Category: Energy

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Paying For Your Neighbors’ Solar Panels

Solar power adds to nonusers’ costs – SFGate.

Hey California. Guess who’s paying for your neighbor to put “free” solar panels on their roof? That’s right. You. Subsidies and higher utility bills suck money out of your pocket so the guy next door can feel better.

Power companies in California are required to buy electricity from residents and businesses with solar generator systems at the same price they resell it to other customers, meaning utilities earn nothing to cover their fixed costs. Photo: Sam Hodgson, Bloomberg / SF

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Apparently Al Gore Hates Hollywood

Al Gore to Hollywood: Make More Green-Themed Movies.

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Wine Cooler

Red Wine, Tartaric Acid, and the Secret of Superconductivity  – Technology Review.

Last year, a group of Japanese physicists grabbed headlines around the world by announcing that they could induce superconductivity in a sample of iron telluride by soaking it in red wine. They found that other alcoholic drinks also worked–white wine, beer, sake and so on–but red wine was by far the best.

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Green Crap

When Wall Street Makes Crap Loans, It’s a Crisis; When DOE’s Steven Chu Does It, It’s Green Energy. – Hit & Run : Reason Magazine.

… when it comes to lending standards and the vilification of private financial institutions processing mortgages that were either backed or bought up by government-sponsored enterprises, the Obama admin is firmly in the “do as we say, not as we do” camp…

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Corn Pwned

Thank the Tea Party for the End of the Ethanol Tax Credit – Conor Friedersdorf – Politics – The Atlantic.

As early as last July, he added, a poll of likely Iowa caucus-goers revealed something pleasantly surprising: “When asked specifically which they would be more likely to support, a candidate who supports ethanol subsidies because they are important to the Iowa economy, or a candidate who opposes them because they want to get spending under control, caucus goers prefer the candidate who opposes ethanol subsidies by a margin of 56 percent to 31 percent.”

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Climate Fraud Heats Up

Climategate 2 Emails Loaded with Bombshells | Heartlander Magazine.

… the Climategate 2 emails show scientists at the forefront of global warming activism acknowledging serious flaws in alarmist global warming theory, working together to hide data contradicting alarmist global warming theory, and taking concerted and nefarious action to ruin the careers of scientists and peer-reviewed science journal editors who publish studies and data that undermine alarmist global warming claims.

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California Continues Its March Towards the Precipice

California Adopts Cap-and-Trade System to Limit Emissions – NYTimes.com

Fifteen months after a similar effort died in Congress, California regulators adopted a system on Thursday for combating climate change that sets limits on greenhouse gas emissions…

The board members seemed keenly aware that they were giving the state a policy prescription regarded as poison in some parts of the country.

California’s ambitions are in striking contrast to those of much of the rest of the nation. A conservative political rebellion against cap and trade helped the Republican resurgence in 2010.

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Nuclear Reactors: Smaller is Better

Taking a Bite out of Nuclear Reactors | EnergyBiz

Altogether, NuScale says that by taking its smaller modules and ultimately forming a 540 megawatt plant it would cost between $2.2 billion and $2.5 billion. That’s marginally less expensive per unit of output than a traditional plant.

At a few billion, the company says that utilities would not be taking the kind of risks they might otherwise have to if they built a larger and centralized $10 billion facility. For most companies, the amount of money is too great, especially in the aftermath of a recession, credit crunch and Japanese nuclear crisis.

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Bad Karma: The Eco-Delusion Marches On

Fisker Karma Solyndra on Wheels | Fantastical Andrew Fox.

Fisker is manufacturing these gorgeous Leonardo DiCaprio toys in Finland. And the kicker, for those of you who would still claim that the risk of half a billion tax dollars is justified by environmental gains… contrary to the company’s initial hype, the Karma will only run for thirty-two miles on its electric motors before its turbocharged gasoline engine needs to kick in (as opposed to the initial estimate of fifty miles). Once that occurs, the Karma gets about the same mileage as a Ford Explorer. Not the new Explorer, even. The older, gas-hog, body-on-frame model. We’re talking twenty miles per gallon, folks. So much for your “green investment.”

