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  • 'Hydrogen highway' bad route, group says; Alternative fuel championed by governor flawed

    11/20/2004 10:02:46 AM PST · by SierraWasp · 132 replies · 5,833+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 11/20/04 | Harrison Sheppard
    'Hydrogen highway' bad route, group saysAlternative fuel championed by governor flawed, but proponents say give it more time By Harrison SheppardSACRAMENTO BUREAU Saturday, November 20, 2004 - SACRAMENTO -- A report by a libertarian think tank seeks to debunk Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's plans for a "hydrogen highway" by claiming hydrogen-fueled vehicles will make little difference in reducing harmful emissions. The report released this week by the Reason Foundation argues that even while hydrogen itself may be clean-burning, the processes used to manufacture and distribute hydrogen are dirty enough to nearly negate the benefits -- and the cost of conversion isn't...
  • Coal-to-diesel plant moves closer to becoming a reality

    07/25/2004 11:47:35 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 15 replies · 1,019+ views
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | Sunday, July 25, 2004 | Michael Rubinkam, The Associated Press
    Fill 'er up with ... coal? GILBERTON, Pa. -- Cars running on coal? It could happen in this country -- some day. John Rich Jr., whose family has worked the anthracite coal seams of eastern Pennsylvania for a century, plans to turn a $100 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy into the nation's first commercial plant converting waste coal, or culm, into low-emissions diesel fuel. Updating a technology first developed by German scientists in the 1920s, the $612 million plant would produce 5,000 barrels of diesel a day, eliminate hundreds of unsightly culm banks, and provide jobs in...
  • Free Republic "Bump List" Register

    09/30/2001 4:46:44 AM PDT · by John Robinson · 191 replies · 12,118+ views
    I have created a public register of "bump lists" here on Free Republic. I define a bump list as a name listed in the "To" field used to index articles. Free Republic Bump List Register
  • Killing germs, reducing waste, making oil: TDP might be the next big thing

    02/28/2004 9:46:17 PM PST · by grundle · 40 replies · 606+ views
    USA Today ^ | 1/22/2004 | Andrew Kantor
    <p>This was going to be a column about oil. Instead, it's also about disease, poison, and a cool way to get rid of both. Actually, it's about a new technology — a new process that is going to make a Difference. One that's going to change things, and one you're going to be hearing a lot more about.</p>
  • Mining the moon for energy on Earth

    01/21/2004 1:51:15 PM PST · by Darkshadow · 17 replies · 1,413+ views
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | Jan. 19, 2004 | By SUSANNE QUICK
    Mining the moon for energy on Earth Bush's space visions kindle zeal for project of Madison scientists By SUSANNE Posted: Jan. 19, 2004 Forget about drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge - scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison think all the energy we need for the next millennium can be found on the moon. UW-Madison Photo/Joe Koshollek Gerald Kulcinski, a University of Wisconsin-Madison nuclear engineering professor, displays the only helium-3 reactor in the world, which is in his lab at the university. Helium-3 litters the moon's surface, he says. The energy source, helium-3, literally litters the...
  • Will Baron Rothschild give shares to President Putin?

    10/30/2003 7:20:23 PM PST · by veryone · 7 replies · 618+ views ^ | 10/30/2003 | Dmitry Slobodanuk
    Will Baron Rothschild give shares to President Putin? It seems that the main problem is solved: oil oligarch, head of Yukos Mikhail Khodorkovsky is waiting for his attorney in a cosy chamber meant for four prisoners of the detention center #4. But according to the Russian tradition, as soon as people do something they start thinking why it has been done. As it turns out, this aspect of the problem has not been considered yet. The Russian mass media report that for fear to lose the control over Yukos, Russia's largest and one of the world largest oil companies, the...
  • CIA declined intelligence, former official says

    10/21/2003 10:03:34 PM PDT · by kattracks · 15 replies · 826+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 10/22/03 | Bill Gertz
    <p>The CIA and the Iraq Survey Group failed to pursue information that Iraq smuggled uranium to Iran five years ago, according to a former State Department official.</p> <p>The former Reagan administration official, Michael Ledeen, said in an interview that the CIA also blocked the Pentagon from pursuing contacts with an Iranian informant who provided information that "saved lives" of U.S. troops in Afghanistan.</p>
  • Russia Energy Minister:Pricing In Euros Up To Private Oil Companies

