Across the world there is a movement occurring called Transition Town. There are literally thousands of small communities, some not so small, that are taking matters into their own hands and finding ways to decrease and/or eliminate their dependence on oil.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) newly-released International Energy Outlook (highlights-pdf) projects a growth in global renewable energy, but a world still dominated by fossil fuels due to massive increases in energy demand.
The Gulf of Mexico loop current appears to be destabilizing thanks to a cyclone of cold water – good news for Florida, Cuba and the East Coast, at least temporarily.
Admiral Thad Allen, the National Incident Commander for the Deepwater Horizon Response team, has today established the Flow Rate Technical Team, a multi-agency federal effort to determine oil flow rates from the BP spill at multiple time periods following the explosion, fire, and subsequent loss of the Deepwater Horizon oil
After several days of pressing BP and government officials for answers, there is still no clarity about the wide discrepancy between estimates by BP and the government and independent analysts regarding the flow rate at which oil is gushing into the Gulf from the uncontrolled riser pipe
BP estimated two weeks ago that the rate of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico was 5,000 barrels per day (210,000 gallons). Since then, the company has refused to offer any more clarity or explanation for how it reached that figure.
Bill Salvin, a BP spokesman, told NPR that “there's no way to estimate the flow coming out of the pipe accurately."
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