Why Archive

  • Our energy Armaggedon

    Our energy Armaggedon

    As we slowly but inevitably move away from powering our transportation fleet with gasoline and diesel, other types of energy will need to be substituted.  No doubt natural gas, and perhaps even hydrogen, will provide some of the replacement energy. But as should be evident from the number of new electric cars being rolled out, electric cars are [...]

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  • You might want to learn how to say Allah Akbar

    You might want to learn how to say Allah Akbar

    The BP oil mess in the Gulf of Mexico has at least temporarily silenced the the “drill, baby, drill” crowd.  They are the folks who espouse a greatly expanded domestic oil and gas drilling program to supposedly end America’s dangerous dependence on fossil fuels.  If it was only that simple. Their loud and relentless support of [...]

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  • A basic mathematical fact

    A basic mathematical fact

    President Obama went on national TV to once again castigate BP over the growing oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.  It’s becoming apparent that BP cut some corners and took some risks that inexorably and inevitably led to the blowout and leak. Now Obama and everyone else is frustrated with BP’s inability to stop the [...]

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  • Americans need to step up

    Americans need to step up

    According to the American Wind Energy Association, the amount of new wind energy generation added in the U.S. during the first three months of 2010 was the lowest amount in three years. There are a number of reasons for the slower growth: higher costs to build wind farms and transmission lines due to steeper copper and [...]

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  • America – heading toward a second-rate economic power?

    America – heading toward a second-rate economic power?

    Fossil fuels will be depleted.  All of our hoping that it doesn’t happen won’t change that immutable fact.  Long before fossil fuels are depleted, they will cease to be available in commercially viable quantities because of supply uncertainties and high prices. China, Europe and Japan have already realized and accepted the inevitable depletion of fossil fuel and [...]

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  • Why should I consider installing a renewable energy system at my home or business?

    Why should I consider installing a renewable energy system at my home or business?

    The federal government and many states, cities and utility providers offer incentives for the purchase of renewable energy systems by homeowners, such as tax credits, rebates and/or other incentives. (44 states currently require electricity providers to purchase excess electricity generated from renewable energy systems); The increasing price of electricity produced from fossil fuels; Because it can be [...]

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