Thursday, June 30, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
Tropical wave forms in Bay of Campeche. May or may not strengthen into Tropical storm...
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
It's early in the Hurricane season and the eastern Pacific off Mexico has already produced two storms - Beatriz is pounding Acapulco so don't plan a trip there this week!
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Too bad the businesses in Vancouver did not have Armor Glass security film on their store fronts - it would have kept the rioters from breaking in and carrying off inventory.
Friday, June 17, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
So HOW do you get both hurricane and burglar protection AND solar HEAT relief? With Armor Glass security film. Check out this 30 second video...
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Friday, June 10, 2011
WHAT causes a house to explode in a hurricane or tornado? What technologies are available to protect occupants of buildings facing the ultimate threats from Mother Nature’s relentless attacks to burglars and intensifying solar heat 365 days/year?
The latest Hurricane reports are for an “above average” season for hurricanes threating the nearly 54% of our population who live near the coasts. By 2025 two thirds of the world’s population will live within 100 miles of a coast. This comes as we have an abnormal DOUBLING of deadly tornadoes in the U.S. The AP reports that the conditions this season are similar to 2005 – which produced Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, storms that Gulf Coast resident still remember and fear.
The week’s Global American radio program explores these questions and provides some answers. HOW do we armor our spaces (houses and work) from these increasingly dangerous threats? What does each technology achieve versus its cost? What technology has been overlooked that could save property and lives?
We have been witnessing some of the most dangerous, weird weather not just in the U.S. but worldwide -- breaking decade’s old, and historic, records globally. From freak Tornado monsters a mile wide with multiple vortexes staying on the ground for hundreds of miles, turning cities like Tuscaloosa and Joplin into matchwood while sucking debris 18,000 feet into the air and dropping it over 60 miles away.
We have seen unprecedented freak tornadoes appearing in Massachusetts – fierce hurricanes and droughts worldwide, sweeping from Australia in the southern hemisphere to Russia in the north. The first four days of June Houston had record 104 and 105 degree temperatures. This week Minneapolis hit 103 (how close to Canada can you get?) and New York 99 degrees – August weather -- and it is not even summer yet!
Are people prepared for the bigger storms generated by the greater heat of an Atlantic ocean that is 2 degrees hotter, which produces larger storms? Is your personal space secure from the increasingly freak storms of greater intensity? Or from human intrusion?
Get the facts, and solutions, on this timely, unique program. Even FEMA has benefited from --and funds -- hazard mitigation technology that it fails to mention it in its preparedness reports!
Will global warming, regardless of the debate of whether it is “normal or manmade,” make today’s freakishly hot and violent weather the “norm” we have to prepare for?
For details and answers, tune into the Global American radio program on Saturday at 9 am central US time on Business 1110 AM, streamed on www.Business1110KTEK.com and Podcast 24/7 on www.GlobalAmerican.org (click on ‘favorite program’ and click the title above).
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Tuesday, June 7, 2011
With just a few days left in the session, here are some of the key environmentally-related bills still moving.
Solar Leasing Bill (SB 981) - passed House. Once the bill's author - Sen. John Carona - concurs with the House amendments, it'll go to the Governor
State Energy Plan (HB 3595) - The bill to create a state energy plan was amended on to HB 3595 (a good energy efficiency bill) in the Senate, but without the anti-renewable energy language ("section P"). Other amendments to HB 3595 include the language from SB 981 (see above), language to create an Energy Efficiency Coordinating Council and improvements to the Power to Choose website. This bill will go to conference committee and with the coal industry gunning to kill it, its fate is uncertain.
HOAs and Solar (HB 362) limits the power of homeowner associations to restrict solar installations. It has some problematic language, but hopefully it helps make it easier for people to install solar. - sent to Governor.
TCEQ Sunset (HB 2694). The bill raises the cap on penalties up to $25,000 a day for polluters, but it makes some changes to the penalty policy that will blunt the impact of that change. The conference committee rejected an amendment by Rep. Chisum that would have shifted the burden of proof from the polluter to a citizen contesting a permit, but accepted another Chisum amendment which weakens the rights of Texans to influence upcoming decisions about mercury pollution from power plants. - on its way to Governor
Mandatory TV Recycling (SB 329) - on it was to Governor
A number of energy efficiency bills are on their way to the Governor's desk. These are mostly pretty modest bills, but still a good step forward for efficiency:
Utility Energy Efficiency Incentives (SB 1125) - sent to Governor
Green State Buildings (HB 51) - will soon be sent to Governor
Local Government Energy Conservation (SB 898) - sent to Governor
Municipal and Cooperative Utilities Efficiency Program Reporting (SB 924) passed House and the bill's author - Sen. John Carona - either needs to concur with the House amendments or call for a conference committee.
Non-ERCOT Utility Efficiency (SB 1150) - sent to Governor
Energy Efficiency for Churches and Non-profits (HB 2077) - sent to Governor
Energy Efficiency Performance Contracts for Schools (HB 1728) - sent to Governor
Light Pollution (HB 2857) regulates outdoor lighting of municipalities and counties located within a 57 mile radius of any major astronomical observatory of the McDonald Observatory - passed Senate and Rep. Gallego needs to either concur with their amendment (pushing back implementation date to January) or go to conference.
Limiting Rights of Texans to Fight Greenhouse Gas Pollution (SB 875) Rep. Bonnen added an amendment to make this bad bill even worse, but the Dallas Morning News reports indicate that provision will be stripped out. - in conference committee.
Energy-wasting Light Bulbs (HB 2510) - sent to Governor
Monday, June 6, 2011
Hurricane season has barely started and today there is a 40% chance of our first tropical storm forming south off Cuba - not way off in the Atlantic. If it does form it will be "Arlene."