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  • ‘Tired of her crap’: Truckload of manure dumped outside DNC headquarters unleashes tirade

    10/30/2016 9:41:06 AM PDT · by Paleo Pete · 75 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | October 30, 2016 | Samantha Chang
    Something stinks in Warren County, Ohio. A massive truckload of manure was dumped outside the Democratic headquarters in Warren County, and office personnel are furious. [snip] Bethe Goldenfield, chairperson of the Warren County Democratic Party, unleashed a volcanic tirade on Facebook, writing: “What reasonable person thinks this is OK???? I won’t be responding to anyone who thinks this is acceptable behavior. It is ILLEGAL!” Security cameras recorded a truck dumping off a huge pile of manure outside the office at 12:03 a.m. on October 29. Police are investigating the incident, WLWT reported.
  • The developing world wants natural gas and electricity, Hillary Clinton sends cookstoves

    03/28/2016 5:48:16 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/28/16 | Marita Noon
    While at best, Clinton’s clean cookstove campaign seems slimy, and may be illegal, one might cast a blind eye if the program achieved its aggrandizing goals. Hillary Clinton’s “trustworthiness” problem is fed by a long history of “varying credibility,” as a recent Politico story delineated, including cattle-futures trading, law firm billing records, muddled sniper fire recollections and e-mail use. While providing pertinent points, the Politico list is just a sampling. One missing item on the “mistrust” litany is a project she reportedly cooked up as Secretary of State, but that was shaped by her family foundation. State Department staff sent...
  • Energizing an energy policy

    02/03/2015 7:55:16 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 2, 2015 | Ed Fuelner
    If you’re like most Americans, you’re enjoying the fact that it costs a lot less to fill up your car’s gas tank these days. If you’re a fan of big government, you may feel a bit ambivalent, though. Why? Because one of the biggest drivers behind the drop in gas prices is the rise in directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) here at home. While the government is busy micromanaging the energy industry — trying to saddle it with more regulations while showering favors on so-called “green” companies — the free market is showing how to actually get things done....
  • Macomb Community College’s Renewable Energy Program

    09/09/2014 3:04:53 AM PDT · by equaviator · 10 replies
    Macomb Community College ^ | May 31, 2104 | Kiernan Manion
    We would like to take this time to announce the many programs that Macomb Community College has to offer! The idea of providing energy sources outside of electricity, and in the theme of a doomsday, emergency scenario, the many programs, areas of study, and implementation of new technologies at MCC are worth exploring! First and foremost, the Renewable Energy Certificate program and courses available through Macomb Community College are instrumental in building the foundation for a career in the field of Renewable Energy. Within the scope of preparing for natural disasters or widespread electrical failures, renewable and alternative energies are...
  • Study: Biomass Worse for Environment than Fossil Fuels

    07/26/2014 10:31:37 AM PDT · by Bratch · 7 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | July 25, 2014 | Nick Hallett
    Power stations that burn biomass are worse for the environment than those that burn coal, new analysis suggests. According to David MacKay, the government’s chief scientific advisor on energy, burning wood imported from North America in British power stations produces more greenhouse gases than burning coal.As previously reported on Breitbart London, American scientists wrote a letter to the British government in May to protest the policy of subsidising power firms to import wooden pellets from the U.S. They said that this was anything but carbon neutral as the forests from which the pellets are taken act as a “carbon sink”, taking carbon dioxide...
  • Begich Earmarked Millions for Bankrupt Green Energy Company

    04/15/2014 10:28:44 PM PDT · by lowbridge ^ | april 15, 2014 |  Lachlan Markay
    As Sen. Mark Begich (D., Alaska) seeks to shore up his energy policy credentials, a now-bankrupt green energy company to which he steered federal subsidies could cloud his message. Begich received campaign contributions from a lobbyist for an Alaska geothermal plant after helping the company obtain federal financing. The company is now bankrupt, but Begich continues touting his support for alternative energy. The senator, who is facing reelection in November, will address the Alaska Wood Energy Conference on Wednesday. The conference brings together leaders in the state’s biomass industry. He has also promoted fossil fuel development, including effort to open areas of...
  • Extracting carbon from nature can aid climate but will be costly: U.N.

