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In the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change, nearly every country on Earth pledged to keeping global temperatures “well below” 2C above pre-industrial levels and to “pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5C”.
However, at the time, scientists had only modeled energy system and carbon mitigation pathways to achieve the 2C target. Few studies had examined how the world might limit warming to 1.5C.
Now a paper in Nature Climate Change presents the results from a new modelling exercise using six different “integrated assessment models” (IAMs) to limit global temperatures in 2100 to below 1.5C.
In recent weeks, as the Trump Administration sparked fears of a global trade war by imposing new steel and aluminum tariffs, then exempting Canada and Mexico only on the condition of a “good” outcome on current North American Free Trade (NAFTA) negotiations, the need for growing Canada’s own tech sector has never been more apparent.
Ironically, two such new firms are spin-offs of a Canadian tech firm that has all but shed its Canadian identity.
The first firm, Insight Medbotics Canada Corporation (IMCC) was formed by the Centre for Surgical Invention and Innovation (CSII), a federally-funded Canadian Centre of Excellence working in partnership with Richmond, BC based MDA Corp (a subsidiary of San Francisco, CA based Maxar Technologies) and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA).
IMCC’s goal is to launch a new generation of intelligent robotics which build on Canadian technology used in the Canadarm, Canadarm 2 and Dextre robots.
Its first device, the Image Guided Automated Robotics-Breast (IGAR-Breast) imager, is designed for detection and treatment of breast cancer in it’s earliest stages. IGAR integrates with magnetic resonance imaging systems, enabling a radiologist to select a target area from a patient’s scan and remove cancerous tissue with millimeter accuracy. In addition to the technology’s obvious applications in space, IGAR will also provide patients in remote communities greater access to advanced healthcare.
IMCC is led by Paul Cooper, who is also listed as being the vice president of strategic development at MDA. Cooper, in addition to holding a Ph.D. in Computer Science, is a former entrepreneur and university professor. He sits on the board of Family Outreach and Response, a community mental health serves organization in Toronto, ON.
Incorporated in Hamilton, ON in 2016, IMCC is working to establish its manufacturing base and sales and marketing operations in Southern Ontario. The company expects to create over 100 high tech jobs over the next five years.
The second firm is Squamish, BC-based Carbon Engineering (CE), founded in 2009.
CE’s primary business is ‘Air to Fuels.’ This technology extracts carbon dioxide from Earth’s atmosphere and combines it with hydrogen to synthesize currently-used transportation fuels such as diesel, gasoline and Jet-A.
Because Air to Fuels uses hydrogen produced with renewable energy as well as existing atmospheric CO2, it is a means of mass producing fuels for existing infrastructure with little or no fossil carbon emissions.
CE’s MDA alumni include former MDA CEO Dan Friedmann, who now acts as CE’s chairman of the board and former MDA SVP of strategic business development Steve Oldham who, as outlined in the January 11th, 2018 CE press release, “Carbon Engineering Announces Leadership Transition,” took over as CE’s chief executive officer on February 5th, 2018.
Parallels can be found between MDA and another former Canadian tech giant; Blackberry, formerly Research in Motion (RIM). Just as RIM’s decline and various bloodletting’s freed vast amounts of technical talent to launch new innovative firms, so to has MDA’s decline seeded new players.
|United States trade representative Robert Lighthizer looks on as President Donald Trump signs an executive order at the White House in January. The March 12th, 2018 Toronto Star post, “Trump exposes free trade as a failed policy for Canada,” is a reminder to all Canadian’s, especially our space agency (with its preference for building components used by the space agencies of other countries but with no interest in developing complete programs of specific use to Canada), that we might want to broaden our capabilities if we don’t want to be left behind. Photo c/o Doug Mills / NYT.|
Out of its decline, Canada’s tech sector could prove to be a Phoenix rising from its own ashes.
As Canada is under threat of being discarded by its old ally to the south and facing an uncertain new world, Canadians can take comfort in the fact that we can adapt…when we choose to.
But much work lies ahead.
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has accused Silicon Valley, CA based Swarm Technologies, a communications start-up co-founded by four expatriates, including Canadian born CEO Sara Spangelo, with launching four “unauthorized” and “dangerous” experimental satellites into orbit in January 2018, shortly after the company had been denied an FCC launch licence.
