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Growing Poor Slowly: Why We Must Have Renewable Energy

October 29, 2014
[caption id="attachment_18517" align="alignright" width="280"] Figure 1. GDP Per Capita versus Power Consumption Per Capita[/caption] Human well-being is a direct function of power consumed, or the rate at which work is done....
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Should Tesla (And Other Auto Manufacturers) Be Able To Sell Cars Directly To Consumers?

October 23, 2014
Tesla will not be able to sell their electric cars directly to consumers in Michigan after Governor Rick Snyder signed bipartisan legislation on October 21st that clarifies existing state auto...
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What Should Our Policymakers Focus On?

September 18, 2014
As midterm elections quickly approach, questions and predictions continue about which energy issues will garner the most attention over the next two years from Congress and other policymakers and influencers....
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Time to Launch a U.S. National Energy Program as a Matter of National Security

August 28, 2014
A National Energy Program (NEP) is proposed to achieve “equality” between U.S. oil consumption and production in a decade and position our nation for a sustainable energy future. Like the...
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Refueling the Future with Alcohol Fuels

August 22, 2014
The lack of alternative energy sources to fuel our vehicles and replace expensive oil, jeopardizes U.S. national security, forces Americans to pay more at the pump, and greatly represses our...
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The Challenges Of Integrating Renewables On To The Grid

August 14, 2014
Wind and solar capacity have grown significantly in the last decade, and many believe that significant reductions in carbon emissions require continued expansion of their capacity (see for example recent...
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Would a carbon tax effectively combat climate change?

July 24, 2014
A number of scholars, from the left and the right have floated versions of a carbon tax. Henry Paulson has also weighed in, favoring a tax. In theory, a uniform comprehensive...
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How Should We Be Moving Oil?

June 30, 2014
As the oil boom outgrows the US pipeline network, the oil industry is increasingly using alternatives such as rail to transport crude oil across the country. Between 2008 and 2013,...
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Nuclear Power’s Role in Responding to Climate Change

June 19, 2014
Without significant gains in storage technology, electric generation from solar and wind will not meet the world’s energy needs. Nuclear power, however, can deliver electric power in a sufficiently safe,...
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Transforming the Electric Utility Industry and Corporate Culture

June 11, 2014
This discussion is presented in conjunction with the closing keynote at the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences 2014 Conference. Cost-effective and profitable energy efficiency technologies and services, and renewable energy...
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