Read my lips: NO NEW COAL!

September 23rd, 2008

So Obama/Biden and McCain/Palin are in a pissing contest trying to see who can do the most spectacular flip-flop and double talk about coal.

An ABC headline says:

Biden says no to coal plants in America

It’s on msnbc too:

The clean coal kerfuffle

… and the article has him praising coal gasification:

Ohio remarks were evidence that the Democratic pair opposes clean coal as “another ham-handed lying attack from the McCain campaign.”

“This is yet another false attack from a dishonorable campaign,” said Biden spokesman David Wade. “Sen. McCain knows that Sen. Obama and Sen. Biden support clean coal technology. Sen. Biden’s point is that China is building coal plants with outdated technology every day, and the United States needs to lead by developing clean coal technologies.”

“If Senator McCain is so committed to clean coal,” Wade wondered, “then why hasn’t he joined Senators Obama and Biden in announcing their support for the bipartisan energy proposal before the Senate today that would invest billions in clean coal projects?  He should explain why his support for tax breaks for big oil outweighs his support for clean coal.”

Earth to Biden, your state of Delaware knows enough to reject, REJECT, coal gasification, in favor of the first offshore wind project in the US, paired with gas for dispatchability.  You can read the PSC Order and the PSC staff report explaining why right here:

Delaware – first offshore wind in US?

So I guess it’s time to send another email to the Obama campaign — Jeff Blodgett, are you listening to this coal crap?

As Nancy Prehn would say, BOOM!

Dominion has an underground natural gas storage facility near Leidy Township in Pennsylvania, sorta like the one in Waseca, Minnesota. The “Greenlick Field” is on fire, a well in the field is burning… a pilot flying over recently noticed the glow and reported it, and it’s been burning for days, and it may be burning for “up to two weeks.”

Gas well fire burns in Leidy

“Nobody has been hurt and it’s not near any structure,” Donovan said. “It’s not doing any harm. It’s flaring and burning. We had some difficulty getting the emergency equipment up there, and we have flown in some experts in this type of fire from Texas to help put it out.”

Donovan said this particular blaze is “just like any nossle-straight-up fire” involving natural gas. Emergency personnel cleared brush around a swathe of forest near the fire to ensure it didn’t spread to the nearby forest,” he said.

“We created the fire ring last night and it worked,” Donovan said. “We’re concentrating on getting it out right now.

“We have experts there this morning looking at it right now,” he added. “They are bringing specialized equipment in, but they have to examine the situation before they can decide whether they need it or not. The equipment won’t arrive until tomorrow morning, because they are driving it up from Texas.

and now it’s 2-3 weeks:

Gas fire could burn for weeks


Police set restrictions at gas well fire

and a daylight aerial photo:

Natural gas fire still going

Dominion’s Underground Storage Page

Update: It’s been sold!

… and from the blog “Solomon’s words,” these reports of the fire and photos:

Even airplanes restricted from gas well fire

Now granted the pressure in this one, at over 4,000 psi, is much greater than in the Waseca underground storage, it’s an example of why Nancy Prehn is concerned.  I sure wouldn’t want to live on top of a natural gas dome with wells surrounding my house!

#%(&% Franken’s got my vote!

September 18th, 2008

I don’t have a TV and so am a little slow… a little culturally deprived… but finally I stumbled on the Coleman ad where Franken’s telling it like it is, and this is just the kind of thing that helps me get over plugging my nose over Franken’s asinine position on coal gasification and potentially ENJOY voting for him. What a hoot:

Yeah, Norm, “you are wrong, and you have to apologize, man!”




… and my favorite, blasphemy in Norwegian land:

I’m MEAN sometimes!!!

Yeah, you tell ’em! Hilarious… get a grip, Norm!

Nathan Muus has new CD

September 16th, 2008

Nathan Muus has a new CD, Seven Little Wonders, and you can here it and download it here:

Nathan Muus – Seven Little Wonders

And there’s a page about Ahbleza, I just had “On the Avenue” going through my brain after my travels on Franklin Avenue the other day… too weird… and a video of Paha Sapa (Song of the Black Hills) in front of Coffman Union:

Ahbleza Band page

That’s about 25 years ago… more? … aaaah, life as an old fart…

Palin – sent by Dog?

September 7th, 2008

This was in yesterday’s Delaware State News… really… he writes regularly, but this is the best of all time.

Palin, Dog’s enema!!!