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No, Bill, The Green Movement needs a Clue

Ex-President Clinton: Green movement needs money: The Associated Press

“This has to work economically,” he said. “You have to come up with the money on the front end.”

It has to work economically before anyone will willingly give you money on the front end.

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Truth to Power

Nuclear Power Is Extremely Safe — That’s the Truth About What We Learned From Japan – FoxNews.com

To think rationally about nuclear safety, you must identify the whole context. As the late, great energy thinker Petr Beckmann argued three decades ago in his contrarian classic “The Health Hazards of NOT Going Nuclear,” every means of generating power has dangers and risks, but nuclear power “is far safer than any other form of large-scale energy conversion yet invented.”

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Looking to American Green

Phoenix Solar Targets U.S. Market to Offset Slumping European Sales – Bloomberg

Phoenix Solar is among a group of German solar companies including Solarworld AG, Q-Cells SE (QCE) and SMA Solar Technology AG that are expanding in the U.S., Asia or the Middle East to counter falling demand in Europe, where the governments of Germany, Italy and France reduced solar subsidies the past 12 months.

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China Syndrome Redux: Beijing Looking to Lead the Way with Thorium

China shows the world nuclear can be safe — RT

…they are pouring millions of dollars into Thorium research … In doing so, they may also be showing the rest of the world a new path to clean energy.

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A New Way to Extract Electricity from Heat

Waste heat converted to electricity using new alloy – Science Daily

University of Minnesota engineering researchers in the College of Science and Engineering have recently discovered a new alloy material that converts heat directly into electricity. This revolutionary energy conversion method is in the early stages of development, but it could have wide-sweeping impact on creating environmentally friendly electricity from waste heat sources. 

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AP Looking to Make an Impact

AP IMPACT: Tritium leaks found at many nuke sites – Yahoo! News

While most leaks have been found within plant boundaries, some have migrated offsite. But none is known to have reached public water supplies.  …

At three sites — two in Illinois and one in Minnesota — leaks have contaminated drinking wells of nearby homes, the records show, but not at levels violating the drinking water standard.

“The public health and safety impact of this is next to zero,” said Tony Pietrangelo, chief nuclear officer of the industry’s Nuclear Energy Institute. “This is a public confidence issue.”

In this Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010 photo, retiree Bob Scamen stands near a discharge pipe for the Braidwood Nuclear Power Station about 300 feet from his

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Thorium: A Reminder

Too Good to Leave on the Shelf – May 2010 Issue

molten salt reactors could actually deliver on nuclear power’s long-heralded promise of cheap and limitless energy.

Too Good to Leave on the Shelf - Technicians working on graphite core of MSR experiment

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The New Alternative Fuel

Thorium challenges nuclear norm | The Tennessean | tennessean.com

The thorium community recognizes that the continuing disaster at Fukushima, Japan, is the wake-up call for a change in technology going forward, and we believe that it should be TMSR technology.

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Wind Folly

Wind farms aren’t just a blight, they’re a folly – Telegraph

It’s bad enough that these turbines spoil the landscape, but they don’t even work…

Wind farms aren't just a blight, they're a folly; The Scout Moor Wind Farm in the South Pennines; Getty

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Gold vs Green

The green killer: Scores of protected golden eagles dying after colliding with wind turbines | Mail Online

Not eagle friendly: Scores of Golden Eagles have been dying each year after colliding with the blades of about 5,000 wind turbines

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The Atomic Aged

Japanese seniors volunteer for Fukushima ‘suicide corps’ – CNN

The group, consisting only of retirees age 60 and up, says it is uniquely poised to work at the radiation-contaminated plant, as the cells of an older person’s body divide more slowly than a younger individual. 

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