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Why We Need to Calm the Natural Gas Frenzy

Right now, natural gas is the new big thing when it comes to solving our nation’s energy challenges. With gasoline hitting $4 a gallon and coal- and nuclear-based power reeling from environmental and safety concerns, many see cheap, plentiful supplies of homegrown natural gas as the latest answer to our energy dreams, especially as hydraulic […]

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Why is it so difficult to wean ourselves from fossil fuels?

Why is it so difficult to wean ourselves from fossil fuels? The answer is a surprisingly simple one. A clarifying insight comes from comparing different energy sources in terms of their energy content. Using 1 million BTUs as a standard for comparison, let’s look at how much it costs to get that much energy from […]

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Why is nuclear energy experiencing a resurgence?

Cost overruns and several nuclear plant mishaps shut down construction of nuclear reactors in the United States over three decades ago. Money, allocated by Congress for new nuclear construction is finally being allocated to nuclear building projects. So why has nuclear energy suddenly become popular again? As unlikely as it may seem, nuclear power is […]

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Airborne Wind Turbines!

Yes, the day is not far off when reaching for sky is the new motto for generating cost-effective renewable energy. Initially it was considered to be technically non-viable to tap high-altitude winds. But today, technically-advanced materials and innovative computer know-how are giving new life to this scheme with innovative autonomous aerial structures using wind energy […]

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