Archive for Energy Conservation

Trump will be Trumped on Unwinding Climate Change Policies

Ok, we have spoken about politics over science…and the fact that it is now normal to have a page devoted in major newspapers just to the untruths of the President, so this should not come as a surprise…but…

In signing his executive order to undo President Obama’s climate change initiative, this President has simply pandered to coal miners, but in fact, he has been about as truthful in his statements about jobs as he usually is about everything else. Namely, the only people who might make money on this change are the owners.

coal and climate change policiesFirst, he is wrong about energy independence. We have already become nearly energy independent over the past 10 years. Also, he is wrong about jobs. Even where there are coal mines that are open, they are more mechanized than ever. Third, there is little likelihood that power plants will shift from natural gas to coal, thus demand will continue to drop…Just take a look at China. Even they, massive users of coal, are trying to get away from coal and thus further lowering demand.

No, as usual, this President panders to fear, preys on the financially weak and gives to those who need it less.

This order is nothing more than a sham masquerading as policy. It shows no more consideration about people, the future of this country, or the future of the planet that we live on than his choice of the EPA administrator.

Oh, and did I mention that coal is very dirty and causes serious lung ailments?

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Trump Signs Executive Order Unwinding Obama Climate Policies
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So, to Combat Global Warming, Let’s build Floating Islands.

Ok, there are many causes of climate change. There are even those who completely ignore the facts, don’t think that science is real and would rather think about short term profits at the expense of our future.

I am not certain that a floating island (not the dessert) is a real or economically feasible solution, but I have to give those that have designed this idea kudos for at least thinking.

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I really don’t think that this is a good idea, but of course, I don’t live in a country that might disappear due to the inaction of those countries that could really change the trend towards a changing climate.

Who knows, maybe it will work. But at what cost?

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As Climate Change Accelerates, Floating Cities Look Like Less of a Pipe Dream
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Nuclear Power Pull Out by Toshiba; A Proof that we need to be careful what we wish for.

With Toshiba/Westinghouse pulling out of the nuclear power plant market, we see further proof about the economic failure of this mode of power generation. To be sure, there are a number of factors that contributed to this event, from Fukushima to regulations as they are applied in the U.S.

This is not about reducing regulatory standards. But the pull out may trigger the law of unintended consequences.

As noted, in the U.S., nuclear power plants must meet stringent safety standards. This is clearly a good thing.

These standards are effectively exported by the large companies that design and build such plants in the U.S. But with this pull out, state owned plants and companies (clearly a bad idea) can and may very well lower their standards for safety in certain parts of the world. That is clearly a bad thing.

Any ideas?

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The Murky Future of Nuclear Power in the United States
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Controversial Pipelines Approved: Or Let’s Ignore the Facts

Mr. Trump has reopened the controversial Keystone and Dakota Access oil pipelines.

I have written on the Keystone Pipeline before and noted that it may not be as bad environmentally as proposed. However, there are certainly serious concerns that have been raised regarding this pipeline that need to be considered and of course, will now be ignored.

The Dakota Access Pipeline is a different situation. The fight is less over the pipeline, than its route. But as they say in the Whitehouse today, Dam the facts, full speed ahead.

dakota access pipeline oil spillWhen we see the impact of pipeline leaks, see the related article, why aren’t we more concerned about their routes?

As a last point, both pipelines have been touted as a means of increasing U.S. energy security.

That same claim was made about the Alaskan Oil Pipeline…yet, most of that oil was sold overseas for increased profit.

As we have continued to improve our energy efficiency, we have reduced our dependence on foreign oil. We have indeed increased output in the U.S. as well, but by reducing demand, we have a much greater impact on the need for more oil.

The only winners in this decision or oil companies.

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Trump clears way for controversial oil pipelines
Canada oil pipeline spills 200,000 liters on aboriginal land

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