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Iran Threatens to Block Oil if West Sets New Sanctions
Rick Gladstone, New York Times
Iran issued a blunt warning on Tuesday that it would block the Strait of Hormuz, the world’s most important oil transit point, if Western powers attempt to impose an embargo on Iranian petroleum exports in their campaign to isolate the country over its suspect nuclear energy program.
The warning, issued by Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi, came as Iran’s naval forces were in the midst of a 10-day war games exercise in a vast area of the Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman. The Strait of Hormuz, a narrow passage that connects the Gulf of Oman to the Persian Gulf, is the route for one third of the world’s oil-tanker traffic.
(27 December 2011)
Fracking Opens Fissures Among States as Drillers Face Many Rules
Jim Efstathiou Jr. and Mark Niquette, Bloomberg
… A boom in gas production using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has led to a patchwork of local drilling standards. Now, several states are revising or formulating rules, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is studying the effects of fracking on drinking water and weighing nationwide regulations.
“What you’re seeing now is the federal government trying to get into the game of regulating hydraulic fracturing for the very first time,” Ken von Schaumburg, a Washington-based attorney and former EPA deputy general counsel in George W. Bush’s administration, said in an interview.
States are moving more aggressively as gas extracted from shale has expanded to a third of total U.S. production, up from 2 percent in 2001.
(22 December 2011)
‘Secret’ Environment Canada Presentation Warns of Oilsands’ Impact on Habitat
Mike De Souza, Postmedia News
Contamination of a major western Canadian river basin from oilsands operations is a “high-profile concern” for downstream communities and wildlife, says a newly-released “secret” presentation prepared last spring by Environment Canada that highlighted numerous warnings about the industry’s growing footprint on land, air, water and the climate.
The warnings from the department contrast with recent claims made by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Environment Minister Peter Kent that the industry is being unfairly targeted by environmentalists who exaggerate its impacts on nature and people.
The presentation noted figures from the Canadian Energy Research Institute, a collaboration among industry, government and academics, that estimate the oilsands sector is responsible for more than 100,000 direct and indirect jobs in Canada, and will contribute more than $1.7 trillion to the country’s economy over the next 25 years.
But it warned that Alberta and other parts of Western Canada are facing a steep economic and ecological price tag for failing to crack down on the industry’s collateral damage.
(27 December 2011)
Nickel-hydrogen low energy nuclear reaction
Christopher Calder, email to Energy Bulletin
Nickel-hydrogen low energy nuclear reaction is here, and it will make burning fossil fuels obsolete.
Zawodny-NASA pdf presentation:
Bushnell-NASA pdf presentation:
Nelson-NASA pdf presentation:
NASA-Zawodny LENR patent application:
Defkalion Green Technologies’ current line of LENR reactors –
My website with links and overview, THE FUSION REVOLUTION –
(24 December 2011)
And from the skeptics:
Peak E-Cat by Ugo Bardi
No miracles in science: The story of the “energy catalyzer by Antonio Turiel.