US economy grinding down, down, down . . .
(Source: US Government EIA Data)
- Did Obama break his promises on economic recovery? (theblaze.com)
- What Recovery? (huffingtonpost.com)
US economy grinding down, down, down . . .
(Source: US Government EIA Data)
Posted in Economics, trade and business, Energy and oil, environment, Europe, global, news, Science, solutions, tagged Electricity pricing, Germany, Photovoltaic system, Solar power on April 9, 2012 | 1 Comment »
If solar power can cut the cost of electricity by 40% in Germany, imagine the possibilities for sunny areas of the world . . .
Oh, the solar power haters are going to love this one—a recent study by Germany’s Institute for Future Energy Systems (IZES), conducted on behalf of of the German Solar Industry Association (BSW-Solar), has found that, on average, solar power has reduced the price of electricity 10% in Germany (on the EPEX exchange). It reduces prices up to 40% in the early afternoon, when electricity demand is peaking and electricity typically costs the most. There’s a visual of that (in German) here:
Posted in Conflict, protest, war, Economics, trade and business, Energy and oil, Harm, pain and hurt, health, Japan, news, tagged Anti-nuclear movement, Japan, Nuclear power, Tokyo on November 21, 2011 | 1 Comment »
|An aerial view from Kyodo shows people attending an anti-nuclear rally at Meiji Park in Tokyo September 19, 2011. Some 60,000 protesters from across Japan including a Nobel-prize-wnning author Kenzaburo Oe, gathered in central Tokyo for an anti-nuclear rally on Monday, urging the Japanese government to cut reliance on atomic power. [Photo/Agencies]|
Posted in Conflict, protest, war, Energy and oil, government, Harm, pain and hurt, news, Oligarchs, tagged Africa, civillians, deception, Libya, Moamer Kadhafi, Muammar al-Gaddafi, NATO, Oligarchs, propaganda, Tripoli, U.S., war on August 28, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
About Libya - Here’s why Obama had to invade Libya (without consulting Congress): Libya has almost no unemployment, the highest GDP in Africa, less than 5% of the population is classified as poor (fewer people living below the poverty datum line than for example in Holland), life expectancy is 75 years (the highest in Africa and 10% above the world average), most Libyan families possess a house and a car. There is free health care and education and a literacy rate of 82%, and worse yet, last year Gadaffi distributed $500 to each man, woman and child (population 6.5 million)–clearly a monster who must be stopped . . . But stealing oil has nothing to do with it, right?
But, in Libya, guess who is being attacked:
Posted in Economics, trade and business, Energy and oil, environment, financial crisis, fraud, global, government, Harm, pain and hurt, health, Leaders, politicians, celebrities, news, rights, U.S., tagged BP, Exchange Stabilization Fund, Libya, Transocean on June 21, 2011 | 1 Comment »
The ever growing list of the outrageous:
Unbelievable! Court Rules US Taxpayers, Not BP Or Transocean, Are Liable For Gulf Oil Spill Clean Up Costs – Once again the courts screw us in favor of a corporation, this time it’s even a foreign corporation. US District court dismissed over 100,000 lawsuits brought against BP And Transocean to pay for oil spill clean up costs and environmental damages caused to the Gulf of Mexico from the BP Gulf Oil Spill. Isolated case? Not really. Check corruption charges against the US Supreme Court– What Justice Clarence Thomas Has Done .
The Truth About Libya - Here’s why Obama had to invade Libya (without consulting Congress): Libya has almost no unemployment, the highest GDP in Africa, less than 5% of the population is classified as poor (fewer people living below the poverty datum line than for example in Holland), life expectancy is 75 years (the highest in Africa and 10% above the world average), most Libyan families possess a house and a car. There is free health care and education and a literacy rate of 82%, and worse yet, last year Gadaffi distributed $500 to each man, woman and child (population 6.5 million)–clearly a monster who must be stopped.
