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The BlogNotions Energy Blog delivers a diverse series of perspectives provided by thought leaders in a variety of energy niches. Presented by NetLine, this forum delivers compelling updates on the latest advancements in the energy and power industry, discussions of renewable energy strategies, new ideas for advancing green efforts, implications of public policy on power production, and much more. Here you can find helpful information, ask questions, and collaborate freely.

Why you can’t argue with a “modern”

The modern world is filled with things many of us regard as antiquated and old-fashioned. Modern people often say that ancient rituals are mere superstition, that science tells us what is real and what is not, and that we are now free from ideas including untestable ideas from religion that have slowed continual improvement in […]

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Where Are All of the Hydrogen Trucks?

In the past I’ve written quite a bit about all different sizes and shapes of prototype hydrogen fuel cell and ICE (internal combustion engine) trucks. Since I haven’t talked about this recently I’m thinking now would be a good time to revisit this subject. Before their bankruptcy a couple of years back, Vision Industries produced […]

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The end of introspection (and why it matters)

A friend of mine who teaches undergraduates provided insight into something I see regularly but don’t experience in the thoroughgoing way he does, namely, young people (and some not so young) who appear to be entirely an appendage of their cellphones. One study concluded that “[t]he average college student uses a smartphone for about nine […]

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Nuclear Energy and Politics:

It’s Complicated For years, the mantra has been that the Republicans are in favor of nuclear energy and the Democrats are against it, so if you’re a nuke, “Republicans good, Dems bad.”  I have always felt the truth was not so simple.  A recent article in the New York Times reinforces my viewpoint.  Even more […]

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Why the fight for GMO labeling is (possibly) over

Ever since it became clear that Vermont’s law for mandatory labeling of foods containing genetically engineered ingredients would actually go into force this summer, the big question has been how many food companies would choose to label their products and how many would choose simply not to sell in Vermont. There is a third choice […]

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Energy, Economics and Correlation versus Causation:

Drawing the Right Conclusions I recently came across an article that left me scratching my head.  Entitled “Economic development does mean a greater carbon footprint,” it reports on a study by Max Koch, a professor in Social Work from Lund University in Sweden, and Martin Fritz from the University of Bonn in Germany, on the […]

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Corruption, resources, climate and systemic risk

Corruption is a loaded word. One person’s corruption is another’s sound social policy. Some people believe providing unemployment benefits to laid-off workers corrupts them by making them “lazy.” Many others think such benefits are sound social policy in an economic system that is prone to major cyclical ups and downs. Fewer people agree that bailing […]

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Will the Toyota Prius Prime Kill the Hydrogen Car?

In December 2007, I posited the question of whether or not PHEVs (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles) will kill both EV’s and hydrogen cars. My reasoning was that if gasoline-electric PHEVs reach the 125mpg to 150mpg range, then consumers may dive into this type of vehicle leaving EVs and FCEVs in the dust. Why? A big […]

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Renewable Nuclear Energy:

Expanding the Definition of Renewable I often cringe at the simplistic associations words pick up.  “Natural” is totally benign.  “Renewable” usually means solar and wind power.  I could continue to make such associations, positive and negative, with lots of words we see and use frequently–organic, ecological, sustainable, GMOs, nuclear, fossil.  As I have noted previously, […]

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