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Balfleet.com Announces Its Formal Dress Promotion For 2015

PR Web - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 07:58

Today, Balfleet.com, a leading dress company of wedding dresses and special-occasion outfits, announces its formal dress promotion. All the old and new customers can get a discount now, up to 60% off.

(PRWeb December 19, 2014)

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Balfleet.com is Offering 50%-70% Off of its Mother of the Bride...

PR Web - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 07:58

Today, Balfleet.com, one of the most outstanding dressmakers in the world, announces a Christmas Sale, and they are offering 50%-70% off on its Mother of the Bride Dresses collection in this holiday...

(PRWeb December 19, 2014)

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Cheap Prom Dresses Online Now at Sweetdressy.com

PR Web - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 07:58

Sweetdressy.com, a leading wedding dress manufacturer for the global market, has introduced its newest selection of cheap prom dresses for ladies worldwide.

(PRWeb December 19, 2014)

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Parker & Sons Announces Reaching A Milestone By Providing 40 Years...

PR Web - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 07:58

Parker & Sons, Inc. a focused and dedicated team of professional technicians with years of experience in contractor services announces reaching a milestone by providing 40 years of dedicated...

(PRWeb December 19, 2014)

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Attractive Evening Dresses Announced by Discount-Dress.com

PR Web - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 04:57

Discount-Dress.com, a distinguished dresses retailer, has unveiled its new selection of evening dresses.

(PRWeb December 19, 2014)

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Oxford City Football Club, Inc. (OTCQB:OXFC) Futsal Youth Academy...

PR Web - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 01:57

Oxford City Futsal youth teams, after winning their respective North Futsal competitions, are set to play in three finals to become Grand Futsal Champions in January.

(PRWeb December 19, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

British Geological Society Issues Geomagnetic Alert for Winter...

PR Web - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 01:57

The British Geological Society issued a geomagnetic alert regarding incoming atmospheric disturbances resulting from recent Coronal Mass Ejections from the sun, projected to arrive at Earth on the...

(PRWeb December 19, 2014)

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SuperCloset Continues to Innovate with New Complete Indoor Grow Room...

PR Web - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 01:57

SuperCloset set to release two new additions to their line of complete turnkey grow room setups. The 2x4 and 5x5 SuperClone Rooms are the perfect addition to any standard indoor grow room setup, and...

(PRWeb December 19, 2014)

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Categories: Environment

Villains who poisoned W. Va. drinking water could end up behind bars

Grist.org - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 01:16

Remember back in January when a chemical spill poisoned drinking water for 300,000 West Virginians? Well, this week, six owners, managers, and employees of the (ir)responsible company, Freedom Industries, were indicted by a federal grand jury.

The prosecutor, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin, said that the company executives’ “flagrant disregard for the law” resulted in the “completely preventable” toxic leak. As 2014 wraps up, the (something resembling) justice system inches a small step closer to punishing the perpetrators of the contamination crime that kicked off the year in environmental disasters.

Before we explore the legal proceedings, let’s take a moment for a refresher on the illegal proceedings that begot this court case. On Jan. 9, Freedom was neglectfully operating its facility of 14 poorly maintained tanks holding 4 million gallons of nasty chemicals on the banks of the Elk River, about a mile upstream of Kanawha County’s municipal water intake, just like any other day. Throughout that morning, residents of Charleston, W. Va., reported whiffs of a sweet, licorice-like fragrance in the air. When the state’s Department of Environmental Protection arrived to investigate, having simply followed their noses to the site of the spill, inspectors observed a 400-square-foot pool of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, a toxic substance used to “clean” coal of impurities before it’s burned, around a ruptured tank, which appeared to have been leaking for some time. The chemical, MCHM for short, was seeping past a shoddy containment dike, straight toward the river.

Residents of nine Charleston-area counties were warned not to drink, cook with, bathe in, or wash with tap water. Nevertheless, by the next evening, close to 700 residents had reported symptoms of MCHM exposure, ranging from nausea to rashes to hair falling out.

The disaster continued to wreak havoc on local communities for weeks. A month after the spill, the water supply long since declared safe by public authorities, many West Virginians still didn’t trust the official reassurances. Citizens complained that their drinking water was murky or smelled of licorice or formaldehyde, a known carcinogen that could have been formed from MCHM reacting with other chemicals, plastics, or metals in pipes. The results of a door-to-door survey released in July by the CDC and two state agencies indicate that individuals in one-fifth of surveyed households suffered from symptoms of exposure to the chemical.

So this week, all six defendants, and the company itself, were charged with three criminal violations of the Clean Water Act: negligent discharge of a pollutant, negligent discharge of a refuse matter, and violating an environmental permit. The accused could face up to three years in prison if convicted.

