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“We are like tenant farmers chopping down the fence around our house for fuel, when we should be using Nature’s inexhaustible sources of energy. I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy… I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.”

THOMAS EDISON 1931

Bobscaping Blogs

Fracking & Flaring BLOOPERS 2009

From a fish kill in our public park, to a torched impoundment liner and decimated creek on Labor Day, these three 2009 bloopers added to local excitement! CROSS CREEK COUNTY PARK: BUFFALO, PENNSYLVANIA: DUNKARD CREEK FISH KILL: Sometime around September 1, 2009, there was a massive fish kill along most…

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‘Orange Sky at Night, Frackers Delight’

Massive flare-offs at Shell’s newly operational PENNSYLVANIA PETROCHEMICALS COMPLEX is a sure sign that things are well underway, converting shale gas ethane into little plastic nurdles. What the company calls “full production” won’t occur until some point next year, all while their air permit is finalized with the PA DEP.…

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War vs. Nature

Ukraine has used the Cop27 climate talks to make the case that Russia’s invasion is causing an environmental as well as humanitarian catastrophe, with fossil fuels a key catalyst of the country’s destruction. Oliver Milman writes in The Guardian on November 13, 2022: Svitlana Krakovska, Ukraine’s leading climate scientist, said…

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VIDEOS: Halt the Harm Summit

‘Halt the Harm’ hosted an online summit highlighting some of the people leading the anti-fracking movement in communities across the United States. Learn about pipeline fights, public health threats, support services, and much more. Tuesday, November 15th Wednesday, November 16th Thursday, November 17th VIDEO: What would Rachel Carson say?

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Residential Gas Prices over the Marcellus Shale

We continue to experience natural gas price increases in Pennsylvania, partly due to increased LNG exports, even though we sit above the Marcellus Shale, and reside in one of the most heavily fracked counties in Pennsylvania. Below is a chart comparing prices year-over-year, from our recent residential natural gas bill,…

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PITT Goes Green with a 61-acre Solar Farm

A new 55,000 solar panel farm will provide the Pittsburgh campus with nearly one-fifth of its electricity through a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). Pitt signed a 20-year agreement with Vesper to purchase all of the electricity produced on the site. Aurora Sharrard, Pitt’s executive director of sustainability, expects it…

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Massive Leak at Gas Storage Area in Western PA

The Rager Mountain Gas Storage Area leak in Cambria County is proving difficult to stop, while bringing worrisome comparisons to the Aliso Canyon and Powhatan Point incidents, where huge volumes of methane reached the atmosphere. Methane is a highly potent greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming. Left: Methane plume…

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FRANCE: Solar Energy from Parking Lots

Énergie solaire à partir de parkings. The latest solar energy news out of France blanketed media outlets: France to require all large parking lots to be covered by solar panelsIn France, solar just got a huge boost from new legislation approved through the Senate this week that will require all parking lots…

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Shell Cracker Plant: Aerial Views Oct 2021 & Oct 2022

From an October 1, 2021 flight, to a second flight a year later on October 21, 2022, we see further development at Shell’s Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex along the Ohio River north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: VIDEO: Ethane Crackers & Associated Health Impacts MORE NEWS: Shell’s petrochemical city in Potter Township finally…

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Young Voters Going Democrat to Record Degree

According to Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez, President of NextGen America, “young voters” are now breaking 3-1 for Democrats. Zachary Shahan reports further in CleanTechnica on November 9, 2022: Young people have historically been more progressive, liberal, and Democratic. The statement from Ramirez is that they have gone in that direction more…

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Telescoping wave energy

Scotland’s AWS Energy has reported results some 20% better than predicted for its Archimedes Waveswing, a prototype wave energy generator that’s been undergoing ocean-based testing. Loz Blain reports in NEW ATLAS on November 6, 2022: The Waveswing is a cylindrical metal buoy that’s tethered to a single point on the…

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Hybrid HVAC with Solar Energy and an EV

Our home electric and gas utility bills arrived in late October. Total: $38.67 Image: Electric bills for 12 month period = $290.44$24.20 average per month includes EV charging It’s been over a year since we upgraded our home heating and cooling system from an old central air conditioning unit to…

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2022 Shale & Public Health Conference

The Straight Scoop on Shale – A project of the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania Citizen Education Fund The 10th annual Shale & Public Health Conference will take place as an online conference over two days Tuesday, November 15 & Wednesday, November 16, 2022 from noon to 4pm EST New…

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Fetterman Better Choice than Oz on Climate

While they both support fracking, John Fetterman is clear on his climate goals. Q: What measures, regulations, or acts, if any, would you support to mitigate climate change?OZ: “Candidate did not respond” Q: What measures, regulations, or acts, if any, would you support to mitigate climate change?FETTERMAN: “Climate change is…

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No Room on your Roof? Try Community Solar!

