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  • Why are we yelling at utilities, and not their short-sighted regulators?

    Why are we yelling at utilities, and not their short-sighted regulators?

    Great article about the misplaced frustration consumers, renewable energy companies and activists direct toward government regulated energy monopolies.  Oh, the utilities are completely worthy of all the scorn and derision heaped on them.  But they are doing what they’ve always done – maximizing shareholder values.   It’s the inept, clueless, short-sighted, industry pandering regulators who [...]

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  • Welcome to 2015 – the year it all starts to collapse

    Welcome to 2015 – the year it all starts to collapse

    “Anyone who believes exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist.” ~ Kenneth Boulding In 1972, a think tank called the Club of Rome commissioned MIT scientists to study long-term trends in population, food production, industrialization, use of resources and pollution.  The results of the study were [...]

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  • Are fossil fuel companies confused? Or desperate?

    Are fossil fuel companies confused? Or desperate?

    Fossil fuel companies seem confused.  They derisively dismiss renewable energy as unreliable, intermittent, expensive and unfit for widespread use, and electric cars as expensive and unproven, with limited range or usefulness.  At the same time, they are engaged in an all-out political and media campaign against renewable energy and electric cars.  But consider a future [...]

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  • Following the military on green energy

    Following the military on green energy

    The U.S. military quite literally spans the globe, with equipment and personnel in countless locations.   Keeping all those locations supplied is a Herculean logistical challenge.  A significant portion of the military’s budget and personnel are used for those re-supply efforts.  The problems with those re-supply efforts are magnified for remote bases in foreign countries – especially [...]

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  • We need to decouple (No, not that)

    We need to decouple (No, not that)

    Studies have widely and consistently shown that the cheapest, quickest and most cost-effective way to have more available energy as a society is to simply use less energy through conservation and energy efficiency programs.  This makes perfect sense when you think about it. If, for example, every homeowner and business programmed their thermostats 2 or 3 degrees [...]

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  • Is it really the end of the electricity system?

    Is it really the end of the electricity system?

    So the EPA has decided to actually do its job of protecting the environment and the health of the American people by limiting the amount of mercury, dioxin, arsenic, and other poisonous and carcinogenic chemicals that coal-fired power plants will be allowed to emit.  This proposed EPA regulation will only limit emissions of the most [...]

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  • U.S. energy consumption increases (are you surprised?)

    U.S. energy consumption increases (are you surprised?)

    It’s hardly surprising or noteworthy that U.S. energy consumption has continued to relentlessly increase.  As the graph from Environmental Leader shows, total U.S. energy consumption increased from 47.39 quadrillion Btu for the first half of 2009 to 49.02 quadrillion Btu in the first half of 2011 – an increase of 1.63 quadrillion Btu (up 3.4%). Of [...]

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  • What does sustainable really mean?

    What does sustainable really mean?

    Do you know what sustainable means?  Are you sure?  Because I was pretty confident I knew what sustainable was.  Then I perused the article, Sustainable Means Bunkty to Me, by Dr. Tom Murphy.  It’s another of his brilliant, troubling, even demoralizing articles.  What does sustainable now mean to me?  It means we have a truly staggering amount of [...]

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  • Why not Thorium?!

    Why not Thorium?!

    In the increasingly anxious search for a bridge fuel (or fuels) with global availability that will help provide the transition from depleting fossil fuels to  permanent and sustainable future energy sources, thorium could be the answer.  Thorium is a natural, radioactive element that can be used as a nuclear fuel.  Thorium may not be a perfect fuel, but [...]

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  • Is this Divine retribution?

    Is this Divine retribution?

    Some people believe in the existence of Divine retribution for various human actions and/or moral failings.  AIDS?  Divine retribution for sexual promiscuity and homosexuality.  Hepatitis?  Divine retribution for intravenous drug abuse.  The Jerry Springer Show and reality TV shows?  Divine retribution for too many uneducated idiots in our society.  Funny, I don’t recall anyone claiming [...]

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