Not to fear. It’s unlikely anyone will end up in jail over this. With a bit of luck, it might even help define and develop some needed new legislation in this area.
|Swarm Technologies CEO Spangelo’s April 24th, 2017 astronaut candidate profile on the Canadian Space Agency‘s (CSA) website. Spangelo applied, but was not accepted, to be a Canadian astronaut during Canada’s fourth astronaut recruitment campaign in 2016-2017. Graphic and photo c/o CSA.|
As outlined in the March 9th, 2018 IEEE Spectrum post, “FCC Accuses Stealthy Startup of Launching Rogue Satellites,” the FCC never approved the June 12th, 2018 launch of the tiny, Swarm built SpaceBee-1, 2, 3, and 4 pico-satellites on the Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket which blasted off from India’s eastern coast that day.
The pico-sats (built to a 0.25U cubesat form factor design) are considered extremely small and very difficult to track.
As outlined on the Gunter’s Space Page listing for the SpaceBee-1, 2, 3, and 4, are the “world’s smallest two-way communications satellites” and are designed “to serve as a cost-effective low-data rate Internet of Things (IoT) network connectivity solution for remote and mobile sensors.”
According to Gunter:
…the tiny satellites have very small radar cross section, which might complicate the tracking.
Therefore they featured a GPS device in each satellite that would broadcast its position on request. Also the four smallest faces of the satellites are covered with an experimental passive radar reflector developed by the US Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, which according to the FCC application would increase the satellites radar profile by a factor of 10.
Last Wednesday, the FCC sent Swarm a letter revoking its authorization for a follow-up mission with four larger microsats, based on the much larger 1U cubesat form factor, and expected to launch next month.
|The March 7th, 2018 e-mail from Anthony Serafini, the chief of the FCC’s Experimental Licensing Branch to Swarm employees postponing the second test of four larger swarm satellites in order to “permit assessment of the applicant’s apparent unauthorized launch.” The original rejection December 7th, 2017 rejection letter from Serafini, is available online at https://regmedia.co.uk/2018/03/09/swarm-fcc.pdf. E-mails c/o IEEE.|
…is allowed “to consider how a satellite will add to the space debris problem when issuing these licenses,” (as per the August 31, 2006 National Space Policy). In fact, the Federal Aviation Administration has partial authority on this too when it issues licenses for commercial rockets.
The agencies were given this authority mostly because they’ve been doing licensing for such a long time — and there was no one else to do it.
Of course, no one is going to end up in jail over this. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) responsibilities in this area often overlap with the FCC responsibilities and there are also great gaps in the current legal coverage.
Henry Stewart is the pseudonym of a Toronto based aerospace writer
Gather your friends and family together and have brunch! Here are 10+ Spring Brunch Recipe Ideas to inspire your delicious gathering! With spring on our doorstep, there’s no better time than right now for brunch! So why not gather together your best friends and family, and invite them over for some breakfast deliciousness? I’m sharing 10+ recipes that would be great for an impromptu spring brunch (and Mother’s Day too!)! Puff Pancakes, French Toast Bakes, Quiche, Overnight Breakfast Casseroles, Crepes and more. So let’s get started. Strawberry Blueberry Dutch Baby (Puff Pancake) This Strawberry Blueberry Dutch Baby (Puff Pancake) is a simple […]
What’s this, I’m posting on a Monday?! 😉 This post was ready to go last week, but since we had so much fun content already going out (Glow Getter, Ask Angela, and the next issue of In The Glow!), I decided to hold off until Monday for this one. Thanks for all the positive feedback […]
Practical and pretty ideas for a Simple Spring Mantel and Living Room! It’s spring inside my home! There *may* be over 2 feet of snow outside, but inside it’s spring and I love it. This time of year is when I hit my threshold of tolerance with winter, so any bits of spring and pops of colour are a welcome respite. It feels good to transition to a new season with a little refresh inside my home…it makes the house feel light and cheerful, and that makes me happy. And we’ll just ignore the fact that earlier this week we […]
Jim Goad writes:This also happened a few weeks ago after NRA President Wayne LaPierre decried “European-style socialists” and was immediately charged with the unforgivable sin of disliking Jews.(…)Let me tell you a little story—a true one, if that helps. You don’t even have to think about Jews in order to understand why many people hate […]
(Beijing, March 11) DawgNews has learned of unsettling developments in a country that once seemed to be leading the way in democratic governance. Canada has no term limits—so strongman Justin Trudeau, whose official title is “Prime Minister,” may rule the…
In January, ExxonMobil filed a legal petition seeking to depose more than a dozen city and county government officials in California, claiming that the municipal officials are defrauding investors by not fully disclosing the risks posed by climate change.
