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April 25, 2014

Chamber Launches Second Coal Ad This Week

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is launching its second TV ad this week highlighting a Republican Senate candidate’s support of the coal industry.

The chamber’s latest spot comes to the defense of West Virginia Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, who is running for an open Senate seat in the Mountain State.

As first reported by The Associated Press, the chamber also released TV ads Thursday supporting Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, who is facing a competitive primary challenge, and GOP state Sen. Evan Jenkins’ challenge to Rep. Nick J. Rahall II, D-W.Va.

The new ads come as the mainstream wing of the GOP fights back against conservative outside groups that play heavily in primaries.

The Senate ad follows a TV ad released on Monday in Kentucky that focused on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s efforts to support coal. Coal is poised to play a central role in both states’ Senate races.

The Kentucky ad was backed by a $182,000 airtime buy. The chamber’s independent expenditure filing has not yet been posted by the Federal Election Commission.

Both parties have primaries in the West Virginia race next year, but Capito and Democrat Natalie Tennant, West Virginia’s secretary of State, are favored to win their respective nominations. They are vying for the seat of retiring Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller.

“Representative Capito has a record fighting for West Virginians and leading the charge against government overreach, more spending, and job killing regulations,” Rob Engstrom, the chamber’s national political director, said in a statement. “In 2012, she earned a 100% rating with the U.S. Chamber. Our goal is to ensure voters recognize the clear choice they have in 2014 between a leader who stands for free enterprise and those who stand in its way.”

The West Virginia Senate race is rated Leans Republican by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

  • NotThatGullible
    • Jesse4

      Except for what it does to the land, water, air and people who breath and live in the air, yeah, it’s great.

      • NotThatGullible

        Jesse, I’m sure there is a place for you back in the stone age. Coal (fossil fuels) are good for the country and the world.

        Why don’t you get one of those one-way tickets to Mars they are selling since the Earth is so dangerous?

    • Mondovibe

      Unfortunately, Not That Gullible, the laws of physics, never wait for you and like minded, to catch up.

  • Mondovibe

    Conservatives: More toxins in our environment and less healthcare? Isn’t it about time we transition coal workers and industry to sustainable energy, a win/win/win for people/industry/planet? Remember “We the People/our Posterity” must try to live sustainably on this planet.

  • erlandais

    When Obama and Biden were in the Senate they were known as “Coal Killers” because they wanted to shut down the coal business. When Obama was elected to the WH and Biden was VP, what happened? They acted on their goal of shutting down the coal industry. Right now in W.V. coal production is at an all time low and many miners are out of work.

    • Jesse4

      Cheap natural gas is the real reason for decreased coal production, but there are very good reasons to discourage coal burning aside from that.

      • erlandais

        Jesse would you by any chance be from Pa. or W.V.? A lot of the coal from those states was sold overseas. The miners did not care who it was sold to, they used their wages to feed their families. They would rather work than be on food stamps.

  • Jesse4

    A Chamber of Commerce recommendation is the most quick and reliable way there is to identify a sheet-bag.

  • Mark Goldes

    Coal can be left behind much faster than might be readily believed.

    Atmospheric heat and pressure are neglected sources of green energy
    which far exceed the total available from fossil fuels. Global Warming might be
    slowed and perhaps reversed by breakthrough technologies being born now.

    Nikola Tesla suggested in 1900 that heat from the atmosphere could be tapped to
    generate electricity. In the early 20th century, Jacob Wainwright
    pointed out how this might be done. His numerous papers were ignored – as he
    took issue with The Second Law of Thermodynamics – which remains dogma for
    almost all scientists even today.

    A piston engine inspired by Wainwright is currently being prototyped. Requiring
    no fuel (once tested) it will open the way to 24/7 inexpensive renewable power.
    Desktop versions will demonstrate its validity. Larger gen-sets will power
    emergency generators, homes, and provide an alternative to diesel generators of
    all sizes. See NO FUEL PISTON ENGINE at http://www.aesopinstitute.org

    A FUEL-FREE TURBINE invented by a Russian scientist runs on atmospheric
    pressure. It leads the way to future hybrid electric cars and trucks that have
    unlimited range. These vehicles can sell power to utilities when suitably
    parked and thus pay for themselves. You can read his work on the same site.

