Reducing Europe’s Dependence on Russia, Benefits United States

cAs tensions over the situation in the Ukraine heightened over the last few months, sanctions were thrown left and right between Russia, the United States and the European Union. The sanctions targeted the Russian banking and energy sectors, putting pressure on Russian President Putin’s inner circle. Since the sanctions, Russia has lost $75 billion in […]

The Future of Biotechnology in Farming

There is a great deal of controversy over genetically modified crops; some countries have banned their growth entirely, while others have placed strict regulatory restrictions on production. As the world’s population continues to grow (it is projected to reach 9.1 billion by 2050), global food production will have to increase by 70 percent in order […]

New Fracking Process Benefits Environment

A new step that removes salt from the water that is used for the fracking process makes the water reusable. Researchers at MIT and in Saudi Arabia can now add a new step to fracking called electro dialysis. Produced water from fossil-fuel wells can have salinity three to six times greater than that of seawater; […]

Western Water Market Needed

Outdated laws and lack of a water market in western United States, continues to cause problems and increases the chance for dire consequences. Droughts continue to cause more damage to farmers and the regional economy. As the population rapidly increases in these already dry western states, the water laws must be reformed, at least for […]

Another Call to Export American Energy

Yet another “call”, this time from Roll Call, to export energy from the United States and joins many who support lifting the ban and regulations on our energy industry to export. With the U.S. now producing more oil and natural gas than Russian and Saudi Arabia, over 11 million barrels a day, lifting the U.S. […]

Yucca Mountain Now Deemed Safe

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission recently found that the nuclear waste disposal site meets the commission’s requirements. According to the long waited and held-up-in-court report from the commission, the design of the site had the required multiple barriers that assure long-term isolation of radioactive materials. Currently: There are more than 70 reactor sites around the country […]

Oil Prices Drop from U.S. Output, Despite Global Gitters

Price per barrel of oil has dropped $25 a barrel or 23 percent in three months to about $85 a barrel. Lowest average gas prices: The state of Missouri has the slowest gas price at $2.88 a gallon at the pump. The city of St. Louis, Missouri has the lowest gas price at $2.82 a […]

Bluefin Tuna in the Artic Linked to Scary Climate Change

Apparently, climate change is warming the waters of the Arctic Ocean and this is encouraging the bluefin tuna to chase their mackerel prey into these waters — and this is a bad thing? According to a writer on such issues at TakePart, this change is bad, however there is no mention of how or why […]

Renewable Energy Protest Deflates

Demonstrators in Madison, Wisconsin protested outside the Public Service Commission for more renewable energy in the state last week. Demonstrators gathered outside the Public Service Commission to protest against a requested rate structure change by the local utility company, Madison Gas and Electric (MG&E). During the protest, they decried the use of “dirty coal” and […]

NE Expanding Waste Management Program

In places like Nebraska, a city’s trash could become one group’s treasure. A new project from Nebraska Organic Waste Energy (NOW) and Uribe Refuse Services Inc. is looking to turn a portion of the city’s organic waste into energy, compost and fertilizer. The project will take 1,450 of the 52,000 tons of organic waste produced […]