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API Strategy & Practice Conference Announces Key Sessions, Panels,...

PR Web - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 18:17

‘API's Going Mainstream’ Takes a Deep Dive into the API Economy in Chicago this September—Highlights Include Relevant, Provocative Session Topics and High Caliber Speakers

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HOPE Foods Recognized for Its Innovative Practices and Products Named...

PR Web - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 18:17

HOPE Foods is recognized for creative innovation and great taste. This month, Hope was named a Colorado Company to Watch and a HOPE Foods product has been recognized as a “Best Bite” by Delicious...

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Biofertilizers Market worth $1,649.7 Million by 2019 - A Report by...

PR Web - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 18:17

This research report categorizes the global biofertilizers market based on geography, type,microorganism,and crop type. The biofertilizers market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 13.9% from 2014 to...

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North America Rare Earth Metals Market is Expected to Grow at a CAGR...

PR Web - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 18:17

The growing effort for low carbon technologies in North America contributes a major role in the growth of rare earth market....

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Women Changing Lives Through Food

PR Web - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 18:17

Felicity Philp pens new cookbook with her best friends inspired by their healthy lifestyle change.

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North America M2M Satellite Communication Market worth $1.43 billion...

PR Web - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 18:17

M2M Satellite Communication-North America can be segmented by Hardwares, Services, Industries, Companies, Technologies and...

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The North America Biostimulant Market is Expected to Reach $490.1...

PR Web - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 18:17

The North America Biostimulant Market report defines and segments the biostimulants market in North America with analysis and forecast of revenue....

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The Lecithin Market in Europe is Expected to Reach $315.9 Million by...

PR Web - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 18:17

The European Lecithin Market report explains and divides the Lecithin market in Europe with analysis and projection of revenue. The Lecithin Market in Europe is estimated to grow from around $241.7...

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Submersible Pump Market Worth $18,914 Million by 2019 - a Report by...

PR Web - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 18:17

The global submersible pump market is estimated to reach $18,914 million by 2019 at the projected CAGR of 5.9%, indicating higher growth in the Asia-Pacific region....

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This Texas solar farm uses sheep for its landscaping needs

Grist.org - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 17:54

Using livestock in the solar power industry is a time-honored practice dating back to at least last Monday. But as handy as it is to have a donkey saddled with solar panels, when the energy requirements grow beyond charging tour laptop, larger and larger solar-animals are required. Eventually, strapping panels to grazing mammals becomes impractical.

That doesn’t mean that big solar plants don’t have a place for some four-hooved hench-creatures, however.

Enter the sheep. (Enter the Sheep, by the way, was to be the title of Bruce Lee’s next film). A small solar farm owned by CPS Energy, the municipal power company in San Antonio, Texas, has enlisted the help of the wooly workers to keep its grounds safe and tidy.

Jim Malewitz has more in the New York Times:

At the San Antonio plant, which is home to thousands of solar panels, OCI Solar describes its grazing as an experiment that has worked well. The meandering sheep appear to have done their job; patches of grass reach no higher than a foot despite recent heavy rains. The sheep have not chewed on cables or jumped on panels, which goats — their equally hungry cousins — are more apt to do. The lone mishap thus far, Ms. Krueger said, came when one wily sheep sneaked through a gap in a locked gate. OCI Solar teamed with a local police officer and a resident to corral the animal within 30 minutes.

The sheep receive fresh water on site and can take refuge from the Texas sun beneath the solar panels, which extend several feet off the
ground.

OCI Solar recently unleashed additions to its grazing operation: two herding dogs, both Great Pyrenees mixes, intended to ward off coyotes. On a recent afternoon that topped 90 degrees, one of the high-energy pups spent half an hour bounding alongside a reporter and his hosts, showing more interest in getting belly rubs and finding shade beneath the solar panels than protecting sheep.

The practice makes a lot of sense. First off, solar energy plants are called farms and what’s a farm without a “baa-baa here” and a “baa-baa there”? Then there’s the fact that the sheep/solar farm provides pasture for local farmers, and the sheep keep the grass around the panels low to provide technicians safe and easy access. Solar farms create tricky terrain for mechanized mowing. Besides, it gives the sheep something else to do besides hanging out at the mall all day.

I personally think this sheep thing is brilliant. I’ve been using sheep to drive in the HOV lane for years, but now I can see I’ve been thinking too small. There’s a million uses for sheep around Grist World Headquarters, so I’ve just bought a dozen and am sending them to the home office. To my editors: You’re welcome.


