Archive | February, 2013

Three weasels sell out for coal exports

I practically spewed coffee and other detritus all over the front page of Tuesday’s Seattle Times when I saw this headline: ‘Green’ strategists now back coal trains WTF? The Times subsequently backtracked on that egregiously misleading headline on its website:  ‘Green’ strategists hired by coal companies to push train proposals. However it’s titled, the story […]

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The questionable logic of U.S. natural gas exports

With U.S. natural gas production having risen more than 25 percent from its nadir in 2005, natural gas producers are pushing for an end to limits on U.S. natural gas exports. The growth in supplies comes primarily from previously inaccessible shale deposits deep in the Earth, a development that has convinced many people that the […]

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Glenn Seaborg:

My Favorite Memory This post was inspired by Will Davis, who blogs at Atomic Power Review.  Sometime in January, Will solicited stories about “favorite nuclear artifacts” for a planned post on the ANS Nuclear Cafe blog.  I had a couple in mind, but was still on the road, completing an 8-week, around-the-world trip, so I […]

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ACTA and EcoIsland Designate Isle of Wight as Hydrogen Zone

ACTA and EcoIsland Partnership CIC have signed a letter of intent to make the Isle of Wight, in the southern most part of the United Kingdom, the first sustainable region in Great Britain. According to ACTA, “Ecoisland intends to make the Isle of Wight self sufficient with regards to energy, water, food and fuel by […]

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Top Ranked Alternative Energy Mutual Funds and ETFs for 2013

Mutual Funds 2012 was a good year for alternative energy mutual funds. On average all funds returned over 9% for the year, with over half the funds posting gains of 15% or better. The best performing funds were Allianz RCM Global Water (AWTAX) and Pax World Global Environmental Markets (PGRNX). Both had annual returns in […]

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I agree with Gail – Consequences are hard to predict

Reading Gail Marcus’s post it struck me that our move towards the use of renewable energy sources often has very unexpected consequences.  Here are a few of the examples that I have run across; In Germany, the mandatory acceptance of renewable energy into the transmission system means that coal and natural gas-fired plants can only […]

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BP Energy Outlook 2030: An exercise in wish fulfillment

“Like dreams, statistics are a form of wish fulfillment,” French philosopher Jean Baudrillard once said.  Substitute “forecasts” for the word “statistics,” and you’ll have a good understanding of the public reaction to the recently released BP Energy Outlook 2030. The psychoanalytic definition of wish fulfillment is “the satisfaction of a desire, a need, or an […]

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Renewable Energy and the Environment:

More Unanticipated Interactions I continue to be fascinated by the number of unexpected impacts and interactions with the environment that people are identifying from every energy-related technology.  We are never surprised to learn of impacts from technologies that are large or that use fossil fuels or nuclear power.  However, we somehow never expect impacts from […]

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Solar Fuel Produced by University of Delaware Researchers

Solar Hydrogen Reactor Two researchers from the University of Delaware, Erik Koepf and Michael Giuliano spent a couple of months in Switzerland working on a novel sunlight-driven water-splitting device. The initial tests proved that solar fuel (aka hydrogen) could be produced using sunlight, mirrors (no smoke), a reactant and water. According to the University of […]

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Supremos get in on clean trucks action

The Supreme Court will hear a trucking industry challenge to rules Los Angeles adopted five years ago that are designed to curb truck emissions at the nation’s busiest port. The case (American Trucking Associations vs. City of Los Angeles) will determine the constitutionality of certain provisions of the Clean Truck Program at the Port of […]

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