    10/12/2003 3:31:49 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 6 replies · 518+ views
    Dow Jones Newswires ^ | Fri Oct 10, 8:06 AM ET | Anna Raff
    MOSCOW -(Dow Jones)- Russian Energy Minister Igor Yusufov said Friday that the government won't play an active role in shifting the denomination of oil contracts from U.S. dollars to euros. "It's a decision that will ultimately be made between the buyer and the seller," Yusufov told reporters at a briefing. "I don't see anything negative in going into a euro-based system." Yusufov's statement comes one day after Russian President Vladimir Putin (news - web sites) said that pricing of oil contracts in euros was "possible". Yusufov said that he saw a possible deal between Russia's largest oil company YukosSibneft, a...
  • Putin: Why Not Price Oil in Euros?

    10/10/2003 10:01:54 PM PDT · by zacyak · 23 replies · 700+ views
    moscow times ^ | Oct. 10, 2003 | Catherine Belton
    President Vladimir Putin said Thursday Russia could switch its trade in oil from dollars to euros, a move that could have far-reaching repercussions for the global balance of power -- potentially hurting the U.S. dollar and economy and providing a massive boost to the euro zone. "We do not rule out that it is possible. That would be interesting for our European partners," Putin said at a joint news conference with German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder in the Urals town of Yekaterinburg, where the two leaders conducted two-day talks. "But this does not depend solely on us. We do not want...

    09/29/2003 1:58:54 AM PDT · by kattracks · 16 replies · 283+ views
    New York Post ^ | 9/29/03 | NICOLE GELINAS
    <p>September 29, 2003 -- FORGET anger on the Arab street. The emotion pervading OPEC, the offshore haven for the world's richest Mideast despots, is fear.</p> <p>At first glance, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries seems in fine form. The Saudi-dominated price-fixing cartel met in Vienna Wednesday to cut oil production quotas by 3.5 percent. The move proved the cartel can still shock: The surprise pushed oil-future prices up 5 percent and sent stock markets tumbling.</p>
  • Massive power cut hits Italy

    09/27/2003 8:56:50 PM PDT · by bd476 · 163 replies · 615+ views
    BBC News ^ | September 28, 2003
    The civil protection agency in Italy says a power cut has left large parts of the country in darkness. A spokesman said that as yet it was not possible to say how many areas were affected, or what the cause of the blackout was. The BBC's David Willey in Rome said he woke to find that there was no power at all, and only battery-powered appliances were working. He says that Rome, the Vatican and Naples are among the areas affected.
  • Iraq Invites Foreign Oil-Firm Offers

    09/25/2003 10:18:50 AM PDT · by BOBTHENAILER · 28 replies · 416+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | September 25, 2003 | CHIP CUMMINS
    <p>VIENNA -- Iraq's oil minister, in his strongest overtures so far to foreign investors, invited international oil companies to pitch investment ideas to Baghdad and said the country's interim government plans to quickly seek outside help in developing its vast but dilapidated petroleum industry.</p>
  • Senate Funds Nuclear Weapon Research in Approving Energy Bill

    09/17/2003 7:28:23 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 1 replies · 422+ views
    NTI Global Security Newswire ^ | 9/17/2003 | NTI Staff
    The U.S. Senate yesterday approved the Bush administration’s full request for research into new types of nuclear weapons, rejecting a Democratic effort to eliminate funding for those and other nuclear weapon activities (see GSN, Sept. 16). The Senate voted 53-41 to reject an amendment offered by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) that would have eliminated $21 million requested by the Bush administration to explore earth-penetrating and low-yield nuclear weapons. Their amendment would also have delayed site selection for a new plutonium “pit” production facility and ended an effort to reduce the time needed to prepare for resuming...
  • Nuke Plant Guarantees Out of Energy Bill; Plan to Help Nuclear Plants With Loan Guarantees Shelved

