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  • Say Goodbye to Your Tuna Melts Because We've Ruined the Ocean

    09/04/2014 12:52:58 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 43 replies
    The Skeptics Guide to the Universe ^ | September 2, 2014 | Kate Christian
    According to a study published in Nature, oceanic mercury levels have tripled since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. Far surpassing earlier estimates, data collected during research cruises from 2006-2011 in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans has revealed a 340% increase in surface-level mercury content. During the cruises, deep seawater samples (depths up to 5km) were compared to surface water samples. The analysis implicates the burning of fossil fuels as the primary culprit of this dramatic rise, with mining activities thought to have also contributed a significant amount.
  • Angering Environmentalists, AFL-CIO Pushes Fossil-Fuel Investment

    02/07/2014 9:00:58 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    In These Times ^ | February 4, 2014 | Cole Stangler
    The nation’s leading environmental groups are digging their heels in the sand by rejecting President Obama’s “all-of-the above” domestic energy strategy—which calls for pursuing renewable energy sources like wind and solar, but simultaneously expanding oil and gas production. But it appears the AFL-CIO, the nation’s largest labor federation, won’t be taking environmentalists’ side in this fight, despite moves toward labor-environmentalist cooperation in recent years. On a recent conference call with reporters, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka endorsed two initiatives reviled by green groups: the Keystone XL pipeline and new natural gas export terminals. “There’s no environmental reason that [the pipeline] can’t...
  • House Votes to Aid Drilling in Weeklong GOP Offensive on Obama’s Energy Policy

    11/21/2013 8:45:57 AM PST · by rktman
    PJMedia ^ | 11/20/2013 | Bill Straub
    The House has passed a measure streamlining the process for energy drilling on public lands while also requiring an increase in the number of lease sales in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska. In a 228-192 vote mostly along party lines, the lower chamber approved the Federal Lands Jobs and Energy Security Act, sponsored by Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.), which deems any request to drill on federal lands to be approved if the secretary of the Department of Interior fails to act within 60 days of its receipt. The bill further requires the secretary to establish a federal permit streamlining...
  • Raul Grijalva Tries to Block Energy Exploration During Shutdown

    10/07/2013 4:01:37 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 33 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | October 7, 2013 | Lachlan Markay
    A Democratic member of Congress is using the government shutdown to pressure the Department of the Interior to prohibit oil and gas exploration on federal land. Energy companies should not be able to use federal lands if those lands are closed to hikers and campers, according to Rep. Raul Grijalva (D., Ariz.), the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Grijalva started an online petition to demand that Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack “stop mining [on] public lands while visitors are locked out.” “Fossil fuel and logging companies shouldn’t have special access to our federal lands while...
  • (EU climate commissioner) Hedegaard urges development banks to divest from fossil fuels

    07/14/2013 8:31:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 09 July 2013 | Arthur Neslen
    Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard has called for development banks with a combined annual lending pot of €130 billion ($170 billion) to end support for fossil fuels in their energy lending policy reviews. “I am particularly keen to see three international financial institutions—the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the World Bank—join with their EU and OECD partners to take a lead role in eliminating public support for fossil fuels,” she said in the foreword to a report on bank lending policies in the Western Balkans, published on 25 June. Although all three banks...
  • Oil Brings us to a Better Place

    06/15/2013 5:25:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 15, 2013 | Caroline Glick
    By all accounts, Shai Agassi, the founder and CEO of Better Place, Israel's bankrupt electric car company, is an extremely charismatic man. His charm had politicians, venture capitalists, celebrities and non-automotive industry reporters slobbering over him. Everyone wanted to get their picture taken with the man who would transform Israel's auto industry into the first electric powered industry in the world and transform the start-up nation into the transportation hothouse for the world. Agassi's vision was simple and easy to understand. By 2020, half of Israel's cars would be battery powered electric cars supplied by his company, Better Place. We...
  • Coal to challenge oil’s dominance by 2017, says IEA

    12/19/2012 5:07:26 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Manchester Guardian ^ | Tuesday 18 December 2012 06.01 EST | Fiona Harvey
    Coal is likely to rival oil as the world’s biggest source of energy in the next five years, with potentially disastrous consequences for the climate, according to the world's leading authority on energy economics. One of the biggest factors behind the rise in coal use has been the massive increase in the use of shale gas in the US. Coal consumption is increasing all over the world—even in countries and regions with carbon-cutting targets—except the US, where shale gas has displaced coal, shows new research from the International Energy Agency (IEA). The decline of the fuel in the US has...
  • Argentina's YPF oil company runs empty on US tour

