Archive | August, 2013

Are fracked oil and natural gas really “snake oil”?

It’s not exactly clear where the term ” snake oil” comes from. But, most everyone knows that it refers to any number of concoctions sold by traveling salesmen in the 19th century and claimed to have miraculous healing powers. Key to the pitch of these salesmen was the shill, a person working with the salesman, […]

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Kids 4 Hydrogen End California Road Tour

Kids 4 Hydrogen is a non-profit educational outreach program started in 2004. Based in Northern California, in the Santa Cruz area, they have this to say about themselves, “By giving demonstrations of how fuel cells work and presenting the hydrogen fuel cell vehicles on well-publicized tours, we hope to encourage people to get on our […]

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Fracking: toxic snake oil

Richard Heinberg and the Post Carbon Institute, in a new book, have effectively deconstructed the supposed benefits—foisted upon us by the oil industry—of the hydraulic fracturing method of gas and oil extraction, or fracking.. In his latest book, SNAKE OIL: How Fracking’s False Promise of Plenty Imperils Our Future, Heinberg—journalist, author and senior fellow at […]

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Irradiated Food:

The Case for More I was pleased to see a recent NRC blog that highlighted the value of irradiating food to eliminate the harmful pathogens in our food supply that all too regularly cause massive outbreaks of illness and even deaths.  They were responding to news of recent outbreaks of illness traced to lettuce from […]

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America: Exporting our way to energy independence?

Never let the facts get in the way of a good story. That’s the credo of the oil and gas industry as it continues to lobby for increased oil and natural gas exports from the United States. After all, the industry claims, we’re on our way to achieving energy independence, and we can help our […]

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New Nukes: The Next Generation

I was pleased to see an article in Time magazine called New Nukes, which provided a rather positive and optimistic view of the need for nuclear power and its future.  [Note:  On-line access by Time magazine is by subscription, so I’m not sure this link will provide the full article or be permanent.] What proved […]

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University of Colorado, Boulder Solar-Hydrogen Breakthrough

On July 30, 2013 I had talked about TU Delft and HZB creating solar-hydrogen breakthrough technology. Well, it seems like there is no shortage of solar-hydrogen breakthroughs recently as the University of Colorado, Boulder has created one as well. Researchers at the University of Colorado, Boulder (CU-Boulder) have come at the issue from a completely […]

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The Hawaiian Electric Company Integrated Resource Plan – Welcome to Fantasy Island

The Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) recently released an Integrated Resource Plan that is intended to provide details on how the utility will meet the electricity needs for the state over the next 5 years while simultaneously making progress towards meeting the Renewable Portfolio Standards defined by law-makers and keeping rate increases under control. Instead, the […]

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