's been no change in fourteen and a half years?
If you read the news stories surrounding a recent paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by Boston University's Robert Kaufmann and three colleagues, you'd say yes, indeed. It's China's fault. By dramatically increasing their combustion of coal, they have increased the concentration of fine particles in the atmosphere called sulphate aerosols, which reflect away solar radiation, countering the warming that should be occurring from increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide.
July 13, 2011, -- REUTERS -
S&P Places U.S. 'AAA/A-1+' Rtgs On CreditWatch Negative
(The following was released by the rating agency)
July 15, 2011-- Standard & Poor's has placed its 'AAA' long-term and 'A-1+' short-term sovereign credit ratings on the United States of America on CreditWatch with negative implications.
-- Standard & Poor's uses CreditWatch to indicate a substantial likelihood of it taking a rating action within the next 90 days, or in response to events presenting significant uncertainty to the creditworthiness of an issuer. Today's CreditWatch placement signals our view that, owing to the dynamics of the political debate on the debt ceiling, there is at least a one-in-two likelihood that we could lower the long-term rating on the U.S. within the next 90 days. We have also placed our short-term rating on the U.S. on CreditWatch negative, reflecting our view that the current situation presents such significant uncertainty to the U.S.' creditworthiness.
July 13, 2011, -- News wires
IEA talks up global demand
World oil demand growth will accelerate next year, adding to the pressure on available supplies, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said today, contradicting a more conservative outlook from producer group Opec.
In its first 2012 forecast in a monthly report, the IEA said oil use would grow by 1.47 million barrels per day to 91 million bpd. The agency also trimmed its estimate of demand growth this year to 1.20 million bpd.
The IEA's 2012 prediction was more than the 1.32 million bpd expected by Opec but lower than a forecast from the US Energy Information Administration. It expects all of the growth next year to come from emerging economies.
Another move by the EPA to destroy American energy, growth and jobs. With coal supplying 48.7% of our electricity, forget buying that electric car, dryer and stove!
July 7, 2011, -- The Daily Caller
New EPA rules to devastate coal industry
The coal industry is crying foul over new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations which they say will be among the most be costly rules ever imposed by the agency on coal-fueled power plants.
The result, industry insiders say: substantially higher electricity rates and massive job loss.
"The EPA is ignoring the cumulative economic damage new regulations will cause," said Steve Miller, president and CEO of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE). “America’s coal-fueled electric industry has been doing its part for the environment and the economy, but our industry needs adequate time to install clean coal technologies to comply with new regulations. Unfortunately, EPA doesn’t seem to care.”
Thursday the EPA announced that they have finalized additional Clean Air Act provisions, collectively known as “The Cross-State Air Pollution Rule” to ostensibly “reduce air pollution and attain clean air standards,” by requiring coal companies in 27 states to slash emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide by 73 percent and 54 percent, respectively, from 2005 levels by 2014.
July 7, 2011, -- world-nuclear-news
Nuclear breaks the ice for gas shipment
A Russian large-tonnage tanker is undertaking a "super early" voyage along the ice-covered Northern Sea Route in the Arctic Ocean with the assistance of two nuclear-powered icebreakers, Atomflot announced. The Perseverance, with a deadweight of 73,000 tonnes, left the port of Murmansk in the extreme northwest part of Russia on 29 June carrying 60,000 tonnes of gas condensate bound for China. It was accompanied by the icebreakers Yamal and Taimyr.
July 6, 2011, --
Eni starts Gulf of Mexico flow
Italian major Eni has started production at a deep-water oilfield in the Gulf of Mexico.
Eoin O'Cinneide 06 July 2011 10:03 GMT
The company actually started producing from the Appaloosa field on 21 June but only informed the market of the development today.
Around 7,000 barrels per day of oil equivalent are currently flowing from the field which is tied back to the Eni-operated Corral platform.
The field is located in Federal Unit MC 459 around 100 miles off Louisana in 2500 feet of water depth.
July 6, 2011, --
Britain to return as ‘serious nuclear nation’
The UK government remains absolutely committed to new nuclear power. Without it the nation would be "darker and less prosperous," said the energy minister today.
Charles Hendry was speaking at the New Nuclear Build 2011 conference in London, taking the stage after the heads of the three companies that want to build new power reactors.
Each of those firms, EDF Energy, Horizon Nuclear Power and NuGeneration (NuGen), thanked the government as well as the safety authority the Office for Nuclear Regulation for a strong and pragmatic national response to the Fukushima accident.
July 4, 2011, -- Editor
Will Ghana bail out the US?
