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New Utah State University Study helps cities budget for Water Main Breaks

New Utah State University Study helps cities budget for Water Main Breaks
New data from Utah State University Buried Structures Laboratory quantifies water main breaks by pipe material type, helping towns and cities across Canada and the U.S. predict their costs in the future. Since their ground breaking study in 2012, Dr. Steve Folkman has found break rates increased 27% in 5 years and even more troublesome, the replacement rate is not keeping up with the deterioration rate. For a copy of the report, click here For the report in French, click here:

By Infrastructure News - Friday, May 4, 2018 - Full Story

Rejecting carbon colonialism

Rejecting carbon colonialism
We recently explained how Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) use manmade climate change alarmism to justify lending policies that reject funding for fossil fuel electricity generation, promote expensive and unreliable renewable sources, and thereby help keep impoverished nations poor.

By Paul Driessen & David Wojick- Sunday, July 15, 2018 - Full Story

Ocean City Wants Invisible Offshore Wind Turbines

Ocean City Wants Invisible Offshore Wind Turbines
Over a year ago, the Maryland Public Service Commission approved wind turbines to be located in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Ocean City, Maryland, and the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has been reviewing those plans.

By Institute for Energy Research - Sunday, July 15, 2018 - Full Story

Watching Weather Waves, but Missing Climate Tides

Watching Weather Waves, but Missing Climate Tides
The climate alarm media, the bureaucracy and the Green Energy industry follow an agenda which is served by inflating any short-term weather event into a climate calamity. They should take a long-term view.

By Viv Forbes - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - Full Story

Renewables Cannot Even Fill the Void of Retiring Nuclear Plants

Renewables Cannot Even Fill the Void of Retiring Nuclear Plants
According to BP’s 2018 edition of its Statistical Review of World Energy, renewable energy has not been able to fill the void created by retiring nuclear plants despite its large growth in 2017. As a result, the share of non-carbon power generation has fallen slightly over the past 20 years.

By Institute for Energy Research - Friday, July 6, 2018 - Full Story

The New Oil Cartel Threatening OPEC

The New Oil Cartel Threatening OPEC
When reports emerged that India and China are in talks about forming an oil buyers’ club, OPEC was probably too busy with its upcoming June 22 meeting to concern itself with that dangerous alliance. Now, it may be time for it to start worrying.

By Oilprice.com -- Irina Slav- Friday, July 6, 2018 - Full Story

Could a Renaissance Be in Store for Existing Nuclear Plants?

Could a Renaissance Be in Store for Existing Nuclear Plants?
Nuclear plants were originally issued 40-year operating licenses by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Most utilities had applied for 20-year renewals for their nuclear units, and have operated them for 50 to 60 years. Many utilities are now considering applying for a second renewal and four plants have begun that decade-long process. The initial operating license for nuclear units was issued for 40 years because it was believed that nuclear plants would last 40 to 50 years. But, they, like coal plants, have operated for much longer, providing reliable and relatively inexpensive electricity.

By Institute for Energy Research - Wednesday, July 4, 2018 - Full Story

Keep it in the ground…by blocking pipelines

Keep it in the ground…by blocking pipelines
You can understand their frustration, as the steady stream of radical environmentalist successes during the Obama years has been replaced with endless setbacks. Oil, gas and coal leasing, permits and production have risen significantly. Big Green just lost its first Big Cities v. Big Oil climate change shakedown lawsuit. President Trump pulled the USA out of the economy-wrecking, all-pain-no-gain Paris Climate Treaty and will soon nominate another Supreme Court justice.

By Paul Driessen - Sunday, July 1, 2018 - Full Story

The Climatologians’ Credo

The Climatologians' Credo
The internet news is awash with doom-and-gloom articles about the climate. Scenarios predicting ever more frequent weather events, like hurricanes, droughts, catastrophic rainfalls, and more millions of migrants from impoverished countries (often termed “refugees”), or none of the above, are all blamed squarely on “climate change” supposedly caused by the 0.04% of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere..

By Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser - Saturday, June 30, 2018 - Full Story

3 Breakthrough Technologies Changing The Energy Sector

Energy has seen some big changes in the last few years.

3 Breakthrough Technologies Changing The Energy Sector, Perovskite: Solar Panels, Lithium, Petroteq
Coal has stumbled. Renewables have surged. Oil fell hard, then spent years clawing its way back up.

But the biggest change in energy has been in tech.

