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What’s New at the EPA? Actually, It’s Impossible To Know.

What do we know about what’s happening in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the leadership of Scott Pruitt?  Well, the whole thing started when Pruitt was appointed to the position purely because of his tenacious and lifelong opposition to

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Take a Cool Guess—The Fun Quiz on Renewable Energy and Environmental Sustainability. Today’s Topic: You Can Predict the Future of the Energy Industry

Question: Who said the following, and when did he/she say it? When wireless is perfectly applied the whole earth will be converted into a huge brain, which in fact it is, all things being particles of a real and rhythmic

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My Gardener Has Better Credentials to be the USDA’s Top Scientist

I know it’s improper to be amused at catastrophe, but the excesses of the current administration are making that a little tough.  Here’s what we’re getting with Trump’s nominee for the Department of Agriculture’s top scientist, Sam Clovis:

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For the Environment, There’s No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

There are so many things we can do in our personal and professional lives to improve environmental sustainability that it’s impossible to count them all.  Similarly, there are many different flavors of renewable energy, all vying for dominance in our

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Environmentalists Get a Lot of the Science Right, But Not All

In general, those who call themselves environmentalists have some basic understanding of the science that underlies their cause.  There are a few gigantic counter examples, however. We could start with the notion that we need to abolish natural gas fracking

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Happy Birthday, Nicola Tesla

Today is the 181st birthday of the celebrated Croatian electrical engineer Nicola Tesla, best know for two things: 1) Tesla was the genius behind alternating current, the form of electricity that powers most of our world today.

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Welcome to the Exponential Age

Below is a cool thing I got from a friend.  Note the remarks on electric transportation, renewable energy, and the desalination of water. The basic thrust of all this is exactly what we’ve been saying at 2GE since its inception:

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Gravity Is Not Illuminating Sub-Saharan Africa

The concept discussed in this video is funny, IMO, as it combines a good idea (highly efficient lighting powered by a renewable resource) and a gross misunderstanding of basic science.  There is no energy in gravity; the energy lighting the lamp

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A Bit of Renewable Energy Rancor

An angry gentleman from Australia posted this story, explaining how “solar and wind don’t work.” Insofar as this claim is so outrageous, I succumbed to temptation and got a tad sarcastic:

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Learning from George Orwell on His Birthday

My mom and I read The Writer’s Almanac every morning, and I’m sure that, when she sat down at her computer this morning and found that it’s the birthday of George Orwell, she must have thought: “Oh boy.  I wonder

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