CIA CLIMATE CHANGE: CIA TO FUND $600,000 STUDY WHETHER IT CAN CONTROL WEATHER USING GEOENGINEERING… I THOUGHT HAARP IN ALASKA HAS BEEN DOING THAT FOR DECADES ALREADY

The CIA is part-funding a $600,000 study to find out whether they can control the weather using geoengineering

Why do spies want to control the weather? CIA helps bankroll $600,000 study

ARIZONA WILDFIRE TRAGEDY: SHOCKING AERIAL IMAGES OF THE DEADLY BLAZE THAT LEFT 19 FIREFIGHTERS DEAD AND 200 HOMES BURNED

Engulfed: 19 firefighters died as the wildfire spread near the Arizona town of Yarnell Forest: Large swathes of forest were scorched when the blaze tore through the area

Shocking aerial images show utter devastation left when deadly blaze tore through Arizona town burning homes to the ground and scorching the earth

  • 19 firefighters confirmed dead near Arizona town of Yarnell
  • Victims include an expectant father who was a Marine Corps veteran and two men who took after their fire captain fathers to become firefighters
  • Fire broke out after lightning strike on Friday and burned 8,400 acres
  • 200 homes burned and around 1,000 people have evacuated the area
  • President Obama declared the firefighters ‘heroes’
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THE ARIZONA YARNELL HILL OVERNIGHT WILDFIRE THAT KILLED 19 FIREFIGHTERS AND BURN DOWN HALF OF TOWN’S 500 HOMES

Long-term: Firefighters expect to be in the area battling the blaze for at least a week

Nineteen firefighters dead in the Yarnell Hill wildfire that spread from eight acres to 2,000 acres overnight in Central Arizona

  • 19 firefighters have been confirmed dead at 20 were involved in a ‘serious incident’
  • The fire is currently burning 2,000 acres in Central Arizona with zero per cent containment
  • Approximately 600 people are under mandatory evacuation from the area
  • Officials expect half of the town’s 500 homes to burn in the blaze
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19 FIREFIGHTERS ARE DEAD AFTER BATTLING MASSIVE ARIZONA WILDFIRE

19 Firefighters Are Dead After Battling Massive Arizona Wildfire

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Nineteen firefighters have died battling a wildfire in Central Arizona, Fox’ Phoenix affiliate reports.  The station says the Prescott, Ariz. fire department has confirmed the deaths.

The group became separated while fighting the nearly 2,000-acre Yarnell fire located 85 miles northwest of Phoenix.  Continue reading

SAUDI AMERICA: UNITED STATES TO TOPPLE SAUDI ARABIA AND BECOME WORLD’S TOP OIL PRODUCER WITHIN A DECADE, ACCORDING TO HARVARD STUDY

Rob Wile BusinessInsider.com
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There’s still some debate about whether America’s shale oil boom is  merely an overnight sensation or a true-blue gamechanger — we’ve featured both sides here.

In a new study published by Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, former oil company executive Leonardo Maugeri predicts that for America’s three largest shale oil plays — the Bakken in North Dakota and the Eagle Ford and Permian Basin in Texas — the boom should last at least another decade.

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OBAMA TO USE EXECUTIVE ORDER AND BYPASS CONGRESS TO PASS CLIMATE CHANGE BILL, ANOTHER LEFTIST CLIMATE HOAX BILL MEANT TO CRIPPLE U.S. COAL INDUSTRY

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  • President Obama will announce Tuesday he is planning to sidestep Congress to implement a national plan to combat climate change that will include the first-ever federal regulations on carbon dioxide emitted by existing power plants, despite adamant opposition from Republicans and some energy producers. In a speech at Georgetown University Tuesday, Obama will announce he’s issuing a presidential memorandum to implement the regulations, meaning none of the steps involved in the plan will require congressional approval.

In addition, Obama will say he is directing his administration to allow enough renewables on public lands to power 6 million homes by 2020, effectively doubling the capacity from solar, wind and geothermal projects on federal property. 

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HALLIBURTON, WORLD’S LARGEST PROVIDER OF FRACKING SERVICES, TO USE U.S. SUBMARINE ACOUSTIC SPY TECHNOLOGY TO FIND OIL AND GAS UNDERGROUND

Frack Music Attracts Halliburton to Submarine Spy Tool

By David Wethe  Bloomberg
 
A gossamer-thin glass line threaded two miles underground is allowing oilfield engineers to listen to a new kind of music: the sounds of fracking.

Halliburton Co. (HAL) and competing providers of drilling gear are adapting acoustic spy technology used by U.S. submarines to record sounds made deep in the earth that can guide engineers in finishing a well and predicting how much oil will flow.