You read that right. Exxon is legally challenging cities and counties for not talking up the risks of climate change enough to the investors who purchase municipal bonds for those localities. Has Exxon had a change of heart and now become concerned about transparency and the impacts of climate change?
Let’s take a closer look.
First, Yair Rosenberg, in The Washington Post, with a great, short, and very balanced piece highlighting 5 myths about anti-Semitism.
Nylah Burton, in Forward, writing, “To My Black Brothers And Sisters: I’m Black And Jewish. Farrakhan Is Bad For Us All.”
Yehuda Kurtzer, in Times of Israel, with a very thoughtful piece, On friends and Farrakhan: A plea to progressives
GANTSEKWYAGON, ON. FRI 9 MAR 18. 5:45 PM ET. [UPDATED 7:55 PM]. It fits with all the strange things which have happened so far in the quite bizarre surprise Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership race of 2018 that, less than 24 hours before the result is scheduled to be known, it is still not certain we […]
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Happy Friday, everyone! Okay, who else is excited about springing forward this weekend? Sunlight until 7pm…I can just taste those brighter evenings! *gives the finger to winter* Bring on the evening light. I hope you enjoy this week’s Q&A roundup. Have a wonderful weekend! Q1. I’m currently in my first trimester and having trouble drinking […]
Christopher DeGroot writes:There is a simple reason for such phenomena: Human beings are powerfully attracted to anyone or anything that seems greater than themselves. There is in human psychology a deep animal instinct of veneration and idolatry; into this has gone all our history, all our terrible struggle to survive and endure. Thus many people […]
The Environmental Protection Agency’s chief, a science skeptic with a taste for luxury goods, entered office hellbent on slashing government red tape — but slowly became embroiled in scandal over alleged mishandling of government funds amid extraordinary efforts to keep the activities of a public agency secret.
Not Scott Pruitt, the Trump administration’s current EPA chief: Anne Gorsuch Burford, who ran the EPA under Reagan from 1981 to 1983, and resigned after being cited for contempt of Congress following a scandal involving document shredding, secrecy, and the Superfund.
A year into Pruitt’s tenure at EPA, some of the parallels between the two are striking.
Caught up with the business and entrepreneur focused organizations; educational facilities and government departments, advocates, activists and groups which are either involved directly with or else help indirectly to support Canadian and international space activities?
|Find out more about ISS activities by checking out the March 8th, 2018 Orbiter.ch post, “Plant and Flame Studies Alongside Plumbing, Life Support Work,” which covers Expedition 55 crew experiments with how plants adapt to gravity. Photo c/o NASA.|
Then check out our European partner, the Orbiter.ch space news website, and it’s aggregation site, the Orbiter.ch Space News, Daily, which together cover space agency, space flight and space probes / telescopes data news.
Since 2010, Orbiter.ch space news has been providing detailed coverage of science and space focused activities and experiments on board the International Space Station (ISS) and in other areas.
Recent, original content on the site has included the March 8th, 2018 post, “NASA Outlines New Lunar Science, Human Exploration Missions,” the March 8th, 2018 post, “Earth is a Beaming Beacon in Kepler’s Eyes,” and the February 23rd, 2018 post, “On Second Thought, the Moon’s Water May Be Widespread and Immobile.”
Orbiter.ch editor Roland Berga and Commercial Space blog editor Chuck Black also collaborate on the long-running Canadian Space Agency Fans Group Facebook page, which helps to push our stories out to a larger audience.
To learn more, simply click on one of the links.
Henry Stewart is the pseudonym of a Toronto based aerospace writer
“I haven’t read the story in SpaceQ,” insists Marie Lucy Stojak, the chair of the Federal government Space Advisory Board (SAB) mandated by the governing Trudeau Liberals to help support the development of a new vision for Canada’s space sector, “but we were certainly disappointed that space was not included as a key theme in the 2018 Federal Budget.”
|Not feeling tense at all. SAB chair Lucy Stojak. Photo c/o Mosaic HEC Montreal.|
Stojak spoke with this blog over the phone on Thursday March 8th, 2018 to comment on the public release of an e-mail she originally sent out earlier this week to approximately 140 “stakeholders” who participated in a series of SAB meetings and consultations last spring. The data collected during those meeting was compiled into the August 17th, 2017 report, “Consultations on Canada’s Future in Space: What We Heard,” and then released to the public.