    09/09/2003 12:02:05 PM PDT · by Brian S · 4 replies · 258+ views
    The Associated Press WASHINGTON Sept. 9 — A plan to help build nuclear power plants with federal loan guarantees has been shelved as part of Congress' energy bill, according to supporters of the program. Still, lawmakers are continuing to discuss ways to help the nuclear industry develop the next generation of reactors, including expansion of government-sponsored research and tax benefits for such plants, according to people involved in the discussions. The proposed loan guarantees had been included in legislation the Senate was considering but fell by the wayside when that version was abandoned in favor of one that contained only...
  • Bacteria-powered battery runs on a sweet tooth

    09/08/2003 8:30:24 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 4 replies · 374+ views
    USA Today ^ | 9/7/2003 | Elizabeth Weise
    <p>Scientists at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst have developed a battery that uses iron-breathing bacteria to eat the sugars in carbohydrates and turn them into electricity. Previous research has shown it is possible to use microbes to turn organic matter into electricity, but the process required the use of added materials to shuttle the electrons, making such fuel cells expensive and not long-lasting.</p>

    08/21/2003 9:10:55 AM PDT · by show me state · 63 replies · 606+ views ^ | August 21, 2003 | Alex Cukan
    <p>Following the major blackout on the East Coast last week, the demand for Distributed Generation -- using small, on-site power plants -- is heating up.</p> <p>Distributed Generation is like having a small power plant on-site at a commercial or industrial property. While the property still is connected to the grid, it gets its heat and power from natural gas fired generators so it never has to lose power in a blackout.</p>
  • Ambitious Bush Plan Undone by Energy Politics

    08/20/2003 12:15:28 PM PDT · by William McKinley · 17 replies · 338+ views
    The New York Times????? ^ | 8/19/03 | ELISABETH BUMILLER and JEFF GERTH
    ASHINGTON, Aug. 19 — President Bush stood at a gasoline station near his ranch in Texas today and said he had been calling for an energy bill to modernize the nation's electricity grid "for a long time." Mr. Bush is quite right. A comprehensive energy policy was part of his platform as a candidate for president and seemed prescient from his very first week in office, when he was forced to ensure there was enough power in California to ease the state's rolling blackouts. By May 2001, largely because of the California crisis, Mr. Bush had released his energy plan....
  • Anything into Oil (Change trash & sewage to oil for $15@barrel)

    08/20/2003 6:34:41 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 51 replies · 6,055+ views
    DISCOVER Vol. 24 No. 5 ^ | May 2003 | Brad Lemley
    DISCOVER Vol. 24 No. 5 (May 2003) Table of Contents Anything into Oil Technological savvy could turn 600 million tons of turkey guts and other waste into 4 billion barrels of light Texas crude each year By Brad Lemley Photography by Tony Law Gory refuse, from a Butterball Turkey plant in Carthage, Missouri, will no longer go to waste. Each day 200 tons of turkey offal will be carted to the first industrial-scale thermal depolymerization plant, recently completed in an adjacent lot, and be transformed into various useful products, including 600 barrels of light oil. In an industrial park in...
  • Slammer worm crashed Ohio nuke plant network

    08/19/2003 11:12:23 PM PDT · by JerseyHighlander · 10 replies · 673+ views ^ | 8/19/03 | Kevin Poulsen
    The Slammer worm penetrated a private computer network at Ohio's Davis-Besse nuclear power plant in January and disabled a safety monitoring system for nearly five hours, despite a belief by plant personnel that the network was protected by a firewall, SecurityFocus has learned. The breach did not post a safety hazard. The troubled plant had been offline since February, 2002, when workers discovered a 6-by-5-inch hole in the plant's reactor head. Moreover, the monitoring system, called a Safety Parameter Display System, had a redundant analog backup that was unaffected by the worm. But at least one expert says the case...
  • CA: Deal clears the way for fuel cell cars in California

    08/19/2003 4:07:19 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 36 replies · 767+ views
    EE Times ^ | August 18, 2003 (4:17 p.m. ET) | Charles J. Murray
    PARK RIDGE, Ill. — California and the automotive industry settled their legal differences last week, setting the stage for the emergence of fuel cell cars and likely writing off any broad acceptance of battery-powered vehicles. General Motors Corp., DaimlerChrysler Corp., Isuzu Motors Ltd. and approximately a dozen vehicle dealers agreed to drop their lawsuit against the state in return for new zero-emission-vehicle regulations that would no longer force automakers to build battery-powered cars."The key is the enactment of those [regulations]," said a GM spokesman. "Once that happens, all of us will dismiss the lawsuit and move forward."Issued by the California...
  • Bush favors delay in FERC proposal on power grid management

