With one decision, policymakers in Washington could grow our economy by nearly $50 billion over the next seven years. The question before them: whether to continue blocking the export of liquefied natural gas (LNG).
The United States is experiencing an energy boom. Because of improved technology, vast reserves of natural gas once inaccessible are becoming available. The same is true of oil.
Yet there is a fundamental difference between the market for gas and the market for oil. Oil is a truly global market: a barrel of crude costs about the same throughout the world. Natural gas, however, is local, and prices vary according to local supply. The only way to export gas overseas is to liquefy it first. more >>
World Vision, an international Christian humanitarian organization, has been working for nearly three decades to bring clean water to the most remote areas of the world, and with the invention of a manual, smaller plastic pump, the relief organization is hoping to expand its clean water outreach even farther.
The pump, according to Randy Strash, World Vision's water, sanitation, and hygiene strategist, consists of a small, plastic PVC pipe and PVC fittings which costs only $25 to assemble, compared to $700 to $800 for standard stainless steel pumps previously used in many parts of the world.
Although the pump's plastic composition seems flimsy, it will actually last five to seven years without any need for maintenance, according to Strash. more >>
Dr. Joel C. Hunter, senior pastor of the 15,000-member Northland church in Florida, has released a new documentary titled "Our Father's World," where he reminds Christians that God made people stewards, not owners of the planet, and that environmental issues are Christian issues.
"Scientific evidence now is very much backing up the Scriptural mandate that we need to take care of this Earth. All of the credible scientific organizations of the world are showing the degree to which the environment is being harmed by our pollution, by the disobedience to the first commandment that He (God) gave us," Hunter says.
The 26-minute long documentary is available for viewing and download free online, and includes interviews with leading evangelical scholars, including Bill and Lynne Hybels, Tony Campolo, James Merritt and Mark Liederbach. more >>
The federal government's programs designed to spur the creation of more plant-based ethanol for America's fuel supply has been bad for the environment, according to a new study.
A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America points to some unintended negative consequences of government ethanol programs.
In the report, called "Recent land use change in the Western Corn Belt threatens grasslands and wetlands," Christopher K. Wright and Michael C. Wimberly, of the Geographic Information Science Center of Excellence at South Dakota State University, found that more than 1.3 million acres of grassland have been lost from 2006 to 2011 in North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota and Iowa. more >>
Tens of thousands of people Sunday showed their opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline as they marched in cold weather to the White House to urge President Obama to reject the $5.3-billion project, which critics say would hurt the environment.
Organizers estimated that roughly 35,000 people from several U.S. states gathered on the National Mall and then marched to Constitution Avenue, up 17th Street and past the White House, and billed it as the largest climate rally in American history.
"All I ever wanted to see was a movement of people to stop climate change and now I've seen it," Politico quoted Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, as telling the crowd of protesters. "I cannot promise you we're going to win, but I've waited a quarter century to find out if we were gonna fight. And today, at the biggest climate rally by far, by far, by far, in U.S. history – today, I know we're going to fight." more >>
WASHINGTON – A Democratic Senator who supports the widespread implementation of off-shore wind power has stated that issues that naval interests have with off-shore wind power are a "legitimate concern."
Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware said at a Thursday morning event sponsored by the Center for American Progress Action Fund that concerns about off-whore wind turbines have been raised by many professional seamen. "It's a legitimate concern that has been raised in other countries, it's been raised here, it's been raised around the Navy, in merchant-marine, and so forth. And by the Coast Guard, I think they have provided a whole lot of input in so far as location," said Carper.
"The other thing is making sure that whoever is going to be out there making their ways off of our shore in future years that they have the information about the location of these wind mill farms." more >>