Xyleco invents new process to extract sugars from biomass using electron accelerators

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Biomass offers so much promise for cleaner burning fuel because it’s renewable and plentiful. But thus far, the established chemical processes used to extract the sugars from biomass have been very expensive and required considerable energy.

In this report from 60 Minutes, we learn that an eccentric inventor named Marshall Medoff may have come up with a groundbreaking process to solve this problem:

What Masterman helped implement was Medoff’s novel idea of using these large blue machines called electron accelerators to break apart nature’s chokehold on the valuable sugars inside plant life – or biomass. Machines like these are typically used to strengthen materials such as wiring and cable. Medoff’s invention was to use the accelerator the opposite way – to break biomass apart.

The result isn’t just cleaner fuel, but they’ve also unlocked a sugar with fewer calories that won’t harm your teeth, along with plastics that are biodegradable.

Watch the report, and you may witness a glimpse into a brighter future for clean energy.

  

Poll: Americans support action on climate change

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A recent NBC News poll shows that most Americans want action on climate change. This will be critical as Democrats are poised to take over the House of Representatives.

That figure incorporates 85 percent of Democrats, 79 percent of independents, 71 percent of women, 61 percent of men and strong majorities of all racial groups. At least 55 percent agree on the need for action in all regions of the country, and at all age, education and income levels.

Resistance comes only from the one-third of Americans who identify themselves as Republicans. A 56 percent majority of the GOP says either that concern about climate change is unwarranted or that more research is necessary before taking action.

Democrats would be wise to focus immediately on popular legislation that can pass quickly and put pressure on Republicans and the President to go along, such as extending subsidies for green energy that are scheduled to expire.

  

Miami’s serious water problems include drinking water

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Miami’s coastline is beautiful, but the water surrounding this tropical paradise is becoming more of a problem with each passing year. Most of us are familiar with the issues of global warming and rising seas levels. Even the climate change deniers can’t ignore the periodic flooding on the streets of Miami Beach. But the problems facing Miami run much deeper as explained by this article, as the drinking water for South Florida is also at risk.

  

Scott Pruitt will gut climate change initiatives

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Based on his track record in Oklahoma, where he basically carried water for the oil and gas industries, many expect that new EPA chief Scott Pruitt will be hostile to initiatives to curb climate change.

His comments this morning reinforce that fear:

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said Thursday he does not believe carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to global warming.

“I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do and there’s tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact, so no, I would not agree that it’s a primary contributor to the global warming that we see ,” he told CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”

“But we don’t know that yet … We need to continue the debate and continue the review and the analysis,” he added.

Pruitt’s view is at odds with the opinion of NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The results of this appointment by Donald Trump will likely be devastating to the environment.

  

Will Trump hurt progress in addressing global warming?

With the stunning victory of Donald Trump, all progress made towards addressing the issue of global warming is now in doubt.

Trump has been hostile to this notion, basically lining up with climate change deniers. It’s also clear that Trump is not a fan of business regulation, and has promised to unleash more drilling along with pushing for more coal.

On the other hand, we’ve seen that Trump will abandon campaign rhetoric without a second thought. He’s done that with many issues, and he recently acknowledged that human activity may be having an effect on global warming.

So basically we’re left with a tremendous amount of uncertainty.

  

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