A federal judge on Tuesday tentatively rejected a plan by the federal Bureau of Land Management to open more than 1,500 square miles of lands in central California to oil drilling and fracking.Summertime sadness. 50 year anniversary.
The BLM failed to take a "hard look" at the environmental effects of the estimated 25 percent of new wells that would be devoted to fracking, U.S. District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald wrote in the ruling. The process, formally known as hydraulic fracturing, uses high-pressure mixtures of water, sand and chemicals to extract oil and gas from rock.
Fitzgerald ruled that the BLM must provide more study on the effects fracking will have in the area. He gave the agency's attorneys until September 21, 2016, to argue why he should not issue an injunction stopping the plan.
2012 (best played loud):
1962 (best played not so loud):
I don't know how many saw it. As everyone knows, Tesla now has the fastest production car:
“For the first time, the world’s fastest production car is electric,” said Tesla boss Elon Musk when he recently launched the company’s latest battery. The new 100kwh device can propel Tesla’s cars to about 97kph in just 2.5 seconds and allow them to drive 20% further before recharging, compared to previous batteries.
So, there was great anticipation this past weekend when MuskMelon's Tesla Model S (or whatever it was) started at the pole position in the Labor Day 500 -- a 250-lap race on a 2-mile oval.
The Tesla lapped every ethanol-burning stock car by the 30th lap, and was clearly the crowd favorite.
But then the pit stop at the 80th lap to re-charge.