Sunday, February 11, 2007

Putin Says U.S. Is Undermining Global Stability

President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia accused the United States on Saturday of provoking a new nuclear arms race by developing ballistic missile defenses, undermining international institutions and making the Middle East more unstable through its clumsy handling of the Iraq war.

In an address to an international security conference, Mr. Putin dropped all diplomatic gloss to recite a long list of complaints about American domination of global affairs, including many of the themes that have strained relations between the Kremlin and the United States during his seven-year administration.

...The comments were the sternest yet from Mr. Putin, who has long bristled over criticism from the United States and its European allies as he and his cadre of former Soviet intelligence officials have consolidated their hold on Russia’s government, energy reserves and arms-manufacturing and trading complexes.

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Nuke detectors to ring New York, official says

New York City will be protected by a ring of devices to detect nuclear or dirty bombs before the end of the year, the Department of Homeland Security said Friday.

...Under the "Securing the Cities" initiative, detectors will be placed along highways, at truck stops, in weigh stations and at other sites on the perimeter of New York, as well as locations closer to the city center, an official said.

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Iran says wants to stay within nuclear rules

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad marked the 28th anniversary of Iran's revolution on Sunday pledging to maintain the country's nuclear program but saying he wanted to remain within international rules.

...His comments had prompted talk Iran might say it had begun installing 3,000 centrifuges at its Natanz uranium enrichment plant, defying a U.N. sanctions resolution which gave Tehran until February 21 to suspend enrichment or face more measures.

...The proposal would permit Iran to keep its uranium enrichment infrastructure of several hundred centrifuges but it would not be allowed to feed any processed uranium hexafluoride (UF6) into the machines while negotiating with six world powers over a package of incentives to observe U.N. demands.

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Thursday, February 1, 2007

Inherit the Wind

Inherit the Wind is a story about the reuse of oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico to host wind turbines. It seems that the wind in the Gulf is very strong and that it's a good place for wind power, and that the wind tends to blow the strongest on hot days when the need for power is the most. Seems like a great fit, especially as there's all these leftover oil platforms.

This story makes for an interesting contrast against the wind project off Nantucket Island. In that project the locals are complaining up and down that the wind turbines will "ruin" their ecological situation because it will "ruin" the view of the unfettered ocean. Sigh.

As it says in the article, in the Gulf they have 50+ years experience with having big structures in the ocean.