According to the March 7th, 2018 SpaceQ post, “The Space Advisory Boards Emails Stakeholders That it Was ‘Very Disappointed with Budget 2018‘” Stojak’s e-mail stated that:
As you know, the Federal Budget was released on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. Needless to say that the Space Advisory Board (SAB) Members were very disappointed with Budget 2018 as it did not include funding to address a space strategy.
It went on to say:
We were hoping the Government would signal specific measures to advance long-term plans and priorities for Canada in space. Despite the lack of signal, Space Advisory Board Members remain convinced that Canada needs a vision and investments in space to meet national needs and fulfill its aspirations.
Stojak and at least two other members of the SAB have confirmed to this blog that the e-mail does indeed reflect the beliefs of the board and that the original e-mail was sent out to those who participated in the SAB meetings held last summer.
“It’s not the first e-mail I’ve sent to the stakeholders,” she said.
According to Stojak and others, the e-mail was meant to be “public facing,” although Stojak would not go into the details of how she felt about the SpaceQ post opening her e-mail up to a wider audience. “We recognize that the government does have priorities,” she said. “But the SAB board report indicated that there was a need for an ‘urgent call to action’ to preserve and grow our space activities.”
|The complete French and English texts of the March 2018 email sent by SAB chair Stojak to “stakeholders” who participated in a series of SAB meetings held between April 19th 2017 to May 21st, 2017. A list of participants at those meetings is included on SAB website. It’s worth noting that Commercial Space blog editor Chuck Black was included in the list of participants involved in the May 18th, 2017 “WebEx on Canada’s Youth and Next Generation Space Leaders.” Graphic c/o SpaceQ.|
The August 2017 SAB report made two central recommendations for consideration by Navdeep Bains, the Federal Minister responsible for Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), as he moved forward to develop the “new space strategy” promised by the Liberal government since the election which brought them to power in 2015.
Those two recommendations were to:
Designate Space as a National Strategic Asset to ensure that:
- the country (governments, industry, academia, and civil society) focuses on the importance of space to Canada’s economic and social growth;
- a whole-of-government approach is taken in the development and management of the national space program;
- the regulatory and procurement regimes support commercialization and export of space technologies;
- Canada has the capacity to develop and use space to meet national needs; and
- Canada has the specialized human resources required by government, industry and academia to conduct space activities.
Ask the Space Advisory Board to:
- engage stakeholders on plans for implementing the Space Strategy;
- provide independent advice on the implementation of the Space Strategy; and
- develop metrics for evaluation of the implementation of the Space Strategy.
The second recommendation included a specific request from the SAB to remain engaged with stakeholders in order to provide the independent advice and metrics required to develop solutions to the problems outlined in the initial SAB report.
Neither of those recommendations have so far been adapted by the Federal government.
|One of the issues noted by the SAB which still hasn’t been dealt with. New North Networks CEO Tom Zubko attended the May 19, 2017 SAB webex focused on “The North and Canada’s Future in Space,” and the minutes of the meeting note that “stakeholders would like to see the Government take action to address of the recommendations from the independent reviews of the Remote Sensing Space Systems Act, released in 2012 and 2017,” but nothing has been resolved. As outlined in the March 5th, 2018 post, “That Commercial Ground Station Built by New North Networks in Inuvik Still Can’t be Used,” Zubko is still unable to move forward with his plan to provide local services to San Francisco, CA based Planet and Norwegian based Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT). Graphic c/o Commercial Space Media.|
Part of the problem, as outlined in the August 25th, 2017 post, “Space Advisory Board Report: “Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing” Except that Board Members Want to Keep their Jobs,” might simply be that SAB stakeholders and participants were discouraged from discussing specific policies or policy changes during the SAB meetings.
At the request of the Justin Trudeau Liberal government, the SAB was specifically tasked to build a document to “inform,” but not develop, define or create anything which could be mistaken for a new space policy or long-term space plan.
This saddled the SAB with an inability to ask for concrete, definable improvements, unlike for example, the 2016 David Naylor led Review of Fundamental Science. As outlined in the February 28th, 2018 Globe and Mail post, “Basic science makes historic gains in research-friendly budget,” that report is generally credited with driving a “research-intense budget that commits approximately $3.8Bln CDN spread over the next five years for a range of science programs.”
