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FR - Bob Dean - L'arrivée de Nibiru - 2008 VOSTFR. Flaming Faucets: When Fracking Goes Wrong. China plans Asia's biggest coal-fired power plant. China's Shenhua Group will build the largest coal-fired power station in Asia over the next five years, the official Xinhua news agency said Tuesday, as the country struggles to meet its energy needs.

China plans Asia's biggest coal-fired power plant

China's biggest coal company and officials in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region signed a deal for the 8-gigawatt thermal plant on Monday, according to Xinhua and the local government's website. The plant would be built in the southern port city of Beihai to help ease power shortages caused by drought, which has strained power supplies. Time to get corporate cash out of Congress. I'm aware that the usual recipe for political effectiveness is just the opposite: to be cynical, calculating, an insider.

Time to get corporate cash out of Congress

But if you think, as I do, that we need deep change in this country, then cynicism is a sucker's bet. Try as hard as you can, you're never going to be as cynical as the corporations and the harem of politicians they pay for. It's like trying to out-chant a Buddhist monastery. Here's my case in point, one of a thousand stories people working for social change could tell: all last fall, most of the environmental movement, including, the group I helped found, waged a fight against the planned Keystone XL pipeline that would bring some of the dirtiest energy on the planet from Canada through the US to the Gulf Coast. We waged our struggle against building it out in the open, presenting scientific argument, holding demonstrations, and attending hearings. Thousands march in Durban calling for 'climate justice' - Climate change.

Nuclear Power

Land, Crop and Ocean Devastation. Human and Animal Suffering. Oil, Gas, Coal and Emissions. Food and Water Access- the Growing World Crisis. 420f11024. Nuclear miscalculation: Why regulators miss power plant threats from quakes and storms. How well are nuclear plants near you prepared for disaster?

Nuclear miscalculation: Why regulators miss power plant threats from quakes and storms

Look it up here The earthquake that shut down a Virginia nuclear power plant on Aug. 23, cracking floor tiles, a containment building, and shifting highly radioactive spent fuel storage casks, was more than twice as strong as the reactors were designed to withstand. Hurricane Irene also struck with unexpected intensity, threatening nuclear plants along the East Coast and shutting down a Maryland reactor after metal siding blew into high-power lines on a transformer. Earlier this year, other events considered improbable shook supposedly unshakeable nuclear plants: Japan’s quake and tsunami, unleashing disaster at Fukushima, historic floods along the Missouri River, unusually destructive tornadoes spinning through the South. One storm toppled transmission towers, knocking out power to the Browns Ferry nuclear plant in Alabama, which relied on emergency backup systems for five days.

Water- Neoliberal Privatization

Cargill likes salmonella-tainted turkey so much, they produced it twice in two months. Is Cargill switching production to all tainted turkey all the time?

Cargill likes salmonella-tainted turkey so much, they produced it twice in two months

We'd think the market for that wasn't big, but only a month after issuing a massive recall for salmonella-tainted turkey (associated with at least one death), the food giant is … issuing a massive recall for salmonella-tainted turkey. You guys, I think … I think it's a glitch in the Matrix! Cargill implemented safety "improvements" after the last debacle, including the appetizing-sounding "antibacterial washes" (not clear if they're "washing" the equipment or the turkey and it's probably best not to ask). Obama waives sanctions on Iceland whaling.

By Agence France-PresseThursday, September 15, 2011 20:36 EDT WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama decided Thursday not to impose trade sanctions against Iceland, despite saying that its whale hunts were undermining international efforts to preserve the ocean giants.

Obama waives sanctions on Iceland whaling

Obama chose to order the State Department and Commerce Department to keep Iceland’s whaling activities under review and to urge the government in Reykjavik to halt the practice. “Iceland’s actions threaten the conservation status of an endangered species and undermine multilateral efforts to ensure greater worldwide protection for whales,” said Obama in a message to Congress. “Iceland’s increased commercial whaling and recent trade in whale products diminish the effectiveness of the (International Whaling Commission) conservation program.” No end in sight for oil in the Gulf of Mexico - Features.

Fifteen months after BP's crippled Macondo Well in the Gulf of Mexico caused one of the worst environmental disasters in US history, oil and oil sheen covering several square kilometers of water are surfacing not far from BP's well.

No end in sight for oil in the Gulf of Mexico - Features

Al Jazeera flew to the area on Sunday, September 11, and spotted a swath of silvery oil sheen, approximately 7 km long and 10 to 50 meters wide, at a location roughly 19 km northeast of the now-capped Macondo 252 well. According to oil trackers with the organisation On Wings of Care, who have been monitoring the new oil since early August, rainbow-tinted slicks and thicker globs of oil have been consistently visible in the area. "BP and NOAA [National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration] have had all these ships out there doing grid searches looking at things, so hopefully now they'll take a look at this," Bonny Schumaker, president and pilot of On Wings of Care, told Al Jazeera while flying over the oil.

Leaked Fuel Lures Needy Kenyans, Then Ignites. Khalil Senosi/Associated Press Kenyans viewed the destruction caused by an explosion of leaked fuel in Nairobi on Monday. Officials estimated that more than 100 people may have died. The pipeline had burst — again — and gasoline was splashing freely down by the river. The whole slum seemed to spring into action, with men, women and children grabbing buckets, tins, battered yellow jerrycans — anything to carry the leaking fuel. Small farmers in vanguard of Africa's battle for agricultural development. Fine dry dust scatters in the wind as Wayua Mwanza slams a hoe into parched soil where rains - feeble ones at that - last fell in April.

