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The Jehoshua Novels


GAO: Climate Change Threatens Energy Infrastructure

Climate Central, By Bobby Magill, March 10

Oil refineries and drilling platforms in the U.S. are vulnerable to sea level rise and greater storm surge. Fuel pipelines, barges, railways and storage tanks are vulnerable to melting permafrost and severe weather. Warming seas and water shortages put nuclear and other electric power plants at risk. Power [...]

Speak the Speech, I Pray You

….Trippingly off the tongue:

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Garbage, Complete and Utter Garbage

According to estimates from the Environmental Protection Agency, in 2011, each person in the United States created a daily average of 4.4 pounds (2.04 kilograms) of solid waste (Garbage) per day, or In 2011, Americans generated about 250 million tons of trash and recycled and composted almost 87 million tons of this material, equivalent to [...]

Just How Badly Do We Need Obama to Step Up On This?

Now our national power grid has become a matter of national security:

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The Schaden, It’s Freezes

Y’know, I should be smirking gently over the things happening in the South.

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U.S. study warns of risks and unknowns in shipment of Alberta oilsands products

Ottawa Citizen (via CP), By Stanley Tromp

VANCOUVER – U.S. scientists are warning that there are environmental risks, regulatory holes and serious unknowns regarding the shipment of Alberta oilsands products by pipeline, rail and tanker.

The findings are in a 153-page report from last September by the emergency response division of the U.S. National Oceanic [...]

Cash offers skyrocket as much as 700% for U.S. landowners resisting Keystone

Canadian Press, By Alexander Panetta

PAGE, Neb. — Cash offers have been skyrocketing, as much as seven-fold, for holdout Nebraska landowners who are willing to sign quickly to allow the Keystone XL pipeline onto their property.

The landowners say they’ve received written offers from pipeline builder TransCanada Corp. in the last few weeks offering exponentially [...]

Neil Young says ‘Canada trading integrity for money’

CBC News

The full interview here (Video)

“Legendary musician Neil Young is mounting a rally cry against “the ugliest environmental disaster” that he has ever seen or “could even comprehend”. In an exclusive interview with Jian Ghomeshi, the storied wanderer offers an unfiltered condemnation of the Alberta oilsands, brushes off his critics, and stands by [...]

The Next Great War

You may or may not be aware, but World War III has already started. We just haven’t gotten caught up in it. Yet.

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Enbridge Northern Gateway’s “charm offensive” ad blitz just plain offensive

Vancouver Observer, By Brenda Gouglas

With just over two months until the Joint Review Panel announces its recommendation on the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines project, Enbridge Northern Gateway has embarked on a new TV, pamphlet, and newspaper advertising blitz in hopes of garnering public support. In newspapers, Enbridge Northern Gateway’s full-page advertisements feature photographs and [...]

Canada PM Won’t Accept US Rejection of Keystone XL

AP, By Rob Gillies

Canada’s prime minister said Thursday he “won’t take no for an answer” if the Obama administration rejects the controversial Keystone XL pipeline to the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper addressed the Keystone XL project, a flashpoint in the debate over climate change, during a visit to New York City. [...]

Norway abandons Mongstad carbon capture plans

BBC, September 20

The outgoing government in Norway has buried [ar, ar!] much-vaunted plans to capture carbon dioxide and store it underground amid mounting costs and delays.

The oil and energy ministry said the development of full-scale carbon dioxide capture at Mongstad oil refinery had been discontinued.

It said it remained committed to research into [...]

Fukushima–crisis not averted

Here’s an article describing the unfolding nuclear disaster in Japan.

The crisis is not over, not by a long shot.

Tip of the hat to Michael Ruppert.

Protesters arrested at Somerset, Mass. coal-fired plant

NECN/AP, July 28

Somerset, MA – Dozens of climate activists were arrested Sunday at a rally protesting a coal-fired power plant in Somerset.

Forty-four protesters demanding cleaner, alternative fuel sources were arrested at the Brayton Point Power Station and charged with trespassing.

Up to 400 activists from across New England and the Northeast gathered at [...]

Huge increase in earthquakes since 2010 in central-eastern U.S.

U.S National Seismic Hazard Map – Click here for larger image

The United Sates Geological Survey just published an article on the huge increase in earthquakes of 3.0> in the central and eastern United States. Earthquakes of 3.0> increased from a steady average of 21 per year to 100 per year since 2010. The [...]