Archive for August, 2011

August 31, 2011

Ethanol: U.S.-produced fuel is leading oil alternative – baltimoresun.com – Stephanie Dreyer

Ethanol: U.S.-produced fuel is leading oil alternative – baltimoresun.com.

Karen Hosler’s recent opinion piece calling for an end to ethanol subsidies (“End the ethanol charade,” Aug. 30) uses sweeping generalizations that distort the truth about grain ethanol’s role in fostering America’s energy independence and producing food as well as fuel.

Domestic ethanol is the single-best alternative to foreign oil we have today. In 2010, ethanol reduced imports by 445 million barrels of oil — more oil than we import from Saudi Arabia. And America’s ethanol industry helped reduce farm subsidy payments by $10.1 billion, added $53.6 billion to the economy and reduced gas prices by $34.5 billion.

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August 31, 2011

Open Fuel Standard: Defeating Al Qaeda: The Energy Offensive – Kellie Dunlap

Open Fuel Standard: Defeating Al Qaeda: The Energy Offensive.

In the aftermath of the siege and death of Osama bin Laden, counter-terrorism officials prepare for Al-Qaeda’s response. The home front is on alert with heightened awareness for both soft and hard target attacks. There have been numerous false alarms, including the foiled terrorist plot in New York City a couple weeks ago. Intelligence analysts assert that Al-Qaeda is seeking to conduct a large-scale attack, proving to their enemies the group’s resilience and adaptive modus operandi, while rallying support from affiliates.

In the last decade, however, the elimination of key individuals within the terrorist network has left Al Qaeda on the defensive, forcing the remaining operatives into hiding and reducing their effectiveness. Furthermore, intelligence gathering and dissemination has improved tremendously since 9/11. Law enforcement officials have thwarted numerous attacks by radical individuals such as the cases involving Bryant Neal Vinas and Najibullah Zazi, two men who, on separate occasions, traveled from the United States to Pakistan, and underwent weapons and explosives training in Al-Qaeda’s training camps, but were foiled by the FBI before they were able to carry out their missions.

August 30, 2011

Five realities of nuclear energy to reassure public – South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com – Jerry Paul

Five realities of nuclear energy to reassure public – South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com.

Less than six months ago, one of the largest earthquakes in recorded history, combined with an extraordinary tsunami, wreaked havoc on Japan and triggered a series of dramatic events at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant. While these events were not caused by the operation of the plant, and the facility withstood the earthquake as designed, Americans have understandably asked natural questions about our nuclear plants here in the United States.

Could a similar catastrophe happen here? Are nuclear plants safe? Do we really need nuclear energy? What about the used fuel that becomes nuclear waste? What are industry and government doing to keep us safe?

August 30, 2011

Biofuels Make a Comeback Despite Tough Economy | Energy content from Corn and Soybean Digest

Biofuels Make a Comeback Despite Tough Economy | Energy content from Corn and Soybean Digest.

Global production of biofuels increased 17% in 2010 to reach an all-time high of 105 billion liters, up from 90 billion liters in 2009. High oil prices, a global economic rebound and new laws and mandates in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China and the U.S., among other countries, are all factors behind the surge in production, according to research conducted by the Worldwatch Institute’s climate and energy program for the website Vital Signs Online.

The U.S. and Brazil remain the two largest producers of ethanol. In 2010, the U.S. generated 49 billion liters, or 57% of global output, and Brazil produced 28 billion liters, – 33% of the total. Corn is the primary feedstock for U.S. ethanol, and sugarcane is the dominant source of ethanol in Brazil.

August 30, 2011

Global Warming Fraud: Sinking Polar Bears on Melting Ice a Hoax? – International Business Times

Global Warming Fraud: Sinking Polar Bears on Melting Ice a Hoax? – International Business Times.