Missing Iraq money may be as much as $18 billion- Iraq reconstruction funds stolen ($18 billion is an amount equal to about $180 from every US household–hope you got your share). See also: Federal Reserve Shipped Billions to Iraq Which Were Then Stolen … Involved in Other Unsavory Activities; and The New York Fed is refusing to tell investigators how many billions of dollars it shipped to Iraq during the early days of the US invasion. (cnbc.com).
Levee near Nebraska’s Cooper nuke plant “about to break” June 20 2011 - Missouri river floods threaten Fukishima-like nuclear plant explosions and fallout. Why? Seems there’s already “problems” with the Spent Fuel Cooling Pool at Nebraska Nuclear Plant. Haven’t heard about this yet? Maybe it’s because: US orders news blackout over crippled Nebraska Nuclear Plant. Meanwhile, FAA has put in place a “no-fly zone” over the area so news reporters can’t take pictures–in fact, over the past week over 40 temporary “no fly zones” have been declared by the FAA.
US nuke regulators weaken safety rules (AP News) – Federal regulators have been working closely with the nuclear power industry to keep the nation’s aging reactors operating within safety standards by repeatedly weakening those standards or simply failing to enforce them. When nuclear plants can’t meet federal safety regulations then regulators just change the safety regulations.
No automatic right to lawyer in US civil cases: court - Yet another legal protection of our personal freedoms being set aside.
NH MAN BURNS SELF AT COURTHOUSE IN PROTEST - Father describes how his family and his life was destroyed by inept “civil servants”–just doin’ their jobs.
The ESF and Its History (Part 1-3) – Three videos about the Fed’s unregulated ESF (Exchange Stabilization Fund) which documents how ESF is used to manipulate markets and other covert operations–why it was created, where the funds come from, how it works, who benefits.
Posted in Conflict, protest, war, Energy and oil, fraud, Harm, pain and hurt, news, U.S., tagged BP, BP Oil Disaster, Corporate Threats, Dead Microbiologists, Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Environment, Gulf Coast of the United States, Gulf of Mexico, Gulf Oil spill, John P. Wheeler III, Toxin Exposure, Water Toxins, Whistleblower on May 7, 2011 | 4 Comments »
May All Nine (9) Rest in Peace:
November 15, 2010 – Chitra Chaunhan, age 33, worked in the USF Center for Biological Defense and Global Health Infectious Disease Research – Found dead in an apparent suicide by cyanide at a Temple Terrace hotel. She leaves behind a husband and a young child.
Posted in Energy and oil, environment, fraud, global, government, Harm, pain and hurt, health, news, Science, U.S., tagged Japan, LHC, Nuclear and radiation accidents, Nuclear power, Radiation, radioactive fallout, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, United States, United States Environmental Protection Agency on May 6, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
The U.S. government has abandoned efforts to monitor elevated levels of radiation that infiltrated the nation’s water and milk in the wake of a nuclear catastrophe in Japan.
It’s all under control.
The abandonment of radiation testing by the feds also comes on the heels of an announcement from a top environmental scientists that food across the entire United States will be affected by the Fukushima nuclear radioactive fallout and an analysis from Japan’s top nuclear expert that reactors 1, 2 and 3 have all suffered a complete nuclear meltdown. (Source)
Posted in Energy and oil, financial crisis, fraud, Leaders, politicians, celebrities, Oligarchs, tagged arrogance, BP, cheating, Chief executive officer, corruption, deception, Deepwater Horizon, fraud, Gulf of Mexico, Les Visible, lies, looting, Macondo Prospect, Mordor, oil spill, Oligarchs, overwhelming, self-serving, Steven L. Newman, The Wall Street Journal, Transocean, Wall Street Journal on April 3, 2011 | 2 Comments »
Transocean Ltd., the company that owns the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that caused immeasurable damage to the Gulf, recently gave its top executives “two thirds of their total possible safety bonuses.”