Freedom’s president at the time, Gary L. Southern, might get locked up longer than the rest, as he was also charged with wire fraud, bankruptcy fraud, and bullshitting under oath. If found guilty on all counts, Southern could be sentenced to 68 years behind bars. 

An article from The Charleston Gazette provides all the details of the stinging indictment:

The company and the four executives failed to exercise reasonable care, failed to comply with the law, failed to follow their own internal operating procedures and failed to conform to common industry standards for safety and environmental compliance.

The company failed to inspect the tank that leaked, failed to maintain the secondary containment around the tank, failed to adequately train its employees, did not have spill prevention supplies on hand, did not have a spill prevention plan and failed to develop pollution prevention plans as required by its permit, the indictment states.

Basically, Freedom Industries was ridiculously reckless, a tragedy waiting to transpire. The chemical storage company declared bankruptcy just days after the spill, and the ticking-time-bomb tank farm is now out of commission. Thank goodness.

According to the company’s “chief restructuring officer,” Mark Welch, Freedom and the feds reached a plea deal that prevents the U.S. Attorney’s Office from seeking damages to compensate victims of the environmental crimes. Instead, this bargain allows “Freedom to focus its time and limited resources on its environmental cleanup obligations and addressing the claims of its creditors,” said Welch.

To which you might respond, What the frack?! The evildoers will find a way to repay their financiers (and their high-priced team of lawyers and advisers), but can’t spare a penny for the hundreds of thousands of folks whose lives were disrupted in the wake of a cataclysm caused by the company’s carelessness. As for the environmental remediation, regulators have been concerned by the lack of real progress.

What’s more, back in July, a $2.9 million settlement reached in 24 lawsuits related to the Elk River spill also failed to include any individual payments to people affected by the tainted water. Instead, the settlement money was set aside for water testing, health studies, and other measures that benefit the whole class of 300,000. Victims had the choice to pocket their measly $7.60 share of the payout instead, but it’s doubtful many filed to do so.

It’s awesome that the people most blameworthy for the spillsaster will be tried for their misdeeds. And there are plenty more lawsuits against the chemical manufacturer and the local water supplier that could result in some reparations.

But unfortunately, Freedom Industries has risen from the dead in a new form. In May, this new company called Lexycon LLC was registered as a business with the same addresses, phone numbers, execs, and even mission statement as Freedom. Uh oh.

Filed under: Business & Technology
Categories: Environment

Dr. and Master Zhi Gang Sha, Creator of Soul Healing Miracles Delivers...

PR Web - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 22:57

Spiritual leader Dr. and Master Zhi Gang Sha bestows 2015 New Year's blessings on December 31 via teleconference to thousands of people seeking guidance for the year ahead.

(PRWeb December 19, 2014)

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Home Builder Confidence Remains High Moving Into 2015

PR Web - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 22:57

The Federal Savings Bank address the current status of the housing market relating to home builder confidence, and shares some expectations for 2015.

(PRWeb December 19, 2014)

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'Ornament of Hope' Fundraising Campaign Wrapping Up Another...

PR Web - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 22:57

CSRA Home Connections and CENTURY 21 Larry Miller Realty’s 2014 Effort Marks Realtor's 22nd consecutive year with charity.

(PRWeb December 19, 2014)

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Steve Downin Returns to his Roots by Opening a Spring-Green Lawn Care...

PR Web - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 22:57

Indiana Owner Leverages Spring-Green Lawn Care's Extensive Franchise Support System

(PRWeb December 19, 2014)

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The Plantrician Project and the Rouxbe Cooking School Join Forces to...

PR Web - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 22:57

Rather than a pill for every ill, Culinary Rx is designed as a food-as-medicine prescription that healthcare and wellness professionals can confidently prescribe to patients and clients.

(PRWeb December 19, 2014)

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Obama sounds like he’s about to reject the Keystone pipeline

Grist.org - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 22:34

Speaking at his end-of-the-year press conference on Friday afternoon, President Obama sounded very much like he’s poised to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. He gave his sharpest assessment to date of its potential costs and benefits — lots of costs and few benefits.

Climate hawks rejoiced, not only because of Obama’s implied opposition to Keystone, but because he finally confronted American ignorance of how the oil market works, and attempted to reorient our energy policy around reality.

At the press conference, Obama took a question from The Washington Post’s Juliet Eilperin on what he will do about the Keystone XL pipeline, which congressional Republicans plan to try to ram through in January. Eilperin said Obama has in past comments “minimized some of the benefits” of Keystone. Obama responded that he has merely accurately characterized the benefits, which are objectively minimal, and walked Eilperin through a lesson in macroeconomics.

Here are the highlights:

I don’t think I’ve minimized the benefits, I think I’ve described the benefits.

