In the Bangor Daily News, Philip Duffy reports that some Congresspersons want to take jurisdiction over the laws of chemistry, likely at the behest of the lumber industry (emphasis added):
Seven senators, including Angus King and Susan Collins, sponsored the amendment. In response, more than 60 scientists and three professional societies signed onto a letter, pointing out a serious factual error in the proposed legislation. The irony is that all seven backers of the amendment accept the reality of climate change.
The amendment would mandate that all federal agencies treat the burning of wood from forests as a “renewable energy resource” that is “carbon neutral,” meaning it does not add carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. Reality is more complex, but forest bioenergy certainly is not carbon neutral. The carbon footprint of bioenergy should be measured scientifically on a case-by-case basis rather than broadly specified by legislation.
Follow the link to see Duffy delve into the lamer rationale for this endeavor.
I don’t quite know what’s worse about this: the stupid or the craven.
You know that craft brewery? There’s a good chance it’s not. Fred Grimm describes how he got gulled.
What I didn’t notice, as I stormed the ramparts – supposed microbrew in hand – was that the Blue Moon Brewing Co. actually belongs to MillerCoors, which was sold to Molson Coors by SABMiller last year so the Justice Department would look kindly on SABMiller’s giant merger with Anheuser-Busch InBev. And all that.
. . . I’ve been an unwitting consumer of America’s leading anti-craft beer, taken in by an international conglomerate’s ploy to fend off these upstart microbreweries.
I reckon the message is that, if you want to be a been snob, know what you are being snobbish about. Me, I’ll stick to Scotch.
The Duke of Hazardous still holds sway in North Carolina, much as the Old Dominion is now the dominion of Dominion Power, which used to call itself VEPCO (emphasis added).
We are two friends brought together by this fear. Deborah lives near Salisbury and less than 1,000 feet from a coal ash pit. Amy lives in Belmont, also less than 1,000 feet from one of Duke Energy’s toxic coal ash pits. In April 2015, we received letters telling us that our water was not safe to drink. About a year later we got another letter saying the water was safe to drink, despite no further testing having been done on our wells. The hexavalent chromium and vanadium are still in our water. Yet, Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration has decided that the poisons in our water are an acceptable risk for our families.
It should not surprise that McCrory was on the payroll of the Duke of Hazardous for 28 years.
Follow the link and read the rest.
Have you wondered why these days you see all those TV commercials from law firms asking, “Have you taken this drug/used this device/had this treatment?” Watch this and wonder not.
Warning: Language. Also, strange and a bit strained, but a noble effort.
Facing South looks at the long term effects of Buccaneer Petroleum’s Deepwater Horizon spill. Here’s few of the stats; follow the link for more.
Number of people who filed medical claims under the financial settlement reached with BP, citing breathing problems, eye injuries and other illnesses related to exposure to the spill’s pollution: more than 37,500
As of last year, number of studies published on physical health effects reported by people directly affected by BP’s spill: 2
Number of those studies that found a higher frequency of respiratory illness, headaches, skin rash, and cough: 2
In one study looking at the disaster’s effect on cleanup workers’ lungs, number of genes in human airway cells found to be affected by exposure to a chemical oil dispersant used on the Gulf oil spill — with many of those same changes also observed in lung diseases like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: 84
Buccaneer Petroleum, where the motto is “Safety Worst.”