Hey Poor Folk! Coal Is Here To Save The Day!

Phew! Just when I thought the income disparity in the U.S. was about to lay the knockout punch for the working class, we have a secret weapon.  It is black, filthy, carcinogenic and comes from the good ‘ol U.S. of A.  It’s COAL! Lest you think this blog post was written during the industrial age, let me clarify.  No, coal…

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Forget About Tar Sands Oil

There are two principal issues at play within the tar sands oil controversy.  First and foremost, the extraction of tar sands oil is a process that releases significantly more greenhouses gasses into the atmosphere than conventional drilling methods. As a primer for those not privy to this situation, the oil industry has revamped old methods of extracting oil from sediment…

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Offshore Wind Olympic Results: UK Beats Everyone

Of all the Olympic competitions, the race for offshore wind capacity is perhaps the most dramatic and important.  OK, perhaps that is a bit of an exaggeration if not all-out fabrication.  Yet there is a bit of truth in the headline, the UK really has beat every other country in this metric. Not only do they have more offshore wind…

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Quinones, in combination with advanced flow battery technology, may be the solution to the problem of energy storage in renewable energy systmes

Cheap Energy Storage Within Reach

It’s no secret the biggest barrier to widespread adoption of renewable energy technology is the absence of efficient, economical energy storage.  After all, when the turbines aren’t spinning or the sun isn’t shining, the clean energy isn’t flowing. (Excluding less mainstream technologies like tidal generation, geothermal and *gasp* nuclear). Perhaps the most prevalent argument against widespread alternative energy generation capacity…

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17 foundations are divesting their holdings away from dirty energy companies. Will the fossil fuel divestment movement grow to have real impact in our energy economy?

17 Foundations Divest from Fossil Fuels

Seventeen U.S. nonprofit grantmaking charities have announced they are divesting from fossil fuel investments.  For those new to this world, foundations are typically funded by endowments created by a benefactor or family legacy.  These funds are invested, usually in a combination of mutual funds, stocks, hedge funds and bonds.  The foundations distribute a portion of the profits as grants and…

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Solar and natural gas combined for more efficient nat gas power generation

The marriage of Solar and Natural Gas

Ladies and gentlemen, we are gathered here today to witness the union of two nobody ever thought would join.  By the powers vested in me, I give you: Solar Energy and Natural Gas. The Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has developed a method of combining solar energy into the natural gas production process to produce cleaner energy output…

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New Materials Promise to Dramatically Drop Photovoltaic Prices

What si the single most significant barrier to widespread use of alternative energy?  Is it the right wing climate change skeptics?  No.  It’s economics.  If there is not money to be made at the same scale as in the fossil fuel industry, and if renewable, clean energy does not become cheaper than fossil fuels, alternative energy doesn’t stand a chance…

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