    08/17/2003 9:42:58 AM PDT · by Brian S · 15 replies · 422+ views
    <p>The Bush administration supports a three-year delay in a controversial proposal that its supporters claim would make it easier to run the nation's electrical system, the president's top energy adviser said Sunday.</p> <p>Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham said the proposal would "force down the throats" a federal policy of deregulation that states with cheap power oppose.</p>
  • Vast drilling depths may yield giant new gulf discoveries

    08/17/2003 9:19:10 AM PDT · by Dog Gone · 70 replies · 756+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | August 17, 2003 | NELSON ANTOSH
    A trio of oil companies are planning to drill wells an extraordinary six miles deep, and possibly more, in the shallow waters offshore Louisiana and Texas in search of the ancient geologic layer that has yielded billions of barrels in deep water farther offshore. Before the year is out drilling is expected to begin on the first well, with a target depth of approximately 32,000 feet. This spot is in an oft-drilled part of the Gulf where any well over 15,000 feet is considered rare. Wells that deep are costly and prone to nasty surprises for drillers, but they offer...
  • An Industry Trapped by a Theory (energy deregulation has failed)

    08/15/2003 9:46:22 PM PDT · by Destro · 81 replies · 889+ views ^ | August 16, 2003 | ROBERT KUTTNER
    An Industry Trapped by a Theory By ROBERT KUTTNER In the search for the source of Thursday's blackout, the underlying cause has been all but ignored: deregulation. In principle, deregulation of the power industry was supposed to use the discipline of free markets to generate just the right amount of electricity at the right price. But electric power, it turns out, is not like ordinary commodities. Electricity can't be stored in large quantities, and the system needs a lot of spare generating and transmission capacity for periods of peak demand like hot days in August. The power system also requires...
  • Petroleum age is just beginning

    08/15/2003 9:37:43 AM PDT · by DoctorMichael · 85 replies · 1,078+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 8/15/03 | David Deming
    <p>It is hard to imagine how our grandparents and great-grandparents lived at the end of the 19th century. The United States was still largely a rural society, and the amenities we take for granted today were unknown then.</p> <p>Most people lived on farms. Few Americans had running water, bathtubs, hot water, or flush toilets. Central heating, electricity and telephones were rare. There were no antibiotics. Infant mortality was high, and life expectancy was 30 years lower than it is today. For most people, educational opportunities were very limited. In 1890, only 5 percent of the eligible population attended high school.</p>
  • We Predicted Blackout: Energy Expert

    08/14/2003 4:42:39 PM PDT · by Shermy · 19 replies · 355+ views
    CBC ^ | August 14, 2003
    BOULDER, COLORADO - Energy experts have been warning about large-scale blackouts in North America since the early eighties. Bill Browning of the Rocky Mountain Institute in Colorado says a report for the U.S. Pentagon in 1982 cautioned the American government about the fragility of the power grid system in North America. The institute is an energy think tank. Browning runs the green development section. "Everyone is pulling power and there's lots of big stations on the grid. All you need is one tenuous problem and it cascades throughout," Browning told CBC News Online. Other experts agree. "It's pretty close to...
  • Nuclear Power Can Work

    08/13/2003 9:16:05 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 9 replies · 580+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 08/14/03 | JOHN DEUTCH and ERNEST MONIZ
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass.The world needs both more electricity and less pollution. The goals are not incompatible, but the solution will require better management of demand, smarter use of coal as well as renewable energy sources, and increased use of nuclear power. As Congress considers an energy bill when it returns from recess, it will be under pressure to expand or limit the use of nuclear power. The issue, however, is not simple. More nuclear power will be necessary — but more nuclear plants will be built only if more safeguards and incentives are put in place. The challenge is to make...
  • One Purely Evil Cartel(OPEC) oil exporters can target US$36-45 per barrel

