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Boulder Chamber interview with John Tayer

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President of the Boulder Chamber John Tayer, explains the Business Services, Advocacy and the Economic Vitality they provide in the city of Boulder. John talks about the members who join the Chamber and ways the Boulder Chamber can connect them others to help build their business, as well he explains some of the local policies the Chamber takes a role in developing in the community and some of the networking events the Chamber hosts where business voices can be shared with others. He talks with Boulder channel 1 CEO Jann Scott See more Boulder channel 1 videos on the Boulder Chamber Here . If you or your company would like a video like this  see Boulder channel 1 Advertising Agency Services

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Boulder Channel 1 produces TV commercials for our cable television show and the web. We do this for companies who advertise with us. We not only promote but help with various aspects of business, including getting them on television the internet, web design and graphics, as well as promoting special events or sales ads. Our TV commercials can be seen here. They vary from 5, 10, 15, 30 and 60 second commercials. We produce these at no charge to our advertisers and they appear exclusively on our channels.

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Boulder Chamber of Commerce

Boulder Chamber

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 Boulder Chamber interview with John Tayer

Boulder Chamber interview with John Tayer

John Tayer and Jann Scott talk business. He explains the Business Services, Advocacy and the Economic Vitality they provide in the city of Boulder. John talks about the members who join the Chamber and ways the Boulder Chamber can connect them others to help build their business, as well he explains some of the local policies the Chamber takes a role in developing in the community and some of the networking events the Chamber hosts where business voices can be shared with others.[READ|SHARE]
Tebo’s Car Collection at Tebo’s Garage

Tebo’s Car Collection at Tebo’s Garage

Buy tickets for Boulder Chamber's Drive Your Business at Tebo's Garage on Wednesday, September 21! This premiere event provides the opportunity to mingle with business leaders amidst Boulder County's largest private car collection. With great food, drinks and a member expo booth treasure hunt, this unique event is not to be missed! Register Here today as space is filling up.[READ|SHARE]
Boulder Chamber

Boulder Chamber

To support and promote business, facilitate innovative business practices, create opportunities for peer interaction, and implement services that benefit our members.[READ|SHARE]
Boulder Chamber Tour

Boulder Chamber Tour

John Tayer, CEO shows us around the Boulder Chamber Offices and we learn about some of the things that the Chamber does for the local Boulder business community.[READ|SHARE]
Boulder Chamber - Boulder Business After Hours with John Tayer - February 19th 2014

Boulder Chamber - Boulder Business After Hours with John Tayer - February 19th 2014

John Tayer at Boulder Chamber Business After Hours event February 19th 2014 – Boulder Chamber’s CEO talk with Jann Scott about the Chamber's involvement in the Boulder business community including: Start-Up businesses, business services, capital investments, young professionals, Innovation Blueprint, community involvement, protecting the environment and having a thriving business community in the city. John also talks a little about his background and his role as CEO of the Boulder Chamber.[READ|SHARE]
Boulder Chamber - Boulder Business After Hours with Jane Lewis - February 19th 2014

Boulder Chamber - Boulder Business After Hours with Jane Lewis - February 19th 2014

Jane Lewis - Boulder Chamber's Event, Website and Possibilities Manager sits down with Jann Scott from Boulder Channel 1 and tells us about the Boulder Business After Hours event and other upcoming Boulder Chamber events.[READ|SHARE]
Boulder  Start Up week starts up on Wednesday

Boulder Start Up week starts up on Wednesday

Boulder start Up week is developing from an elitist all white college aged "new entrepreneurial vision of neo -com American business run by wine and coffee snobs" to something that the city of Boulder has endorsed and made an official event. In it's early days BSUW was an invite, register only press censored event. Much of it was low on substance and high on partying. Don't get us wrong Boulder start Up week is still a week long drinking convention for 20 and early 30 somethings, but it now has to conform to city strict Human rights[READ|SHARE]
Boulder Chamber's Top Event for Business Leaders last night at Harvest House

Boulder Chamber's Top Event for Business Leaders last night at Harvest House

Boulder CEOs, executives, entrepreneurs, and rising stars feted and Schmoozed last night at the Millenium Harvest House. The event ‘Celebration of Leadership’ was promoted by The boulder Chamber: "celebration as we honor the executives who shape our community and pioneer the path to innovation". Guests were celebrating with beverages, and delicious Hor D' oeuvres while contemplating which item to bid for.[READ|SHARE]
City manager approves business incentive for Gnip

City manager approves business incentive for Gnip

Gnip is the largest provider of social data in the world, partnering with Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and WordPress, among others, to aggregate social media data and information for their clients. Founded in 2008, the company has emerged as a leader in the social media industry. With 50 employees, Gnip recently expanded into a new space at 1050 Walnut, Suite 115, to maintain its presence in downtown Boulder. In addition, Gnip was named “best place to work” by both the Boulder Chamber and the Denver Business Journal.[READ|SHARE]
Boulder Chamber Awards dinner March 15 2012 New video and story

