Environment


So this is totally off my normal train of topic but I just learned that a couple of bigfoot hunters supposedly have found the body of bigfoot, or the body of a really really big gorilla, in the Georgian mountains. I’m not really sure what to believe. They are currently doing all kinds of testing on the body.

For obvious reasons, the details are being kept pretty quiet at this point. All we know is that the body was 8 feet 8 inches tall and covered with reddish-brown hair. The face has human as well as ape like features.

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I wanted to follow up on another post in which a commenter/reader decided to scathe me for liking Obama (which I don’t) simply because I happened to see his point on the tire inflation issue (and just about completely avoided the issue all together).

So, let’s take a deeper look at this. As I said in my last post:

Offshore drilling facts (as stated by President Bush):

If we open up offshore drilling we can start producing 200,000 barrels a day by 2030.

Our current demand is 2 million per day

Those 200,00 barrels that would be produced in 20 years will mostly go to other countries.

Gasoline conservation facts (of which Obama is being ridiculed for):

Properly inflating your tires can save 3% on gas

Reducing idling time (turning your car off if it is idling for a long time, i.e. at the drive through, when you run into the store, sit at the bank drive through) can save 5%

Eliminating unnecessary acceleration can save you almost 20% in gas consumption

Regular car maintenance such as tune up, changing filters, changing the oil can save 4%

So that means that in 10-20 years (a time frame given by many experts in the oil/gas industry that not many seem to dispute) the oil companies (international oil companies) can get about 10% of our current oil demand of about 2 million barrels/day (we all know that will most likely increase though) from offshore drilling. But that’s 10% of our current oil demand. Remember that this oil is owned by international oil companies so therefore, the oil contributes to the global oil demand. This is a far smaller percentage comparatively.

When you translate that into money your talking about maybe a dollar saved per barrel which is only pennies when your talking about gallons of gas. So in 10-20 years (most say by the year 2030) we will be saving a few pennies on gas if we open up offshore drilling today.

Now, let’s look at the benefits of taking personal responsibility for the amount of gas we consume. If we do little things that cost very little and mostly no money at all like properly inflating our tires, changing filters, getting tune-ups, not letting your engine run for long periods at idle, not accelerating too fast (which only save a few seconds time wise when your trying to get somewhere in a hurry) that is about a 20-30% savings on gas (talking about miles per gallon) for the average person. (There’s a whole list of others things to do such as going down long hills on neutral, rolling the windows up at fast speeds, reducing the weight in your car, being in the right gear (even in automatics which most people forget about), and planning your trip more efficiently when running errands.)

I’m not a math wizard or a scientist but I’m smart enough to know that when you compare the two scenario’s it’s obvious that we will save a heck of a lot more money by conserving oil instead of finding an excuse, like offshore drilling, to keep consuming the same amount and even more oil than we currently do.

In Brazil, 90% of their fuel is sugar cane derived ethanol. And it cost half as much. They have plenty of domestic oil to make up for the difference meaning they absolutely have no need for foreign oil. Plus, with all those flex-fuel cars on the road their air is much, much cleaner. I think we should look to them as an example.

The conservatives have been having a field day with Obama’s suggestion that simply inflating our tires properly can solve the problem of our demand for oil and eliminate the need to lift the ban on offshore drilling.

Offshore drilling facts (as stated by President Bush):

If we open up offshore drilling we can start producing 200,000 barrels a day by 2030.

Our current demand is 2 million per day

Those 200,00 barrels that would be produced in 20 years will mostly go to other countries.

Gasoline conservation facts (of which Obama is being ridiculed for):

Properly inflating your tires can save 3% on gas

Reducing idling time (turning your car off if it is idling for a long time, i.e. at the drive through, when you run into the store, sit at the bank drive through) can save 5%

Eliminating unnecessary acceleration can save you almost 20% in gas consumption

Regular car maintenance such as tune up, changing filters, changing the oil can save 4%

So we have the choice of giving the oil companies free reign over our already endangered oceans and risk oil spills killing tens of thousands of birds, fish, marine wildlife and the coral reefs that are a habitat for ocean wildlife and line their pockets with even more money.

Or we can just start to be a bit more conscientious and take it upon ourselves to accept the responsibility of reducing the demand for oil we currently require. It might take some extra effort but in the long run it is much much more worth it.

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Once again the Main stream media is leaving out a very crucial part of the supposed bee die-off mystery. What they aren’t saying is that organic bees, or bees that aren’t genetically modified; given anti-biotics; or sprayed with pesticides, aren’t dying off at all. Not one colony of organic bees has reported any instances of Collapsed Colony Disorder; CCD.

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The news has been full of stories on honeybee disappearances throughout the U.S. While no one cause for “Colony Collapse Disorder” has been identified, many ideas have been generated; and while no one has the answer yet, everyone can agree that this is an issue with far reaching implications for our species and others.

Reports from the Organic Consumers Association state that bee losses are affecting commercial, and not organic, beekeepers. Commercial beekeepers breed bees to be larger than they would grow in their natural habitats and larger bees create larger holes in beehives. Some theorize that, with these larger holes, mites may more readily enter and infest the hive, which the bees will then abandon. In Minnesota, researchers at the U of M Extension Service Bee Lab think that the massive bee disappearance may be caused by many factors coming to a head for these sensitive creatures. Overuse of pesticides was called out as a death knell to pollinators in Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” 40 years ago, and we now use twice as much pesticide on our agricultural land. Combine an abused immune system with more aggressive mites and lots of “electrosmog” messing with an internal sense of direction, and you have one sick honeybee!

The circle of life. Everything depends on everything else to survive on this planet. Even one disruption in the balance can have serious ramifications. Who would have thought that the warming trends on the planet would effect the oysters. “Who cares about the oysters?”, you may say. Here’s why–

The Telegraph

Companies are being invited to lease the rights to explore geothermal resources beneath Mount Spurr, a snowcapped 11,070-foot volcano that most recently erupted in 1992 showering much of Anchorage with volcanic ash.

The state Division of Oil and Gas hopes the lease sale, due to go ahead in August, will be the first of many. It is also considering allowing exploration of the 4,134-foot Augustine Volcano, 171 miles southwest of Anchorage.

The move echoes a trend underway across much of the US as fuel prices, worries about dependence on foreign oil and climate change trigger a surge in geothermal projects, particularly in the West and along the Gulf Coast.

According to experts, America is only just waking up to the ancient power source lying beneath dozens of states that has the potential to supply as much as 25 percent of the nation’s energy needs.

“High prices and climate change are definitely creating a renaissance in geothermal interest, particularly on a state and local level,” said Karl Gawell, executive director of the Geothermal Energy Association.

“There really is a tremendous amount going on right now.”

USA Today

WASHINGTON (AP) — Exactly 20 years after warning America about global warming, a top NASA scientist said the situation has gotten so bad that the world’s only hope is drastic action.

James Hansen told Congress on Monday that the world has long passed the “dangerous level” for greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and needs to get back to 1988 levels. He said Earth’s atmosphere can only stay this loaded with man-made carbon dioxide for a couple more decades without changes such as mass extinction, ecosystem collapse and dramatic sea level rises.

“We’re toast if we don’t get on a very different path,” Hansen, director of the Goddard Institute of Space Sciences who is sometimes called the godfather of global warming science, told The Associated Press. “This is the last chance.”

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