June 27, 2010
Up to 1,000 jobs at Bucyrus International Inc. and its suppliers could be in jeopardy as the result of a decision by the U.S. Export-Import Bank, funded by Congress, to deny several hundred million dollars in loan guarantees to a coal-fired power plant and mine in India.
About 300 of those jobs are at the Bucyrus plant in South Milwaukee, where the company has 1,410 employees and its headquarters. The remaining jobs are spread across 13 states, including Illinois, Minnesota and Indiana.
On Thursday, the Export-Import Bank denied financing for Reliance Power Ltd., an Indian power plant company, effectively wiping out about $600 million in coal mining equipment sales for Bucyrus, chief executive Tim Sullivan said.
The fossil fuel project was the first to come before the government-run bank since it adopted a climate-change policy to settle a lawsuit and to meet Obama administration directives.
June 20, 2010
Britain's biggest wind farm companies are to be paid not to produce electricity when the wind is blowing.Captain Jean-Luc Picard was not available for comment.
Energy firms will receive thousands of pounds a day per wind farm to turn off their turbines because the National Grid cannot use the power they are producing.
It raises the prospect of hugely profitable electricity suppliers receiving large sums of money from the National Grid just for switching off wind turbines.
June 08, 2010
Seriously, fuck anything that votes for against this*. Fuck them so fucking freaky style with the cat's paw of hatiness and anger tied to the flailing fuckring from the flying fuckrhino of fuck that all that will be left of them is a trail of tears, spent careers, more tears, and an extra trip down the river of fuck. Fuck them for using junk data to justify their unlubed and unwanted scissorfucking of the American way of life as if it were an overworked Sri Lankan Soccer Ball Maker. Fuck them for ignoring the voting public, who keeps yelling "Fuck No!" to their agenda. And fuck them fuckity fucklike with a free fuckmissile as a loss leader for their unmitigated gall and arrogance.
Look, you fucking fastuous fuckpeds of fucking FAIL and flagitiousness, I will fucking enjoy reminding you who is boss this November. I will fucking enjoy reminding you that we the fucking people rule and should be listened to, lest your career get the foin of fucking fury forced up your fucking asses. And I will fifty fucking hippie kicks in a row enjoy reminding you that fucking with my daughter's future and ability to live her own life as a free person will have its electoral and career shortening consequences for you and the fucking rest of your fuckbag of fooliaminy.
So fuck off, lefties. Fuck you with what you have left of your career and get the fucking fucked with a buffalo horn while leaving.
*Critical Update! Sean pointed out my foolishness and foppery. Carry on.
June 07, 2010
While part of me wants to point, laugh, and call the owner of this restaurant a dumbass, I just remember that a business-owner can do whatever the hell they want with their establishment. Telling your customers not to come back just because they didn't eat their entire meal? Well, if it works for you. I imagine that it can't be good for long-term profitability.
An Australian restaurateur fed up with the waste left by diners has ordered her customers to eat everything on their plates for their sake of the earth or pay a penalty and not return.
Chef Yukako Ichikawa has introduced a 30 percent discount for diners who eat all the food they have ordered at Wafu, her 30-seat restaurant in the Sydney suburb of Surry Hills, that describes itself as "guilty free Japanese cuisine."
"To contribute toward creating a sustainable future we request a little more of our guests than most other restaurants," she says in a list of her restaurant's policies that is pinned on the door to the eatery.
This list includes finishing all dishes ordered which are organic and free of gluten, dairy, sugar and eggs and the chef and her staff tell people who don't clear their plates to choose another restaurant next time.
"Finishing your meal requires that everything is eaten except lemon slices, gari (sushi ginger) and wasabi," says the menu.
"Please also note that vegetables and salad on the side are NOT decorations; they are part of the meal too."
June 03, 2010
With the rising sea levels, the wrath of Gaia has been threatening to wipe out most of the Pacific Islands for a very, very long time. It's a terrifying prospect for many proud peoples living in tropical island paradises that may, one day very soon, find themselves underwater - and why? Because of the greed of the West, and our evil consumption of oil, and our complete lack of compassion for nations less fortunate than we are.
Wait, what was that?
In recent times, the inhabitants of many low-lying Pacific islands have come to fear their homelands being wiped off the map because of rising sea levels.
But this study of 27 islands over the last 60 years suggests that most have remained stable, while some have actually grown.
Using historical photographs and satellite imaging, the geologists found that 80% of the islands had either remained the same or got larger - in some cases, dramatically so.
They say it is due to the build-up of coral debris and sediment, and to land reclamation.
Associate Professor Paul Kench of Auckland University, who took part in the study, says the islands are not in immediate danger of extinction.
"That rather gloomy prognosis for these nations is incorrect," he said.
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