Real Fiscal Responsibility 5; Carter: Environmental Degradation

By: Sunday September 7, 2014 6:40 pm

This, the fifth post in a series evaluating the fiscal responsibility/irresponsibility of the Governments of the United States (mostly the Congress, the Executive Branch, and the Federal Reserve) by Administration periods, beginning in 1977 to 1981 with the Jimmy Carter period, will cover the performance of the Government on the environment and climate change aspect of “public purpose.” The previous posts discussed some basic definitions and assumptions of the series and evaluated Government performance relating to economic stagnation, living wage full employment, price stability/inflation, implementing universal health care, and educational reform.

 

Rail CEOs to Investors: “Bomb Trains” Safe at Almost Any Speed

By: Wednesday August 13, 2014 5:21 pm

Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF)recently said it would proceed with plans to increase speeds for oil-by-rail unit trains in Devil’s Lake, N.D. to 60MPH from 30 MPH, despite opposition from local officials.

Will Alternative Energy Save Capitalism?

By: Sunday August 10, 2014 4:00 pm

Every time I publish a diary like this one (“Promoting an Effective Discussion: Capitalism Causes Climate Change,” 8/3/14), I get responses from patrons of alternative energy. Solar panels and wind farms will save the Earth, the world-society, and the capitalist system, from the prophesies of doom accompanying abrupt climate change, they imply.

Obama Bombing Iraq to Protect Advisors He Sent in, Prevent Ethnic Killing, Secure US Oil Contracts

By: Friday August 8, 2014 6:59 am

Is this Iraq War III? President Barack Obama has ordered airstrikes in Iraq against ISIS forces officially entering America into the civil war in Iraq. The bombing is supposed to stop an ethnic cleaning campaign of the Yazidis by ISIS and protect military advisors that Obama sent into the country a few months ago. Also at stake are US oil contracts in northern Iraq made between the Kurds and US energy companies though that reason for intervention is not being trumpeted.

Battle Lines Drawn on New Coal Industry Rules

By: Thursday May 29, 2014 11:45 am

Implementing proposed EPA rules could cut carbon emissions from the coal-fired plants by up to 20%. A considerable reduction given how ubiquitous coal is, even in 2014, to America’s energy system. Part of Obama’s plan is reportedly based on a cap-and-trade system that he was unable to pass through Congress.

Sunday Train: Bringing This Oil Tanker to a Halt

By: Sunday December 22, 2013 6:58 pm

Its been said that it takes miles for a fully-loaded super-tanker to come to a stop, because an ordinary stop takes 20 minutes, and even an emergency, or “crash”, stop takes 14 minutes. But that is less than the blink of an eye compared to the time it will take to bring the emissions of CO2 to a stop.

Is Dirty Ethanol Here to Stay?

By: Sunday November 17, 2013 6:10 pm

Demanding that politicians at a very minimum try for “All the Good” in terms of sustainable, renewable energy sources and efficiency gains in our worst energy hogs is far from idealism, at least for all of the twenty and thirty year olds in our electorate, and for those older than that with kids or grandkids. Its pure, pragmatic self-interest.

Canadian Spying Agency Reportedly Engaged in Economic Espionage Against Brazil’s Mines & Energy Ministry

By: Tuesday October 8, 2013 7:15 pm

A Canadian spying agency has apparently targeted Brazil’s Mines and Energy Ministry with a program capable of mapping phone calls, emails and video conferences by those inside the ministry, according to documents from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

The report aired on Brazilian television further suggested Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) sought to develop the Ministry as a target. The goal was to map out the communications as part of a software program named Olympia.

Michael Klare, How to Fry a Planet

By: Sunday August 11, 2013 12:30 pm

Look at it any way you want, and if you’re not a booster of fossil fuels on this overheating planet of ours, it doesn’t look good. Hardly a month passes, it seems, without news about the development of some previously unimaginable way to extract fossil fuels from some thoroughly unexpected place.

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