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Alaskan Wildlife Refuge Drilling Approved in Senate
The Senate voted narrowly Wednesday to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska to oil drilling, a defeat for environmentalists who had fought the measure for decades and a major win for President Bush and Republican efforts to boost domestic energy production.
Bush, in a news conference Wednesday, indicated he is ready to sign the measure as soon it reaches his desk. He called it "a way to get some additional reserves here at home on the books."
President Bush Approves Nevada Nuclear Waste Dump
President Bush approved Nevada's Yucca Mountain on Friday as the site for long-term disposal of thousands of tons of highly radioactive nuclear waste.
Nevada's Republican governor, Kenny Guinn, said he was outraged. Within hours, Nevada filed suit in federal court arguing the way the Energy Department came to its conclusions in recommending the site violated a 1982 nuclear waste law. The suit had been expected.
White House Played a Role in Easing Drilling-Runoff Rules
The Bush administration intervened in crafting new regulations exempting oil and gas operations from having to control dirt and debris washing into streams, according to documents.
The changes in storm-water runoff rules - mandated by Congress' 2005 Energy Bill - went into effect Monday.
Runoff of toxic substances, such as grease or petroleum byproducts, still would require a permit. Where the EPA and Bush administration went further, environmentalists say, is in allowing sediment, such as dirt and debris, to flow from drilling sites into streams without regulation.
Bush Stands Behind Rejection of Kyoto Treaty
President Bush is holding fast to his rejection of mandatory curbs on greenhouse gases that are blamed for global warming, despite a fresh report from 300 scientists in the United States and seven other nations that shows Arctic temperatures are rising.
This week, a four-year study of the Arctic will document that the region is warming rapidly, affecting global climates.
Scientists project that industrial gases such as carbon dioxide will make the Arctic warmer still, which would raise the level of the seas and make the earth hotter. The world's atmosphere now includes about 380 parts per million of carbon dioxide, compared with 280 parts per million in 1800, according to scientists.
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the Kyoto international climate treaty last week, which puts it into effect early next year without U.S. participation. The treaty requires industrial nations to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases below 1990 levels.
Administrat ion Plans to Remove Endangered Species Protections from Yellowstone Grizzly Bear
The Department of Interior said today that the grizzly bear population that lives in the Yellowstone area had recovered and no longer needed protection under the Endangered Species Act, but that four other grizzly populations in the United States were still at risk and would continue to be listed as threatened species.
Some conservationists criticized the announcement, saying the proposal to remove the bear from the list opened up its habitat to encroachment and industry, and made it likely that its numbers could go down again with regulated hunting. Others said it was a success story for the Endangered Species Act.
THE DOLPHINS AND MYSTERIOUS LIGHTS IN THE OCEAN
Joan Ocean, M.S.
One of the Speakers at our Dolphin and E.T. Civilizations Conference in June, 2005 is Dr Richard Sauder. I invited him to be a speaker because I was fascinated by his research of Underground and Underwater Bases. He has been gathering information about these oceanic sub-marine bases for decades.
I am interested because I have seen artificial lights down deep in the ocean; large white lights that are approximately 3 – 5 feet across, facing upward to the surface and illuminating the water. It is difficult to determine their exact size because the movement of the water expands and diffuses the light.
As someone who has been swimming in the local waters of the Big Island for two decades I have seen many amazing sea creatures and unusual phenomena, such as whalesharks and giant jellyfish. But these lights remain in one place beaming a continuous stream of light while my boat circles around them. These are not rays from the sun that are everywhere at once. We can swim away from these light beams and return to see them still there. Entering the water and diving down 50 feet, I can see that this bright light is still far below. This type of light is seen in water that is more than a mile deep. Many people traveling on boats with me have seen this phenomenon.
In addition to these lights, many of us on the Big Island have experienced large, transparent, sphere-shaped Balls of Light as big as a ballroom, while swimming among the dolphins. These spheres are near the ocean’s surface and are 60 to 80 feet around. My rational mind wants to identify it as plankton or algae. But after 20 years in the ocean, I know these Spheres of Light are not plankton or algae. This white mist is something I have been experiencing for the past 6 years at Keahole Bay. It seems to be alive and pulsing.
This is how we interact with these Domes of Light. We notice the dolphin pods of approximately 150 dolphins swimming close to shore. They come to our boat and then bring us to these milky-white plasma balls. They seem to want us to go there and so they lead us directly to it. When we swim inside, we can see nothing beyond our hands. We cannot see each other or the dolphins. We cannot even see our own feet. It is unusual to tread water, see our heads above the surface and then look below and see no bodies! It feels like our body is in two different dimensions.
Within the White Sphere we can hear the dolphins’ sounds. Swimming just outside of this Plasma Field, we can no longer hear them.
We often swim in and out of this huge floating plasma ball for 2-3 hours. When we finally swim away and board the boat to return to land, we feel very etheric and lightheaded. We experience a quiet peacefulness, serenity, a heightened awareness of Beauty all around us, and a deep feeling of inner joy and gratitude.
I am very interested to hear from other people who have seen similar ocean anomalies. Please write and let me know if you have heard of this or seen it.
Dr. Richard Sauder will share his knowledge of underwater bases and ETs, the Navy and the dolphins at our Dolphin and E.T. Civilizations Conference in June 2005. www.ETFriends.com/conference