Friday September 4, 2015

Archive for the ‘Energy’ Category

EPA knew of ‘blowout’ risk for tainted water at mine

Internal documents just released show managers at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency were aware of the potential for a catastrophic "blowout" at an abandoned mine that could release "large volumes" of wastewater laced with toxic heavy metals.  More…

EPA cleanup costs will be between $20 and $54 billion

The Gold King delay illustrates a problem dwarfing the 3 million-gallon waste plume accidentally released by contractors working for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: There are about 500,000 abandoned mines nationwide, and only a fraction have been dealt with, despite decades of effort. EPA has estimated the cost of cleaning up abandoned mines nationwide, not including coal mines, at between $20 billion and $54 billion.  More…

Federal Buildings In SoCal Caught Wasting Water

While all Californians are under mandatory water restrictions, CBS2 News cameras went undercover and found some federal facilities wasting water for hours at a time. And government workers weren’t happy with the investigation. “Can you shut that off? Or I’m going to have to confiscate your cameras,” Lina Satele of the VA Public Affairs Office said.  More…

Oregon launches program to tax drivers by the mile

Oregon’s Department of Transportation has been working on OReGO – the first pay-by-the-mile program in the U.S. – for 15 years as a way to eventually replace the gas tax, which has been flat due to an influx of high mileage vehicles and people driving less.  More…

Air Force confirms success of terrifying new weapon

From Ocean’s Eleven to Star Trek, weapons that wipe out enemy electronics are a staple of science fiction films. For years, scientists have been attempting to create such a weapon. Now, the US Air Force claims it has advanced the technology, and says it can deploy it using the stealthy Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range (JASSM) to knock out the command, control, and communication of an entire building.  More…

Oregon to test pay-per-mile idea as replacement for gas tax. Tree huggers outraged

Oregon is about to embark on a first-in-the-nation program that aims to charge car owners not for the fuel they use, but for the miles they drive. Some electric and hybrid car owners, however, say the new tax would be unfair to them and would discourage purchasing of green vehicles. Oregon lawmakers say that state and private vendors will destroy records of GPS locations and daily metered use after 30 days.  More…

US running out of room to store oil; price collapse next?

The U.S. has so much crude that it is running out of places to put it, and that could drive oil and gasoline prices even lower in the coming months. For the past seven weeks, the United States has been producing and importing an average of 1 million more barrels of oil every day than it is consuming. That extra crude is flowing into storage tanks.  More…

Summer ice cap is thicker despite Al Gore’s prediction it would be ice free by now

The speech by former US Vice-President Al Gore was apocalyptic. ‘The North Polar ice cap is falling off a cliff,’ he said. ‘It could be completely gone seven years from now.’ Those comments came in 2007 as Mr Gore accepted the Nobel Peace Prize for his campaigning on climate change. But seven years after his warning, only his heavy investments in climate change stocks have turned out to be correct.  More…

Google Street View Cars Want to Scan Your City for Gas Leaks

In Boston, Staten Island, and Indianapolis, Google’s cars were equipped with methane sensors, to pinpoint the locations and severities of thousands of natural gas leaks, a chronic problem for many cities. The cars pinpointed the size and locations of several thousands of gas leaks from distribution pipes that snake under the cities’ streets.  More…

The scandal of fiddled global warming data

The US has actually been cooling since the Thirties, the hottest decade on record. Now another example has been uncovered by Steven Goddard’s US blog Real Science, showing how shamelessly manipulated has been one of the world’s most influential climate records, the graph of US surface temperature records published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  More…

Tesla’s market value soars, but some see a bubble

Tesla’s stock value has recently doubled to more than $90 a share. That gives them a total market value of $10.6 billion, greater than that of Italian automaker Fiat, worth less than $8 billion. In the first quarter of this year, Fiat sold 1 million cars and made a $40 million profit. Tesla sold 4,900 cars and lost $53 million – or more than $10,000 per car.  More…

New taxes make electric vehicle owners pay their share

EV buyers have long received a federal tax credit of $7,500, but electric vehicles use the same roads, the same bridges and the same infrastructure as the rest of us. Since they don’t burn gasoline, they’re immune from paying taxes at the pump to fund that infrastructure. That’s going to change.  More…