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Tag Archives: Energy

Pound Foolish

There has been quite a bit of attention focused on high frequency trading recently, partially brought on by the book “Flash Boys”. But in a must-read editorial in the NY Times, Paul Krugman points out that the stunning amounts of money being spent on high frequency trading systems is really just one symptom of an […]

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Resources and Energy?

I’m not just talking about natural resources or fuels. Do we have the political resources and energy to solve our most pressing national problems: namely global warming, air pollution, and energy insecurity. While it is clear that our elected representatives don’t have the political resources or energy to tackle these problems, a group called The […]

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Thorium in China

This blog has promoted the use of nuclear power to help solve our energy and climate change problems, but only if we can solve the problems of nuclear power. One such solution is switching from using uranium as nuclear fuel to using thorium, but so far the nuclear power industry has ignored that solution. Well, […]

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Fuel for Thought

The prevailing discourse about energy is particularly interesting to me as an example of the politics of scarcity. The conventional wisdom (based on rampant misinformation) is that we are running out of energy, which is why we need to fight expensive and terrible wars for oil, pollute our air and water, build costly pipelines to […]

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Renewal

Despite all the noise about renewable energy sources — solar, biomass, wind, geothermal, and hydropower — not yet being ready for prime time, Yale University points out that all of the additional electricity-generating capacity added in the US in November came from renewable energy sources. Lest you think that was a fluke, in October 99% […]

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Historic Agreement with Iran!

Months of intense negotiations have resulted in an historic agreement with Iran that signals a “game-changing rapprochement that would reduce the risk of a wider Middle East war“. Iran has agreed to place strict limits on their nuclear activities and submit to increased inspections. In return, the US — along with France, Germany, Britain, China, […]

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Reactionary

I guess I should not have been surprised by this one, but the clarity of it is pretty breathtaking. A study just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences looked at attitudes about energy efficiency in liberals and conservatives. First, they gave people a fixed amount of money and gave them a […]

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Two Sides of the Mouth Award

[via Media Matters] Two months ago, Fox News anchor Jon Scott did a negative story about Tesla, the electric car maker. He used Tesla as an example of bad government spending, saying “we are all sort of co-owners of Tesla — that company got hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars as part of the president’s, […]

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Noah’s Arc

This week, Texas Republican Joe Barton gave irrefutable evidence at a Congressional hearing that climate change is not man made: I would point out that if you are a believer in the Bible, one would have to say the great flood was an example of climate change. That certainly wasn’t because mankind had overdeveloped hydrocarbon […]

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Green or Brown

© Matt Wuerker I can’t think of a single reason why we shouldn’t stop subsidizing oil production in this country. Even if we don’t pour money into alternative, sustainable energy, if we stop subsidizing fossil fuels then I believe that the market would create plenty of increased demand for alternatives. In fact, as I’ve said […]

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Sunny Germany?

Only on Fox News. Why let reality get in the way of defending the stranglehold large multinational oil companies have on our energy future? Fox and Friends was ridiculing Obama’s “failed” strategy to promote solar energy in the US, but there was the little detail of Germany to contend with. Germany is leading the world […]

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Get the Lead Out!

Wouldn’t it be ironic if, after spending billions of dollars on prisons, police, and the war on drugs, the real answer to reducing crime was as simple as getting rid of lead in our environment? That’s the conclusion of new research that strongly indicates that the hidden villain behind violent crime, lowered intelligence, and even […]

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Trolling Shell for Oil

Greenpeace, the Yes Lab, and members of the Occupy movement are trolling Shell Oil, creating fake websites that look like they are from Shell, throwing lavish parties, and issuing press releases in Shell’s name. The best part is this fake social networking site, that invites people to create ads about “Arctic Energy”. The “Yes Lab” […]

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Giving Us Gas

What the Republicans said three months ago when gas prices rose above $4/gallon: Mitt Romney, March 18, 2012: “He gets full credit or blame for what’s happened in this economy, and what’s happened to gasoline prices under his watch, and what’s happened to our schools, and what’s happened to our military forces. All these things […]

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Your Priorities Are Where You Put Your Energy

Republicans in the US House are showing us their priorities. On Tuesday, they passed an energy spending bill that is riddled with amendments that are bad for our country. Compared to what Obama requested, they removed funding for clean-energy and efficiency programs, and added additional money for fossil-fuel and nuclear programs. But the most ironic […]

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