Boulder Chamber Awards dinner March 15 2012 New video and story

Boulder Chamber Awards dinner March 15 2012 New video and story by Boulder Channel 1[READ|SHARE]
Boulder Chamber Flagstaff Star Card Celebrates with Artist Reception This Thursday, December 1st

Boulder Chamber Flagstaff Star Card Celebrates with Artist Reception This Thursday, December 1st

Flagstaff Star Card Celebrates with Artist Reception This Thursday, December 1st Join us to attend an Art Exhibit & Artist Reception for the 2011 Star card artist, Jason Emery. Starting at 5 p.m.[READ|SHARE]
Boulder Chamber Thanks Giving update:

Boulder Chamber Thanks Giving update:

Boulder Chamber Member Appreciation Breakfast and warm wishes for Thanksgiving Abundance.[READ|SHARE]
Boulder Chamber of Commerce event, Global Business Networking: Accessing High Tech Talent

Boulder Chamber of Commerce event, Global Business Networking: Accessing High Tech Talent

Live at 5:30 tonight, Nov 10, 2011 The Boulder Chamber of Commerce event, Global Business Networking: Accessing High Tech Talent Video Hosted by Jann Scott on BoulderChannel1.com.[READ|SHARE]
Look Good Now Personal Stylist Marion Rothschild

Look Good Now Personal Stylist Marion Rothschild

Marion Rothschild at personal stylist and wardrobe consultant at Look Good Now talks to us about her fashion business in Boulder.[READ|SHARE]
29th Street Marketing Director - Heather Drake - Interview

29th Street Marketing Director - Heather Drake - Interview

Heather Drake the Marketing Manager for 29th Street Retail District talks to us about the Boulder Chamber Business Trade Fair and the Taste of 29th Street as well as some exciting new things going on and coming to the 29th Street Mall in Boulder.[READ|SHARE]
Boulder Business Trade Fair

Boulder Business Trade Fair

Boulder Business Trade Fair - A Taste of 29th Street, Boulder Chamber CEO Susan Graf tells us about the Boulder Business Trade Fair, a gathering to support local businesses in Boulder.[READ|SHARE]
former city council women Angelique Espinoza Spin doctor for Boulder Chamber blogs and blabs:

former city council women Angelique Espinoza Spin doctor for Boulder Chamber blogs and blabs:

former city council women Angelique Espinoza Spin doctor for Boulder Chamber blogs and blabs:[READ|SHARE]
Boulder Chamber members: Why Social Media is not the great savior of your company: or I just don't get it...and you're right!

Boulder Chamber members: Why Social Media is not the great savior of your company: or I just don't get it...and you're right!

Boulder Chamber members: Why Social Media is not the great savior of your company: or I just don't get it...and you're right![READ|SHARE]
Colorado Gov Hickenlooper speaks to Boulder Chamber on Boulder Channel One TV

Colorado Gov Hickenlooper speaks to Boulder Chamber on Boulder Channel One TV

Colorado Gov Hickenlooper speaks to Boulder Chamber on Boulder Channel One TV Governor John Hickenlooper addressed a captive audience of 250 Chamber and community members at our luncheon on March 21. He shared details on how government should be "effective, efficient and elegant."[READ|SHARE]
Boulder Chamber EXPOsion 2007

Boulder Chamber EXPOsion 2007

We visit the Boulder Chamber EXPOsion and talk with Ashley Winters the Boulder Chamber Events Manager, Susan Graff the CEO of the Boulder Chamber as well as local Boulder businesses attending the annual trade show about their companies and how they take part in the community.[READ|SHARE]

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George Hardwick

George Hardwick blogging for Boulder Channel 1 Boulder Startup Week

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George Hardwick

BC1 STARTUP HOME 

#BSW15 George Hardwick is blogging for Boulder Channel 1 during Boulder Starup Week. Look for George on Twitter @BoulderCh1News #BSW15 . Also on Facebook Boulder Channel 1. Follow George all day right here for his reports. He is a creative writing student finishing his degree at University of Colorado at Boulder. He loves being outdoors, rock climbing, skiing, mountain biking, and just about anything else that involves a lot of adrenaline. And he is a home brewer. Call George for an interview: 518-649-6446 boulder startup weekC1N.TV’s StartUp TV series serves the International Startup community. We focus on Start-Up entrepreneurs and new technology coming in the local business community as well we visit events and meet-ups where we not only write and promote but we also take part of. On top of that we also produce videos to spotlight your business in our Start-Up TV Special which plays on cable broadcast and online here.

