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Is Coal winning the energy battle?

Guest essay by Mike Jonas In an absurd article “Full extent of global coal ‘binge’ is hidden, say researchers“, the BBC’s Matt McGrath argues that instead of modelling actual and expected CO2 emissions from coal and gas power plants, it should all be counted in the power station’s first year. [You couldn’t make this stuff…

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Bearings: The Achilles Heel of Wind Turbines

Story by Eric Worrall – A few years ago, I used to know a senior wind turbine engineer. One evening, over a few beers, he told me the dirty secret of his profession: “The problem is the bearings. If we make the bearings bigger, the bearings last longer, but making the bearings larger increases friction,…

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Big Wind’s latest deceitful ad campaign

Facing trouble abroad, Siemens ads seek to tap into US taxpayers and wind welfare system Guest essay by Mary Kay Barton If you watch much mainstream TV, you’ve probably seen Siemens’ new multi-million-dollar advertising blitz  to sell the American public on industrial wind. Why the sudden ad onslaught? Watch the video below. The wind business…

Too late for Oregon’s coal terminal: Exporting US coal to Asia could drop emissions 21 percent

Not that weepy Bill McKibben would care anyway, he doesn’t do reality. Oregon denies permit for new coal port–huge victory for folks who have done great organizing http://t.co/0DyKUnGCE4 — Bill McKibben (@billmckibben) August 18, 2014 From Duke University Superior energy efficiency of South Korean plants, and choice of replacement fuels in US, are key to…