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US Government releases new regulations on hydraulic fracturing, that some call "toothless"
Today, after a review and commenting process of over 200 days in which 1.5 million individuals and groups sent in comments, the US Department of Interior (Bureau of Land Management, a.k.a. BLM) released a Rulemaking covering hydraulic fracking operations on...
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When Obama buys his $8.7 million dollar home in Hawaii, we should go-fund money to have a well fracked 500 yards from his back door. 
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Another oil bomb train derailment.  This time it's rural remote Illinois, on the Mississippi River near Galena.  The train had 105 rail cars total, 103 had crude oil, the other two were "buffer" cars carrying sand.  Of those only eight cars derailed and caught fire.  Hopefully none of the others catch fire.

As to why this happens ...

The Bakken and Alberta Tar Sands fields have had a huge jump in oil production the last few years.  They have lots and lots of oil to ship to market and not enough pipelines through which to do so.  Hence, they're turning to shipping it by rail.  But - the cars they're using aren't safe for this purpose.  Well, none of the reports of this case said whether these are the unsafe DOT-111 cars or what, nor whether this train came from Alberta or the Bakken.  If it came from Alberta the train had to be using the supposedly safer Canadian rail cars.  But the derailment about a week ago in West Virginia had those cars, and they still caught on fire.

The report linked here is the highest quality I found, and written by locals.
GALENA, Ill. — At least eight railcars derailed this afternoon south of Galena, sparking a massive fire and smoke that can be seen for miles.
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It's not just the fact that oil's being shipped by rail or that the cars aren't suitable.  It's that the oil itself is more volatile, literally, it has more gases in it which want to both expand and catch fire.  It should be difficult to light crude oil on fire, let alone explode, and yet these cars want to blow up on the slightest provocation.

I'd caught an NPR broadcast earlier stating that shipping oil by rail is a new thing.  That's not true, though bulk crude shipments are vastly higher than they've been for reasons covered below.  But actually, much of the first oil discovered in the US moved by rail, out of Pennsylvania.  In fact it's the oaken barrels (later replaced by steel and shortly after railcars which look surprisingly like those still in use today) which gave rise to the nomenclature used for how oil is measured:  barrels of 42 gallons.

As for why rail shipments:  the exploration of new fields, distributed nature of present U.S. and Canadian oil extraction, and costs and regulatory delays in building pipelines means that rail is the fastest and cheapest option.  It clearly has its hazards.

Though the thought occurs that while a train will burn for a day or so until the local fuel is exhausted, a pipeline break, should it happen, will continue until the supply is turned off.  Recent experience suggests that could well be worse.  Train wrecks are self-limiting.
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Due to life circumstances, I need to sell my beloved Karmann Ghia conversion. You can see details on the car @ http://ekarmann.com. It has a Netgain Impulse 9 motor mounted to the normal VW 4-speed transmission, along with a custom hydraulic clutch pedal. Currently I drive it in 3rd, ...
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Conservatives' silly "gotcha" argument falls flat on its face.
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Something we geeks need to do all the time is deploy files between machines. Such as, deploying a directory hierarchy over to a server for staging or production use. There's a ton of ways to do this. The old-school way is a shell script with carefully crafted rsync commands. In my case I build websites using AkashaCMS and need to deploy them to the destination webserver.
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"Those poor people who have to suffer through using Windows don't have rsync. Let's all feel sorry for them." – That was the point where I needed to stop reading.
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Electric cars to become inevitable, cost competitive, by 2020ish says report
Falling battery pack prices will contribute to lower cost of ownership for electric cars, and a few years into the future electric cars could be cheaper to own than gasoline powered ones, according to a report from McKinsey Quarterly. A study released recen...
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Apparently Boehner is treasonous
This week a MoveOn.org petition began circulating for the purpose of prosecuting Speaker of the House John A. Boehner for willfully breaking a federal law when he knowingly violated the 216 year-old Logan Act.
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Why don't we know about the real risks of fracking?  It's because the industry is preventing us from knowing.
Fracking companies had extensive influence over a critical study of the groundwater impacts from fracking, according to insider documents released by Greenpeace. In 2010, amidst growing worries about the environmental impacts from fracking, Congress...
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Regulators in California ordered operators to shut down 12 wells injecting potentially toxic oil and gas wastewater into federally protected drinking water - bringing the total number of wells ordered to halt injection to 23. There are more than 2,500...
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I've been doing what this article says for about a month -- Chromebook, with Linux, using the Crouton Integration extension.  My MacBook Pro is feeling neglected, I know it.  The Chromebook has so much better performance than the MBP that I'm tickled.  Having Linux means being able to run those desktop applications where there isn't yet an equivalent on Chrome.

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Love your Chromebook, but want to run Linux programs too? Here’s how to run Linux and Chrome OS on your Chromebook simultaneously.
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    Computer Science, 1981 - 1988
  • Barbara Brennan School of Healing
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Journalist covering electric vehicles via PlugInCars.com, and TorqueNews.com, as well as other green technology and environmental topics on examiner.com

Software engineer, most recently with Yahoo working on their Node.js stack; formerly with Sun working in the Java SE team

Software Quality Engineering Test Automation Architect

Author of a Node.js book, Node Web Development

Blogging about Sustainability issues, Green Transportation, and technology and other stuff

Helping to launch Transition Silicon Valley and Transition Mountain View (Transition Towns movement)

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  • Recargo
    Website Developer, 2013 - present
    Upgrading look/feel/implementation of PlugInCars.com, one of the leading news and information websites in the electric vehicle field. This means Drupal theming work.
  • PlugInCars.com
    Reporter, 2013 - present
    News and journalism covering the electric vehicle scene.
  • Packt
    Book author, 2011 - present
    Written Node Web Development, an introductory guide to software development with Node.js. First version was in 2011, second version was in 2013.
  • V is for Voltage - http://visforvoltage.org
    Owner, 2006 - present
    Owner of online discussion forum focusing on electric bicycles, electric scooters, electric motorcycles, electric cars, etc
  • examiner.com - writer
    Green Transportation Examiner, 2009 - present
    Covering news about Green Transportation, Green Living and the Environment
  • TorqueNews
    Reporter, 2011 - 2014
    News and journalism about electric vehicles, focusing specifically on Tesla Motors
  • Charged EV's Magazine
    Writer, 2012 - 2014
    Magazine articles covering the unfolding electric vehicle scene
  • Yahoo
    Principle Engineer - Mobile Test Software Automation, 2009 - 2011
    Architect of Software Quality Engineering for Yahoo's Node.js hosting stack
  • Sun Microsystems
    Staff Engineer, 1998 - 2009
    Architect of Software Quality Engineering for the Java SE platform.
  • VXtreme
    Senior Software Engineer, 1996 - 1997
    Software engineer developing video streaming server software
  • MainSoft
    Senior Software Engineer, 1994 - 1996
    Software engineer developing GUI toolkit for Unix/X11 that's compatible with WIN32 API.
  • The Wollongong Group
    Senior Software Engineer, 1990 - 1994
    Software engineer developing X.400/RFC-822 compatible email systems.
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Honda upgrades rare earth metals recycling from used nickel-metal hybrid...
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Rare earth metal recycling could resolve a geopolitical power headache, and Honda's new process is a big step in that direction.

Blink and ChargePoint join for electric car charging station sharing
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The two companies will mitigate one of the frustration points of electric car ownership, the necessity to join multiple charging station net