To be a part of Boulder Channel 1s Start-Up TV Special you can find our more by Downloading or PDF Here or Call us at 303-447-8531

Start-Up TV Special

Start-Up TV Series

Start-Up TV Special

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C1N.TV’s StartUp TV series serves the International Startup community. We focus on Start-Up entrepreneurs and new technology coming in the local business community as well we visit events and meet-ups where we not only write and promote but we also take part of. On top of that we also produce videos to spotlight your business in our Start-Up TV Special which plays on cable broadcast and online here. To be a part of our Start-Up TV Special you can find our more by Downloading or PDF Here or Call us at 303-447-8531

StartUp News

 Boulder Chamber interview with John Tayer

Boulder Chamber interview with John Tayer

John Tayer and Jann Scott talk business. He explains the Business Services, Advocacy and the Economic Vitality they provide in the city of Boulder. John talks about the members who join the Chamber and ways the Boulder Chamber can connect them others to help build their business, as well he explains some of the local policies the Chamber takes a role in developing in the community and some of the networking events the Chamber hosts where business voices can be shared with others.[READ|SHARE]
Quick Books Connect - Boulder Theater Thursday May 21

Quick Books Connect - Boulder Theater Thursday May 21

Come be inspired, learn and network at QuickBooks Connect Local Boulder. You may be on your own, but you don't have to feel like it. That's why QuickBooks is bringing together small business owners for a one-time event right here in Boulder. You'll walk away with new contacts, insider tips and inspiring ideas to take your business to the next level. Tickets are just $25, but space is limited and seats will go fast.[READ|SHARE]
Jobs and Internships at Boulder Channel 1

Jobs and Internships at Boulder Channel 1

Our team is the backbone for Public television here in Boulder. We produce a nightly show called 22Boom for Educational access Channel 22 in Boulder county. On Boulder Channel 1 which is web based Television we cover local events, bands, tech, everything Boulder. We have been around since 1975 and have produced Television, newspaper and radio .[READ|SHARE]
The Future of the News Business: Startup Week Boulder

The Future of the News Business: Startup Week Boulder

Wednesday At 3:00 in Trident Coffee Shop (the oldest coffee shop in Boulder) Ben Markus, Steve Outing, Matt Sebastian, and Andrew Baron presented The Future of the News Business for Startup Week Boulder.[READ|SHARE]
2015 Boulder Startup TV Special ad package

2015 Boulder Startup TV Special ad package

Boulder Channel 1 is producing a startup TV special. The ad price sheet is in this post.[READ|SHARE]
Ebony Walker enjoying Boulder Starup Week

Ebony Walker enjoying Boulder Starup Week

I ran into Ebony Walker at Boulder Startup Weeks Educational Startup social event. Ebony was very easy to talk with, and represents some of the new entrepreneurs to the scene of education that are making a real difference.[READ|SHARE]
Fabien Dodard and Sara Smith from Victor & Spoils: Boulder Startup Week 2015

Fabien Dodard and Sara Smith from Victor & Spoils: Boulder Startup Week 2015

Boulder ad agencies gone wild .This talk was based around the idea of creative marketing, and how the best way to stand out in the incredibly competitive world of creative story telling in the chaotic internet, is by sticking to the basics. The talk was centralized around 5 main characteristics of how to tell a great story:[READ|SHARE]
Made Startup Boulder

Made Startup Boulder

I went to Made today and had a look at a new Boulder ad agency. Love the place . Made is it's name . Catapults , wild animals and the sell is their game. Oh wait ! That is what we do all day long here and Boulder Channel 1[READ|SHARE]
Pro Mountain Biker Sonya Looney Boulder Startup Week

Pro Mountain Biker Sonya Looney Boulder Startup Week

George Hardwick writes about Looney the pro Mt Biker in this blog #bsw15. When asked how she was able to pay for everything, financially, she responded with marketing. Though it was scary, Looney stepped out of her comfort zones by approaching magazines for money to run a story, and the race starters to cover her travel because she was publicizing them in a magazine.[READ|SHARE]
Survey Gizmo at Boulder Startup week

Survey Gizmo at Boulder Startup week

Gizmo Survey rolls into Boulder for startup week . Their most embarrassing moment: The night before a webinar of over 400 potential customers, Bill and Scott were awake until 4 a.m. getting the slides ready.[READ|SHARE]
George Hardwick blogging for Boulder Channel 1 Boulder Startup Week

George Hardwick blogging for Boulder Channel 1 Boulder Startup Week

#BSW15 George Hardwick is blogging for Boulder Channel 1 during Boulder Starup Week. Look for George on Twitter @BoulderCh1News #BSW15 . Also on Facebook Boulder Channel 1. Follow Geotge all day right here for his reports.[READ|SHARE]
Start-Up TV Special

