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Used Oil Booms Converted to Chevy Volt Parts

Now this is just plain cool.  When oil is spilled, like in the Gulf of Mexico in summer of 2010, various materials are used to help clean up the spill.  Specifically, a material is used that only absorbs oil, not water, making it an ideal tool for oil spills in oceans and lakes. Sometimes called “booms”, they come in long sausage-looking shapes tied together so they can be strung around an oil spill, creating a perimeter to absorb the spilled oil.  Typically, these booms are thrown away or even burned as fuel.  Chevy has come up with a new way to deal with the leftovers. They are being recycled and turned into the parts for Chevy Volts.  The booms are …

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Recycle Your Hair This Summer!

Midsummer often prompts many of us to shear our locks and don cooler hairstyles to help us survive the heat. As I recently had my own coif chopped up and saw the heaps of hair collecting around the chair, I began to wonder if there aren’t some ways to reuse this particular resource. Here’s what I dug up…

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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 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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Gulf Oil Spill Discussion

I usually strive to bring readers cool, clever eco-innovations.  However I must take a quick break to discuss the Gulf Oil Spill which is monopolizing the news in the U.S. over the last month. Amidst heavy discussion stateside about domestic oil drilling, many opinions have surfaced.  Americans are deeply dependent on foreign oil.  That has not been much debated as the numbers support consumption.  We simply do not have enough oil drilling and processing capacity in the U.S., so we look to Middle Eastern countries to supplement our needs.  Americans consume vast amounts of oil per capita.  more so than most industrialized countries. Whether we have enough domestic supply to meet our needs is debatable, and debated consistently.  However whether …

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