Archive | January, 2014

Is adaptation to climate change really feasible?

The climate change denial lobby likes to use a variant of the dog bite defense. Perhaps you’ll recall the joke about the owner of a dog that bit a passerby. Defending himself in court, the owner says: “My dog doesn’t bite. It wasn’t my dog. And furthermore, I don’t have a dog.” In similar fashion […]

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Good News from Europe:

Reasoned Approaches to Energy Policy Two optimistic pieces of news regarding energy policy emerged from Europe in the last week or so.  One of them was a European Union decision that scrapped binding renewable energy targets for the future.  The other was a report that the Swiss public recognizes the contribution nuclear power makes to […]

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Commercial Hyundai FCEV to Rollout within 60 Days

People have been clamoring for the first hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to roll out to the public and now Hyundai will do so within the next 60 days. The target area for the rollouts will be in Los Angeles and Orange counties of Southern California. The cost of the 36 month lease will be $2,999 […]

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Blockbuster Year for Alternative Energy Stocks

Alternative energy stocks had an epic year in 2013. The widely watched Ardour Global Alternative Energy Index Composite (AGIGL) was up 53% in 2013. That’s double the 26% return for the S&P 500. In fact, 2013 marked the largest annual return for the AGIGL since 2007. In January 2013, I predicted that “…low interest rates […]

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Save big bucks: close Hanford Nuclear Plant

Ratepayers in Washington State could save $1.7 billion over 17 years if the Columbia Generating Station (CGS) nuclear power plant at Hanford is closed. A recent 212-page economic analysis from McCullough Research of Portland, OR notes that the CGS on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation is the only nuclear facility that was actually completed out of […]

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Where are Natural Gas prices headed?

A lot of decisions about how the electricity industry will evolve depend upon the future of Natural Gas prices. As prices hit historic lows in the last 2 years drilling activity dried up. Recent “tight gas” and “shale gas” reserve additions experience rapid declines. To me the signals are for significant price increases in the […]

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Living in a world we can’t understand

What is not intelligible to me is not necessarily unintelligent.                          –Friedrich Nietzsche As we know, there are known knowns. There are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns. That is to say, we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns, the […]

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China: Choosing hydrail?

by Guest Blogger Stan Thompson A version of this post originally appeared January 12, 2014, in my Mooresville [NC] Tribune newspaper column. Last month, when China’s Jade Rabbit lunar explorer touched down on the moon, it may have given the world a hint about that country’s railroad vision. As the pundits observed, China didn’t replicate the American […]

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Acronym Mania:

Of PESTs and STEEPLEs Several yars ago, I did a blogpost on NIMBY and other related acronyms. I was actually surprised I found as many as I did, and I never expected to find enough new terms to do another post on acronyms again. Then, I started discovering that there were whole new worlds of […]

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Employees can’t afford to eat? Happy New Year!

Welcome to the New Year, same as the old year—in much of corporate America and the Republican Party. A recent HBR Blog item by Peter Cappelli notes it was not all that long ago that companies worried about whether their employee practices were fair. “One of the functions of human resource departments was to advocate […]

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