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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

A Ton of Diamonds – for Everyone

A Ton of Diamonds – for Everyone
A new study, just published in the journal Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, claims to have found the mother lode – quadrillion tons of diamonds. To put that number into a more understandable perspective; it equates to 1,000,000,000,000,000 tons (I’m using metric tons, i.e. 1,000 kg), hence 1,000 kg/ton, times 1,000 g/kg, times 4 carat/g, and it all comes to a cool 4,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 carat of diamonds (possibly in liquid form at a zillion degrees mixed in magma). 

By Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser - Friday, July 20, 2018 - Full Story

Time to Drain the Energy Swamp

Time to Drain the Energy Swamp
The Australian electricity market has become a stinking swamp covered with a tangled net of treaties, laws, rules, obligations, prohibitions, targets, taxes and subsidies. The swamp conceals the rubble of demolished coal generators; another plant destined for destruction (Liddell) is gradually sinking in the green ooze.

By Viv Forbes - Friday, July 20, 2018 - Full Story

Trump proposes to make Endangered Species Act less onerous; usual suspects freaking out

Trump proposes to make Endangered Species Act less onerous; usual suspects freaking out
The Endangered Species Act is supposed to protect species in nature from becoming extinct, but it’s tended to threaten the extinction of American businesses when used by a blunt force instrument in the hands of the Interior Department and the Environmental Protection Agency.

By News on the Net - Friday, July 20, 2018 - Full Story

‘Nowcasting’ beach water quality

'Nowcasting' beach water quality
Arriving at your favorite beach only to discover it’s closed because of bacterial contamination can be a bummer. But even worse would be unknowingly swimming in waters polluted with fecal material — a very real possibility, given that current detection methods can require up to 24 hours to obtain results. Now, researchers reporting in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology have identified computer models that provide accurate short-term forecasts, or “nowcasts,” of beach water quality.

By American Chemical Society - Thursday, July 19, 2018 - Full Story

Businesses Should Avoid Global Warming Politics

Businesses Should Avoid Global Warming Politics
Kinder-Morgan, the nation’s largest midstream energy company, just announced a multi-billion-dollar pipeline project to move two billion cubic feet of natural gas each day from West Texas to Gulf Coast consumers. At the same time, on the other side of the country, a federal judge threw out a climate-related lawsuit against some of the largest oil and gas companies in world.

By Institute for Energy Research - Thursday, July 19, 2018 - Full Story

IER Sues Treasury Department for Public Records of Immediate Public Interest

IER Sues Treasury Department for Public Records of Immediate Public Interest
WASHINGTON – Today the Institute for Energy Research filed an open records lawsuit against the Department of the Treasury relating to continuing efforts in Washington to quietly advance the “climate” industry.

By Institute for Energy Research - Thursday, July 19, 2018 - Full Story

China Looks to Increase Natural Gas Consumption and Supply

China Looks to Increase Natural Gas Consumption and Supply
In 2017, China was the world’s fastest-growing natural gas market. Consumption grew by 15 percent—over twice the rate of economic growth—and liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports grew by 46 percent. In 2013, under the country’s National Action Plan on Air Pollution Prevention and Control, natural gas became a central part of the Chinese government’s plan for fighting air pollution. China’s thirteenth Five-Year Plan (2016-2020) set goals for increasing the use of natural gas, including almost doubling the share of natural gas in China’s energy mix in five years—providing up to 10 percent of China’s primary energy by 2020 and 15 percent by 2030.

By Institute for Energy Research - Tuesday, July 17, 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