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Claim: US West’s power grid must be prepared for impacts of climate change – but environmentalism might be a bigger threat

From: Arizona State University TEMPE, Arizona — Electricity generation and distribution infrastructure in the Western United States must be “climate-proofed” to diminish the risk of future power shortages, according to research by two Arizona State University engineers. Expected increases in extreme heat and drought events will bring changes in precipitation, air and water temperatures, air…

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Four Stories, Two Worlds

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach To start the four tales of the title, I noticed a couple of stories in the news lately about how critical inexpensive energy is for the poor. The first story said: Wall Street may be growing anxious about the negative impact of falling oil prices on energy producers, but the…

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Big Numbers, Small Numbers

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach I read a paper today that said that there are no less than 270,000,000 kilograms of plastic in the ocean, which is about half a billion pounds plus of plastic. So … is this a big number or a small number? The story is at the Guardian, and they’ve illustrated…