At issue on Keystone is not American oil, it is Canadian oil that is drawn out of tar sands in Canada. That oil currently is being shipped through rail or trucks, and it would save Canadian oil companies and the Canadian oil industry an enormous amount of money if they could simply pipe it all the way through the United State down to the Gulf. Once that oil gets to the Gulf, it is then entering into the world market and it would be sold all around the world. … There is very little impact, nominal impact, on U.S. gas prices, what the average American consumer cares about, by having this pipeline come through.

And sometimes the way this gets sold is, let’s get this oil and it’s going to come here and the implication is that’s gonna lower oil prices here in the U.S. It’s not. There’s a global oil market.  It’s very good for Canadian oil companies and it’s good for the Canadian oil industry, but it’s not going to be a huge benefit to U.S. consumers.  It’s not even going to be a nominal benefit to U.S. consumers.

And video of Obama’s whole answer:

It has been a source of aggravation to climate hawks that Obama has often pandered to the economic ignorance of the American public when it comes to gas prices. Obama’s “all of the above” energy strategy falsely asserts that increased domestic production of oil will reduce “our dependence on foreign oil,” as if there really were any such thing. Oil is a global commodity. Prices are set by global supply and global demand. Whether the oil we buy happens to be drilled in the U.S., Canada, Russia, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, or Libya makes no difference. We are subsidizing our adversaries who produce oil as long as we are filling our gas-guzzlers with it. More oil production in the U.S., or oil importation from Canada, will not inoculate us against the price shocks caused by supply disruptions in the Middle East or elsewhere.

The whole American debate around energy policy has been perverted by the public’s failure to understand this basic concept. Republicans, of course, eagerly fan the flames of economic illiteracy. Obama’s approach has usually been to try to split the difference between this foolishness and smart energy policy by promising to increase domestic production of both renewables and fossil fuels. But now Obama has confronted these public misperceptions and tried to educate the public so that energy policy can be decided on a more rational basis.

As for Keystone, Obama went on to observe that the other supposed benefit, construction jobs, is real but small and temporary. Meanwhile, our transportation and clean water infrastructure crumbles and Republicans refuse to appropriate money to fix and improve it, which would create more jobs and lasting economic effects than construction of any pipeline. “[W]hen you consider what we could be doing if we were rebuilding our roads and bridges around the country, something that Congress could authorize, we could probably create hundreds of thousands of jobs, or a million jobs,” he said. (In fairness, Obama has refused to propose raising the gasoline tax to fund more transportation investment.)

And Obama mentioned the cost of climate change and the possibility that Keystone would exacerbate it. “If we’ve got more flooding, more wildfires, more drought, there are direct economic impacts on that,” he said.

The main Keystone drawback Obama neglected to mention is the local environmental risk to the communities the pipeline would pass through due to possible leaks.

Nonetheless, green groups were overjoyed. NextGen Climate, the organization funded by Tom Steyer, immediately sent out video of Obama’s answer with the subject line, “KEYSTONE XL GETS THE PRESIDENTIAL SEAL OF DISAPPROVAL.” We don’t actually know that, yet, but it’s looking likely.

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

Is China’s demand for coal going to keep rising? Don’t bet on it

Grist.org - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 22:16

The fate of the world more or less depends on the trajectory of coal use in China. (To say nothing of the fate of major coal companies.) So what is that trajectory, anyway?

Recently the International Energy Agency released its Medium-Term Coal Market Report for 2014, prompting a spate of news stories assuring readers that, though it would slow a bit, coal demand in China was going to keep rising and rising — 2.6 percent a year through 2019. That would put the lie to any talk of a China coal “peak” and put the world’s consensus climate targets out of reach.

Not so fast, though. This post by energy analyst Lauri Myllyvirta offers several reasons for skepticism.

One third of that projected growth in demand is supposed to come outside the power sector, in “coal chemicals” like coal-to-gas and coal-to-oil. As it happens, the day after IEA’s report was released, China released its latest five-year plan, which among other things announced that China was no longer going to approve any new coal-to-gas projects (and only a tiny amount of coal-to-oil). It seems the much-balleyhooed coal-to-gas “boom” is over before it got started. If China follows through, that would reduce IEA’s projected coal-chemical demand by about half.

Official data is not yet available, but there are good reasons to think that Chinese coal production, imports, and consumption all declined in 2014. So to grow at the rate IEA forecasts, coal demand in China would have to rebound to over 5 percent next year. Why would that happen?

IEA’s own annual World Energy Outlook has, for the last two years, scaled back its estimate of Chinese coal demand. The latest, released just last month, has it growing at 1.3 percent a year through 2020. Even that 1.3 percent growth will be too high for China to meet its stated coal targets, so it will probably be revised down again next year.

