Monthly Archives: July 2008

China Prepares for Olympic Disaster

By David L. Brown The 2008 Olympics are only two weeks away and China is still struggling with its horrendous smog problem. Many of the teams are staying away until the Games open, and it is for good reason that … Continue reading

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Energy Problems Need Short-term Solutions

By David L. Brown I read somebody’s esteemed opinion yesterday that just made my jaw drop. After stating that electricity prices were rising in the US, and predicting that we will be experiencing brownouts and loss of power in about … Continue reading

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Decline and Fall of the General Motors Empire

By David L. Brown As I wrote just a few days ago (“Detroit — Death Throes of an Industry,” posted July 7), the entire American auto industry seems to be in a downward spiral from which there may be no … Continue reading

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New Technologies Emerging for Solar Energy

By David L. Brown There is an old saying about people who live in glass houses, but perhaps that is a model for the future. As it begins to sink in that cheap oil is a thing of the past, … Continue reading

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Ethanol Continues to Fight for Survival

By David L. Brown The Lords of Ethanol just won’t give up, and yet I guess I can understand it because they have collectively invested hundreds of millions and perhaps more even billions in this dead end scam. I got … Continue reading

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Latest G8 “Summit” Was No Such Thing

by Val Germann The very word, “summit” is so evocative, a leftover from the Cold War era when the leaders of the U.S. and USSR could “go to the mountain” and settle the world’s problems in a day, or so … Continue reading

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Detroit — Death Throes of an Industry?

By David L. Brown I have written several pieces about Detroit in the last week or so, and today there is even more news to raise concern about the future of the American automobile industry. The problems continue to mount. … Continue reading

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World Bank Study: Biofuels Guilty as Sin

By David L. Brown Well, this should put a final nail in the coffin of schemes such as making ethanol from corn and fake diesel fuel from soybeans. According to an article appearing today on The Guardian newspaper’s website, a … Continue reading

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Awesome Tidbits from the News

By David L. Brown Here is a brief synopsis of some news items that are relevant to recent postings on Star Phoenix Base. Oil Prices Continue to Rise — Is No End in Sight? We wrote a few days back … Continue reading

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High Crimes and Misdemeanors in Detroit

By David L. Brown I can’t help wondering at the mess Detroit finds itself in. Can it really be that the geniuses that run GM, Ford and Chrysler didn’t see the end coming for the giant gas-guzzling monstrosities they’ve been … Continue reading

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