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Archive for the ‘Alternative Energy’ Category

Reducing America’s Carbon Footprint?

Posted by italco on September 10, 2010

“The Pentagon says it will design energy-efficient weapons systems — and the Navy will build a carrier strike group of nuclear ships powered by biofuel.

The Army Corps of Engineers is putting in solar panels on nine dams in California.

The greening of government will include agencies as diverse as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the National Archives and Records Administration. Their energy-saving ideas include installing solar panels, recycling, using less water, telework, reducing fleets of government cars and trucks or committing to use carbon-free, alternative fuel in those vehicles.

These are some of the strategies that 56 government agencies will use to reduce the federal carbon footprint in the next decade to reach President Obama’s goal of a 28 percent emissions reduction.

We are very proud of our government agencies stepping up to the challenge and leading the way for private buildings owners to follow. We must watch carefully and make certain that corruption is not a part of our energy improvements.

This is where American jobs will can be created in manufacturing, construction, repair, and maintenance. Let’s get to work! 

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Oil Slick in Utah?

Posted by italco on June 13, 2010

   

  

“A leak from Chevron’s underground oil pipeline may have gone undetected for hours as it spilled 50 gallons of crude a minute Saturday into Salt Lake City’s Red Butte Creek.

The oil blackened the east-side creek, stained scores of birds, prompted the closure of Liberty Park and sent oil as far west as the Jordan River.” http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_15284499?source=rv

We now have a “Land vs Water” Oil spill disaster for the oil companies to be proud of and compare data. I will say, we had a much better response to this pipe line break.

I am finally convinced that our dependancy on oil needs to end. Too bad it took two major spills to get me there.

How many spills will it take for the rest of the country to get on board?

I only pray we find no corruption issues related to this spill….

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Permission to Pollute – The Lobbying Begins

Posted by italco on June 6, 2009

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During the final days of the drafting of a 946-page climate bill,  Rep. Gene Green (D-Tex.) won support for an amendment that deleted a single word and inserted two others. The words could be worth millions of dollars to U.S. oil refiners.

The Green amendment deleted the word “sources” and inserted “emission points.” In the arcane world of climate legislation, that tiny bit of editing might one day give petroleum refiners valuable rights to emit carbon dioxide when it otherwise might not have been allowed. Refiners could get the extra allowances in return for cutting carbon emissions by 50 percent at a single point of a vast refinery complex instead of slashing emissions by 50 percent for the entire facility.

The Center for Public Integrity said its review of Senate disclosure records showed that more than 880 businesses and interest groups have registered to lobby on climate change in the first quarter of 2009 — up more than 14 percent over the same time last year.

An item inserted at the behest of  Rep. John D. Dingell (D-Mich.) would give the auto industry $1.4 billion worth of extra allowances starting in 2012 when the cap-and-trade system takes effect, according to an estimate by the Union of Concerned Scientists.

In President Obama’s original cap-and-trade proposal, all allowances, or permits to emit greenhouse gases, would have been auctioned off by the government. The revenue would have been funneled into direct assistance for the poor and an extension of a tax credit for lower- and middle-income workers.

Critics complained that the cost of buying the allowances would be passed onto consumers, being a de facto tax. So House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman  Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.) and  Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) fashioned a bill that gives away allowances in an attempt to limit cost increases to consumers and industries — and which is tailored to meet the concerns of key members of the committee.

The biggest chunk of free allowances, worth $500 billion, would go to local electricity and natural gas distribution companies, with strings to make sure the firms use them to shield consumers from higher costs.

Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Va.) led the effort to protect coal-fired utilities and mining firms. He persuaded Waxman and Markey to accept a more modest reduction in emissions overall and to set aside 35 percent of allowances to help residential and industrial consumers of coal-fired power. He also won agreement for extra allowances and money — about $1 billion a year — to develop carbon capture-and-storage projects that will eventually be needed to cut carbon emissions of coal plants. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/04/AR2009060404435.html

Anytime I see this kind of activity on something where multi-million dollar industries are lobbying our congress, red flags just start popping up all over the place. This is something we need to watch closely and make sure not one single gift is accepted or given to or by anyone involved. If we start seeing gratutities being offered or accepted we need to slam the hammer down.

No longer will the practice of gratuities be acceptable!!!  AMERICA is watching all of you…better be careful what you do.