This was despite the explosion of its oil rig that killed 11 people and spilled over 200 million gallons of toxic oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
Why did execs get “safety” bonuses?
For achieving the “best year in safety performance in our company’s history.”
Posted in Economics, trade and business, Energy and oil, environment, financial crisis, Harm, pain and hurt, health, Japan, news, tagged Benjamin Fulford, Core Cooling System, earthquake, Fukushima Prefecture, HAARP, hydrogen explosion, Japan, Nuclear meltdown, Nuclear power, reactor, Shimoedake volcano, Tokyo Electric Power Company, tsunami, United States Department of Defense, United States Secretary of Defense, William Cohen on March 13, 2011 | 6 Comments »
The Fukushima 1 plant was equipped with 13 diesel back-up generators to power the Emergency Core Cooling System (ECCS), but all of these failed. Battery back-ups are available, but these function only for a few hours. Without the ability to cool the reactor, the outcome is a meltdown, which can occur rapidly after the failure of cooling. Meltdowns may have occurred.
There are 6 reactors at Fukushima 1 and an additional 4 at nearby Fukushima 2. Tokyo Electric (TEPCO) is now indicating that there are cooling problems and dangerous pressure increases at several of these units.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPOC), operator and owner of Fukushima nuclear plants, said early on Sunday that a sixth reactor at the nuclear power plants has lost its ability to cool the reactor core since Friday’s quake. (Source)
There seems to be considerable evidence that we are closer to the beginning of this disaster than to the end, and already it is almost unprecedented in scope.
Here’s a photo essay of what has been, and what will be: http://inmotion.magnumphotos.com/essay/chernobyl . . . a scrapbook of our future, what is about to happen to us:
They can’t hide the radiation reality anymore. Too many people know about it from “alternative sources,” which we have to use because the U.S. government, in a tacit admission they are mass murdering us, refuses to provide the information essential to protecting ourselves from nuclear poisoning. Perhaps there is no protection from it. There was no protection from our criminal government, either, or our criminal education system, or our criminal media system, which rocked us to sleep with their meaningless lullabys while they robbed and killed us. (Source)
There’s more . . .
Posted in Economics, trade and business, Energy and oil, financial crisis, fraud, government, Leaders, politicians, celebrities, U.S., tagged bashing public employees, budget law, corruption, deception, distract attention, economy, Enron, fraud, Governor of Wisconsin, Governor Walker, Koch family, Koch Industries, looting, Oligarchs, politics, power plants, Power station, public utilities, Public utility, Scam in Wisconsin, Scott Walker, self-serving, smokescreen, State ownership, state-owned, Wisconsin on February 22, 2011 | 1 Comment »
Update 2/27/2011: POLICE:State Capitol of Wisconsin: ‘We have been ordered by the legislature to kick you all out at 4:00 today. But we know what’s right from wrong. We will not be kicking anyone out, in fact, we will be sleeping here with you! (understory.ran.org)
A huge upwelling is happening in the heart of humanity and it is an internal thing. It is coming from an unseen place and it can’t be defended against by those seeking to hinder its growth. . . We are awakening and we are seeing that we have a deeply shared common cause. (Source)
Why is Wisconsin Governor Walker leading such a visible attack on Wisconsin’s public employees?
Bashing public employee unions is a smokescreen to hide yet another fat cat scam to grab State assets.
Right now everyone thinks this is about unions and collective bargaining and the rights of the worker. BUT, what Wisconsin Governor Walker really wants is for Democrats to just “compromise” and pass his budget law “as is”–a budget law that authorizes selling off of Wisconsin’s state-owned power plants for pennies on the dollar in closed unsolicitated bids for which there will be no oversight.
It’s Enron-style cronyism all over again.