Start-Up TV Special

C1N.TV's Start-Up TV series serves the International Start-Up community.[READ|SHARE]
Becky Boone F-Bombs her way across Boulder: EDITORIAL

Becky Boone F-Bombs her way across Boulder: EDITORIAL

Code for Boulder and America lacks transparency. The city got conned by pro-growthers says Jann Scott in this Boulder channel 1 editorial. Becky Boone F Bombs her way across Texas... we mean Boulder. Who is the real money behind Boone. Is there corruption. ???[READ|SHARE]
Startup Boulder week 2014: reflection

Startup Boulder week 2014: reflection

We know that is is organized by a hippie homeless guy who calls himself a vagabond. We know a group of so called investors from Boulders App world get together drink beer, have chair races and party day and night call themselves the community. But are they trustworthy ?? Are they really from Boulder or are they former college students cycling through our city playing at business?? They all seem to be new here without jobs living off of mom and dad. And that is part of the Boulder Story too[READ|SHARE]
CU develops solar toilet for third world use

CU develops solar toilet for third world use

The self-contained, waterless toilet, designed and built using a $777,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has the capability of heating human waste to a high enough temperature to sterilize human waste and create biochar, a highly porous charcoal[READ|SHARE]
CU scientists: New battery extends range and safety of electric-powered vehicles

CU scientists: New battery extends range and safety of electric-powered vehicles

“This new, low-cost chemistry has a capacity that’s nearly 10 times greater than state-of-the-art cathodes.”[READ|SHARE]
Boulder New Tech Meetup hosts 2 days of Techstars

Boulder New Tech Meetup hosts 2 days of Techstars

August in Boulder means TechStars and we have 2 nights of presentations. August 5 and 6. Monday the 5th is oversold, but Tuesday the 6th has a few open seats.[READ|SHARE]
Quickbooks Connect Boulder, May 21st 2015

Quickbooks Connect Boulder, May 21st 2015

Quickbooks Connect Local comes to Boulder and Boulder Channel 1 visits this exciting event to talk with some of the big stars of the show including Bill Rancic an American Entrepreneur who won the first season of the Apprentice, Al Ko the Vice President of Product Management at Intuit and Heather McLellan the Vice President at Intuit. The show was to help connect local entrepreneurs and start-ups in Boulder, as well as introduce some new features and apps that help make quickbooks even better. We also feature the special presentation of Cash Mobs where Bill Rancic visits local businesses[READ|SHARE]
Boulder Startup Week 2013: what we did.

Boulder Startup Week 2013: what we did.

First of all we are not exactly a start up. We are more an old school OG Boulder entrepreneurial company. That is to say Brad Feld and David Cohen didn't invent the entrepreneurial movement here in Boulder. They joined it in the 90s and capitalized on it. Yes they are modern day Gurus, but Boulder has 100's of gurus. Boulder's entreperurship started in the late 1800s during the Colorado Gold rush and it never stopped.[READ|SHARE]
Boulder  Start Up week starts up on Wednesday

Boulder Start Up week starts up on Wednesday

Boulder start Up week is developing from an elitist all white college aged "new entrepreneurial vision of neo -com American business run by wine and coffee snobs" to something that the city of Boulder has endorsed and made an official event. In it's early days BSUW was an invite, register only press censored event. Much of it was low on substance and high on partying. Don't get us wrong Boulder start Up week is still a week long drinking convention for 20 and early 30 somethings, but it now has to conform to city strict Human rights[READ|SHARE]

StartUp News

So you wanna be an Entrepreneur? Workshop Thursday Nov 13th, 2014

So You Wanna Be An Entrepreneur? Workshop on Thursday, November 13th, 2014 9 A.M. – 4 P.M.

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Join this workshop: for entrepreneurs serious about succeeding. Come spend a day with local industry experts to learn about how to put your ideas into action. A full-day workshop for idea-phase or established entrepreneurs passionate about thriving in their industry.

So You Wanna Be An Entrepreneur? Is offered Thursday, November 13th, 2014 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and concludes with a cocktail hour from 4 p.m. until 5 p.m. The one-day only workshop is offered at the office of Red Idea Partners located in Suite 106 at 4760 Walnut St., Boulder, CO. Class is strictly limited in size for the one-day cost of $295.

Spots are limited. Register by calling Alexandra Gardner at Red Idea Partners redideapartners.com at 720-287-1361 or email alex@redideapartners.com.

Ross Shell, Founder and CEO of Red Idea Partners, has successfully guided dozens of companies through the myriad of issues business owners face. This workshop is the ideal opportunity to save time and resources with guidance from local business experts.

