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Solar Energy-President Obama approves $6 Billion for Solar Project

October 26th, 2010

President Obama approved the largest solar project on public lands.  This project and the other six approved projects will create more than 2,000 jobs during construction and several hundred permanent positions after completion.  This highlights the commitment to alternative energy and solar power by President Obama and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s administrations.

Approval by the Interior Department was given in October for  construction on 7,000 acres in the Mojave Desert near Blythe California.  Named the Blythe Solar Power Project, it is being developed by Solar Millennium, a German solar developer.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar stated that the project showed in a real way how harnessing their own renewable resources could create good jobs at home.

The Interior Department has approved six solar projects on Federal lands and is expected to approve a seventh project.  These projects are located in California and Nevada.

After going on line the seven will generate more than 3,000 megawatts of power.  Enough electricity for two million homes.

Sources for this story:

EzineMark.com

The Sacramento Bee

OIL

July 8th, 2010

Oil has been used for centuries.

Drilling for oil was recorded as far back as 347 A.D. in China.

American Indians used it to waterproof their canoes, make war paint and medicines.

Drilling for oil in the US is first credited to Colonel Edwin L. Drake, when he drilled for oil near Titusville, Pennsylvania in 1859. During this period, oil was used for medicine.(1)

When the internal combustion engine was developed, the demand for petroleum increased.

Everyone dreamed that they would be rich. A television series about a fictional family, the Clampetts, involved them moving from the mountains of Appalachia to Beverly Hills after Jeb struck oil with a single rifle shot. I’ve been to both places, Beverly Hills and the Appalachian mountains, and would prefer the mountains. Oil appeared plentiful. It came from the ground and it was liquid gold. It seemed that there was an oil rig in every back yard. There was one on the hills overlooking my grandparent’s home in Kentucky.

And people were getting rich. The wealth continued even after the wells ran dry in the US. By then, the use of this precious liquid was so intertwined into American society that we couldn’t ,or, more importantly, wouldn’t attempt to convert to a different source of power.

The oil companies set their sights offshore and on protected lands to drill for oil.

As professors and scientists warned that the path that we, as a civilization, were headed was unsustainable, the petroleum industry was gaining ever more political influence and financial strength. Because of their financial strength, they were able to silence the naysayers, purchase scientists willing to sell their soul for a handful of gold, and purchase advertising toting their “benevolent” attitude,

A system of paying off politicians, from the local level to Congress and on to the White House, progressed to the point that it is obscene. Just check  congress.org and see how much money is donated to each member of the Senate and the House of Representatives. It left me sick. How could these congressmen and congresswomen vote in an unbiased fashion when they are showered in donations? Most of these “donations” go to the members of the energy oversight committee. Am I alone in the wilderness questioning?

They are clever. They set us against ourselves. Television and cable moderators on the right and left work to churn up division in the country. It makes us “feel” better hearing that there are others like us. And they create a face for our enemies. I must confess that listening to the broadcasts increases anger in me.

Politicians are encouraged to engage in the game. Why else would they possibly make statements that are assured to enrage the opposition? The only explanation is that they receive campaign donations.

Our current situation stems from the oft quoted, “We just can’t stop using oil. It will take time to adjust, time to change.” This statement has been used over and over and over again and there is no change. When is it the TIME?

An editorial I read the other day stated: What are we supposed to do, stop the economy and find a new way without oil?

My question would be: “Do we continue along the same path and wait until we run out of oil and the watch as the economy stops?”

Time ran out a long time ago.

IT RAN OUT IN THE 1970’s WHEN THE OIL WELLS BEGAN TO RUN DRY IN THE UNITED STATES!

How many times have you heard, “We have to drill in the _____ ?” It could be the Gulf of Mexico, the Arctic, the north shores of Alaska and on and on. As if this will stop our dependence on foreign oil. Most of the oil used in the US is foreign, it is from Canada. Yes, Canada.

It is very ugly the way the Canadians are extracting the oil. But that’s subject for another article.

One question I would have to the greedy who continue this cycle, is where in the solar system do you think that you can live after you have made this planet uninhabitable? Do you know something we don’t? Or did you think that the earth could absorb all the waste and damage? How much of the natural resources could you take from our planet without it demanding retribution?

The retribution doesn’t just affect those who greedily profited from the plunder of our Earth, but all of mankind.

The Results:

Weapons of Mass Destruction-Cartoon by Rick Hotton

July 6th, 2010
Weapons of Mass Destruction kindly donated by Rick Hotton

Weapons of Mass Destruction by Rick Hutton

This morning I saw this cartoon and it sums up the situation in the Gulf of Mexico.

I would like to thank Rick Hotton, cartoonist, for allowing me to post his work. To see more of Rick Hutton’s work visit his website at www.holymolecartoon.com

Partial Lunar Eclipse June 26, 2010

June 25th, 2010

Tonight a partial lunar eclipse will be visible in many areas of the United States. An eclipse occurs when the earth blocks the light from the sun onto the moon.  An eclipse can either be a partial or total event.

In Florida and the lower eastern US, the partial eclipse will begin at around 3:00am EDT.  And the greatest eclipse will coincide when the moon is setting at around 5:30 am EDT, creating the effect known as the Moon Illusion.

The Moon Illusion is called this because, as the moon nears the horizon, either rising or setting, it has the horizon and either buildings, trees, hills or some object as a reference point to compare it with, making the moon appear larger.


Because of this affect, the view of the eclipse in the southern regions of the United States will be spectacular, as the moon will exhibit a reddish glow.  This glow is created by the sun’s light passing through earth’s atmosphere, where it is scattered when passing through particles contained in the atmosphere.  The amount of particles that the sun’s light must pass through, determines had red the glow.  With recent volcanic eruptions we have experienced this may well be worth the effort of getting up early.

The next lunar eclipse will be on December 21, 2010.

For more information visit the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Eclipse website.


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Solar Storms- Coming to a Planet Near You

June 10th, 2010

After a much desired vacation, well rested and ready for business, our Sun is back to work and the next couple of years may be very exciting ones here on earth.

In a statement from NASA dated June 4 th 2010 from a meeting held in Washington DC:

“The sun is waking up from a deep slumber, and in the next few years we expect to see much higher levels of solar activity.  At the same time, our technological society has developed an unprecedented sensitivity to solar storms.  The intersection of these two issues is what we’re getting together to discuss.”

The consensus of the attendees of this meeting was that the economic damage from solar storms could be 20 times the damage done by Hurricane Katrina.   CME (Massive Coronal Mass Ejection or Solar Eruption) striking the earth will  knock out  many, if not all, the high tech systems that we have come to rely on.



Some of these systems would include the satellites, that are responsible for communication and GPS ( Global Positioning System),  financial systems around the world that rely on computers, electrical grids could be shut down.  Society would be plunged back in time a hundred years.

In order to prepare for a solar flare or storm the government relies the expertise of two agencies, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration.   NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)  has been tasked with the responsibility of monitoring space weather, with the aid of NASA spacecraft.  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration maintains the Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder Colo.   What is really interesting is NOAA’s websites where you can check for updates on space weather,the Space Weather Advisories- Advisory Outlooks website and  Space Weather Now site .

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