Category Archives: Energy

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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Posted in Energy, Environment | Tagged , , | 12 Comments

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When Paul Ryan originally made this argument I said it would become an official meme by the end of the week.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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Posted in Energy, Foreign Policy, Rand Paul | Tagged , , | 7 Comments

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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Posted in Energy, Environment, Science, Technology | Tagged , , , | 8 Comments

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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Posted in Corporate Crime, Energy, Environment, Ethics, Fracking, Gun Fetishists, Jobs, Oil Spill, Security, The Economy | Tagged , , , , | 8 Comments

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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Posted in Energy, Super Stupid | Tagged , , | 11 Comments

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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Posted in Energy, Environment, Far-right Intellectual Violence, National Parks, Republican Party, Weather, Wingnuts | Tagged , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

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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Quit Coal

Artist – Rob Rogers In other news, Al Jazeera is very popular in the Arab world because most Arabs support the killing of Americans. At least that’s what Fox News tells us. What’s ironic is this claim comes from a … Continue reading
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The White House Finally Restores Solar Panels After Three Decades

President Carter installed solar hot water panels on the rood of the White House. Reagan had them removed as a big fuck you to the left. And now, President Obama has installed new ones. Finally. Now that the tedium of … Continue reading
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Fracking Nuts

A former ExxonMobil Executive V.P. turned community do-gooder, Louis W. Allstadt, discussed the very real dangers of hydraulic fracking in a recent interview, and one of the takeaways was his point about the release of methane gas into the atmosphere- The industry … Continue reading
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Posted in Energy, Environment, Epic Fail, Super Stupid, WTF | Tagged | 3 Comments

Fukushima Radiation Leaking into Pacific Ocean

When I first spotted this story, I thought it was old. I had long ago assumed that radiation was pouring into the ocean. Japan’s nuclear regulator says radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima power plant is probably leaking into the … Continue reading
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Obama’s Climate Speech is a Big Effing Deal

So says Jonathan Cohn: Even so, make sure you pay attention to what President Obama says on Tuesday, when he talks about climate change in a speech at Georgetown University. The announcement Obama makes is likely to be big f***ing … Continue reading
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