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▶ Keystone XL needs a one-two punch

President Obama says he'll veto the latest attempt by Congress to push through the Keystone XL pipeline but he hasn't yet committed to rejecting this dangero...
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I found this a very interesting piece of PR.  Engaging and effective use of visuals with essentially a budget of zero.

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The Energy Numbers From 2014

The Energy Numbers From 2014 | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

Sometimes energy makes headlines, sometimes it doesn’t. But it almost always has important implications for the global economy, the environment, and our day-to-day lives.

 

Here are ten energy statistics from 2014 that capture some of the most noteworthy trends of the year, and that will shape the energy world in the years to come.

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Some of these are obvious, but many of these were surprising to me.  None less so than the push to get California solar home arrays westward oriented to help with peak afternoon electricity demand.

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The American Oil Trade Deficit Has Never Been Lower

The American Oil Trade Deficit Has Never Been Lower | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Total petroleum imports fell to $23 billion, the lowest level since August 2009
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Great!  Now we can buy more SUVs!

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Future Living Housing Project: Technology Meets Design

Future Living Housing Project: Technology Meets Design | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

The Future Living house took twenty six designers to create it, with every technologic leap analyzed to make sure all proposals were possible by 2050. It’s a paradigm shift in home resource creation and location with water using gravity to generate pressure and energy harvested from solar and wind. Air, water and waste are cleaned using a living bio wall.


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Making cities sustainable 

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It's Still Too Early For Tanking Oil Prices To Curb U.S. Drilling

It's Still Too Early For Tanking Oil Prices To Curb U.S. Drilling | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The U.S. is now the world's largest oil producer, and some worry that falling prices could mean an industry slowdown. But with production costs also falling, drillers are unlikely to cut back soon.
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The Independent Oil Producer You Usually Don't Hear From

The Independent Oil Producer You Usually Don't Hear From | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Most Americans feel relieved when they see a drop in prices at the pump. Jason Bruns feels the opposite. A higher price of oil is good for him. He owns 10 oil wells in Kansas that produce about two barrels a day.
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The view of oil production from a tea-cup per day oil producer.

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A Nation Of Meat Eaters: See How It All Adds Up

A Nation Of Meat Eaters: See How It All Adds Up | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Americans eat more meat than almost anyone else in the world, but habits are starting to change. We explore some of the meat trends and changes in graphs and charts.
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Why The U.S. Chills Its Eggs And Most Of The World Doesn't

Why The U.S. Chills Its Eggs And Most Of The World Doesn't | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
In many countries, eggs aren't refrigerated and they're still considered safe to eat. But in the U.S., we have to chill them, because we've washed away the cuticle that protects them from bacteria.
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It "boils" down to energy cheapness, agricultural practices, and social expectations.

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PIRatE Lab's curator insight, September 22, 2014 11:22 AM

It "boils" down to energy cheapness, agricultural practices, and social expectations.

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Solar FREAKIN' Roadways! - YouTube

SustaiVideo by Michael Naphan It's the roadway of the future! Feel inspired? Help us bring this project to the next step: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/solar-...

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I've seen this idea before, but it looks like with a little creative marketing and an entertaining video many more folks are finally checking out the idea.  The possibilities are (almost) limitless.  

 

Normally I am someone who worries about the harm roadways can cause.  Here we have an example of how a liability can become an asset.

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Bill banning fracking in California passes first committee

Bill banning fracking in California passes first committee | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
A bill that would temporarily ban the oil and gas drilling procedure known as fracking in California was approved at its first state legislative committee hearing on Tuesday.
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How Weather Forecasts Can Help Optimize Energy Usage

How Weather Forecasts Can Help Optimize Energy Usage | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have been exploring how using public weather forecast information can help deliver significant reductions in energy consumption.

 

Combining information from the Bureau of Meteorology with data from existing building management systems, the researchers have developed an intelligent model that remains one step ahead of the building’s temperature changes, automatically adjusting the heating and cooling supply accordingly.

Early experimental results have provided encouraging results, with at least 10 per cent energy savings shown to be possible.


