Archive for March 2010

Apparently, President Obama is going to support more offshore drilling for oil. This seems like a bad idea. I’ve been to coastal Louisiana with oil derricks in sight. The water looked nasty and nobody would swim there. Goodbye coastal tourism? Then again, as sea level rises, our concept of what is a beach will alter. […]

An island disputed by India and Bangladesh sinks out of the picture as sea level rises. One heck of a way to end conflict.

Narrated by Werner Herzog (about 18 minutes): I don’t believe a bag would have stayed so clean looking during all those travels and travails.

We got into the mess we are in with hazardous wastes (e.g. Love Canal) because people were not paying attention. Do the gas producers really think people are going to let them put up barriers to paying attention at this stage of the game? Now, as reported in the NY Times, BP and others are

Fracking with diesel fuel is in the news. As I’ve pointed out previously, the Energy Policy Act of 2005 specifically states that fracking with diesel fuel is NOT exempted from the Underground Injection Control provisions of the Safe Drinking Water Act. The issue of fracking with diesel fuel brings up the question: just why did […]

But that doesn’t mean he knows everything. In an interview with Brand in the NewScientist, we learn that he is touting nuclear power as a solution: A new generation won’t have this prejudice about nuclear power, says Brand.

EPA has announced a new strategy for regulating drinking water contaminants. Lisa Jackson, the EPA administrator, also discussed it in a recent speech. Some of the approaches sound very sensible, such as regulating groups of contaminants instead of doing them one by one. One important factor that was left out of the discussion at this […]

AT&T is getting it right. Now, will it work on a Powermat?

People in Wyoming are wanting to know what is being pumped into their subsurface. As I’ve pointed out before, what is pumped out and later discharged to surface waters under a National Pollution Discharge Elimination Permit might be available. Hydrofracking chemicals are pumped back out and sometimes are discharged under NPDES permits, so this discharge […]