As a consumer of oil, you may regard recent sharp declines in the world oil price as a blessing. But... If you work in the oil industry, you...
Does the recent climate accord between US and China mean that many countries will now forge ahead with renewables and other green solutions? I think that there are more pitfalls than many realize. Pitfall 1. Green solutions tend to push us from one set of resources that are a problem today (fossil fuels) to other
Not long ago, I wrote Ten Reasons Why High Oil Prices are a Problem. If high oil prices can be a problem, how can low oil prices also be a problem? In particular, how can the steep drop in oil prices we have recently been experiencing also be a problem? Let me explain some of
Renewable energy, by definition, is inexhaustible or, at least, it can tap the sun's energy for times that can be considered infinite f...
2014-10-29: solar electricity is on track to be as cheap or cheaper than average electricity-bill prices in 47 US states.
Suddenly in June, oil prices started dropping, reaching levels unseen since 2010. What is going on? Why does the price of oil matter to financial advisors? What might these fluctuations mean to the price and supply of oil for the rest of the decade? Isn't oil just another commodity?
Germany is well on its way towards having a predominantly green electricity supply. The transition from nuclear and fossil fuel electricity to using renewables is happening faster than anyone had anticipated
I've heard it many a time, and you probably have too. It's supposedly the trump card to any argument on addressing climate change globally: "Yeah, but what's the point? Isn't China building a new coal
Dropping shares in fossil fuel companies might not make a huge difference on its own, but it can help lay the groundwork for other types of climate progress.
As utilities see how distributed solar, aided by new storage tech, can chip away at their monopolies (and profits), they're fighting back.
(Image from global warming art ). In this post, I argue that nuclear energy ceased to be a viable option in the world's energy mix as ...
A switch to solar and other renewables will greatly reduce the resources devoted to waging war and help us achieve a steady state economy.
Tesla may already be reaping the rewards of
The Sheerwind wind turbine promises to produce 6 times the electrical power than traditional wind turbines. This funny looking wind tower acts like a funnel, directing the wind from any angle, down through a tube to a ground based turbine generator. The funneling of the wind through a narrow passage effectively creates a "jet effect" increasing the
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What is the correct way to model the future course of energy and the economy? There are clearly huge amounts of oil, coal, and natural gas in the ground. With different approaches, researchers can obtain vastly different indications. I will show that the real issue is most researchers are modeling the wrong limit. Most researchers
Companies such as Google race to invent flying wind turbines to bring life-changing electricity to isolated areas worldwide.
Landmark UN analysis concludes global roll-out of clean energy would shave only a tiny fraction off economic growth
After decades of trying, U.S. Navy scientists have finally cracked the technology to turn seawater into fuel.
For businesses in Spain and Mexico, solar doesn't do as well on price as it does for homeowners, while in Germany is does much better.