The ability to hear inside a well enables producers to fine-tune hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the process that blasts underground rock with water, sand and chemicals to free trapped oil and natural gas. The technology is targeted at an estimated $31 billion that will be spent this year on fracking stages that yield less-than-optimal results, a majority of the work at 26,100 U.S. wells set to be pressure-pumped in 2013, according to PacWest Consulting Partners LLC.

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91 FEARED DEAD IN TORNADO-HIT OKLAHOMA, 200 INJURED

Moore, a suburb outside Oklahoma, still being searched by rescue workers for survivors as the massive 2-3 mile tornado feared to have killed 91 people and injured 200. The frantic search since yesterday afternoon at Plaza Towers Elementary School for children trapped under the rubble has caused a lot of grief for the whole community and the entire country. Oklahoma medical examiner reported 20 of the 91 dead are children and they still expect to find more dead bodies possibly 40 more. The devastating twister had a wind up to 200 mph and was  second in powerful category. It directly hit the elementary school and devastated the Moore residents area and a hospital. Pre-dawn emergency workers are trying to find as many survivors as possible.

CONSUMER REPORTS GAVE TESLA MODEL – S AN ALMOST PERFECT SCORE OF 99%

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English: Tesla Model S sedan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Consumer Reports magazine just awarded electric car Tesla Model S a score of 99% citing its power, “pinpoint” handling and quiet, well-crafted interior. The last time CR gave that kind of score was six years ago to Lexus LS 460 luxury sedan made by Toyota. The score is also far ahead than its rivals gas-powered Porsche Panamera and hybrid plug-in Fisker Karma. The Tesla model S with 60 kw per hour battery is about $70,000 while the sedan with 85 kw hour battery is $80,000.

According to Consumer Reports, Tesla Model S comes with an 85 kilowatt hour battery capable of running 200 miles between electric charges, or 180 miles during winter and 225 miles during moderate temperatures. One of the inconvenient problems facing  the electric car is the 12 hours needed to charge on a 240-volt electric car charger plus the fact according to CR that “when left unplugged, we noted a parasitic loss of energy that amounts to 12 to 15 miles of range per day.” The loss of energy is a concern if the car is left parked for a long period of time like at the airport but Tesla promised to fix the said problem. 

I personally love Tesla but not the car, too expensive for now but Tesla is a young company that has a huge potential growth so it may be good for investment because it has plenty of room to grow in the market. The Tesla that I love is Niloka Tesla. I believe he is the greatest scientist ever, just  too bad his name is not as famous as Einstein.

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OBAMA GREEN MISSION SPENT $26 BILLION, CREATED ONLY 2,308 GREEN JOBS, AN $11.25 MILLION COST PER JOB

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President Barack Obama speaks at the Department of Energy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A study by Institute for Energy Research ( IER ) released a new report that despite of  the $26 billion spent by Obama administration to fund green energy sectors in order to push their green agenda, an embarrassing number of only 2,308 were created as permanent jobs, which means every green job created had cost taxpayers a hefty sum of $11.25 million each. In 2009 the Department of Energy, through  Sec. 1703 and 1705 loan programs, released $26 billion budget to fund green energy sectors who signed up with Obama’s green agenda.

In the past four years, there have been parades of Obama-funded green energy companies that went bankrupt. Solyndra, which received $535 million, and Abound Solar ( received $400 million ) are famous examples of green energy investment failure. Of the 34 green energy companies that partnered with Obama’s venture on “green” capitalism, all are either bankrupt or struggling.

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ULTIMATE LAS VEGAS EXTREME ADVENTURE: FLY LIKE A FIGHTER PILOT JUST LIKE TOM CRUISE IN TOP GUN MOVIE

  

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Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes in Hoquiam (Photo credit: Waponi)

Everybody loves watching Air shows and Tom Cruise movie Top Gun is one of the best movies ever made, and for all thrill seekers out there how they wish they can fly like “Maverick” even just for a day. Well, next time you come to Las Vegas for a real adventurous vacation set aside a budget of $400 to $1,300 and get ready for the ultimate ride of a lifetime.

Sky Combat Ace is a Las Vegas based( Henderson) thrill ride company. They have many packages to offer from flight simulator to Top Gun or the Adrenaline Rush of 30 minute aerial dogfighting or aerobatics. They will train you, and  you will fly with a real fighter pilot next to you. Fly like fighter pilot, no flight experience needed. Requirement is good health with no blood pressure, heart, back or neck problems.

For ultimate visit check their website www.skycombatace.com to see their packages and to answer all your questions. Since I don’t have the guts to do it, I’m just spreading the great news to thrill seekers out there that you can come to Vegas and be Maverick  for few hours.

