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China’s wind farms can now produce more energy than all of America’s nuclear plants

Nukes are a dirty, dangerous fuel from a bygone era. The fact is, without taxpayers subsidies, nukes would never be built in this country. NO NUKES.

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See for comparison: http://www.eia.gov/nuclear/generation/

So, US Plans 20,000 Troop Offensive (How do we pay for this?)

http://www.nationalpost.com/m/wp/blog.html?b=news.nationalpost.com/2015/02/19/u-s-iraq-planning-20000-soldier-spring-offensive-to-retake-mosul-from-isis

The U.S. is considering offering a range of backing for the offensive, such as air support, intelligence and logistics, the official said. The military also has not ruled out deploying a small number of U.S. troops on the ground to find targets and call in airstrikes.

While U.S. President Barack Obama has pledged U.S. forces will not become embroiled in ground combat in Iraq, he asked Congress this month to approve an authorization for use of military force he said would permit ground missions. These include serving as spotters for strikes, using special operations forces to target ISIS leaders, collecting intelligence and conducting rescue operations.

The U.S. and allies have established five sites in the region to train Iraqi forces. About 3,200 forces are now in training and almost 2,000 have been graduated

CNN: New Allegations of Saudi Involvement in 9-11

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/02/03/politics/9-11-attacks-saudi-arabia-involvement/

Washington (CNN)New allegations have emerged from the man described as the 20th 9/11 hijacker, alleging members of the Saudi royal family supported al Qaeda.

Zacarias Moussaoui, who pleaded guilty in 2005 to six terror-related charges, makes the allegations in a sworn statement contained in a brief submitted Tuesday as part of an ongoing civil case by the families of 9/11 victims.

In the late 1990s, Moussaoui says, he was tasked by Osama bin Laden to create a digital database cataloging al Qaeda's donors. Every day for two or three months, he says, he entered names of the group's donors into a Toshiba computer, along with how much they gave.



Moussaoui, who has been in U.S. custody for more than 13 years, said the list featured high-profile people, including several members of the Saudi Royal family, whom he named in his testimony.

Affordable housing didn’t cause the financial crisis

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/01/27/wonkbook-affordable-housing-didnt-cause-the-financial-crisis/

Irresponsible lending might have been one of the many causes of the financial crisis -- but not just irresponsible lending to poor people, according to a new study.

"The large majority of mortgage dollars originated between 2002 and 2006 are obtained by middle- and high-income borrowers (not the poor)," the authors write. "In addition, borrowers in the middle and top of the distribution are the ones that contributed most significantly to the increase in mortgages in default after 2007." Rich people tend to take out larger mortgages, of course, but the fact is that the amount of money poor borrowers failed to pay back was just never that significant, as this chart from the paper shows. In case you have a hard time believing that so many larger mortgages could have gone into default, The Washington Post just published a series of stories on subprime, sometimes predatory lending in relatively affluent places such as Prince George's County, Md., outside Washington, D.C.

The findings undermine criticism of recent modest efforts by the Obama administration to make housing more affordable for low-income borrowers by loosening federal credit standards. It's important to lend responsibly, even for the federal government, but the risks in this case might be exaggerated.


Rooftop solar is now cheaper than the grid in 42 American cities

http://www.utilitydive.com/news/rooftop-solar-is-now-cheaper-than-the-grid-in-42-american-cities/352799/

New numbers show solar-generated electricity is ready for head-on competition with utility-delivered electricity.

Nearly 21 million single-family homeowners in 42 of the 50 biggest U.S. cities can now expect to pay less for electricity from solar than for electricity they buy from their utility. In fact, the numbers show money spent on a residential solar system earns a better return than investing in Standard and Poor’s 500 index fund.

“Solar is now not just an option for the rich, but a real opportunity for anyone looking to take greater control over their monthly utility bills and make a long-term, relatively low-risk investment,” explains "Going Solar in America: Ranking Solar’s Value to Consumers in America’s Largest Cities," a new study from the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center.

The information gap

To breach the “clear information gap” between the popular presumption that solar energy is an expensive indulgence and the new reality that it is a competitively priced source of electricity, the paper uses a range of National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) System Advisor Model (SAM) parameters and other factors to calculate rankings. The list for the top 50 solar cities was based on:

Solar and wind power yield cheapest energy, say Finnish experts

http://www.adn.com/article/20150119/solar-and-wind-power-yield-cheapest-energy-say-finnish-experts

China possesses significant wind and solar energy resources, so a power network based on renewable energy sources has the potential to become profitable very quickly. That’s why they should move to a system like this. China is already the world’s largest investor in solar and wind energy at present,” says lead researcher Pasi Vainikka from VTT.

The Finnish researchers are confident that renewable energy sources like solar and wind power will become the cheapest form of energy production in Asia within the next ten years. What is more, energy produced in this way provides the added benefits of being inexpensive, emission-free and promoting self-sufficiency. Professor of solar energy Christian Breyer from the Lappeenranta University says the project’s large-scale simulation of functioning renewable energy networks is the first of its kind.

“A network fully based on renewable energy is possible in Northeast Asia. Renewable energy is also the cheapest form of energy production available to them there. All of the other options are more expensive. It is a new insight,” says Breyer.

America is a Violent Country




http://kieranhealy.org/blog/archives/2012/07/20/america-is-a-violent-country/
Posted by grahamhgreen | Wed Jan 7, 2015, 08:57 PM (3 replies)

US 'Formally' Ends 'War' in Afghanistan. Troops Respond:

Silent thread for the innocent people tortured to death in the perpetual war.

Wind & Solar = 77% Of New US Electricity Generating Capacity In November

http://cleantechnica.com/2014/12/23/wind-solar-account-70-new-us-generating-capacity-november/

The United States Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Office of Energy Projects released its monthly “Energy Infrastructure Update” on Tuesday, and the big winners from the month of November seem to be wind and solar, which combined added up to over 70% of all new electrical generating capacity placed into service during the month. If you add in our estimate for non-utility-scale solar, the market share of solar and wind rises to 77%.



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