DailyDirt: The Risks Of Fossil Fuels

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Relatively cheap fossil fuels allow everyone to enjoy comfortable lifestyles. But every so often, there seem to be horrible stories of environmental damage caused by our continuing addiction to underground hydrocarbons. Pulling oil, coal and gas out of the ground is probably going to be the way we get most of our energy for the foreseeable future, so it's just a bit worrying that we haven't quite figured out how to really mitigate oil spills and other accidents. Fortunately, Mother Nature hasn't taken full revenge (yet?) on us. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 27th, 2014 @ 6:28pm

    oil spills all the time...

    how many dinosaurs were there?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 27th, 2014 @ 6:30pm

    "it's just a bit worrying that we haven't quite figured out how to really mitigate oil spills and other accidents."

    Rather than "mitigate", how about "prevent"?
    Oh yeah, that might cost a little bit so it's not gonna happen. Corners are cut, warnings are ignored. Damn the environment, full speed ahead ... they don't make us pay the fines anyway. WooHooo - party time!

    We're sorry your family member was killed due to our negligence - here have a pizza.

     

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    Pixelation, Mar 27th, 2014 @ 10:22pm

    Why coal?

    The lovely thing is most people don't realize coal ash is more radio active than nuclear waste, or that there is a lot of mercury put into our environment from coal. Let's not even talk about the CO2 from coal.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 29th, 2014 @ 9:21am

    Start producing durable products, dammit. You will need way less fuel to begin with.

    Now turns out, Lexmark invented the whole chip to make sure you can use their toner only once. And even have a nerve to sue competitor for inventing chip which overrides the scam and allows multiple uses (Lexmark International, Inc. v. Static Control Components, Inc.).

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 29th, 2014 @ 12:29pm

    Again, the tighter the energy policy ==> the greater the already disproportionately male deaths at the bottom of the economy from higher living costs.

    Michael Ho still doesn't care how many more innocent boys at the margins of society die right now just so long as he personally can feel better about the lives of strangers far in the future.

     

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