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  • GT Advanced Technologies Sapphire Materials Business Goes Far Beyond Apple [View article]
    Long GTAT, but I am wondering about the environmental implications. Can you recycle sapphire?
    Sep 19, 2014. 07:35 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Geothermal Stocks Warming Up [View article]
    I got too burnt by Nevada Geothermal to invest anymore. But as an alternative energy enthusiast, I am hope these companies find success.
    Nov 27, 2012. 11:47 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • After all the controversy over the Northern Gateway project’s risks to the environment and its uneven distribution of the benefits, Enbridge (ENB) is appealing to the greater good - likening it to the Canadian Pacific Railway and St. Lawrence Seaway - in hearings before a review panel. The question is whether it can sway narrow interests that have hardened over the years. [View news story]
    Is the environment a "narrow interest"?

    Really?
    Sep 5, 2012. 10:49 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BP (BP +0.6%) opens modestly higher after the Sunday Times reported it is nearing a £7.4B ($15B) settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice as it seeks to draw a line under the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The deal reportedly would resolve all criminal and civil penalties, removing the overhang of a lengthy and costly legal battle.  [View news story]
    Obama should have taken away BP America's corporate charter, in effect, using the 'corporate death penalty'. Of course, like most American politicians these days, he is SOLD OUT and would not challenge corporate power like that. BP will not learn anything from this. They will treat this settlement just as cost of doing business.
    Jul 16, 2012. 10:01 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The issue of legality may have been settled on Obamacare, but the debate about the law is just starting to heat up. Republican Rand Paul calls the decision "bone-headed," insisting that "The whole thing remains unconstitutional." Meanwhile, Democrat Nancy Pelosi went out on Twitter to declare "Victory for the American people!" One thing remains for sure: The uncertainty that has plagued the markets over this bill for the past two years shows no signs of abating any time soon.  [View news story]
    Dr. Stein made her position crystal clear, saying that, “We must implement a publicly administered non-profit system with no premiums, no deductibles, no co-pays and no co-insurance. This kind of system is proven. It is providing affordable health care all across the developed world, and providing better health outcomes. It's the only fiscally sound approach to health care costs because it eliminates the inefficiencies of private insurance corporations, and provides effective cost controls. And it can’t reasonably be challenged on constitutional grounds."

    http://bit.ly/N07cnL
    Jun 28, 2012. 09:50 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Canadian province of Alberta suffers its second major oil spill this month, as Enbridge's (ENB +0.5%) Elk Point pumping station leaks 230K liters of heavy crude. The Energy Resources Conservation Board says the oil has not spilled into any waterways; ENB says the cause of the leak appears to be a failure of a flange gasket.  [View news story]
    Disastrous and wrong
    Jun 20, 2012. 11:13 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ormat Technologies: Shame About The Price [View article]
    Got burned by Nevada Geothermal. Its going to be a while before I take another swing at a geothermal stock outside of what I own in ETF and mutual fund shares.
    May 28, 2012. 03:14 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Sierra Club says it will block Dominion Resources' (D +0.6%) plan to export 1B cubic feet per day of Marcellus Shale liquefied natural gas through the company's Cove Point, Md. terminal. A previous legal settlement gives Sierra Club the ability to reject any significant changes to the purpose or footprint of the existing terminal. (earnings)  [View news story]
    http://bit.ly/K6g78U
    Apr 27, 2012. 06:28 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Sierra Club says it will block Dominion Resources' (D +0.6%) plan to export 1B cubic feet per day of Marcellus Shale liquefied natural gas through the company's Cove Point, Md. terminal. A previous legal settlement gives Sierra Club the ability to reject any significant changes to the purpose or footprint of the existing terminal. (earnings)  [View news story]
    Real world?

    http://wapo.st/I8vwAq

    Excerpt:

    Perhaps you remember the Dominion Power print ads that ran last year. Big, glossy spreads showing seagrass bending in the breeze, with a picture of a wind turbine and the words, “Natural. Abundant. Renewable. Wind. That’s why we’re harnessing it to help power Virginia’s energy future.”

    Only, it turns out, it isn’t. It never was. Forced to reveal the energy sources the company uses to meet Virginia’s voluntary renewable portfolio standards, Dominion admitted that its customers in Virginia are getting precisely zero wind power.
    Apr 26, 2012. 02:45 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Sierra Club says it will block Dominion Resources' (D +0.6%) plan to export 1B cubic feet per day of Marcellus Shale liquefied natural gas through the company's Cove Point, Md. terminal. A previous legal settlement gives Sierra Club the ability to reject any significant changes to the purpose or footprint of the existing terminal. (earnings)  [View news story]
    @#$% Dominion. Talk about obstructionist!

    For years, Dominion Virginia Power executives have been raking in millions while using their dirty energy money to buy political power. They’ve been making backroom deals to rig the rules for fossil fuels and for themselves.

    They generate ZERO electricity for rate payers from wind or solar power but they’ve bamboozled Virginia-mandated electricity rates to include a whopping $76 million renewable energy reward for themselves.

    We are outraged and Dominion needs to know it. If this is what business as usual looks like, then business as usual isn’t acceptable and has to stop before the planet cooks. It’s time for Virginians to stand up to Dominion’s exploitation and fight for a massive shift to wind and solar power.
    Apr 26, 2012. 02:10 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Now this electric vehicle thing is really getting serious: The iconic 1980s DeLorean model comes back to the future with a refurbished electric version set for a limited run in 2013 - all set in motion by a former DeLorean mechanic. The cost for the new phase of the car will be $95K - and no it doesn't run off the flux capacitor. (video[View news story]
    More overpriced toys...does it at least have roof solar panels for that kind of money?
    Apr 20, 2012. 09:00 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The President's plan to chill supposed oil manipulation: Increase by 6-fold the surveillance and enforcement staff at the CFTC. Increase spending on surveillance technology. Increase civil and criminal penalties for manipulation from $1M to $10M. Give the CFTC authority to increase margins (presumably now only the domain of the exchanges). Crude +1.4% to $104.84.  [View news story]
    Does investing in USO make me an evil speculator?
    Apr 17, 2012. 11:53 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 3 Stocks Under $10 To Buy, 2 To Sell [View article]
    You either missed or ignored my point- it's the the interoperability and ease of use in the ecosystem that is increasing sales of Apple products these days- not the idea that they are the best products in their respective categories.

    As for Android- take a look at the developers' fragmentation issues. And Windows? Maybe Windows 8 will catch up, but I am not holding my breath for it.

    On a whole other topic, ATPG- I bought it with the idea it would survive and thrive with higher oil prices, but I have been sorely disappointed so far. What possible developments would make it worthwhile? Even higher oil prices?
    Apr 3, 2012. 03:08 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Investing In China For The Long Term [View article]
    I have tried investing in China based on macro-economic trends and but then get out after feeling burnt by changing accountability. Even when I buy into a company that has products that are seemingly selling well (for example ABAT or TSL), I never know what to expect in terms of returns. It's been very frustrating.
    Apr 3, 2012. 02:36 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 3 Stocks Under $10 To Buy, 2 To Sell [View article]
    "Lots of Apple fanatics won't even try any other brand. As soon as something new cames from Apple, they just buy it assuming it's the best thing ever."

    I strongly disagree with this comment. Yes, I usually buy Apple products, not because I automatically assume that they are the best, but because I know they will work well with my other Apple products. The Apple 'ecosystem' is superior to that of other systems. It's a point that too many people overlook and its why a lot of analysts are still struggling to get a handle on the Apple stock price (over-hyped or not).
    Apr 2, 2012. 01:42 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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