FORUM: Alternative Energy — Converting to clean, renewable energy sources

Published: September 4th, 2012 at 12:01 am ET
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To get things started, here are some links regarding the work of Stanford professor Dr. Mark Z. Jacobson

  1. A path to sustainable energy by 2030 (Scientific American, November 2009) (pdf).
  2. Providing all global energy with wind, water and solar power, Part I: Technologies, energy resources, quantities and areas of infrastructure, and materials (Energy Policy, 2011) (pdf-Part I)
  3. Providing all global energy with wind, water and solar power, Part II: Reliability, system and transmission costs, and policies (Energy Policy, 2011) (pdf-Part II)
  4. Spreadsheet accompanying Parts I and II (xls-Spreadsheet)
  5. Energy and Environmental Science article ranking energy solutions to global warming, air pollution, and energy security (link)
  6. Studies on matching hourly and peak demand by combining renewables (link)
  7. Studies on wind energy resources and transmission (link)
  8. April 20, 2012 Tri-Agency (NSF-NOAA-NASA) PI Meeting Presentation (pptx)
  9. November 14, 2011 HEAL Utah Presentation (pptx) (video)
  10. May 16, 2011 Seminar, Woods Institute for the Environment (video)
  11. February 4, 2011 Seminar, Cornell University (video)
  12. January 13, 2011 Stanford Grid Integration Workshop Presentation (pptx)
  13. TED/CNN debates on renewables versus nuclear (link)
  14. April 1, 2008 U.S. House of Representatives hearing. Rep. Jay Inslee tells Exxon-Mobil executive that the vision in the “Renewable Energy Solution to Global Warming” by the Atmosphere/Energy Program at Stanford University is “one that the United States really needs” (starting at 1:35:00 in hearing video) (video) (transcript)
  15. February 7, 2012 op-ed (invited), “Securing public health forever with clean energy” (link)

h/t chemfood, MaidenHeaven

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  • Bill Duff

    WhoreMeJEB – John Ellis Bush promotes a civilian nuclear power plant renaissance, Atoms 4 Peace.

    Nuclear power: a change for the better, BY JEB BUSH, SPECIAL TO THE STAR-BANNER, Published: Sunday, March 2, 2008 at 6:30 a.m., Last Modified: Friday, February 29, 2008 at 8:18 p.m., http://www.ocala.com/article/20080302/OPINION/803020340/1030/OPINION

    Change is happening in the world of energy as well, specifically when it comes to nuclear energy. Against the backdrop of a larger discussion about how we will meet our future energy demand while keeping our environment clean, nuclear energy is experiencing a renaissance. Americans are beginning to shed the emotional debate about nuclear energy and are taking a practical look at why it is essential to meeting our future energy demand. They like what they see. The support for nuclear energy is diverse. It's one of the few issues in Washington, D.C., these days that feels bipartisan. Even former naysayers are coming around to the merits of nuclear.


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  • Bill Duff

    WhoreMePOL – Nuclear Village Elected Officials – CASE – Neither Clean nor Safe

    http://casenergy.org/our-members/membership/elected-officials/members-list/#tab_individuals

    When Pigs FLY – CASE “Nuclear Energy is America's Clean & Safe Energy Solution”

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  • Bill Duff

    WhoreMeMOR Patrick Moore, NEI is my biggest client, leads Clean and Safe Energy Coalition, CASEnergy Coalition. Moore was active in Greenpeace during the 1970s,

    Nuclear Energy’s Lobbying Push, Nuclear energy lobby working hard to win support, By Judy Pasternak, Sunday, January 24th, 2010, This story is being co-published with McClatchy Newspapers, http://investigativereportingworkshop.org/investigations/nuclear-energy-lobbying-push/story/nuclear-energy-working-hard-win-support/

    Left unmentioned in these settings is that the NEI paid a public relations company to create CASEnergy, an example of “Astroturfing” techniques that many industries have adopted to give the appearance of grass-roots support. Patrick Moore, who played a leading role in Greenpeace during the 1970s, now helps lead the Clean and Safe Energy Coalition, known as CASEnergy Coalition. Moore, who runs a consulting company (Greenspirit Strategies Ltd.), based in Vancouver, British Columbia, acknowledged the ties in an interview, referring to NEI as “my biggest client.” He declined to divulge his fees.


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  • Bill Duff

    Solar is inadequate on Terra Firma,

    Giant Ivanpah solar plant south of Las Vegas falls short, Posted November 17, 2014 – 1:40pmUpdated November 17, 2014 – 6:17pm, By MICHAEL R. BLOOD, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
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    Operators initially expected to need steam from gas-powered boilers for an hour a day during startup. After operations began, they found they needed to keep boilers running more than four times longer — an average of 4½ hours a day. State energy regulators in August approved the plant’s request to increase the natural gas it is allowed to burn by 60 percent.


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  • Bill Duff

    If wishes were horses, beggers would ride. Old English Proverb.


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  • HoTaters

    Here's a story on the risk of transporting unrefined oil from places like North Dakota with fracing ("tracking") operations.

    I'm not sure why the Weather Channel classified this story as pertaining to Climate Change, but they did.

    There is a risk of accidents from the use of unsafe, antiquated rail cars to transport the crude oil. There is a risk of trains having accidents in any of the cities through which these trains pass. Apparently these trains are traveling all over the U.S. and Canada. They used to pass through Fairfield and Suisun City, California, where I used to live, by the hundreds. The crude oil was en route to refineries in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay, Martinez and Hercules).

    http://stories.weather.com/boom

    There is said to be no other viable alternative for transporting the oil, as pipelines are not used to transport the oil from many of the areas where it is traced (like North Dakota).

    This all underscores the need to develop clean, safe, alternative energy sources.


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