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Spain breezes into record books as wind power becomes main source of energy

Spain breezes into record books as wind power becomes main source of energy | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Sector covered 20.9 percent of total demand last year followed by country’s nuclear plants, which met 20.8 percent

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Awesome!  Now if we can just get this to happen in a country that isn't in an economic slump/isn't suffering from reduced energy demands.

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Organic Social Media's curator insight, January 17, 2014 1:26 PM
#Spain breezes into record books as #wind power becomes main source of #energy #sustainability
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We're Close(er) to Harnessing Nuclear Fusion

We're Close(er) to Harnessing Nuclear Fusion | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Nuclear fusion is AMAZING. It's set to revolutionize the way we power almost everything on the planet. And scientists are closer than ever to achieving a sustained fusion reaction. Trace tells us just how close these pioneering scientists really are.
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Only another 30 years...

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Why oil prices keep falling — and throwing the world into turmoil

A complete guide to the oil price crash.
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This is a great general overview of oil pricing fluctuations.  It does not prove a curb-notes version or overly simplify this important dynamic.

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Los Alamos lab contractor loses $57 million over nuclear waste accident

Los Alamos lab contractor loses $57 million over nuclear waste accident | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The contractor managing the nuclear weapons laboratory at Los Alamos, N.M., was slapped with a $57-million reduction in its fees for 2014, largely due to a costly nuclear waste accident last year.
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Absolutely amazing!  I never thought I would see the day when the department of energy would actually discipline nuclear contractors in any real way for performance failures.  Unbelievable.  Clearly a step in the right direction and a step to properly internalizing the externalities associated with fission-based weapons and power plants.

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Should the U.S. Take Unilateral Action on Climate Policy?

Should the U.S. Take Unilateral Action on Climate Policy? | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Critics of unilateral action say the U.S. would pay too high an economic price without significantly moving the needle on climate change. Supporters say the goal is too important to wait.
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Wow.  I mean wow.  Read this opinions.  We solve everything so we therefore should do nothing?  

 

The argument that individual action won't move the needle is clothed in both an incorrect understanding of the facts AND a disregard of the actual map accompanying this article: there is an emerging patchwork of responses to carbon emissions simply because THERE IS NO UNITED APPROACH.  But the whole conversation is moving because of the northern Europes and Californias of the world.  They are showing the way.

 

I am sorry but the factually incorrect trope that job growth only comes from staying on dirty energy sources is pathetic and wrong.  Spoken like a person who 1) knows nothing about the energy industry 2) doesn't live along a low-lying coast, and 3) is ignorant of externalities.  

 

I have heard the same exact line from oil lobbyists about it being just "too costly right now" to ditch fossil fuels.  Representatives said the exact same words to my students a few weeks ago.  And those were the same EXACT words that I heard espoused in 1976.  Apparently 40 years has changed nothing and we can only stick to 1800s technology to power the world of the 21st century.  How fallacious and how pessimistic about our creativity and ingenuity.

 

 At the risk of an ad hominem attack, I don't think the author of such volumes as The False Promise of Green Energy and Creating Cayman as an Offshore Financial Center: Structure and Strategy since 1960 is the best expert the Wall Street Journal could have found to comment on the technical issues related to decarbonizing our energy infrastructure.

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Are electric cars greener than traditional gas-powered cars? Depends on where you live.

Are electric cars greener than traditional gas-powered cars? Depends on where you live. | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

Nowhere do automakers sell more hybrid vehicles than California, with its unique combination of environmental consciousness, high gas prices and traffic-choked highways.

But new hybrid models will be in short supply at this week's Los Angeles Auto Show — one sign that the technology is still struggling to break out of its green-car niche, experts say.

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There is nothing new about this analyses, but it is an updating of older efforts with the most recent numbers out there.  It is true that using coal-fired power to juice your your car is problematic, but for most of the county (e.g. coastal areas) most of us would be better off switching to electric transportation systems.  Also, the best possible solution is to power our vehicles with locally-generated power, such as roof top or garage-top solar panels.  

