Nov 6, 2013 at 14:57:47
“Many of our customers are environmental consultants with multiple fieldworkers and those that have transferred their computing over to the cloud have mentioned how much more efficien they are now that they can interact with workers in the field instantly and, more importantly, securely without the need for elaborate and expensive laptops/software.”
“Whether you are pro-fracking or anti-fracking, I wouldn't read too much into this news. Currently, the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources is in the process of being merged with the Division of Water Resources and indications are that pretty much any and all new environmental protection business is being put on hold until the state can figure out how to effectively merge both agencies.”
“Is probably a uniquely American phenomenon but we tend to dislike Hypocritical behavior more than the rest of the world does, or so it seems. For instance, European environmental ministers like to pay lip service to reducing their countries use of fossil fuels, but their carbon emissions have actually increased while here in the United States, we've reduced carbon emissions down to 1997 levels.
I know this is going to sound strange to those who are environmentally conscious but the United States, more often than not, walks the walk while the rest of the world just plain talks about fighting climate change.”
Chipher on Sep 27, 2013 at 07:18:27
“When Globalists-in-Warmist-Clothing talk about American 'exceptionalism', it's a code phrase the way teachers back in the 20th Century talked about how to deal with all the 'exceptional' kids who were uncontrollable and incapable of any critical thinking skills.
America is "back to 1997 CO2 levels" because our economy is BACK TO THE 1900s.
We are $17 TRILLION in debt. We are paying a BILLION DOLLARS A DAY in INTEREST ONLY DEBT SERVICE ... FOREVER. The Saudis suck a BILLION DOLLARS A DAY out of the USA economy as EXCESS OIL PROFITS. And the Private Fed Bank is bleeding another THREE BILLION DOLLARS A DAY out of our last life savings and retirement fund.
Small wonder that everyone is riding bicycles or the bus, just like they did in the 1930s.”
“First, the above link has nothing to do with the EPA's Clean Water Act or how Bush Cheney supposedly profited from the sidestepping of it. What's more, the above link is from and extremist environmental organization known as Food & Water Watch so their opinion is not necessarily a fact… just their opinion.
Second, there are those who believe that Dick Cheney orchestrated the exemption of the hydraulic fracturing drillers from the Clean Water Act back in 2006. This is not true as witnessed by the Liberal blog 'The Daily Kos' which stated the following;
"First, here is the actual truth of the matter; Dick Cheney didn’t do any harm to the Federal Clean Air Act because there is no 'Halliburton Loophole' statutory law amendment of the Clean Air Act contained in the Energy Policy Act of 2005... (any) claim that the oil and gas industry has some sort of categorical exemption from regulation and that hydraulic fracturing and other oil and gas industry process equipment and facilities are exempted from regulation under the Federal Clean Air Act is fabrication and erroneous conflation."”
thmi716 on Aug 13, 2013 at 21:01:03
“Legislate: If the marvel lixure is so indolent, add it to the clean water act. Should not be any issue, right?.
The Business Guy:“http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/take/trouble-in-fracking-paradise/1028The shale revolution is “a little bit overhyped,” Shell CEO Peter Voser said last week as his company announced a $2.1 billion write-down, mostly owing to the poor performance of its fracking adventures in U.S. “liquids-rich shales.” Which of its shale properties have underperformed, Shell didn’t say, but CFO Simon Henry admitted that “the production curve is less positive than we originally expected.””
Your Worst Nightmare:“I do research on the subject matter...and we are doing double blind test studies, so far there is a strong and significant correlation to the chemicals especially with BTEX (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes) the major wheelhouse components of the fracking industry. We are also looking at the propionates, diesel fuel, and trichloroethylene (TCE), along with the Dichloromethane (DCM)—or methylene chloride. All of these are "extremely quick ignition" flash points for the liver and pancreatic cancers. Once ignited by even a low as 4PpB, Survival rates is only 3%. A cluster is beginning to form in Dimock, PA. The DOJ, DOH, and DOE are backing this up. It's like smoking...it's good for you...the Marlboro Man, In fact the Oil and gas companies use the same marketing arm as once the crumbling Tobacco Industry (Hill-Knowlton) Psy-ops. ””
“If it's true that this problem is as a result of a growth-at-any-cost mentality, then perhaps the best way to address this issue is to point out that the future of the state's tourism and real estate industries are being jeopardized most by -according to your report- "leaky septic tanks, excess fertilizer, and livestock waste" instead of turning this into a witchhunt against Gov. Scott”
ericmiami on Nov 27, 2012 at 20:05:18
“Witch hunt is inaccurate, Enviro. Warlock hunt would be better.
What did you think about his narrow scrape with Medicare fraud? Was that a witch hunt?”
