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Mercury found in high levels in deep Pacific Ocean fish implicates coal-burning power plants in Asia

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coal snark(The above is from a parody website)

But... but... coal is "clean"! And man-made environmental damage is a myth! And science is stupid! And fossil fuels are GREAT!

Oh wait:

I love sushi. I love it a lot. And now, between the newest Fukushima radiation leakage and the following story, I'm screwed. Did I mention that the Fukushima radioactive plume will hit the U.S. by early 2014?

Via the Los Angeles Times:

Mercury found in high levels in deep Pacific Ocean fish such as swordfish has a chemical fingerprint, and it implicates coal-burning power plants in Asia, according to a new study.

A research team from the universities of Hawaii and Michigan looked at mercury in the flesh of nine species common to the massive North Pacific Subtropical Gyre, the largest ecosystem on the planet, at 7 million square miles.

Four years ago, the team found that mercury levels in such fish as tuna increased with the depth of the fish’s habitat. This time, they set out to find out why, and what forces were at play. On the way, however, they found evidence implicating coal. The results were published online in Nature Geoscience.

And to my fellow sushi-lovers, take note:

Sunlight breaks down the kind of mercury that’s dangerous on the sushi platter: monomethylmercury, according to the study. That makes shallower species, such as yellowfin tuna and mahi mahi, a safer dining bet, Popp suggested.

Happy Monday, everyone!

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What I will not write about today

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frustrated15Sometimes I get so frustrated and/or disheartened and/or annoyed by some of the news stories of the day that I can’t bring myself to write about them. Here are a few recent reports that made my blood pressure hit the roof. I am avoiding delving into them at length out of concern for my physical and mental health.

See what I mean? So who’s up for a couple of Margs or a trough of wine?

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VIDEO-- "NOT included in sequestration were those mandatory programs: Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, Pell grants."

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Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI):

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"... Very important for people to understand that what was NOT included in the sequestration were those programs, those mandatory programs: Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, food stamps, Pell grants. And what the Republicans would love to see is for this president to serve up on a silver platter these programs, and not just make some changes in them, but structural changes to undermine the programs. ... Ultimately, in order to end the sequester, that is the demand that they're making on the president, that he make structural changes to Medicare and Social Security."

The GOP is on the losing side of every issue and they know it. They become more desperate each day, so they resort to blaming President Obama for anything and everything while sticking to the same old policies that lost them the election in November.

They know America stands firmly with the Dems, but that won't stop them from trying to destroy the very programs that the poor, sick, and elderly depend on so that their top 1% buddies can get their tax breaks. America first!

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Good news: Energy use falls even though homes have gotten larger

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Whaddya know, a good news story! They're rare these days, so consider this an early New Year's gift. Or loan. Or momentary indulgence.

The L.A. Times is reporting that even though homes are getting larger and larger, household energy use is getting smaller and smaller. At least that's what government stats are showing, and that's good enough for me:

The reason: energy features built into newer homes. New houses are better insulated, so they use less energy to heat and cool. The appliances are more efficient, and people living in even the biggest houses tend to be more aware of the environment and energy waste.

Improvements in the efficiency of the building envelope, space heating, air conditioning, refrigerators and other appliances have all led to decreased consumption per household, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Specifically, double- or triple-pane energy-efficient windows have been a factor, as have have Energy Star refrigerators and Energy Star clothes washers. So have caulking and weatherstripping to seal cracks and air leaks, better insulation, and energy-efficient compact fluorescent or light-emitting diode lights.

Keep up the good work, America, conservation works... no matter what the GOP tries to sell/tell you.

 

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VIDEO: Mitt Romney Would Knock the Wind Out of Iowa's Economy

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Tell a friend... in Iowa.

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Learn more: http://OFA.BO/DeBkAT

Here in Iowa, we're number one in wind energy jobs. But thousands of those jobs could be at risk.

That's why everyone from President Obama to Governor Branstad, and both Iowa Senators, support extending the wind energy tax credit.

But not Mitt Romney. He'd raise taxes on wind energy, protecting tax breaks for oil companies and millionaires instead. Romney would jeopardize thousands of jobs and knock the wind out of Iowa's economy.

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President Obama fast-tracks federal wind, solar energy projects

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Once and for all, President Obama does not set gas prices, so stop blaming him every time they rise, GOP (of course, when they fall, he gets no credit). But a president can certainly do everything he or she can to get this country weaned off of a finite source of dirty energy like oil or coal.

The Hill:

President Obama is fast-tracking seven federal wind and solar projects as the administration touts its energy policies amid GOP criticism over green investments and rising gas prices.

The projects in Arizona, California, Nevada and Wyoming will produce 5,000 megawatts of power, enough to run 1.5 million homes, the White House said in a statement announcing the decision. [...]

On Monday, Interior and the Department of Defense inked a deal to integrate wind, solar and other green energy technologies with military bases to keep power running during disruptions to the commercial electric grid.

See how clean energy ties into national security? And breathing? And keeping us alive?

In addition to correcting the GOP for blaming the president for rising gas prices, I take pleasure in reporting the debunking of yet another Republican lie, Solyndra:

Republicans have also charged that Obama’s support for green energy often rewards prominent political donors. 

An extensive House GOP report into the administration’s loan guarantee for now-bankrupt firm Solyndra released last week, however, did not find specific evidence to back Republican claims that the Energy Department provided help to the solar panel maker as payback for campaign contributions.

Of course, the Republican message machine has already done its damage whether or not the record had been corrected, and that's just the way they want it.

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VIDEO: "If you can take the wind and make jobs, what better thing can you do?"

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You'll never see an ad like this from Willard M. Romney.

Are you in? https://my.barackobama.com/windvid

President Obama's all-of-the-above energy strategy is making America more energy independent by reducing our dependence on foreign oil and investing in renewable energy. President Obama's policies have benefited small businesses like Heron Wind Manufacturing.

Steve Smiley, president and CEO of Heron Wind, wants to do good work that improves society. Wind-generated electricity has doubled since President Obama took office. But as Steve says, it needs to continue:

"There are unlimited renewable resources and the technology is ready. We just need good policy. And that's why it's really critical we have leaders like President Obama who are going to broadly support new and better policies."

Check out the video then say you're in: https://my.barackobama.com/windvid

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