Friday, June 17, 2011

Permits Issued for AK Oil Drilling, Road Building Blocked

Last May, Obama promised to open more areas to oil drilling off the Alaskan north coast by American oil companies. For years, the area has been off limits over environmental concerns and American companies have yet to begin operations in those newly opened fields of the National Petroleum Reserve even though the Italian oil company, Eni, began drilling in January 2011 and spilled 60 gallons of crude only 10 days after start of operations.

U.S. operations, reports The New York Times, have yet to get underway after obtaining all the necessary drilling permits. According to Mike Pool, deputy director of the Bureau of Land Management, "I think we have everything in place and we have demonstrated that over time. We currently have all the regulations and the authorities we need." So what's holding them up?

House Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings (R-Wash) explained after a trip to NPR-A with Gov. Sean Parnell(R-AK), "Producing oil and natural gas in the NPR-A is pointless if there's no way to get it out of there. The real problem is the federal government's blocking and delaying of permits for necessary roads, bridges and pipelines needed to transport the energy out of the NPR-A."

Like the old Ford Motor Company joke that you can have your car in any color as long as it's black, the Obama administration is telling US oil companies they can drill all the oil they want, but they can't build roads to get to the oil fields. There's always a catch.


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Michelle Obama is Shovel Ready

Oh, my!







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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Why is this News in 21st Century America?

Newt Gingrich compared Muslims to Nazis. That's what he did at the GOP Presidential Debate June 13, 2011.

A Pakistani Muslim immigrates to America, becomes a citizen, builds a car bomb, and tries set it off in Times Square. The bomb fails and he's arrested.
Judge asks, "Why'd you do that?"
Muslim says, "You're my enemy."
Judge says, "But, you took the oath of allegiance."
Muslim says, "I lied."


ABC News




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Movie Review

Super 8 is twice as good as Fantastic Four, but only a little better than Magnificant Seven.



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Green Cars Destroying Planet

A British government study commissioned by the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership found that over the lifetime of the green car plus manufacturing and disposal processes, will produce 2.25 times the tonnage of CO2 than a gasoline powered car.
ELECTRIC cars could produce higher emissions over their lifetimes than petrol equivalents because of the energy consumed in making their batteries, a study has found.

An electric car owner would have to drive at least 129,000km before producing a net saving in CO2. Many electric cars will not travel that far in their lifetime because they typically have a range of less than 145km on a single charge and are unsuitable for long trips. Even those driven 160,000km would save only about a tonne of CO2 over their lifetimes.
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[A] mid-size electric car would produce 23.1 tonnes of CO2 over its lifetime, compared with 24 tonnes for a similar petrol car. Emissions from manufacturing electric cars are at least 50 per cent higher because batteries are made from materials such as lithium, copper and refined silicon, which require much energy to be processed.

Many electric cars are expected to need a replacement battery after a few years. Once the emissions from producing the second battery are added in, the total CO2 from producing an electric car rises to 12.6 tonnes, compared with 5.6 tonnes for a petrol car. Disposal also produces double the emissions because of the energy consumed in recovering and recycling metals in the battery. The study also took into account carbon emitted to generate the grid electricity consumed.

Whoa! That was so unexpected.



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Monday, June 13, 2011

Two Things Vietnam

Forty years to the day after they were leaked by The New York Times, the National Archives is releasing the Pentagon Papers today. The 7000-page report chronicled the deceptions of the Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson administrations to escalate the conflict in Vietnam while misleading Congress, the American public, and our allies leading to America's eventual withdrawal from the war.

With a huge sense of humor, Vietnam called on the US and other nations to help resolve the escalating territorial disputes in the resource-rich South China Sea as tension rose over the weekend between China and Vietnam just ahead of Vietnam's live-fire naval drills 20 miles off the central coast Monday. China does not approve, expressing deep concern.

Supposing America takes the bait, after the first Vietnam and Iraq and Afghanistan being described as Vietnam quagmires, what kind of quagmire would this be?




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