Here’s how the scam is set up:
1) Koch Brothers get their puppet Governor Walker in power
2) Governor Walker gins up a crisis
3) Democrats and Progressives take the bait and counter-protest on collective bargaining
4) Governor Walker will compromise on collective bargaining if the rest of the budget is passed as is
5) Bill passes, with trojan horse give-a-way to the Koch Brothers nested in
6) Koch Brothers will buy Wisconsin state-owned power plants for pennies on the dollar in closed unsolicitated bids for which there will be no oversight
7) Koch Brothers get the best vertical monopoly in a generation (Source)
Here’s the actual language in Governor Walker’s pending budget law. Read it for yourself. It will authorize him to sell off Wisconsin’s state-owned power utilities for pennies on the dollar, in closed unsolicitated bids, for which there will be no oversight:
Posted in Conflict, protest, war, Economics, trade and business, Energy and oil, global, government, trade, tagged Egypt, political crisis, protests, Suez Canal, Sumed pipeline on January 30, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
You can even see an Interactive Map Of the Egyptian Riots.
What will this new turmoil mean for the USA and the world? With the western-backed governments of Tunisia, Egypt, and possibly Saudi Arabia coming apart next. It’s worth mentioning that the Suez Canal ranks #3 on a the short-list of crucial oil shipping choke points . One often overlooked (by journalists) component of the area is the SUMED pipeline.
The 200-mile long SUMED Pipeline, or Suez-Mediterranean Pipeline provides an alternative to the Suez Canal for those cargos too large to transit the Canal. The pipeline moves crude oil northbound from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea, and is owned by Arab Petroleum Pipeline Co., a joint venture between the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC), Saudi Aramco, Abu Dhabi’s ADNOC, and Kuwaiti companies. Transit through the pipeline declined from approximately 2.3 million bbl/d of crude oil in 2007 to 1.1 million bbl/d in 2009.Closure of the Suez Canal and the SUMED Pipeline would divert tankers around the southern tip of Africa, the Cape of Good Hope, adding 6,000 miles to transit.
Time to get up or hit the snooze button?
As Zbigniew Brzezsinski recently stated in a speech to CFR:
For the first time, in all of human history, mankind is politically awakened. That’s a total new reality … it has not been so for most of human history until the last one hundred years … and in the course of the last one hundred years, the whole world has become politically awakened. And no matter where you go, politics is a matter of social engagement, and most people know what is generally going on..
He also stated that because of a “diversified global leadership” and a “politically awakened” people globally, their plans for a world order are becoming far more difficult to establish.
Posted in Energy and oil, environment, fraud, government, Harm, pain and hurt, health, Mexico, news, U.S., tagged banned, BP, butoxy ethanol, Butoxyethanol, CDC, Corexit, Corexit 9500A, data sheets, dispersant, ecological systems, EPA, Gulf Coast of the United States, Gulf of Mexico, lethal, neurotoxin, oil spill, safety, toxicology, warnings on June 10, 2010 | 7 Comments »
The EPA ordered BP to stop using the Corexit dispersants in the Gulf spill but BP has refused.
BP replied with a justification for using Corexit which the EPA responded to saying BP’s response “lacked sufficient analysis.” .
BP’s latest oil spill response update for June 4th says the total amount of the Corexit dispersant used in the Gulf of Mexico more than 1,021,000 gallons..
EPA and CDC warnings about Corexit
According to the EPA — People working with dispersants are strongly advised to use a half face filter mask or an air-supplied breathing apparatus to protect their noses, throats, and lungs, and they should wear nitrile or PVC gloves, coveralls, boots, and chemical splash goggles to keep dispersants off skin and out of their eyes.
According to the CDC — To prevent harmful respiratory and dermal health effects NIOSH recommends reducing worker exposures to 2-butoxyethanol, petroleum distillates and similar cleaning agents in dispersants.
The active ingredient of the toxic chemical dispersant, Corexit, is a neurotoxin pesticide that is acutely toxic to both human and aquatic life, causes cancer, causes damage to internal organs. Corexit has been banned for use in the UK since 1998 because it can kill off an entire food chain. It is lethal in concentrations as little as 2.6 parts per million.