    09/28/2012 11:30:17 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | September 28, 2012
    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Argentina's state-controlled oil company has finished a U.S. and European tour with no new investors to show for it. YPF President Miguel Galuccio had 40 meetings with 70 businesses and investors in Los Angeles, Boston, New York and London, inviting them to help develop the world's third-largest reserves of shale oil and natural gas. ......Argentina is sitting on a fossil fuel fortune, but needs billions of dollars to produce it, and major oil companies have yet to commit. Analysts blame the government's heavy hand in the market and Grupo Repsol's threat to sue any partner for...
  • Fossil Fuels. When are we going to stop using this false description of anaerobic oil?

    06/04/2012 10:05:51 AM PDT · by jongaltsr · 93 replies
    General Knowledge verses historical (mis-knowledge)
    How long are we going to continue referring to oil as Fossil fuel when we have known for many (Many) years that oil as we know it comes not from Dinosaurs etc but rather from "other" organic materials such as "trees" etc. Animals that die (including dinosaurs) do not leave a trace of "oil" when they die. They putrefy, dehydrate and turn to dust, leaving only their bones to be discovered later on. Yes there are fossils in the La Brea Tar Pits and many other such surface Tar Pits around the world but that is because animals fell in...
  • The Truth about Fracking

    03/12/2012 2:48:59 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies · 1+ views
    The National Review ^ | March 12, 2012 | Kevin D. Williamson
    In the middle-of-frackin’-nowhere Pennsylvania,.... ....Everybody here has a three-day beard and a hardhat and steel-toed work boots, but there’s a strong whiff of chess club and Science Olympiad in the air, young men who are no strangers to the pocket protector, who in adolescence discovered an unusual facility for fluid dynamics and now are beavering away at mind-clutchingly complex technical problems, one of which is how to get a 150-foot-tall tower of machinery from A to B without taking it apart and trucking it (solution: add feet). That giant robot may walk, but it isn’t too fast: It can take...
  • Presto! Expensive (and subsidized) electric car turns into a useless brick

    02/24/2012 11:24:32 AM PST · by landsbaum · 32 replies
    We’ve noted many times how those costly electric cars (even after factoring in taxpayer subsidies for manufacturers, sellers and buyers) are hugely reliant on cheap fossil fuel. How else do you think they get the electricity they run on? Windmills? And this cartoon pretty much sums up the absurdity of that predicament: . . .
  • India Believes Solar Power Will be Cost Effective with Fossil Fuels in Five Years

    12/13/2011 10:03:56 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 11 replies
    oilprice.com ^ | 13/12/2011 | John C.K. Daly
    Economic South Asian superpower India has firmly embraced solar power, advancing the target date by five years for selling solar-generated electricity at the same rate as electricity generated by fossil fuel plants, from 2022 to 2017. According to government officials, the reason for moving the date forward is plummeting tariffs in the latest solar development projects, a trend that they believe is likely to continue. Ministry of New and Renewable Energy Joint Secretary Tarun Kapoor said, "The prices will come down further next year and will continue to fall. Earlier, our aim was that solar power will achieve grid-parity by...
  • EDITORIAL: The solar swindle

    09/27/2011 5:55:01 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 27, 2011 | Editorial
    Subsidies are the only thing green about the Solyndra scandalThe O Force has been running up America’s credit card by doling out cash to energy firms claiming to be green. Bosses at solar panel manufacturer Solyndra are busy taking the Fifth, and Obama administration officials are pleading ignorance over how an unsustainable enterprise was able to bag $535 million in taxpayer loot. In the coming days, Congress is likely to get to the bottom of exactly who knew what and when. There’s more to come with this scandal, but for now, one conclusion is clear already: You can’t outsmart the...
  • A good piece on what Fukushima means for the global-warming crowd(death of AGW agitation?)

    06/22/2011 10:47:13 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies
    Paul Mulshine ^ | 06/22/11
    A good piece on what Fukushima means for the global-warming crowd Published: Wednesday, June 22, 2011, 1:32 PM Updated: Wednesday, June 22, 2011, 1:55 PM By Paul Mulshine/The Star Ledger It's here on the freakonomics blog. What I like about this crowd is that they follow the data wherever it leads them. In this forum on the aftermath of Fukushima, it leads to the conclusion by most of the experts that the abandonment of nuclear power will mean a lot more carbon dioxide pumped into the atmosphere. The first comment gives a good analysis: /snip These guys don't proceed to...
  • Israel as Fossil-Fuel Giant: How Many Ways Could This Change the Game?

