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U.S. Department of Energy 2011 Strategic Plan

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: October 20, 2011 at 5:14 PM

Note: Synopsis based U.S. DOE summary provided to OurEnergyPolicy.org. Complete text US DOE Mission and Goals The mission of the Department of Energy is to ensure America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental, and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions. Goal 1: Catalyze the timely, material, and efficient transformation of the nation’s energy system and secure U.S. leadership in clean energy technologies. Goal 2: Maintain a vibrant U.S. effort in science and engineering as a cornerstone of our economic prosperity with clear leadership in strategic areas. Goal 3: Enhance nuclear security through defense, nonproliferation, and environmental… [more]

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H.R. 910 – the Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: at 5:12 PM

Note: Synopsis based on review of draft legislation as well as Congressional committee and media summaries. Synopsis intended solely for purposes of generating discussion. Key Provisions of H.R. 910, the Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011 (as of March 10, 2011) Would amend the Clean Air Act to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating or taking action on greenhouse gas emissions over concerns about climate change “Greenhouse gas” is defined as: water vapor, carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, sulpher hexaflouride, hydroflurocarbons, perflurocarbons, and any other substance subject to, or proposed to be subject to, regulation, action or consideration under… [more]

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Discussion Catalyst: Global Warming Research Priorities

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
Administrator
OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: October 17, 2011 at 4:16 PM

[Note: The statements below are intended solely to stimulate discussion among the Expert community, and do not represent the position of OurEnergyPolicy.org. Text in italics indicates clarification or expansion.]   Research must help us to find the solution to GHG emissions from electricity generation. Given the current technologies and the growth rate of the developing countries (based mostly on coal), we need new technologies that when ready can be implemented as government policies. We strongly recommend increasing the research grants for global warming with emphasis on solutions. Therefore, the federal government should allocate special research funds for short term solutions… [more]

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Discussion Catalyst: Conserving Electrical Energy

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: at 4:15 PM

[Note: The statements below are intended solely to stimulate discussion among the Expert community, and do not represent the position of OurEnergyPolicy.org. Text in italics indicates clarification or expansion.]   The use of cheap electricity in the development of the U.S. economy is a critical part of what has helped create the American dream. We should not underestimate the importance of the use of energy to the American economy and on the American innovation and way of life. This is not an endorsement to waste. It is a warning against Malthusian approaches. Changing our way of life can have many… [more]

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Discussion Catalyst: Fusion

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: at 4:13 PM

[Note: The statements below are intended solely to stimulate discussion among the Expert community, and do not represent the position of OurEnergyPolicy.org. Text in italics indicates clarification or expansion.]   Fusion is the holy grail of electricity generation. When the technology is available it will become the main workhorse of electricity generation, especially if the costs per KW are very low. It will most likely replace existing GHG emitting power stations (coal and natural gas), and may make other renewable solutions obsolete. If the cost of electricity becomes very low it may create a paradigm shift in our use of… [more]

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Discussion Catalyst: Nuclear Energy

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
Administrator
OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: at 4:07 PM

[Note: The statements below are intended solely to stimulate discussion among the Expert community, and do not represent the position of OurEnergyPolicy.org. Text in italics indicates clarification or expansion.]   It is the cleanest of all available and proven technologies that can grow rapidly. We have to grow the stable supply base, not just grow the renewables. It is our safest bet for independence, reliability and fighting global warming. Nuclear “enjoys” unjustifiable bad public opinion. That’s where leadership is needed to shift public opinion. Build more nuclear power stations: Step 1 — Double the capacity of existing nuclear stations by… [more]

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Discussion Catalyst: Transportation Research Priorities

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: at 4:01 PM

[Note: The statements below are intended solely to stimulate discussion among the Expert community, and do not represent the position of OurEnergyPolicy.org. Text in italics indicates clarification or expansion.]   Substantially increase government support for research designed to directly replace oil. Up until now most government research grants in the area of energy went to traditional fossil fuels. The significantly smaller grants for alternative energy have been largely directed to global warming issues. Although we strongly recommend increasing the research grants for global warming solutions, it is critical for the survival of the U.S. and world as a free one… [more]

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Discussion Catalyst: Alternative Methods of Propulsion

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: at 3:54 PM

[Note: The statements below are intended solely to stimulate discussion among the Expert community, and do not represent the position of OurEnergyPolicy.org. Text in italics indicates clarification or expansion.] The majority of the recommended policies in this document are based on known technologies or known technology development directions. However, human ingenuity will definitely produce additional solutions (e.g., compressed air engines). The policy should remain open to embrace new technologies as they become viable. It is critical to follow technological innovation and once one matures, it should receive an even playing field with other alternatives.

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Discussion Catalyst: Hydrogen

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
Administrator
OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: at 3:53 PM

[Note: The statements below are intended solely to stimulate discussion among the Expert community, and do not represent the position of OurEnergyPolicy.org. Text in italics indicates clarification or expansion.] An analysis of the current status shows that hydrogen powered cars, generation infrastructure and delivery infrastructure; all at competitive prices to other solutions are 20 years away under the best of circumstances. In any case, an affordable and efficient electric battery car will be available at least 10 years ahead of that and it will not require infrastructure changes. The hydrogen (fuel cell) car simply lost the race to the market.… [more]

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Discussion Catalyst: Bio-Diesel

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: at 3:48 PM

[Note: The statements below are intended solely to stimulate discussion among the Expert community, and do not represent the position of OurEnergyPolicy.org. Text in italics indicates clarification or expansion.]   Diesel accounts for 30% of U.S. transportation fuel. In many uses (like trucking), there is no replacement technology in sight. The use of diesel in Europe is double that of the U.S. Bio-diesel is an excellent replacement for oil-derived diesel since it requires only minor infrastructure change or engine change (unlike methanol and ethanol). However, our sources for bio-diesel are limited today. We need to create a larger bio-diesel market… [more]

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