Bus Out Of Control. Environmental Policies Flatten Life, Culture

They Got This Great Idea of Putting Panels in the Desert and it Just Doesn’t Work. Too Idealistic, Too Fast, Says ECOreport founder Roy Hales.
 
By Robert Lundahl

Roy L Hales is the founder of the environmental journalism web platform, The ECOreport.com. He has interviewed hundreds of environmental leaders in Government, Business, and Non-Profit spheres. He likes to get a picture also of what journalists are saying, and so he researches the field itself. Here, Roy shares his thoughts about industrial renewable energy facilities and their impacts in the Mojave Desert and beyond.

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The ECOreport & Local Power Inc. Partner To Create Education Initiative

The Local Power Channel on TheECOreport.com Will Be Dedicated to Locally Run Utilities (Community Choice Aggregation/CCA’s), and Democratic Energy Initiatives.

San Francisco, CA, and Vancouver, BC–March 26, 2015: The ECOreport (http://theecoreport.com/) has partnered with Local Power, Inc., inventor of community choice aggregation (CCA), in a web based education initiative to inform communities about the benefits of CCA’s to enable locally controlled electric power, rapidly scaled up renewable technologies, and dramatically increased energy efficiency. The Local Power Channel, on the ECOreport website, will be dedicated to education and information about the topic of community choice aggregation.

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Who Are My People? Film Screener

“Who Are My People?” is an unusual film by Emmy® Award Winning Documentary Filmmaker, and ECOreport partner, Robert Lundahl. Shot under the blazing sun of the Mojave desert, the film offers an unusual portrayal of renewable energy, one seen in light of the utilization of land based resources for the purpose. The ECOreport is proud to feature the film here, for a short time, as a “screener.”

“The film provides a perspective that has been mostly unheard in the renewable energy debate. Solar energy is quiet, produces no emissions but does rely on large areas of land to be economically feasible.  How do we make it work with the existing natural and cultural environment?”

-Kiko Aumond
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Wall Street Losing Millions From Bad Energy Loans

Originally Published on Oilprice.com

By Nick Cunningham

Oil companies continue to get burned by low oil prices, but the pain is bleeding over into the financial industry. Major banks are suffering huge losses from both directly backing some struggling oil companies, but also from buying high-yield debt that is now going sour.

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Information privacy at threat by Bill C-51

Originally Published on UBC News

Bill C-51, known as the anti-terrorism bill, has drawn criticism for provisions that many feel are excessive and open to abuse. One of these provisions allows government agencies to share information about Canadians for reasons of national security. Associate Professor Hasan Cavusoglu of the Management Information Systems Division at the UBC Sauder School of Business weighs in on the privacy risks for Canadians.

By Associate Professor Hasan Cavusoglu

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Who says a better world is impossible?

From the David Suzuki Foundation

By David Suzuki

Cars, air travel, space exploration, television, nuclear power, high-speed computers, telephones, organ transplants, prosthetic body parts… At various times these were all deemed impossible. I’ve been around long enough to have witnessed many technological feats that were once unimaginable. Even 10 or 20 years ago, I would never have guessed people would carry supercomputers in their pockets — your smart phone is more powerful than all the computers NASA used to put astronauts on the moon in 1969 combined!
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Does BC Need the Electricity?

Gwen Barlee of the Wilderness Committee Says the Private Sector is Bleeding BC Hydro Dry

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMBritish Columbian politicians held out promises for the development of renewables, when the Meikle wind project was announced two months ago. The Minister of Energy and Mines, Bill Bennet, said, “Independent power projects continue to play an important role in powering our province. Our decision to proceed with Site C provides a firm energy source that will support the integration of more wind energy projects in the future.” To which Mike Bernier, the MLA for Peace River South, chirped in, “the energy sector is providing employment and economic opportunities.” One of the headlines in the March 2015 North American Windpower states, “BC Wind Industry Seeks Clear Signal.” The same statement could be asked by the geothermal, solar, and river diversion projects – but does BC need the electricity?

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Scientists Urge Caution Using Tool To Cut & Splice DNA

The New CRISPR Technology To Treat Human Genetic Disease

Originally Published on UC Berkeley News Center

By  Robert Sanders, Media Relations

BERKELEY — A group of 18 scientists and ethicists today warned that a revolutionary new tool to cut and splice DNA should be used cautiously when attempting to fix human genetic disease, and strongly discouraged any attempts at making changes to the human genome that could be passed on to offspring.

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Wappo

By Robert Lundahl

Wappo was a restaurant in Calistoga I liked to visit during the dot com boom. Shortly thereafter it closed, a victim of the ups and downs of American boom and bust. Wappo is also a tribe of the indigenous inhabitants of the area. For those sunbathing around the 1920’s Olympic size pool at Indian Springs, the home of the richest, restorative mud bath around, it may surprise that this ancient spring is an Indian Sacred Site. A place of traditional ceremonial practice, life-ways, and prayer.

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