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Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Should Apply to Used Nuclear Fuel

Each year, US nuclear power plants prevent 700 million tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. In order to equal that achievement by reducing emissions from personal automobiles, the owners of 96% of the cars on the road today would have to agree to never drive again. Why then, are so many people in the “Environmental Movement” so firm in their opposition to nuclear power?

August 4th

Is McCain Serious About Cap-and-Trade? Economic Advisor Steve Forbes Doesn’t Think So

Speaking on CNN last week, former GOP presidential candidate and current McCain economic adviser Steve Forbes belittled the likelihood of McCain’s plan to combat climate change actually coming to fruition.When asked about the economic impact of McCain’s proposed cap and trade, Forbes almost scoffed at the idea of such a policy ever actually being taken […]

August 1st

Mean Joe Green #21: Three and a Half Million Mosquitoes!

According to the CIA World Factbook we have 1/22 of the world’s population but use 1/4 of the world’s oil!

The United Nations and the World Health Organization share that the average person in the developing world uses 2.64 gallons of water a day. The average person in the United Kingdom uses 35.66 gallons of water per day…

July 31st

Asstistant Secretary of Energy Andy Karsner Announces Resignation

While Karsner has not given any reason for the resignation, the underlying point is that he resigned from a one-of -a-kind job at a time when there is major political discord about how the U.S. should be moving forward with its energy policy. The news came on the same day that, for the fourth time this summer, Senate Republicans blocked an attempt to extend funding for renewable energy tax credit.

July 31st

Another Reason Not to Drill in ANWR: Sen. Ted Stevens Indicted on Federal Corruption Charges

The longest-serving Republican senator, Ted Stevens of Alaska has been indicted on seven counts of falsely reporting hundreds of thousands of dollars in services he received from an oil services company that helped renovate his home. Not exactly considered a friend of the environment, the 84 year-old senator has been the most vocal supporter of opening up the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas exploration. The indictment alleges a linkage between Stevens and the oil industry that the Senator (and the GOP) prefer not be made.

July 29th

Obama Campaign Seeks to Make Oil Prices Irrelevant

Watching the news is a dangerous enterprise for those of us trying to maintain a clear picture of this election season’s most important issues. Despite all the chatter, it seems relatively obvious that our most fundamental problem is American energy policy, or more specifically: oil prices and our dependence on cheap energy.

If you buy that premise, which I’m prepared to debate elsewhere, then this election should really only be decided by one evaluation criterion: which candidate has a better plan to reduce our oil consumption, replace it with viable alternatives, and spur innovation and commercial development of new technologies (and a new green-collar economy)?

July 28th

Britain: Fuel Costs – Who’s Really to Blame?

The UK government, oil producing countries and oil companies are to blame for high oil prices, according to a recent poll. But taxation is irrelevant to long term oil prices, as prices will inevitably rise as demand outstrips supply. It is in this respect that governments need to face up to the necessity of policies aimed at eliminating dependence on oil.

July 28th

Brazilian Ethanol – Is It More Efficient or Less Mechanized

People who do not work for ADM, Deere, Cargill and Monsanto recognize that the rapidly growing corn ethanol industry is causing some unintended consequences. There has been a “corn rush” with rising prices for land, an increased demand for fertilizers, reduction in crop rotation schemes, and production cost increases for a wide array of food […]

July 28th

Just Another Global Warming Video From 1958

“Even now, man may be unwittingly changing the world’s climate through the waste products of his civilization. Due to our release through factories and automobiles every year, of more than 6 billion tons of carbon dioxide… our atmosphere seems to be getting warmer.” – Dr. Frank C. Baxter (1958)

July 28th