Eco-links (week of 8/14/2011)

by james on August 17, 2011

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imageUnderwater Volcano – An undersea volcano has erupted off the coast of Oregon, spewing forth a layer of lava more than 12 feet (4 meters) thick in some places, and opening up deep vents that belch forth a cloudy stew of hot water and microbes from deep inside the Earth. The discovery came as a surprise, as researchers attempted to recover instruments they’d left behind to monitor the peak a year earlier. When the researchers hefted a seafaring robotic vehicle overboard to fetch the instruments, the feed from the onboard camera sent back images of an alien seafloor landscape.


imageEPA slamdown – Over the past two years the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed or finalized a number of air quality regulations that could seriously retard the economic recovery.  Economists estimate that two of the new rules — the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule and the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards — will cost millions of jobs and raise energy prices with little or no public health benefit.


Polar bear exaggerations – JEFFREY GLEASON: Avian Ecologist co-author of the pretty bad quality polar bear paper that the greens cite as the smoking gun. Global warming kills polar bears. Not.


Stephen Hudson – Shows how the climate system has remarkable negative feedbacks to maintain stability.


Deep freeze – New Zealand is shivering through a one-in-50-year polar blast that has brought snow to much of the country, the weather service says.


Domestic Terrorism – Notice the citizen’s comment about environmentalists and domestic terrorism.


Green jobs for China – Seattle’s ‘green jobs’ program a bust…


Pipeline Oil Spills – A break in an ExxonMobil oil pipeline on July 1 near Billings, Montana, released about 1,000 barrels of oil into the Yellowstone River and has deepened the controversy over the proposed Keystone II pipeline that will bring new supplies of Canadian oil to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries. The EPA reported last Friday that its water pollution sampling of the affected area of the river found “no petroleum hydrocarbons above drinking water standards in that region,” while its air pollution tests finds that “there continues to be no public health concerns resulting from the release of oil into the river.”


Radiation risks – The most important breakdown in the public’s understanding of nuclear power is in its concept of the dangers of radiation. What is radiation, and how dangerous is it?


Green Agenda – Interesting article which shows some eery resemblances between radical environmentalism and the socialism in the former Soviet Union. My book is more detailed on these connections.


Corn ethanol – For the first time ever, more of the corn crop may go into gas tanks than into the stomachs of cattle and poultry destined for kitchen tables. This madness, a product of the Democratic Congress and President George Bush, and driven by environmentalist visions, will be the cause of the second great environmentalist genocide as millions on the edge of poverty, are driven over the edge. It’s happening already. To be fair, though greens pushed this through with the usual hysteria, a number regret the result of starving millions of people.


Corn ethanol and mass starvation – US government get out of agriculture! Promoting corn ethanol makes people starve and die. To knowingly cause starvation and death is premeditated mass murder by any definition.  “Biofuel policy is causing starvation, says Nestlé boss,” but speaking to farmers, the Obama administration’s agriculture secretary said he found arguments from the like of Nestlé “irritating”. Mr Vilsack said: “The folks advancing this argument either do not understand or do not accept the notion that our farmers are as productive and smart and innovative and creative enough to meet the needs of food and fuel and feed and export.”

 

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