    10/25/2010 2:14:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/25/10 | Judith Levy
    A preliminary geological survey has indicated that there might be about 26 million barrels of recoverable oil a mile under the sand near two kibbutzim in the northern Negev. That would amount to about $2 billion at current prices. There might be 12 million additional barrels further down. This news comes a day after drilling began on the Leviathan, a record-setting exploratory well in a massive natural-gas field off the coast of Haifa. The area is thought to contain 16 trillion cubic feet of gas, and it might also contain oil.
  • Oil: The Real Green Fuel (It's counter-intuitive, but oil is greener than “green” fuels)

    06/16/2010 6:31:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies · 945+ views
    National Review ^ | 06/16/2010 | Jonah Goldberg
    It’s counterintuitive, but oil is greener than “green” fuels, and the oil spill doesn’t change that fact. A rolling “dead zone” off the Gulf of Mexico is killing sea life and destroying livelihoods. Recent estimates put the blob at nearly the size of New Jersey. Alas, I’m not talking about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. As terrible as that catastrophe is, such accidents have occurred in U.S. waters only about once every 40 years (and globally about once every 20 years). I’m talking about the dead zone largely caused by fertilizer runoff from American farms along the Mississippi and Atchafalaya...
  • Fossil Fuel Producers Stepping up the Fight Against Renewable Energy Sources

    03/03/2010 4:03:07 PM PST · by Faketan · 24 replies · 538+ views
    OilPrice.com ^ | 03/03/2010 | Darrell Delamaide
    A fight brewing over the allocation of costs for transmission lines to connect wind and solar power plants to end users is the latest sign that fossil-fuel electricity producers are stepping up the fight against renewable energy sources. A coalition of 10 big utilities this week announced it would oppose provisions in Senate bill 1462 that gives the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission authority to broadly allocate costs for long-distance transmission lines linking power sources to power users. The industry coalition maintains that only those who benefit from the new lines should be obliged to pay for them. Or, putting it...
  • Power To Spare (Palin vs. Biden on energy)

    11/05/2009 4:53:14 PM PST · by raptor22 · 3 replies · 702+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 5, 2009 | IBD editorial staff
    Leadership: As Palin jousts with Biden on energy independence, the government reports that we lead the world in energy reserves. From oil to gas to coal, we are sitting on prosperity. So why are we importing anything? One of the interesting sidelights of the NY-23 race was an exchange on energy independence between Vice President Joe Biden and the former governor of energy-rich Alaska, Sarah Palin. Biden, who came in to campaign for Democrat Bill Owens, was reminded of the issue of energy. "The fact of the matter is that Sarah Palin thinks the answer to energy was 'Drill, baby,...
  • Shifting Oil Sands

    09/01/2009 5:03:45 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies · 1,027+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 1, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Energy: We balk at importing "dirty" oil from Canada, but others aren't so reluctant. Exempt as a "developing" nation from Kyoto-like agreements, China has decided to help Canada develop its energy-rich oil sands.The Financial Post reports that PetroChina International Investment Co. has struck a deal to buy a 60% interest in Athabasca Oil Sands Corp.'s McKay River and Dover projects for $1.9 billion. China has been establishing energy beachheads around the world in its quest to keep its growing economy fueled. With possible conflict brewing between Israel and Iran, Beijing recognizes the need for reliable suppliers like Canada in an...
  • The Amazing Story Behind Tho Global Warming Scam

    01/29/2009 7:43:40 AM PST · by rellimpank · 19 replies · 1,551+ views
    KUSI-San Diego ^ | John Coleman
    The key players are now all in place in Washington and in state governments across America to officially label carbon dioxide as a pollutant and enact laws that tax we citizens for our carbon footprints. Only two details stand in the way, the faltering economic times and a dramatic turn toward a colder climate. The last two bitter winters have lead to a rise in public awareness that CO2 is not a pollutant and is not a significant greenhouse gas that is triggering runaway global warming. How did we ever get to this point where bad science is driving big...
  • Dinosaurs Diversified Over Time, Not Suddenly (Wouldn't ALL fossil fuel contain DNA?)

    08/02/2008 11:40:34 PM PDT · by Libloather · 102 replies · 1,059+ views
    Discovery.com ^ | 7/23/08
    Dinosaurs Diversified Over Time, Not SuddenlyMany Species, Many, Many Years July 23, 2008 The belief that dinosaurs underwent explosive species diversification just before they were wiped out is an illusion, for the beasts' main evolutionary shifts took place millions of years before, a study says. The strange demise of the dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous era some 65 million years ago has given rise to a popular view that almost has the tinge of Greek tragedy. Just as the rulers of the Earth had reached their evolutionary zenith, a catastrophic event -- possibly a space rock that slammed...
  • Natural Gas Rush in Northeast Opposed!!

