How do we get off Oil ?

By: Patrap , 9:28 PM GMT on February 21, 2014

How do we get off Oil ?

Is there a 12 step program for Oil addiction ?

In what ways can we slowly back away from it and into renewable's, like solar, wind, and other greener technologies ?

Coal I realize is going to have it's continued run in China and other developing Nations.

Will the World go bezerk on getting off these fossil fuels ? Will the weather changes and Human migration bring about a change in the current paradigm ?

Sandy showed the US East Coast that they are just as susceptible to Disaster from a Storm than the GOM.

We hear folks say on wu all the time, the US hasn't been hit with a Major since such and such year.

Yeah, bet dat.

Ike, Isaac,and many other Storms din't have to be a Cat 3 plus on the SSS, which is a poor indicator of any impact, to have a disaster declared.

It's all a mute point when its yer Hood.

What about the shorter Winters and longer summers observed now since 1950?

Methane is wafting into the system from peat permafrost now melting.

The forcing's are beginning to rear their collective Hydra Heads.

And who is to slay the culprit...?

Social Media.

We must organize.

We must elect leaders.

We must take corrective actions.

We, Humanity, not Oil, not Politics per usual,

We Humans are free.

Think on that.

Offer your say either way here.

But think on it.

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10. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
9:12 PM GMT on February 28, 2014
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9. Patrap
1:44 AM GMT on February 26, 2014
That's great new's neighbor.

Glad y'all staying.

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8. tkeith
1:33 AM GMT on February 26, 2014
Well Pat, this damn place done got the best of me. We bought a house here in Metaire and decided this is where we are gonna live out our days. I'm guessin I aint the first one this has happened to :)
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7. Patrap
4:21 PM GMT on February 25, 2014
Please share this for it is very important that the "word" gets out to the hearing impaired on severe weather alerts, and it ain't happening like it should.

FCC's new closed captioning rules had long journey
FCC rules aimed at stopping inaccurate closed captioning took ten years to become a reality. New FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler made it a priority of his regime.

"Five wins and a very light power reese know" sounds more like gibberish than a weather forecast.
But that was the closed caption that hearing-impaired people got during a report from the WeatherNation channel last month. What the caption was supposed to say was, "high winds and a very light, powdery snow."
Closed captioning is designed to help the deaf and hearing-impaired enjoy television and receive important news and weather reports.
Unfortunately, captions are often riddled with typos and incomplete sentences that leave viewers struggling to make sense of what is being said.
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"It's frustrating," said Cheryl Simpson, a hearing-impaired Norfolk, Va., resident who often has to rely on her husband to tell her what's happening on the screen.
During emergency news alerts, she said, "The stuff you see on the crawl does not match what they are saying."
Tom Wheeler agrees. On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission chairman issued new rules that the regulatory agency hopes will improve closed captioning, which is mandated by the 1996 Telecommunications Act.
"Something needs to be done," Wheeler said of the current state of closed captioning.
The FCC will require that captions match spoken words in dialogue and convey background noises and other sounds to the fullest extent possible, according to agency officials familiar with the order.
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The order will also mandate that captions not block other content on the screen, overlap one another, run off the edge of the video screen or be blocked by other information.
The bar will be slightly lower for news, sports and other programming that airs live as opposed to entertainment programming that is completed weeks before airing.
However, the agency still wants improvement on the often sloppy captioning that accompanies live programming.
At the FCC meeting, Claude Stout, executive director of Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, stressed the need for better captioning of news programming.
"One of the most frightening moments for my wife and I was the sniper shootings that took place in late 2002," Stout said, using sign language. "Local stations in my area showed breaking news on the latest developments, but they were not captioned. We felt trapped and helpless."
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The first TV programming ever to feature captioning was the PBS cooking show "The French Chef" with Julia Child in 1972. But closed captioning didn't become commonplace until the 1990s.
And even when it became a requirement in 1996, the FCC didn't foresee the need for any sort of quality control requirements for the industry.
"The lack of consistency in the quality of TV captioning demonstrates that the original assumptions that the marketplace would ensure quality captions have not borne out," said Karen Peltz Strauss, deputy of the FCC's Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau.

Wheeler not only expressed frustration about the current state of closed captioning, but he also wasn't happy with how long it took the agency to act on concerns about it.
The FCC was first asked to address the state of closed captioning a decade ago and issued a notice of proposed rules to try to improve the situation in 2005. The matter has pretty much been in limbo until Wheeler, who was sworn in as chairman last November, made it a priority.

"Ten years is too slow a pace," Wheeler said at the meeting, and then signed, "This is only the beginning."
The majority of closed captioning is outsourced by TV stations and broadcast and cable networks. Jill Toschi, vice president for operations at the National Captioning Institute, said the FCC's actions are a "very positive step" and send a "strong message that caption producers need to be committed quality."
Wheeler promised that the FCC won't forget about this issue going forward.
"We'll keep pace with how it's working," he said.
Could the FCC issue fines to anyone falling short of their expectations?
"We'll see," Wheeler said.

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6. redagainPatti
5:26 PM GMT on February 24, 2014
Thanks for sharing the photo of the plane in my blog. That was interesting... Much better glass than what was in the other little plane this past weekend.
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5. Patrap
4:16 PM GMT on February 23, 2014
Supreme Court Climate Case Looks At EPA's Power

Posted: 02/23/2014 8:33 am EST

WASHINGTON (AP) Industry groups and Republican-led states are heading an attack at the Supreme Court against the Obama administration's sole means of trying to limit power-plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming.

As President Barack Obama pledges to act on environmental and other matters when Congress doesn't, or won't, opponents of regulating carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases cast the rule as a power grab of historic proportions.

