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Trump Administration and Climate Change: We’ll follow developments closely

It now becomes important to find out what Donald Trump and his cabinet plan to do to reverse the previous administration’s effort to slow down the pace of global warming. Also, we must monitor the choices the new administration are making … Continue reading

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Powder River Coal: Strange Government Dichotomy

To quote Shakespeare somewhat irreverently, “there is something rotten in the state of Wyoming”. Well, it depends on your viewpoint and your political affiliation. But the Obama administration can be said to not really be serious about world GHG reduction, … Continue reading

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Why taxing carbon might pass next Congress

A September 6th article in the New York Times by renowned economist Gregory Mankiw caught my eye because I realized that even Republican members of Congress might decide to do something about limiting carbon emissions. It could be done in a manner that uses … Continue reading

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Humanity’s Critical Resources: Planning for Interactions

Scientific American magazine’s February 2015 issue contained a very interesting article explaining the interaction of what may be the three most important problems confronting planners for the future of humanity. In particular, it stressed the urgent need for planners normally considering only one of … Continue reading

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Finally: Waking up to the folly of biofuels

The corn-based ethanol producers in Iowa and elsewhere must be throwing money at their congressmen as their industry is starting to look more and more threatened, both short term (high corn and low crude prices) and long term(Do we need … Continue reading

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GW/Climate Change: Why methane is so important

For some time now, it has become obvious that natural gas and crude oil production from shale deposits results in significant emissions of methane, a much more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Efforts by drillers and gas distributors to … Continue reading

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A plea for maintaining nuclear plants considered at risk

A movement is gaining momentum to stop shutting down nuclear power plants that have little or no competitive advantage over natural gas-fired plants or have high maintenance costs. The reason: The less we rely on nuclear energy, the more carbon will … Continue reading

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EPA Should Subsidize Hardships Caused By Shutdowns of Coal-Fired Power Plants

 A recent New York Times issue featured an article on the problem facing many residents in the Appalachian states as scores of coal fired power plants are  shut down as a result of the EPA’s actions under the Clean Air Act. These plants will … Continue reading

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With Shale Crude U.S. production soars

In late 2013, U.S. crude oil production exceeded 8 million barrels per day, reaching a level not seen since 1988. (So much for “Peak Oil”.) Imported crude oil and petroleum products dipped to 28 percent of domestic demand, down from … Continue reading

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A possible win-win situation: Carbon capture and EOR

It’s no secret that a large amount of crude oil is left unproduced in the ground in the case of almost every well that has ever been drilled. Secondary recovery with steam injection has increased recovery in a number of … Continue reading

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