BMW i3 To Get 43.2 kWh Battery Pack In Late 2018 (Rumor)

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Oct 102017
 

Sometime in 2018, the all-electric BMW i3 will be getting a battery pack upgrade to 43.2 kilowatt-hours (kWh) — allowing for an EPA range rating of 150 to 155 miles per full charge — according to rumors circulating right now, including from a quite reliable source

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Obama’s Grand Finale on Fracking Is Too Little, Too Late

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Dec 152016
 

The Obama EPA’s final word on fracking makes it clear that we cannot rely solely on the government to protect us from pollution. People across the country are already aware of this. From Standing Rock in North Dakota to the oil fields of the Gulf South …
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UPDATE 2-Utility expects to stop LA-area gas leak by late February

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Jan 192016
 

Work on the relief well, which the company started drilling on Dec. 4 to stop the leak in Aliso Canyon, is proceeding ahead of schedule, Southern California Gas Co said in a statement. “Our team of experts has been working around the clock since we started …
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Bernie Sanders Delivers A Bern Notice On The Late Show

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Sep 252015
 

Bernie Sanders Delivers A Bern Notice On The Late Show

Originally published on Red, Green, and Blue. Stephen Colbert is feeling the Bern. First, watch Colbert’s intro – which includes a hilarious montage of mainstream media talking heads being totally confused at Bernie Sanders’ success (“How can this be?”) And here’s a quick excerpt – we’ll post the full interview as soon as it’s available. [&hellip

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Tesla’s Elon Musk & Uber’s Travis Kalanick To Appear Back To Back On The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

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Aug 262015
 

Stephen-Colbert

Originally published on Gas2. There’s no doubt about it — Elon Musk has hit star status. The latest indication of that is that he is going to be a guest on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Colbert’s second night hosting the show, only following George Clooney, Jeb Bush, and presumably Scarlett Johansson (Scarlett is slated for the same [&hellip

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Potential for severe weather across most of Alabama starting late Monday – AL.com

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Oct 132014
 

The Courier-Journal

Potential for severe weather across most of Alabama starting late Monday
AL.com
The Storm Prediction Center has all of the state except for the extreme southeastern corner in its slight risk area. The highest probabilities for severe storms are in west Alabama, but storms are possible in all areas. The National Weather Service
Forecast: Chance of severe weather after dark in the metroKOCO Oklahoma City

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It’s not too late to recoup losses from BP oil spill – The News-Press

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Sep 302014
 

The News-Press

It's not too late to recoup losses from BP oil spill
The News-Press
It's not too late to make a claim for financial losses from the 2010 BP oil spill. One Tampa attorney estimates that, if every eligible enterprise got around to claim its loss, Lee County could see a $ 1.7 billion infusion of BP money. Economically
Anadarko wants rehearing on oil spill finesFuelFix (blog)
Must BP compensate people who were never harmed by BP?Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) (press release) (blog)
Regulation & Environment: Reading into the big BP Macondo decisionOilVoice
Bayoubuzz –Law360 (subscription)
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Will the world act to save the African elephant before it’s too late? – The Ecologist

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Jul 152013
 

Will the world act to save the African elephant before it's too late?
The Ecologist
Dominic Dyer reports on a long overdue co-ordinated effort by the international community to take action against the global industry which is slaughtering Africa's elephants…… We now face the highest rate of elephant poaching in Africa since the
Africa: New Forensic Technique May Help Track Illegal IvoryAllAfrica.com
Demand for ivory in China has led to illegal poaching in AfricaSouth China Morning Post

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Late and lame, farm bill finally clears Senate

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Jun 102013
 

plow-farm-bill-carouselToday the U.S. Senate passed its version of the farm bill, a massive piece of legislation that sets U.S. agricultural policy until 2023. The bill is 353 days overdue, and lawmakers will still have to reconcile it with the version making its way through the House before it becomes a law. You may recall that once there was hope for major reform in the legislation: Strip away the subsidies supporting giant monocultures, and move that money to support the kind of farming that makes people, and the environment, healthier.

