Global Warming and the Afterlife
Posted August 11, 2008 03:55 PM (EST)
The box on the right shows that I have published two books, both within the past year. Chapter 4 in Book 1 reports on global warming, and points out the greater peril of THE VENUS SYNDROME, with methane, not carbon dioxide, as the threat. Chapter 5 of Book 2 is...
Why Do We Spend So Much On National Security?
9 Comments Posted August 2, 2008 04:35 PM (EST)
"I've never seen our lack of strategic depth be where it is today."
General Richard Cody, Army Vice Chief of StaffTIME, April 14, 2008
Let me see now, there is no USSR cold war threat. China spends $45/citizen for defense, while we invest about $2700/person on national...
Billions and Trillions
24 Comments Posted July 29, 2008 06:30 PM (EST)
Carl Sagan wrote a book entitled Billions and Billions. While we tend to get wrapped up in our own infinitesimal problems, keep in mind that it takes light 100,000 years (travelling at 186,282 miles/second) just to get from one end of our Milky Way Galaxy to the other end. The...
The Free Green Energy Age (Part 5)
Posted July 17, 2008 05:10 PM (EST)
This is the fifth and final article of my HuffPo series on finding an optimal solution for Peak Oil and Global Warming. There is a clear transition of thought from Parts 1 to 5. These points are covered in SIMPLE SOLUTIONS for Planet Earth, shown in the box on the...
The Free and Clean Hydrogen Age (Part 3)
Posted July 8, 2008 03:36 PM (EST)
This discussion continues the concept of Free Hydrogen
Many of us demand free education through high school, good roads, a functioning military, public safety security, etc. Michael Moore's Sicko reveals that even medical care is largely free in Europe and rest of the world. We pay for all of...
We Need A Declaration Of Energy Independence
Posted July 4, 2008 11:23 PM (EST)
On this 4th day of July, 2008, when oil rests at its highest price on record (just above $145/barrel), the time has come for a Declaration of Energy Independence. Government seems unable to take any meaningful action, so, maybe the world wide web can be the action ground. Let us...
What About Free Hydrogen? (Part 2)
Posted July 3, 2008 09:58 PM (EST)
The following continues the discussion on a free and clean hydrogen age, as largely excerpted from Chapter 3 of SIMPLE SOUTIONS for Planet Earth.
Referring back to that National Hydrogen Association awards luncheon, the fact that I had the courage or idiocy to introduce this concept before giving any thought...
What About Free Hydrogen? (Part 1)
Posted July 2, 2008 09:54 PM (EST)
Over the next couple of Green posts I will discuss the matter of free hydrogen. Yes, just make hydrogen free by, say, 2020, and let industry, with government assistance, develop the infrastructure and systems to handle the Age of Free Hydrogen. At first glance, the concept appears insane. For one,...
Geoengineering of Climate Change
Posted July 1, 2008 10:53 AM (EST)
There are those who feel that there is no cause for concern at this time about the increasing amount of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere, and if you trace who they are -- as for example by perusing through the comments of postings like this -- organizations like the Advancement...
Simple Solutions to Energy and Global Warming
Posted June 24, 2008 10:39 AM (EST)
The June 19th issue of The Economist very well captured the state of energy and global warming today, with vague hints on future directions. Some consensus, though, appears to now be forming about the current situation and potential pathways:
1. The global economy is unsustainable and possibly headed towards collapse.
Why Do Republicans Like Fossil Fuels and Not Care That Much for the Environment?
Posted June 20, 2008 03:55 PM (EST)
Well, a lot more oil/coal money is given to Republican candidates, who therefore display their loyalty when elected by voting for this greenhouse gas energy source and against the environment. While that might be too simplistic an explanation, a good example of such action is Republican Congressman and Whip Roy...
Posted June 14, 2008 04:18 PM (EST)
Piffle squared? That's what we think of the national renewable energy program.
What is the relationship between Friday the 13th and Father's Day, both which occurred this weekend? Nothing much, although this coincidence provides me yet another opportunity to point out the wisdom of priorities we have on how we...
What Is The Best Biofuel?
Posted June 12, 2008 02:22 PM (EST)
This is Part Two regarding biofuels. Part One compared ethanol with methanol. This earlier analysis summarily dismissed biodiesel as far too inefficient and miniscule to even be considered for attention.
I've spent most of my professional life in academia. However, my early years were devoted to biomass engineering in industry,...
Ethanol Vs. Methanol
Posted June 10, 2008 07:10 PM (EST)
Ethanol and biodiesel are dead, long live methanol! Methanol is the simplest alcohol, with one carbon atom; ethanol has two. Thus, given biomass, it should be cheaper to produce methanol than ethanol. Surely enough, in a comprehensive assessment Stone & Webster performed for the U.S. Department of Energy two decades...
The Venus Syndrome (Part Two)
Posted June 10, 2008 02:56 PM (EST)
Yesterday, Part One reported on the science and politics of global warming. Today, we enter the realm of the unknown, the future. Remember, now, there could be twice as much energy content in methane trapped at the bottom of the ocean than all the known coal, oil and natural gas...
The Venus Syndrome (Part One)
Posted June 9, 2008 05:38 PM (EST)
If you've been keeping score, just during the past week:
1. Oil experienced the biggest one day price increase, ever, and ended up at a record high of $138.54/barrel. G8 oil ministers kicking off the next summit in Japan begged OPEC to increase production.
2. Our monthly unemployment...
Preaching To The Choir
Posted June 8, 2008 06:31 PM (EST)
Is global warming a liberal and academic conspiracy? Yes, says Charles Krauthammer (http://nationalreview.com) in his 30May08 editorial. The Wall Street Journal on June 7 reported that the Copenhagaen Consensus Center, featuring a blue-ribbon panel of economists with five Nobel Laureates, picked climate change mitigation as #30, and last, of thirty...
Why Is There No National Energy Policy?
Posted June 2, 2008 11:31 AM (EST)
There is no national energy policy because there is no public will for one. Sure, blame Congress or President Bush or the oil companies, but we are the problem. We, meaning you, me and others. Part of the reason for our relative insouciance is that life remains okay.
Well, Barack, We have a Problem...
Posted May 29, 2008 07:29 PM (EST)
By Patrick Kenji Takahashi (29May08)
...and only you will have the power to provide the solution. Why you? The United States is the most powerful nation, ever. Today, and for the next generation, no other country will be anywhere close to our military and economic dominance. You will have...