Post Tagged with: "Energy" – The brighter side of expensive oil

Perhaps cold comfort to those of us who live out of the city: It is often pointed out that if Martin Luther King’s most famous speech had declared: “I have a nightmare”, he would not have persuaded anyone. He might not have sold very many books, either. There is only […]

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Some favourite quotes from Karl Popper

Karl Popper is without doubt my favourite character in political philosophy. He was rational, believing knowledge and truth to be objective, but aware of the boundaries of reason. A scientist but concerned with the mechanisms of society. By humanitarian inclination a social democrat — when that meant “Marxist” — but […]

Read More – Call for more intervention on energy

Via / UK / Politics & policy – Call for more intervention on energy: An “interventionist” approach by the government will be needed if security of energy supply is to be guaranteed, a report commissioned by the prime minister will conclude on Wednesday. Malcolm Wicks, the former energy minister […]

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Fixing the Grid: Make Conservation Simple (and Easy)

A smart grid requires smart electric meters that let households track and manage their power consumption in real time. The Obama administration wants 40 million homes to have technology like this installed within the next three years. But smart meters require smart consumers—or at least attentive ones—and most people don’t […]

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Hydrogen cars – just a thought

If the Californians have a “Hydrogen Highway“, which includes self-service hydrogen pumps, and if hydrogen internal combusion engines are possible, what are we waiting for and why are we talking about fuel cells?  Wikipedia refers to claims of 20% extra power… And surely the conversion effort would more or less […]

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Gas supplies to Europe dry up as row between Russia and Ukraine deepens – Times Online

Gas supplies from Russia to Europe plummeted overnight with four countries reporting a complete halt as the dispute between Moscow and Ukraine over payment rates dramatically worsened. Kiev said that Gazprom, the Russian state gas company, had cut the flow by 60 per cent following Vladimir Putin’s threat yesterday to […]

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Coskata: next generation ethanol?

Try searching Digg for biofuel: it’s not encouraging, but Coskata may be: Coskata is a biology-based renewable energy company. Our technology enables the low-cost production of ethanol from a wide variety of input material including biomass, municipal solid waste and other carbonaceous material. Using proprietary microorganisms and patented bioreactor designs, […]

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