Category Archives: Energy

Solyndra Loan Program Turning a Profit for Taxpayers

The same program that funded Solyndra, the great non-scandal of yore, is now turning a profit for the federal government and taxpayers. via Bloomberg The U.S. government expects to earn $5 billion to $6 billion from the renewable-energy loan program … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Water Contaminated At Least 243 Times by Fracking

Following years of filing lawsuits and open-records requests, the Associated Press has learned that water wells in Pennsylvania have been contaminated at least 243 times. I say ‘at least’ because the state Department of Environmental Protection cannot be sure that … Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading

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Solving the Climate Crisis is Clearly Too Hard, So Here Comes the Climate Adaptation Industry

It’s difficult to resist the instinct to feel utterly hopeless and cynical about the climate crisis. We’re in it now, and a frustrating lack of political will mixed with public apathy or denial has completely stymied what should’ve otherwise happened … Continue reading
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Al Gore Tells It Like It Is

In an interview published in Politico Magazine this past week, former President Vice President Al Gore talked about the challenges of making climate change the cause of our generation in the context of unprecedented amounts of money in politics, and … Continue reading
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Washington Post Editorial Board Prints Absurd Keystone XL Rant

After the Obama administration announced a couple Fridays ago that we are postponing the decision on the construction of the proposed 1,100-mile Keystone XL pipeline, which would stretch across the country– from exploited Canadian tar sands to outdated refineries in Texas– … Continue reading
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Posted in Alternative Energy, Corporate Crime, Energy, Environment, Oil Spill, Republican Party, The Media, Wingnuts | Tagged , , , , | 5 Comments

Freedom is Charging People Who Generate Their Own Power

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin is on a roll. After signing a bill into law that prohibits cities from passing their own minimum wage laws, she is expected to sign a bill that will charge a monthly fee for generating your … Continue reading
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The GOP Tries and Fails to Pander to Hipster Millennials

A few months ago, the GOP had a lot of fun at the expense of an ill-conceived Healthcare.gov web advertisement featuring a pajamas-clad, irony-embracing, man-child Millennial hipster, smirking and sipping hot cocoa. I’ll be the first to admit that the … Continue reading
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Rand Paul: Help Ukraine by Drilling Everywhere

When Paul Ryan originally made this argument I said it would become an official meme by the end of the week. It looks like I was more or less correct if not off by one day. via ThinkProgress Sen. Rand … Continue reading
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This Is What Freedom Looks Like

Here comes the sun… “Take 300,000 computer-controlled mirrors, each 7 feet high and 10 feet wide. Control them with computers to focus the Sun’s light to the top of 459-foot towers, where water is turned into steam to power turbines…” … Continue reading
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Keystone XL Is More Than Just A Larger Carbon Footprint

Polluters are still rejoicing after the State Department issued its final impact assessment in determining whether or not we move forward into the past with the expansion of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would “carry heavy oil from Canada’s tar … Continue reading
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West Virginians Can’t Drink Their Water

A significant portion of West Virginia has been advised not to drink tap water, brush their teeth, or shower because their water is probably contaminated with 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol (MCHM). Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin declared a state of emergency as more … Continue reading
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Important Business

While the adults are considering other matters of relative importance, Representatives Jeff Duncan and Ted Poe are focused on what’s truly paramount; bringing back incandescent light bulbs. Duncan’s bill, H.R. 3818, would repeal the entire section of the 2007 ban … Continue reading
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Your Morning Derp

While speaking to a smattering of lobbyists and astrotruf-ees holding signs that read “Obama hates coal miners,” Senator Rand Paul decried “Hollywood liberals” and their American-made electric cars. “Are any of you Hollywood liberals?” Paul asked to a riled-up crowd … Continue reading
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300 Oil Spills, 750 “incidents” Unreported in North Dakota

According to the Associated Press, at least 300 oil spills and 750 “oil field incidents” have occurred in North Dakota since January of last year and none of them were reported to the public. The only reason we know about … Continue reading
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The Future of Battery Technology: Carbon Super-Supercapacitors

Oh yes. This will especially revolutionize electric vehicles:

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World Bank: Stop “Silly Arguments” Over Climate Change

While the United States is still home to an untold number of Climate Change deniers and skeptics, the president of the World Bank is convinced. A draft working group report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change due Sept. 27 … Continue reading
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EPA Announces Carbon Limits

Good news — the EPA has announced limits on the amount of carbon new power plants are allowed to emit. On Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency announced updated draft rules setting a limit on the amount of carbon dioxide that … Continue reading
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Radioactive Tuna Report Debunked

Via ThinkProgress: The team reported that a 7-ounce, restaurant-size serving of Pacific bluefin tuna contaminated with cesium at the level recorded in fish caught off the coast of San Diego in August 2011 delivered a 7.7 nanosievert dose of radiation … Continue reading
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Meanwhile, California Is On Fire

Covering an area over 200 square miles, with containment estimates ranging between 2-7 percent, nearly 3,000 firefighters are battling fires egged on by harsh, dry winds on the rim of California’s Yosemite region, destroying over 106,000 acres of wildlife habitat, … Continue reading
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Fukushima Radiation Leaking Into Pacific at an Alarming Rate

The Nation: TEPCO still has no sufficient explanation for when the leaks began or why it waited until after the election to reveal them. Its assurances that the contamination is staying within the seawalls of the harbor are less convincing … Continue reading
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