    08/12/2003 9:51:53 AM PDT · by Brian S · 5 replies · 382+ views petroleum industry commentarist Andrew McKillop writes: Relative to world oil demand forecasts of late 2002 and the first quarter of 2003, the demand picture has consistently firmed up with growth rates of consumption rising, or staying very firm in all major markets. Optimism by consumer country agencies on how much oil can be exported by Iraq has now given way to more realistic, lower, estimates as the ‘Baghdad Bounce’ upwards in oil prices continues. Apart from OPEC’s Saudi Arabia, only Russia could raise export offer sufficiently and fast enough to create any serious potential of oil prices falling to...
  • The Case For Space Based Solar Power Development

    08/12/2003 8:42:04 AM PDT · by RightWhale · 15 replies · 685+ views ^ | 12 Aug 03 | Arthur Smith
    The Case For Space Based Solar Power Development by Arthur Smith,New York - Aug 11, 2003 Energy policy is in the news again, with debates in Congress, statements from presidential candidates, consternation over our dependence on the Middle East for oil, and a California recall election traceable in part to energy supply problems for that state. Use of energy, whether fuel for transportation, electrical energy running the internet, or the destructive energy released in weapons, is central to our economy and security. It is with good reason that the technical term for energy use per unit time, "power", suggests...

    08/11/2003 11:01:40 AM PDT · by NativeNewYorker · 2 replies · 354+ views
    Bloomberg Terminal, no url | 8/11/3
      In what seems to be the never-ending saga of whether it takes more energyto produce ethanol than itsaves, Cornell University Professor David Pimentel has issued an update to his2001 study. But whilePimentel found that it still takes more energy to produce ethanol than it saves,the number has droppedfrom 70% down to 29%.       Pimenel's findings were published in the latest issue of the journalNatural Resources Research.       &ldquo;[S]cientific studies have concluded that ethanol production does notprovide a net energy balance, isnot a renewable energy source, is not an economical fuel and its production anduse contributes to airpollution and global warming,&rdquo;...
  • The Natural Gas Crisis: Greens Engineer another Disaster

    08/11/2003 7:02:03 AM PDT · by bedolido · 44 replies · 665+ views
    TooGoodReports ^ | 08/11/03 | Alan Caruba
    Most Americans don't know it, but the price of natural gas has increased as much as 700% in the last three years. That's what happens in the marketplace when an essential commodity becomes scarce. It's not that there aren't huge amounts of natural gas. The problem is that access to it has been effectively blocked. "We're not running out of natural gas, and we're not running out of places to look for natural gas," says Keith Rattie, president of Questar, an energy developer. "However, we are running out of places we are allowed to look for gas." Why do you...
  • Laser lights renders radioactive waste safe

    08/08/2003 1:33:31 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 78 replies · 2,525+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | Wednesday, 6 August, 2003 | JAMES REYNOLDS
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. DANGERS associated with radioactive waste, and the problems and huge expense of its disposal could soon end after a Scottish researcher discovered how to neutralise its harmful effects using light. New research by a leading scientist at the University of Strathclyde could revolutionise the waning fortunes of the nuclear power industry - restoring both political and public faith in an energy source that was once hailed as the future of clean, green energy. Using a laser, Professor Ken Ledingham has successfully transformed one of the deadliest products of nuclear fission into...
  • Professor decries use of ethanol in gasoline

    08/02/2003 6:46:51 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 52 replies · 1,037+ views
    Ithaca Journal ^ | Saturday, August 2, 2003 | By JESSICA KELTZ
    ITHACA -- A Cornell University professor has published a study he says cements his assertion that ethanol is a less efficient, more environmentally harmful fuel than gasoline. David Pimentel, an emeritus professor of ecology, has been studying ethanol for about 25 years, leading a Department of Energy study on the subject in 1980. Ethanol is a corn byproduct that is combined with gasoline to make gasohol, a gasoline substitute that proponents claim lowers pollution and eases demand for foreign oil. Because corn production uses more pesticides than any other field crop, and because millions of dollars in government subsidies are...
  • Oil: Prices soar to 7-week high on Iraq petrol line fire; Light Sweet Crude US$32.31 a barrel

