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“The Unbearable Lightness of Wind”

By 4.21.09

Political momentum is pushing ahead with wind at full tilt.

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Three Mile Island — Thirty Years After

By 3.31.09

If we haven't recovered by now, we never will. A special report.

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Carter Energy Solutions, Part II

By 3.26.09

That's the only way to characterize the Obama administration's approach.

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How Nuclear Will Revive

By 3.11.09

But not because of any "nuclear lobby" -- though maybe because the so-called "smart grid" is anything but smart.

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Stimulated Energy

By 3.3.09

Live from UC Berkeley, the Coming Age of Alternate Energy, made possible by many a grant from the Stimulus Package.

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By From the March 2009 issue

There are those who think turkey droppings and French fry grease offer a path to energy independence.

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Paved With Renewable Mandates

By 2.24.09

Harry Reid is determined to bring about an electricity shortage. Now that's dingy.

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The Next Subprime Mortgage Meltdown

By 2.17.09

Remember the great California Electrical Shortage of 2000? The Obama stimulus package wants to nationalize it.

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Proliferating Nonsense

By 2.3.09

The problem with American environmentalism's obsession that abstaining from nuclear power will prevent nuclear proliferation.

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A Wasted Opportunity

By 1.20.09

Outlining his positions on energy last week, Secretary -designate Steven Chu listed three technologies that "would be nice to have, but are not ready for use, either because they are too expensive to be practical, or not demonstrated to be safe."

They were: 1) sequestering the carbon dioxide from power plants; 2) making ethanol from cellulose; and 3) recycling nuclear fuel to reduce its volume and recover unused fuel.

Well, he's right about the carbon sequestering and cellulose. And two out of three ain't bad.

Carbon sequestering may never be ready for prime time. Robert Socolow, head of the Carbon Mitigation Initiative at Princeton, has calculated that it would take "an oil field six times the size of the smallest of what the industry calls 'giant fields,' of which some 500 exist," to accommodate the average coal plant.