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Rockets Make Ozone Holes And Other Eco Myths

Turns out, a lot of people believe we’re punching holes in the ozone layer every time we launch a rocket.  And those holes are contributing to global warming.  This is actually not true, among a number of other public misconceptions.  Here is a roundup of those myths and a few other nifty eco tidbits. Aerosol Causes Global Warming False.  The CFC’s made famous in aerosol cans were banned decades ago.  Aerosol cans use safe(r) propellants now so feel free to spray all day! We don’t trust weather forecasters or climatologists Weather men and women are not exactly the most accurate.  At least most people feel that way.  So how can we possibly trust climate scientists to predict the weather of …

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BP Beginning Test Of New Cap

The new cap has been in place since yesterday and BP is starting to choke off the flow of oil as part of a gradual test of the effectiveness of this new solution.  The new cap fits tighter on over the existing pipe and is optimistically expected to cut off all of the spilling oil. For the first time, we are being asked and expected to create a plan for after the spill.  For nearly three months, the broken well has been spewing oil into the Gulf of Mexico.  We have been so consumed with the oil drifting towards U.S. shores and slapping BP’s wrists for their ineptitude that we have been unable to create a strong and achievable plan …

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Russian Mir Submersible Could Plug Oil Leak

Russia offers solution to the BP oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico

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NASA Shows us the global perspective on the Gulf Oil Spill

NASA has released time-lapse shots of the gulf oil spill.  Watch the most devastating oil spill in American history unfold in only 2 minutes.  Shocking because it has undone decades of environmental progress and will take 100 years before we will know the Gulf Region the way it was before BP ruined it. Take a close look at the color.  The oil emerges gray, and quickly turns colors as a result of weathering and toxic dispersing chemicals being liberally used by BP. If you’re not nauseous yet, take a look at this blatant corporate deceit.  This target demonstrates how the “estimates” of oil spillage changed over time.  What it really shows is how BP was forced to adjust their “estimates” …

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BP to Purchase Costner’s Device

We reported not long ago that Kevin Costner had invested $20 million of his personal fortune in a centrifugal device that separates oil from water. BP has announced that it will purchase 32 of these centrifuge pumps to aid in the cleanup effort. These machines can reportedly filter up to 210,000 gallons of water per day, outputting 99% pure water and reclaiming oil. Costner has been touting the need for such a machine since he purchased the rights to it nearly 15 years ago.  He recently testified in front of Congress and just today held a press conference indicating the plan for BP to utilize the machines. As oil still pours from the well, BP’s CEO Tony Hayward took a …

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The Video BP Doesn’t Want You to See

Get more information about the situation in the Gulf and find out how you can help.

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An Oil Spill of a Different Sort, but No Less Deadly

Plastic pollution is poisoning the world’s seas and leaving a trail of death throughout the oceanic wilderness. It serves as a largely unseen testament to the awful cost of fossil fuel dependency, which has seeped into nearly every aspect of daily life. In 2005, on an atoll deep in the Pacific Ocean, a researcher found a small fragment of plastic from a WWII era plane inside the stomach of a dead Albatross. For decades the fragment bobbed in ocean currents and tumbled about on desolate beaches. Eventually a bird mistook it for food. At this moment millions of tons of trash spoil the world’s oceans. The accumulation between California and Hawaii alone is so immense it’s been given a name: The …

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Roundup of oil spill photo galleries

In case you were feeling too happy lately, take a look at some of these oil spill photo galleries.  Some of the most depressing and inspirational photos are seen here.  Click on each image to be taken to a different gallery.

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BP Bankrupt over spill? Unlikely

I’m no economist, and I don’t have an MBA.  But I can tell you this about the recent speculation that BP could go bankrupt over the Gulf Oil Spill.  Not a chance.  Here’s why: BP’s daily profit (not sales… profit) still exceeds what they’re spending on the spill cleanup efforts.  Last year alone they made $17 Billion.  As my wife puts it: “That’s not even a real number”. Although BP’s stock may be tumbling, two sad truths exist: a) This whole oil spill will be out of the public consciousness in a matter of weeks after the cleanup is finished. b) Stock prices tumbling may anger investors, but BP still has vast amounts of assets they could sell to cover …

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The Costner Oil Separator Stands Ready to Help in Gulf Oil Spill

In the mid-1990s while filming the movie “Waterworld” actor Kevin Costner began working on a way to clean up maritime oil spills. He purchased the rights to technology developed in concert with the Department of Energy after the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska in 1989. Fifteen years later and with $24 million dollars of his own money invested, he has developed a machine referred to as the Costner oil separator. Costner’s business partner, John Houghtaling, described the centrifugal oil separator technology to the Los Angeles Times on May 21: “The machines are essentially like big vacuum cleaners, which sit on barges and suck up oily water and spin it around at high speed,” Houghtaling said. “On one side, it spits …

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