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US Governement Asking BP for More Info Print E-mail
Written by AlterMyEnergy   
Thursday, 20 May 2010 19:55

The Obama administration asked BP PLC Thursday to make public detailed information about the Gulf Oil Spill including all measurements of the growing leak, sampling of air and water quality, trajectories of underwater plumes and locations of dispersants.

The request followed growing criticism from scientists that BP is drastically underestimating the size of the leak — and that government agencies aren't doing enough to pressure the company to be transparent and allow independent reviews.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 20 May 2010 19:57
 
New York Skyscraper Scores Green Award Print E-mail
Written by AlterMyEnergy   
Thursday, 20 May 2010 19:54

The U.S. Green Building Council gave the Bank of America Tower its highest rating for environmental performance and sustainability on Thursday, meaning New York City's second-tallest building is also its greenest.

The 54-story building completed in 2008 at a cost of $2 billion became the first commercial high-rise to win the "platinum" certification from the non-profit council that promotes environmentally friendly construction and design.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 20 May 2010 19:55
 
Artic Drilling Proposal Print E-mail
Written by AlterMyEnergy   
Thursday, 20 May 2010 19:44

A proposal to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean as early as this summer received initial permits from the Minerals Management Service office in Alaska at the same time federal auditors were questioning the office about its environmental review process.

The approvals also came after many of the agency’s most experienced scientists had left, frustrated that their concerns over environmental threats from drilling had been ignored.

Minerals Management has faced intense scrutiny in the weeks since the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. An article in The New York Times reported that it failed to get some environmental permits to approve drilling in the gulf and ignored objections from scientists to keep those projects on schedule.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 20 May 2010 19:46
 
Battery Storage of Wind Power! Print E-mail
Written by AlterMyEnergy   
Thursday, 20 May 2010 19:40

Mountaintop wind turbines produce most of their energy at night, when electricity demand and prices are low. That limits revenue and makes it hard for utility companies to meet state goals for high percentages of renewable energy.

Batteries could solve the problem, but they have always been too expensive. Still, a small New Jersey company, Grid Storage Technologies of Newark, plans to install two batteries on the grid late this year that would store bulk amounts of energy.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 20 May 2010 19:41
 
Flattening Mountains - The Myth Print E-mail
Written by AlterMyEnergy   
Thursday, 20 May 2010 19:36

Roughly 1.2 million acres, including 500 mountains, have been flattened by mountaintop removal coal mining in the central Appalachian region, and only a fraction of that land has been reclaimed for so-called beneficial economic uses, according to new research by environmental groups.

A study by Appalachian Voices, which analyzed recent aerial imagery of eastern Kentucky, southern West Virginia, southwest Virginia and eastern Tennessee, confirms for the first time the extent of mountaintop removal throughout the region; nearly half of which has taken place in Kentucky.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 20 May 2010 19:40
 
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