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Some very good alternative energy news from Australia: "Monash Univ. researchers are on the brink of commercialising the world's most efficient lithium-sulphur (Li-S) battery, which could outperform current market leaders by more than four times... and could transform the way phones, cars, computers and solar grids are manufactured in the future. ...[The technology is] simple and extremely low-cost to manufacture, using water-based processes, and can lead to significant reductions in environmentally hazardous waste." techxplore.com/news/2020-01-supercharging-tomorrow-team-world-efficient.html?utm_source=nwletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=weekly-nwletter

"Conservative estimates put U.S. direct subsidies to the fossil fuel industry at roughly $20 billion per year; with 20% currently allocated to coal and 80% to natural gas & crude oil. ...Designed to lower the cost of fossil fuel production & incentivize new domestic energy sources, (t)oday, U.S. taxpayer dollars continue to fund many fossil fuel subsidies that are outdated, but remain embedded within the tax code... (a)t a time when renewable energy technology is increasingly cost-competitive... (and) fossil fuel subsidies are actually increasing." www.eesi.org/papers/view/fact-sheet-fossil-fuel-subsidies-a-closer-look-at-tax-breaks-and-societal-costs

PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Distribution: 01-06-20 Idaho State Bar Association Investigates Former Eagle City Attorneys for Professional Misconduct Eagle non profit raises concerns that attorneys’ conduct may have negatively impacted the city and taxpaying citizens The Idaho State Bar Association has notified members of the non profit Eagle Water Customer Group (EWCG), that an investigation is being conducted into the professional conduct of former Eagle City attorneys Cherise McLain and Susan Buxton of Moore Smith Buxton & Turcke, Chartered. The investigation is based on concerns raised by EWCG that these attorneys may have demonstrated gross professional misconduct which negatively impacted the City of Eagle, its financial resources and the taxpaying citizens of that community. The concerns center around contracts drafted and signed in 2008 with the assistance of MSBT attorney Susan Buxton between the city of Eagle and Eagle Water Company; and ongoing negotiations involving Buxton, McLain and former Eagle…

"Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said Friday his administration will spend $3 million on a pair of studies to explore the potential health effects of the natural gas industry, taking action after months of impassioned pleas by the families of pediatric cancer patients who live in the most heavily drilled region of the state. Dozens of children and young adults have been diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma and other forms of cancer in a 4-county area... where energy companies have drilled more than 3,500 wells since 2008." medicalxpress.com/news/2019-11-pennsylvania-fund-fracking-health-dangers.html?utm_source=nwletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily-nwletter

Perhaps this provides an answer to some of the speculation about why the Wilks brothers bought so much land here in Idaho. Looks like they fell for Alta Mesa's empty promises just like so many of our lawmakers and citizens did... www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-11-21/billionaire-fracking-brothers-hammered-by-permian-investments?fbclid=IwAR2O09xKQxpVZG5viB3TH3VMQKCMEI1gmklPLkEYYEZThFbawKEQIso_JQ4

"The boom in shale drilling has been driven by smaller, independent operators [which] have pushed the limits of drilling technology and taken big risks on unproven oil fields. ...'For every dollar that they brought in, they would spend two', ...rely[ing] on deep-pocketed investors who were willing to pour fresh capital into the industry, despite years of lackluster returns." Now, even "Halliburton, one of the biggest players in U.S. shale drilling, has laid off nearly 3,000 workers", ~35 smaller companies have bankrupted this year - and who's left holding the bag?? www.wdiy.org/post/oil-prices-drop-and-money-dries-us-shale-boom-going-bust

Keystone spill #21: "October 31, 2019: TransCanada’s (“TC Energy”) Keystone pipeline leaked at least 380,000 gallons of tarsands oil and toxic diluents that affected wetlands in northeastern North Dakota. No cause has yet been established." -- "TransCanada’s “Keystone pipeline” is not to be confused with the company’s proposed “Keystone XL” pipeline... that has not yet started construction, and whose future is still very much in doubt. The original Keystone pipeline carries up to 600,000 barrels per day of tarsands from Alberta, Canada to refineries in Texas and Illinois." boldnebraska.org/keystone-pipeline-spill-history/

"A new study from the University of Texas at Austin blames hydraulic fracturing for causing some earthquakes in the Permian Basin of West Texas, dispelling the widely held view that oilfield wastewater disposals wells were solely responsible for the man-made tremors." - FRACKING ITSELF, not (necessarily) injection wells www.houstonchronicle.com/business/energy/article/Study-linking-fracking-to-Permian-Basin-14537085.php

"Britain will impose an immediate moratorium on fracking, the government announced on Saturday, saying the controversial gas extraction technique risked causing too much disruption to local communities through earth tremors." Britain's Business Secretary said "We’ve always been clear that we will follow the science... We cannot be certain that shale gas can be extracted safely, and therefore we must impose this moratorium until the science changes.” This after "a 2.9-magnitude tremor shook houses in August" near Blackpool. www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-fracking/britain-orders-immediate-moratorium-on-fracking-due-to-earth-tremor-concerns-idUSKBN1XC001

"For every barrel of oil, oil & gas extraction also produces about seven barrels of wastewater, consisting mainly of naturally occurring subsurface water extracted along with the fossil fuels. That's about 2 billion gallons of wastewater a day. [Many] ...are on the lookout for new strategies for dealing with that wastewater. Among the most tantalizing ideas is recycling it to irrigate food crops, given water scarcity issues in the West. ...[Results lead] to the question of whether using such wastewater for irrigation would leave crop systems more vulnerable to bacterial & fungal pathogens." - AND -OUR- immune systems, when we eat/breathe the stuff??? www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/10/191031130547.htm

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