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Consider how the US wants to prevent further consumer safeguards from being implemented in Europe:
The U.S. demands in a chapter on consumer protection, among other things, that prior to passing a ban the EU should evaluate “any alternatives to achieve the appropriate level of protection,” meaning that no law in this regard should be passed in the first place. In addition to this, the EU should also publicly explain “whether any of those alternatives are significantly less restrictive to trade.” The EU counters that it would decide itself whether or not to allow for controversial U.S. foods to pass across their borders, seeing as the “appropriate level of sanitary protection rests solely with the importing Party.”
Another serious point of contention is legislative cooperation. Both the U.S. and Europe gave the impression that they were mostly in agreement regarding legislative regulation. But the negotiation papers suggest something very different. While the EU stresses its right to legislative self-determination in the documents, the U.S. wants to severely curtail the scope of European legislators in regards to economic decisions where it has demonstrated in several suggestions it has made. One example is the demand formulated by the U.S. that “each Party shall maintain procedures that promote the consideration of the following factors when conducting a regulatory impact assessment (RIA) for a regulation.” Namely, this means that the EU is supposed to introduce a process that will evaluate “the need for a proposed regulation” in conjunction with an analysis of “the anticipated costs and benefits (quantitative, qualitative, or both) of such alternatives.”
“It will severely complicate legislation in environmental and consumer matters should the Americans assert themselves in this matter,” says Markus Krajewski, Professor of Public Law in Erlangen, in regard to the currently published suggestions made by the U.S..
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another case of sacrifice clean air for corrupt trade decisions
According to the World Trade Organization, India can't favor Indian made Solar panels over American made ones.
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Comparing Hydrogen fuel cells and lithium batteries
While hydrogen is abundant, it still has to be obtained from somewhere, produced. Theoretically, it could be obtained by splitting water via electricity generated from solar or wind power. However, commercially, that’s not how we get it. Financially, it mak...
While hydrogen is abundant, it still has to be obtained from somewhere, produced. Theoretically, it could be obtained by splitting water via electricity generated from solar or wind power. However, commercially, that’s not ho...
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The obvious part in the market now, in some locations, such as the southwest, California and Arizona, is a potential need for capacity as time goes by. Meaning, that more than just energy, the grid demands a need for capacity which gives value to the grid…and to do that with a carbon-free source is an exciting idea.
A couple of things will drive that. One is this idea of a “duck curve,” this need to be able to deliver on demand at certain times.
The next is policy. Progress may require the retirement of coal facilities. That capacity is taken offline and needs to be returned to the grid.
The other aspect to consider is that location really matters for capacity. You can’t really affect the grid from 3,000 miles away as much as you might want to. So there’s going to be a mix between energy storage that’s grid connected, energy storage that’s customer connected, and energy storage that will be generation connected.
We [Abengoa] want to participate in all those areas, from battery energy storage through thermal energy storage.
Our view of where we’re going with thermal energy storage, trough or tower connected, is that we want to provide a peaking style solar power plant, meaning that it is designed to collect the energy independently — as independently as that allows — from the solar resource.
 
Inventor of pricey energy storage moves on to cheap energy storage...
Earlier this year, we thought we caught hints that sodium-ion energy storage technology is ready for its closeup, and this makes it official. The University of Texas at Austin has just let out word that a research team guided by professor John Goodenough has come up with a new cathode material leading to the development
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Friday, September 25, 2015, 8:18 PM -

While the world appears to be heating up, an area south of Greenland and Iceland has been seeing the coldest temperatures in recorded history, according to data released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Researchers say there's no mistake in the data. The chillier-than-usual area is densely-populated with buoys and along a well-observed shipping line.

RELATED: Melting sea ice sends walruses ashore

There's no definitive answer as to why the blob is there, but scientists think it has to do with the slowing of circulation in the Atlantic Ocean.

In March a team of scientists published a paper in Nature Climate Change, arguing a massive ocean current called the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) is weakening.

AMOC is driven by temperature differences and the salinity of the water -- but a sudden injection of cold water can weaken the circulation.

So -- where is the cold water coming from?

The suggested source is melting glaciers in Greenland -- an area that's losing more than a hundred billion tonnes of ice annually.
Scientists aren't sure what this all means, but they're keeping a close eye on the area
There's a blob of cold water in the North Atlantic Ocean, following a summer of abnormally warm temperatures -- and that has scientists concerned.
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As one of the biggest pop stars in the world, Prince brought a new conversation about gender to fashion. He wore high heels and lace gloves, making the world think about how a man or a woman should dress, pushing the boundaries of taste and acceptability. As singer Frank Ocean highlighted in his tribute: “He made me feel comfortable with how I identify sexually simply by his display of freedom from and irreverence for the archaic idea of gender conformity.” A noted influence on Donatella Versace, Tommy Hilfiger and Matthew Williamson, Prince also directly and indirectly influenced the look of Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes, D’Angelo and Justin Bieber. Prince ignited the conversation about gender that we are still having today.
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great scenics from china on his stream!
happy spring weekend to all!
raining for almost one week , this end of afternoon was very lucky , but the magic of the weather can play sometimes with our favour to give Photographers amazing pictures
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build yer own electric trailer with hub motors, solar panels and a pop up tent, low cost with lead acid batteries..
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Hi Derk,

Not sure how I can write to you directly. I am doing a demonstration project of Annual Geo Solar. Don Stephens is my inspiration, but Greenershelter.org has been closed down since about 2011 or so. Do you know how to locate him? Thank you

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Why long hair improves our 6 th sense,
With the usual enticements, the well proven smooth phrases used to enroll new recruits, some of these Indian trackers were then enlisted. Once enlisted, an amazing thing happened. Whatever talents and skills they had possessed on the reservation seemed to mysteriously disappear, as recruit after recruit failed to perform as expected in the field.

Serious causalities and failures of performance led the government to contract expensive testing of these recruits, and this is what was found.

When questioned about their failure to perform as expected, the older recruits replied consistently that when they received their required military haircuts, they could no longer 'sense' the enemy, they could no longer access a 'sixth sense', their 'intuition' no longer was reliable, they couldn't 'read' subtle signs as well or access subtle extrasensory information.

So the testing institute recruited more Indian trackers, let them keep their long hair, and tested them in multiple areas. Then they would pair two men together who had received the same scores on all the tests. They would let one man in the pair keep his hair long, and gave the other man a military haircut. Then the two men retook the tests.

Time after time the man with long hair kept making high scores. Time after time, the man with the short hair failed the tests in which he had previously scored high scores

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http://www.sott.net/article/234783-The-Truth-About-Hair-and-Why-Indians-Would-Keep-Their-Hair-Long
This information about hair has been hidden from the public since the Viet Nam War . Our culture leads people to believe that hair style is a matter of personal preference, that hair style is a matter of fashion and/or convenience, and that how...
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same efficiency as competing methods, but more dependable, lower cost hardware
A team from Singapore and Taiwan have shown that carbon fiber cloths coated in inexpensive catalysts can generate hydrogen, and perform not only in water but in seawater as well. IEEe Spectrum notes, the new material generate...
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that may well be more efficient in generation, but then the stuff needs to be compressed, or actually super cooled in order to reach a liquid state, and that is the rub.
The energy required to cool the stuff is enormous.
Same goes for LNG, propane and butane tanks, it takes an enormous amount of energy to obtain liquid fuel, which makes it unsuitable for automotive use, better to use batteries that can accept a charge much more efficiently and yield more mileage per unit of energy input!
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