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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

EPA’s Pruitt is far cleaner than critics claim

EPA’s Pruitt is far cleaner than critics claim
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has been hounded lately by allegations of rich spending and poor judgment. While he could have detonated himself during recent congressional-oversight hearings, the former Oklahoma prosecutor seems to have survived those tests. Nonetheless, EPA’s inspector general, the Government Accountability Office, and various congressional panels continue to probe Pruitt’s official conduct. While Pruitt has plenty for which to answer, on at least three key counts, he seems to be cleaner than his critics claim.

By Deroy Murdock - Thursday, May 24, 2018 - Full Story

Sand on the Beach

Sand on the Beach
Have you noticed yet?

Sand is In!

Apart from the fact that my friends and I are going on annual trips to the environs of “Sandy Lake” in Ontario, or that all the natural gas/oil “fracking” (causing and keeping open miniscule underground fissures) consumes a lot of fine sand to keep the underground rock fissures open, or its use in producing cement mix than can be troweled into smooth surfaces, or in the playground of your children or grandchildren, sand is one of those natural things that are truly plentiful and—amazing.

By Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser - Thursday, May 24, 2018 - Full Story

Pennsylvania’s Phenomenal Increase in Natural Gas Production

Pennsylvania’s Phenomenal Increase in Natural Gas Production
Pennsylvania increased its permits for natural gas drilling by 51 percent in 2017 and its rig count by 65 percent, resulting in annual natural gas production increasing by 3 percent reaching a record 15 billion cubic feet per day, second only to Texas in natural gas production.

By Institute for Energy Research - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - Full Story

“Evil” GE foods and “eco-friendly” organics

Evil GE foods and eco-friendly organics
Across the globe, genetically engineered (GE) crops face opposition from environmental and organic food activists, who claim the crops harm the environment and endanger human health.

How factual are their claims? The evidence strongly supports GE over organic crops.

By Paul Driessen -- Vijay Jayaraj- Friday, May 18, 2018 - Full Story

Michigan Changes Net Metering Rules for Solar Power

Michigan Changes Net Metering Rules for Solar Power
Michigan has joined other states in realizing that net metering rules as originally designed are biased against consumers without rooftop solar, raising their electricity rates. Michigan will now charge rooftop solar customers at the retail price of electricity for electricity that they consume and pay them a lower price for the electricity that the utility purchases from them thereby charging them for the use of the electrical wires (i.e., transmission and distribution) that non-solar consumers hitherto have had to subsidize. Customers already in the net metering program will be grandfathered for 10 years. By changing the rules on net metering, Michigan will join several other states that have recognized the bias.

By Institute for Energy Research - Thursday, May 17, 2018 - Full Story

IEA: High Oil Prices “Taking A Toll” On Demand

IEA: High Oil Prices Taking A Toll On Demand
Geopolitics has taken over the oil market, driving oil prices up to three-year highs. The inventory surplus has vanished, and more outages could push oil prices up even higher. Yet, there are some signs that demand is starting to take a hit as oil closes in on $80 per barrel.

By Oilprice.com -- Nick Cunningham- Thursday, May 17, 2018 - Full Story

Trump Admin. saves more than $30 billion by killing plan to convert aging plutonium into electrical

Trump Administration saves more than $30 billion by killing plan to convert aging plutonium into electrical power
I can see why you might think, at first, that this didn’t really sound like such a bad idea. If we could take existing resources that are just laying around – or worse, presenting an environmental hazard – and turn them into an energy source, why not?

By Dan Calabrese - Monday, May 14, 2018 - Full Story

The ethanol gravy train rolls on

The ethanol gravy train rolls on
Like most people I’ve spoken with, I have no innate, inflexible antipathy to ethanol in gasoline. What upsets me are the deceptive claims used to justify adding mostly corn-based ethanol to this indispensable fuel; the way seriously harmful unintended consequences are brushed aside; and the insidious crony corporatist system the ethanol program has spawned between producers and members of Congress.

By Paul Driessen - Monday, May 14, 2018 - Full Story

Major Cutbacks in Solar Industry in Germany and Elsewhere

Major Cutbacks in Solar Industry in Germany and Elsewhere
Germany is the poster child for the global warming movement. However, after the government decided to reduce subsidies to the solar industry in 2012, the industry nose-dived. By this year, virtually every major German solar producer had gone under as new capacity declined by 90 percent and new investment by 92 percent.


