Department Of Energy

Radioactive Plutonium Detected In Air Near Hanford Nuclear Facility

Health officials have confirmed low plutonium levels in the air near the Hanford nuclear reservation. State of Washington's Department of Health's (DOH) workers analyzed samples taken during a June 8 demolition at the highly contaminated facility, and detected levels of contamination near the Rattlesnake Barricade.

Fusion: Will Humanity Ever Harness Star Power?

Fusion is the epitome of “high risk, high reward” scientific research. If we were to ever successfully harness the forces that power the stars, mankind could have access to power that is almost literally too cheap to meter. However, reaching that goal will be a very expensive, long-term commitment – and it’s also very possible that we may never achieve a commercially viable method of fusion power generation.

US Oil Rig Count Drops For First Time In 24 Weeks As Trump Unveils US-Mexico Petroleum Pipeline

Last week saw US crude production decline by the most since Aug 2016 (perhaps affected by 'Cindy') and given the lagged response to WTI prices, many expected the oil rig count to drop this week. As WTI heads for its 7th up-day in a row - the longest streak in 6 months - it is supported as the US oil rig count dropped 2 to 756, the first drop in almost 6 months.

Frontrunning: June 16

  • Russia may have killed ISIS leader Baghdadi (Reuters)
  • About 4,000 more US troops to go to Afghanistan (AP)
  • Insurers Look to Ramp Up Premiums in Health Law Exchanges (WSJ)
  • U.N. envoy urges North Korea to explain why freed U.S. man is in coma (Reuters)
  • Wal-Mart Offers a Refuge for Sellers Tired of Amazon  (BBG)

More Solar Jobs Is A Curse, Not A Blessing

Citing U.S. Department of Energy data, the New York Times recently reported that the solar industry employs far more Americans than wind or coal. This is supposed to be a good thing, according to the Times. In reality, it’s not a good thing at all, and certainly not a positive trend. In fact, the job numbers actually underscore how wasteful, inefficient and unproductive solar power actually is.

...And Now For The Bad News

This is the most important thing to understand about US federal government spending: the built-in costs are so extreme that they can’t possibly make ends meet. And the problem becomes worse each year...

Is Communist Speech Free Speech?

Last month, former Vermont governor Howard Dean announced that "hate speech is not protected by the first amendment." If Howard Dean is looking to condemn something that has perpetuated hate to an unmatched level throughout much of the last century, the answer should be plain as day...