Pipelines, Trains & Regulations

by: the Common Constitutionalist

By all accounts, the Keystone XL Pipeline, the line that would transport oil from both Canada and the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota to Texas, is dead.

The Obama administration did a fine job dragging it’s feet, thereby effectively killing the project, or at least the major portion from Canada to Oklahoma.

However TransCanada did complete the southern portion of the pipeline that runs from Cushing, Oklahoma to Nederland, Texas. The company expects to complete a smaller pipeline that will transport oil from Nederland to refineries near Houston later this year.

AP reported that “the $2.3 billion pipeline from Cushing to Texas is the Gulf Coast — or southern portion — of TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline. This shorter leg will begin transporting on average about 300,000 barrels of oil daily and should end the year at an average of about 520,000 barrels, Pourbaix said”.

So where does leave Canada and North Dakota?  The Washington Post wrote in April 2013: “If Keystone is rejected [which is was], the oil will just get transported via other pipelines or by rail. And if that’s true, well, there’s really no point in blocking Keystone, is there?” Good Point, and from the Washington Post. read more

Saudi Prince Fears Fracking

It is worthy paying close attention when a certain Saudi prince speaks his mind.  Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal is sometimes described as the most powerful Arab in the world, thanks to his enormous wealth, business acumen, and influence in the Saudi royal family, which runs the Kingdom as a family fiefdom.  Western-educated, he has shown himself to be an effective power broker, owning a 7% stake in News Corporation and donating $20 million each to Harvard and Georgetown Universities, arousing suspicions of undue influence. read more

Black Hole Discovered

A black hole has been found to be pumping out  of iron and nickel into the universe – spewing out more powerful jets that  scientists first thought.

Black holes usually put out jets of low-mass  particles, thousands of light-years long, into surrounding galaxies.

These jets recycle matter and energy into  space and can affect when and where a galaxy forms stars.

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Black hole
A black hole has been found to be pumping out of iron  and nickel into the universe – spewing out more powerful jets that scientists  first thought. The 4U1630-47 star system is depicted above in an artist’s  illustration, with a large blue star on the right and jets emanating from a  black hole in the center of the disc on the left read more

Power By Kite

 

Underwater kites that bear an uncanny  resemblance to the Starship Enterprise could soon be supplying power to homes  across the world, an American researcher claims.

David Olinger of Worcester Polytechnic  Institute says underwater currents could produce power comparable to multiple  nuclear stations – if engineers can work out how to harness it.

His idea is to use large kites with rigid  wings underwater.

Minesto
Minesto an energy firm is experimenting with the  technology. The tidal energy device developed by Minesto, named Deep Green,  converts energy from tidal stream flows into electricity using a kite with a  turbine read more

A Step Closer to Fusion

Self-sustaining nuclear fusion may be one step closer to reality after scientists in the U.S. have, for the first time, created more fusion energy than that consumed by the fuel to drive the process.

Nuclear fusion, the same process that the sun uses to create energy, could provide the world with much-needed cheap energy.

Scientists estimate that one kilogram of fusion fuel can provide the same amount of energy as 10 million kilograms of fossil fuel.

 
Nuclear fusion
Self-sustaining nuclear fusion may be one step closer to reality after scientists in the U.S. have, for the first time, created more fusion energy than fuel for the process consumed read more

Obama’s “Just Say No” Administration

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

I was flipping through news channels Sunday morning and happened upon MSNBC. Okay, I didn’t just happen upon it for I usually avoid it like the plague, but Fox was discussing some pop-culture nonsense.

 

There was a discussion panel with four liberals and one former George HW Bush progressive consultant. He was both progressive and black, so it was okay.

 

They were discussing Ted Cruz and naturally there was no love in the room. They allowed the “Republican” consultant plenty of time to trash Ted. He (the Republican) said he was more of a Chris Christie Republican. That’s really all you need to know about him.

 

He described Ted Cruz as being a closed tent conservative. How Cruz harkened back to a different era in America and apparently that is never a good thing – to look back, unless of course you’re looking back to FDR or LBJ. The consultant wants the party to be constantly looking “forward”. That’s what good progressives do, don’t you know.

 

One of the libs chimed in saying that Cruz is satisfied to “just say no” to every initiative. That he is only interested in shrinking government. Oh the horror! read more

Keystone Pipeline Postponed…Again

I always thought President Obama’s style of speaking was similar to the way a parent talks when breaking difficult news to a child. He mollifies everything he says by talking around the truth with such artful vagueness that by the end, you’re not sure if he just told you, “Mommy and Daddy aren’t going to be living together anymore,” or, (actual excerpt from one of his speeches): “There are going to be some glitches. No doubt about it. There are going to be things where we say, you know what, we should have thought of that earlier. Or this would work a little bit better. Or this needs an adjustment. You will be able to…find occasions where you say, ah-ha, you know what, that could have been done a little bit better.”

Following his usual course of poorly parenting a young country in the depths of difficult times, Obama has mastered the art of elusively stringing us along with the oldest pacifying “promise” in the book: “We’ll see.

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Green Failure

Business: The CEO of Siemens AG, the German manufacturing giant, has been sent packing. Seems the board had it with his stewardship. Instead of making solid gains, he took the company down a green energy hole.

Peter Loescher was picked from Merck & Co. in May 2007 to lead Siemens out of a troubling time. What they got was an executive who made a bet on a trendy interest and didn’t get the results that were expected of him.

“This weekend,” Bloomberg News reported Monday, the company “lost patience after Loescher’s expansion into green energy and expensive acquisitions led to a fifth profit-forecast cut.”

Loescher was then dismissed on Wednesday.

He can’t say he wasn’t warned. He needed only to look at Spain, where attempts to create a green economy failed miserably.

Researcher Gabriel Calzada Alvarez at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos looked at the Spanish effort and found that for every green job that was created, 2.2 jobs were destroyed. Alvarez also discovered that for each green megawatt of energy brought on line, 5.28 jobs were lost elsewhere in the economy.

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Keystone Could Spark Protests

Environmentalist groups are training activists nationwide to conduct a mass civil disobedience campaign if the State Department recommends approval of the Keystone pipeline.

Three of those groups—CREDO Action, the Rainforest Action Network, and The Other 98%—say they have tens of thousands of supporters who have pledged to partake in the campaign.

“More than 69,000 people have pledged to risk arrest in acts of peaceful, dignified civil disobedience if the State Department issues a draft National Interest Determination (NID) that recommends approval of the Keystone XL pipeline,” CREDO Action said in a Friday email.

The pledge aims to “convince the White House that it will be politically unfeasible to go forward” with Keystone, according to a preface to the pledge on CREDO’s website.

“Our goal is not to get arrested,” CREDO says. “But if [President Barack Obama] shows clear signs he that he is preparing to approve it, we will be ready.”

CREDO said the three groups have organized events in 25 American cities to train activists in conducting protest activities.

“More than 750 people have signed up to lead local actions in their communities and attend the organizer trainings,” the organization wrote.

CREDO and others involved in the effort portray it as a grassroots push against Keystone. But pipeline supporters claim the environmentalist groups organizing the campaign are well-funded “astroturf” organizations.

“Organizers and trainers are all foundation-funded,” said Ron Arnold, executive vice president of the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise and author of EcoTerror: The Violent Agenda to Save Nature.

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