Tag Archives: Energy Independence

Breaking: A republican Tells The Truth

Right wingers often say that government should not pick winners and losers in the economy because politicians have such a bad track record at it. This of course is a red herring in that most business that fail were started … Continue reading

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A Chart That Never Gets Old

Back as a freshman engineering student I took an introductory economics class. Early on in the course a fellow engineer-to-be and I just rolled our eyes as the Professor went on and on about the basics of reading line graphs. Soon we … Continue reading

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One Problem With Myths

As with stereotypes, cliches, rules of thumb, etc., myths contain a grain of truth. The myth that both sides do it has wrought great havoc in our media through its misapplication to create an unbalanced balance is such a one. Without listing the … Continue reading

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Keystone XL And The Flyover States

Once again, Middle America is being cut out, this time by the proposed Keystone XL pipeline (gotta admit, it’s a tough-sounding name).  Via C&L: One of the most important facts that is missing in the national debate surrounding the proposed … Continue reading

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Safe, Clean, And Too Cheap To Meter

The title above was the calling card for nuclear energy from its inception. Unfortunately, they were wrong on all counts. The damage arising from the Fukushima disaster is still ongoing. The only “winners” will be the epidemiologists who will be running studies for … Continue reading

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Not A Problem, I’m Sure

This weekend is the annual camping trip to Michigan with some old friends. As it happens, we will be passing through South Haven where a nuclear plant has just had an event, and not the celebratory kind: Entergy’s Palisades nuclear plant … Continue reading

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Economically Viable

In the free and easy days of the early and middle oil rush, companies looked past hard to extract oil and process reserves in favor of more profitable sites. Now, with skyrocketing oil prices, those difficult reserves of oil and … Continue reading

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Something Is Rotten Fresh in the State of Denmark

Remember the oil crisis of the 1970’s? Here in the U.S., we flirted briefly with energy consciousness, but quickly forgot the oil shocks as we acclimated to the new “normal.” For instance, for the last three decades we have heard … Continue reading

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As I Said In Class . . .

In September, I used, as an example to my students of how words have connotations, the phrase “foreign oil.” I asked: What’s the difference between these statements? We need to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. We need to reduce … Continue reading

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The Good Old Days

There is a long history of the United States undermining democratically elected governments around the world and putting despots in charge. Central and South America in the 1980’s saw numerous examples of the U.S. violating the sovereignty of nations there. … Continue reading

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