It took a lot of fossil fuels to forge our industrial world. Now they’re almost gone. Could we do it again without them?
In the aftermath, current and former students of the for-profit schools have called on the Education Department to wipe away debt they say Corinthian pressured them into taking. After months of pleading with the department to forgive the federal loans, the students teamed with an offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement known as the Debt Collective. Together, they came up with the idea for the strike.
With Republican majorities in both the House and Senate, Obama may not need Democrats to get fast track approved. But the math will be tricky. As Chris Krueger of Guggenheim Securities wrote in a note Friday, there are segments of congressional Republicans who are opposed to free trade or simply unwilling to cede more power to Obama. The White House would need to make up for any Republican defections by adding Democrats. There are at least 11 House Democrats who have signaled they will support fast track, according to the Hill.
French President Francois Hollande said the EU had to do more, telling Canal+ television that rescue and disaster prevention efforts needed “more boats, more over flights and a much more intense battle against people trafficking.”
An overlooked but important Politico article published in January examined Congress’ own cybersecurity practices when it comes to defending their networks. Reporter Tal Kopan quoted several Congressional staffers saying Congress barely does anything to protect itself from cyberattacks, despite being a juicy target for foreign intelligence agencies. “Few could remember any kind of IT security training, and if they did, it wasn’t taken seriously”, Kopan reported
Moving To Mars (jdargis)
For years, NASA has run experiments replicating the environments of space and alien planets. Rovers and robotics have been tested in the Arizona desert and in the Canadian Arctic. “Human factor” studies in preparation for space-station duties have been carried out in a capsule at the Johnson Space Center and in an underwater lab off Key Largo. These days, the International Space Station provides an analogue for future long-duration missions; the astronaut Scott Kelly, who has just begun the first full year for an American in orbit, is the subject of psychological as well as physical tests. The Hawaii project represents another step for NASA: a test of group dynamics and morale to help design systems that will send a team into deep space.
“Worldwide, e-waste constitutes a valuable ‘urban mine’ – a large potential reservoir of recyclable materials,” UN under secretary-general David Malone said.
“At the same time, the hazardous content of e-waste constitutes a ‘toxic mine’ that must be managed with extreme care.”
What the EIA is saying in the above paragraph is that price and tight oil production is everything when it comes to US future oil production. On that point I would agree except that even if the price returns to $100 and higher, it will not produce tight oil production to anywhere near the EIA’s high price projections.
Much of this scepticism was linked to a perception that they are too expensive to have major market impact, and are likely to remain for the foreseeable future. Battery costs are the biggest factor keeping electric vehicle propulsion systems pricier than petroleum-driven engines. As long as battery costs remain high, the manufacturers of electric vehicles have to make a trade-off between range (i.e. how far the vehicle can go before it needs recharging) and price. This has been a major obstacle to increasing the market share of EVs, particularly outside the luxury niche they currently occupy.
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