Tag Archives: United States Department of Energy

Grade school science howler from Ken Caldeira: ‘CO2…forms carbonic acid (the same thing that makes soda fizz)’

From the Carnegie Institution , where soda pop science is like a carbonic acid trip, they say (thanks to modeling) we have to make big changes:  “To save coral reefs, we need to transform our energy system…” while equating natural … Continue reading

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‘plug-and-play’ CO2 Scrubbers

From MIT, while “plug-and-play” is cited, it’s just a paper. Getting the carbon out of emissions Proposed method could be more efficient than previous systems and easier to retrofit in existing power plants. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Many researchers around the … Continue reading

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National Laboratory pans ocean carbon sequestration scheme

Questions rise about seeding for ocean C02 sequestration – Argonne National Laboratory LEMONT, Ill – A new study on the feeding habits of ocean microbes calls into question the potential use of algal blooms to trap carbon dioxide and offset … Continue reading

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I, For One, Welcome Our New Energy Overlord

Guest essay by Kevin D. Knoebel In case you missed it, physicist Ernest J. Moniz was sworn in on May 21, 2013 as the new US Secretary of Energy. Born in 1944 in Fall River, Massachusetts, graduated high school in … Continue reading

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Enivronmentalists worst nightmare? GMO’d ‘frankenbugs’ could make fuel directly from CO2

From the University of Georgia: UGA discovery may allow scientists to make fuel from CO2 in the atmosphere Athens, Ga. – Excess carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere created by the widespread burning of fossil fuels is the major driving … Continue reading

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Bad Karma? Obama promotes electric cars, but they still fall short

Guest post by Steve Goreham Originally published in The Washington Times Last Friday, President Obama once again pitched electric cars during his presentation at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois. At one point, he called for an end to gasoline-powered vehicles, … Continue reading

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Now what is ‘death train’ Hansen going to do? Clean coal process developed to extract energy without burning or CO2

From James Hansen’s, Bill McKibben’s and Joe Romm’s worst nightmare department, comes this uplifting science story from the Ohio State University. Basically they found a way to oxidize coal and extract energy without releasing any CO2. When a team of … Continue reading

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A ReVolting development – Green Energy Stimulus Bankruptcies Come in All Sizes

By Paul Chesser, National Legal & Policy Center The little-reported bankruptcy of a relatively small electric vehicle battery manufacturer last month illustrates the many problems with President Obama’s green energy stimulus program, and why the more appropriate location for the … Continue reading

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Something practical – new roof design saves energy

ORNL roof and attic design proves efficient in summer and winter By Emma Macmillan OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Sep. 10, 2012 — A new kind of roof-and-attic system field-tested at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory keeps homes cool … Continue reading

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Cool clean coal – just add refrigeration

From the University of Oregon a wacky idea to refrigerate smokestacks. Cooled coal emissions would clean air and lower health and climate-change costs EUGENE, Ore. — (Aug. 27, 2012) — Refrigerating coal-plant emissions would reduce levels of dangerous chemicals that … Continue reading

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SLACing the soot

From the DOE/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory X-ray vision exposes aerosol structures Laser probes microscopic components of air pollution Menlo Park, Calif. — Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have captured the most detailed images … Continue reading

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AGW threat seen under every rock and behind every tree

Global warming threat seen in fertile soil of northeastern US forests In ‘vicious cycle,’ heat may boost carbon release into atmosphere, UCI-led study finds — Irvine, Calif., June 11, 2012 — Vast stores of carbon in U.S. forest soils could be released … Continue reading

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Bad battery “karma” – Taxpayers’ Green ‘Investment’ in Battery Company Withers

By Paul Chesser, National Legal & Policy Center A123 Systems – the taxpayer-funded electric vehicle battery manufacturer that famously shipped duds to Fisker Automotive, which caused one of its luxurious Karma EVs to shut down just before a Consumer Reports … Continue reading

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Another Obama sanctioned taxpayer funded boondoggle goes bellyup

From WSJ: The financial pipeline was cut short before engineers could begin operating the Blythe Solar Power Project, a 1,000-megawatt system with capacity to power 300,000 homes, according to the company. … The company filed for Chapter 11 protection Monday, … Continue reading

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‘Cap and Trade’ fails for lack of incentives

Well, duh. From the DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory New research suggests cap and trade programs do not provide sufficient incentives for innovation Cap and trade programs to reduce emissions do not inherently provide incentives to induce the private sector to … Continue reading

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Bad electric Karma

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Congress suspends light bulb ban funding

UPDATE 2: 12/16/11 9AMPST It appears early reports were wrong, junkscience.com now reports that The deal agreed to in Congress merely deprives the Department oF Energy the funds to enforce the ban for 2012. The ban is still on the … Continue reading

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Turning CO2 into fuel

From the University of Illinois – Ionic liquid catalyst helps turn emissions into fuel University of Illinois chemical and biological engineering professor Paul Kenis and his research group joined forces with researchers at Dioxide Materials, a startup company, to produce … Continue reading

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Solyndra Solar raided by FBI

I guess the feds want to know where that $535 million dollar “green jobs” DOE loan went. Via Andrew Breitbart and from NBC Bay Area News: FBI agents armed with search warrants descended this morning on bankrupt solar company Solynrda … Continue reading

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Now its your electric ice maker in your fridge that’s killing the planet, meanwhile CO2 emissions fall significantly in the USA

Jeez Louise, what a load of bollocks from Time Magazine. The article goes on to say:

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The greens worst nightmare? A CO2 to Oil process

From the University of Minnesota: U of M researchers close in on technology for making renewable “petroleum” using bacteria, sunlight and carbon dioxide MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (03/23/2011) —University of Minnesota researchers are a key step closer to making renewable … Continue reading

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Gore’s ex “climate community organizer” bails on DOE

American Thinker: Rats leaving sinking ship: DOE loses a crony capitalist With Republicans controlling the House of Representatives and able to subpoena officials, certain Obama administration officials are heading for the hills. The New York Times reports on the latest … Continue reading

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