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Posted on March 4 at 9:54 p.m.

I like your proposed fee structure

On Intact, Unaltered, and Out of My Mind

Posted on January 22 at 2:37 p.m.

We should all be able to buy programming a la carte

On Cox Switcheroo

Posted on January 22 at 2:20 p.m.

Thanks Jerry for another good one.
Here is a for-profit corporation (NYSE:PXP) paying "reasonable compensation" to legal experts to support two non-profit corporations that wish to contractually constrain the long-term development of several offshore oil leases -- leases that would be developed by the same oil company. Apparently the environmental groups and their donor bases did not think it was worth having independently-financed representation for CPA/GOO in this matter, but either way I was shocked that the expertise and long-term commitment of an established and prominent environmental attorney on behalf of an oil producer could be purchased so inexpensively. I bet PXP's own attorneys and public relations firms were paid at least an order of magnitude more. Neither of the non-profit corporations party to this agreement have any authority over offshore hydrocarbon resource production associated with the leases, creating a large and obvious mechanism by which PXP (or perhaps some unsavory successor) could forestall for many, many years the actual production shut-down, as well as the onshore restoration or land-transfer commitments. I'm sure I'm not the first to notice there are no impoundments of early project income to a long-term (post-operation) oversight/remediation/stewardship trust. The lasting value of this agreement seems far too uncertain.

On Oil & Secrecy

Posted on September 30 at 1:16 p.m.

Interesting article, thank you. Other research groups of the Center for Envt'l Implications of Nanotech are looking at environmental risk, toxicology etc. See for more about the risk perception and other research groups.

On Nanotechnology Wins Public Approval

Posted on September 22 at 1:09 a.m.

Great story and comments. Much appreciated.

On Refugio Fire September 6-15, 1955

Posted on May 26 at 11:20 a.m.

The article says 2,000 cubic feet. That's 20 HCF, which is about right for a single family residence with irrigated landscape or garden. 2 HCF per month is admirably miserly.

On The Boiling Point of Carp Water

Posted on May 11 at 11:54 a.m.

Incredible photo. Thanks Ray for sharing your intimate knowledge of local geography during extreme as well as normal times.

On Fire Investigators Narrow Down Start Point

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