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Wow, That Was Fast

Exxon Valdez Cleanup via Wikimedia

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Gawd, better late than never I guess:

25 Years After Exxon Valdez, U.S. Mandates Double-Hulled Oil Tankers

Oil tankers bring about 15 million gallons of oil every day into Washington state. Starting Jan. 1, those ships are required to have double hulls.

The oil-spill prevention measure has been in the works for decades, ever since Capt. Joseph Hazelwood ran the Exxon Valdez onto Alaska’s Bligh Reef in 1989. Eleven million gallons of oil spilled into Prince William Sound, killing thousands of seabirds and sea otters, devastating the region’s fisheries and unleashing action in Washington, D.C.

A year after what was then the nation’s worst oil spill, the U.S. Congress required oil tankers to have double hulls. […]  The Oil Pollution Act of 1990 gave ship owners 25 years to phase out their single-hull tankers.


December 31, 2014 at 12:28 PM Leave a comment

I Wouldn’t Want to Live in Greeley, Colorado

Check this out:

The Boom from Above: Visualizing The Rapid Pace of Drilling in Colorado’s Communities

Colorado is in the midst of a fast-paced oil and natural gas boom that has secured the state a spot as one of the top ten oil and gas producers in the nation.

The boom has also brought drilling and its impacts into Colorado’s communities, but it can be hard to grasp its full extent and how quickly it has spread to the state’s populated areas.

Using publicly-available data from the state of Colorado, we mapped the oil and gas wells drilled in Colorado between 1990 and 2013. The maps show a sea of red moving across the state and into Colorado’s communities.

Oil and Gas Wells Drilled on the Front Range: 1990-2013
This map shows the 14,887 oil and gas wells that have been drilled around Greeley, Colorado.


This is Greeley, Colorado and its surrounding oil and gas wells in 1992:

Greeley Oil Wells 1

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And this is Greeley last year:

Greeley Oil Wells 2

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It’s Out. Of. Control.

(Greeley is about 55 miles northeast of me here in Boulder).



November 20, 2014 at 4:19 PM 1 comment

Republicans Believe in Evolution Now!

Gawd I love this:

Tweet of hte Day 106014


October 6, 2014 at 11:09 AM Leave a comment

Image: 35,000 Walrus Resting on an Alaskan Beach

What an amazing photo but the story behind it is heartbreaking:

Image NOAA via

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In this aerial photo taken on Sept. 27, 2014, and provided by NOAA, some 35,000 walrus gather on shore near Point Lay, Alaska. Pacific walrus looking for places to rest in the absence of sea ice are coming to shore in record numbers on Alaska’s northwest coast. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration confirms an estimated 35,000 walrus wer photographed Saturday about 700 miles northwest of Anchorage. The enormous gathering was spotted during NOAA’s annual arctic marine mammal aerial survey.


October 1, 2014 at 9:15 AM Leave a comment

The United States is Way Behind China in Preparing for Climate Change

Let’s ponder the long run for a sec here:  Who’s smarter?  Who’s doing the best job planning for the future?

Military v. Climate spending via Degrist on twitter

(Image via @Drgrist on Twiter)

I vote for China.

This is what the U.S. gets allowing itself to become a corporatocracy run by lobbyist$ who drain it via endless war.

September 19, 2014 at 8:58 PM Leave a comment

Oil Company Asks the Texas Supreme Court To Tape Our Mouths Shut

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Steve Lipsky’s tainted water well had already stirred national debate about the impacts of oil and gas production. Now it stars in a free speech dispute that has landed in Texas’ highest court – the biggest test of a state law meant to curb attempts to stifle public protest.

Now that corporations are “people,” they’re asking for rights beyond that.  They want to take away We the People’s right to say things about them they don’t like:  In a nutshell:  Texan Steve Lipsky, who says the oil and gas fracking industry caused the water coming out of his well to be so contaminated he can light it on fire, is fighting an oil and gas industry effort to shut him up because they claim what he’s saying about them hurts their poor selves so much he should be silenced:

Free Speech Case Springs

From Fracking Dispute

The case has reached the Texas Supreme Court.
Imagine if this goes to the U.S.Supreme Court and it rules that corporation are not only people, but they have more rights that we real people do.  That they have the right to stifle speech when we complain about what corporations are doing to us.Something to think about NOW, before it’s too late.


September 11, 2014 at 9:03 PM Leave a comment

The Headline of the Day

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If you watch or listen to corporate media,  I bet you haven’t heard a thing about this wonderfulness.  The headline alone (from Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal no less) amazes:

DA Drops Charges Against Climate Change Protesters for Sake of Planet

Got that?  Again:

DA Drops Charges Against Climate Change Protesters —-> for Sake of Planet <—-

Climate change activists Jay O’Hara and Ken Ward were arrested last year when they motored a lobster boat to a shipping channel near the Brayton Point power plant in Somerset, Mass. and blocked a 40,000-ton shipment of Appalachian coal.

Until this week, the environmental activists faced criminal charges for their makeshift blockade, which the two men documented online.

Fortunately for the defendants, they had an ally in Bristol District Attorney C. Samuel Sutter, a prosecutor who sympathized with their environmental cause.  They were about to stand trial when Mr. Sutter announced that his office had agreed to drop the criminal case and instead charge then men with civil infractions


Mr. Sutter explained his reasoning in a statement Monday:

The decision that Assistant District Attorney Robert Kidd and I reached today was a decision that certainly took into consideration the cost to the taxpayers in Somerset, but was also made with our concerns for their children, and the children of Bristol County and beyond in mind.

Climate change is one of the gravest crises our planet has ever faced. In my humble opinion, the political leadership on this issue has been sorely lacking. I am heartened that we were able to forge an agreement that both parties were pleased with and that appeared to satisfy the police and those here in sympathy with the individuals who were charged.


As is my wont, I wish every American would see this…






September 9, 2014 at 8:08 PM Leave a comment

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