Category Archives: Energy

Trump Is Literally Tilting At Windmills

Good catch by Frank Swain: Cleaner energy through self-sustaining dumpster fire?

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Why Krugman’s Sort of Pessimism Is Right For the Wrong Reasons

Paul Krugman observes this about the pace of technological innovation (boldface mine): You see, I got my Ph.D. in 1977, the year of the first Star Wars movie, which means that I have basically spent my whole professional life in … Continue reading

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National Security and U.S. Energy Infrastructure

It’s kind of sad that we can’t recognize the need for competent energy infrastructure without having to resort to national security justifications. On the other hand, that did get us some highways in the 1950s, so maybe this will work … Continue reading

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Keeping Terrorist Sabotage of Our Infrastructure in Context

Or, it’s the natural disasters, stupid (boldface mine): Our energy systems are so big, complex and spread out, that they are doomed to fail on occasion, sometimes in ways that cascade catastrophically through the system. The electrical grid is especially … Continue reading

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Back Bay’s Solar Scooter

Observed on Commonwealth Ave., Back Bay, Boston: As best as I can tell, this thing has an engine (it’s not foot-powered), and it’s solar powered. If so, that means it doesn’t smell like a lawnmower (i.e., fumes) when it goes … Continue reading

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I Guess I’m an Air Conditioning Moderate

Or something. While this Boston Globe piece arguing against the widespread use of air conditioning will get bashed heavily, I did agree with this part: When experts look at A/C use in America, they immediately see a spot of illogic: … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Global Warming | 8 Comments

A Question For the Physicists: Is Lockheed’s Hydrogen Fusion Real or Vaporware?

This is way outside of my expertise, but, if real, this seems like a critical technological breakthrough (boldface mine): At Google’s Solve For X, Charles Chase describes what his team has been working on: a trailer-sized fusion power plant that … Continue reading

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