Archive | September, 2011

A Guide for the Perplexed Energy Policymaker

If you are an energy policymaker (or layperson interested in energy) and you are NOT perplexed by the last decade, read no further. You have little to gain from what I write below. However, if you are a perplexed energy policymaker (or perplexed layperson interested in energy), please continue and learn why poor quality data, […]

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Save the Rainforest–Move to the City

While urbanization and returning to nature appear incompatible, there’s a body of evidence that says increasing migration to cities has definite environmental benefits. One obvious benefit is that living close to or even where you work takes cars off the road and reduces CO2 emissions. Also, as people increasingly move to urban centers, pressures on […]

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Some countries make progress on nuclear energy despite Fukushima fears

Germany’s decision to close its reactors rejected as unrealistic Since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami hit the six TEPCO reactors at Fukushima Japan, anti-nuclear groups have been on a roll.  Germany’s panic attack which will result in closing 17 reactors accounting for a quarter of its electricity is widely touted as a bellwether example […]

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Green Government Gone?

It would appear that in the wake of the house being taken over by the ultra conservative right that renewable energy loans from the US government won’t be around much longer. After the fallout from Solyndra settles, corruption accusations will be flying and the attempt will be made to associate all of the government subsidized […]

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Japan’s search for nuclear export deals

The hunt is on in Vietnam, Turkey, and elsewhere The Japanese government, in close cooperation with some of the nation’s largest heavy industrial manufacturers, is seeking to export Japan’s nuclear technologies, products, and services despite the loss of six reactors on March 11 to a combination of a record earthquake and massive tsunami. The replacement […]

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The DOD Energy Consumption in FY2010

Finally, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Installations and Environment) finally released the DOD’s Annual Energy Management Report for Fiscal Year 2010. The report focuses on energy used by military installations and non-tactical vehicles. In other words, on “facilities energy.” It does not address operational energy. This is the first shock you will […]

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