Archive for Energy Conservation

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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Hottest Year on Record. What does it Mean?

We have now posted three of the hottest years on record in direct sequence. Ok, so what does this mean?

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The data is so overwhelming that the arguments of those attached at the hip to old technology and fuel sources seem determined to live in denial. The impact that this line of thinking will have on people around the world is being demonstrated each time a major weather event takes place.

I may be redundant with this blog, but read the attached. The data is overwhelming.

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How 2016 Became Earth’s Hottest Year on Record
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