    We are challenged to prove breakthrough science fast enough to matter. And then to mass produce new technologies without delay. If we act quickly, a livable planet can be sustained.

  • Liberalism Is Nonsense

    If we are to advance, we must preserve the morality and liberty that enable prosperity and we must cast aside collectivism’s foul blight.

  • Physicz Headquarterz

    The Kelvin-Planck formulation of the Second Law of Thermodynamics may be stated as follows:

    “No cyclic process driven simply by heat can accomplish the absorption of the heat from a reservoir and the conversion of such heat into work – without any other result (such as a transfer of heat to a cooler reservoir).”

    Now, as you will see, the Clausius formulation of the Second Law may be stated with fewer words:

    “No process is possible whose sole result is the transfer of heat from a cooler to a hotter body.”

    In fact, we can show that the Kelvin-Planck formulation may be deduced from that of Clausius. In the words of Enrico Fermi:

    “Suppose that Kelvin’s postulate were not valid. Then we could perform a transformation whose only final result would be to transform completely into work a definite amount of heat taken from a single source at the temperature t1. By means of friction we could then transform this work into heat again and with this heat raise the temperature of a given body, regardless of what its initial temperature, t2, may have been. In particular, we could take t2 to be higher than t1. Thus, the only final result of this process would be the transfer of heat from one body (the source at temperature t1) to another body at a higher temperature, t2. This would be a violation of the Clausius postulate.”

    Can anyone make a teapot that boils water by absorbing heat from blocks of ice?

    • Physicz Headquarterz

      Mark Goldes’ proofless claims regarding his make-believe strictly ambient heat engine do not represent any new technology, or even a new pretense – they merely represent a rather old pretense.

      “Before the establishment of the Second Law, many people who were interested in inventing a perpetual motion machine had tried to circumvent the restrictions of First Law of Thermodynamics by extracting the massive internal energy of the environment as the power of the machine. Such a machine is called a “perpetual motion machine of the second kind”. The second law declared the impossibility of such machines.”

      “A perpetual motion machine of the second kind is a machine which spontaneously converts thermal energy into mechanical work. When the thermal energy is equivalent to the work done, this does not violate the law of conservation of energy. However it does violate the more subtle second law of thermodynamics (see also entropy). The signature of a perpetual motion machine of the second kind is that there is only one heat reservoir involved… This conversion of heat into useful work, without any side effect, is impossible, according to the second law of thermodynamics.”

      Goldes’ make-believe strictly ambient heat engine would be a perpetual motion machine of the second kind, as defined above. Goldes is not developing any such engine; he is merely developing a pretense – as usual.

      • Mark Goldes

        When prototypes are completed and perform as expected, some will be sent to independent labs for validation.

        Once they are accepted as valid, inaccurate accusations such as the above will have an interesting effect on the credibility of this internet troll.

        Until that happens, skepticism is understandable. However, this is a real prototype program. Experiments often fail This one might. But, knowing the inventor for many years I expect it will perform as he anticipates.

        If so, this and the parallel work of Daniel Sheehan at the University of San Diego, might deserve a Nobel Prize.

        • Physicz Headquarterz

          Mark, please tell us:

          What was going to power the horn of the horn-powered tuning-rod generator you called the “POWERGENIE,” which you claimed would earn your company one billion dollars annually by 2012?

          Obviously you knew very well that the “POWERGENIE” could never be a useful generator, since the horn would consume a lot more power than the rod would ever deliver. It made no sense at all – as you knew very well. It was only useful as a pretense – exactly as your Virtual Photon Flux engine, your “collapsing hydrogen orbital” engine, and your strictly-ambient-heat-powered engine are also only useful as pretenses.

  • Physicz Headquarterz

    In Mark Goldes’ patent application for his ludicrous “POWERGENIE” horn-powered tuning-rod engine, he described the tuning-rod as “an energy transfer and multiplier element.”