    06/07/2008 3:59:05 AM PDT · by finnsheep · 55 replies · 357+ views
    The Marcellus Shale play is the latest huge thing in natural gas, considered by some to be a "super giant" gas field. Read more here http://www.petroleumnews.com/pntruncate/246893563.shtml The edge of the Marcellus Shale in Northeast PA and NY is about 100 miles from NYC, which means the gas needs only a very short trip by pipeline to the major metropolitan centers. Natural gas is the cleanest of the fossil fuels and also is a source for hydrogen for hydrogen powered vehicles. So here are a bunch of "concerned citizens" planning to oppose it with all their might. "The Damascus group has...
  • Titan Has More Oil Than Earth

    02/14/2008 9:35:37 AM PST · by Magnum44 · 25 replies · 214+ views
    Space.com ^ | 13 February 2008 | Staff
    Saturn's smoggy moon Titan has hundreds of times more natural gas and other liquid hydrocarbons than all the known oil and natural gas reserves on Earth, scientists said today....
  • A CEO With A Spine

    04/03/2007 5:16:33 PM PDT · by rellimpank · 32 replies · 982+ views
    New York Sun ^ | 3 Apr 07 | ALICIA COLON
    The New York Coal Trade Association, headquartered in New York City, recently held its 94th annual banquet and meeting at the New York Hilton. One of the guest speakers was Bob Murray, founder and CEO of Murray Energy Corporation and probably one of the few CEOs brave enough to challenge the militant climate control movement that threatens the future of America's economy. In his speech, he dared to say that he regards Al Gore as the shaman of global doom and gloom. He is not joking when he says, "He is more dangerous than his global warming."
  • The Oil Glut At The End Of The Universe

    09/01/2006 3:01:17 AM PDT · by Texas Jack · 21 replies · 1,552+ views
    Professor of Physics, MIT, Russel Seitz ^ | August 30, 2006 | Russell Seitz
    Last Gas Before Pluto The Hydrocarbon Lakes of Titan - Courtesy of the European Space Agency The Oil Glut At The End Of The Universe By Russell Seitz The Rolling Stones are not alone. This summer’s nostalgia binge includes The Beachboys and the return to TV of Paul Ehrlich, of population bomb’ fame . At the height of the last ‘energy crisis’, the great Neomalthusian sage predicted that Mick Jagger’s 40th birthday party would be attended by global starvation and the implosion of natural gas supplies . No such luck, so Ehrlich recently turned to joining Al Gore in...
  • Greenpeace urges ADB to stop funding fossil fuel projects

    05/03/2006 9:27:37 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 153+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 5/3/06 | AFP
    HYDERABAD, India (AFP) - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) can boost the fight against climate change by curbing funds for fossil fuel projects and supporting renewable energy, environmental watchdog Greenpeace International says. In a report titled "Irrelevance or Leadership," Greenpeace said if the ADB continued to fund coal-based projects it could fail in its mission to reduce poverty and promote development. "The main cause of climate change is our reliance on fossil fuels -- coal, oil and gas -- to produce energy and the solution is to shift to clean, renewable energy such as biomass, geothermal power plants and wind...
  • Cheap Hydrogen Fuel: GE says its new machine could make the hydrogen economy affordable ...

    03/09/2006 7:45:38 AM PST · by aculeus · 312 replies · 4,427+ views
    Technology Review ^ | March 9, 2006 | By David Talbot
    GE says its new machine could make the hydrogen economy affordable, by slashing the cost of water-splitting technology. Among the many daunting challenges to replacing fossil fuels with hydrogen is how to make hydrogen cheaply in ways that don't pollute the environment. Splitting water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen using electricity from energy sources such as wind turbines is one possibility -- but it's still far too expensive to be widely practical. Now researchers at GE say they've come up with a less expensive, easy-to-manufacture apparatus that can directly produce hydrogen via electrolysis for about $3 per kilogram -- a...
  • Oil's Slippery Slope (Several signs point to fossil fuel going the way of the dinosaur)