    08/01/2003 5:37:52 PM PDT · by Brian S · 30 replies · 544+ views
    Reuters ^ | 08-01-03
    Oil: Prices soar to 7-week high on Iraq petrol line fire 02.08.2003 NEW YORK - Oil prices jumped to a seven-week high on Friday as a petrol pipeline blaze near former dictator Saddam Hussein's hometown added to oilfield looting concerns in Iraq, traders said. US light sweet crude settled up US$1.82, or nearly 6 per cent, at US$32.31 a barrel while London benchmark Brent crude settled up US$1.62 to within a penny of US$30.00 a barrel. Firefighters tried in vain to extinguish a blaze at the petrol pipeline in northern Iraq, near the country's biggest refinery. The line runs between...
  • DOE Solicits Bids for $200 Million Hydrogen Production, Delivery and Storage Projects;

    07/31/2003 11:25:46 AM PDT · by chance33_98 · 4 replies · 300+ views
    DOE Solicits Bids for $200 Million Hydrogen Production, Delivery and Storage Projects; Supports FreedomCAR, Hydrogen Fuel Initiatives 7/31/03 12:48:00 PM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To: National Desk, Energy Reporter Contact: Jill Vieth, 202-586-4940, Tom Welch, 202-586-5806, both of the U.S. Department of Energy WASHINGTON, July 31 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham today announced the release of two solicitations for research and development in hydrogen production, delivery and storage technologies. These solicitations will provide funding of up to $200 million over four to five years to support the President's Hydrogen Fuel Initiative. "These solicitations allow our universities and national labs...

    07/29/2003 3:36:33 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 14 replies · 229+ views
    NCPA Daily Policy Digest ^ | July 29, 2003 | Sudeep Reddy
    Texas is the nation's fifth-biggest producer of coal, and its largest consumer. San Antonio's municipal utility plans to build the first new coal-fired power plant in Texas in more than a decade, signaling a new day for coal, say supporters. Coal produces half the nation's electricity, because it is cheap and abundant. Energy from coal is one-third the cost of energy from natural gas or oil and lacks the price volatility that the other fuels face. The United States has a quarter of the world's known coal reserves, a 250-year supply at today's consumption level It is enough to produce...
  • Spectrolab Terrestrial Solar Cell Concentrator Hits 36% Conversion (Solar to Electrical Energy)

    07/29/2003 10:50:09 AM PDT · by cogitator · 69 replies · 719+ views
    Space Daily ^ | 07/29/2003
    Spectrolab Terrestrial Solar Cell Concentrator Hits 36% ConversionSylmar - Jul 29, 2003 Spectrolab, Inc. has achieved an unprecedented conversion efficiency for a terrestrial concentrator solar cell. Using concentrated sunlight, these photovoltaic (PV) cells can convert 36.9 percent of the sun's energy to electricity, a technology capability that could dramatically reduce the cost of generating electricity from solar energy. Spectrolab's achievement is a necessary step to achieve one of the U.S. Department of Energy's major PV initiative goals, to develop solar modules that convert more than 33 percent of the sun's energy into electricity as targeted in the High Performance...
  • Senate energy bill faces host of Democratic amendments

    07/28/2003 10:43:14 PM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 9 replies · 267+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 7/29/03 | James G. Lakely
    <p>Republicans' desire to pass a comprehensive energy bill in the Senate by the end of the week is imperiled by as many as 100 amendments offered by Democrats, the stickiest of which tighten fuel-efficiency requirements for automobiles and address global warming.</p>
  • Time for a new plan

    07/28/2003 10:37:38 PM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 2 replies · 298+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 7/29/03 | Phil Kent
    <p>One might be tempted to think that if all the hot air expended in the U.S. Senate this week on energy legislation could be harnessed, it could fuel several power plants. But there will be useful debate on protecting states' rights in the energy field while, at the same time, attempting to halt an increasingly socialistic Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) from rewriting U.S. power grid rules that could ultimately cripple the domestic energy market.</p>
  • Hydrogen cars hold expensive surprises