“This is an incredible opportunity for anyone who has an idea floating around in their head that wants to put it into action. We deeply believe in the incredible possibilities and magic generated by ideas, ingenuity and unlimited human potential,” Shell says.

The information-packed day is awash with classes including: Mission, Vision and Values with instructor and Red Idea partner Dave Hunter, also the former CEO of BI, Inc.; Persistence and Gutting it Out taught by Garvin Jabusch, Chief Investment Officer at Green Alpha Advisors; Legal 101 with Matt Bonoma, Partner and Food Practice Director at Red Idea Partners and Valuation, Pitching and Fundraising taught by Ross Shell, Founder and CEO of Red Idea Partners.

So you wanna be an Entrepreneur? Workshop

About Red Idea Consulting and Venture Works
Red Idea Consulting and Venture Works consults, invests, and joint ventures with entrepreneurs with promising ideas and start-up businesses in the food, beverage, consumer, and technology sectors. Red Idea’s mantra is “vibrant thinking” and the partners believe that entrepreneurial success comes from hard work, talented teams, common sense, realism, enthusiasm, focus and flexibility. Red Idea’s vision is to build an enduring firm of national caliber while helping build successful, profitable brands.

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Why Should Taxpayers Pay for Toxic Cleanups?

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WE SHOULDN’T! Let the profiteers who cause the problems pay.

JACQUELINE MARCUS

FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT

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If an oil or coal firm releases toxic chemicals that poisons every living thing it touches (Freedom Industries) and sends thousands of residents to the hospital from lethal exposure, (read Truthout’s Editor William Rivers Pitt’s recent pieces Diary of a Dying Country and The Poisoner’s Reckoning), U.S. government officials not only will pat the oil-coal thugs on the back, they’ll hand over a check worth millions of tax dollars for cleanup fees. And if that isn’t insulting enough for you, the insurance companies will also allegedly pay the dirty energy oligarchs again for the same amount.

No criminal charges, no one goes to jail, and to add insult to injury, they’re actually paid twice for contaminating our drinking water, for putting thousands of Americans in the hospital from toxic poisoning, and for turning communities into real estate nightmares.

West Virginia was in the news recently when this Charleston chemical storage facility accidentally released up to 10,000 gallons of the coal-cleaning chemical MCHM, into the Elk River on January 9, 2014.

West Virginia was in the news recently when this Charleston chemical storage facility accidentally released up to 10,000 gallons of the coal-cleaning chemical MCHM, into the Elk River on January 9, 2014.

 

The insurance settlements represent a drop in the bucket to oil companies that receive close to a trillion dollars a year combined in profits, but those extra millions that the oil firms pocket can make a significant difference for cash-strapped states. It’s like stealing a tiny piece of candy from a baby when your store is spilling over with tons of sweets.

Why are we, the taxpayers, paying for the oil oligarchs’ hazardous toxic messes in the first place?

By and large, the fossil fuel industry owns the U.S. government. You will never see oil-coal executives arrested for the environmental crimes they’ve committed even when Americans have died from their toxic explosions and disasters. That’s why when President Obama boasts about how he increased drilling, fracking, and the construction of oil pipelines beyond George W. Bush’s wildest dreams, which means more disasters are bound to happen, it makes you question Obama’s motives, especially when we’re heading full speed ahead to mass extinction from carbon emissions produced from oil and coal.

Federal regulations for sale: Why disasters keep happening

When Republicans rage about federal environmental protection regulations, think about how we’re rapidly heading towards mass extinction. Instead of increasing regulations, Republicans want to gut the Endangered Species Act, and they’re determined to blow up the Environmental Protection Agency so that big polluters can continue to rapidly push us beyond our ability to survive.

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As they’re shredding the last of the public safety regulations, think of the perpetual oil, fracking and coal disasters, and you’ll get the picture of what “deregulation” looks like. Americans pay the consequences for a government that’s been paid to look the other way.

Federal oversight of eroding equipment is not taken seriously. The feds rarely inspect the fossil fuel industry’s equipment whether it be fuel storage tanks, drilling rigs, pipelines, and most importantly, aging equipment at refineries.

For all the brouhaha the President and elected officials make about protecting the public, the fact that oil-chemical disasters continue to happen demonstrate that they could care less about protecting the general public’s welfare. The oil industry is notorious for putting workers at risk. Should petroleum engineers, manual laborers, or if an honest federal inspector complains, they’re threatened and told by the industry’s supervisors that they’ll lose their jobs.

A friend that formerly worked for a major oil company spoke about the federal inspection process, and if what he says is generally true, it explains why these disasters continue to happen: “The federal inspectors are easily bribed, boxes are checked off based on the word of the oil management team, and then permits are stamped for approval.” In short, U.S. federal inspections of antiquated equipment for the protection of workers, the public, and the environment are a joke.

