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[19 Apr 2011 | No Comment | ]

The nation’s first off-shore wind farm has received federal approval and construction could begin this fall, reports the Boston Globe. The wind farm will be built off cap cod, where it has been opposed for ruining the sight of the…

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[19 Apr 2011 | No Comment | ]

A $499 million, 150-megawatt Merricourt Wind Project is supposed to be built this year in southeast North Dakota appears stymied because it jeopardizes the endangered whooping crane and the threatened piping plover. It’s one of several expected standoffs between wind farm…

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[22 Mar 2011 | No Comment | ]

Anyone care for a swim? A pool at the closed nuclear plant in Zion where spent nuclear fuel is being stored. (Chicago Tribune file photo / May 29, 1998)So, what are we supposed to do with spent nuclear power fuel?…

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[2 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]

Probably not much different than anyone else’s. But, here they are anyway, taken from my townhouse windows….

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[30 Nov 2010 | No Comment | ]

December brings the biggest showdown with Illinois’ and possibly the nation’s most gluttonous corporate freeloader: the corn ethanol industry.Symbolically, the upcoming battle of budget hawks against ethanol’s special pleaders is as significant as the fight over continuing the Bush tax…

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[11 Jul 2010 | No Comment | ]

From Gateway Pundit
“I’m not going to rest or be satisfied until the leak is stopped at the source, the oil in the Gulf is contained and cleaned up, and the people in the Gulf are able to go back to their lives and their livelihoods.”

Barack Obama
May 14, 2010
Speaking On the Gulf Oil Spill Disaster

Barack Obama finalized plans this week for his third vacation since the Gulf oil spill and explosion back on April 20, 2010…

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[9 Jul 2010 | One Comment | ]

A commercial fisherman caught a 20-pound Asian carp at Lake Calumet on Chicago’s South Side, news that sends chills up the spines of people who love Lake Michigan.

The news may be chilling, but to people who know fish, it’s not surprising.
It’s chilling because the location is well beyond a multimillion-dollar “electric barrier” the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers installed in the Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal several years ago. The barrier is supposed to block the fish from swimming up the canal and into Lake Michigan, where they could devastate …

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[14 Jun 2010 | 3 Comments | ]

There are plenty of reasons for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to go, and not the least is the shafting that he is giving to Illinois and its electric utility customers.
Reid effectively is blocking the completion of a safe, permanent storage facility for high-level radioactive waste deep under Yucca Mountain in Nevada, leaving Illinois and others states without a solution for how to store spent nuclear fuel.

The action could cost ComEd and electric utility customers megabucks, representing the money ratepayers have been forking over to build a permanent depository. …

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[9 Jun 2010 | No Comment | ]

Unable to convince the Army Corps of Engineers to shut down Chicago Waterway locks to keep Asian Carp out of the Great Lakes, some environmentalists are re-energizing another, and more drastic proposal—permanently sealing off the waterway from Lake Michigan.

The proposal would virtually undo what was considered a world engineering marvel at the beginning of the 20th Century: the reversal of the Chicago River. The engineering feat ended the public health plagues that were killing thousands in the young city caused by the dumping of rare sewage directly into Lake Michigan. …

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[9 Jun 2010 | One Comment | ]

Forgive me folks, but I’ve had a bad two weeks with my computer. In 2000 I signed on to Earthlink and when high speed cable became available via my local monopoly Comcast I signed on to it; so now I get Earthlink via Comcast, and outside of Chicago I use a Sprint stick instead of Earthlink dialup. Being a total idiot with computers (don’t ask me what a URL is, or the difference between a browser or a server), I just pay everyone, but when things don’t work …