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Tesla's New Battery Will Make Lithium Ion the Next AA

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[Better and cheaper: this is an important move in the next big trend toward affordable sustainable energy. *RON*]
Klint Finley, Wired, 1 May 2015

LAST NIGHT, TESLA CEO Elon Musk finally unveiled the company’s new stand-alone batteries. The idea is that you’ll be able to store renewable energy, such as solar, so that you can power your home or business even when the sun isn’t shining.

Tesla is far from the first company to offer batteries that do this. But thanks to its car business, it has the scale to buy the parts its batteries need for less than its competitors can. And thanks to its planned 10-million-square-footGigafactory, the company has more capacity to assemble batteries than anyone else.

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New Oil-By-Rail Regulations Are Big Win for Oil and Rail Industries, Won’t Stop “Bomb Trains”

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[The corporatocracy at work: "Time to start writing thank you notes to your lobbyists." Tell that to the survivors in Lac Megantic. The job of politicians today is just to cash their cheques and shut up. *RON*]

By Justin Mikulka, DeSmog Blog, 1 May 2015

The long-awaited oil-by-rail regulations released today are basically a guidebook for the oil and rail industries to continue doing business as usual when it comes to moving explosive Bakken crude oil by rail.

DeSmog recently reported on how the Obama administration has worked behind the scenes to help achieve the oil industry’s top goal when it came to these new regulations — allowing the oil producers to continue to put the highly volatile Bakken crude oil into rail tank cars without removing the natural gas liquids that make it such an explosive mixture.

As we’ve reported, there is a relatively simple fix to end, or significantly reduce, the “bomb train” disasters, via a process known a…

Fast Track/TPP: The Death of National Sovereignty, State Sovereignty, Separation of Powers, and Democracy

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[The rise of the corporatocracy. "...this so-called trade agreement, if passed and implemented would create profound governance changes in the United States without benefit of the constitutional amendments that would normally be required to accomplish such changes.... the governance impacts destroy national sovereignty, state sovereignty, separation of powers, and democracy." See also If TPP passes: you will see another million or three jobs offshored, permanently lost. *RON*]
Posted by Yves Smith on Naked Capitalism, May 2, 2015

Yves here Joe Firestone is really on a roll…

By Joe Firestone, Ph.D., Managing Director, CEO of the Knowledge Management Consortium International (KMCI), and Director of KMCI’s CKIM Certificate program. He taught political science at the graduate and undergraduate level and blogs regularly at Corrente, Firedoglake and New Economic Perspectives. Originally published at Corrente

Most of the critical attention gi…

Plan to twin Roberts Bank container port under fire

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[The BC environment can't seem to catch a break. *RON*]

by Jeff Nagel - BC Local News, TriCity News, 1 May 2015



Port Metro Vancouver's plan to more than double the container-handling capacity of Deltaport by building a second terminal in the ocean is under fire after the filing of the environmental impact statement for the $2-billion expansion project.

Independent MLA Vicki Huntington (Delta South) predicts Roberts Bank Terminal 2 will further damage the sensitive Fraser River estuary, spur the industrialization of more prime agricultural land, and worsen road traffic already snarled by large numbers of container trucks.

Huntington said many of those impacts won't be considered as part of the federal environmental assessment because of their distance from the immediate project footprint.

"That whole area of the Fraser estuary is considered one of the world's most critical habitats," Huntington said, adding she's profound…

The District of Squamish Joins Communities Around Howe Sound Stating Opposition to Woodfibre LNG

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[Great job, Squamish! "No matter what anyone’s opinion is on Woodfibre LNG, it is in our community’s best interests to demand that the proponent demonstrate real net benefits to Squamish in the context of environment, economy and social impacts. We applaud the Squamish Council for their courage and leadership in standing up for the community and recognizing that Woodfibre LNG and Fortis have failed to provide adequate information and answers." *RON*
Tatiana Kostiak, My Sea to Sky, not dated
Squamish council tells BC EAO the Woodfibre LNG project is unsupportable as it stands.

SQUAMISH, BC: The District of Squamish has responded decisively to overwhelming public concern regarding the Woodfibre LNG and FortisBC Pipeline projects proposed for Squamish and the Salish Sea (Howe Sound) by strongly stating opposition to these proposals in a letter to the BC Environmental Assessment Office.

In March 2015, the District of Squamish consulted with …

TransCanada Keystone 1 Pipeline Suffered Major Corrosion Only Two Years In Operation, 95% Worn In One Spot

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[If 95 per cent of the Keystone 1 pipeline could corrode away from tar sands bitumen in just three years, how do both Enbridge and Kinder Morgan expect their pipelines will last 25 years of daily service before needing replacement when they carry the exact same product? *RON*]

By Julie Dermansky, DeSmog Blog, 30 April 2015

Documents obtained by DeSmogBlog reveal an alarming rate of corrosion to parts of TransCanada's Keystone 1 pipeline. A mandatory inspection test revealed a section of the pipeline's wall had corroded 95%, leaving it paper-thin in one area (one-third the thickness of a dime) and dangerously thin in three other places, leading TransCanada to immediately shut it down. The cause of the corrosion is being kept from the public by federal regulators and TransCanada.

“It is highly unusual for a pipeline not yet two years old to experience such deep corrosion issues,” Evan Vokes, a former TransCanada pipeline engineer-turned-whist…

Clean Up of Spill is Fueling Debate on Palmetto Pipeline

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[Kinder Morgan spills 250,000 gallons of oil in South Carolina. They told the government there "they have a stellar safety record and that they have advanced mechanisms on their pipeline that indicate as soon as there is a spill but that doesn't seem to have been the case here." Does this kind of 'world-class' schtick sound familiar, Mister Harper and Ms Clark? See also Kinder Morgan CEO's TransMountain 'Hubris' Underestimates Pipeline Opposition in B.C.*RON*]
By JoAnn Merrigan, WSAV TV, 1 May 2015



Savannah -There may be more fuel to the fire in terms of the controversy on the proposed Palmetto pipeline. A plan from Kinder Morgan in Houston, Texas would see a new pipeline built from Belton, South Carolina through Georgia and ending in Jacksonville, Florida. The company says the 360 mile pipeline would carry up to 167,000 barrels of gasoline, diesel and or ethanol daily and help ensure local supply and lower fu…