How to Cut Carbon Emissions and Not the Economy

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President Obama has directed the EPA to issue new rules to the 600 coal burning power plants in the United States. This fiat move under the Clean Air Act is intended to reduce carbon emissions 30% and allow the U.S. to meet United Nations negotiated carbon emissions from 2009.

Needless to say, coal states have cried foul and the Chamber of Commerce says this will negatively impact our economy to the tune of $50 billion per year.

Keep in mind that the U.S. has already reduced carbon emissions from the 2005 benchmark of 6 billion metric tons of CO2 to 5.29 billion metric tons of CO2 in 2012 (source: USDOE), mostly through the switch to cheap natural gas.

I want clean air and clean water for me and my children as much as anyone.

Coal is a dirty fuel source. It creates pollution during mining, pollution during transport, pollution during the energy production, and pollution in the waste storage.

Coal is the number one source of toxic mercury pollution. Mercury is an acute neurotoxin that builds up in the environment and builds up in your body over time. Coal is also a major source of sulfur dioxide pollution.

But is this the right move? Are we focusing on the right issues? Is carbon a greater threat to my children’s health or is mercury and sulfur?

Toxic Pollution

I care more about the immediate effects of toxic pollution like mercury and sulfur, more than the debatable topic of carbon pollution.

Shockingly, nearly 30% of coal power plants have no controls for toxic air pollution which we can quickly fix in a way that is economically sound. The coal power plant pollution chain can readily be cleaned up.

For example, Constellation Energy has a very large, 1,300 megawatt coal power plant just outside Baltimore called the Brandon Shores plant. They quickly built a scrubber to meet new Maryland rules, breaking ground in June 2007 and completing the work in September, 2009. There were up to 1,385 construction workers building this upgrade, at a cost $875 million, and the power plant remains profitable.

The scrubber – a large chemical plant next to the plant – cuts 95 percent of the sulfur dioxide and 90 percent of the mercury. 

So why did the President leave out cleaning up toxic pollution? Why not talk about carbon capture and storage (CCS) or geothermal power?

Sadly, neither is likely to get the attention they deserve in this heated debate.

Carbon Capture and Storage

CCS is, according to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), “where carbon dioxide is captured at its source (e.g., power plants, industrial processes) and subsequently stored in non-atmospheric reservoirs (e.g., depleted oil and gas reservoirs, unmineable coal seams, deep saline formations, deep ocean).”

There are numerous CCS projects in the works, but it has been a secondary approach to carbon emissions. A properly functioning CCS power plant produces fewer carbon emissions than even a natural gas plant. Should this technology mature, retrofits to existing coal plants would become viable.

Geothermal Energy

The holy grail of reducing any energy production pollution that has been in use, and widely ignored, for over 50 years is geothermal energy.

Geothermal, simply put, uses the heat in the earth a couple of kilometers down (shallower than some oil wells) to heat water, which makes steam, which turns turbines, producing electricity. Take a look HERE for a video and description.

Any environmentalist who actually cares about what they claim, should be pushing geothermal far before wind or solar. Made in the USA, reliable (even more than a coal plant), doesn’t require any exotic materials or technology, and produces little to no pollution, geothermal is really the greatest answer to our energy needs.

Why isn’t the President talking about geothermal? Money. Too many of his donors have vested interests in the false promise of solar and wind technologies (which are perfectly fine for off-grid uses). There simply isn’t enough money to be made by his donors producing reliable, clean geothermal power.

If this administration or those in the environmental movement really want to reduce emissions of any pollutants, they need to look at how the economy will function in a manner that supports many aspects of our country and actually admit what is the truth in their goals.

They Stick

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Listen to  Ethan’s local show on KGO AM 810 in San Francisco, 10 am to 1 pm Pacific Time, online at iHeart Radio HERE, studio number is (415)808-0810 At 11 am there will be a segment regarding the dangerous, used needles infecting the beaches and parks of Santa Cruz, California.

And then the Ethan Bearman Show with the latest in national and international current events, trends, and politics. Plus a special interview with Robert Mazur, DEA undercover agent, author of The Infiltrator: My Secret Life Inside the Dirty Banks Behind Pablo Escobar’s Medellín Cartel“, a real estate update with Candy Evans, and The Buzz with Tod Hardin. On the Genesis Communications Network nationwide 7-9 pm Eastern, 6-8 pm Central, 5-7 pm Mountain, 4-6 pm Pacific on your favorite talk radio station or online.

