Archives for November 2013

[AP] Park Service withdraws comments on fracking rule

Bishop said he was pleased at Jarvis’s action, but he accused the park service of trying to “pass off unsubstantiated information as ‘science’ ” in what he called a “thinly veiled attempt to vilify energy production and hydraulic fracturing on our public lands.”

[AP] Prairies vanish in the US push for green energy

Robert Malsam nearly went broke in the 1980s when corn was cheap. So now that prices are high and he can finally make a profit, he’s not about to apologize for ripping up prairieland to plant corn.

[AP] Q&A: Ethanol, oil and what it means to be green

In 2007, Congress passed a law requiring oil companies to blend corn ethanol into the gasoline supply. That requirement started at 9 billion gallons and has risen each year since. This year, it’s about 13 billion gallons. Barack Obama, who was running for president against a crowded field of Democrats in the Iowa caucuses, was a champion for this law.

[AP] Boeing machinists reject contract proposal

“This is a tough night for the state of Washington,” Inslee said. “We could have had a big win tonight. We could have grabbed the brass ring for this airplane. But I want to say this, what we were unable to finish tonight, means that we are starting a new chapter of competition for this airplane.”

[AP] Federal probe questions TSA behavior profiling

A federal probe of a Transportation Security Administration program to screen suspicious behavior of passengers at airports suggests the effort, which has cost almost $1 billion since 2007, has not been proven effective, according to a report released Wednesday.

[AP] The secret, dirty cost of Obama’s green power push

The hills of southern Iowa bear the scars of America’s push for green energy: The brown gashes where rain has washed away the soil. The polluted streams that dump fertilizer into the water supply.