Remember that? Yeah, not going to happen.

The bill is called S. 954, Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act, which is a bit misleading. A small fraction of the bill is concerned with risk management and even less devoted to reform. The most accurate part is the 954 — which is about how much the bill would cost over a decade, in billions of dollars. A better title would be the Crop Insurance, Conservation and Food Stamps Act.

Here’s what changes actually made it into the bill: The Senate cut $ 41 billion in direct payments to farmers, but added a lot of that back in the form of crop insurance and disaster relief. Senators reduced the money for food stamps by $ 4 billion and cut conservation programs by $ 3.5 billion. (Details here [PDF], and Brad Plumer at Wonkblog has done a nice job breaking this down in plain English.)

You might expect the farm bill would have had an even tougher time of it: After all, coastal Democrats have constituencies pushing to cut the subsidies to big farms, and Republicans are generally against government payments. Why aren’t politicians pushing harder for genuine reform, or, barring that, just allowing the bill to die? As it turns out, the farm bill has bipartisan support, even though both Republicans and Democrats criticize it. That’s because each side gets a lot from this legislation.

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Democrats get help for the poor. A huge chunk of the Senate’s farm bill, 80 percent, goes toward food stamps. (Food stamp use ballooned during the recession.) Republicans come across the aisle at the bequest of agricultural constituents. Most of the farm subsidies go to red states, or Republican districts within blue states.

There are also those conservation payments, which keep environmentalists on board, along with millions for organic farmers, money for the next generation of greenhorns just starting out, funds for farmers markets, sustainable agriculture research, and local food projects. In the end, there just aren’t many politicians who would be willing to let the farm bill die.

Near Bakersfield, Calif. Applicants for surplus food stamp grants by Farm Security Administration.
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Near Bakersfield, Calif. Applicants for surplus food stamp grants by Farm Security Administration.

The biggest difference between the Senate and the House bills (and therefore the biggest potential fight) is the size of the cuts to food stamps. Instead of cutting $ 4 billion, the House has proposed cutting food programs for the poor by $ 20.5 billion, and some conservatives say that’s not nearly enough. (Interestingly, one of the congressmembers most forcefully for food-stamp cuts, Stephen Fincher of Tennessee, gets his own farm bill welfare.)

It’s true that 80 percent of $ 955 billion in government spending is a lot of money. But liberals like to point out that food stamps are an extremely effective form of stimulus, and note that the people who get them really need the help. As The Economist put it:

It is also hard to argue that food-stamp recipients are undeserving. About half of them are children, and another 8% are elderly. Only 14% of food-stamp households have incomes above the poverty line; 41% have incomes of half that level or less, and 18% have no income at all. The average participating family has only $ 101 in savings or valuables.

It’s a little sad that this is what we’ve come to: Fighting over food stamps, when once there was hope that this bill might bring about an agricultural revolution. You may have also heard of any number of interesting amendments aimed at legalizing industrial hemp, saving honeybees, labeling genetically modified foods, and limiting antibiotic use in livestock. There were hundreds of these amendments up for debate, but most never had a chance, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid decided to cut off the debate on these stragglers and put the bill to a vote.

Of course there’s still the possibility that the House will fail to pass any farm bill at all. Or that the House and Senate won’t make a deal before Sept. 30, when the current farm bill will expire once again.

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G8 or Too Late: Obama, Cameron and G8 Heads Must Tackle Ivory Poaching … – Huffington Post UK (blog)

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May 182013
 

G8 or Too Late: Obama, Cameron and G8 Heads Must Tackle Ivory Poaching
Huffington Post UK (blog)
Today the illegal wildlife trade is worth in excess of $ 10 billion annually and the surging demand for ivory from the rapidly growing economies of China, Vietnam and Thailand resulted in over 40,000 elephants being killed in Africa in 2012, or one

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