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September 09 2013


Enviro News Wrap: Syria and the Price of Oil; Solar in the Move in the U.S.; Global Warming Splits the GOP

The Latest Environmental News HeadlinesGlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up and comments on the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week:

  • Oil, Oil, Oil – the Syrian conflict is pushing up the price of oil, the recovering American economy is pushing up the price of oil, the price of oil will always be high and trending upwards. Producing oil at home is the purported escape from high global prices. But, that is not how oil prices work, you cannot escape the global price of oil.
  • A grand deal on the XL Keystone pipeline between Canada and Obama is underway. The new Canadian approach is to propose a reduction in the pollution of the oil and gas industry overall to justify the dirty XL Keystone Pipeline.
  • While many Americans have moved on from the BP-Transocean-Haliburton Gulf oil spill the clean-up continues. The cleanup effort nears conclusion not as all the oil is removed from the Gulf, but only that which is “feasible.” Think about that the next time you see a smiling BP representative on TV talking about how much they care for the region. Care too late that is.
  • Solar PV is exploding in the US. There are many reasons for this but the biggest influence is the federal tax credit. Since all sources of energy are subsidized by the government solar can not continue without a level playing field. It would be more simple to stop giving tax breaks to dirty energy companies, start a small carbon tax that grows with time, and eventually tax breaks for renewable energy would likely not be needed. The other reason why the sector is growing so quickly is the rapid technological innovation for solar. This development will continue and in the next 10 years we will hopefully have flexible,  high efficiency solar cells that are cheap and can be installed anywhere.
  • Crowd-funding to finance community renewable energy projects, is the business model of Solar Mosaic. Innovations like this are pushing solar forward.
  • Solar is growing and in places where it is successful the utilities are losing profit and are starting to fight back. To paraphrase Gandhi – First they ignore you, then they mock you, then they fight you, then you win.
  • Not all Republicans are climate change deniers. There is a split amongst Republicans on this issue and I think that as Republicans lose more national elections they will be pressured to come around on this issue.



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July 20 2012


Piecing the Puzzle Together on Dolphin Deaths

Researchers suggest that several factors -- a cold winter, the gulf oil spill, and an influx of cold freshwater -- could have led to a surge in dolphin deaths in the gulf.

May 01 2012


On Our Radar: Pipeline Company Acquires Sunoco

Energy Transfer says the $5.3 billion deal will expand its presence in the transportation and storage of crude oil, natural gas and refined petrochemicals.

April 24 2012


BP Engineer Arrested Over Spill Messages

Despite notices that he had to retain all information concerning the Macondo well, the engineer deleted a string of more than 200 text messages with a supervisor, a complaint says.

March 27 2012


$1.2 Million Fine for Indian Point Fire

The fine is viewed as a slap of a wrist in the context of a broader struggle by New York State officials to shut down the nuclear plant.

March 26 2012


Coral Damage Traced to Gulf Oil Spill

Scientists rely on a method that allows them to "fingerprint" the source of petroleum hydrocarbons.

March 23 2012


March 16 2012


On Our Radar: Focus Returns to Fuel Efficiency

Buyers of hybrids and diesels are advised to make sure that they'll drive them long enough to cover the models' price premium.

March 05 2012


Enviro News Wrap: Fracking: Poisoned Water vs. Jobs; Wind Industry Makes Its Case; Spinning Oil Prices; Ending Big Oil Subsidies, and more…

The Latest Environmental News HeadlinesGlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week:



On Our Radar: BP Shares Climb

After reaching a $7.8 billion accord with businesses and individuals over the gulf oil spill, the company predicts that it will reach a settlement with the federal government as well.

February 27 2012


Enviro News Wrap: Trumps Bullies Scottish Government; GOP’s Delusions on Energy Policy; China Pushes for Making More Solar Panels, and more…

The Latest Environmental News HeadlinesGlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week:

February 09 2012


February 06 2012


Enviro News Wrap: Texas Comes Clean on Fracking; Some Fear Smart Meters a U.N. Plot; a 7-Year Spill in the Gulf, and more…

The Latest Environmental News HeadlinesGlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week:

February 02 2012


Waterkeeper Groups Sue Over Gulf Oil Leak Gushing For Seven Years And Counting

Like many Gulf Coast residents, I was highly skeptical when both the media and the Coast Guard told us that the tar balls we were seeing wash up on our shores in the months following the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster were not from BP’s oil geyser at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. If they weren’t from the massive leak caused by BP, Halliburton, and TransOcean, then where were these tar balls coming from? While we might not know the clear answer to that question, we do have a new suspect.