    But of course, for the tuning-rod to “multiply” energy, it would need to disprove the law of conservation of energy.

    Goldes’ use of the term “energy multiplier element” reflected his pretense that the “revolutionary breakthrough” of the amazing “POWERGENIE” could disprove the law of conservation of energy, by presenting the world with a working “energy multiplier.”

    Goldes even claimed in 2008 that the POWERGENIE had been demonstrated already in an electric car, driven 4800 miles by his energy-multiplying horn-powered tuning-rod.

    But it seems that most people, for some reason, had difficulty accepting the notion that the law of conservation of energy could be proven false.

    And Goldes no doubt noticed that the Second Law of Thermodynamics – that “the entropy of an isolated system tends to increase with time and can never decrease” – is much less clear to most people than the conservation of energy.

    So now, after leaving aside the pretense that he could somehow “multiply energy” with a magnetized tuning-rod, Goldes has chosen to focus, instead, on the pretense that he can disprove the Second Law with an engine powered only by ambient heat.

    There is no “new science” in any of Goldes’ “revolutionary breakthroughs.” There is only pseudoscience and pretense – and nothing new, at all.

  • Physicz Headquarterz

    Let’s look at another example of Mark Goldes’ wonderful offerings in “revolutionary new technology:”

    The amazing “POWERGENIE!”

    One of the most laughable of Mark Goldes’ many pseudotypes is his “POWERGENIE” horn-powered generator. The brilliant idea of this revolutionary breakthrough is to blow a horn at a magnetized tuning rod, designed to resonate at the frequency of the horn, and then collect the electromotive energy produced by the vibrations of the rod.

    We’re not making this up.

    POWERGENIE tuning rod engine explained – from the patent:

    [The device incorporates] “an energy transfer and multiplier element being constructed of a ferromagnetic substance… having a natural resonance, due to a physical structure whose dimensions are directly proportional to the wavelength of the resonance frequency…

    “In this resonant condition, the rod material functions as a tuned waveguide, or longitudinal resonator, for acoustic energy…

    “Ferrite rod 800 is driven to acoustic resonance at the second harmonic of its fundamental resonant frequency by acoustic horn 811…”

    - But the patent doesn’t tell us who will volunteer to blow the horn at the rod all day. Perhaps it will come with an elephant.

    Mark Goldes claimed in 2008 that this wonderful triumph of human genius would bring his company, Magnetic Power Inc, one billion dollars in annual revenue by 2012. Magnetic Power is now defunct, having never produced any “Magnetic Power Modules” – just as Goldes’ company called “Room Temperature Superconductors Inc” is also now defunct, having never produced any “room temperature superconductors.”

  • Physicz Headquarterz

    Mark Goldes’ “Aesop Institute” has engaged for many years in the very dishonest and unscrupulous practice of soliciting loans and donations under an endless series of false pretenses, that it is developing and even “prototyping” various “revolutionary breakthroughs,” such as “NO FUEL ENGINES” that run on ambient heat alone – or run on “Virtual Photon Flux” – or on “Collapsing Hydrogen Orbitals” – or even on the acoustic energy of sound from a horn.

    Aesop Institute’s make-believe strictly ambient heat engine is ruled out by the Second Law of Thermodynamics. This has been understood by physicists for at least 180 years. There is no “new science” that has ever determined such an engine to be possible.

    Aesop Institute’s make-believe “Virtual Photon Flux” engine is based on the idea that accessible electric power “is everywhere present in unlimited quantities” – which we know to be false.

    Aesop Institute’s make-believe “Collapsing Hydrogen Orbital” engine is based on Randell Mills’ theory of “hydrino” hydrogen, which every scientist knows to be false.

    Aesop Institute’s make-believe horn-powered engine is based on the pretense that a magnetized tuning rod could somehow “multiply energy” – a ludicrous notion, which is obviously ruled out by the law of conservation of energy.

