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Is it rape and plunder by Big Energy Capital?

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The key word is “seems to be” and time, as in many other ugly situations, will tell whether what seems to be is!

That massive spill, which we’re told is the result of much risky behavior by BP and its contractrors, leaves a coastal area besmirched for the duration or something like that. Fishers, shrimpers et al have their livelihood curtailed and maybe ended. Ain’t capitalism beautiful when it seeks profit at whatever the cost?

Here’s physical evidence of another besmirching of the US landscape by coal operators in West Virginia:

To read the full NY Times story about Spruce 1 and contested plans for its expansion go here!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/07/15 at 15:18

Is this evidence of the Greens empty promise

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From the Globe and Mail this morning

Eric Reguly

Oil still fuels the green state of Denmark

Something is rotten: Despite wind power, fossil fuels still dominate electricity production

Denmark oozes green.

While Denmark has made considerable progress in moving toward clean energy, it is still tethered to the grubby old carbon world.

In 1990 Denmark’s oil production was 7-million cubic metres (one cubic metre equals 6.3 barrels). Production peaked at 22.6-million cubic metres in 2004. In 2007, the figure was a still-hefty 18.1-million. Natural gas production has doubled since 1990.

Most of the oil and gas is exported. “Denmark’s economic success story is dependent on other nations increasing their carbon-dioxide footprint,” said Aldyen Donnelly, president of Vancouver’s WDA Consulting, a greenhouse-gas emissions management consultancy.


This surely rings an off-key note. Or is this a piece of negative PR and doesn’t give a “bigger picture” story that we should have to understand what Denmark’s real energy picture means to the world!



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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/11/30 at 06:24

Meat eating and the environment

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Some writer much wiser and better informed than me said, more or less, “We are what we eat!” You can agree or disagree, but we should pay more attention to what we eat and what impact collective eating has on the environment. A rancher and lawyer has a thoughtful article in today’s NY Times, my newspaper (hardcopy/online) of  record. Here’s an excerpt:

Rampant waste at the processing, retail and household stages compounds the problem. About half of the food produced in the United States is thrown away, according to University of Arizona research. Thus, a consumer could measurably reduce personal global warming impact simply by more judicious grocery purchasing and use.

And I would  say that the above applies to the Americas as a whole and not just the US!

So from now on pay more attention to how what you eat adds to the negative burden on the environment.


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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/10/31 at 06:56

The natural kind of wide, wide web and not www.

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Oh how they weave on and on the better to catch their supper!

Here’s how this arachnophid is described by NY Times Science section:

Researchers from the United States and Slovenia have discovered a new, giant golden orb weaver spider from Africa and Madagascar. This photo shows a Nephila inaurata spider whose orb-web exceeded one meter in diameter.

It’s all in the orb and not .org, I guess!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/10/24 at 08:55

Quality of life

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Much is written about this and it’s probably the most important factor about living. I am a lucky retiree. I am 73 years old and I enjoy a high level of physical and mental well being. My wife who is 28 years younger than I continues to tell me that I look and act much younger than my biological age. A lot of that has to do with where I was brought up and have lived. Here’s what I look like in a photo taken about a month ago:

I look pretty healthy and lively even at 7AM leaving China earlier this month. This morning I saw the image of a man in Peru looking much the worse for the wear and tear of his life.

Photo by Tomas Munita for NY Times

This is Jesus Guitan, 60, who worked for 17 years at a base metals smelter in Peru. He now suffers from several health problems, which he attributes to the pollution he was exposed to during his working years. It’s this image that got me thinking about the depth and breadth of my well being in comparison with so many less fortunate than I.

And then there is the image of this man in China who clearly has to work very hard for meager wages:

Three men, three different living conditions and three quite different images of well being! I am quite happy with mine, thank you very much!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/06/25 at 08:18

Our Prime Ministers of Oil Sands

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The headline says it all succinctly:

The Costly Compromises of Oil From Sand

Amongst other key things our “focused on the political message” hasn’t shared with us in a forthright way is the pollution fallout from refining oil sands. He is not the only politician to do it though. Neither Jean Chretien nor Paul Martin had much to say about that contentious issue.

In case you are interested in what NY Times has to say, click here!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/03/30 at 04:50

2008 will be coolest year of the decade

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According to the Guardian:

This year is set to be the coolest since 2000, according to a preliminary estimate of global average temperature that is due to be released next week by the Met Office. The global average for 2008 should come in close to 14.3C, which is 0.14C below the average temperature for 2001-07.

And you thought global climate change was making the world hotter. So check out what they have to say about cool UK in 2008.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/12/05 at 10:25