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TOYOTA’S HYDROGEN CAR COMES WITH A $50,000 to $100,000 PRICE TAG, TOO PRICEY YOU CAN SAY

 

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English: Toyota FCHV-adv (Fuel Cell Hybrid Hydrogen Vehicle Advanced) SUV at the 2010 Washington Auto Show (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Toyota may be ready to roll down the red carpet its hydrogen-car but with a price tag of more than $50,000, the hydrogen-powered vehicle is too pricey for the average folks out there. Why expensive? Toyota says it will cost them $50,000 to produce the car. Meaning, they have to sell the car for more than $50,000 to make profit. The culprit behind the expensive production is the  fuel cell that is used in this kind of technology. The stack of fuel cells used are responsible for translating hydrogen fuel into electricity which would then power the electric motors of the car. But one good thing about hydrogen-car is that unlike the electric cars that need hours to charge, you can easily fill your hydrogen car just like you do with your gas-powered car.  During the debut of its prototype, the cost was $1 million and for it to come down to $50,000 there is hope that in time the price could come down to the level of Toyota Prius today.

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THE BYD BUS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CALIFORNIA’S UPCOMING CHINESE-OWNED ELECTRIC BUS

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Electric Bus (Photo credit: caribb)

 California has put a new twist on the label “Made in China“. Thanks to Gov. Jerry Brown’s recruitment of Chinese investors, Chinese automaker BYD is soon to open two plants in California to produce zero-emission electric buses for the state.

BYD buses will be powered by three battery packs from the company’s iron-phosphate batteries. BYD is the largest producer of rechargeable batteries in the world and the battery packs claim to last for 20 years, meaning it will last more than to the bus itself.. The $100,00- $200,00 per bus can travel 155 miles between charges fully loaded with passengers and with air conditioning on. It has a total of 36 seats but enough standing room to accommodate 60 passengers. BYD is targeting cities, transit agencies and school districts.

BYD had a rough year in 2012 when its profit plunged after one of its cars caught fire during a collision in China. American and Japanese cars are more preferred by Chinese buyers that’s why BYD has been pushing for offshore expansion in the past few years. Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway owns 10% of BYD since 2008.

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BYD: FIRST CHINESE AUTOMAKER TO OPEN TWO U.S. MANUFACTURING PLANTS,10% OF COMPANY OWNED BY BUFFETT’S BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY

 

English: BYD at the Central China High-Tech Fa...

English: BYD at the Central China High-Tech Fair, Shenzhen, November 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

BYD, China’s first automaker and world’s largest producer of rechargeable batteries and phone components, is going to open in the next few months two manufacturing facilities in California, home of its U.S. headquarters. The company is 10% owned by Warren Buffett since 2008. Last month, Governor Jerry Brown went to China to find Chinese investors willing to invest in California and on April, BYD coincidentally won a $12.1 million order from city of Long Beach to build 10 zero-emission, all electric buses. Their goal is to build as many as  build 1,000 electric buses a year in the next ten to twenty years. BYD suffered a bad publicity last year when one of its cars caught on fire after a collision in Shenzhen. China is No. 1 auto maker in the world today.

The BYD, which stands for Build Your Dreams, two facilities are located in Lancaster and in a refurbished RV manufacturing plant located in the Mojave desert. The more than $10 million investment ( no specific figure released ) targets to employ 1,000 people. Lancaster Mayor Rex Parris, a green technology advocate and supporter of developing local trades with China said, “It’s not just about jobs. It’s about solving global warming.” The mayor met BYD executives in China back in 2008 and from then on has strengthened ties with the company. He persuaded the City Council in 2010 to hire a Hong Kong native as Lancaster’s trade liaison to China. BYD Chairman Wang Chuan-fu was the richest man in China in 2009.

OBAMA PROPOSAL TO SELL PUBLIC UTILITY TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY WILL AFFECT 9 MILLION CUSTOMERS IN 7 STATES

Wilson Dam is a part of the Tennessee Valley A...

Wilson Dam is a part of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s valuable impact on the North Alabama economy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tennessee Valley Authority ( TVA ) is being considered by Obama to be sold to private sector in order to reduce federal deficit by at least $25 billion. “It’s a one more bad idea in a budget full of bad ideas”, according to TVA supporter Lamar Alexander, R- Tenn.

TVA is the country’s largest government-owned public utility bringing electricity to 9 million customers in seven states – Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. The 1933 FDR  New Deal program also function as a recreation and also to help reduce flood risk in the region. The possible consequence of its privatization is high electricity rates for its 9 million consumers.

