Friday, September 24, 2010

FCC grants use of unlicensed airwaves

FCC grants use of unlicensed airwaves:
Washington Post Staff Writer
"FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski touted the decision as part of his effort to significantly extend broadband connections in the United States. The order was introduced and passed under former chairman Kevin J. Martin two years ago but got hung up with a lawsuit brought by broadcasters, church ministers and Nashville's Dolly Parton, who argued that those airwaves could interfere with wireless microphones and nearby television channels."

EPA Keeps Moving on GHG Regs

EPA chief: ‘All the scare tactics are on the side of lobbyists’ - The Hill's E2-Wire:

By Ben Geman 09/23/10 02:36 PM ET
 "Jackson, in the interview and an op-ed in The Hill, is also stressing that climate rules would join a long list of Clean Air Act programs that have provided gains that far outweigh the costs. She noted that Clean Air Act programs have led to massive health benefits and show $40 in total benefits for every $1 invested."


Cyberwar Chief Calls for Secure Computer Network - "The new commander of the military’s cyberwarfare operations is advocating the creation of a separate, secure computer network to protect civilian government agencies and critical industries like the nation’s power grid against attacks mounted over the Internet."

Thursday, September 23, 2010

DeMint scolds Republican colleagues on Murkowski - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

DeMint scolds Republican colleagues on Murkowski - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |:
"DeMint said he believed Wednesday's meeting of GOP senators was to choose a replacement for Murkowski, the ranking member on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. But 'one senator after another stood up to argue in favor of protecting her place on the committee,' he said — resulting in an outcome he said she'll undoubtedly use in her campaign against Miller."

Murkowski to keep seat on Energy, Resources panel - The Hill's E2-Wire

Murkowski to keep position on Energy, Resources panel - The Hill's E2-Wire:
By Darren Goode - 09/22/10 07:12 PM ET
"Sen. Jim DeMit (R-S.C.), a leading conservative in the upper chamber who has backed a number of Tea Party candidates this year, spoke in favor of stripping Murkowski of her committee leadership post. He argued that Republicans should be supporting their own candidates, according to several GOP aides."

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Another "Shoe Bomber"?

Post Tech - FCC probes complaint that cartoon advertises Skechers shoes:
Cecilia Kang
"CCFC said while 'Zevo-3’s' creators have promised the show won’t have product placements, it is concerned about the association of the comics with the show. In one comic, children defeat an evil character, Dr. Stankfoot, after hero Kewl Breeze gives them Skechers Airators, which claim to combat foot odor."

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Senate backers of 11th-hour push on renewable power mandate predict victory - The Hill's E2-Wire

Darren Goode, 09/21/10
"It would require electricity companies to produce 15 percent of their electricity from wind, solar, geothermal and a list of other green sources by 2021. A quarter of that mandate could be met through energy efficiency activities, also echoing last year’s version on Bingaman’s panel."

Monday, September 20, 2010

Students Bearing Historic Solar Panel Snubbed by White House

Bill McKibben's Solar Road Trip | Mother Jones: "It was all a little odd, to say the least. They refused to accept the Carter panel as a historic relic, or even to pose for a picture with the students and the petition they'd brought with them. Asked to do something easy and symbolic to rekindle a little of the joy that had turned out so many of us as volunteers for Obama in 2008, they point blank said no. In a less than overwhelming gesture, they did, however, pass out Xeroxed copies of a 2009 memorandum from Vice President Biden about federal energy policy."

Mini Reactors Studied at SRS

S.C.’s nuclear future - Business -
Andrew Shain
"The mini-reactors could power military bases and large industrial plants or serve as large-scale backup power generators. The reactors would be buried 33 feet in the ground and provide enough energy for the equivalent of 20,000 homes, said Deborah Blackwell, Hyperion’s policy director. They could be removed after cooling off after several months and moved to another site, she said."

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