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.
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.
… 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…
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.”
… 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.
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.
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.
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.”
“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.
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.”
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.
…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.
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.
- New technology converts exhaust heat into cooling, electricity (reviews.cnet.com)
- Oil well taps wastewater for renewable energy (news.cnet.com)
- Prototype demonstrates success of advanced new energy technology (scienceblog.com)
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.”
molten salt reactors could actually deliver on nuclear power’s long-heralded promise of cheap and limitless energy.
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.
It’s bad enough that these turbines spoil the landscape, but they don’t even work…
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.
- You: Radiation-linked cancer an intangible numbers game (search.japantimes.co.jp)
- Five steps to prevent another Fukushima | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (sheffnersweb.net)