    07/18/2003 11:15:37 PM PDT · by PeaceBeWithYou · 64 replies · 1,581+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | Friday, Jul. 18, 2003 | STEPHEN STRAUSS
    Green-spirited individuals hoping to do their part to save the environment by buying hydrogen-fuelled cars next year are in for expensive and rude surprises, a study by a Canadian and a U.S. scientist says. Establishing an infrastructure to fuel hydrogen cars, touted by their proponents as a wonder solution to global warming and smog, would cost $5,000 per vehicle, says the study by David Keith, a Canadian atmospheric physicist teaching at Carnegie Mellon University and Alex Farrell of the California Institute of Technology. Although cars operating on hydrogen fuel cells emit only water vapor, switching to hydrogen would be...
  • Hydrogen-fueled cars not best way to cut pollution, greenhouse gases and oil dependency

    07/18/2003 7:31:38 AM PDT · by ZGuy · 13 replies · 506+ views
    Eurekalert ^ | July 17, 2003 | Robert Sanders
    As politicians and the public leap aboard the hydrogen fuel bandwagon, a University of California, Berkeley, energy expert suggests we all step back and take a critical look at the technology and consider simpler, cheaper options. In a paper appearing in the July 18 issue of Science magazine, Alex Farrell, assistant professor of energy and resources at UC Berkeley, and David Keith, associate professor of engineering and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University, present various short- and long-term strategies that they say would achieve the same results as switching from gasoline-powered vehicles to hydrogen cars. "Hydrogen cars are a poor...
  • Shell Introduces New Solar Power Modules

    07/07/2003 5:06:51 PM PDT · by PeaceBeWithYou · 29 replies · 772+ views
    Solar Access News ^ | July 3, 2003 | Staff
    Camarillo, California - Shell Solar will introduce two new lines of monocrystalline photovoltaic (PV) modules in Europe starting this Autumn. According to the company, each new offering will have a power output capacity six percent higher than its predecessors despite the surface areas remaining unchanged. The greater power output is the result of a change in design. Whereas the solar cells in the lines being replaced have rounded corners, those in the new modules are almost square. The unoccupied spaces between the cells are smaller so that the end-user obtains more power for the area covered. The new modules...
  • Natural Gas Debate Heats Up

    07/07/2003 10:30:03 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 29 replies · 430+ views
    Deseret Morning News ^ | July 7, 2003 | Lee Davidson
    The natural gas industry and its GOP allies say environmental red tape hinders needed drilling in the Rockies. But environmentalists and Democratic allies say that is a political ruse aiming to exploit pristine public lands unnecessarily. That debate is picking up steam in Congress — heated by skyrocketing natural gas prices nationwide because of supply shortages amid rising demand. That includes a whopping 25 percent increase for Questar customers in Utah that took effect last Tuesday. Adding fuel to the fire is that the Energy Information Administration projects that natural gas demand will grow 50 percent over the next 20...
  • Deep Rocks Might Ease Global Warming in Carbon Plan

    07/07/2003 8:15:59 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 14 replies · 289+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mon, Jul 07, 2003 | Alister Doyle
    Rocks deep below the North Sea or the Ohio River in the United States could become burial grounds for global warming (news - web sites) despite opposition from environmentalists who fear a leaky, short-sighted fix. Governments and companies around the world are studying ways to pump greenhouse gases -- created by power stations, oil platforms or steel mills -- into deep, porous rocks where they might be trapped for millions of years and curb a rise in temperatures. The United States signed a charter last week with the European Union (news - web sites)'s executive Commission and 12 countries including...
  • "Carpool program failing to gain members" -- $29,000 per car!!!

    07/02/2003 8:13:19 PM PDT · by hiho hiho · 68 replies · 674+ views
    Two years ago the city of Portland and Metro joined forces on a program which would match-up people who wanted to carpool. Mark Adams, who lives in the Vancouver area, used it to hook up with someone in his neighborhood who works within blocks of him, but he is the exception. Of the nearly 16-hundred commuters who have registered for the service, only about a dozen carpools have been formed. For a program that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars that amounts to a cost of about 29-thousand per carpool. Portland City Commissioner Jim Francesconi is concerned about the cost...
  • New Catalyst Paves Way For Cheap, Renewable Hydrogen

