Alternative Energy

Environmental Action Continues

July 28, 2017 1 Comment
Environmental Action Continues

You might recall that a couple of months ago there was a great outburst of angst, criticism, depression, and anger about the future of the planet. What was the reason? The president of the United States called the Paris Climate Agreement a “bad deal” and removed the country from participation. I blogged about the decision […]

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Grain Ethanol Strikes Again?

June 26, 2017 1 Comment
Grain Ethanol Strikes Again?

An interesting story here out of Iowa. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/03/170329122619.htm They are having trouble with drinking water. Nitrates in the water have increased so much in recent years that they have needed to add extra nitrate removal systems. In Des Moines, nitrate removal costs the city $7,000 per day. As is often the case, one of the first […]

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What about the value of progress?

June 8, 2017 0 Comments
What about the value of progress?

In a follow up to my two blog posts about the Paris Climate Agreement (Entire Nations Will Be Wiped Off the Face of the Earth, and More Climate Statements), I would like to ask once again about the wealth re-distribution aspects that many people seem to be focusing on. That is, the Paris Climate Deal […]

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Hidden Costs in Renewable Energy

May 25, 2017 0 Comments
Hidden Costs in Renewable Energy

I am a big fan of renewable energy, but not all are created equal. Grain ethanol is probably the worst form of renewable energy since the EROI is only about 1, even in the most optimal production scenarios. Roof-top solar might be one of the best (even though the EROI is not as high as […]

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Cheaper Self-Driving Cars

March 3, 2017 0 Comments
Cheaper Self-Driving Cars

What could be real game-changer when it comes to a “cleaner” and more efficient economic future (not to mention much less blood on the highways) is self-driving cars. Let us face it, our cities are built for cars (not humans). Re-configuring our cities to be more human-centric in the information age would be a monumental […]

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The pros and cons of fracking

March 3, 2017 0 Comments
The pros and cons of fracking

I just wanted to update a blog entry from last year “The United States of Clean Energy” Because of the proposed solutions to combat anthropogenic global warming (AGW, or “climate change”), it is a very political subject, and difficult to discuss pragmatically. One very positive story I have been mentioning for a few years now […]

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Holiday Cheer for the Environment

December 23, 2016 0 Comments
Holiday Cheer for the Environment

News about abnormally warm conditions at the North Pole might be dominating the doom-and-gloom headlines lately, but there is a lot of good news as well. Let me share some of the latest developments surrounding clean energy to put you in a good mood for this Christmas weekend. Many people are worried that the world is […]

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Focusing on the Good

December 8, 2016 1 Comment
Focusing on the Good

Negative “Armageddon” stories about the environment are a dime a dozen. A couple of weeks ago the World Wildlife Federation released their latest “Living Planet Report”. They have tracked some of the declines in some wildlife populations and species since 1970 and claim that, on average, numbers will have declined 67% percent by 2020. This seems […]

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First offshore wind farm in US to begin operation

December 2, 2016 0 Comments
First offshore wind farm in US to begin operation

The nations first offshore wind farm three miles off of the coast of Rhode Island will begin spinning this month. The wind farm, located off of Block Island, has five turbines that are expected to generate 30 megawatts of electricity, serving more than 17,000 homes in the area. The electricity will move through underwater cables […]

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Innovation and progress – a winning strategy

November 1, 2016 0 Comments
Innovation and progress – a winning strategy

The very paradoxical and antagonistic nature of our national economic and environmental policy continues. I hate to beat a dead horse, but if our national economic policy is grow, grow, grow and build, build, build, there are going to be environmental consequences. I’ve got news for economic planners: houses, strip malls, and parking lots require […]

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