Category Archives: renewable energy

The Myth of Intermittent Renewable Electricity

I tire of this canard.  So here’s the end of it.  If anyone can show evidence that the information presented here is incorrect, then please do so.  Handwaving and “nuh uh” won’t cut it.  So what is the canard?  “Wind … Continue reading

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Renewable Energy and the Economy

I recently visited a blog talking about nuclear power and some of the comments got me to thinking.  (BTW: It’s an excellent blog, lots of pictures!) If (as some claim) global warming isn’t an issue.  And if (as some claim) … Continue reading

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Space-based Solar

The sun is an amazing source of energy.  Fusing around 620 billion kilograms (that’s 683 million tons)  of hydrogen per second into helium nuclei, it produces about 38,400,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 Watts of power per second.  You know how really big explosions are … Continue reading

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Why I Prefer Wind to Nuclear

First of all, don’t get me wrong, I’m not anti-nuclear.  I’m not fond of the waste, but theoretically, it could be reused in other reactor types.  It’s a powerful, concentrated source of energy. No, the main reason I prefer wind/solar … Continue reading

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Global Warming Deniers Hate You – Part 2: Pollution

I didn’t realize that this would become a series, but there is so much to cover here.  It’s not just about greenhouse gases and global warming.  It’s about everything from economics to death rates of employees.  So, in this post, … Continue reading

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Global Warming Deniers Hate You!

Global warming deniers piss me off.  Not because they are wrong, that’s expected.  They are no worse than creationists in that regard.  They may be stupid, or deluded, or in it for the money, or just innocent rubes with no … Continue reading

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Advances in Solar Power

This came up at Class-M, in relation to Moore’s Law.  Moore, a co-counder of Intel, discovered a trend in the increase in speed of computer processors.  Basically, the number of transistors in a chip doubles every two years.  This trend is … Continue reading

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America’s Energy Future – Subsidies

Wow that’s a huge topic, I’ll break it down into sections. Today’s topic is subsidies. What’s a subsidy? 1) a financial aid supplied by a government, as to industry, for reasons of public welfare, the balance of payments, etc. 2) … Continue reading

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