Category Archives: Energy Technology

A New Era for Automobile Efficiency?

By David L. Brown The government today announced new fuel economy and pollution standards for automobiles and light trucks. This is excellent if somewhat tardy news, but should be viewed with some reservations. Let’s take a look. First, I note … Continue reading

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Bumps Along the Way to Clean Energy

By David L. Brown According to a story today on the Detroit News website, a $900,000 demonstration house built by the city of Troy, MI with support from the local power company is closed until further notice. The house was … Continue reading

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Breath of Fresh Air at Energy Department

By David L. Brown Here’s some really good news. The incoming Obama administration has picked the Nobel Prize winning director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as the new Energy Secretary. I must say it is refreshing to see a … Continue reading

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Too Little, Too Late for Auto Industry

By David L. Brown Here is an unusual opportunity to see a photograph that illustrates the maxim about “too little, too late.” It is a picture of the Chevrolet Volt all-electric car which is now under development and will be … 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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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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Innovative New Vehicles Showcase the Future

By David L. Brown Yesterday I wrote two pieces that were rather disrespectful of two American icons, first General Motors and then Ford Motor Company. These companies are facing deadly serious trouble because they are stuck in the past, in … Continue reading

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Time to Bid a Fond Farewell to Coal?

By David L. Brown A news release I received today from the Earth Policy Institute heralds “The Beginning of the End for Coal.” This is welcome if somewhat puzzling news. Energy pundits have been telling us that coal will soon … Continue reading

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Congress Encounters the Energy Tar Baby

By David L. Brown Our nation, and indeed all the nations of the entire world, are facing a serious energy crisis. Because of the danger of climate change we cannot continue to burn increasing amounts of fossil fuels. Clean alternatives … Continue reading

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