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When energy is conserved, CO2 is reduced. By recycling aluminum 95% of the energy needed to produce aluminum is saved. By recycling plastics 70% of the energy is saved and by recycling paper 40% of the energy is saved. CO2 is also a waste product. By recycling CO2 up to 76% of the energy can be saved.

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The biggest cost was at the "back-end" of the collector, primarily the technology used to release the CO2 from the sorbent. He said for that reason, on a cost-basis, the "synthetic tree" could not compete with modern coal-fired power plants that are designed to release fewer carbon emissions than their older predecessors. But he said when compared to the cost of retro-fitting an existing coal plant, the "synthetic tree" becomes more viable.

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Have you ever gotten a feeling that you were on a date with the wrong person?  Kind of a queasy gut feeling?  Have you found yourself traveling down the wrong road and the further you traveled the more uneasy your feelings?  Have you lied to yourself or someone only to find out you created a bigger problem?

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Washington Post

Democratic leaders in the House have scheduled a Friday vote on a climate change bill that would establish a complex cap-and-trade system to limit the nation's greenhouse gas emissions, a priority for President Obama.

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“We must alert and organize the world's people to pressure world leaders to take specific steps to solve the two root causes of our environmental crises - exploding population growth and wasteful consumption of irreplaceable resources. Over-consumption and overpopulation underlie every environmental problem we face today.”

                                                             Jacques-Yves Cousteau

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A mining company was given the go-ahead by the Supreme Court to dump waste from an Alaskan gold mine into a nearby 23-acre lake, although the material will kill all of the lake's fish. The court said that the federal government acted legally in declaring the waste left after metals are extracted from the ore as "fill material"

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We found a piece of a plastic packing band and a fragment of a disposable grocery bag along with other small particles. It is important to note that these plastic pieces were found and recovered from depths deeper than the Manta Trawl could collect. It will be interesting to see what the bongo trawls will reveal.

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NY Times

San Francisco, which already boasts one of the most aggressive recycling programs in the country, has raised the ante, vowing to levy fines of up to $1,000 on those unwilling to separate their Kung Pao chicken leftovers from their newspapers. The Board of Supervisors passed new recycling and mandatory composting rules on Tuesday in a 9-to-2 vote.

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“Creation destroys as it goes, throws down one tree for the rise of another, but ideal mankind would abolish death, multiply itself millions upon millions, rear up city upon city, save every parasite alive, until the accumulation of mere existence is swollen to a horror.”  

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Let me repeat Clugston’s words, “…not sustainable.” California cannot sustain its own addition of 1,700 people and 400 vehicles added to that state—daily!  It cannot sustain its projected added 20 million people. It does not possess enough water today! The USA cannot continue adding 3.1 million annually, net gain, on its way to adding 100 million in 26 years.

 

 

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Mises Institute

Nobel laureate Paul Krugman has challenged critics of the government's intentions to regulate carbon dioxide emissions, and he has even specifically endorsed the pending Waxman-Markey bill which includes a "cap-and-trade" program. According to Krugman, the costs of such legislation are no big deal, and in exchange we avert catastrophe. So why all the criticism?

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Sober second thought is now setting in of the cap and trade scheme. I have no doubt what has been proposed will be unrecognizable by the time it reaches signature. So much simply cannot stand. There is nothing more fraught with danger to the p

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