    Aesop Institute has never offered the slightest shadow of evidence that it is actually developing or “prototyping” any of these make-believe physics-defying “revolutionary breakthroughs.” All it has ever offered are mere declarations that it is doing so – unsupported by any proof whatever, of any kind whatever.

  • Physicz Headquarterz

    Mark Goldes, starting in the mid-seventies, engaged for several years in the pretense that his company SunWind Ltd was developing a nearly production-ready, road-worthy, wind-powered “windmobile,” based on the windmobile invented by James Amick; and that therefore SunWind would be a wonderful investment opportunity.

    After SunWind “dried up” in 1983, Goldes embarked on the long-running pretense that his company Room Temperature Superconductors Inc was developing room-temperature superconductors; and that therefore Room Temperature Superconductors Inc would be a wonderful investment opportunity. He continues the pretense that the company developed something useful, even to this day.

    And then Goldes embarked on the pretense that his company Magnetic Power Inc was developing “NO FUEL ENGINES” based on “Virtual Photon Flux;” and then, on the pretense that MPI was developing horn-powered “NO FUEL ENGINES” based on the resonance of magnetized tuning-rods; and then, on the pretense that his company Chava Energy was developing water-fueled engines based on “collapsing hydrogen orbitals” (which are ruled out by quantum physics); and then, on the pretense that he was developing ambient-heat-powered “NO FUEL ENGINES” (which are ruled out by the Second Law of Thermodynamics).

    But of course, the laws of physics always make an exception for the make-believe pretenses of Mark Goldes.

    Goldes’ forty-year career of “revolutionary invention” pretense has nothing to do with science, but only with pseudoscience, pseudophysics, and relentless flimflam.

  • debra haddix

    How can people say gas is cleaner than coal..come on people if fracking was under the same scrutiny and if big gas politician wasnt fighting the epa’s every move to protect the gas industries from environmental regulations than the truth would be told but they can’t have that…a least not until they are sure that their only competitor is regulated out of business..

  • http://kelvinplanck.blogspot.com Kelfin Planck

    Mark Goldes’ “AESOP Institute” has engaged for many years in the very dishonest and unscrupulous practice of soliciting loans and donations under an endless series of false pretenses, that it is developing and even “prototyping” various “revolutionary breakthroughs,” such as “NO FUEL ENGINES” that run on ambient heat alone – or run on “Virtual Photon Flux” – or on “Collapsing Hydrogen Orbits” – or even on the acoustic energy of sound from a horn.

    AESOP Institute’s make-believe strictly ambient heat engine is ruled out by the Second Law of Thermodynamics. This has been understood by physicists for at least 180 years. There is no “new science” that has ever determined such an engine to be possible.

    AESOP Institute’s make-believe “Virtual Photon Flux” engine is based on the idea that accessible electric power “is everywhere present in unlimited quantities” – which we know to be false.

    AESOP Institute’s make-believe “Collapsing Hydrogen Orbits” engine is based on Randell Mills’ theory of “hydrino” hydrogen, which every scientist knows to be false.

    AESOP Institute’s make-believe horn-powered engine is based on the pretense that a magnetized tuning rod could somehow “multiply energy” – a ludicrous notion, which is obviously ruled out by the law of conservation of energy.

    AESOP Institute’s very latest make-believe engine is a perpetual motion machine in the form of a self-powered air compressor, which proposes to use a turbine to compress air to spin the turbine to compress air to spin the turbine.

    AESOP Institute has never offered the slightest shadow of evidence that it is actually developing or “prototyping” any of these make-believe physics-defying “revolutionary breakthroughs.” All it has ever offered are mere declarations that it is doing so – unsupported by any proof whatever, of any kind whatever.

    There are no “revolutionary breakthroughs” to be found on Goldes’ fraudulent “AESOP Institute” website. There is only pseudoscience, relentless flimflam, and empty claims of engines that are ruled out by the laws of physics.

    http://physicsreviewboard.wordpress.com/2013/12/22/perpetual-flimflam-machine-mark-goldes-fraudulent-aesop-institute/

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