Monthly Archives: June 2012

Shutting coal-fired plants: the miners need help

This week’s NYTimes article on the Big Sandy plant in Appalachia has put in sharp relief the problem of balancing the need to cut down on pollution from coal-fired power plants with the understandable hardships to the local population that would result from shutting down the … Continue reading

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Nanotechnology thoughts

I thought I should look into this subject, which has promised big things. So, I put nano and successes into Google and discovered….no particular “breakthroughs”. How is that possible? I then looked at some chemical journals and other sources to learn more.  From what … Continue reading

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New nuclear technology: It’s far out!

It’s nice to have something in common with Bill Gates. Both of us gave TED speeches — in fact a video of his recent speech on energy was shown just before I climbed up on the stage to give my … Continue reading

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Chemical Industry Consolidations: It’s about time

In a chapter for my second book, The Chemical Industry at the Millennium, my friend John Roberts, a leading chemical industry analyst, discussed the broad and varied landscape of the chemical industry some ten years ago. He pointed out that in several other key industries … Continue reading

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