US ON COAL
Obama promised that he would make coal produced electricity prohibitively
expensive. And, he is keeping his promise. The Obama Administration
is using the "Sue and Settle" strategy to override state
environmental efforts and impose the agency's more-expensive rules.
In December, the EPA proposed new Nitrogen Oxides regulations and
before the ink had dried, the EPA claimed that the emissions of
nitrogen oxides by coal plants in Arizona created "haze"
in the Grand Canyon and other national parks.
SEARCH FOR CLEAN COAL TECHNOLOGY
Anti-coal environmentalist and politicians may want to eliminate
coal as an energy resource, but that is impossible without pushing
the world back into another Dark Age. Worldwide, 23% of our primary
energy needs are met by coal and 39% of our electricity is generated
from coal. About 70% of the world's steel production depends on
SOLAR ENERGY NOT
Obama is ramping up his efforts to replace coal with solar power
during his second term. And, although solar power has its applications,
especially in remote locations, it is uneconomical compared to coal
powered electrical energy. And, it might surprise you to learn that
solar energy has a larger and more destructive environmental footprint
than you think
REMEMBERING THE CALIFORNIA
Although everyone knows about Sutter's Mill, many of the stories
of the California Gold Rush have been forgotten. Here are a few
of those stories about the people and the gold they sought. Did
you know that the phrases "bull market" and "bear
market" came from the California gold fields? They were coined
by famed journalist Horace Greeley, who wrote for the New York Tribune.
While visiting the California gold fields he happened to attend
a bull and bear fight in Columbia.
WYOMING DOMINATES SODA
Most of us don't think of soda ash (also called bicarbonate of soda
or baking soda) unless we have an upset stomach or plan to bake
some biscuits. However it's also used in glass manufacturing, paper,
food additives, laundry products, medicine, air pollution control
and animal feed. In fact, glassmaking consumes about half of soda
STOCKS ARE IN FREE FALL - BUT WE HAVE JOY IN SASKATCHEWAN WITH URANIUM
AT PATTERSON LAKE
The annual Prospectors and Developers annual meeting in Toronto,
in early March is over and done with and as over 30,000 attendees
walked the halls to observe the multitude of juniors through seniors'
resource company's boths looking for the next uber discovery they
were overwhelmed with the diversity of products being promoted but
heard nothing but negativity about the mineral industry.
SAVE ENERGY -
USE HIGH EXPLOSIVES
Energy costs aren't just hitting us at the gas pump. They impact
every facet of mining - from haul truck operations, to milling,
to reclamation. And, in many cases, there is no way to lower those
costs. However, you can cut your energy bill with high explosives.
High explosives (HE) are a cheaper source of energy than diesel
and you can save a considerable amount on your fuel bill if you
make full use of HE technology at your mine site.
BANG ISN'T THE ONLY RISK OF HIGH EXPLOSIVES
It's common to think that the "bang is the biggest risk of
high explosives. However, there are serious health and environmental
risks associated with explosives and explosive residue that workers
must be aware of. A good example is nitroglycerin. Although it's
the basis of dynamite and other high explosives, it is also a powerful
medicine for people with heart conditions. Nitroglycerin affects
the cardiovascular system, blood, and nervous system of humans.
New World Resources' Goals
to Become the Number One Miner and Marketer of Metallurgical Coal
The creation of New World Resources by tycoon Zdenek Bakala
out of the remnants of the Czech coal industry and its subsequent
IPO was aimed at producing a miner capable of consolidating Central
Europe's fragmented coal industry. Not for want of trying, NWR's
efforts have so far been in vain, and its new chairman now says
the miner intends to spread its net wider, including as far afield
as the US.
GOING UNDERGROUND IS GOOD
"Going underground," usually implies doing something bad.
In the case of Kinross and its Buckhorn ore deposit in Washington,
it means something good. Going underground has made it easier to
mine for gold in the State of Washington, one of the most environmentally
conscious states in the US. Despite a measure of hostility by bureaucrats
and environmentalists, mining hasn't disappeared from the Northwest.
There is no better example than the Kettle River - Buckhorn gold
operation and its owners Kinross Gold Corporation.
"Robin William's Peace Plan
and so much more"
Back in March of 2003, a very special peace plan was circulated
over the Web and attributed to actor and comedian Robin Williams.
I remember seeing it the first time and hoped that it was truly
from him. Alas, only one piece was from him, but overall, this plan
from an unknown source really has some merit. So much so, that I
would like to "Play it Again" to our readers for their
enjoyment and thought-provoking lunchroom discussions.