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The Energy Department Just Announced $4 Billion For Projects That Fight Global Warming

The U.S. Department of Energy on Thursday announced that it is issuing a loan guarantee program of up to $4 billion to support innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects that avoid, reduce, or sequester greenhouse gas emissions.

In support of the Obama administration’s Climate Action Plan, the DOE identified five key technology areas for the loan program to support. One is advanced grid integration and storage, which essentially means technologies that better support renewable power on the electric grid. Another is drop-in biofuels, which are biofuels that can be used in existing infrastructure.

The DOE also said the program would consider supporting waste-to-energy projects, energy efficiency improvement projects, and projects that would enhance existing hydroelectric facilities.

“As the President emphasized in his Climate Action Plan, it is critical that we take an all-of-the above approach to energy in order to cut carbon pollution, help address the effects of climate change and protect our children’s future,” said DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz in a statement. “Investments in clean, low-carbon energy also provide an economic opportunity.”

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Fri Jul 4, 2014, 01:16 AM (3 replies)

Orbiting Carbon Observatory 2: NASA's New Carbon Sleuth

_ NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Thu Jul 3, 2014, 12:31 AM (5 replies)

NASA Launches Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 Satellite To Monitor Greenhouse Gases (VIDEO)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A rocket carrying a NASA satellite lit up the pre-dawn skies Wednesday on a mission to track atmospheric carbon dioxide, the chief culprit behind global warming.

The Delta 2 rocket blasted off from California at 2:56 a.m. and released the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 satellite in low-Earth orbit 56 minutes later, bringing relief to mission officials who lost a similar spacecraft five years ago.

The flight was "a perfect ride into space," said Ralph Basilio, the OCO-2 project manager, at a post-launch press conference.

Power-supplying solar arrays deployed, initial checks showed the spacecraft was healthy and two-way communications were established, he said.

The launch was delayed a day because of a failure in ground equipment 46 seconds before liftoff Tuesday morning.


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Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Thu Jul 3, 2014, 12:27 AM (0 replies)

Lizz Winstead on Hobby Lobby:

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Tue Jul 1, 2014, 09:15 PM (18 replies)

Has my GM vehicle been recalled? Check the full list here

Since January, General Motors has made 48 recalls covering some 21 million vehicles in North America, an unprecedented wave of safety defect repairs by a major automaker. And although GM has vowed to fix as many vehicles as possible, history shows many will never be properly fixed, and some will likely stay on the road with an open recall for years to come.

To help shovel through the recall blizzard, we've created a table listing every recall GM's announced this year, which we'll update as new recalls come this year. If you see your vehicle on this list, and you haven't received a letter from GM, you should call your nearby GM dealer and verify if your vehicle has any open recalls using its VIN code. Even if there is an open recall, it could be several weeks before a replacement part will be available; the dealer should have instructions on what to do until then, like taking heavy items off your keychain.

And when the repair time comes, don't be afraid to ask for a loaner.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sat Jun 28, 2014, 12:57 AM (14 replies)

Ex-US Sen. Howard Baker Jr. Dies

Source: ABC News

Former Sen. Howard H. Baker Jr., a moderate Republican known as the politician who inquired what President Richard Nixon knew during the 1973 Senate Watergate hearings, has died. He was 88.

Baker, who served as U.S. ambassador to Japan from 2001 until early 2005, died Thursday at his home, according to an email distributed at the law firm where Baker was senior counsel. He died as a result of complications from a stroke suffered Saturday, the email said.

The scion of a political family, Baker served 18 years in the Senate, winning widespread respect from Republicans and Democrats alike and rising to the post of majority leader.


But it was his instantly famous question — "What did the president know and when did he know it?" — that made him an enduring household name. It instantly focused the nation's attention on the cover-up that perhaps more than the Watergate break-in itself eventually brought down Nixon's presidency.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/us-sen-howard-baker-jr-dies-24318528

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Thu Jun 26, 2014, 12:37 PM (32 replies)

Berkeley may put climate warnings on gas pumps

Berkeley, long a vanguard of environmental activism, could become the first city in the nation to require warning labels on gas pumps that inform consumers of the potential impact of burning fossil fuels.

The city’s Community Environmental Advisory Commission, a panel made up of citizens, passed a motion last week requesting that the City Manager draft an ordinance within the next three months that would require climate change warning labels on gas pumps at filling stations throughout the city.

The idea, first floated earlier this year, comes from 350.org Bay Area, the local chapter of a national advocacy group fighting against climate change.

The stickers would remind drivers of the link between driving and global warming, said Jamie Brooks, who is managing the “Beyond the Pump” campaign for 350.org.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sat Jun 21, 2014, 01:26 AM (1 replies)

NY top court considers local bans on gas drilling

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York’s highest court is expected to decide by the Fourth of July whether municipalities can use local zoning laws to ban shale gas development using hydraulic fracturing within their borders.

The seven-member Court of Appeals heard oral arguments Tuesday in two cases where a midlevel appellate court unanimously concluded last year that state oil and gas law doesn’t trump the authority of local governments to control land use.

The challenges have been closely watched by an industry hoping to drill in New York’s piece of the Marcellus Shale formation and by environmentalists who fear drilling could threaten water supplies and public health.

The industry argues that allowing local bans will create a patchwork of regulation that will prevent effective extraction of gas resources.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Wed Jun 4, 2014, 10:48 PM (7 replies)

Japan oil tanker explodes off SW coast; 1 missing

Source: USA Today

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese oil tanker exploded Thursday off the country's southwest coast near Himeji port, leaving one of the eight people aboard missing, the coast guard said. Four others were severely injured.

Photos and video from the scene showed billowing clouds of black smoke as coast guard vessels sought to douse the fire, which gutted the middle of the Shoko Maru, a 998-ton tanker based in the western city of Hiroshima.

Seven people were rescued, though four suffered severe burns, public broadcaster NHK reported. A search was underway for the missing man, the tanker's captain, it said.

The cause of the explosion was unclear, said coast guard spokesman Koji Takarada. NHK said crew members were working on the deck of the tanker at the time of the blast.

Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/05/29/japan-tanker-explodes/9705851/?

Images from scene showed clouds of black smoke as authorities sought to put out fire

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Thu May 29, 2014, 03:14 AM (9 replies)

Meet Congressional Candidate Aaron Woolf at May 12th Event in Queensbury

Please join Washington County Democrats for a Meet & Greet with 21st Congressional District Democratic and Working Families candidate Aaron Woolf on Monday, May 12th at the Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 773 training center. The evening will be the perfect opportunity to meet our candidate and learn how you can help keep District 21 BLUE!

Congressional District 21 Candidate Aaron Woolf

Monday, May 12th
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 773 New Office and Training Center Complex
37 Luzerne Road, Queensbury, NY – map

Appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.

Donations accepted but not required.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Fri May 9, 2014, 04:45 AM (219 replies)
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