BusinessInsider: Most affordable small towns.
BWAH-HAH-HAH. Waterflow, NM sits between two powerplants - true. Tip of the iceberg. Surrounded by oil wells, some of the worst air quality in the country. Unlined waste pits. Still seem like a bargain?
Nagasaki, Dresden, etc. were probably cheap too.
This post puts Business Insider on my ‘probation’ RSS list.
EcoWatch: Fracking Does Cause ‘Widespread, Systemic’ Contamination of Drinking Water.
SB Nation: Unclimbable.
“It is, I tell people, the best natural campsite I have ever visited. It’s also among the most beautiful eyefuls of landscape I’ve ever seen — its rock walls more overpowering than Zion’s, in Utah, its evening light more perfect than Hawaii’s, its peaks more menacing than Denali, and its stillness more complete than the deep rainforests of the Olympic Peninsula.” Thanks, MeFi.
Guardian.UK: Dead 17ft oarfish washes up on southern California shore.
“Let’s all pose with a dead fish!” What about detail shots of the fish, for God’s sake? It looks beautiful.
Mother Jones: Well, Well, Well, Look Who Just Endorsed a Bold Fix For Climate Change.
“Conspicuously absent from the letter are any US oil companies, like Chevron or ExxonMobil; all the signatories are European. In fact, just last week Exxon chief Rex Tillerson implicitly blasted his European peers for cozying up to the UN on climate issues, saying his company wouldn’t ‘fake it’ on climate change and that investing in renewable energy is tantamount to ‘losing money on purpose.’” *sigh*
PS Mag: The Dark Side of Oil Boomtowns: A Discussion on Reddit.
Next Monday. Meth, and the crime surrounding it, is the plague of extraction areas in NM.
DailyTimes: Conservation members and landowners gather at BLM office to protest fracking near Chaco.
SciAm: Federal Dollars Are Financing the Water Crisis in the West.
“The colossal Navajo Generating Station, which burns 22,000 tons of coal a day in large part to push water hundreds of miles across Arizona, is among the nation’s biggest greenhouse gas polluters, contributing to the very climate change that is exacerbating the drought.” You start talking water in the West, you’d better be packing heat. Just sayin’. It’s way beyond a ‘hot button’ issue.
The Atlantic: Selling the Desert’s Water-Conservation Lessons to the Rest of the World.
Guardian.UK: Denton, Texas, banned fracking last year - then the frackers fought back.
“Oil and gas is allowed in every zone [in Denton, yet] bakeries aren’t allowed in every zone because there’s a bit of morning truck traffic.” I suppose they could hire some biker toughs from Waco. The state isn’t going to lift a finger.
Guardian.UK: ‘Nightmare’ California oil spill damages rare coastal ecosystem.
“Because it has not been urbanized, the Gaviota coast region, which stretches from Goleta to the northern boundary of the Vandenberg air force base, also has been viewed as the healthiest remaining coastal ecosystem in southern California – at least, until now.” *Crying*.
Guardian.UK: Texas governor stops cities and towns banning hydraulic gas mining.
“The governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, has signed a bill into law that prohibits cities and towns from banning a gas drilling practice known as hydraulic fracking, giving the state sole authority over oil and gas regulation.” Would you expect any less from Texas?
Storms to the west (a good thing) ...
... and ‘insta-fog.’
Lindau-Nobel.org: The Ozone Hole Could Become History.
Archetype for climate change?
Guardian.UK: Letting Shell drill in Arctic could lead to ‘catastrophic’ oil spill, experts warn.
“Unforgiving conditions in the Arctic’s icy waters not only make the chances of a spill likely, the complete lack of infrastructure in place to deal with a potential disaster means the consequences of the move could be calamitous, environmental activists and experts say.” I hear the words of Nick Fury: “We need a response team.” Ain’t no Avengers in the Arctic.
NY Times: Drillers Answer Low Oil Prices With Cost-Saving Innovations.
SciAm: Lonely Republican Voices Buck Party to Urge Action on Climate Change.
New Yorker: The G.O.P.’s War on Science Gets Worse.
“Defunding NASA’s earth-science program takes willed ignorance one giant leap further. It means that not only will climate studies be ignored; some potentially useful data won’t even be collected.” Oy vey.
Vox: Can Bernie Sanders push Clinton left on climate?
It would make her more palatable to me. A nice incentive for wind and solar would go a long way, along with a turn away from fracking. Bill C. was closer to center than any Democrat before him. There needs to be a readjustment toward left, esp. after Obama. As mentioned before, what we consider ‘center’ today is distinctly rightwards of what ‘center’ was pre-Reagan.
NY Times: Fracking Chemicals Detected in Pennsylvania Drinking Water.
“The nearby gas wells, which were established in 2009, were constructed with a protective intermediate casing of steel and cement from the surface down to almost 1,000 feet. But the wells below that depth lacked the protective casing, and were potentially at greater risk of leaking their contents into the surrounding rock layers, according to Dr. Brantley.” Anyone surprised? And when these wells are played out and capped, the cement plug and casings are as prone to leakage as ... your sidewalk is to cracking over time.
Guardian.UK: New Mexico radiation accident - $73m compensation deal struck over leak.
LANL screws up, and LANL gets the benefit of most of the payouts? Wait a darned second. What would the fine have financed, so we can compare benefits?
Priceonomics: Hiking the 2,650-Mile Pacific Crest Trail.
“The film adaptation of Wild, released in December 2014, has inspired the largest influx of hikers to ever apply for PCT permits. Last week, some 3,500 hikers were reported to have launched from the trail’s southern terminus. Gauged with previous figures — 1,870 in 2013, and 2,655 in 2014 — that’s nearly a 200% increase over two years.” One of the many reasons, when you come across a special place ... you shut the h-e-double-toothpick up. Yet to save some places, one must reveal them. The great modern outdoors-lover’s quandary.
SciAm: Oil Drilling May Slow Drought Recovery.
“Oil and gas drilling in the Rockies and Great Plains may cause long-term harm to ecosystems.” YA THINK?!! How long have I been saying it? To use a water-intensive drilling technique in this area is patently insane and should be banned by law.
Guardian.UK: Big Coal’s big scam - scar the land for profit, then let others pay to clean up.
Britain, but the strategy is oh-so-familiar.
DiscoverMag: Missing Magma Found Beneath Yellowstone Park.
“And now scientists say that volume has been underestimated. New studies of the volcano reveal a deeper magma reservoir that holds more than four times the magma volume previously known.” Here’s a dumb question. Dumb only because if it’s so, it’s dumb. Really dumb. Is anyone putting fracking chemicals into deep wells nearby ... ?
Later: Proposed. Good lord. 80 miles ain’t far enough, in my book.