2010 Deepwater Horizon spill still causing problems and more…

Scientists worry oil from the 2010 disaster could reemerge as Isaac turns waters in the Gulf. People are still sick, ecosystems wrecked and economies broken from the original onslaught of that spill. It’s a shame they’ll have to revisit it so tangibly again.

As if that weren’t bad enough for the sake of oil: Jamaica is realing from their latest oil spill disaster.  At that link address there is a slide show showing 12 more spills since the 2010 disaster. Check it out to see and learn about them.

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What is the real impact of increased oil & gas production?

Recently, the presidential candidates have been debating the benefits and pitfalls of increased oil and gas production. I have the feeling that increasing output is an easy short-term solution but don’t we know that there are negative, long-term consequences? Here is a short video covering the debate:

Weighing Benefits and Pitfalls of Increased Oil and Gas Production in the U.S.
SUMMARY: Two years ago, the U.S imported two-thirds of its oil. Now, imports are less than half of U.S. oil needs. Jeffrey Brown talks to National Resources Defense Council’s Kate Sinding and the Manhattan Institute’s Robert Bryce about increased domestic energy production and whether economic benefits outweigh environmental concerns.

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87% power generation energy efficiency- is it possible?

Does that seem like a crazy question? When you think about it, I am sure it makes sense to you that some energy is lost during the time it is produced to the time it is consumed (i.e., delivered to my apartment to power my toaster oven), but the amount that is lost astounding! MOre than 2/3 of it is lost in transmission. And that’s the standard. Well, at least it was (I hope)…

This short video is a great example of what people can do when left to their own devices. The University of Texas makes their own energy. They operate their own power generation plants, equipment, etc. and they have the ability to make changes to it when they want. You and I don’t have that luxury (or if you do, please let me know because that would be really cool!). We buy our energy from someone else and we hope we’re getting the best bang for our buck.

Hope springs eternal, right? Well… Watch this video, about 3 minutes long, and you tell me. After watching the video we realize we are stuck hoping we’re getting our best deal and knowing we’re not.  If U of T can make this level of impact on their energy production efficiencies, so can the big e-companies, no?

 

UT Utilities Director Receives Award for Energy Ingenuity

Recent Drought and Heat Tired to Climate Change

In a recent study, NASA scientists have connected the recent drought, fires, and high temps to climate change: Perception of climate change by James Hansen, Makiko Sato, and Reto Ruedy in the Proceedigns of the National Academy of Sciences of the US.

Here is an interview with the lead author Dr. James Hansen:
James Hansen: Extreme Heat Events Connected to Climate Change

An Old Fashioned Strategy to Keep Asian Carp at Bay in the Great Lakes: Eat Them

Here is a piece from the Newshour that hits close to home!

An Old Fashioned Strategy to Keep Asian Carp at Bay in the Great Lakes: Eat Them
SUMMARY:To keep Asian carp, an invasive species, from taking over in the Great Lakes, scientists and fishermen are employing an simple strategy: Catch them and eat them. But they have found that there are some pragmatic issues — as well as marketing issues — to overcome. Ash-har Quraishi of WTTW Chicago reports.

Watch An Old Fashioned Strategy to Keep Asian Carp at Bay on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.