Category Archives: Energy Technology

Keep Kicking that Ethanol Can

By David L. Brown Yesterday I posted an analysis of the current forecasts for a poor corn crop due to heat and drought, and also mentioned that the obvious step to take is to suspend all ethanol production to free … Continue reading

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Seeing the Future Dimly

By David L. Brown One of the news websites, Fox News (here), today featured excerpts from a number of predictions made 25 years ago by “science thinkers,” predicting conditions in our time of 2012. I recognize the names of most … Continue reading

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Technology—Promise or Curse?

By David L. Brown Historian Niall Ferguson in an article published in The Daily Beast raises a question that’s long interested me. He asks, in effect, which vision of the future we should embrace: The idea that technology will make … Continue reading

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California Stays the Course on Green Energy

By David L. Brown Another example of the way in which energy moguls work to block development of sustainable, clean energy was the recent introduction of Prop. 23 in California. This proposition, which came to a vote on November 2, … Continue reading

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Don’t Confuse Me With the Facts!

By David L. Brown That headline may sound like a joke, but it often seems to be exactly the reaction many people have when faced with facts that may threaten their preconceived notions about how things work. A recent article … Continue reading

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Is the Biodiesel Nightmare Over?

By David L. Brown Congress has allowed a $1 per gallon subsidy on biodiesel fuel to expire, causing the struggling “faux fuels” enterprise to stumble to a halt. According to The Brock Report, an agri-business consultancy, “that industry has all … Continue reading

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A World Teetering on the Brink of Instability

By David L. Brown A news release from Earth Policy Institute this morning features a peek at the subject of global stability as reported in Lester Brown’s new book Plan B 4.0. This is a critical issue because nations that … Continue reading

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$100 Million Funding for Algae Biofuels Plant

By David L. Brown A $50 million federal grant has been awarded to Sapphire Energy of San Diego, CA, for a revolutionary bio-fuels plant to be built in New Mexico. The announcement was made by Energy Secretary Steven Chu, whose … Continue reading

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Biodiesel from Algae Holds Promise

By David L. Brown The challenge of finding renewable sources of energy continues to haunt humanity. The misguided ethanol program that turns corn into alcohol has backfired, driving up food prices and helping create scarcity. Biodiesel made from soybeans is … Continue reading

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An Efficient ‘Hobbit House’ In Wales

By David L. Brown I recently included in a post about a demonstration solar house in Michigan (“Bumps Along the Way to Clean Energy,” May 15) some discussion of my long-time interest in the concept of underground dwellings. A major … Continue reading

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