According to a lawsuit filed this week by the Waterkeeper Alliance and their Gulf Coast affiliates, there is a smaller oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coast that has been flowing nonstop for almost seven and a half years. While nowhere near as large as the oil leak from the Deepwater Horizon disaster – the lawsuit estimates the current leak to be releasing a few hundred gallons of oil per day – the fact that it has been flowing for more than seven years allows plenty of time for hundred of thousands, if not low millions, of gallons of oil to be released into the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

However, the energy company responsible for the leak – Taylor Energy – says that only about 14 gallons of oil are leaking per day. The Waterkeeper Alliance is basing their analysis on the size and scope of visible oil sheens, similar to how the flow rate was determined for the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

The lawsuit alleges that Taylor Energy is responsible for allowing oil to flow into the Gulf, a direct violation of the Clean Water Act. They are seeking civil penalties in the amount of $37,500 per day that the oil has been leaking, the maximum possible penalty for such violations under the Act.

So how has an oil leak managed to go undetected, or at least unreported, for the better part of a decade? That’s one of the questions the lawsuit is hoping to answer.

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January 27 2012


Musings of a Malcontent: Burn Baby Burn

Musings of a Malcontent: Environmental Irony in an Imperfect (but humorous?) World“Musings of a Malcontent” is a weekly op-ed by GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Carlyle Coash

Over the last couple of weeks I have come across a series of articles that compels me to ask the question:

Who’s Minding the Store?

There are so many environmental hazards out there and I wonder who really keeps track of them. In the articles I read it seems almost dumb luck that someone took notice and said something or took a photo. I realize that there are a multitude of agencies that try to pay attention to these things. I am also fairly sure that the funds to support them are always at a minimum. We just never want to spend money on things that actually might be good for us in the long run – like enough investigators for the FDA, or Social Workers supporting abused children.

It just makes me scratch my head.

For example – have you heard that a Chevron Drill rig has been on fire off the coast of Nigeria for over a week?

Yeah. On fire.

You can see it burning from space.

Awesome. That stirs some confidence in me right there.

An oil rig owned by Chevron explodes off the coast of NigeriaApparently this was caused by a blowout. Currently there seems little information about the status of it or if it will result in any kind of oil spill. Not to mention the fact that I came across this completely by accident. I know more about Joan Rivers’ plastic surgery than I do about this flaming torch off the coast of Africa. And trust me – I did not need to know more about her plastic surgery. I’m thinking a visit to a trauma therapist is in order after looking at recent pictures of her without makeup.

Not cool.

Want another example?

How about a river of blood coming from a slaughterhouse in Texas?

Pig blood to be specific.

Super awesome.

When I think of environmental responsibility – my first thought is dumping a whole lot of pig’s blood into a body of water. Just a first thought for me though. Instinct really. Blood is so cleansing after all – and the fish LOVE it. Mmm – pig’s blood.

Plus it makes the water look pretty.

It was discovered by accident by a guy who flies model drones as a hobby. After two months an investigation is underway. I am not sure why it took two months. A river of blood is fairly straight forward. It apparently flows right in to the Trinity River. The pig slaughterhouse built an illegal pipe that ran out of the back of their plant and into nearby Cedar Creek, which goes to the Trinity River. The city of Dallas is bummed because they have been planning to develop the Trinity for recreational purposes – like fishing or canoeing.

There’s nothing like canoeing in a river of blood!

That would be the highlight of any self-respecting vacation. Just gliding through the crimson waters, remembering those old Lewis and Clark days. Splashing each other playfully like you do when canoeing – oh what fun to be covered in ripe fresh pig’s bloodstained water. That is a memory in the making.

I think the city of Dallas could really run with this. Heck – sharks love blood.  Just introduce some sharks into the river and all is good. No need to waste money on chum. Then at least the pollution is going to good use AND you would have some amazing recreational fun.

You’re welcome, I am glad I could be of help.

Thankfully there are people out there taking a stand and reporting stuff. We need more of it. Otherwise companies will just keep trying to get away with it. It is in their nature. Well it is in human nature really. It is a compulsion. Greed can be funny that way.

Anyway – I did have a few more articles I wanted to share but I am late for my Vampire Facelift treatment. Sorry – maybe I’ll share them next week. They are going to take blood from my butt, pull out the plasma and inject it into my face! Great – right? I can’t believe it took so long to figure this one out. This is what living is all about.

Did I mention I live in California?

Image Credits: The Alopecian Musse,  Nigeriatop.com


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January 09 2012


Revisiting the Deepwater Horizon Plumes

Instead of forming undersea rivers or plumes, a study suggests, dissolved oil and gas from the Deepwater Horizon spill probably formed big, billowing clouds that drifted around the northern gulf, appearing or reappearing in different places at different times

Enviro News Wrap: Controversy in Wind; Watching the Arctic Melt; Newt’s Retreat on Climate Change, and more…

The Latest Environmental News HeadlinesGlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week:

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