Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Boeing Dreamliner fires spark new doubts about a green energy technology | WashingtonExaminer.com
When Federal Aviation Administration officials grounded Boeing's fleet of 787 Dreamliner commercial jets last week due to unexplained battery fires, one of President Obama's favorite green energy technologies got another black eye.

Technologists and safety experts had long warned of problems with the lithium ion battery when in 2009 the president began betting billions of tax dollars that it should be the green power of choice for cars, trucks, and even aircraft.
Some experts believe the batteries have been oversold to the public.

"Lithium ion batteries just won't do the trick in the kind of mass vehicle applications that the environmental community is pushing for," said Jon Entine, founder of ESG Media Metrics, a Cincinnati-based environmental consulting firm.

"It's kind of glib environmentalism or kind of enviro-romanticism," said Entine, who is also a senior fellow at George Mason University's Center for Health and Risk.
Why I Believe Obama on Climate « Climate Denial Crock of the Week
Watch the video at the top of the page, though, and see the contrast between a stodgy, old-guard and still-not-getting-it Sam Donaldson, who ticked off everything in the speech except the stunning climate passage, till prompted by the much younger and climate-literate Dan Harris. (skip to 4:40 to see that exchange, but worth listening to Donaldson’s climate-tonedeaf analysis first)
Nebraska Governor Approves Keystone XL Route - NYTimes.com
Gov. Dave Heineman of Nebraska approved on Tuesday a revised route for the Keystone XL pipeline through Nebraska, brushing aside vocal opposition from some citizen groups and putting final approval of the pipeline project squarely in the hands of the Obama administration.
Twitter / RogerPielkeJr: 1/2 Hot potato: Boxer says ...
1/2 Hot potato: Boxer says "The Obama administration already has all the legal authority it needs to combat the causes of climate change.."
Twitter / RogerPielkeJr: 2/2 "..and Congress' main task ...
2/2 "..and Congress' main task is to stay out of its way" http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/2013/01/22/6 … ($) Translated: We want no part of that issue, sucker.

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