Thom Hartmann on Science & Green News: February 2, 2015

Thom Hartmann on Science & Green News: February 2, 2015


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while environmental groups worked tirelessly to and offshore oil drilling the Obama administration proposes open
up new areas along our coastline to fossil fuel extraction
last week President Obama released its five-year plan for offshore drilling which includes a proposal for more
drilling of our Atlantic Coast all those plan would
provide new protections for a few environmentally sensitive areas near
Alaska it would open a new section the
continental shelf that stretches from Georgia to Virginia at area has been off limits to oil
drilling for three decades partly because of the potential havoc a spill in that region could have
on our environment and our economy party go
watch dot com the 2010 BPD Deepwater Horizon disaster affected more
than a thousand miles a coastline if a similar spill was to occur of our
Atlantic Coast it wash up on shore some Savannah Boston
and despite the massive devastation caused by their blood the golf very little has changed in the form of
government regulation according to Elizabeth Birnbaum who
oversaw government regulation the offshore drilling industry back in 20 an Obama administration hasn’t even
implemented most to the safety recommendations made by their own
experts is Birnbaum said that she would never
have imagined so little action would have take been taken to present
something like the BP disaster from happening again certainly means that no one could have
imagined that we would expand drilling before implementing or
regulations fact is there’s no such thing as safe
offshore drilling no such thing as a good way to burn
fossil fuels there’s no upside to increase in oil
drilling of our coastlines but there’s a whole lotta risk it’s
great to President Obama wants to protect more of the Arctic that doesn’t excuse putting our Atlantic
coastline at risk for the next drilling related disaster if you’re not a fan of spiders science
says that we may have a lot to learn from our it like good friends according to a new
study published in the journal Biology Letters some spiders use electrostatic
charges to spin the soap fibers make up their web an elite of whether leg lace weaver spider Z selector charges also the ability to
spin fibers there are only a few nanometers thick which is much thinner than other species
scientists decided to study lace weaver spiders to help researchers develop new
technologies for weaving and a skill filaments a
discover the weaver spider spinal the raw material called soaked dope three long narrow doctors before forming
it into sock spider than calms out the sock
filaments using ersatz hind legs which gives the fire is a static charge
one other co others the study explained if we can reproduce it’s a neat trick up
electricity nanofibers you pave the way for a highly versatile
and efficient new kind of polymer processing technology it just goes to show that we may make
technological advances but there are some things that nature perfected long long ago the state of Maine may be
stuck with Governor Paul a page for another four years but a least they’ve
got a call for university system last week the statewide University man
became the first university system in the country to divest its fossil-fuel
Holden’s after years ago organizing the student
group divest you main finally succeeded in their fight to make
their universities stop financing the destruction a power plant celebrating the victory
but say their end goal is still a complete Board of Trustees voted to dump direct
holdings in coal companies they did not divest the University from fines included some coal stocks one other
divest you main organizer said we have to take victories as they come
but the end goal is complete fossil fuel divest but and we will keep working
toward that students at this public land-grant
institution have already been successful they’re not giving up until the
university is 100 percent green dakotas oil industry is tired of all
those pesky regulations well chilling companies in that state
want to weaken regulations the force them to pay big bucks to dispose up their radioactive waste
currently the oil industry pays about ten thousand dollars per truckload to send tons a radioactive waste to
landfills and other states but they think that’s cutting too far
into their profit margins the proposed change would say the latest
rerun 120 million dollars every year but there’s no telling how much that
cost to be shift %ah to taxpayers activists attended the
recent hearings about the proposed rule change in carried signs reading protect health not oils wealth spite
industry claims there is no safe way to dispose of radioactive waste protesters in environmentalists realize
this I had to push hard to make sure that state regulators do as well and finally when you think Energy Assistance Program you probably
think heating subsidies the rural renewable energy alliance is
looking to change that minnesota-based organization was to
provide low-income families with the way to get their energy from solar instead of fossil fuels Jason Eden’s the
founder and director of are real said utilities are among the single biggest
beneficiaries have energy assistance he added frankly energy assistance is
yet another fossil fuel subsidy Syrians plans to allocate shares is
company’s solar garden the families who receive federal Energy Assistance project is already received a grant from
the McKnight Foundation to get up and running and even hopes that he can quickly
expand the program beyond Minnesota to quote transform the way that our
nation delivers Energy Assistance unquote people who
need a little help with their electric bill shouldn’t be forced to subsidize
big oil and this is great way to expand our use
solar energy /url renewable energy alliance could be
a win-win for our nation our environment and our neighbors as the
guy no idea that will help us move to a cleaner greener future and that’s the way it is for the week of February 2nd 2015 I’m
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