‘Community solar is about to explode’ in Illinois Nara Schoenberg wrote a story in the Chicago Tribune on October 31, 2022, “A way to get solar energy — no rooftop panels required — is making headway in Illinois: ‘Community solar is about to explode’ Increasingly popular in Illinois, community solar…

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Governor Tom Wolf’s Fracking Legacy

Photo by Governor Tom Wolf from Harrisburg, PA Governor Wolf Portrait, CC BY 2.0, Source In one of his final acts as Pennsylvania’s governor, Tom Wolf signed a huge, multi-billion dollar taxpayer giveaway, in large part to the oil and gas industry. Stephen Caruso of Spotlight PA reports on November…

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News Updates: Electric Vehicles

Recent News Headlines about EV’s 100% Electric Vehicles = 13% Of New Vehicle Sales Globally!Global plugin vehicle registrations were up 51% in September 2022 compared to September 2021, reaching a record 1,040,000 units. This is the first time ever the world reaches one million plugin vehicle registrations in a month. With such…

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‘EYES ON SHELL’ virtual meeting tonight

Wednesday, November 2, 2022 at 7:30PM EDT Just in from BC-MAC: Have you registered yet? If not, there’s still time! REGISTER HERE Shell’s Final Air Permit: Title VHow Can We Protect Our Community? The Proof is in the Permit; join us to discuss the upcoming air permit for Shell, including how…

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EU Bans Sale of New Gasoline and Diesel Cars

EU negotiators agreed on a deal for “zero-emission road mobility by 2035″ “The days of the carbon spewing, pollution belching combustion engine are finally numbered.” Julia Poliscanova, T&E’s senior director for vehicles and e-mobility Anmar Frangoul’s CNBC report on October 28, 2022 shares these details: The plan seeks to slash…

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AGRIVOLTAIC FARMING: Our Food & Energy Future

Agrivoltaic farming involves strategically installing solar panels so they share land used for agriculture. Advocates for this option believe it could make a meaningful difference in both food supplies and energy infrastructure. Jane Marsh wrote a story in Renewable Energy Magazine on October 20, 2022 about Agrivoltaics. An Oregon State…

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News Headlines: Renewable Energy

Global news headlines on renewable energy Economic benefits of wind, solar in rural Appalachia could top $65 billionA recent report shows that rural communities in Appalachia could benefit the most from wind and solar development. The group looked at expected local tax revenues, land lease payments, and employee wages generated by…

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Caltech’s Space Solar Energy Project

Imagine collecting solar energy in space, where it has 8-times the potential of terrestrial solar, and beaming it back to Earth. Caltech’s wildly ambitious space solar project, buoyed by a massive hundred-million-dollar donation, is preparing to launch its first prototypes into orbit. These cutting-edge ultralight structures will collect, convert and…

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Inflation, Exports and Natural Gas Prices

Sean O’Leary wrote an excellent Ohio River Valley Institute blog on October 13, 2022 about the past, present and future of natural gas prices. Source: Author’s calculation based on EIA U.S. Price of Natural Gas Delivered to Residential Customers. Consumer Price Index calculation using the Bureau of Labor Statistics CPI Calculator. “Natural…

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Wind Energy on the Ballot in Ohio

In north-central Ohio, Seneca County commissioners used a new 2021 law to ban renewable energy projects in unincorporated parts of the county. Now, another ban is up for a vote in neighboring Crawford County, Ohio. On October 21, 2022 Julie Grant of The Allegheny Front wrote the story, WIND ENERGY…

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About Bobscaping
Growing colorful gourds on a string trellis as a child was Bob’s first inspirational success, but Bob began his 35-year landscape contracting career following graduation from the Ornamental Nursery Industry program in Penn State’s College of Agriculture, where course studies included tree culture, turfgrass maintenance, plant pathology, agronomy, entomology, and other specialized horticulture classes on main campus in State College.
“Tree hugger”
Prior to university studies, Bob spent 7 years growing tree seedlings in his own nursery, as well as learning the proper methods of hand digging evergreen shrubs and large shade trees, while working at a commercial nursery. Landscaping, gardening and environmental issues continue to be lifetime passions in retirement.
Over 20 years on the world wide web!
Through work on four web sites over the past two decades, Bob has shared his textbook knowledge and hands-on experience with trees, shrubs, lawns and garden plants in varied landscape settings. This shared information has helped homeowners improve their own home’s curb appeal, while giving them the personal satisfaction of performing do-it-yourself gardening tasks, while using proper landscaping techniques and timing.
Bobscaping provides easy to understand information on tree and shrub trimming, lawn seeding, lawn care, soil improvement, fertilizer and basic everyday landscape maintenance topics.
See for yourself
Bobscaping “How To” videos help do-it-yourself home gardeners with step-by-step instructions, while also sharing tours of premier gardens, arboretums and conservatories. Many of the videos now have closed captioning (CC). Thousands of shrub photos and tree photos will further enhance your visit here.
And as we say in the business: Green side up!
Bob