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Is Elon Musk the Jonas Salk of Our Time?

As you’ve probably heard by now, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors has just done something incomprehensible in today’s world driven by corporate profit margins and stock values.  Musk has released Tesla’s patents for free.Yes, now any company...

Posted June 22, 2014    

Are the Semantics of Climate Change Assessments Fooling Us?

1990.  The year Milli Vaninilli broke our hearts and Edward Scissorhands warmed them.  Nirvana had not yet released their epic sophomore album Nevermind which subsequently changed my life forever, and the Intergovernmental...

Posted June 12, 2014    

Carbon Dioxide Is Not Good for Us: And Other Carbon Truths

Opinions about the merits of fossil fuels and the importance of exhausting those resources seem to be infiltrating mainstream media lately.  It is an effort to push back against the environmental and climate change activists that are...

Posted April 29, 2014    

Why We Need to Pay More Attention to Cybersecurity in 2014

The state of cybersecurity in 2014 is tenuous at best.  President Obama paid nominal attention to the matter in his State of the Union (SOTU) address January 28 giving it only one mention.  “Here at home, we’ll keep strengthening our...

Posted February 12, 2014    

Coal Ash Causing Problems in Carolina

At 4:03 p.m. on Monday February 3, Duke Energy officially notified the public that up to 82,000 tons of coal ash leaked from a pond at a retired power plant and were flowing into the Dan River.  To put that in perspective, according to Duke’s...

Posted February 7, 2014    

Acidification: The Ocean's Changing Climate

Scientists overwhelmingly agree that carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the atmosphere cause global temperatures to rise.  This has detrimental impacts for the environment due to changes in climate patterns.  The increase in ocean...

Posted October 17, 2013    

EPA Restrictions Can Encourage Clean Coal

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making the coal industry nervous with a proposed rule that would impose new regulations on greenhouse gas emissions from newly constructed power plants. This would permit new coal plants to emit no...

Posted September 25, 2013    

Transactive Energy: The Next Big Deal for the Smart Grid?

Transactive energy (TE) is a new hot topic in the energy industry, but what exactly is it? Frankly, it is a concept so new that it does not yet have a formal definition. Carl Imhoff, manager of electricity infrastructure for the Pacific Northwest...

Posted July 27, 2013    

Controlling Climate Change: IEA Says It's Not All About Carbon Dioxide

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a World Energy Outlook Special Report warning the world that current climate change policies are on track to far exceed the goal of limiting temperature rise to 2°C.  The special report, “...

Posted July 13, 2013    

Manufacturers Push For Federal Energy Efficiency Goals

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is setting its sights hard on energy efficiency.  Recently the NAM sent a letter to the Whitehouse urging President Obama to invest even more in energy efficiency savings and investments for...

Posted June 22, 2013    

New York Strengthens Electric Grid for Storm Season

June 1 will begin the 2013 hurricane season, and according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) it is going to be a busy one.  NOAA predicts a 70% chance of 14-20 named storms (winds of 39mph or higher);   7...

Posted June 1, 2013    

US Oil Boom Shifts Focus to North Dakota Bakken Shale

North Dakota may soon be giving Texas a run for its money in the oil industry.  Information released last month by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Interior, indicates that oil and gas resources in...

Posted May 24, 2013