Filed under: Business & Technology, Climate & Energy
Categories: Environment

Thanks to the fracking boom, we’re wasting more money than ever on fossil fuel subsidies

Grist.org - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 16:51

You probably know that the U.S. government subsidizes fossil fuel production. But here’s something you probably don’t know: Those subsidies have recently increased dramatically. According to a report released last week by Oil Change International, “Federal fossil fuel production and exploration subsidies in the United States have risen by 45 percent since President Obama took office in 2009, from $12.7 billion to a current total of $18.5 billion.” We are, as the report observes, “essentially rewarding companies for accelerating climate change.”

At first glance, this seems strange. Why would there be such a big increase under a Democratic president who has committed his administration to combatting climate change, and who has even repeatedly called for eliminating exactly these kinds of dirty energy subsidies?

The short answer: fracking. The fracking boom has led to a surge in oil and natural gas production in recent years: Oil production is up by 35 percent since 2009, and natural gas production is up by 18 percent. With more revenues, expenditures, and profits in the oil and gas industries, the value of the various tax deductions for the oil industry has soared. So, for example, the deduction for “intangible drilling costs” cost taxpayers $1.6 billion in 2009, and $3.5 billion in 2013.

Oil Change argues that the increase in the size of subsidies is Obama’s fault. The report is even titled “Cashing in on All of the Above: U.S. Fossil Fuel Production Subsidies under Obama.” And it’s true that Obama endorses the farce of “energy independence” and pushes an “all of the above” energy strategy, which includes making public lands and offshore areas available for fossil fuel extraction.

But it’s a bit unfair to blame Obama, as the recent growth of subsidies has been largely beyond his control. First, that’s because many tax breaks for fossil fuel companies have been on the books for decades and Obama doesn’t have the power to unilaterally do away with them. Second, and more notably, it’s because the fracking boom has primarily been driven by technological advances, not by policy decisions. In fact, the amount of drilling happening on federal lands, where the president has some control over activities, is actually down over the past decade; most of the new drilling is happening on private land, according to a new report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Still, the federal government continues to lose lots of money by selling fossil fuel extraction rights on public lands for less than they are worth, as the Government Accountability Office has reported. Here again, more extraction means more lost government revenue. This is true for coal as well as oil and gas. In Wyoming and Montana’s Powder River Basin, where coal mining is booming, Oil Change notes that below-market lease rates are costing the Treasury $1 billion per year.

One of the biggest ways we continue to subsidize fossil fuels is by making society bear the brunt of the local pollution and climate change caused by fossil fuel extraction, transport, and burning. Calculating that cost is obviously difficult, although the Oil Change report estimates that it’s between $350 million and $501 billion annually. Some would also argue — as Oil Change does — that tens, or even hundreds, of billions of dollars in U.S. military spending in the Middle East each year is a fossil fuel subsidy, essentially spent to secure our oil supply.

David Turnbull, Oil Change’s campaigns director, says Obama’s pro-oil and -gas rhetoric has helped to encourage the recent boom, as well as decisions made by his Cabinet agencies. The Obama administration has expedited processes for leasing of public land and permitting of drilling and mining, he points out. Also, Turnbull says, “The administration stopping investigations of the impact of fracking on communities is allowing [fracking] to continue. It’s the administration saying, ‘We’re going to let fracking continue without diving into details.’”

Still, the biggest impediment to reform, by far, is the sway that dirty energy interests hold over Congress. As Oil Change points out, in the 2012 campaign cycle, fossil fuel companies spent $329 million on campaign contributions and lobbying.

Only a constitutional amendment enabling more aggressive campaign finance reform could begin to fix that problem. As it happens, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed exactly that on Thursday on a party-line 10-8 vote. But it would need two-thirds majorities to pass the full Senate and House of Representatives, even before it went to the states for ratification, and it won’t get support from anywhere near enough Republicans.

In the meantime, Obama can try to do more to properly regulate fossil fuels through his Cabinet agencies. The EPA, for example, should be regulating methane emissions from natural gas drilling. And he can reject proposals for the Keystone XL pipeline and the exportation of crude oil and natural gas. It would hardly be enough, but it would be a start.


Filed under: Article, Business & Technology, Climate & Energy, Politics
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Larson Electronics Releases Innovative NEW 300 Watt Explosion Proof...

PR Web - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 15:17

The Larson Electronics EPL-HB-2X150LED-RT Explosion Proof High Bay light fixture provides operators with a powerful and energy efficient alternative to traditional hazardous location luminaries. LED...

