Brazil Current Events
LNG Exports: Big Oil vs Manufacturers vs Foreign LNG|
January 20, 2013 | FuelFix
Many energy companies would like to export natural gas as LNG from the United States to countries where market prices are much higher. However, United States manufacturers object because they fear that LNG exports will raise domestic prices.
Not mentioned in the FuelFix article are: 1) many new conventional gas discoveries in Africa, Australia, South America and Indonesia that could compete with LNG exports from the United States; 2) the enormous untapped shale gas potential in other parts of the world; and, 3) natural gas throughout the world that is currently being flared. Will LNG export terminals for United States gas make economic sense five years from now?
Uses of Soapstone|
June 20, 2012 | Geology.com
Soapstone is a rock composed primarily of talc. It is a soft rock that has been used as a carving material for thousands of years. It is also a rock with a high specific heat capacity that makes it suitable for woodstoves, cooking pots, cooking slabs, boiling stones and other uses. In the image at right, soapstone is used as a facing on the “Christ the Redeemer” statue that overlooks the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
91% of 2011 Uranium Consumption was Imported|
May 3, 2012 | Energy Information Administration
Civilian nuclear power plant owners in the United States purchased 55 million pounds U3O8e in 2011 at an average price of $55.64 per pound U3O8e. Foreign-origin uranium accounted for 91% of the purchases and was sourced mainly from Kazakhstan, Russia, Uzbekistan, Brazil, China, Malawi, Namibia, Niger, South Africa, and Ukraine. Prices were up sharply.
Energy Report for Brazil|
February 29, 2012 | Energy Information Administration
“Brazil is the ninth largest energy consumer in the world and the third largest in the Western Hemisphere [...] primary energy consumption in Brazil has increased by close to a third in the last decade, due to sustained economic growth. In addition, Brazil has made great strides in increasing its total energy production, particularly oil and ethanol.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration website.
Carnivorous Plant Catches Worms|
January 10, 2012 | Christian Science Monitor
Philcoxia minensis is a carnivorous plant found in Brazil that catches worms with sticky underground leaves.
Torrential Rain in Brazil|
January 9, 2012 | NASA Earth Observatory
“Torrential rain inundated southeastern Brazil in early January 2012, causing severe damage in multiple states. The floods forced thousands from their homes, damaged roads and homes, and broke through a levee in northern Rio de Janeiro State.” Quoted from the Earth Observatory image release.
Earth Observatory has a rainfall contour map and satellite image.