By Oilprice.com -- Gregory Brew- Saturday, June 30, 2018 - Full Story

The Saudis Won’t Prevent The Next Oil Shock

The Saudis Won't Prevent The Next Oil Shock
Saudi Arabia is starting to panic, and is growing concerned that the growing number of supply disruptions around the world could cause oil prices to spike. Saudi Arabia is moving quickly to head off a supply crunch, aiming to dramatically ramp up production to a record high 11 million barrels per day in July, according to Reuters.

By Oilprice.com -- Nick Cunningham- Saturday, June 30, 2018 - Full Story

The Biofuels Industry Retains Pull in Washington

The Biofuels Industry Retains Pull in Washington
On Tuesday, the EPA released a proposal to raise the biofuel mandate 3.1 percent to 19.88 billion gallons in 2019.  Under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), fuel suppliers are required to mix billions of gallons of ethanol into gasoline and diesel fuel each year.

By Institute for Energy Research - Saturday, June 30, 2018 - Full Story

China Joins Other Countries in Reducing Subsidies for Solar Power

China Joins Other Countries in Reducing Subsidies for Solar Power
On June 1, 2018, China, the world’s largest solar market, announced changes to its solar subsidies, causing estimates of its future solar construction to be slashed. China will terminate approvals for new subsidized utility-scale photovoltaic power stations in 2018.

By Institute for Energy Research - Thursday, June 28, 2018 - Full Story

Appealing finding suggests why refrigeration dampens banana aromas

Appealing finding suggests why refrigeration dampens banana aromas
Bananas are one of the world’s most popular fruits. But how they’re stored prior to reaching grocery shelves can adversely affect their flavor and smell. Now in a study appearing in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, scientists report that cold temperatures suppress the activity of proteins that play a key role in the formation of the banana’s distinct aromas. They say this discovery could lead to enhancements of the fruit’s fragrance and flavor.

By American Chemical Society - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - Full Story

Wind Power Increases Dependence on Fossil Fuels; Germany Must Soon Begin to Scrap Its Wind Units

Study: Wind Power Increases Dependence on Fossil Fuels in EU
The wind industry in Europe is burying millions of tons of toxic waste, as wind units near the end of their 20-year operating life.

By Institute for Energy Research - Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - Full Story

Paradox of genetic engineering

Paradox of genetic engineering
The reinventing of God’s creations, whether it’s laboratory beef or a freakish feathered dinosaur, these strange concepts are symptoms of unchecked pride – that man can build a better mousetrap or, in this case extinct “terrible lizard,” than God.

By A. Dru Kristenev - Monday, June 25, 2018 - Full Story

Innocent Bystander Lynched

Innocent Bystander Lynched
I live in SE Queensland. Yesterday the surface air temperature rose from a frosty 2ºC at sunrise to a balmy 22ºC in mid-afternoon. The enormous heat needed to achieve this 20ºC of warming came via radiation from the sun. Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere plays no significant part in this daily heating event – in fact it may intercept a tiny proportion of the incoming solar radiation and re-radiate it in all directions, thus keeping the daytime surface temperature a tiny bit cooler than it would have been otherwise.

By Viv Forbes - Saturday, June 23, 2018 - Full Story

Climate Alarm: Failed Prognostications

Climate Alarm: Failed Prognostications
It has been 30 years since the alarm bell was sounded for manmade global warming caused by modern industrial society. And predictions made on that day—and ever since—continue to be falsified in the real world.

By Institute for Energy Research - Saturday, June 23, 2018 - Full Story

Rethinking recycling

Chemical and biochemical approaches take aim at plastic pollution
Recycling plastic water bottles has never been more convenient, with bins available almost everywhere. Although Americans are recycling in record numbers, millions of tons of plastic trash continue to accumulate in the environment. Solving this problem will require new solutions for breaking plastics down and reusing them, according to a three-part cover story in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly news magazine of the American Chemical Society.

By American Chemical Society - Thursday, June 21, 2018 - Full Story

Ontario Premier-Elect Doug Ford Ditches Cap and Trade

Ontario Premier-Elect Doug Ford Ditches Cap and Trade
Earlier this month, the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario had a very good showing in the Canadian province’s general election. Not only will Doug Ford became Ontario’s next Premier (on June 29), but the Progressive Conservatives “won 76 of Ontario’s 124 districts” and his “win ends 15 years of Liberal Party rule,” according to Bloomberg. Because Ford ran on a populist, smaller government message, many political pundits are naturally grouping the Ontario election in with Brexit and Donald Trump.

By Institute for Energy Research - Thursday, June 21, 2018 - Full Story