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Energy With Benefits

The world needs a new energy system that will bolster the environment rather than making it uninhabitable to most living things.Before designing and building such a system, it behooves us to consider what is wrong with what we have and how we can...

Posted April 9, 2014    

Powering to Climate Mitigation

The recently released Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability identifies with high confidence eight “key risks” presented by climate change, which the scientific consensus...

Posted April 3, 2014    

Global Warming: It Ought to Be Illegal

In August of 2013 a New York father was charged with criminally negligent homicide arising from the death of his 7-month-old son who he accidentally left unattended in his car for a half hour.The temperature at the time of the incident was in the...

Posted March 28, 2014    

Modern Alchemy: The Conversion of Anergy to Exergy

John A. “Skip” Laitner, a visiting fellow of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, says in his paper Linking Energy Efficiency to Economic Productivity: Recommendations for Improving the Robustness of the U.S. Economy, “it turns out...

Posted March 5, 2014    

Hacking Global Warming [VIDEO]

Adding it all up, scientists estimate the total amount of heat warming the oceans, land, and atmosphere and melting ice is the equivalent of 4 Hiroshima atomic bombs worth every second.The planet is a big place. The extent of damage all of this heat...

Posted February 21, 2014    

Energy and the Environment

As is all too often currently presented, energy and the environment need not be an either/or proposition.One cannot refute the fact that an abundance of energy, primarily from fossil fuels, has been a boon to mankind over the past 250 years. For...

Posted February 14, 2014    

The Burning Question: Who is Up to the Climate Challenge?

It’s official; we are the problem. The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has issued its Fifth Assessment Report, Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis, which concludes the warming of the climate system is unequivocal...

Posted February 11, 2014    

Doing Well by Doing Good by the Planet

Joe Romm aptly described his 2006 book on the subject of global warming, Hell and High Water.The Hell we are already seeing in the form of droughts, water shortages, insect infestations, famine, heat waves, forest fires and desertification.High...

Posted January 27, 2014    

The Energy Oath: In Production and Use Do Good or No Harm

“The physician must be able to tell the antecedents, know the present, and foretell the future — must mediate these things, and have two special objects in view with regard to disease, namely, to do good or to do no harm.”  Hippocrates.He said...

Posted January 10, 2014    

The Existential Imperative: Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion II

 The fourth IPCC assessment report projects that 40 to 70 percent of species could go extinct if Earth warms by 3.5°C.Ominously, in the light of this projection, a recent study by Australian and French scientists published in Nature, Spread in...

Posted January 6, 2014    

Charity Is the Best We Have to Offer In the Face of Our Energy Challenge?

Kevin Bullis posed a telling, question in an MIT Technology Review article Should Energy Startups Be Funded as Charities?He points out, with respect to the United States, “As it turns out, there’s a provision in the tax code that says that...

Posted December 31, 2013    

Is Petroleum Sucking the Life out of the Planet?

It was either a Freudian slip or a moment of rare political candour when Alberta’s Municipal Affairs Minister related to an audience on the other side of the country that oil and gas wealth is sucking the life out of everything else in Alberta....

Posted December 26, 2013