Tag Archives: Clean Energy

CAP and Trade: Can Congress be bypassed?

In his State of the Union speech a few nights ago, President Obama, as expected, declared that it was time to confront “Climate Change”, citing Hurricane Sandy, record high temperatures, droughts, and other evidence. And he implied that he would … Continue reading

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Shale gas: huge ammonia turnaround

In reporting on the “renaissance” of domestic manufacturing we have not stressed the resurgence of the domestic ammonia industry. Over recent years, fertilizer companies have imported very large amounts of liquid ammonia, as well as solid ammonia-based fertilizers, from countries … Continue reading

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Fuel Cell Vehicles or Battery Electric Vehicles

Let’s look at the pros and cons of fuel cell vehicles.  There is a lot to be said for this type of car which has zero emissions except for water vapor. The energy source is pure, compressed hydrogen stored in … Continue reading

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Global Warming: Some thoughts

It’s very difficult to get your arms around this subject, with arguments and controversies swirling, regardless of scientific evidence. So, let’s try to see where we stand. For this post (and my own viewpoint), let’s stipulate, as the lawyers say, that the earth is … Continue reading

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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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Carbon Capture at Power Plants: Some day soon, but not here

While the U.S. Congress has evidently shelved any legislation dealing with limiting carbon dioxide emissions, the rest of the world is investing billions of dollars in Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technologies (IHS Chemical Week May 7/14 2012, Pp. 27-29). It’s … Continue reading

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President’s Research Budget Encouraging

We read about politicians wanting to drastically cut back the government’s role and government spending, including eliminating whole departments such as the DOE! Meanwhile, the Chinese government is spending many billions of yuans developing technology and supporting companies in the … Continue reading

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