“While there is always a risk of danger to the environment, all the scientific evidence on hydraulic fracturing suggests that the risk is almost nonexistent compared to the benefits. For example, Bank of America recently analyzed hydraulic fracturing in the United States and estimates that It adds $1 billion per day to the national economy.
Anybody who's ever been in central New York state knows that this region could definitely benefit from even a slight increase in economic activity.”
WoBuYaoTweet on Aug 20, 2012 at 22:03:36
“A "slight" temporary benefit for a rural community provides massive profits to the gas companies who ruin the land & disappear. It's not good for the local economy, and it is certainly NOT a good reason to poison the water of millions of people in our nation's largest & most profitable metropolitan area. The "benefits" don't go to everybody, but the risks are borne by millions & cannot ever be undone. It's absolute lunacy.
Bank of America?? You have to be kidding. They have no credibility whatsoever.
As to the safety record: oil & gas companies have proven time & again that they value profit & speed over safety & adhering to regulations. BP, Exxon, all of them. They.Don't.Care. A huge oil spill in the ocean is bad, but contaminating fresh water - either accidentally or deliberately (as fracking requires by design), is again absolute lunacy. The entire industry ought to be jailed on principle.”
bbrecht on Aug 20, 2012 at 21:41:55
“LOL you mean Bank of America who we the people bailed out because of bad investments? They think Fracking is a good investment?
As for scientific evidence, please consider this: every fracking well uses on average 1-5 million gallons of water, while creating millions of gallons of toxic waste. Water is already a precious resource on this planet (read about it sometime). Future generations are counting on us not to waste this resource.”
judithkorff on Aug 20, 2012 at 15:28:22
“I guess now we know what it costs to sell out to the Gas industry. I'm not suggesting that drilling (fracking) CAN'T be done responsibly and safely. However, the gas & oil industry has proven to us time and time and time and time and time again that it WON'T behave responsibly or safely and that if it thinks it can generate an extra lousy nickel by cutting costs, using cheap materials or taking shortcuts, our homes, our land, our lives mean absolutely nothing to them. Let that industry show us, consistently and over a very very long period of time, that they can be trusted and then we'll consider permitting this technology. Until then, NY residents all know that we don't want to end up like Pennsylvania and Ohio, with flaming faucets, tainted farmland and earthquakes as our payment for having acquiesced to this proposal.”
You mentioned that these 41 scientists call you EPA to protect our environment were "leading scientists". I was wondering what the criteria you used in determining that the scientists were tops in their field, or otherwise "leading". Thank you.”
“Wait. What? How can combining the small business administration with the commerce department change the percentage of federal contracts awarded to small businesses? Is eliminating this part of the merger agreement?”
hp blogger Lloyd Chapman on Oct 1, 2013 at 20:25:24
“Great comment. You made me laugh. I just found out today the SBA and the Department of Commerce are already scheduling meetings to work out the details of the merger. It hasn't even been passed by Congress yet.
The Department of Commerce represents the very Fortune 500 firms that have hijacked billions in federal small business contracts for a decade. Combining the SBA and the Department of Commerce would be like combining the KKK and the NAACP.
Thanks again for your comment and the smile. LC ( -:”
“One would think that residents of Hawaii would be a higher percentage of fish than chicken and beef but one can only imagine how many more animals would be consumed In Hawaii if prices weren't through the roof. Last I heard, a gallon of milk cost something like $8.”
hp blogger Frank DeGiacomo on Sep 24, 2013 at 22:54:58
“Fish is also a huge problem. It takes 5 pounds of wild caught fish to produce 1 pound of factory farmed fish. The oceans are depleted and also have the pressures of global warming upon it. There are those who think that the ocean ecosystem will collapse first causing ripples through the rest of the living systems of the planet.
And that's not even touching upon health and ethical concerns.
There are still dollar menus in Hawai`i. So I don't really see the animal product consumption being impeded by cost. It's just shifting where people are buying them from - that mainly being global corporate giants instead of mom and pop/local businesses.”
“It strikes me that if environmental groups really want to make a positive impact on behalf of our environment, instead of holding sit-ins against fracking or trying to protect an endangered amoeba deep in a remote cave somewhere, they should be protesting against cuts in health and safety inspections, such as those cited above in New York State. These cutbacks are having a tremendous impact.”
Sep 5, 2013 at 16:11:14
“The fact that roughly 72% of security breaches occur within companies with less than 100 employees reminds me of the old saying that goes "It's easier to steal $1 from million people than $1 million from one person,"”
“These allegations could (and should!) be devastating to the oil & gas industry… if they were true. However, until these two whistleblowers are allowed to go forward without fear of reprisals, these allegations are just those; allegations”