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Heartbleed Bug Demonstrates Deep Vulnerabilities of the Web

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If you haven’t yet heard, a massive vulnerability in a key piece of security software was announced this week. Researchers call it the Heartbleed bug.

Simply put, it is not your fault. Web servers at banks, airlines, and shopping sites use a type of encryption called Secure Sockets Layer or SSL. Your browser will display a lock icon in the address bar and maybe even change colors to green demonstrating you have a secure connection. Many websites use a piece of Open Source software, meaning nobody owns it and everyone can see the code, called OpenSSL.

OpenSSL is where the vulnerability was found. The problem is that 2/3 of all internet sites using SSL to secure the communication between your browser and their server use OpenSSL.

Why is that a problem? This bug means hackers can intercept what is supposed to be encrypted information between your browser and the bank’s server. In other words, what is supposed to be unreadable is readily readable to criminals.

And it gets worse.

In the past 24 hours or so word has leaked out that the core equipment used for the internet itself and most corporate networks has this bug too.  According to Network World, Cisco and Juniper routers are affected.

This is where it gets really ugly.

Fixing the OpenSSL bug on a website is relatively easy and the majority of websites have already put in the patches. Tracking down every router, taking it offline, and installing patches from the vendors is a very time consuming and difficult process that might take months.

Initially I wasn’t too concerned about you and me. This latest round of news truly has me worried and you need to take action now.

I am now suggesting to you and everyone you know that you take the time to change your password on every bank, shopping, travel, etc. website where you transact business with username/password and/or credit card information.

And then do it again in a week and then again in a month.

Too difficult to remember all of your passwords? There are tools to help you besides sticky notes on the side of your monitor.

Protect your passwords using software like Password Safe1Password, or pwSafe. Those applications are a securely encrypted safe in which to store all of your passwords. Use the random password generator in the software for creating your passwords.

When you use software like those three, use an entire password phrase as the master password. Something you can remember like the old “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog”, but make sure to use spaces and capital letters, even use the quotation marks if you’d like.

Here are some basic rules:
•        Always use a password, never let a password be blank
•        Always change a password immediately after receiving one that was given to you
•        Use as many characters as possible when creating a password, don’t just use eight use 16 or 20 or more
•        Use different passwords everywhere, at least for sensitive information like banks or anywhere they might store your credit card information

UPDATE 4/12/14 11:30 PDT – McAfee has a handy tool for testing websites for the Heartbleed vulnerability. You can use it to test a site you might visit BEFORE you go to the website. Click HERE for McAfee’s tool

Why Go There?

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Applesauce Cinnamon Sour Cream Bread Recipe

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Those who follow me on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter might have seen pictures of my baked goods. It is time for me to start sharing my recipes.

I love apples, applesauce, cinnamon, and bread. So this is a favorite when it is raining out (or sunshine). On all of my recipes I use organic ingredients when available and organic, free-range eggs when available.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

One 5″x9″ bread pan, I line with parchment paper but you could butter or spray

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softer than room temp (I usually stick in the oven for two minutes while it pre-heats)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup turbinado sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 & 3/4 cups flour
  • pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon cinnamon (to your taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

In a bowl combine all dry ingredients

Using a standing mixer on low, combine the wet ingredients until well mixed. Then slowly (I do it in five parts) add in the dry ingredients until well mixed. Pour mixture into bread pan and bake for ~50 minutes. Remove from oven.

I love the parchment paper for easy removal from the bread pan and then cool until you can touch before cutting with a bread knife. Or just dig in with your hands and enjoy!

Everywhere

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And then the Ethan Bearman Show on the Genesis Communications Network nationwide 7-9 pm Eastern, 6-8 pm Central, 5-7 pm Mountain, 4-6 pm Pacific on your favorite talk radio station or online

  • NSA is everywhere
  • Interview with internationally award-winning journalist and author Doug Saunders
  • Candy’s Dirt with Candy Evans
  • Professor charged in attacking pro-life teen
  • NY Times hates Jews
  • The Buzz with Tod Hardin
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It Could Be

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  • Latest on the missing Malaysian Airlines jet
  • Bugs in your food
  • Candy’s Dirt with Candy Evans
  • President Obama changing overtime rules with executive order
  • The Buzz with Tod Hardin

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American Red Cross Blood Drive Success

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Thank you to all of the listeners who showed up to the blood drive YESTERDAY! From the Red Cross: Thank you again for everything you did yesterday! The show was amazing – fun and entertaining, but still very informative and educational in regard to all the lines of Red Cross service in the community. The drive brought in 29 pints of blood and your show was the main reason it came in over goal (107%).You Continue Reading →

KSCO Presents and the American Red Cross Blood Drive

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Join Ethan at the American Red Cross Santa Cruz Blood Drive event on Monday, March 3rd from 10am to 4 pm. KSCO Presents Ethan Bearman will be live, on-air broadcasting from the event from noon to 2 pm and KO will do a play-by-play as Ethan donates blood! Come by and say hello while saving a life and donate a pint of blood.

