Oil Production Levels at Record High

30 Nov 2017

2017/11/29 – U.S. Oil Production Hits 4th Straight Record High Ahead Of OPEC Meeting – Investors’ Business Daily

U.S. crude production climbed to yet another record high ahead of a key meeting between OPEC and top nonmembers, potentially muddying expectations that they will extend an agreement to curb oil output.

Domestic production climbed to 9.682 million barrels per day last week from 9.658 million bpd in the prior week, according to the Energy Information Administration.

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In Context: Puerto Rico and Whitefish Energy

30 Oct 2017

Latest: Puerto Rico has chosen to terminate the contact with Whitefish Energy to restore a portion of their electrical grid structure. Even though Mr. Ramos claimed no wrongdoing was done, they have chosen to cancel the project because it is a distraction.

2017/10/31 – Puerto Rico in the Dark – City Journal

2017/10/29 – Puerto Rico Power Authority Moves to Cancel Whitefish Contract After Plea From Governor – NBC News

2017/10/29 – Puerto Rico Cancels Whitefish Energy Contract to Rebuild Power Lines – NY Times

2017/10/27 – UPDATED: FEMA Statement on Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority’s Contract with Whitefish – FEMA

2017/10/27 – FEMA Cites ‘Significant Concerns’ With Puerto Rico Power Contract – NY Times

2017/10/13 – Trump Tweet Hits Sore Spot: Slow Pace of Puerto Rico’s Recovery – Bloomberg

2017/10/09 – Cash crunch slowed Puerto Rico’s appeal for grid help, CEO says – E & E News Greenwire


Green Energy Business Linked to Podesta Collapses

23 Oct 2017

More financial fallout from Hillary Clinton losing the election. They were setting themselves up to make a ton of money.

2017/07/18 – Heat Death: Joule Unlimited collapses as oil prices flag, time passes, pressure mounts – BioFuels Digest

One of the more striking outcomes from the DOE Bioeconomy 2017 conference in Washington DC was confirmation of the demise of Joule Unlimited. “We had a lot of prospects last year,” former CEO Brian Baynes told The Digest, “but those new investor prospects walked away, particularly post election.


Joule last appeared on the news radar in April 2016 when we reported that the company obtained EPA approval of Joule’s Sunflow-E ethanol pathway for generating advanced biofuel (D-code 5) RINs under the Clean Air Act (CAA). This recognition from the EPA validates Joule’s mission to create carbon-neutral fuels for a sustainable tomorrow, and follows the 2015 announcement that Joule’s Sunflow-E ethanol was registered by the EPA for commercial use.

 
2017/10/22 – Podesta’s ‘Green Company’ Forced to Close Because Hillary Lost the Election – Daily Caller

There would have been more of a focus on the green energy industry, and investments were rolling in when it was expected than Clinton would win the 2016 election.

There is more here, it just has not revealed itself yet.


Russia, Uranium, Obama, Clinton, Collusion

17 Oct 2017

2017-10-17 – FBI uncovered Russian bribery plot before Obama administration approved controversial nuclear deal with Moscow – The Hill

Before the Obama administration approved a controversial deal in 2010 giving Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium, the FBI had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States, according to government documents and interviews.


They also obtained an eyewitness account – backed by documents – indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton’s charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow, sources told The Hill.

The racketeering scheme was conducted “with the consent of higher level officials” in Russia who “shared the proceeds” from the kickbacks, one agent declared in an affidavit years later.


Hackers Advancing in Trying To Control Power Grids

7 Sep 2017

2017/09/06HACKERS GAIN DIRECT ACCESS TO US POWER GRID CONTROLS – Wired

Security firm Symantec is warning that a series of recent hacker attacks not only compromised energy companies in the US and Europe but also resulted in the intruders gaining hands-on access to power grid operations—enough control that they could have induced blackouts on American soil at will.


In more than 20 cases, Symantec says the hackers successfully gained access to the target companies’ networks. And at a handful of US power firms and at least one company in Turkey—none of which Symantec will name—their forensic analysis found that the hackers obtained what they call operational access: control of the interfaces power company engineers use to send actual commands to equipment like circuit breakers, giving them the ability to stop the flow of electricity into US homes and businesses.

Doesn’t give you the warm fuzzies, does it?


Trump Looking At Big Cuts in Government Energy Renewables

12 Jun 2017

2017/06/08 – Trump’s renewable energy cuts alarm former officials – CNN Money

Trump wants to gut a key division of the Department of Energy designed to accelerate the development of clean energy like solar and wind power. The administration’s 2018 budget would slash funding for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy by a stunning 71.9%.


Budget documents published by the DOE argue that the spending cuts to the renewables office will focus resources on early-stage research & development. The DOE added that it also “reflects an increased reliance on the private sector to fund later-stage research, development and commercialization of energy technologies.”


What Is It Like To Be Struck By Lightning

27 May 2017

2017/05/23 – This is what it’s like to be struck by lightning – Mosaic

If you’re hit by lightning, there’s a nine in ten chance you’ll survive. But what are the lasting effects of being exposed to hundreds of millions of volts?


Only by piecing together the bystander reports, the singed clothing and the burnt skin can survivors start to construct their own picture of the possible trajectory of the electrical current, one that can approach 200 million volts and travel at one-third of the speed of light.

Good information to know.