Why is IEA’s coal report projecting double the Chinese coal demand that its own WEO projects? What explains the more bullish (and borderline delusional) forecast? Perhaps this, found in the acknowledgments:

IEA: Medium-Term Coal Market Report, 2014

Could it be that consulting with a large group of stakeholders who have a vested interest in positive coal forecasts made the coal forecast more positive? Perish the thought.

Myllyvirta’s most interesting argument is that it won’t be China’s coal targets that limit coal growth at all. Instead it will be their other targets, for non-fossil energy and for net energy use.

These targets constrain total coal consumption at around 3.9bln tonnes and 58% of total energy, as opposed to 4.2 bln tonnes and 62% proposed in the coal plan, and 66% currently.

In other words, if China does what it says — pushing efficiency to limit total energy use, rapidly ramping up renewables, gas, and nuclear — then coal’s share will shrink even faster than it is slated to in the official coal targets.

Does this mean China’s coal use has “peaked”? Much depends on how the targets are implemented, what happens to the prices of various energy sources, and the growth rate of China’s overall economy. More likely than a peak-and-decline is what Armond Cohen and Kexin Liu of the Clean Air Task Force call a “long, high plateau.” (To hit serious climate targets, China — and other countries! — are eventually going to have to grapple with shutting down coal plants before the end of their working lifespans.)

But regardless, this bullish IEA forecast is almost certainly wrong.

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

We wrote (and sang!) these climate apocalypse holiday carols just for you

Grist.org - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 21:57

Getting sick of all the holiday cheer? Want to stick it to your climate-change-denying relatives and celebrate our impending doom this season? The Grist Family Singers are here to help.

I know that we, at least, feel a little better now. Huge hat-tip to the talented Sam Bliss for these inspiring lyrics! And if you’re so inclined … raise a glass of egg nog and sing along:

Away in the Climate Apocalypse Future

Away in the future most species are dead
There’s still some poor humans, their hearts filled with dread
If typhoons and cyclones don’t blow them away
In simmering acidic seas they’ll decay.

Embattled descendents of ours will be baked
By scorching conditions caused by our mistakes
The droughts will be longer, wildfires will blaze
As biblical floods end humanity’s days.

Just kidding, some rich folks will surely survive
In small fortified city-islands they’ll thrive
Surrounded by hinterlands blistering dry
The wealthy will party while everyone fries.


Violent Night

Silent night, seems all right
Seas are calm, stars shine bright
Carbon spewing from smokestacks like wild
Just an illusion, this climate so mild
Sleep in ignorant peace
Sleep while there’s still peace.

Violent night, unholy night
All the world in climate fight
Round the earth, wars for water and food
Global warming’s left everyone screwed
As the temperatures increase
So much for future world peace.

Silent night, Coastal plight
Oceans rise to new heights
Island nations sink into the sea
No one welcomes climate refugees
Sleep if you can find peace
Most of your friends are deceased.

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Categories: Environment

California needs 16 million Olympic swimming pools worth of rain to end the drought

Grist.org - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 20:39

Over the past two weeks, California has gotten a deluge of rain, lifting its reservoir levels and hydrating the soil in a state that is in the midst of one of the worst droughts in history. The chart above shows the state’s drought levels pre- and post-storm, and thankfully, there’s a little less of the menacing “exceptional drought.”

In its weekly summary, the U.S. Drought Monitor emphasized cautious optimism:

A wet December (to date) has provided California a foothold for drought recovery, but 3 straight winters of subnormal precipitation will take time (possibly several consecutive wet winters) to fully recharge the reservoir levels and subsoil moisture back to normal. With several more months still left in the wet season, it is possible that additional storms similar to the ones that just occurred will continue to chip away at the long-term hydrological drought, and the addition of lower temperatures would help build the snow pack. “Cautious optimism, but still a long way to go” would be the very short summary for this week’s California drought picture.

So how much rain would the state need to end the drought completely? Eleven trillion gallons, according to a NASA study from Tuesday. As CNN reported, that’s “the amount of water that flows over Niagara Falls in about 170 days’ time.”

The drought this year has been particularly scary because California’s reservoirs, which are supposed to supply farmers and communities with water in dangerously dry times, were already depleted after two previous years of drought. The rain over the past two weeks has helped restore this backup supply, though as the chart below shows, California’s reservoirs are only 57 percent as full as they usually are at this time of year.

This story was produced by Mother Jones as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

Filed under: Climate & Energy
Categories: Environment

XC Spa Launched A Special Offer On Its Outdoor Spas And Hot Tubs

PR Web - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 19:57

Today, XC Spa announces its new spa products, which are offered at discounted prices until Jan. 18, 2015.

(PRWeb December 19, 2014)

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Rick Siebenburgen Retires from RBI After 44 Years

PR Web - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 19:57

Rick joined the company in June 1970 when he was only 17 years old. Siebenburgen family has a long history with Rough Brothers.

(PRWeb December 19, 2014)

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