Commentary

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    Jan 13, 2014 | Jason Thomas
    Traditionally, solar power has not received much attention in the Lone Star state. Renewable energy in Texas, for the most part, means wind. No other state comes close to matching the output of West Texas' wind farms. But a heavy reliance on wind has its drawbacks. Wind has a tendency to disappear when you need it most. When the state is baking in typical 100 degree August high temperatures the wind tends not to blow.
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    Jan 06, 2014 | Davis Swan
    In many parts of the world there are significant financial incentives for homeowners to install roof-top solar panels.  This can include capital grants for the equipment, tax write-offs and/or Feed-In-Tariffs that guarantee that electricity produced by the solar panel will be purchased by the local utility at above-market prices.  In Hawaii the annual cost of these incentives is at least $200 million.  In Germany it is now in the $billions.
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    Dec 20, 2013 | Scott Shugarts
    The Energy Chronicles is a three part series examining why we believe that carbon emissions cause climate change.  In Part One we looked at the history of electricity and how it is generated.  In Part Two we looked at the efficiency of various generation methods and the pollutants they leave behind.  Now in Part Three, we'll examine the effects of those pollutants, and what they mean for our planet.
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    Dec 19, 2013 | Bradley Atkins
    This document outlines a roadmap to reduce carbon emissions by a significant tonnage, initially across one nation and then globally. This will be achieved by refactoring and redeploying existing technology. It will not involve the development of entirely new or novel technologies to achieve this goal.
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    Dec 18, 2013 | Mike Krygowski
    The Obama administration has made strides in trying to curb the output of carbon emissions in the US. While some of the EPA regulations have moved forward, some have stalled out for the time being. The Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) was set to replace the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR), but was vacated by the courts in late 2011 due to aggressive legal challenges.
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    Dec 13, 2013 | Scott Shugarts
    The Energy Chronicles is a series examining the evidence that supports the assumption of climate change caused by carbon emissions. In Part One, we looked at the history of electricity production and the various ways electricity is generated now. In Part Two we will examine the relative efficiency of these various generation methods and what they produce, other than electricity.
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    Dec 11, 2013 | Alan Caruba
    While Americans grapple with the Obamacare debacle and 90 million are officially unemployed according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is another threat to our future as environmental groups like the Sierra Club and Friends of the Earth continue their assault on the provision of electrical energy, the lifeblood of the nation's economy and our ability to function at home and on the job.
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    Dec 06, 2013 | Scott Shugarts
    So who is right? Is carbon dioxide (CO2) harmless, or does carbon pollution kill people? Are greenhouse gases really a problem? Has the globe really warmed?
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    Dec 02, 2013 | Davis Swan
    It was in May of 1961 that President John F. Kennedy declared that the United States would do the things required to land a man on the moon before the decade was out "not because they are easy but because they are hard". Twenty months later a contract to design and build a Lunar Excursion Module was awarded to Grumman and all of the LEMs were delivered by the end of 1966, more than two years before the first lunar landing.
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    Nov 26, 2013 | Suresh Kumar
    I am working in a building which is centrally air conditioned. I got the idea of using the exhaust wind of Air conditioning plant to rotate the turbine for producing energy.