BBC: Oil hits $40 a barrel amid commodities comeback.
If oil prices start to recover, I predict price rises faster than any we’ve seen in recent history. And not legitimate - which will be ‘exposed’ months/years later. The systemic pressure to make all those fracking plays profitable will drive an incredible amount of economic dishonesty.
SciAm: Clinton Would Limit Fracking; Sanders Just Says No.
Well, now. Makes me feel a *little* better about Ol’ Hill. She’s gone on the record, and mentioned “locality”. Just saying “states” puts the choice in too many GOP Governors’ hands.
Guardian.UK: Oil and gas industry has pumped millions into Republican campaigns.
And to a notable Democrat.
naked cap: Oil Giant Cuts Budget By 80 Percent And Suspends Fracking.
“These are some of the biggest spending cuts in the industry so far, and investors have responded positively to Whiting’s strategy for waiting out low oil prices.” What about the droves of workers who arrived for the boom? Unemployment out the wazoo, I expect. Check “County Employment Change” here - figures that don’t yet represent the above.
Guardian.UK: House Republicans seek to open up national forests to mining and logging.
As a local hunter (NM Republican) said to me: “When’s open season on idiots like these?” We love our National Forests here. The only thing these Washington nerks might win with would be more quad access.
Vox: Gorgeous new WPA-style posters celebrate the US energy revolution.
Hmmm. Not impressed. They look like vector autotraces of photos, with filters applied in Adobe Illustrator. Echo WPA, but only slightly.
NY Times: Volkswagen Memos Suggest Company Misled U.S. Regulators.
“According to the documents reviewed by The Times, a confidant of Mr. Winterkorn wrote to him in May 2014, warning that regulators might accuse the carmaker of using a so-called defeat device — software that recognized when the car was being tested for emissions and activated pollution-control equipment.”
TomDispatch: Rosner and Markowitz, Welcome to the United States of Flint.
We all have to keep watch on our water systems. Regulators love to jig with ‘allowable concentrations.’ So much lead back East in the water pipes, I wonder if my own IQ was stunted.
Atlantic: Should the U.S. Adopt Water Markets Like Australia’s to Solve the West’s Water
“Many droughts will occur. [snip] Many seasons in a long series will be fruitless.” My distant relation, ladies and germs.
Cayman News Service: Billionaire boater destroys reef.
SF New Mexican: Lawmakers move to address slowly failing cavern in Carlsbad.
“The brine well first came to the state’s attention in 2008 after two other wells in remote locations collapsed and spurred a review of all brine well operations in New Mexico. Produced by injecting water into underground salt formations, brine is used by the oil and gas industry for drilling operations.” It’s gonna take out US 285 at some point, unless the highway is shifted. Of course, the company who owned the brine well outfit has gone bankrupt. Extraction companies love to lard this stuff on taxpayers’ backs. And folks wonder why we hate fracking ...
SciAm: Switch to Clean Energy Can Be Fast and Cheap.
“In a scenario where renewables were more expensive than current projections, the model created an energy system in 2030 that cut emissions 33 percent below 1990 levels while producing electricity at 8.6 cents per kWh.”
Guardian.UK: Global oil glut sends US stock markets plummeting.
They cost us at the pump, they cost us in our retirement accounts and investments. Not fair.
Guardian.UK: Toxic chemicals found in most outdoor gear.
“The study showed that toxic chemicals are ‘still widely present in products by brands such as Jack Wolfskin, the North Face, Patagonia, Mammut, Norrona and Salewa, especially in the production of footwear, trousers, sleeping bags and some jackets.’.” It’s a bit naive to want Teflon-like features in outdoor gear, and not expect some entertaining chemical combos to be utilized.
Guardian.UK: US authorities distorting tests to downplay lead content of water.
Guardian.UK: Is going off the grid selfish? For many, it’s the only option that makes sense.
“New suburbs and sub-divisions are being proposed that will not be connected at all, preferring instead micro-grids that rely mostly on renewable energy and storage. Retirement communities – keen to lock in and control costs – are considering doing the same.” Santa Fe should be doing this!
PS Mag: What the Fossil Fuel Industry Spilled Into Our Rivers, Towns, and Fields in Just a Year.
Woof. This poor old Earth of ours. If it’s this bad here, imagine what’s getting dumped in Russia and China.
NBC News/Oregon Governor: Feds Told Us To Keep Quiet About Occupation.
Ball firmly in Obama’s court now. Next?
PS Mag: 2015 Was the Hottest Year in History.
Our atmosphere turns another dark page, thanks to overpopulation and other excess.
Guardian.UK: Locals demand Oregon militia leave refuge: ‘It’s time for you to go home’.
“Ammon, his brother Ryan Bundy and occupier Jon Ritzheimer all showed up to the Harney County meeting and left without facing any threats from law enforcement. They walked past multiple sheriff’s deputies on the way out to their trucks.” Hmmph. Locals should heat up the tar, split the pillows, and have a rail ready next time.
Guardian.UK: Leonardo DiCaprio savages corporate greed of big oil: ‘Enough is enough’.
This would have been much more daring in the days of high per-barrel prices. Now? Latest on the bandwagon-du-jour.
SF New Mexican: More quakes rattle Oklahoma but state avoids tough measures.
“A lot of people say we just need the earth to stop shaking, and I understand that, but the fact of the matter is that without the ability to dispose of wastewater, we cannot produce oil and gas in the state of Oklahoma, and this is our lifeblood.” Read that one twice, and see if you have as hard a time believing anyone could state that.
Guardian.UK: Obama declares Flint water emergency as Sanders blames Michigan governor.
Guardian.UK: New Mexico to sue EPA after massive mining spill filled rivers with toxic waste.
No mention of where any awarded monies will go to. One would imagine cleanup, but history shows this isn’t necessarily a guarantee.