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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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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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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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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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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.

<cutline><HA,4,203>TVA's Watts Bar nuclear plant runs on conventional solid radioactive fuel. Advocates for thorium molten salt reactors say their core cannot melt down, and is designed to shut down automatically in an emergency.<HA,4,0><cutline_credit> <HA,4,200></cutline_credit></cutline>

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Germany’s Nukeophobia

Nuclear power in Germany: No one listens to Jürgen Grossmann | The Economist

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Thorium: Theory Into Practice

Washington, D.C.: Third TEA Conference: Theory Into Practice « Energy from Thorium

While previous conferences have focused on the theory of thorium power, and on educating a skeptical or ignorant public on the possibilities of a nuclear power industry based around cheap, safe and abundant thorium, this one was focused more on practice: on solving the actual challenges ahead for building thorium power plants. 

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