 

The trick is getting this into everyone's hands in an easy, turn-key manner.  I think the tone of this piece misses that key point.  This is an evolving conversation and new technology.  It also needs to be one part of a broad spectrum of approaches to de-carbonizing our energy markets.  Falling back onto the old mantra of "it doesn't work everywhere all the time" is a bit ho-hum and overly simplistic.  Kind of the way some folks feel it is necessary to write an op-ed about their research to get increased attention for it.

 

For those interested in the actual study, you can find it here:

 

http://www.dartmouth.edu/~mansur/papers/GraffZivin_Kotchen_Mansur_MargEmit.pdf

 

There is also an interesting story, in a similar vein, from the LA Times about faltering gas-electric hybrid vehicles at this week's LA Auto show:

 

http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-hy-la-auto-show-no-hybrids-20141121-story.html

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Saharan Solar Power Opens Energy Corridor to Europe

Saharan Solar Power Opens Energy Corridor to Europe | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
A solar energy project in the Tunisian Sahara aims to generate enough clean energy by 2018 to power two million European homes. Called the TuNur project; developers, including renewable investment co
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The Guide to Sustainable Clean Energy 2014 - Blue and Green Tomorrow

The Guide to Sustainable Clean Energy 2014 - Blue and Green Tomorrow | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
In 1860, then-US president Abraham Lincoln described the wind as “an untamed and unharnessed force”. He continued, “Quite possibly one of the greatest discoveries hereafter to be made will be the taming, and harnessing of it.”
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Calculations and References | Clean Energy | US EPA

This page describes the calculations used to convert greenhouse gas emission numbers into different types of equivalent units. Go to the equivalency calculator page for more information.

 

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Here is a quick reference for emissions associated with various transportation activities.

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Inside The Most Dangerous Room in the World

Inside The Most Dangerous Room in the World | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
"To enter you must wear a respirator, 3 pairs of gloves, 2 pairs of socks, rubber boots and a hard hat—along with a hazmat suit"

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The legacy of nuclear waste is a real issue with this form of energy.

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Owens Valley mobilizes against proposed DWP solar project

Owens Valley mobilizes against proposed DWP solar project | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
INDEPENDENCE, Calif. — One by one, a parade of Owens Valley residents rose at a public hearing Tuesday to assail the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's plan to meet its renewable energy goals by covering 2 square miles of high desert with 1 million solar panels.
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Radiation leak forces closure at New Mexico waste burial site

Radiation leak forces closure at New Mexico waste burial site | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The Energy Department suspended normal operations for a fourth day at its New Mexico burial site for defense nuclear waste after a radiation leak inside salt tunnels where the material is buried.
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Hmmmmmm....We are still having trouble figuring out where and how to store high level radiation waste?  It is almost like we started using a power source before we knew what to do with the inevitable aftermath and downstream consequences of the waste stream.  That's strange, I mean we would never do.....wait.  Never mind.

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Ad Agency Designs And Makes Brochures Without Using Electricity

Ad Agency Designs And Makes Brochures Without Using Electricity | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

The Leo Burnett agency in Lisbon was commissioned to create a brochure for the EDP Group’s Access to Energy (A2E) campaign, which aims to bring electricity to communities in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Amazon.
This campaign also sought to show that many developed countries waste electricity, so the creative team challenged themselves by designing a brochure without using any energy.
Paper was made, pressed and dried, and the two colors of the brochure were printed manually on the paper. The last step was perhaps the easiest—folding these brochures by hand.


Even the process was documented without electricity—film cameras were used, and the amount of effort put in can be seen in the video at the link.


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Cool demo, but the future is clearly not abandon electricity.  The pollution associated with the film camera world has a host of problems as well (mercury, etc.).  But I like the idea here and the notion of being able to do things outside of the widely accepted standards of production.

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ramiro alonso's curator insight, February 4, 2014 7:20 AM

Una campaña para una empresa de electrificación realizada sin electricidad.

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Goldman Sachs pulls out of proposed coal terminal

The Gateway Pacific Terminal would be the largest coal-exporting terminal in North America. But Goldman Sachs doesn't want to back it anymore.
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A good sign.

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