    03/26/2014 2:32:02 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 3/26/14 | Alister Doyle - Reuters
    OSLO (Reuters) - A little-known technology that may be able to take the equivalent of China's greenhouse gas emissions out of the carbon cycle could be the radical policy shift needed to slow climate change this century, a draft U.N. report shows. Using the technology, power plants would burn biomass - wood, wood pellets, or plant waste like from sugar cane - to generate electricity while the carbon dioxide in the biomass is extracted, piped away and buried deep underground. Among techniques, a chemical process can strip carbon dioxide from the flue gases from combustion. The process - called bio-energy...
  • Florida Plant to Produce Advanced Ethanol

    07/31/2013 7:09:33 PM PDT · by neverdem · 35 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 31, 2013 | RYAN TRACY
    Facility Offers Promise of Producing Fuel Out of Everything From Grass to Garbage A Florida plant started commercial-scale production of advanced ethanol, its owners said Wednesday, marking the first time a U.S. facility has made large quantities of the fuel from the inedible parts of plants. The news was a milestone for the renewable fuels industry, which has been dogged by criticism that its current method of making fuel from corn or sugar diverts those crops from the food chain and raises food prices. If INEOS Bio can sustain production at the Florida plant, it would offer the promise of...
  • A biomass bonanza

    03/18/2013 7:43:05 AM PDT · by neverdem · 1 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 21 February 2013 | Emma Davies
    Companies have put biofuels on the back burner to aim for higher margin chemicals, as Emma Davies finds out Tom Welton gives the wooden desk in his office a sharp rap with his knuckles. ‘That’s the sound of lignin,’ he says, grinning. ‘Have you seen its structure? It’s beautiful, full of aromatics, lovely compounds that make you think: I could make something useful from this.’Welton, who is head of chemistry at Imperial College London, UK, views lignin – the ‘really hard stuff’ that protects plants from biological attack – as a valuable source of renewable speciality chemicals. His group has...
  • Biomass producer Big Island Carbon files Chapter 7 bankruptcy (Hawaii)

    11/27/2012 8:45:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Pacific Business News ^ | November 27, 2012 | Janis L. Magin, managing editor, digital content
    Big Island Carbon LLC, which spent some $50 million to build a biomass plant to turn Hawaii-grown macadamia nut shells into granulated activated carbon, has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The company, which has not started commercial operations at the Kawaihae plant, has laid off all 25 employees, including CEO Rick Vidgen, who was let go on Oct. 9 along with Chief Operating Officer Fred Baker and Controller Gerald Gruber, according to documents filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware, where the bankruptcy was filed on Nov. 5. Vidgen declined to comment on the bankruptcy filing. Big Island Carbon...
  • GOP puts biofuels on the chopping block

    07/11/2012 7:56:19 PM PDT · by rusty millet · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/11/12 | Zack Colman
    Biomass and biofuels groups warn that the loss of $800 million in guaranteed federal support would stall progress in developing the fuel source and cause job losses in rural communities that can least afford it. The industry claims interest groups such as fossil fuel producers and livestock owners have hijacked the process as the House Agriculture Committee begins a markup of the bill this week. “What is probably more broadly at play is a concerted effort by livestock groups, oil groups and some in the environmental community to denigrate biofuel production,” said Matt Hartwig, a spokesman for the Renewable Fuels...
  • Green Welfare, Green Taxes, Green Poverty

    06/14/2012 5:30:53 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 4 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | June 13, 2012 | Peter Ferrara
    What would you do if gangs of robbers roamed your neighborhood at night, breaking into your neighbors' houses and stealing their family jewels and life savings? You would arm yourself to defend your property. Or you would move to a safer neighborhood. But if the robbers formed gangs called Greenpeace, the Sierra Club, or the Natural Resources Defense Fund, and assaulted your standard of living, the Che Guevara Democrats expect you to greet them with open arms, and gleefully turn over bushels of your cash, until your life savings is gone, and your standard of living has been reduced to...
  • High-Yield Path to Making Key Ingredient for Plastic, Xylene, from Biomass

    04/30/2012 11:44:02 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | Apr. 30, 2012 | NA
    A team of chemical engineers led by Paul J. Dauenhauer of the University of Massachusetts Amherst has discovered a new, high-yield method of producing the key ingredient used to make plastic bottles from biomass. The process is inexpensive and currently creates the chemical p-xylene with an efficient yield of 75-percent, using most of the biomass feedstock, Dauenhauer says. The research is published in the journal ACS Catalysis. Dauenhauer, an assistant professor of chemical engineering at UMass Amherst, says the new discovery shows that there is an efficient, renewable way to produce a chemical that has immediate and recognizable use for...
  • Now biomass is the environment's enemy?