Climate Litigation: Grasping at Tort Straws

Climate Litigation: Grasping at Tort Straws
Billions of consumers purchase and use fossil fuels for safe, comfortable, prosperous living each day. Presumably, it is all voluntary and legal.

Countless entities and workers provide oil, natural gas, coal, and electricity to themselves and everyone else. Energy, the ubiquitous master resource, is a from-us-to-us activity.

By Institute for Energy Research - Thursday, May 10, 2018 - Full Story

EPA Lacks Power to Administratively Expand Ethanol Waiver

EPA Lacks Power to Administratively Expand Ethanol Waiver
The Trump administration is considering expanding the ethanol fuel waiver in the Clean Air Act (CAA) to allow E15 fuel (gasoline containing up to 15% ethanol) to be sold year round. The Environmental Protection Agency has indicated that it has been exploring this action as well, and the ethanol industry has been lobbying for years in pursuit of this change. There’s just one problem: EPA does not have the authority to expand the waiver, only Congress can do so by changing the law.

By Institute for Energy Research - Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - Full Story

A detective story of wildfires and wine

A detective story of wildfires and wine
In this story of wine and smoke taint, everyone knows “whodunit” — it’s the smoke from wildfires. But it’s the “how” that’s got researchers and winemakers stymied. According to an article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society, researchers are making some headway, sifting through complex, and perhaps misleading, clues.

By American Chemical Society - Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - Full Story

Israeli warning leads Hawaii to ban sunscreen ingredient

Israeli warning leads Hawaii to ban sunscreen ingredient
On May 4, the Hawaii state legislature passed a ban on sunscreen ingredient oxybenzone (BP3) after a team of researchers from Israel and the United States provided significant evidence that BP3 has caused coral bleaching at sites in Hawaii as well as in Eilat and the Caribbean.

By ISRAEL21c - Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - Full Story

Climate Lessons from King Canute

Climate Lessons from King Canute
Climate Aristocrats and Bureaucrats from 190 nations are meeting in Bonn, dreaming up rules “to prevent the globe from warming more than 2°C”.

They have forgotten the lesson of mighty King Canute - he demonstrated that not even his great power could control nature by rolling back the tide.


When Will Electric Cars Take Over The Roads?

When Will Electric Cars Take Over The Roads?
The age of the electric vehicle (EV) will be here sooner than you think.

Out of 1 billion cars in the world, only 2 million are electric. But that will soon change, as costs diminish, and more governments encourage the adoption of EVs to cut carbon emissions and fight urban pollution.

By Oilprice.com -- James Burgess- Monday, May 7, 2018 - Full Story

Coal Kept the Lights On During the Winter Months

Coal Kept the Lights On During the Winter Months
The winter of 2017/2018 saw freezing weather, causing energy demand to increase above normal levels. One of the longest and intense deep freezes ever recorded for the East Coast of the United States with snow, ice and frigid temperatures occurred between December 27, 2017 and January 8, 2018, placing the East Coast electric grid under extreme stress. The period from January 4th to 6th accounted for three of the top ten winter demand days in the history of the PJM Interconnection. Electricity consumption rose 21 percent over average daily loads during that period.

By Institute for Energy Research - Monday, May 7, 2018 - Full Story

Perverse, conflicted ethical systems

Perverse, conflicted ethical systems
Third Reich Forest Minister Hermann Goering was an avid hiker and ecologist who once sent a man to a concentration camp for cutting up a frog for fish bait. In 1933 he and other Nazi Party leaders enacted anti-vivisection laws to stop what he called “unbearable torture and suffering in animal experiments.”

By Paul Driessen - Sunday, May 6, 2018 - Full Story

Chemical In Our Bodies And Food

Chemical In Our Bodies And Food
We are routinely warned by earnest websites, advertisements, and well-meaning popular articles about ‘nasty’ chemicals lurking in our homes and kitchens. Many tout the benefits of switching to a ‘chemical-free lifestyle.’ 1 However, there is no way to get away from chemicals since everything we eat is made of chemicals. There simply is no such thing as a ‘chemical-free lifestyle.’


Harvesting health information from an unusual place: The wastewater treatment plant

Harvesting health information from an unusual place: The wastewater treatment plant
Every day, people all over the world unwittingly release a flood of data on what drugs they are taking and what illnesses they are battling, simply by going to the bathroom and flushing. And according to an article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society, researchers aren’t letting all of that information go to waste.

By American Chemical Society - Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - Full Story