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A Year with a Leaf

At breakfast this morning, my wife reminded me that we picked up our Nissan Leaf exactly one year ago. Since I was looking for time to write a summary of our first year in EV-land, this looks like as good an excuse as any.The ultra-short answer: We...

Posted March 30, 2014    

Pondering Transportation Fuels

Thanks to the snow we gotrecently, I found myself walking past my Leaf in the garage to the snow blower, which I had to refill with gasoline before clearing out my driveway.While I was pouring about a quart of poisonous, smelly, highly processed,...

Posted March 23, 2014    

Stae of the Union: The Climate Impact Line

After listening to and reading excerpts from the State of the Union speech by President Obama[1], I was quite disappointed with the energy and climate aspects, to put it mildly. The pattern here of a president talking about the seriousness of the...

Posted January 31, 2014    

The Missing Urgency Over Climate Change

One of, if not the, bedrock issue(s) we face regarding climate change is urgency. Put simply, how bad is it, really?I have contended for a long time that when you take a broad and deep view of the situation, including (but not limited to):The very...

Posted January 22, 2014    

The Sociology of Climate Change

I recently read Kari Marie Norgaard’s, Living in Denial: Climate Change, Emotions, and Everyday Life, an excellent and somewhat unusual book that has instantly made its way onto the list of “must read” books that I send people when they ask for...

Posted January 13, 2014    

Hydrogen Vaporware VS the Big Battery Breakthrough

To no one’s surprise, there’s been some news lately about both a (potential) BBB (Big Battery Breakthrough) as well as RCH (Really Cheap Hydrogen).Starting with the BBB, we have Japan’s Sekisui Chemical develop Silicon based 600 km range battery:...

Posted December 13, 2013    

Can We Have Some EV Sanity?

Finally, at long last, there’s word that Nissan might give Leaf buyers an option about battery size.Long-time readers of this site know that I’ve been pushing for this for quite some time. Instead of trying to guess which one battery size will make...

Posted December 7, 2013    

Climate Change Consequences: Beetlemania

Yet another article is making the rounds, raising eyebrows, and otherwise causing people to exhaust their cliche reserves. This one is about the discovery that pine beetles are now invading parts of New Jersey, and have already “killed tens of...

Posted December 3, 2013    

Science, Extraordinary Conclusions, and Entering the Metricene

Naomi Klein, a writer whose works I’m sure most readers of this site know anywhere from passably to quite well, recently authored the article in NewStatesman, How science is telling us all to revolt. It’s a perfect example of the kind of unsettling...

Posted November 13, 2013    

Carbon Bubble: Pop vs. Deflate, Doom vs. Hope

Pete Sinclair has a good roundup of some articles about the general topic of a “carbon bubble”, which I highly recommend: Carbon Bubble anyone? “The Scientific Trajectory is Clearly in Conflict”Just to make sure we’re all on the same virtual page, I...

Posted November 1, 2013    

Energy Risk: Carbon Budgets and US Emissions

 The Carbon Brief has a must-read article up, Carbon briefing: Making sense of the IPCC’s new carbon budget, that points out the precarious nature of our emissions situation:So how big is the budget? For it to remain likely that we stay below...

Posted October 25, 2013    

We Need to Have an Adult Conversation About Climate Change

We hear the analogy endlessly: To fix the already unfolding climate change disaster, we need an “Apollo-like effort”, a “man-on-the-moon commitment”. This is a terrible analogy, and we should stop using it because it’s not just inaccurate, it’s...

Posted October 24, 2013