United States oil consumption in 2012 will be about 4.7 million barrels a day, or 20%, lower than it would have been, if the pre-2005 trend in oil consumption growth of 1.5% per year had continued. This drop in consumption is no doubt related to a rise in oil … Continue reading
Protests on Horseback are always interesting … NYS Police and the Caneadea Horses Reunion Apr 10 Belfast – YouTube.
A few weeks ago, Time magazine called the fight over the Keystone XL pipeline that will bring some of the dirtiest energy on the planet from Alberta, Canada, to the U.S. Gulf Coast the “Selma and Stonewall” of the climate movement. Which, if you think about it, may be both … Continue reading
Asked and answered. The scene: a Manhattan art-house theater. The cause: a campaign against the gas drilling process known as fracking that’s being led by more than 100 celebrities, including Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, Robert Redford, Mario Batali and Sullivan County resident Mark Ruffalo. Outside, demonstrators in hazmat suits circle … Continue reading
Most people don’t understand the difference between energy conservation and energy efficiency. Yet, it’s an important concept to understand. For the sake of this example, let’s take a 100 watt incandescent light bulb. You plan on leaving it on for an hour, which will consume 100 watts over the hour or 0.10 kW/h. … Continue reading
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I was looking at the coal company advertisements that the “Quit Coal” project put up. Basically, those advertisements criticize “aggressive” regulations put forward by the government, and policies pursued by Congress to control air pollution. Not surprisingly, the folks that worked in corporations did not want to be told how … Continue reading
Often when people talk about “Climate Change Adaption”, they open discuss mega-projects that prevent theorical stresses that face our cities and urbanized areas. They often discuss large flood walls and other reduncency that would not exist if not for climate modeling. Yet, there is a more sensible alternative. It’s the … Continue reading
Like most Americans, I believe strongly we should do something about Climate Change, to limit it’s most severe impacts. Yet at the same time, I am fully aware of our needs for energy services – the stuff that energy provides for us like lighting, transportation, powering electronics and motors, heating, … Continue reading
Note: This data comes from the DEC’s Dam Safety Website. Click for dam name and height (in feet).
I am very skeptical about there ever being a very serious effort anywheres in the world to reduce the output of greenhouse gases. While many efforts are well meaning, and most people care deeply about Climate Change, the reality is it â€“ at this point â€“ largely a problem out … Continue reading
I have been thinking a lot lately about the High Gas Prices and what they mean for summer plans. I typically enjoy traveling by doing roadside camping in the Adirondack Park and other public lands, so one of the biggest costs in my experiences is gasoline. I knew gas prices … Continue reading
Smoking causes lung cancer. Nobody disputes that fact. Yet, 1 out of every 5 Americans still lights up at least occassionally. Smoking feels really good, it’s really relaxing and awesome. Cigerettes with a glass of whiskey and coke, full of ice is so wonderful. That intense sensation from nicotine is … Continue reading
There are six major fuels used to keep people’s houses warm in the winter in New York State: Natural Gas, Liquid Petroleum Gas, Electricity, Wood, Heating Oil, and Coal. Please Note: Due to great variety in percentage use of various fuels, each map is scaled differently. The goal of these … Continue reading
Roughly 30 miles south of Binghamton, NY is Dimock, PA. I wanted to visit Dimock for some time, because I wanted to see up close the impacts of natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania. Dimock is particularly infamous for a couple of tragic accidents caused by faulting casing in gas wells … Continue reading
Like thousands of New Yorkers this past year I have been seriously bummed out on how Cedar River-Limekiln Lake Road from Wakely Dam to Lost Ponds was washed out for the first three months of summer season. It probably was the first time Cedar River-Limekiln Lake Road was closed off … Continue reading
After reading “Saving Energy, Growing Jobs” by David Goldstein, I am convienced that Preformance Standards, rather then Cap and Trade is a better way to reduce our greenhouse emissions. Here is Why… Cost does not always induce conservation or efficency People and corporations are willing to pay a lot more … Continue reading
Google Map Of All Horizontal Producing Natural Gas Wells in Pennsylvania. This information was derived from the PA DEP Oil & Gas Reporting Website, using the data report from May 2011. I created a Google Earth KML file with all this data you can download, and view in Google Earth … Continue reading
Here is an overview map of active (“producing”) gas wells in Chautuauqua County. I would have made a map up of the whole state, however Google Maps is currently limited in the number of points it can have plotted, so I did a join against the county lines of Chautuauqua … Continue reading