Unions

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  • A big vote for the UAW at VW in Tennessee
  • That pesky civil war in Syria is creating new challenges
  • Did you destroy the planet with a Valentine’s Day card?
  • Candy’s Dirt with Candy Evans, why houses are up for auction and not sale
  • Comcast/Time Warner merger discussion with Adam Leipzig, President of Entertainment Media Partners
  • The Buzz with Tod Hardin

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Big Brother Political Advertising With Your Music

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Enjoying your music selections on Pandora? According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, get ready for targeted political ads based on your listening choices.

From the article “Pandora Knows if You Are a Republican”: “The company matches election results with subscribers’ musical preferences by ZIP Code. Then, it labels individual users based on their musical tastes and whether those artists are more frequently listened to in Democratic or Republican areas. Users don’t divulge their political affiliations when they sign up for Pandora.

“Targeting users is basically the currency in data right now,” says Jack Krawczyk, Pandora’s director of product management.

In summary, if you use the Pandora app, they track what you listen to and use that information for advertising revenue. The new twist is the angle of political advertising.

As if you needed another reason to be concerned about your privacy, after the NSA, Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Skype, Microsoft, etc revelations!

Time for a switch back to good old purchased music playlists on your mp3 playing device or terrestrial music radio. Maybe you’ll even find some new bands out there like White Denim and get hooked on great new music being made every day while avoiding the prying technological eyes of companies who spy on you for profit!

Ethan with Steve and Austin of White Denim

Ethan with Steve and Austin of White Denim

Work

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  • What do we know about the unemployment numbers
  • President Obama sends bundlers jobs
  • Post Office may fund itself
  • Sochi Winter Olympics are on with new sports
  • Scared of this winter yet?
  • Interview with Jonny Ferrari, managing director of the National Poker Tour

Tune in to The Ethan Bearman Show, Sundays 7-9 pm Eastern, 6-8 pm Central, 5-7 pm Mountain, 4-6 pm Pacific on your favorite talk radio station or online

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Interviews on KION-TV Central Coast News

Reporter Cassandra Arsenault from KION Central Coast News interviewed Ethan regarding two different topics on February 4, 2014

Water Rates (starting at 1:40)

Santa Cruz County Needle Exchange (waiting for link)

Immigration Future

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  • Maryland Mall shooting updates
  • JP Morgan’s CEO Jamie Dimon gets a raise
  • Interview with Doug Saunders, award winning journalist, author of Arrival City and The Myth of the Muslim Tide.

    Doug Saunders, photo credit: Jonathan Worth

    Doug Saunders, photo credit: Jonathan Worth

  • When will the Earth finally die?
  • Palestine should allow settlers
  • Scientists claim new info regarding the tropics
  • Discussion with Abbas Hashmi, CEO of Green Card Capital, regarding the new EB-5 immigrant visa program

Tune in to The Ethan Bearman Show, Sundays 7-9 pm Eastern, 6-8 pm Central, 5-7 pm Mountain, 4-6 pm Pacific on your favorite talk radio station or online

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In Honor Of

Listen to Hot Talk 560 KSFO on all week this week as Ethan Guest Hosts the 9 am to noon Pacific time talk show in the San Francisco Bay Area!

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  • The UN and EU are recognizing something about energy?
  • Interview with Dr. Clarence B. Jones, political advisor, counsel and draft speechwriter for the Reverend Dr, Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Dr. Clarence B. Jones

    Dr. Clarence B. Jones

  • Tammany Hall, virtuous?
  • Is another housing bubble on the horizon?
  • Scientists discover something new in the ice
  • Catch up with the president of Entertainment Media Partners and Publisher/Managing Editor of Cultural Weekly, Adam Leipzig, at the Sundance Film Festival

Tune in to The Ethan Bearman Show, Sundays 7-9 pm Eastern, 6-8 pm Central, 5-7 pm Mountain, 4-6 pm Pacific on your favorite talk radio station or online

The studio number to call-in during the show is 1-800-259-5791 or email me radio@ethanbearman.com

If your local station doesn’t carry the show yet, please be sure to call and ask for them to broadcast The Ethan Bearman Show on Sunday evenings!

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