26 août 2010

Crise de confiance Économie En Vidéos États-Unis Québec Récession

Un vidéo sur le climat politique aux États-Unis, la situation n’est pas sans rappeler celle du Québec…

Si la situation aux États-Unis et au Québec est similaire, la résultante risque d’être radicalement différente; si les démocrates sont presque assurés de perdre le pouvoir, les libéraux peuvent encore espérer gagner la prochaine élection puisqu’au Québec, contrairement aux États-Unis, il n’y a pas d’alternative politique.

26 août 2010

Obama au commande du Titanic Économie En Chiffres En Vidéos États-Unis

Tout comme pour le Titanic, on disait d’Obama qu’il était insubmersible. Tout comme le Titanic, Obama a frappé un iceberg…

Même les pauvres abandonnent Obama. Au début de l’année sa cote de popularité chez les gens gagnant moins de 2000$ par mois surpassait 60%. Aujourd’hui sa cote n’est que de 49%.

Sur le terrain, voici ce que ça donne:

Now, the 40-year-old is rethinking her lifelong support for the party. She has been without steady work for two years, lost her home and car and began receiving cash assistance from the state for the first time. This year, she says, “I’m willing to take a chance on something different.” Another possibility, she says, is that she won’t vote at all.

Ms. Jones is part of an unmeasured, agitated mass: unemployed Americans who don’t believe the Obama Administration and Congress have done enough to produce jobs. With elections coming up, their unease is especially troublesome for the Democrats, who control both chambers.

A poor economy never bodes well for incumbents. Cook Report, the nonpartisan political newsletter that tracks congressional races, estimates that 73 House seats are vulnerable—including Mr. Schauer’s. This group has two things in common. Almost all (66 of 73) are held by Democrats, and most include counties that have unemployment rates exceeding the national average, according to data assembled by The Wall Street Journal.

26 août 2010

Je vous l’avais dit (redux) Environnement États-Unis Revue de presse

The Daily Telegraph

Microbe eating spilled oil in Gulf of Mexico
The Daily Telegraph

The leaking well was plugged on July 15 and two weeks later government scientists said that half of the oil had gone. The new microbe was found to be breaking down oil about twice as fast as expected.

Researchers discovered the new oil-eating microbe while studying the underwater dispersion of millions of gallons which escaped after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in April. It thrives in cold water in the deep sea where temperatures are around 5C (41F) and scientists said it may have adapted over time, through a process of natural selection, due to periodic leaks and natural seeps of oil in the Gulf.

When the bacteria were found to have acted on oil they consumed half of it in 1.2 to 6.1 days, giving an average of about three days. By comparison at the site of the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska in 1989 the average « half life » was seven days. Around 95 per cent of the bacteria in the oil plume were the new type, while outside only five per cent were.

The microbe was discovered by a team led by Terry Hazen, of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California. The study was reported in the journal Science. Hazen said:’What we know about the degradation rates fits with what we are seeing in the last three weeks. We’ve gone out to the sites, and we don’t find any oil, but we do find the bacteria.’ The team also found that the new microbe acts without significantly depleting oxygen in the water.