Tag: Alternative Energy

Economic Realities Skew AGW Opinions

March 27, 2012 0 Comments
Economic Realities Skew AGW Opinions

Follow-up: last week I mentioned the HumanBirdWings viral video in the blog and said I was rather skeptical about it. My skepticism was justified as the Dutch film-maker gave up the prank late last week, saying it was an exercise in storytelling. It was also a very good fake video. Read a little more about […]

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More Efficiency=Better Environment, Not Clear Cut

March 13, 2012 0 Comments
More Efficiency=Better Environment, Not Clear Cut

You know I am generally thrilled to see advances in efficiency and I try to keep our faithful blog readers up to date on all the latest advances in technology and energy. Living more efficiently makes a lot of financial sense and allows us to lessen our impact on the environment. You would think that […]

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Northern Lights Fail, but Tiny Lights=Progress

March 9, 2012 0 Comments
Northern Lights Fail, but Tiny Lights=Progress

Well, the much talked about solar flare turned out to be a bust. We were lucky enough to have clearing skies after midnight last night but I did not see any northern lights. I even turned our skycam to the north and recorded the sky but to no avail. It there were some faint northern […]

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Recent Successes and Failures

January 27, 2012 0 Comments
Recent Successes and Failures

During the course of analyzing the future of air pollution, technology, and alternative energy I often highlight some of the companies that are creating the future. Some are hits and some are misses. Successful or not, I like to follow-up on the latest developments. One trend as of late is that the biggest “misses” are the government […]

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Hot New Hybrid Hits the Market – Batteries Improve

January 17, 2012 0 Comments
Hot New Hybrid Hits the Market – Batteries Improve

Last week I mentioned how auto shows are a great place to see cool new futuristic vehicle designs and/or new technologies for autos, but not great for seeing much that is ready for the market. Electric vehicles and hybrids have been making a splash at shows in recent years but I still don’t notice too many in […]

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Exploiting the Rooftop Real Estate

January 4, 2012 0 Comments

When it comes to attaining a near-term clean energy future, regular readers know that I favor solar power because it has the most upside. One of the surprising downsides to solar power is that land area that it takes up. If you have ever seen the large desert solar installations, you know that it is NOT a trivial amount […]

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December 2011 Recap & Some 2012 Themes

January 2, 2012 1 Comment
December 2011 Recap & Some 2012 Themes

Last week I used most of my blog entries to recap the top events of 2011 and present the year-end statistics. Almost lost in the conversation were the month-end statistics for December. Fear not faithful blog readers. I did not forget about December which ended up being the most above normal month of the year (with […]

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Top Weather Events of 2011

December 27, 2011 2 Comments
Top Weather Events of 2011

Just to tie up yesterday’s blog entry about how the solar industry has hit some tough times, here is another good review about the year (2011)  in energy – the positive and the negative. The most significant nugget from the article I gleaned was that solar panel prices have decreased by 50% in the past year. I […]

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Solar Industry Hits Hard Times

December 26, 2011 1 Comment
Solar Industry Hits Hard Times

I am very positive on alternative energy for the future. Fossil fuels have been a great energy source for humans for centuries, but it is dirty. It does cause a lot of pollution. It would be great to develop cleaner sources of energy. As I have mentioned in the past, I try to follow developments […]

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Good and Bad “Green” Energy

December 13, 2011 0 Comments
Good and Bad “Green” Energy

In the blog I often discuss the progress of alternative energy, but as regular readers know, I do not value all “green” energy sources as equal. At the top of my list are geo-thermal and solar, wind is in the muddled middle, and biofuels are near the bottom. Wind turbines are the most cost-efficient but […]

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