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About Natural Gas

Written by Chrisna on .

We want much more robust inquiries into fracking's impact on drinking water supplies.  No matter what, clean water trumps cheap fossil fuel every time.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703712504576232582990089002.html#printMode

Town Hall Energy Conversation with Dylan Ratigan

Written by Chrisna on .

Watch live streaming video from dylanratigan at livestream.com
This is a very interesting conversation on U.S. energy policy and potential.  The only thing missing is a straight conversation about the safe water issues re: nat gas and fracking.  That needs to be discussed when nat gas is being proposed as a great solution for both transportation fuel and electricity generation.

Chicken Fat to Jet Fuel

Written by Jeffrey Ball - WSJ.com on .

Agricultural giant Tyson Foods Inc. and fuel developer Syntroleum Corp say they've begun in recent weeks to make diesel and jet fuel from chicken fat, beef tallow and a range of greases and oils at a plant they've built in Geismar, La., south of Baton Rouge. The raw materials are leftovers from Tyson's meat-processing plants and other food-processing factories and restaurants.

The Louisiana refinery has the capacity to produce 75 million gallons of fat-based fuel annually—making it tiny by oil-industry standards but among the bigger alternative-fuel plants in the U.S.

Buyers include oil companies mandated by federal law to mix renewable fuel into their conventional diesel, the companies say, though they wouldn't identify the purchasers, citing confidentiality agreements. The U.S. Air Force confirmed that it has contracted to buy about 40,000 gallons for testing the fuel for potential use in planes.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703665904575600693755326662.html

The True cost of coal

Written by Chrisna on .

Life-cycle study: Accounting for total harm from coal would add “close to 17.8¢/kWh of electricity generated”

In a groundbreaking article to be released this month in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Dr. Paul Epstein, associate director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School, details the economic, health and environmental costs associated with each stage in the life cycle of coal – extraction, transportation, processing, and combustion.  These costs, between a third to over half a trillion dollars annually, are directly passed on to the public.

In terms of human health, the report estimates $74.6 billion a year in public health burdens in Appalachian communities, with a majority of the impact resulting from increased healthcare costs, injury and death. Emissions of air pollutants account for $187.5 billion, mercury impacts as high as $29.3 billion, and climate contributions from combustion between $61.7 and $205.8 billion. Heavy metal toxins and carcinogens released during processing pollute water and food sources and are linked to long-term health problems. Mining, transportation, and combustion of coal contribute to poor air quality and respiratory disease, while the risky nature of mining coal results in death and injury for workers.

Read the full climateprogress.org article HERE.