Bin Laden’s Bookshelf

Ken AshfordEnvironment & Global Warming & Energy, War on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

Some interesting… well, not interesting interesting, but interesting…. materials were released by the Director of National Intelligence this morning.  It is all accessible on the interwebs, on a government site: Bin Laden’s Bookshelves. I suspect he didn’t read a lot of the English language books, like the Adobe manual.  Here’s something recently declassified and translated into English — bin Laden’s concerns … Read More

Response To Amtrak Train Crash: Let’s Gut Amtrak

Ken AshfordCongress, Disasters, Infrastructure, RepublicansLeave a Comment

On Tuesday, an Amtrak train — the Northeast Regional train, No. 188 — was traveling from Washington to New York when it derailed around 9:30 p.m., just outside Philly. The National Transportation Safety Board has confirmed that the train was traveling at more than 100 miles an hour or twice the speed limit in that part of the corridor.  More than … Read More

Obama Administration Approves Arctic Drilling

Ken AshfordEnergy and Conservation, Environment & Global Warming & EnergyLeave a Comment

The Obama Administration has now approved drilling in the Arctic Ocean. The concession was given to Royal Dutch Shell and the approval came from the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) with a five page stipulation regarding protecting wildlife, the ocean, and human inhabitants of the area. You may want to think, “well, okay — at least they are … Read More

It’s The Frack Part II

Ken AshfordFrackingLeave a Comment

To add to what I wrote a couple of days ago, we get some more confirmation about the link between human drilling activity and earthquakes: The United States Geological Survey on Thursday released its first comprehensive assessment of the link between thousands of earthquakes and oil and gas operations, identifying and mapping 17 regions where quakes have occurred. The report … Read More

It’s The Frack

Ken AshfordFracking1 Comment

What accounts for this? Duh. On Tuesday, scientists from Southern Methodist University added to the growing body of research linking small earthquakes to oil and gas wastewater disposal. That body of research is particularly important to the popular but controversial process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which produces significantly more wastewater than conventional drilling. The research published by SMU scientists … Read More

How Much Fossil Fuel Has Costa Rica Burned So Far This Year?

Ken AshfordEnergy and Conservation, Environment & Global Warming & EnergyLeave a Comment

Answer:  Zero Yes, you read that right: For the last 82 days, Costa Rica has powered itself using only renewable energy sources. That means the Latin American country hasn’t had to use fossil fuels at all so far in 2015. Last week, the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) announced that 100 percent of the country’s electricity came from renewables for the … Read More

Finally! The Climate Change Problem Is Solved!

Ken AshfordEnvironment & Global Warming & Energy1 Comment

How do we get rid of “climate change”?  Don’t talk about it! Florida scientist told to remove words ‘climate change’ from study on climate change By late January of this year, Elizabeth Radke figured she was pretty much done with Florida. She had already graduated from the University of Florida, where she had gotten her PhD in epidemiology. She had moved … Read More

Michelle Celebrates Gasoline Under $2 Which She Promised

Ken AshfordEnergy and Conservation, Right Wing Punditry/IdiocyLeave a Comment

Retiring Congressdipshit Michele Bachmann has been doing a peculiar version of the Minnesota Long Goodbye, except instead of the usual arrangement, where a host follows a departing guest out to the car asking if they’re really sure they don’t want to take a little hot dish home with them, Ms. Bachmann has it a little backwards. Having given a farewell … Read More

Our Failing Infrastructure

Ken AshfordInfrastructureLeave a Comment

Old pipes everywhere. The rupture of the 90-year-old main sent a geyser shooting 30 feet in the air and deluged Sunset Boulevard and UCLA with 8 million to 10 million gallons of water before it was shut off more than three hours after the pipe burst, city officials said.

How Much Is The NC State Legislature In The Pocket Of Big Business?

Ken AshfordEnvironment & Global Warming & Energy, Fracking, Local InterestLeave a Comment

This much: North Carolina GOP Pushes Unprecedented Bill to Jail Anyone Who Discloses Fracking Chemicals As hydraulic fracturing ramps up around the country, so do concerns about its health impacts. These concerns have led 20 states to require the disclosure of industrial chemicals used in the fracking process. North Carolina isn’t on that list of states yet — and it may be … Read More

Pat Sajak Is Kind Of A Dick

Ken AshfordEnvironment & Global Warming & EnergyLeave a Comment

I now believe global warming alarmists are unpatriotic racists knowingly misleading for their own ends. Good night. — Pat Sajak (@patsajak) May 20, 2014 That was Pat, probably after a couple of drinks. It's kind of hard to understand how Pat links those who acknowledge climate change as fact to racism, and nowhere has Pat managed to make that link. … Read More

ExxonMobile Can No Longer Deny It

Ken AshfordCorporate Greed, Environment & Global Warming & EnergyLeave a Comment

Yes, human civilization is facing one of the greatest threats it has ever faced and no, we aren’t going to do anything about it. Or so says ExxonMobil in their latest report issued coincidentally on the same day as the latest IPCC report on the dangers of climate change. The report marks a rhetorical turning point of sorts where the fossil fuel industry accepts … Read More