Small farmers in vanguard of Africa's battle for agricultural development

The 36-year-old mother of three is digging a hole known as a zai pit. It is backbreaking work but, with the help of fellow farmers and her three boys, she has pockmarked her three acres with 110 holes, two to four feet in length, breadth and height, in preparation for the next rains in October. She gets up at six in the morning and digs until 10, when it becomes too hot. Once a pit is dug, it is filled with a compost of leaves and stems and then topped with manure.

Chemical Killers

Taking the Reset to the Oil Rigs. On August 30, ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson concluded a big oil and gas deal with Rosneft president Eduard Khudainatov in the Russian seaside resort of Sochi.

Taking the Reset to the Oil Rigs

The world’s largest private energy company had made the biggest deal in Russian history between any foreign energy company and the largest state-dominated oil company. The signing ceremony was overseen by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who acts as the real chairman of “Russia Energy Inc.,” and Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin, suggesting that it has Moscow’s full political support. This is a huge success for both ExxonMobil and Rosneft. The companies agreed on two huge joint ventures in Russia for offshore exploration of 126,000 square kilometers in the Arctic Kara Sea and in the 11,200 square kilometer Tuapse block in the Black Sea. The first field may contain 36 billion barrels of crude and the latter 9 billion barrels, according to preliminary Russian estimates.

Green Businesses and Cut-Throat Economies. A report at the Atlantic Wire on the growing scandal surrounding Solyndra begins, “On Wednesday, the bankruptcy of a solar power company in California with political ties to the Obama Administration appeared to be a story about the difficulties of nurturing green businesses in a cutthroat economy.”

Green Businesses and Cut-Throat Economies

Can someone show me where the Constitution authorizes the federal government to “nurture green businesses in a cutthroat economy?” When is the free market not cut-throat? That’s a feature, not a bug. One of its advantages is that stupid business plans get their throats cut, and die. 12 Oil Spills In One Year—And They Want To Build Another One? 24 Hours of Reality: Al Gore's Global Warming Broadcast to 'Convert' Skeptics. 24 Hours of Reality will broadcast a presentation by Gore every hour for 24 hours across 24 time zones from Wednesday to Thursday, Reuters reported. 24 Hours of Reality will focus the world's attention on the full truth, scope, scale and impact of the climate crisis.

24 Hours of Reality: Al Gore's Global Warming Broadcast to 'Convert' Skeptics

To remove the doubt. Reveal the deniers. And catalyze urgency around an issue that affects every one of us, Al Gore says in the Climate Reality Project Web site. Large Carbon Sequestration Project Ramps Up at Corn Ethanol Facility. A leading agriculture company is about to put the United States on the map with the world's biggest carbon sequestration projects.

In coming months, Archer Daniels Midland will ramp up construction on an initiative to grab carbon dioxide emitted from an ethanol facility and inject the gas underground. The Department of Energy announced the project's groundbreaking at the company's facility in Decatur, Ill., in late August. When combined with a separate, related sequestration project starting this fall on the same corn processing plant, the initiative will pump more industrially captured carbon dioxide underneath the earth for permanent storage in deep saline rock reservoirs than ever has been attempted in the United States. While the project is focused on ethanol, the company says it is optimistic that its efforts will pave the way to try similar emission controls for fossil fuels like coal. New Cornell Global Labor Institute report shows that the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is not the path to economic security.

This evening, President Obama spoke to the nation about jobs and confirmed that he will not let the economic crisis be used to roll back environmental protections. Hopefully that commitment can translate into increased incentives for clean energy jobs and push back against dirty energy claims that we need to sacrifice our health and environment for jobs. Today, a new report by the Cornell Global Labor Institute made it clear that the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline would not provide the job and economic security that its proponents have been claiming. Clean energy jobs are the real long-term, secure jobs choice, not dirty energy such as tar sands. Since he first took office, President Obama has brought jobs and environment together in a way that will lead towards economic prosperity: by putting American ingenuity to work to build a clean energy economy.

Scores dead in Kenyan pipeline inferno - Africa. As many as 100 people are feared dead in a fire caused by a leaking fuel pipeline in a densely populated area of Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, according to police. The explosion took place on Monday in the Lunga Lunga industrial area, which is surrounded by a sprawling urban slum. Flames leapt out from the pipeline in a radius of some 300 meters,setting shacks ablaze and incinerating scores of people, the Associated Press reported. Reporters later saw clusters of charred bodies and blackened bones at the site. Some burned bodies floated in a nearby river filled with sewage, according to the AP. Grizzly bear killed after breaking into Whitefish chicken coop, eating pet food. WHITEFISH - State wildlife biologists captured and killed a 4-year-old male grizzly bear here Wednesday night after the bear ate pet food, raided a chicken coop and damaged property.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks grizzly bear management specialist Tim Manley said the 370-pound bear had a history of causing problems in the area and was previously trapped and removed. Wildlife officials first captured the bear in early August at Trumbull Creek and fit it with a radio collar before relocating it in the Frozen Lake area near the Canadian border. Residents stopped complaining about the bear until about four days ago, when callers reported seeing the bear in the yards of residences in Whitefish and Columbia Falls. Using radio tracking equipment, Manley realized the grizzly had returned. It was trapped Wednesday near Haskill Basin north of Whitefish, where it found its way into cat and dog food, and broke into a chicken coop and killed chickens. Pipeline fight spurs lobby frenzy.