It’s almost as if, had the SAB simply asked for money instead of respect (designating space as a “national asset,” or requested “engagement,” “independent advice” or the development of “independent metrics”), they would have been more likely to have received it.
That’s something to note for the next time.
According to Stojak, “we are confident that the Minister (ISED Minister Bains) will continue to champion the space sector.”
Editors Note: In an interesting turn of events, and as outlined in the March 9th, 2018 Canadian Space Commerce Association (CSCA) e-mail, “Canadian Budget 2018-2019 Update,” the CSCA has announced its disappointment over the 2018 Federal Budget.
|Graphic c/o Mailchimp.|
According to the e-mail, the budget “did not reflect the urgent need to develop a vision for Canada’s long term space strategy,” although the organization remained “confident that a (space) strategy is forthcoming.”
But the majority of the e-mail focused on items included with the budget which were expected to “benefit some of our members.” These items include:
- That “historic” investment in hard science research and consolidation of programs in order to create “a more client-focused federal partner for business.” As outlined in the February 28th, 2018 Globe and Mail post, “Basic science makes historic gains in research-friendly budget,” the 2018 budget allocated $3.8Bln CDN of new funding spread over the next five years to a range of science and academic programs and promised the substantial consolidation of Federal granting programs, down to thirty-five from a pre-budget total of ninety-two.
- $572.5Mln over five years, with $52Mln per year ongoing, to implement a Digital Research Infrastructure.
- A “re-imagined” National Research Council (NRC) with additional funding ($540Mln over five years, starting in 2018–19 and $108Mln annually) for measures to “reinforce its research strengths and role as a trusted collaboration partner of industry.”
- New funding ( $20.6Mln over four years, starting in 2019–20 with $5.1Mln per year ongoing,) for the POLAR Knowledge Canada program.
Graphic c/o Mailchimp.
In a related matter, and as outlined in the second March 9th, 2018 CSCA e-mail, “CSCA Seeking New Executive Director,” the CSCA has announced the resignation of CSCA executive director Michelle Mendes, effective March 31st, 2018.
Mendes is a member of the same Federal SAB chaired by Stojak. She will continue as a member of the CSCA the Board of Directors and retain her position as CSCA president, “for the time being” and as her time allows, according to the e-mail.
As of Monday, March 12th, 2018, Mendes has not resigned from the SAB.
There really is little need to read past the cover of ExxonMobil’s 2018 Energy and Carbon Summary, a report purportedly meant to offer insights to shareholders on how the company manages climate-related risks. Apparently at Exxon, the plan is for humanity to frack its way out of the climate crisis by pouring more money into developing oil and gas.
“The report you are reading looks into a lower-carbon future. It provides a perspective on what such a future might mean for our business,” Darren Woods, CEO of ExxonMobil, writes in the introduction.
But it doesn’t.
Happy International Women’s Day, everyone! To celebrate, we’re back with our second Glow Getter profile featuring Toronto-based author, speaker, and nutritionist Meghan Telpner. Before we dive in, a big thanks for all the love you gave our first Glow Getter profile spotlighting routine natural deodorant founders Pippa and Neige Blair. I was so excited to […]
Joe Bob Briggs writes:So now we know what “spiritual” means. It means:(1) Alone. (2) Me. (3) Making myself feel good. (4) Not bothering with the messy business of screwed-up disagreeable people who show up at church and make you listen to their problems and ignore your own. (5) Sociology class.There’s a word for this. It’s […]
By Shaye Wolf
According to alarming weather data released this week, the Arctic just experienced its warmest winter on record. This is devastating news for polar bears, who are suffering as their sea-ice habitat melts from under their paws.
Polar bears are a global-warming poster child for good reason. Their struggle provides compelling, real-time evidence of climate change. But it also puts polar bear science in the crosshairs of climate science deniers.
To mark International Polar Bear Day last week, the dubiously named Global Warming Policy Foundation climate science denial thinktank released a report by Susan Crockford that grossly misrepresents scientific research findings on polar bears.
Well, yes: An abiding problem on the Right is one we mock the Left for:Reflexively scoffing EVERYTHING “the other side” says.Especially in the realm of culture.That “millennials” think the Monster is “misunderstood” and “to be pitied” is, of course, the actual point of the story. BUT: This analysis of the Sun’s “analysis” makes an even […]
Opponents of the Bayou Bridge pipeline accused Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards of meeting with representative of the oil and gas industry while refusing to meet with activists and communities affected by the pipeline’s construction. They further allege that the administration has instead placed them under surveillance, pointing to similar treatment of Dakota Access pipeline opponents in North Dakota in 2016. Their claims are based in part on emails and other public records released by the state.
