Today’s News: Oil Spill In Arkansas And Tesla Turns A Profit

Not a joke: on Friday, an Exxon pipeline carrying crude oil from the tar sands region of Alberta leaked about 10,000 barrels of corroding, low-quality crude oil into an Arkansas town — Exxon cleanup crews are trying to keep the oil from reaching Lake Conway, a popular game-fishing spot, through storm drains. [Washington Post]

Jeffers said that the company received phone calls from people in the area at the same time its pipeline monitors in Houston noticed a drop in pressure in the line…. Exxon Mobil said that fumes from the oil spill posed a risk in “high pooling areas,” where oil could be seen on the ground and where crews were working with safety equipment. …

The Arkansas incident also comes just a few days after a Canadian Pacific Railroad train carrying oil sands crude — a mixture of heavy bitumen and lighter dilutents — from Alberta to Chicago derailed near Parkers Prairie, Minn., spilling about 357 barrels.

That accident drew attention because the State Department’s new environmental impact statement on the Keystone XL said that if the pipeline were blocked, oil sands crude would still be able to reach markets via railroads, which carry more than 1 million barrels a day of oil in the United States. Supporters of the pipeline say that shipping oil by pipeline would be safer and more fuel efficient than doing so by rail.

The new proposed EPA gasoline rules will save lives. [Washington Post Editorial]

Tesla Motors announced that it turned a profit in the first quarter of 2013. [The Hill]

President Obama’s nominee to lead the Energy Department disclosed the extent of his consulting work for BP and other companies over the last decade. [The Hill]

Many have been questioning recent moves by Canada to pull out of international environmental compacts. [New York Times]

A new study reports that the melting Antarctic ice sheet is probably why Antarctic sea ice has expanded in recent years. [Nature]

A new study found that Greenland’s rapidly melting ice caps and glaciers are melting faster than its ice sheet, sending 50 gigatons of water into the oceans from 2003-2008. [Smithsonian]

The persistent drought affecting the Great Lakes means that ships bringing iron ore to car factories have to lighten their loads or risk running aground. [CBS News]

Confused about the cooler March that just happened? This might help. [Climate Central]

Today’s weeds may be tomorrow’s meal — some foods you may not have heard of that could be on the dinner plate in the future. [Ensia]

An update on renewable energy in New England. [AP]

Rooftop solar PV will be cheaper than normal grid power in almost 10 percent of U.S. communities in less than 10 years. [ieee Spectrum]

Radical geoengineering projects may need to get some sort of approval before people decide to try them. [Guardian]

18 Responses to Today’s News: Oil Spill In Arkansas And Tesla Turns A Profit

  1. That picture really brings home the concept of Not In My Back Yard.

  2. Spike says:

    A UK environmental correspondent leaves the stage, reflecting on the grievous challenges we face:–but-at-least-we-greens-made-him-wait-8554548.html

  3. Bob Lang says:

    Couldn’t help noticing that tar-sands bitumen has a new name in the mainstream media: “Canadian Oil”.

  4. Sasparilla says:

    Some additions for Tesla’s good news (the American electric car maker) they not only turned a profit (that was forecast) they beat that forecast by producing more cars than expected & booking more orders than forecast.

    They also announced that they are dropping the 40 kWh battery pack size version of the Tesla S – less than 4% of orders are for that version, it doesn’t make financial sense for the company to develop & produce that pack with so few orders, so Tesla is going to put the 60-kWh pack in the orders for the 40kWh models and restrict its use to just 40kWh (which Tesla will be able to upgrade to use the full 60 kWh with a software update if the owners decides they want to “buy” that upgrade later).

    Most orders are for the 250-300 mile range 85 kWh pack version of the Model S, followed by the 60 kWh pack version. Tesla originally thought the 40kWh pack version would be the primary seller once it started shipping later this summer because of the significantly lower price.

  5. BillD says:

    So, does Exxon buy out the property owners? If this happened in my yard, I would not like to live with the toxins that would remain after an intensive clean up. I am sure that property values will go way down even after a clean up.

  6. Sasparilla says:

    Nice article Spikes, makes one sit back and contemplate the big picture and where we’re going.

  7. Sasparilla says:

    “Radical geoengineering projects may need to get some sort of approval before people decide to try them.”

    Understatement of the century…

  8. Sasparilla says:

    Looking at some of these details for our new Energy Secretary nominee – his pedigree looks like something more appropriate for the industry friendly role of Sec. of Interior (i.e. Ken Salazar):

    Worked as a consultant for BP from 2005 thru 2012. Is a board member of the “King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center in Saudi Arabia”, is bullish on fracking and promises to stay away from decisions that affect companies he worked with for a whole 1 year!

    Ugh, somebody convince Obama to keep Chu in place, please….

  9. I’d like somebody like Mark Jacobson from Stanford.

  10. Sasparilla says:

    Boy John that looks great, oh, if we only had Dr. Jacobson as an option…

  11. Mark Shapiro says:

    By the way, Prof. Jacobson’s study of using wind power to replace fossil fuels is especially relevant in light of Tesla’s profitability . . .

  12. catman306 says:

    Geo-engineering without ‘some sort of approval’ may then become a crime against humanity.

  13. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    A bit disingenuous, I’d say. Since when do the proles get any say in affairs? Sham elections every few years, with identical parties all bought by the money power, and whose leaders lie through their teeth, deliberately misrepresent and disguise their true intentions, then, once elected, they serve their rich masters first, last and always. All overseen by a ruthlessly malevolent MSM propaganda system that specialises in disinformation and whipping up hysterias with its hate and fearmongering. If there is a quid in it, or the chance to use it as some means of hostile aggression against the latest ‘threat to our Freedom!’, geo-engineering will happen, and all those opposing it will be denounced and vilified. That is, business as usual.

  14. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    It’s kicking sand in the face of the Greenies time, all year round!

  15. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    I’m only surprised that Obama didn’t nominate Richard ‘Dilbit’ Cheney- in the interests of ‘reaching out’ to the Thuggees, of course.

  16. ozajh says:

    The magic screw is alive and well!!

    (Old time mainframe programmers will know what I mean.)

  17. catman306 says:

    This new tech sounds very interesting:
    (a very efficient reflector is coupled with a radiator of heat energy in selected wavelengths.)

    New Type of Solar Structure Cools Buildings in Full Sunlight

    Mar. 27, 2013 — A Stanford team has designed an entirely new form of cooling panel that works even when the sun is shining. Such a panel could vastly improve the daylight cooling of buildings, cars and other structures by radiating sunlight back into the chilly vacuum of space.