Having worked with and invested in energy for years, I am always fascinated by countries coming out of nowhere suddenly start turning around. When coupled with government support or non-interference the turn around can be amazing.
So it is now. While countries that have been anti-energy for years, unfortunately including the US, fall behind, large pro energy economies like China and India flourish. Small countries that discover oil gas or turn to nuclear leave everyone else in the dust.
Could the US be turned around? Absolutely!
Will it be turned around? Unlikely.
It would take a President like Obama, running the country like a monarchy but unlike Obama a President who is pro energy, pro growth and not interested in befriending our enemies. The results would be seen in a matter of months. Growth and investment are contagious and breed confidence.
Do we have such a candidate for the next election? No!
July 1, 2011, -- EconomyWatch.com
Let's take a look at the stats for 2011:
Economic Growth Indicator Listing in Year 2011
GDP Growth (Constant Prices, National Currency)
Ghana 20.146 %
Qatar 14.337 %
Turkmenistan 12.178 %
China 9.908 %
Liberia 9.003 %
India 8.43 %
Angola 8.251 %
Iraq 7.873 %
Ethiopia 7.663 %
Mozambique 7.548 %
Timor Leste (East Timor) 7.4 %
Laos 7.395 %
Growth rates are much higher this year. The chart tops out at over 20%. Last year we saw a projected high of 16.4% from growth leader Qatar.
Once again, developed countries do not feature in the Top 12. Almost half of the top 12 come from Africa. Ghana has swept from 4.5% last year, to an astonishing 20.146% for 2011.
One third of the Top 12 are from the Far East; two from the Middle East and one from Central Asia.
In 2010 there was only one G20 nation in the Top 12. This time India also makes the grade. This is the beginning of a larger trend.
June 28, 2011, -- More From Businessweek
US tells automakers it's eyeing 56.2 mpg (23.9 kpl) standard by 2025
The Canadian PressBy Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | The Canadian Press – 21 hours ago
The Obama administration is telling American automakers that it would like cars and light trucks to average 56.2 miles per gallon (23.9 kilometres per litre) by 2025 — a boost to fuel economy that would save American consumers money at the gas pump and help with global warming but drive up the cost of automobiles.
Administration officials floated the number at separate meetings last week with the Detroit Three — General Motors, Ford and Chrysler — according to people in government and industry familiar with the discussions. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to talk publicly about them.
June 25, 2011 -- The NY Times -- Ian Urbina
Drilling Down -- Insiders Sound an Alarm Amid a Natural Gas Rush
Jennifer Pitts/The Journal Record, via Associated Press, left; Mark Peristein for The New York Times
"It's time to get bullish on natural gas," said Aubrey K. McClendon, left, chief executive of Chesapeake Energy. "This could have profound consequences for our local economy," said Deborah Rogers, a committee member at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.
Natural gas companies have been placing enormous bets on the wells they are drilling, saying they will deliver big profits and provide a vast new source of energy for the United States.
Undocumented, uninformed. Unbelievble that a newspaper would publish this.
June 24, 2011 -- world-nuclear-news.org
Grand Canyon area excluded from uranium claims
US secretary of the interior Ken Salazar has announced the withdrawal of 1 million acres of federal lands near the Grand Canyon National Park in the USA from hard rock mining claims for six months, prior to a planned 20-year exclusion.
Arizona's Grand Canyon is a World Heritage site visited by 4.4 million people per year and, according to the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) contains significant environmental and cultural resources - as well as some of the USA's best uranium deposits.
Are 1 million acres visited by people? Do you really have to withdraw 1 million acres and force the US to continue importing uranium?
June 24, 2011 -- Marcy Bonebright
NASA Climate-Change Scientist Accused Of Ethics/Financial Disclosure Violations
A NASA scientist has been accused of enriching himself with funds from the environmental groups whose agendas he advocated.
A NASA climate-change scientist has been accused of privately profiting from his taxpayer-funded position.
James Hanson, the scientist in question, once claimed the Administration of President George W. Bush tried to “silence” his global warming claims, according to FoxNews.com.
“In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Washington, D.C., a group claims NASA is withholding documents that show James Hansen failed to comply with ethics rules and financial disclosures regarding substantial compensation he earned outside his $180,000 taxpayer-paid position as director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies,” the news outlet reported.
June 22, 2011 -- IEA -- Fact versus fiction
The IEA sets the record straight on energy-related misperceptions
Myth: We could end dependence on oil with electric vehicles within a few years.
Reality: Electric vehicles can play an increasingly important role over time, but even with rapid sales growth they will not save more than a few percent of worldwide oil use until after 2020.