    02/28/2006 9:15:59 AM PST · by SirLinksalot · 103 replies · 2,212+ views
    Smart Money ^ | 02/10/2006 | Donald Luskin
    Oil's Slippery Slope By Donald Luskin February 10, 2006 DAYS AFTER HURRICANE KATRINA struck the Gulf Coast and sent energy prices skyrocketing, I called the top in oil1. A month later, just after Hurricane Rita hit, I called the top in natural gas2. I stand by both calls. Last month, crude oil tried to rally back to the post-Katrina highs, but failed without even penetrating the $70/barrel level. For an essential commodity that we're supposedly running out of, this is pretty poor performance. Natural gas did trade higher last December than when I made my top call, but by...
  • 'Fossil fuel' theory takes hit with NASA finding

    12/02/2005 7:00:55 PM PST · by seastay · 150 replies · 4,759+ views
    worldnetdaily ^ | December 1, 2005
    New study shows methane on Saturn's moon Titan not biological NASA scientists are about to publish conclusive studies showing abundant methane of a non-biologic nature is found on Saturn's giant moon Titan, a finding that validates a new book's contention that oil is not a fossil fuel. "We have determined that Titan's methane is not of biologic origin," reports Hasso Niemann of the Goddard Space Flight Center, a principal NASA investigator responsible for the Gas Chromatograph Mass Spectrometer aboard the Cassini-Huygens probe that landed on Titan Jan. 14. Niemann concludes the methane "must be replenished by geologic processes on Titan,...
  • Dire Future if Fossil Fuel Use Not Curbed, Scientists Say

    11/02/2005 9:30:03 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 366+ views
    LiveScience.com on yahoo ^ | 11/02/05 | LiveScience Staff
    If humans don't curb use of fossil fuels, the planet will warm 14.5 degrees Fahrenheit by the year 2300. The polar ice caps will disappear and oceans will rise 23 feet (7 meters). That's the conclusion of climate simulations released today by scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. At the poles, the average temperature would rise more than 36 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius), the model predicts. "The temperature estimate is actually conservative because the model didn't take into consideration changing land use such as deforestation and build out of cities into outlying wilderness areas," said Govindasamy Bala of...
  • The Promise of Pond Scum Who needs oil or coal or gas when the world is full of plain old algae?

    10/17/2005 8:36:23 AM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 6 replies · 682+ views
    Discover Magazine ^ | October 2005 | Michael Robbins
    A merica’s gluttonous demand for energy shows no signs of abating anytime soon. We burn through 20 million barrels of oil per day and are projected to use 28.3 million barrels per day by 2025. In order to meet that demand, Department of Energy analysts estimate that we’ll need to double the amount of oil we import. And that is just the appetizer. Spencer Abraham, who served as Secretary of Energy during President George W. Bush’s first term, has blithely predicted that America’s growing electric power needs can be met only if we build between 1,300 and 1,900 new power...
  • Bush Will Push Nuclear Power As Clean, 'Renewable' Energy

    01/12/2005 5:33:11 AM PST · by Brilliant · 77 replies · 1,178+ views
    THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ^ | January 12, 2005 | JOHN J. FIALKA
    President Bush says the nation needs advanced nuclear-power plants, calling them a clean, "renewable" energy source for the future... New Mexico Republican Pete V. Domenici... said he welcomed Mr. Bush's remarks. "Without any question," he said, the long-term electricity-generating alternative to the nation's dwindling supplies of natural gas "will have to be nuclear power. If America is afraid of it, the world will use" advanced nuclear technology. Sen. Domenici is expected to offer an energy bill that will include financial incentives for the first new nuclear-power plants. Nuclear power now supplies 20% of the nation's electricity, according to the U.S....
  • How utilities can save America from its oil addiction

    01/02/2005 8:45:28 PM PST · by ddtorque · 37 replies · 731+ views
    Every American president since Richard Nixon has promised to reduce America's demand for oil while investing in new energy sources. Largely due to lack of political will, all have failed. Rather than a sustained, comprehensive effort to reduce demand for oil, America's energy plan has never been much more than a compendium of subsidies and tax breaks playing to the interests of various lobbies. Of all the sectors demanding oil the transportation sector is by far the fastest growing energy consumer. In the next twenty years energy demand for transportation is projected to grow 55%, double the projected growth of...
  • Environmentalism without Hypocrisy

    10/18/2002 2:37:46 PM PDT · by traditio · 2 replies · 284+ views
    Festina Lente ^ | Jonathan David Carson, Ph.D.
    That secular/New Age environmentalists are untroubled by the natural destruction of the environment and animal rights activists are moved only by human cruelty suggests that environmentalists are less interested in conserving the environment than in destroying the works of man and that animal rights activists are motivated more by hatred of people than love of animals.