November 6, 2015

President Obama Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline Plan -- NPR

Ending a process that has lingered for much of his time in the Oval Office, President Obama announced Friday that the U.S. has rejected TransCanada's application for a permit to complete the Keystone XL pipeline.

The president said that "after extensive public outreach" and consultations, the State Department determined that the proposal "would not serve the national interests of the United States." He added, "I agree with that decision."

Back in February, Obama vetoed congressional legislation that approved the project. The Senate failed to override that veto in March. The first application for approval of TransCanada's plan was filed in September of 2008. -- 11/6/2015


Rocket blows up during test launch -- Albuquerque Journal

An experimental rocket being tested by the U.S. Air Force’s Operationally Responsive Space Office, based at Kirtland Air Force Base, blew up just seconds into its debut mission Tuesday after lifting off from the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii, the Air Force has confirmed.

The three-stage Super Strypi rocket, based on designs developed by Sandia National Laboratories as part of nuclear testing programs dating back to the 1960s, carried 13 small experimental satellites, SpaceNews reported the day after the failed launch.

The Operationally Responsive Space Office, set up at Kirtland in May 2007, is charged with rapidly developing and fielding smaller and cheaper satellites that can be of immediate use to combat commanders. One such effort, ORS-1, fielded a satellite that aided military commanders in Afghanistan in 2011. -- 11/6/2015


N.Y. Attorney General Investigates Whether Exxon Mobil Lied On Climate Change -- NPR

New York's attorney general would like to know: Did Exxon Mobil lie to you about the risks of climate change and to investors about how those risks might reduce profits?

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman's office confirms that a New York Times story is correct in reporting that an investigation has been launched into Exxon Mobil. That story said Schneiderman issued a subpoena on Wednesday, seeking financial records, emails and other documents.

Recently, Inside Climate News and the Los Angeles Times reported that in fact Exxon Mobil's own scientific research had long ago proved that climate change posed big risks. The company was even using that research to guide its own long-term planning for drilling in the Arctic, according to the reports. -- 11/5/2015


Ag vendors sought for holiday market -- Las Cruces Sun-News

Individuals and companies in New Mexico that produce food and other agricultural items are invited to be vendors at a two-day event happening in Las Cruces later this month.

The second annual "HomeGrown: A New Mexico Food Show & Gift Market" happens Nov. 21 and 22 at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road.

Companies that sign up or are already signed up as members of New Mexico Department of Agriculture's NEW MEXICO—Taste the Tradition/Grown with Tradition® logo program can participate as HomeGrown vendors at no cost. Companies interested in selling at HomeGrown should call Rachel Banegas at the museum at 575-522-4100. -- 11/4/2015