TVA owns 29 hydropower plants, 11 coal plants and 3 nuclear plants. But the agency has been ravaged with $30 billion debt and plans to spend $25 billion over the next ten years to modernize its old coal plants and to expand its nuclear capacity.

Although TVA does not receive any money from the government nor its bonds are federal obligations, its debts are still considered as part of the federal deficit. John Thomas, TVA chief financial officer, suggested there’s a solution by passing a ” federal legislation to change how TVA’s debt is calculated for federal purposes.” Obama’s proposal is being opposed by Republicans as privatization could lead to increase electric bills to customers in the region.

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ISRAEL’S SUPERGIANT TAMAR GASFIELD IS NOW FLOWING

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israel-112 (Photo credit: Amy Widdowson)

Israel‘s supergiant Tamar gasfield situated in the Levant Basin is now flowing with gas. It will bring an annual 1% increase to Israel’s GDP and lower the price of electricity for Israelis. The Levant Basin has 122 trillion cubic feet of gas and 1.7 billion barrels of oil. The basin is also shared with countries like Lebanon and Cyprus but Israel has the advantage over its neighbors because of its advanced development and production technology.

Tamar’s stakeholders are Texas-based Noble Energy Inc. with 36% stake and two Israeli Delek Group subsidiaries with 15.6% take each. The gas is currently being directed to mainland Israel but will become an export commodity two years from now. Israel is targeting Europe which is a $240 billion potential market and currently dominated by Russia. But to get to Europe, Israel needs Turkey to transport its gas and Israel needs the right political relationship with Turkey in order to allow it to build an undersea Israel-Turkey gas pipeline. Last month, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu apologized to Turkey’s Prime Minister showing how important the building of the future pipeline is for the country.

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OBAMA MET WITH ENERGY CEOs AND LOBBYISTS TO DISCUSS NATURAL GAS IN THE COUNTRY

Keystone XL demonstration, White House,8-23-20...

Keystone XL demonstration, White House,8-23-2011 Photo Credit: Josh Lopez (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

While Barack Obama still has to meet  this year with environmental groups like 350.org, already he had several meetings with energy industry  leaders of the country. Last month,while thousands of environmentalists rallied outside the White House to protest against the Keystone XL oil pipeline,  Obama was busy playing golf with oil and gas bosses  Milton Carrol and Jim Crane of Western Gas Holdings in Texas. Few weeks later to the disappointment of 350.org members, the State Department released a Keystone draf impact study signifying a possible approval of the project.

Then last week, Obama met with 14 oil and natural gas energy CEOs and leaders from all over the country. The one hour meeting was attended by Anadarko, Southwest Gas, former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter ( advocate of energy economy ), Fedex ( which planning to switch to natural gas ) and others. The talk was centered on impact of natural gas on creating jobs and lowering manufaturing costs. The natural gas boom in the country is making it the inevitable energy source in the near future.

Also, earlier this year Obama White House officials met with lobbysists from Exxon Mobil, American Petroleum Institute, Chesapeake Energy, Exterran and the Interstate Natural Gas Asoociation of America. However, Obama’s White House aides have also met with environmental groups and his Organizing for Action lobby machine has top donors pushing for liberal environmental issues.

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WORST BLIZZARDS IN HISTORY

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English: Photo of a house almost completely buried in snow in the aftermath of the “Blizzard of ’77” in Western New York. Photo taken by Jeff Wurstner. Tonawanda, New York on Parker Boulevard between Brompton Road and Elicott Creek Road. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The year 1888 had the worst, and weirdest, record of blizzard history. A blizzard dubbed as “The Great White Hurricane” devastated the northeast  with 50 feet of snow, 45 miles per hour wind, and death of 400 people. Another 1888 blizzard pounded the midwest this time but unexpectedly because it was a warm day and people were unprepared for it.  The teachers decided to send the children walking home from school and many died of hypothermia as they walked home during the developing blizzard.  The total death was 230, mostly children, that’s why it’s called “The Children’s Blizzard.

In 1717, a blizzard dropped 25 feet of snow, it collapsed houses trapping people inside. The blizzard of 1977 gave 30 feet of snow, buried two-storey houses and one man got injured riding a snowmobile on top of chimney. Suburbs were buried as shown by some pictures taken after the blizzard.  The Quebec Ice Storm of 1998 produced a freezing rain more than 100 mm, the largest in history. The 1993 Perfect Storm, also called the Storm of the Century, was a combination of blizzard, heavy rain, wind and tornadoes. It was so huge sattelite images showed the storm stretching from Central America up to Canada, with US northeast and Cuba as focus.

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