The court is hearing arguments Monday about a small but important piece of the Environmental Protection Agency's plans to cut the emissions %u2014 a requirement that companies expanding industrial facilities or building new ones that would increase overall pollution must also evaluate ways to reduce the carbon they release.

Environmental groups and even some of their opponents say that whatever the court decides, EPA still will be able to move forward with broader plans to set emission standards for greenhouse gases for new and existing power plants.

But a court ruling against the EPA almost undoubtedly would be used to challenge every step of the agency's effort to deal with climate change, said Jacob Hollinger, a partner with the McDermott Will and Emery law firm in New York and a former EPA lawyer.

Republicans have objected strenuously to the administration's decision to push ahead with the regulations after Congress failed to pass climate legislation.

In 2012, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit concluded that the EPA was "unambiguously correct" in using existing federal law to address global warming.

Monday's case, for which the court has expanded argument time to 90 minutes from the usual 60, stems from the high court's 2007 ruling in Massachusetts v. EPA, which said the agency has the authority under the Clean Air Act to limit emissions of greenhouse gases from vehicles.

Two years later, with Obama in office, the EPA concluded that the release of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases endangered human health and welfare. The administration used that finding to extend its regulatory reach beyond automobiles and develop national standards for large stationary sources.
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4. Patrap
1:29 AM GMT on February 22, 2014
Beijing raises pollution alert to orange for first time as heavy smog blankets capital

Published time: February 21, 2014 21:50 Get short URL

Beijing raised its four-tiered smog alert system to 'orange' for the first time on Friday as heavy smog was forecast to roll into the city for the next three days. Officials have urged people to stay indoors and use public transport.

When Beijing’s Air Quality Index (AQI) readings went above 300 micrograms per cubic meter on Friday – more than ten times the level considered safe by the World Health Organization (WHO) – the orange warning level was brought into effect.

The category, which is the second-highest after 'red,' advises schools to cancel outside sports classes and states that children and elderly should stay indoors. Residents are also advised to leave their cars at home. The 'orange' alert falls short of ordering schools to close and prohibiting government vehicles from using the roads – those provisions come into force under the red alert.

The government also ordered more than 100 factories in Beijing to halt or limit their activities as soon as the orange alert came into force on Friday, Xinhua news agency reported. Thirty-six companies were ordered to stop production, while another 75 were told to reduce it.

AQI measures six airborne pollutants – including PM2.5 particles which have a diameter smaller than 2.5 microns. PM2.5 particles have been a major contributor to the smog that has periodically shrouded much of north and eastern China in recent years.

The tiered system has four levels – using blue, yellow, orange, and red to indicate the air pollution in order of increasing severity – and was introduced last October. An orange alert indicates heavy to serious pollution for three consecutive days, while a red alert indicates the most serious air pollution, also known as level 6, for three days in a row.

The US Environmental Protection Agency considers AQI levels above 300 to be hazardous. Data from the US embassy in Beijing put the levels of PM 2.5 particles at 378 on Friday.

While some residents have welcomed the announcement, others are angry that more is not being done.

“Do the PM2.5 measurements have to explode off the charts before we see a red alert?” said one user of weibo, a Chinese website similar to Twitter.

Public discontent with the official reaction could be clearly seen on Friday, when a Chinese military expert became the object of scorn and ridicule after saying that the smog might be useful in fending off a laser attack by the US military.

Smog has been sitting over Beijing since the middle of last week, though authorities only issued a blue alert last Saturday. China Central Television (CCTV) questioned late last Saturday why the government failed to initiate an appropriate response under such smoggy conditions.

“Their [authorities'] inaction in the face of the heaviest air pollution in a month flies in the face of their own promises and their own credibility,” China Daily said in an editorial.

Wang Yuesi, a researcher at the Institute of Atmospheric Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, told Xinhua that orange and red alerts require action by the public and authorities are reluctant to issue them.

“Environmental authorities lacked preparation in responding to smog for both technical reasons and management reasons. All they hope is that continuous smoggy days like this never come,” said Wang.

He also cautioned that the issue was not only a problem for Beijing, but also for a much larger region of northern and eastern China - including the surrounding provinces of Hebei, Shandong and Henan.

Many of the guidelines are not as new as the four-tiered system and were introduced after a period of appalling air quality last January when AQI at one point was more than 900; 40 to 45 times above the recommended safety levels.

The Chinese government is keen to be seen as being tough on pollution, after tremendous amounts of growth over the past few decades left much of China’s water, air, and soil extremely polluted.

Authorities have in recent years put into action numerous policies to try to clean up the environment, including investing in new non-polluting projects and giving courts the power to enforce stiff penalties – including the death penalty – in the most serious cases.

Since 2008, Beijing has had some success in reducing air pollution. Particulate matter 10 readings have steadily fallen but PM2.5 – which is far more dangerous and originates from car exhaust fumes – has shot up as car ownership increases in the capital.

But enforcement is patchy; particularly at the local level, where authorities rely on taxes from polluting industries.
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3. Patrap
1:02 AM GMT on February 22, 2014
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2. ycd0108
12:56 AM GMT on February 22, 2014
"How do we get off oil?"
Why do I only get the hard questions?
Answer: We don't.
We are going to burn that stuff till the pumps are empty and the atmosphere won't support normal combustion without injected oxygen.
We are still going to need any oil left over.
I wanted to say something uplifting and I tried but it "Don't look good" to this commentor.
Edit: I still enjoy that short haired Professor Longhair though.
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1. Patrap
10:39 PM GMT on February 21, 2014
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