You would think that the petroleum executives would want to maintain and upgrade their equipment to prevent potential disasters. But thanks to our oil-soaked elected officials, oil execs don’t have to worry about the disasters they create from gross negligence. We, the taxpayers, pick up the tab—while the petro-thugs get paid twice for the cleanup and make off with the profits. Oh and speaking of taxes, Big Oil hardly pays any U.S. taxes, if at all.

These recurring disasters are far from being “leaks” and “spills”: those are Big Oil euphemisms that are used by the media and politicians in the attempt to deceive the public. Think of BP’s Gulf catastrophe. There is no clear evidence of a recovery. On the contrary, it’s been over three years after the explosion and enormous dead zones are spreading throughout the Gulf. As Truthout reporter Dahr Jamail noted, thousands of Gulf residents have been suffering from the toxic exposure. Nevertheless, President Obama still refers to BP’s worst oil disaster in history as a “leak”.

Who’s to blame?

Every other week you read about another oil catastrophe: trains exploding from the fuel they’re transporting, toxic water contamination, offshore rig explosions, pipeline ruptures and refinery explosions, on and on it goes, there’s no end to it—many of which could have been prevented if federal inspectors were doing their jobs and if the oil firms were diligent about maintaining safety equipment.

These disasters are systemic cases of gross negligence that threaten the public’s health. While our elected officials are being wined and dined by Big Oil criminals, they see the American people as merely “collateral damage” when disasters happen, and then proceed with business as usual.

Who’s to blame? The oily legislators have passed laws with the fossil fuel lobbyists that benefit the oil industry at the expense of our environment: our drinking water, our oceans, our forests, our farms and ranches—all sacrificed in exchange for campaign funding and happy-go-lucky party money. I’ve asked this before and I’ll ask it again: Can we eat and drink oil?

Executive decisions lead to ongoing disasters

If President Obama is sincere about preventing another BP Gulf disaster, as he often claims, then why did he give Shell approval to drill in Alaska’s dangerously turbulent Chukchi Sea—home to more than half the nation’s polar bears? Moreover: Shell is working with Transocean: BP’s collaborator that contributed to the unprecedented 2010 Gulf of Mexico catastrophe due to Transocean’s faulty equipment which was never properly inspected by the federal government.

President Obama is fully aware of Shell’s critical malfunctions of transporting their rig at sea, which was shoved to the shore like a bobbing toy from Alaska’s turbulent winds. To allow Shell to proceed is unconscionable when this near disaster signaled an alarming siren of warning to the White House. There’s a perfect example of why disasters keep happening.

New Laws: the American public v the U.S. federal government

Our legislators are perpetually occupied at passing new laws that benefit the fossil fuel industry at our expense.

Well maybe it’s time for us to pass a few laws against our legislators:

New Laws: The fossil fuel industry from now on must pay for cleaning up their deadly toxic disasters that they create, not the taxpayers and not the insurance companies. If the federal government fails to inspect faulty and aging equipment, then the President, and members of the legislature that receive dirty energy money, must pay for the cleanup expenses when disasters occur as a result, and they must establish a multibillion dollar fund for families and animals that are harmed, injured, killed or poisoned from the toxic chemical disasters from their dirty energy campaign money. If they (fossil fuel firms and legislators) do not pay for the cleanup expenses, and for all those who have been affected and harmed immediately after it happens, they will be held to a mandatory prison sentence of ten years in federal prison without bail or parole.

If this were to happen, oil and chemical disasters would be reduced to rare exceptions if at all.

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Footnotes:

1. Freedom Industries, a coal-industry surrogate in West Virginia, dumped poison into the water supply known as the Elk River, waited 24 hours to tell anyone about it, waited even longer to mention that they had also dumped a second poison into the water supply, and then declared bankruptcy so as to make themselves judgment-proof in civil court against the hundreds of thousands of people who couldn’t eat or work or bathe or cook for weeks…and this was all before the stuff they dumped into the river evaporated into formaldehyde, which it does, so everyone who couldn’t eat or bathe or cook for weeks was suddenly eating and cooking and bathing in a whole different poison, this one being a known carcinogen…but they’re bankrupt now, so screw you and your tumors. (William Rivers Pitt: “The Poisoner’s Reckoning”)

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Space flight to test antibiotic’s effectiveness

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CU-Boulder to fly antibiotic experiment,
education project on ants to space station

NASA Television will provide live coverage of the launch of Orbital Sciences Corp.’s commercial Cygnus spacecraft on Tuesday, Jan. 7 from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, which will be carrying two University of Colorado Boulder payloads to the International Space Station.

