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Solar Batteries

My readers know that I have great optimism for the future of solar power. As the cost of solar cells drops, the challenge is to bridge the gap from sundown to sunrise. A recent article "'Major Discovery' Primed To Unleash Solar Revolution" suggests that "MIT researchers have overcome a major barrier to large-scale solar power: [...]

The Alternative Energy Bandwagon

As I hear more people talk on this topic, I grow more hopeful that the pain we are feeling in our wallets at the gas pump will pave the way toward a better future. In an interview with the former mayor of New York, Ed Koch, I heard him call for a "Manhattan Project" for [...]

The Next Bubble

Some time ago, I read a book titled "Pop!: Why Bubbles Are Great For The Economy." This is not a summary of that book, but I recommend it as it made for some interesting reading. Its premise was that bubbles leave in their wake some new infrastructure (telegraph lines or railroad tracks, as an example) [...]

BioFuel vs BioFood

On Feb 13th I posted Unintended Consequences III and talked about the conflict between crops used for food vs biofuels. I just found a New York Times article "A New, Global Oil Quandary: Costly Fuel Means Costly Calories" which discusses this topic and confirms my fears. Joe

Another Sunny Day

In my recent posts where I share my excitement regarding the future of solar power, I talk about the potential cross over point where the cost of electricity, specifically from solar, is lower than the cost of gas. Well, a bit more googling, and I have some more numbers. From 'Life after the oil crash', [...]