    04/17/2012 10:56:06 AM PDT · by Twotone · 13 replies
    Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal ^ | April 16, 2012 | Don Brunell
    When environmental organizations pushed Washington voters to approve their renewable energy Initiative 937, they touted biomass energy — incinerated wood waste — as one of their preferred alternatives to fossil fuel. They reasoned that biomass energy plants would help clear forests of flammable wood debris from dead and diseased timber, put idled loggers and millworkers back to work and produce cleaner, more affordable energy. But since voters narrowly approved the initiative in 2006, many of those same activists are battling against biomass projects.
  • Researchers produce cheap sugars for sustainable biofuel production

    09/29/2011 10:33:09 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 29 replies ^ | 09-29-2011 | Provided by Iowa State University
    Iowa State University's Robert C. Brown keeps a small vial of brown, sweet-smelling liquid on his office table. "It looks like something you could pour on your pancakes," he said. "In many respects, it is similar to molasses." Brown, in fact, calls it "pyrolytic molasses." That's because it was produced by the fast pyrolysis of biomass such as corn stalks or wood chips. Fast pyrolysis involves quickly heating the biomass without oxygen to produce liquid or gas products. "We think this is a new way to make inexpensive sugars from biomass," said Brown, an Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering,...
  • Palin Thumps Harvard

    08/22/2011 9:51:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Townhall's Finance ^ | August 23, 2011 | John Ransom, Finance Editor
    If you drew a straight line between the Obama White House, Harvard and Martha’s Vineyard, you’d apparently find no real economists judging by the effluvia created through progressive economics in this country. But would it be too much to ask if we could have a few people who could just add, subtract, multiply and divide? What exactly is an Ivy League degree worth if you can’t do lower mathematics? I guess a lot less than Sarah Palin and a University of Idaho bachelor’s degree is worth. Go U of I Vandals! In a quest for a few more “green” jobs...
  • Palmer Renewable Energy seeking millions from Springfield for revocation of permit

    06/25/2011 2:02:52 PM PDT · by matt04 · 8 replies
    Palmer Renewable Energy has filed a lawsuit against Springfield after the City Council voted last month to revoke the energy development firm's permit to build a wood-burning biomass plant in East Springfield. Although details of the civil complaint were not immediately available on Saturday, Springfield City Councilor Timothy J. Rooke confirmed that the city has received notice of the suit, which is reportedly seeking somewhere in the ballpark of $50 million. On May 23, the 13-member City Council voted 10-2 -- one member was absent for the May vote -- to revoke the Palmer-based developer's special permit to build a...
  • IPCC: Half of Renewable Energy is Wood, Charcoal, and Animal Dung

    05/11/2011 9:08:40 AM PDT · by wewillnotcomply · 9 replies ^ | 5-11-11 | Sam Patterson
    The IPCC recently released the Summary of a report about renewable energy. Both Pielke Jr. and Donna Laframboise have mentioned it, and once the final report comes out at the end of the month I'm sure we'll hear more about it. However, in looking over the report I was stunned to find out what the IPCC considers as renewable energy (RE). This story at Scientific American covers it very well. I recommend reading it. Here's the problem. The IPCC has different categories of renewable energy. They include solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, ocean, and biomass. Biomass is by far the largest...
  • Renewable energy (biomass) plants fined for Clean Air Act violations

    02/17/2011 6:46:56 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies
    California Watch ^ | 2/17/11 | Sam Pearson
    Two Central Valley biomass plants have agreed to pay more than $830,000 in fines for violating the Clean Air Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced yesterday. “Today’s enforcement actions are a victory for human health,” Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s regional administrator for the Pacific Southwest, said in a statement. The plants in Chowchilla and El Nido, both owned by Global Ampersand, LLC, of Boston, were fined $343,000 and $492,000, respectively. Company representatives did not respond to requests for comment. David Kim, assistant regional counsel for the EPA, said that the fines showed that even the renewable energy industry could run...
  • Cellulose catalyst rewrites rules of attraction

    01/02/2011 9:04:23 PM PST · by neverdem · 14 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 21 December 2010 | James Urquhart
    Chinese researchers have developed a magnetic solid acid catalyst that raises the prospect of efficiently converting biomass cellulose into useful chemicals, such as sugars for biofuel production.According to the researchers, the catalyst is better than conventional equivalents because it shows good hydrothermal stability and can be recycled - magnetic nanoparticles pull the acid away from the substrate when a magnetic field is applied.Using biomass as a source of renewable fuel has attracted interest in recent years in response to global climate change and the search for alternatives to fossil fuels. The main component of biomass is cellulose - a polymer comprising many...