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Need for Faster Sample Analysis Drives Demand for UPLC, According to...

PR Web - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 15:17

GIA announces the release of a trend report on Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography (UPLC). Demand for Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography (UPLC) is driven by the need for faster sample...

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Consolidated Waterworks, LA Deploys Sedaru® Software, Optimizes...

PR Web - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 15:17

Consolidated Waterworks District No. 1 of Terrebonne Parish, LA has deployed Sedaru®, allowing the utility to be connected to system status and performance, predict the outcome of actions before...

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Intelligent Building Automation Technologies Market Worth $74.8...

PR Web - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 15:17

Intelligent Building Automation Technologies Market research report majorly focuses on market drivers, restraints, trends, challenges, and opportunities....

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Power Electronics Market Estimated to Reach $36.86 Billion by 2020 at...

PR Web - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 15:17

APAC held a major share of the power electronics ecosystem, worth 42.11%, in 2013; it is expected to be at the same position across the forecast period, followed by the Americas and Europe.

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Eden Foods hit by backlash for fighting Obamacare’s contraception mandate

Grist.org - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 14:47

We told you recently that Eden Foods, a widely distributed organic brand, has sued the Obama administration over the requirement that companies cover contraception as part of employee health-care plans. As word has spread, outrage has spread.

More than 112,000 people have a signed a petition organized by progressive group CREDO Action:

Tell CEO of Eden Foods, Michael Potter:

“I won’t buy Eden products until you stop playing politics with women’s health and drop your attacks on birth control coverage under the Affordable Care Act.”

Some are tweeting out Eden-shaming selfies:

Activists are returning @EdenFoods products until the company drops its attacks on birth control: #p2 #waronwomen pic.twitter.com/EAPPJiT5Su

— CREDO Mobile (@CREDOMobile) July 11, 2014

 

Citizens are also calling on their grocery stores and co-ops to stop stocking Eden’s products:

Every time I go to the store I'll be asking my grocer to stop carrying @edenfoods. You should too. Don't fund misogynists. #boycottedenfoods
Jill Filipovic (@JillFilipovic) July 05, 2014

Want to know if your favorite store carries @edenfoods? Store locator here: edenfoods.com/storelocator/s… #boycottEdenFoods #boycottWholeFoods
Jill Bauhs Jensen (@JillJensen) July 08, 2014

More than 14,000 have signed a petition at Change.org that asks Whole Foods to stop stocking Eden goods. The initial response from Whole Foods was not promising: “When reviewing products for our shelves, our primary consideration is whether the product’s ingredients meet our Quality Standards,” a company rep said. (Considering that Whole Foods founder and CEO John Mackey is also a libertarian who has whined about Obamacare, I wouldn’t expect any better.) Co-ops in San Francisco and Minneapolis have also refused to drop Eden, at least for now.

Eden’s CEO and sole shareholder, Michael Potter, is portraying himself as a victim of mean lefty activists, but he’s not backing down. From a statement posted on the company’s website on July 3:

We realized in making our objection that it would give rise to grotesque mischaracterizations and fallacious arguments. We did not fully anticipate the degree of maliciousness and corruption that would visit us. Nevertheless, we believe we did what we should have.

When a CNN opinion columnist asked the company what kind of “corruption” it was referring to, it didn’t respond.

Expect this controversy to stay hot while the Eden Foods lawsuit winds its way through the court system, and maybe long after.

“It’s very conceivable they could lose business,” Michael Layne, president of PR firm Marx Layne, told USA Today. “And they could lose employees, too.”


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Hawaii Realtor Launches New Website Featuring Kapolei Homes for Sale...

PR Web - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 12:17

Doug Alston and wife, Kerstin, just recently launched their new website at TeamDougDidIt.com. The site was developed to be an extensive resource for buyers and sellers of West Oahu properties such as...

(PRWeb July 14, 2014)

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New Website Featuring Gilbert, Chandler and Queen Creek Real Estate...

PR Web - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 12:17

Mesa Verde Real Estate, the leading brokerage specializing in Gilbert, Chandler and Queen Creek real estate, recently announced the launch of their new website. GreatMove.net provides prospective...

(PRWeb July 14, 2014)

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New Video Released Describing Industry Best Practices for Austin Real...

PR Web - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 12:17

New Video Released Describing Industry Best Practices For Austin Real Estate Investments by Kenn Renner

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