The two CU-Boulder payloads — a biomedical antibiotic experiment and an educational K-12 experiment involving ant behavior in microgravity — are slated to be launched aboard Orbital Sciences Corp.’s Antares rocket at 11:55 a.m. MST. Both experiments were designed by BioServe Space Technologies, a NASA-funded center in CU-Boulder’s aerospace engineering sciences department.

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The CU-Boulder biomedical experiment was designed to test the effectiveness of antibiotics in space. Past experiments by CU-Boulder and other institutions have shown bacterial susceptibility to antibiotics is significantly reduced during spaceflight, although the reason is not yet known, said CU-Boulder Associate Professor David Klaus, principal investigator on the project.

 

Klaus said the investigation will examine changes in the gene expression of the bacteria E. coli during exposure to different concentrations of antibiotics while in the microgravity environment of space. The hope is to locate particular genes that are key to resisting antibiotics, which could lead to improved testing on Earth as well as new drug targets or new approaches to understanding antibiotic resistance in certain diseases or infections, said Klaus.

“Previous studies carried out in microgravity have shown that bacteria are able to grow in what normally would be an inhibitory concentration of the antibiotic,” said Klaus. “This investigation is aimed at characterizing the genetic basis for this response in the weightless environment of space with the intent of applying any insight gained toward combating the increasing emergence of drug-resistant pathogens here on Earth.”

Co-investigators on the project include BioServe Director Louis Stodieck, a research professor in aerospace engineering, and Shawn Levy, a researcher at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville, Ala. The research effort also involves CU-Boulder doctoral candidate Luis Zea.

Bacterial resistance to antibiotics kills 100,000 Americans every year and represents a roughly $20 billion expense to the U.S. government in excess health care costs, said Klaus. The experiments will be undertaken using spaceflight test tubes contained in the Commercial Generic Bioprocessing Apparatus, or CGBA, an automated, suitcase-sized incubator, all designed and built by BioServe.

The second experiment launching to ISS is known as Ants in Space, which examines foraging patterns based on the density of the common Pavement Ant, said BioServe Business Development Manager and Education Program Director Stefanie Countryman. “Past experiments by Professor Deborah Gordon, principal investigator on this project, have shown that some ant species have the ability to search areas collectively without individual communication. When ant densities are high, each ant thoroughly searches one small area in a circular, “random” walk, she said. When ant densities are low, each ant searches by walking in a relatively straight line, allowing it to cover more ground.

“Ants assess their own density at the rate at which they meet,” said Countryman, who said the eight individual ant habitats on ISS will be loaded with roughly 100 ants each. “The experiment examines whether in microgravity ants will use the rate at which they meet to assess density, and so use straighter paths in the larger habitat areas. The results will be compared to ground controls, which in this case will include ant habitats in hundreds of K-12 classrooms around the world.”

Countryman has previously directed BioServe K-12 education experiments involving the behavior of butterflies, ladybugs and spiders in space, reaching hundreds of thousands of students around the world in the past two decades. For the ant experiments, BioServe is partnering with the Baylor College of Medicine’s Center for Education Outreach, a longstanding BioServe partner that has developed the education curriculum guide for the experiment.

BioServe research partners on the ant project include Gordon of Stanford University and Associate Professor Michael Greene of the University of Colorado Denver. The experiment is sponsored by NASA’s National Lab Education Office as well as the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, a nonprofit group headquartered in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

Teachers interested in participating in the ant experiments may contact Countryman at countrym@colorado.edu. More information on the project for teachers and students will be online beginning in mid-January at http://www.bioedonline.org.

The flight will be the first Cygnus resupply cargo mission launched to ISS by Orbital Sciences Corp. and follows the earlier, successful launch of a Cygnus demo flight to ISS that arrived at the orbiting station Oct. 22.

In the past 25 years, BioServe has designed, built and flown microgravity life science research experiments on more than 40 space missions. BioServe has a full suite of space flight hardware, both on ISS and on the ground, which supports its own research as well as research conducted by its customers and partners. Past BioServe partners include large and small pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, universities and NASA-funded researchers.

For more information on BioServe visit http://www.colorado.edu/engineering/BioServe/index.html.

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7,000 homes in Boulder County are w/o heat

7,000 B.C. homes are without heating gas

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Natural Gas Outages in Boulder County   Report as of 4:00 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6, 2013

To supplement our Colorado crews working to restore natural gas service to customers in Boulder County affected by this morning’s outage, we have called in additional Xcel Energy crews from around the state and from Minnesota and Wisconsin. We have also contacted utilities in California and New Mexico plus private companies too. With temperatures hovering in the single digits, we want to restart service as quickly and safely as possible. Approximately 7,000 homes are without service. We estimate 90 percent of customers will have service by noon tomorrow. Crews will work around-the-clock to restore service to customers.

