Category Archives: al gore

War on Birds

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The Atlantic reported in late April that a huge solar power plant in the California desert is scorching birds with 800 degree heat.

The Ivanpah  plant uses 300,000 mirrors to focus the sun on a water filled boiler. When birds fly through that beam the effect is the same as when you focused the sun through a magnifying glass to scorch an ant. Oh, you didn’t do that when you were a kid? Well, here’s what happens:

At times birds flew into the solar flux and ignited.

Not only that:

“It appears Ivanpah may act as a ‘mega-trap,’ attracting insects which in turn attract insect-eating birds, which are incapacitated by solar-flux injury, thus attracting predators and creating an entire food chain vulnerable to injury and death,” concluded scientists with the National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory in a report that investigated 233 bird deathsrepresenting 71 species at three Southern California solar power plants.

War on Birds

Bird immolation’s not your style?  Well, did you know windmills are licensed to behead bald eagles?:

A leading bird conservation organization—American Bird Conservancy (ABC)—has announced its intention to sue the Department of the Interior (DOI), charging DOI with multiple violations of federal law in connection with its December 9, 2013, final regulation that allows wind energy companies and others to obtain 30-year permits to kill eagles without prosecution by the federal government. The previous rule provided for a maximum duration of five years for each permit.

Hardly seems fair if you have malaria due to the ban on DDT in order to save bald eagles.

Internet Control

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Al Gore invented the internet and Barack Obama is giving it away.

Who Controls the Internet

Brendan Greeley in Bloomberg Businessweek explains how it works. The system that assigns names to web servers, the Internet domain name system (DNS), is run by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann). Icann is under the control of the U.S. Commerce Department. The government announced in a news dump last Friday it’s giving up that control.

Countries like China and Russia want that power to go the U.N. Then they would have influence over  which websites get domain names. Without a domain name you’re nobody. As Greeley puts it:

It’s a bad sign that the U.S. has chosen to give up this power. It means that the administration doesn’t feel that it can get away with holding onto it, diplomatically, which means that on this issue, we no longer enjoy the support of countries such as Germany. Perhaps it was that time we tapped Angela Merkel’s cell phone.

 

 

Re-inventing Government

The president has asked congress for fast track authority to streamline the government.