Explanation: Countries around the world have set electric vehicle (EV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) sales targets that, when combined, amount to about 7 million sales per year by 2020. If this is achieved, it will result in over 20 million electric vehicles on the road by that year, taking into account all sales over the next nine years. While this would represent tremendous success for EVs and PHEVs, 20 million is only 2 percent of the expected one billion vehicles on the road in that year.
June 22, 2011 -- Upstream staff -- Aleya Begum
A 'dark day' for European climate policy
Poland has blocked attempts by European ministers to toughen carbon emissions targets, a move that UK Energy Minister Chris Huhne described as marking ‘a dark day for Europe’.
In an EU Environment Council meeting in Luxembourg yesterday, which discussed the European Commission’s recent 2050 Low Carbon Roadmap, Poland was the only country not to agree to plans to look at increasing the initial 20% emissions reduction target, compared to 1990, set for 2020.
With Poland just weeks away from taking over the rotating presidency of the 27-member bloc, the move could suggest more collisions for Europe on climate issues.
"I'm deeply disappointed that the only country in the EU that could not accept a good compromise on how we can move Europe to a low carbon economy was Poland,” said Huhne.
"Delay and blockage is a recipe for increased costs and missed opportunities.
Thank you Poland! It is time to stop worrying about global warming and start worrying about the coming mini ice age!
Americans for Energy is now:
Americans for Energy and Growth
Ignore this site at your peril!
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Stop importing oil from Middle East & Venezuela.
Approve 2008 ConocoPhillips oil drilling plans.
Approve 2007 Keystone pipeline plans.
End all energy subsidies.
Fast track power plants: nuclear, wind, water, oil...
Permanently end cap & trade carbon tax schemes.
Guarantee energy bonds to successful companies.
Produce more energy -- Export coal.
End the ethanol for fuel -- Export corn.
Stop Financial foreign aid -- Send corn & wheat.
5 Best Countries To Start A Business In
1. New Zealand Rank last year: 1
2. Australia Rank last year: 2
3. Canada Rank last year: 3
4. Singapore Rank last year: 4
5. Hong Kong Rank last year: 6
Best countries for paying taxes
3. Hong Cong
72. United States
The World Bank
12 Fastest Growing Economies of 2011
By: KeithTimimi Date: December 9, 2010
Ghana - 20.146 %
Qatar - 14.337 %
Turkmenistan - 12.178 %
China - 9.908 %
Liberia - 9.003 %
India - 8.43 %
Angola - 8.251 %
Iraq - 7.873 %
Ethiopia - 7.663 %
Mozambique - 7.548 %
Timor Leste - 7.4 %
Laos - 7.395 %
The Great Global Warming Scam:
Jun 2011 -- Earth may be headed into mini Ice Age
Apr. 2011 -- NASA: warming trends caused by sun
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
-18000 -- Mile high Hudson Valley glaciers retreat
Appendix Fiscal Year 2010
What would a $1 billion dollar bill look like?
World wide energy production is booming.
65 countries are building or planning to build nuclear power plants.
Global Growth of Nuclear
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.
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.
In the US "it is expected that 4-6 new units may come on line by 2018"
China is adding one coal power plant each week!
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.
October 2010 -- William Tucker -- American Spectator
October 25, 2010 "We don't mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back."
June 14, 2008 "If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun,"
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.
"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!
Electric cars are coming!
Save the planet! Use clean electric energy!
The truth. US electricity comes from:
"Fossil" fuel: 71.2%
Natural Gas: 21.4%
"Green" fuel: 25.8%
AND, electricity is expensive!
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
October 06, 2009
U.S. Blocks Oil Drilling at 60 Sites in Utah
The Department of the Interior has frozen oil and gas development on 60 of 77 contested drilling sites in Utah,
Reasons included possible damage to the habitat of sage grouse, which is being considered for endangered species protection, and to avoid dust and noise pollution associated with drilling operations.
Engineering - determining hole locations
Construction - Access roads Onsite offices & storage
Manufacturing - Drill rigs Pipes & fittings Drill bits
Office - On-site & headquarters
Government - Site inspectors
Food service - On-site meals
Housing - Housing for new employees
Trucking -- Crude to refinery
Retail - Sales to new employees
Taxes & royalties lost
Corporate income taxes
Employee income taxes
Employee sales taxes
Sales taxes on petroleum products
Thousands of potential jobs are killed through government regulations and restrictions.
Many existing jobs will be lost through the coming health care and cap & trade bills.
"I'm trying to save the planet" -- Nancy Pelosi: July 29, 2009
"we have to pass the bill, so you can see what's in it..." -- Nancy Pelosi: March 10, 2010
"If the United States leads, China will follow" Al Gore. -- July 8, 2009