7,000 homes in Boulder County are w/o heat

7,000 homes in Boulder County are w/o heat

We will call customers in advance to alert them that crews will be in their neighborhoods to relight pilots for natural gas appliances. It is important that we can reach you with this information. If you have not given us your cell phone number in the past, please call us at 1-800-895-4999 to provide your cell phone number or another alternate phone number.

To help our crews restore your service tonight, please turn on an outside light if you will be available to let them into your home. A person who is at least 18 years old must be at home to allow our crews access to your home. If not, we will need to return later. Please do not attempt to re-light natural gas appliances yourself. Not only can your appliances or equipment be damaged by improper re-lights but you can place yourself and your family in danger.

Our employees will check your appliances and re-light them for you free of charge. The American Red Cross opened a warming shelter for people affected by the natural gas outage. The center is located at Douglass Elementary School, 840 75th St. near 75th Street and Baseline Road.

Fracking is harmful to humans and critters alike

ESA: So much accomplished, so much to do

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by Ron Baird

BC1 news editor

The federal Endangered Species turns 40 years old this year. It was signed into law by Richard (“I am not a crook”) Nixon, in 1973, likely as a desperation move to garner public support for his collapsing presidency. The significance of this law is that, for the first time in history federal law recognized there are limits to economic development —i.e. when a species would be driven to extinction as a result of the activities. That, my friends, is a Line in the Sand.

Wolves have made a comeback under the ESA but are threatened by the U.S. government's intention to remove federal protection across the country.

Wolves have made a comeback under the ESA but are threatened by the U.S. government’s intention to remove federal protection across the country.

The ESA has been incredibly effective, thanks almost entirely to the Center for Biological Diversity, which was instrumental in protecting more than 1,400 species and 200 million acres of critical habitat in the U.S. alone. Ninety nine percent of species protected by the ESA have been saved from extinction. The CBD uses law and science to make its case, bucking the trend of most major environmental groups, which rarely sue any longer for any reason. This happened because BIG OIL has undue influence in the environmental community by having representatives on the environmental groups’ board of directors and by funding these groups with the tacit understanding that the groups won’t oppose projects beneficial to oil and gas profits. Nevertheless, current trends are threatening to reverse the situation. Global climate change could be the most damaging threat in history, with profound implications for both animals and human beings. There are others.

To honor the ESA,  Boulder Channel 1 will run a series of articles about the most serious of these threats.

By the Center for Biological Diversity

FRACKING THREATENS AMERICA’S AIR, WATER AND CLIMATE It poisons our water, contaminates our air and emits massive greenhouse gas pollution. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, involves blasting huge volumes of water mixed with toxic chemicals and sand deep into the earth to fracture rock formations and release oil and natural gas. This extreme form of energy production endangers our health and wildlands.

A fracking boom can transform an area almost overnight, creating massive new environmental and social problems. Fracking development is intensifying in Pennsylvania, Texas and North Dakota and moving into new areas, like California and Nevada. Will your state be fracked next? But as fracking spreads across America, communities are fighting back — and the Center for Biological Diversity is working to ban this growing threat. POLLUTING AIR AND WATER, KILLING WILDLIFE

Preble's meadow jumping mouse

Preble’s meadow jumping mouse

About 25 percent of fracking chemicals could cause cancer, scientists say. Others harm the skin or reproductive system. Evidence is mounting throughout the country that these chemicals — as well as methane released by fracking — are making their way into aquifers and drinking water. Fracking can release dangerous petroleum hydrocarbons, including benzene and xylene. It also increases ground-level ozone levels, raising people’s risk of asthma and other respiratory illnesses. Wildlife is also in danger. Fish die when fracking fluid contaminates streams and rivers. Birds are poisoned by chemicals in wastewater ponds. And the intense industrial development accompanying fracking pushes imperiled animals out of wild areas they need to survive. In California, for example, more than 100 endangered and threatened species live in the counties where fracking is set to expand. DISRUPTING

OUR CLIMATE Fracking releases large amounts of methane, a dangerously potent greenhouse gas. Fracked shale gas wells, for example, may have methane leakage rates as high as 7.9 percent, which would make such natural gas worse for the climate than coal. But fracking also threatens our climate in another way. To prevent catastrophic climate change, we must leave about 80 percent of proven fossil fuel reserves in the ground. Fracking takes us in the opposite direction, opening up vast new deposits of fossil fuels. If the fracking boom continues, oil and gas companies will light the fuse on a carbon bomb that will shatter efforts to avert climate chaos. BAN FRACKING NOW To protect our environment from fracking, we must prohibit this inherently dangerous technique. That’s why the Center supports fracking bans and moratoriums at the local, state and national levels. Learn about fracking and please take action against it today.

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