One scientific study showed that oil dispersed with Corexit is 11 times more lethal than oil alone. A report in the journal Environmental Toxicology concluded that lethality levels in “dispersed oil combinations were significantly more toxic to these organisms than .. crude oil.” A study of snails and amphipods reached exactly the same conclusion. More information on the toxicity of Corexit is available here, here and here.
It makes no sense to allow the use of such a toxic chemical that can “delete” the ecological systems along the Gulf coast.
Some are asking what happens if when hurricane season strews this toxic soup onto people along the Gulf coast? Good question.
It appears that the cleanup is a bigger disaster in the making than the spill itself. (Source)
The complete list of ingredients in Corexit are available on the EPA website at:
The EPA website lists all eight ingredients in Corexit – not just the six revealed by the manufacturer of Corexit, Nalco Company. Prominent among the ingredients is 2-butoxy ethanol. Check out the Material Safety Data Sheet for 2-Butoxy ethanol at:
Just Sayin’ CNN reports that the vast majority of those who worked to clean up the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska are now dead, and that the life expectancy for those who worked to clean up the Exxon Valdez oil spill is about 51 years. Safety gear? BP don’t issue no safety gear. Tie a hanky over your nose and quit worrying about that dispersant stuff.
Test Results: What have we, as a nation, as a body politic, learned from the BP disaster in the Gulf? What have we learned about unfettered and unregulated greed? Or about the role of government in regulating industries? Nothing? Right. Absolutely nothing . But don’t abandon hope; it’s a learning experience and the experience is far from over. (Source)
MSD Sheet on Corexit 9527
MSD Sheet on 2-Butoxyethanol (active ingredient in Corexit 9527)
MSD Sheet on Propylene glycol (active ingredient in Corexit 9500 and 9527)
Toxicological Profile for 2-Butoxyethanol (active ingredient in Corexit 9527)
Toxicological Profile for Propylene Glycol (active ingredient in Corexit 9500 and 9527)
EPA’s Toxicity Testing of Dispersants (Phase 1 & 2)
Reports found on this page:
Questions and Answers on Dispersants Toxicity Testing (PDF) (7pp 16K)
Comparative Toxicity of Eight Oil Dispersant Products on Two Gulf of Mexico Aquatic Test Species, June 30, 2010 (PDF 11pp)
Analysis of Eight Oil Spill Dispersants Using In Vitro Tests for Endocrine and Other Biological Activity, June 30, 2010 (PDF 47pp) | Appendices (PDF
Updated report – September, 2010: Comparative Toxicity of Louisiana Sweet Crude Oil (LSC) and Chemically Dispersed LSC to Two Gulf of Mexico Aquatic Test Species (PDF) (13 pp 121K)
August, 2010: Comparative Toxicity of Louisiana Sweet Crude Oil (LSC) and Chemically Dispersed LSC to Two Gulf of Mexico Aquatic Test Species (PDF)
EPA – Questions and Answers on Dispersants
European Maritime Safety Agency – Inventory of national policies regarding the use of oil spill dispersants in the EU Member States (Nov. 6, 2007)
TOXICITY OF SOUTH LOUISIANA CRUDE OIL, ALASKAN NORTH SLOPE CRUDE OIL AND DISPERSANT COREXIT 9500 TO GULF KILLIFISH, WHITE SHRIMP, AND EASTERN OYSTER (1998)
This graph was prepared for a US Dept. of Energy meeting in spring, 2009. Check these links for more details:
The United States Joint Forces Command forecasts production from presently existing conventional sources will plummet from its present 81 mbpd to 30 mbpd by 2030, a 63% drop in a 20-year period:
The United States Joint Forces Command concludes: of all potential future energy sources, “None of these provide much reason for optimism,” and that, “The discovery rate for new oil and gas fields over the last two decades (with the possible exception of Brazil) provides little reason for optimism that future efforts will find major new fields.” http://www.jfcom.mil/newslink/storyarchive/2010/JOE_2010_o.pdf
The rate of discovery of new conventional oil has been steadily dropping now for 40 years despite ever-more searching with ever-more-sophisticated technology. The lag time between discovery and bringing to full production of a field is 30-40 years, which means that even if there were huge “new oil discoveries” they would barely change the graph above between now and 2030.
