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CleanTech Business Concepts: A Rich Mixture of Fraud, Stupidity, and Occasional Genius

I must come across as the Ebeneezer Scrooge when it comes to reviewing cleantech business concepts on behalf of the investor community, insofar as I almost uniformly scoff at them (or worse).  But here’s what’s actually going on: • For every

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Trump Signs Executive Order Converting U.S. Grid from AC to DC

(WASHINGTON, DC) “You know what electrons are, right?  They make this thing called electricity, and that can be bad stuff…like lightning strikes and power outages,” said U.S. President Donald Trump as he signed into effect an executive order that will

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What Credentials Are Required To Lead the U.S. Department of Energy?

We tend to think that the Secretary of Energy has a hard job.  And it used to be exactly that, which is why the past two leaders of the U.S. Department of Energy, Dr. Ernest Moniz and Dr. Steven Chu,

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USDA’s Top Scientist: Sam Clovis Kills His Nomination

Sam Clovis, ostensibly concerned about this role in the unfolding tale about Russia and the 2016 election, has withdrawn his nomination. Rats. I was really looking to a chief scientist in agriculture who has woefully inadequate credentials in both science

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Tech Progress: How Science Can Save Energy and Lives

The ability to measure electrical currents is important in the optimizing the efficiency of the electrical system, as well as safety reasons. Recent advances in sensor technology allow engineers to measure currents in smaller increments than in the past.

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For People Who Doubt that Thermodynamics Can Make Them Smile

From someone hitting the “contact” button at 2GreenEnergy just now: I am contacting you on behalf of an US.-based startup company that has a machine/technology capable of extracting atmospheric heat and converting that into electricity.

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Wait. Why Are We Censoring Scientists Again?

There sure is a profound irony surrounding the current debate over free speech in U.S. politics nowadays. Despite legitimate concerns for the safety of students, white supremacist Richard Spencer was given a platform to speak at the University of Florida.

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Gutting the Environmental Protection Agency

In response to my post yesterday on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s purge of scientists who refuse to toe the line of the fossil fuel industry, frequent commenter MarcoPolo writes: (EPA Administrator) Scott Pruitt, like everyone else in the U.S.

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Undergoes Purge

The concept of a “purge” implies the removal all elements that may act to impede the progress of a ruling authority. The most famous examples in recent history have been the USSR’s Joseph Stalin, who imprisoned and executed citizens accused of

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A Couple of Thoughts on a Scientist’s Birthday

It’s the 59th birthday of American astrophysicist and author Neil deGrasse Tyson, whose most recent and aptly named book Astrophysics for People in a Hurry was published earlier this year.

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