Denver Post: Colorado Supreme Court rules state law trumps local bans on fracking.
I have to imagine those who approve of this measure, have never even visited a fracking area. They’ve not experienced the smell, the noise, the devastation. Or understood the fact that your average fracking well produces for a very limited number of years. Half-life is two years - with multiple ‘frackings’ during that time. Noise, stench, effluence. Hence the huge land-grab - they need acres and acres of new land. The industry wants to destroy as much landscape as possible for their bottom line - and taxpayers will end up on the hook for cleanup and remediation. Keep up the fight, people.
SF New Mexican: Land commissioner slams attempt to create two new wilderness areas.
With the huge drop in oil and gas revenues, beggaring the state’s coffers, it may be a harder sell than they think. [I’m always for more protected lands.]
Farmington Daily Times: San Juan County earns failing marks for ozone.
As I’ve mentioned many a time, it is a terrible shame scent cannot be broadcast. If so, you would understand why the oil and gas areas are worst. You know, amazing things might happen if we had a way to share smells across long distances. I wonder if anyone’s working on such a device.
DJ: ‘All Belgians to get iodine pills’ in case of nuclear accident.
“The reactor pressure vessels at both sites have shown signs of metal degradation, raising fears about their safety. They were temporarily closed but resumed service last December.” Show some sense. Close ‘em down.
SciAm: Many More Republicans Now Believe in Climate Change.
“Forty-seven percent of conservatives now say the climate is changing, a leap of 19 points since the midterm elections of 2014.” Repeat after me: Solar. Solar. Solar.
Atlas Obscura: The Epic Century-Long English Battle to Rid Itself of American Squirrels.
Excuse me if I remind our Brit friends that they gifted us with overabundant English sparrows and starlings (to name just a couple of invasives).
Atlas Obscura: For Sale - Solar Panels at IKEA.
“There is no word as to whether IKEA will bring their solar initiative to the United States or elsewhere, but there is no telling how much energy costs could be lowered by creating solar powered bachelor pads the world over.” As I’ve highlighted before, if you cannot afford a whole-house makeover, a room-at-a-time is less costly in the short term (though more expensive in the long run).
NY Times: U.S.-Mexico Teamwork Where the Rio Grande Is but a Ribbon.
Oh, I remember the river-choking effects of cane down on the Rio. Try clambering back through it after swimming to Mexico ...
OilPrice: Why Are Bankrupt Oil Companies Still Pumping?
“Fracked wells usually start to see a significant decline in production after about two years of operations.” When prices start climbing back up, we’ll be back on the defensive again. Fracking is all about ‘new blood’ ... read, ‘pristine lands’.
Guardian.UK: Zero-waste bloggers - the millennials who can fit a year’s worth of trash in a jar.
Makes you think twice about what you’re doing daily (hourly) (minutely).
Breaking Energy: New Study, Continuing Problems With E15.
ExposingTruth: New UN report finds almost no industry profitable if enviro costs were included.
NOAA/Climate.gov: April 2016 El Niño/La Niña update - What goes up …
If El Niño was so unusually unproductive, I fear how hot La Niña is going to end up being next year ...
Mashable: IKEA rides into flat pack transportation with its own bicycle.
What’s not to like? Belt drive and a usable centerstand/kickstand. Well thought out. Put the heavy stuff on the back, though. Never overweight your turning wheel (personal experience - I have the road rash to prove it).
The Nation: The Democrats’ Fracking Fracture.
“... environmental activists have moved the needle on fracked gas. The idea of a ban on fracking is not absurd any longer: New York has done it, and Maryland imposed a two-year moratorium last year. Clinton has said she supports those local decisions.” Yes, but like a good politician, she refuses to specifically eliminate it from her platform. She talks about everything else. Not fracking.
Guardian.UK: Rooftop solar panels could provide nearly half US power.
ScienceDaily: Fetal and newborn dolphin deaths linked to Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Yep. Still not eating anything from the Gulf.
NY Times: In Wyoming, Hard Times Return as Energy Prices Slump.
As I’ve warned, when there’s a boom there’s always a bust. The American West is littered with evidence of the previous cycles. Going into one, you’ve gotta chuck most of your earnings into savings. One can escape neither history nor inevitability.
NY Times: Over 80 Percent of Water Is Polluted in Tested China Wells.
“The latest study found that 32.9 percent of wells tested had Grade 4 quality water, which meant that it was fit only for industrial uses ...” Given the industrialization and population, I’m not necessarily surprised. Saddened, but not surprised.
SciAm: Earth Is Tipping Because of Climate Change.
Great. New opportunity for acquired insomnia.
SciAm: Can Republicans Act on Climate Change?
Mashable: The horrifying moment a man narrowly escapes a raging wildfire.
Why you don’t mess with Mother Nature. Imagine being in steep canyons, as we have here in NM, when the winds change (and are blowing at 50MPH). Another reason we go out of our way to drop food and sundries for firefighters. They do one hell of a dangerous job.
NY Times: A Renewable Energy Boom.
SciAm: Fracking Can Contaminate Drinking Water.
Well, not directly. They haven’t proven the process of fracking contaminates, but that the practice of storing chemicals in unlined pits on the surface does. The extraction companies want ‘cheap’, esp. in the face of current pricing. Pursuit of the almighty dollar, instead of simple common sense.