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Keystone Pipeline = 35 Full Time Jobs and NO Increase in Capacity!

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If approved, the new Keystone would have the same 36-inch diameter — and the same capacity of 830,000 barrels per day — as the existing segments. That means refineries in Texas and along the Gulf Coast would have at their disposal about the same volume of crude oil to refine after Keystone is built as they do now. TransCanada is expected to spend $3.3 billion building the U.S. portion of the pipeline. – Dallas News

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November 20, 2014 at 12:53 pm

There’s No Tomorrow

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In short… the myths of ever expanding economies and limitless growth are just that myths. It doesn’t matter where you borrow your resources to fuel growth the simple fact is we WILL be running out of most of the resources that have powered our global economy quite possibly in our lifetime.

The current financial crisis will be a lot MORE devastating then we are being lead to believe. The simple fact is… unrelenting debt to power an unrealistic global economy will be our ultimate demise.

You can’t borrow against a future that has already been spent.

Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor

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Thorium is readily available and can be used to create energy without generating transuranic (long-lived or harmful) wastes. Kirk Sorensen is the leading champion of this technology that was developed and proven along side the current nuclear process in use today.

Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor or LFTR reactors are thousands of times more efficient that current reactors, require no expensive to manufacture fuels and produce virtually no harmful waste over their lifetime.

Whether we accept it or not, this is the technology is the ONLY path to our sustainable future and China is in the process of building over 50 of these reactors today using information and research done in the US in the 1970’s. If Canadian and US governments do not start investing and building this technology we will be buying this technology from China in 10 years.

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December 23, 2011 at 10:59 am

Thorium (Liquid Salt) Reactors. Proven Safe and Very Cost Effective… Decades Ago!

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November 25, 2009 at 9:28 pm

NanoSolar Readies For Full Production

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Solar panels produced like printing newspapers.

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September 16, 2009 at 6:53 pm

$2000 Battery Can Power House for One Day

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Popular Mechanics: Without a way to store their power, no number of solar panels will free a home from the electrical grid. Researchers at Utah-based Ceramatec have developed a new battery that can be scaled up to store 20 kilowatt-hours—enough to power an average home for most of a day. An easy sell for solar users, but it could also allow the grid-bound to stockpile energy during less expensive off-peak hours.

The new battery runs on sodium-sulfur—a composition that typically operates at greater than 600 F. “Sodium-sulfur is more energetic than lead-acid, so if you can somehow get it to a lower temperature, it would be valuable for residential use, Ralph Brodd, an independent energy conversion consultant, says.

Ceramatec’s new battery runs at less than 200 F. The secret is a thin ceramic membrane that is sandwiched between the sodium and sulfur. Only positive sodium ions can pass through, leaving electrons to create a useful electrical current. Ceramatec says that batteries will be ready for market testing in 2011, and will sell for about $2000.

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August 2, 2009 at 12:53 am

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Solar Solutions Coming Online. Fast!

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June 3, 2009 at 8:05 am

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