(NaturalNews) Images of periled polar bears sinking into arctic seas because of melting polar ice caps have become an iconic symbol of the devastating consequences of so-called global warming. But a new government investigation into the supposed science surrounding this now-infamous urban legend has revealed that it was likely nothing more than a pseudoscientific hoax propagated by faulty math and perfunctory observations.

According to a recent report by Human Events, special investigators from the US government’s Interior Department (ID) have found that a scientific paper published in a 2006 issue of the journal Polar Biology is filled with baseless assumptions about four specific polar bear deaths — and this eventually became the foundational argument for the fight against global warming. But in reality, the deaths may have had nothing to do with melting ice caps, and everything to do with a simple windstorm.

August 30, 2011

Open Fuel Standard: Putting the Free Market to Work in the Interests of National Security – Thomas Buonomo

Open Fuel Standard: Putting the Free Market to Work in the Interests of National Security.

While domestic energy policy is not a silver bullet, it can help extricate the United States from foreign entanglements that have long confounded American decision-makers. History’s painful lessons offer us the power to move our elected officials to act in the interest of renewed economic vitality and national security. From the tragedy of U.S.-Middle East relations is born opportunity.

August 29, 2011

Poll: Americans Favor Energy Over Environment – James Heiser

Poll: Americans Favor Energy Over Environment.

Despite years of climate change hype promoted by the media and environmental extremists, a new Gallup poll provides further evidence that the percentage of Americans who do not believe in manmade global warming continues to rise. Furthermore, the public recognizes that implementing the environmentalist agenda is deleterious to the economy, and are unwilling to see further damage inflicted on the U.S. economy to implement programs of dubious merit.

As Lydia Saad wrote for Gallup.com: “Americans, by 50% to 41%, say the nation should prioritize the development of energy supplies over protecting the environment when the two goals are at odds. This reflects the continuation of a striking reversal of attitudes compared with those seen from 2001 through 2008, when Americans showed a clear preference for environmental protection.”

August 29, 2011

Independent Women’s Forum – A Pivot to Jobs? Start By Approving The Keystone Pipeline – Carrie L. Lukas

Independent Women’s Forum – A Pivot to Jobs? Start By Approving The Keystone Pipeline.

President Obama cut his vacation short because of Hurricane Irene, but we still aren’t expected his much awaited “jobs plan” until September. Will the President go back to the Keynesian trough and offer another enormous government spending package? How can he do this and still feign concern about our out-of-control national debt?

I imagine that the White House p.r. team is as big a part of the decision-making process on this one as his policy gurus. The White House seems to have no idea what might actually help the economy-or at least be unwilling to contemplate the kind of scaling back of big government and deregulation that would be most likely to provide real relief to the private sector-so that this plan is primarily posturing for the next election, rather than a true policy proposal.

August 26, 2011

Environment statement on pipeline brings nation closer to thousands of new jobs – Sabrina Fang

Environment statement on pipeline brings nation closer to thousands of new jobs.

WASHINGTON, August 26, 2011 ─ API welcomed the U.S. State Department’s final Environmental Impact Statement on the Keystone XL pipeline project and urged the agency to complete its national interest determination and issue permits for the pipeline without delay.

“The nation’s quintessential shovel-ready project is a step closer to reality,” said API Refining Manager Cindy Schild.  “That’s good news for tens of thousands of Americans who stand to find new jobs when this pipeline project is finally approved.  If the State Department gives the final okay, hiring could begin immediately in hundreds of American companies in the Midwest and across the country.”

August 25, 2011

Republicans on US House panel criticizes Obama oil shale policy – Oil | Platts News Article & Story

Republicans on US House panel criticizes Obama oil shale policy – Oil | Platts News Article & Story.

US oil shale development has been needlessly stalled by the Obama administration’s reexamination of a Bush-era policy that opened 2 million federal acres to possible commercial-scale production, Republicans on a House of Representatives energy panel said Wednesday.

Representatives Doug Lamborn and Scott Tipton, both Colorado Republicans, criticized the Department of Interior’s February decision to take a new look at a November 2008 federal rule for commercial development of oil shale.