    06/30/2003 10:21:26 AM PDT · by sourcery · 11 replies · 435+ views
    ARLINGTON, Va. ? Scientists have developed a hydrogen-making catalyst that uses cheaper materials and yields fewer contaminants than do current processes, while extracting the element from common renewable plant sources. Further, the new catalyst lies at the heart of a chemical process the authors say is a significant advance in producing alternate fuels from domestic sources. In the June 27 issue of the journal Science, James Dumesic, John Shabaker and George Huber, of the University of Wisconsin at Madison, report developing the catalyst from nickel, tin and aluminum and using it in a process called aqueous-phase reforming (APR), which converts...
  • Wind turbines continue to pop up across Iowa

    06/30/2003 11:46:33 AM PDT · by newgeezer · 36 replies · 1,000+ views
    Wind turbines continue to pop up across Iowa SHELL ROCK (AP) --- A wind energy production boom is sweeping the state. Utilities, taking advantage of a recent law that offers tax credits, are putting up new wind turbines by the hundreds. Individuals, though, still may find the costs too high, regulations too strict and the payback too long, said Jeff Matt, an engineer who built a wind turbine on his acreage near Shell Rock. Many people see dollars signs when they hear they can install a wind turbine, pay their own utility bills and sell electricity back to their power...
  • Billion Degree Breakthrough for Very Hot Fusion

    06/29/2003 5:34:59 AM PDT · by Wonder Warthog · 81 replies · 1,900+ views
    Focus Fusion Society ^ | Focus Fusion Society
    Researchers Report Record High Temperatures in Compact Fusion Device Step taken towards environmentally safe, cheap and unlimited energy May 28, 2002. A team of researchers has announced the achievement for the first time of temperatures above one billion degrees in a dense plasma. The breakthrough, achieved with a compact and inexpensive device called the plasma focus, is a step toward controlled fusion energy using advanced fuels that release little or no radioactivity. "We have achieved a key condition needed to burn hydrogen-boron fuel," said Eric J. Lerner of Lawrenceville Plasma Physics, one of the researchers. "This fuel produces virtually no...
  • Fun With Fossil Fuel Figures

    06/29/2003 12:28:46 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 1 replies · 404+ views
    Toronto Star ^ | June 29, 2003 | DAVID OLIVE
    What's behind estimate Alberta's oil reserves have skyrocketed 3600% to 180 billion barrels? False claims have a lot of potency in this era of dubious war aims and rampant accounting scandals. So it was only a matter of time before someone asked a few embarrassing questions about Canada's sudden new status as the world's most oil-rich nation after Saudi Arabia, and wondered if it was built on illusion. "Canada Builds Large Oil Estimate on Sand" was the headline on a recent New York Times examination of what the paper described as "highly questionable" methods used in the Calgary oil patch...
  • Researchers find new metal combination for cheaper production of hydrogen as fuel

    06/27/2003 12:21:54 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 24 replies · 339+ views
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | Friday, June 27, 2003 | Paul Recer, The Associated Press
    <p>WASHINGTON -- Organic wastes such as paper mill sludge or cheese whey can be converted into hydrogen using an inexpensive metal catalyst, researchers say, in a process that could boost efforts to replace oil and gas fuels.</p> <p>Researchers at the University of Wisconsin tested more than 300 metal combinations before finding that a mix of nickel, tin and aluminum could separate hydrogen from a mixture rich in glucose, a sugar common in many organic wastes. A report on the study appears today in the journal Science.</p>
  • Saudis looking to go nuclear?

    06/19/2003 7:44:28 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 4 replies · 569+ views
    WorldNetDaily/GeoStrategyDirect ^ | 19 June 2003 | Robert Morton and Bill Gertz
    Editor's note: WorldNetDaily brings readers exclusive, up-to-the-minute global intelligence news and analysis from Geostrategy-Direct, a new online newsletter edited by veteran journalist Robert Morton and featuring the "Backgrounder" column compiled by Bill Gertz. Geostrategy-Direct is a subscription-based service produced by the publishers of, a free news service frequently linked by the editors of WorldNetDaily. For those with a benign view of Iran's nuclear program, consider this: Saudi Arabia is already thinking nuclear, reports intelligence newsletter Geostrategy-Direct. The Saudi royal family is alarmed by the prospect of its next-door neighbor having a nuclear bomb, U.S. intelligence analysts say. The Saudis...