Archive for March, 2012

Wild nights in Appalachia

Are the flora and fauna in Appalachia having more fun than you are?

“11. As readers know, the Scorekeeper lives across the river from the 10th largest coal-fired power plant in the nation. This morning, he noticed a green film on his convertible. It was something called “pollen.” You see the abundance of trees in Poca, West Virginia, are having sex. The sugar maples, rhododendron, dogwoods, oak trees and the like are thriving.

You see, far from spoiling the environment, the coal plant is barely noticeable. The biggest weather effect is an occasional snow from the cooling towers. It’s steam. Boiled water as it were.

The plant is safer than it was 20 years ago thanks to tight emissions standards. AEP just spent a billion dollars on new scrubbers. The pollen showed up, though, long before that. The biggest health risk here is allergies from all the pollen.

Anyway, it is spring. The skies were gray but the hills are green and trees are having sex on the Scorekeeper’s convertible.”


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Over at WattsUpWithThat http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/03/31/the-epas-mercurial-madness/#more-60447 , Willis Eschenbach looks at facts about mercury and US power plants. First, he discovers that the oceans are far and away the top producer of mercury, beating out top contender volcanoes. Second, he discovers that the contribution of US power plants to global mercury is less than miniscule, virtually non-existent. Here’s one of the charts:

“As you can see, the US power plants emit less than 1% of the global mercury emissions. Even if the EPA could get rid of every US coal plant, it will not make a measurable difference in the atmospheric mercury.

Now, here comes the fun part. The new EPA regulations will not cut out all the mercury from US power plants. We’re already pretty efficient at removing mercury, and each additional reduction comes with more difficulty.

So let’s assume that the EPA regs will cut out 25 tonnes of mercury per year. This is supposed to save 11,000 lives every year. So that means if we could wave a magical wand and cut out all of the mercury, 100 percent of it, we should expect to save about 11,000 times 7500/25 = 11,000 times 300 = 3,300,000 lives saved every year … and if you believe that three million people die every year from mercury poisoning, you too could get a job with the EPA.”


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Finally, a kind word for coal


Australia’s Viv Forbes thinks it’s high time we gave coal credit for its role in so much of what we consider ‘modern accomplishments.’ She also notes burning coal is often cleaner than ‘green’ alternatives. It’s a short read that contains other interesting links.

“It was coal that produced clean electric power which cleared the smog produced by dirty combustion and open fires in big cities like London and Pittsburgh. Much of the third world still suffers choking fumes and smog because they do not have clean electric power and burn wood, cardboard, unwashed coal and cow dung for home heat.

It was coal that saved the forests being felled to fuel the first steam engines and produce charcoal for the first iron smelters.”

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Hey, some folks in Kentucky are going to be unhappy by today’s end so why not post this:


via http://legalinsurrection.com

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Obligatory Video Part 2

Oh, that smoothie Obama, what an orator. Has just the right words for every event. Or maybe not… when you watch this video, remember to picture the Obama speechwriting team of 30-somethings fondling the full-size Hillary cutout I showed you on March 17  https://pullmychain.wordpress.com/2012/03/17/speaking-of-frat-boy-obama-speechwriters/#comments

This has circulated on the net for a couple of weeks. If you haven’t yet seen it, you’re going to enjoy this video. It’s from the Danish Broadcasting  Corporation show Detektor; the host is Thomas Buch-Anderson.




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Obligatory video Part 1

Has everyone sing the drunken version of Bohemian Rhapsody sung in the back of the police car? It is awesome.


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from http://www.dailymail.blogs.com/donsurber

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