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From the various places I go to learn about how wind energy works, it seems to be accepted that the maximum amount of wind power that can be generated at any moment on a square kilometer of land is 1 Megawatt. For reference, that is about enough power to power up somewhere between 750 and […]

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Certainly there have been some well publicized surveys over the past couple of years both worldwide and in the US that interest in environmental issues is waning. Certainly on a policy level, when people are asked to rank many environmental issues as compared to health or education or jobs issues, the environmental ones come near […]

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Here is a fun conversation-starter at a dinner-party. Ask the person you are talking to what sexual position their parents used in order to conceive them. I am serious. What’s the rub? Well, “transgenic foods” (popularly and incorrectly referred to as Genetically Modified Organisms or GMOs) inspire much trepidation and one of the common arguments […]

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Regulate the EPA

This obviously “suits” my preferred narrative. What a shame. By the way, the worst polluter in the U.S. is the Department of Defense, but maybe if we adjust for scale the results would be different. The EPA is not “bad.” No more no less than any other org. Tales as such should not be used […]

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I’m not much fun to go out with anymore (that presumes I ever was fun in the first place). Any sign, slogan, bumper sticker, protest, comment, etc. elicits a reaction from me – mostly simply with me asking the question, “How do you know?” That’s not a way to make friends or keep wives happy. […]

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Been reading a book on … apples. Early in the book there is a brief section on the history of good-tasting apples. What the author tells us is that most wild and old-time apples are called “quick spitters” because they taste so bad you spit them out quick. The good fruit, whether originally an accident of […]

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Big Oil Subsidies

In today’s edition of “show me” … inspired by a question from a friend last night: Has there ever been a traditional fossil fuel electricity producer that has received a direct subsidy payment like that which wind gets under the PTC? I did not have an answer. The closest I can think of is the […]

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I sat down with a homebrew last night (a moderately hopped Amber Ale, brewed with house yeast obtained from a local brewery) and watched Food, Inc. There is much to say of course about it. Two quick points for now, I took 6 pages of notes while watching. First is that the documentary starts early […]

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No doubt I’d have chosen biotechnology research. The field was not as developed when I was in college, plus I stupidly decided that a tiny liberal arts college was a perfect place to go to study physics. I can’t think of many better fields that have the potential to help humanity in so many ways, […]

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The NY Tiimes today reports on a new “study” of chemical contamination due to gas drilling in Bradford, PA (not too far from us here in Rochester): An analysis of drinking water sampled from three homes in Bradford County, Pa., revealed traces of a compound commonly found in Marcellus Shale drilling fluids, according to a […]

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