A Preview Of Coming Attractions

So much for Homeland Security. From Russia, without love, hitting us where it really hurts.

Foreign hackers targeted U.S. water plant in apparent malicious cyber attack, expert says

Foreign hackers caused a pump at an Illinois water plant to fail last week, according to a preliminary state report. Experts said the cyber-attack, if confirmed, would be the first known to have damaged one of the systems that supply Americans with water, electricity and other essentials of modern life.

Companies and government agencies that rely on the Internet have for years been routine targets of hackers, but most incidents have resulted from attempts to steal information or interrupt the functioning of Web sites. The incident in Springfield, Ill., would mark a departure because it apparently caused physical destruction.

See also:
Was U.S. water utility hacked last week?
Foreign cyber attack hits US infrastructure: expert
Illinois Water Utility Pump Destroyed After Hack
H(ackers)2O: Attack on City Water Station Destroys Pump
Cyberattack investigation centers on Curran-Gardner water pump
Feds investigating whether Illinois “pump failure” was cyber attack
Broken water pump in Illinois caused by cyber-attack from Russia, claims expert, but DOH denies terrorism
Cyberattack on Illinois water utility may confirm Stuxnet warnings
Water utility hackers destroy pump, expert says
UPDATE 3-U.S. probes cyber attack on water system

The SCADA vulnerabilities to a remote attack have been known for years. The solution is real simple, DON’T CONNECT YOUR CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE TO THE INTERNET!

/how hard is that, is it going to take a disaster for us to learn this basic lesson?

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Piss On Cap And Trade, Flood Congress With Urine Power!

Energy independence is within our grasp, sometimes the simplest solutions to problems are right in front of us. With the imminent possibility of cheap, clean, unlimited hydrogen power, why do we need to rush through the economically suicidal political hackery known as Cap and Trade? Hell, instead of bitching about cow farts and how to tax them, we should be embracing and lauding the cow for being able supply hot water to 19 homes with it’s urine.

Forget gas, batteries — pee is new power source

Urine-powered cars, homes and personal electronic devices could be available in six months with new technology developed by scientists from Ohio University.

Using a nickel-based electrode, the scientists can create large amounts of cheap hydrogen from urine that could be burned or used in fuel cells. “One cow can provide enough energy to supply hot water for 19 houses,” said Gerardine Botte, a professor at Ohio University developing the technology. “Soldiers in the field could carry their own fuel.”

Pee power is based on hydrogen, the most common element in the universe but one that has resisted efforts to produce, store, transport and use economically.

Storing pure hydrogen gas requires high pressure and low temperature. New nanomaterials with high surface areas can adsorb hydrogen, but have yet to be produced on a commercial scale.

Chemically binding hydrogen to other elements, like oxygen to create water, makes it easier to store and transport, but releasing the hydrogen when it’s needed usually requires financially prohibitive amounts of electricity.

By attaching hydrogen to another element, nitrogen, Botte and her colleagues realized that they can store hydrogen without the exotic environmental conditions, and then release it with less electricity, 0.037 Volts instead of the 1.23 Volts needed for water.

One molecule of urea, a major component of urine, contains four atoms of hydrogen bonded to two atoms of nitrogen. Stick a special nickel electrode into a pool of urine, apply an electrical current, and hydrogen gas is released.

Botte’s current prototype measures 3x3x1 inch and can produce up to 500 milliwatts of power. However, Botte and her colleagues are actively trying to commercialize several larger versions of the technology.

A fuel cell, urine-powered vehicle could theoretically travel 90 miles per gallon. A refrigerator-sized unit could produce one kilowatt of energy for about $5,000, although this price is a rough estimate, says Botte.

“The waste products from say a chicken farm could be used to produce the energy needed to run the farm,” said John Stickney, a chemist and professor at the University of Georgia.

For livestock farmers who are required by law to pool their animals’ waste, large scale prototypes could turn that urine into power within six months.

Smaller versions likely won’t be available until after that, so the average consumer probably shouldn’t start saving their pee just yet.

“It is not a solution for all our cars,” said Stickney, “but it is the kind of process which will find many applications and will make for a greener world.”

See also:
Urine turned into hydrogen fuel
Catalyst releases hydrogen from the ultimate renewable source: Urine
Making cars a wee bit more efficient by turning urine into hydrogen
Eco Tech: Hydrogen fuel from urine to power cars tomorrow
Scientists attempting to harness ‘pee power’
New Definition for Biofuels: Using Urine to Produce Hydrogen
Urine: The Hydrogen Fuel of the Future?
ZeroFuel Car Uses Pee For Hydrogen Power
On the road to cheaper fuel: Russ College offers an ammonia alternative to petroleum
Ohio University
Gerardine Botte
Dr Botte’s Profile
Gerardine Botte
Gerardine Botte – Patents

According to Investors Business Daily, one company, American Hydrogen Corporation, is already working to commercialize this technology.

So, what’s it going to be?

/let Congress piss on us with outrageous Cap and Trade energy taxes and Democrat theivery or take matters into our own hands and urinate our way to energy independence?

The Democrat War On Electricity

Feinstein: Don’t Spoil Our Desert With Solar Panels

California’s Mojave Desert may seem ideally suited for solar energy production, but concern over what several proposed projects might do to the aesthetics of the region and its tortoise population is setting up a potential clash between conservationists and companies seeking to develop renewable energy.

Nineteen companies have submitted applications to build solar or wind facilities on a parcel of 500,000 desert acres, but Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Friday such development would violate the spirit of what conservationists had intended when they donated much of the land to the public.

Feinstein said Friday she intends to push legislation that would turn the land into a national monument, which would allow for existing uses to continue while preventing future development.

So, we’re going to bankrupt the coal industry. . .

And we can’t drill for our own oil . . .

And Obama’s sitting on Yucca Mountain, running out the clock on nuclear power . . .

And now no Democrat wants solar panels or wind turbines in their backyard. What’s left, spitballs?

See also:
Feinstein seeks block solar power from desert land
Feinstein Argues Against Mojave Desert Solar Power Plans
Feinstein seeks block solar power from desert land
Feinstein tries to halt solar projects on donated land
The Wind and the Willful
Kennedy faces fight on Cape Wind
Kerry offers bill to ban new coal plants with old tech
John Edwards: Ban on coal-fired power plants
Obama blocks offshore drilling
Obama wrong on offshore drilling
Nuking Clean Power
Budget Outline Scales Back Funds for Yucca Mountain
Mountain of Trouble
Yucca Mountain Repository

See a trend here? What good is the mythical ‘smart’ power grid if there’s no power generation source to connect it to?

/stock up on candles