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Your commute costs me how much? Really?

June 19th, 2017 · 1 Comment

In civilization, civil society, people — in some form or another — subsidize each other, give each other assistance.  In modern capitalist societies, those subsidies are almost always measured in direct cash transfers with little attention, understanding, or incorporation of indirect (whether financial or otherwise) resource transfers and subsidies.  For the energy/climate world, for example, […]

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Tags: analysis · Energy

Powering America from Trump’s ‘solar’ border wall: how many kilowatts …?

June 7th, 2017 · 1 Comment

One can’t step away from the news for a moment without something shocking. Just in: Donald Trump has evidently embraced the idea (certainly telling people it was his, but no …) of putting solar panels on the (likely never to be built) border wall. Some days truth really is stranger than fiction… https://t.co/acXHgKsD13 pic.twitter.com/tt3EyJQiwJ — Zeke […]

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Tags: Energy

Nine Holes in Trump’s Paris Withdrawal

June 1st, 2017 · No Comments

Donald Trump has made the reckless announcement to turn the tide backwards, toward higher pollution options and away from great economic opportunities. As is well known, when he goes out to golf, Trump brazenly gets away with cheating his way through a course. In seeking to communicate in language and images that Trump might understand, here […]

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Tags: Energy

“Firing an email instead of a rocket …”

June 1st, 2017 · 1 Comment

Debates are often presented as either/or, black/white, all/nothing when the complexity of reality is that most situations are not zero-sum, one-or-the-other.  And, that is especially true in complex environments and situations like energy systems and climate change (science, mitigation, adaptation).  In this overlapping space, some of the either/or, all/nothing type assertions: Consumption reduction vs clean […]

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Tags: Energy

Really, really, REALLY great news (#solar #wind, #pv #WarOnCoal in PRC, …)

May 27th, 2017 · 1 Comment

This guest post from Martin Smith provides a taste (and, truly, just a taste)  of the things happening around the world, related to clean energy and reducing fossil foolish dependences. If Team Trump would get their minds out of promoting 19th century energy, leveraging knowledge of 20th century energy, and turn to 21st century realities […]

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Tags: coal · Energy · solar · wind power

.@BretStephensNYT is upset w/@HillaryClinton: “I voted for her and she says …”

May 26th, 2017 · No Comments

Cue the world’s smallest violin for climate science denier/confuser Bret Stephens. Hillary Clinton is emerging into more public engagement. There was her strong speech at Wellesley earlier today (full video after the fold).  And, here is an engrossing New York magazine article Hillary Clinton Is Furious. And Resigned. And Funny. And Worried. Much of that article […]

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Tags: Energy

Musings on “Energy Independence” …

May 23rd, 2017 · Comments Off on Musings on “Energy Independence” …

The mistaken priority of “Energy Independence” is in vogue in no small part because of the recklessly dangerous and backwards-thinking Trump Presidential Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth. The EO does not directly define the term “energy independence” (the word “independence”, for example, is only in the title) but the implication is clear. […]

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Tags: Energy · Trump

Polluting Industry Front Group’s Press Release Fails to Mention Key Result From Poll

May 22nd, 2017 · 1 Comment

According to the topline data from a recent poll, 89% of the Virginian poll respondents support “Renewable energy projects, such as solar and wind power” … 69% strongly.  The press release from the (self-proclaimed, astroturf) Consumer Energy Alliance (“a front group for the energy industry that opposes political efforts to regulate carbon”) somehow failed to mention […]

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Tags: Energy

Ranking: What does it mean to be #1 on climate

May 20th, 2017 · 3 Comments

Associated with a recent announcement about an Executive Order for the drafting of potential regulatory structure for a carbon-trading program to be put out for public comment and then consideration under Virginia’s next Governor, Governor Terry McAuliffe tweeted out that this would “keep VA #1 on climate issues”. So I'm signing this directive to build […]

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Tags: Energy

Townhalls getting hot for @GOP Politicians

May 11th, 2017 · Comments Off on Townhalls getting hot for @GOP Politicians

Around the country, GOP politicians are facing a dilemma when it comes to dealing with constituents: Do they have the courage to face the music from well-informed, articulate, and angry constituents? Or, like Barbara Comstock in Virginia’s 10th district, do they duck and cover — avoiding any open town hall meeting where ‘uncomfortable’ questions might […]

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Tags: Energy