The activists brought their grievances to the Democratic governor’s home and office on March 1, holding a press conference in front of the Governor’s Mansion in Baton Rouge and then occupying the foyer to his office in the State Capitol for over an hour.
Ottawa, ON – Justin Trudeau, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, will deliver remarks at a Laurier Club donor appreciation reception in Regina on March 8, 2018. The Liberal Party of Canada has committed to the strongest standards in federal politics for openness and transparency, and is challenging other parties to do the same. […]
I guess you can just watch C-Span?Yeah, I know the Left has been “making shit up” for a hundred years, but for whatever reason, this struck me as particularly “WTF??” More from my siteI actually watched a recent movie that wasn’t horrible“Africans vs. African-Americans in Minneapolis: Somali Cop’s Black Neighbor Not Surprised By Shooting”John Lennon […]
The Left isn’t wrong about everything.The “male gaze” is a real thing. (Thank you — to a man, John Berger — for eloquently popularizing the notion, years before Whatshername came along, I’m fairly certain).This writer posits the “male glance.” Very interesting (if you’re me.)(God, I hope this doesn’t mean I have to go back and […]
Steve Sailer’s usual MUST-READ:Moreover, another question for Ms. McDormand might be: “Have you actually watched many of your husband’s movies? If you have, didn’t you notice how intensely white they are?”In other comic events at the Oscars, the newly diversified Academy voters celebrated their #MeToo moment by handing a Best Animated Short Oscar to retired […]
|Preproghrelin: By own work – adapted from http://www.pdb.org/pdb/files/1p7x.pdb using PyMOL, Public Domain, Link|
I’ve blogged in the past about how eating your carbs last may help reduce your blood sugar levels even 2 hours after your meal.
Well here’s another reason why you might want to eat your carbs last – ghrelin.
Ghrelin is one of the body’s primary hunger hormones. More ghrelin, more hunger (more on this though in a tiny bit).
Well, a small crossover study looking at the effect of food order on ghrelin levels found that eating carbs last led to a sustained suppression in ghrelin levels 3 hours later, while eating carbs first led to not only ghrelin levels returning to baseline at 3 hours, but also their slight rise (-11.45 ± 3.86% vs. +4.13 ± 4.38%; P = 0.003).
But that said, ghrelin is a surrogate end point for hunger and/or consumption.
Unfortunately, at least in this small study, subjective hunger wasn’t different between conditions at any point, and consumption at later meals wasn’t measured.
Looking forward to future research on this file, but given the ease of this intervention, I’d file it under maybe worth a try.
Public officials throughout the state of California have made headlines for loudly opposing Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke’s decision to approve offshore drilling in California and throughout the Pacific Outer Continental Shelf region.
This move is part of the Trump administration’s broader plans to lease record amounts of offshore areas in the Gulf of Mexico and open up the Atlantic Ocean for drilling. Many city governments, county governments, the California Assembly, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, and Governor Jerry Brown have all come out against Zinke’s plan. Less discussed, though, is the fact that companies are already drilling offshore in southern California, an area perhaps better known for its popular beaches and oceanside resort cities.
Ottawa, ON – Justin Trudeau, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, will deliver remarks to supporters at a Liberal fundraising event in Toronto on March 7, 2018. The Liberal Party of Canada has committed to the strongest standards in federal politics for openness and transparency, and is challenging other parties to do the same. […]
David Cole writes:Seriously, I haven’t seen such a wall of protection around a teenager since that bubble boy from the ’70s.My beef with David Hogg, aside from the fact that he’s become the American Muhammad in terms of “ridicule is verboten,” is that he exemplifies everything I despise about the “postmillennial” generation. Having grown up […]
Though the bill has received bipartisan support, the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee is currently in the process of amending the bill, slowing down its adoption.
The intent of the bill is to:
No US federal agency has oversight of in-space activities, except for NOAA for commercial remote sensing systems and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for communications satellites. Industry believes such oversight is needed in order to comply with provisions of the 1967 Outer Space Treaty requiring countries to provide “authorization and continuing supervision” of activities carried out by its citizens in space.
The office would have 60 days from the receipt of a completed application to either issue a permit or deny the application, with a permit automatically granted if the office does not make a ruling at the end of the 60 days.