A few topics to think about:
In The Long Emergency, James Kunstler writes: “The human race living off the draw-down of non-renewable fossil fuel resources is the equivalent of algae in a pond enjoying a temporary rush of nutrients in one brief session.”
Ed Ayres, the Editorial Director of the World Watch Institute, articulates the problem best: “We face something so outside of our collective experience that we don’t really see it, even in the face of overwhelming evidence.” (Source)
Volunteers have reported that ‘a large number’ of elderly customers are snapping up hardbacks as cheap fuel for their fires and stoves.
Workers at one charity shop in Swansea, in south Wales, described how the most vulnerable shoppers were seeking out thick books such as encyclopaedias for a few pence because they were cheaper than coal. One assistant said: ‘Book burning seems terribly wrong but we have to get rid of unsold stock for pennies and some of the pensioners say the books make ideal slow-burning fuel for fires and stoves. A lot of them buy up large hardback volumes so they can stick them in the fire to last all night.’
A 500g book can sell for as little as 5p, while a 20kg bag of coal costs £5.
Study suggests family planning is one of the lowest-cost ways to reduce CO2.
People may be the problem, but what’s the solution? Although energy use is driven by demographic trends, we don’t seem to have many tools readily at hand for addressing population as a root cause of climate change. But a new study suggests that a simple investment in family planning services might save an enormous amount of carbon emissions at very low cost.
Specifically, the report claims that the world can spare 34 gigatons of CO2 emissions — the amount the entire U.S. produces in six years — over the next four decades at a cost of $7 per ton. According to the report, these reductions can be achieved simply by fulfilling the current “unmet need” for family planning, an ungainly phrase that refers to the population of couples who are married or “in union” and want contraception but lack access.
War and Peace Energy
Today China uses 8 mbd of oil, about 10% of the world’s supply. The US uses some 20 mbd, about 25% of the supply. China has 4 times as many people as the US. If China grows to use half as much oil per person as the US does, it will need 50% of today’s output. For the usual prize, explain how this is going to be resolved peacefully. (Source.)
See the future of automobiles. Check this out:
One question: How do I get a job there?
(Source: Wired.) Agassi reimagined the entire automotive ecosystem by proposing a new concept he called the Electric Recharge Grid Operator. It was an unorthodox mashup of the automotive and mobile phone industries. Instead of gas stations on every corner, the ERGO would blanket a country with a network of “smart” charge spots. Drivers could plug in anywhere, anytime, and would subscribe to a specific plan—unlimited miles, a maximum number of miles each month, or pay as you go—all for less than the equivalent cost for gas. They’d buy their car from the operator, who would offer steep discounts, perhaps even give the cars away. The profit would come from selling electricity—the minutes.
There would be plugs in homes, offices, shopping malls. And when customers couldn’t wait to “fill up,” they’d go to battery exchange stations where they would pull into car-wash-like sheds, and in a few minutes, a hydraulic lift would swap the depleted battery with a fresh one. Drivers wouldn’t pay a penny extra: The ERGO would own the battery.
Agassi envisions a new kind of infrastructure, with ubiquitous charge stations, that is not only simple and logical but potentially profitable, too. No technological breakthroughs were necessary. No new inventions. It was as if he’d discovered a trapdoor beneath both the gasoline industry and the auto industry, a combined $3 trillion market.
AutoOS, the Better Place operating system, would transform the transportation grid. Here’s how.