“Beat The Drum”

(go here to get info on your representatives)  https://italco.wordpress.com/politics-anti-government-corruption/ 

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Governors Collaborate to do their part!!

Posted by italco on May 19, 2009

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In September NGA Chair Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty launched the 2007-2008 NGA Chair’s Initiative – Securing a Clean Energy Future, proclaiming “America is ready for bold, innovative energy policies that will make us safer, more independent and better stewards of the planet. We’ve been asleep at the switch for too long – the time for action is now.”

 Securing a Clean Energy Future (SCEF) is designed to: 

  • Identify new opportunities for states to save energy, support clean alternatives and encourage deployment of new technologies;
  • Convene high-profile events and stakeholder meetings to advance this agenda;
  • Produce toolkits and guides that analyze and examine current best practices;
  • Establish state challenge grants for enhanced energy planning;
  • Explore state compacts and state-industry partnerships that address initiative policy goals.
  • Raise state and national awareness of the importance of clean energy; 

In November, Minnesota Gov. Pawlenty and SCEF Taskforce co-chair Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius announced a groundbreaking public-private partnership with Google and Intel Corporation’s Climate Savers Computing Initiative, that aims to reduce energy use from computers, servers and related equpment. 

In December, the SCEF Initiative held the Governors’ Summit on Alternative Transportation Fuels and Advanced Vehicles, in Tampa, Florida. Florida Gov. Charlie Crist joined Gov. Pawlenty, Gov. Sebelius, and Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer during a Governors’ Roundtable to discuss alternative transportation fuels, clean vehicles and other technologies and policies that offer the potential to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and lower greenhouse gas emissions. 

At the Governors Summit the governors released A Call to Action, a report outlining the current energy challenges the United States faces, defining the role of states in developing clean energy in the future and presenting a roadmap for states interested in achieving the goals of the SCEF Initiative. 

For more information on the Securing a Clean Energy Future initiative, please visit www.nga.org/ci. To speak with one of NGA’s experts on this issue, please contact the NGA Office of Communications at 202-624-5301. 

http://www.nga.org/portal/site/nga/menuitem.ef1a671e4253877ae8ebb856a11010a0/

This is an informational post with links to various places of interest. I hope you enjoy. I find it interesting to see what different government groups are doing. I am happy to see the Governors Association come together in an effort to address our concerns.

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“The American Clean Energy and Security Act”

Posted by italco on May 15, 2009

 

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Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Edward J. Markey introduced “H.R. 2454, The American Clean Energy and Security Act.”  The Energy and Commerce Committee will begin markup of the bill on Monday, May 18, 2009, at 1:00 p.m., and will complete consideration before the Memorial Day recess.

“The legislation will create millions of new clean energy jobs, save consumers hundreds of billions of dollars in energy costs, promote America’s energy independence and security, and cut global warming pollution,” said Chairman Waxman.  “In support of these goals, this legislation ensures that consumers and industries in all regions of the country are protected.  I look forward to working with all members of the Committee to approve this legislation to make America the world leader in new clean energy and energy efficiency technologies.” http://energycommerce.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1622:chairmen-waxman-and-markey-introduce-the-american-clean-energy-and-security-act&catid=155:statements&Itemid=81

The latest version of the House Democratic leadership’s climate bill would give away for free up to 85% of the pollution permits created to launch a proposed system to cap greenhouse-gas emissions, according to details of the proposal released.

The free pollution permits and other compromises are part of the multibillion dollar price that House Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry A. Waxman (D., Calif.) paid to win support from moderate House Democrats to clear the way for a committee vote on his sweeping climate and energy bill by Memorial Day. The measure still faces an uncertain future in the Senate. Mr. Waxman and moderate Democrats outlined their deal earlier this week. Those permits could be sold, and would have value because the overall quantity of allowed industrial greenhouse gas emissions would be capped under the law.

The article goes on by breaking down the percentage of gases permitted based on industry and explains how both sides of the issue will have to find compromise to make this work.

The president and Mr. Waxman originally had pushed for utilities to produce up to 25% of their power from renewable sources, with a certain percentage offset by energy efficiency gains. Utilities were to attain that goal by 2025. But now, as part of his compromise, Mr. Waxman cut the requirement to 20% by 2020, with governors able to reduce the renewable portion if they increase energy efficiency.

States will initially receive 10% of the greenhouse-gas allowances for free, and could use their value to finance investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124240088772024143.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

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