Welcome to BlogNotions' Energy Blog

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.

Our search for economic growth invites fraud

In his book The End of Normal economist James Galbraith makes a compelling case that our search for a return to the fast rate of economic growth experienced in the United States from 1945 to 1970 has led to fraud–fraud enabled by government actions that sought to “free the economy” from the shackles of “overregulation” […]

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Oil crisis’ effect on Hydrogen & Fuel Cell History

“We aren’t addicted to oil, but our cars are.”         – James Woolsey, national security and energy specialist Wake up World!  Do something! December 1973. Oil embargo. Panic. Fighting at the pumps. Mile long line-ups at refueling stations in cities everywhere. Petrol, petrol everywhere –underground-, but not a drop to burn. Frustration. —  Is this […]

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The $US 134 Trillion, 100 Year Challenge

As anyone who has read some of my blog posts knows I do not believe that we should be basing our transition to a sustainable energy environment on the need to moderate climate change. I’m not convinced that eliminating the burning of hydro-carbons altogether would make a huge difference to what our planet is doing. […]

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A Tribute to Harold Denton:

A Man for the Moment  Harold Denton, left, is shown in the control room at Three Mile Island  with President Jimmy Carter and a power plant technician on April 1, 1979. (AP) Sadly, this is one of two posts this week of the deaths of two icons of the technical community, and of my professional […]

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A Tribute to Mildred Dresselhaus:

Note to readers:  The URL title of this post was intended to be “A Tribute to Mildred Dresselhaus.”  In attempting to add the YouTube video of the Super Bowl ad, my control over the title has somehow been overridden.  Although the right title appears in the post, the URL is not the same.  I am […]

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Countries advancing Hydrogen and Fuel Cell History

“A lasting lesson of the crisis years is the power of markets and their ability to adjust to disruptions, if government allows them to.”      Daniel Yergin The 1973 oil embargo, the second oil crisis, got a large part of the world to think about how to manage its affairs with less and less of this […]

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The EPA climate change

With Scott Pruitt now installed at the EPA, what is arguably one of the most successful government agencies ever—remember the dousing of the Cuyahoga River fire? Or the reduction of smog in LA?—is now itself gasping, on life support. Those environmental advances were in large part because the EPA was around to protect the nation’s […]

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Hydrokinetics – The Renewable “Silver Bullet”

In searching for technologies that can aid in the transition to a low carbon environment the following characteristics would define the ideal new energy source; Characteristic Wind PV Solar Large Hydro Hydro-kinetics Geo-thermal Can generate electricity without any fuel Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Reliable at peak demand times including winters in middle latitudes No No […]

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Term Limits at DNFSB:

Good or Bad? My last blog on my experiences in the Presidential appointment process as a candidate for a position on the board of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) elicited several comments about the undesirability of Board members staying on after their terms have expired if they are not immediately replaced. Since this […]

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