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Blog Archive for the ‘Energy’ Category

Ed Moses, “Clean Fusion Power This Decade”

by Danielle Engelman on June 17th, 02010

Imminent fusion power

All the light we see from the sky, Moses pointed out, comes from fusion power burning hydrogen, the commonest element in the universe—3/4 of all mass. A byproduct of the cosmic fusion is the star-stuff that we and the Earth are made of.

On Earth, 4 billion years of. . .   Read More

The Future of Energy: a news hunt

by Kirk Citron on June 7th, 02010

Is There Good News About Energy?

In the face of the BP disaster, it would be all too easy to lose hope about our energy future. But it’s possible there might be a silver lining in that oily cloud: if we’re lucky, the spill may prompt a deeper conversation about the need to. . .   Read More

How good are our predictions of the next 30 years?

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on May 6th, 02010

Stewart Brand sent in a piece by the Klimazweibel blog covered by Seekerblog.  It shows where the actual US energy consumption came in by 02000 vs the predictions from 01975.  It is interesting to see that we came in well below the lowest (read: most optimistic) prediction.  While the US still uses an amount of. . .   Read More

Stewart Brand on Science Friday

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on June 5th, 02009

Stewart Brand was on Ira Flatow’s Science Friday show on NPR today discussing nuclear power and climate change.  You can listen here. . .   Read More

Politics does matter

by Kirk Citron on May 1st, 02009

The Long News #2: stories that might still matter fifty, or a hundred, or ten thousand years from now.

Senator Arlen Specter’s change of party affiliation is a news story that is likely to have long-term consequences; if the opposition can’t filibuster, it makes it much more likely that President Obama’s. . .   Read More

Stewart Brand speaks at U.C. Berkeley

by Danielle Engelman on March 10th, 02009

Stewart Brand will be speaking about Rethinking Green: How Can Information Replace Energy and Finesse the Biosphere? on Monday March 16, 02009 from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm.

This lecture is part of the Berkeley Center for New Media’s Art, Culture and Technology Colloquium.

This lecture is free, un-ticketed and seats. . .   Read More

Saul Griffith, “Climate Change Recalculated”

by Stewart Brand on January 19th, 02009

The Terawatt World

Engineer Griffith said he was going to make the connection between personal actions and global climate change. To do that he’s been analyzing his own life in extreme detail to figure out exactly how much energy he uses and what changes might reduce the load. In 2007, when he started, he. . .   Read More

Two Energy Futures

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on January 30th, 02008

This week Shell oil published an article by their president Jeroen van der Veer about how he sees the future of energy through 02100. It is surprisingly non-corporate and shows how at least one of the largest oil companies in the world views the coming energy and environmental shortfalls. Most surprising to me is. . .   Read More

Gwyneth Cravens, “Power to Save the World”

by Stewart Brand on September 17th, 02007

Nuclear Footprint

In the early 1980s Gwyneth Cravens was one of the protesters against the Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant on Long Island, and also participated in ban-the-bomb rallies. After 15 years of deepening familiarity with nuclear power, she says she still would ban the bomb, but she now regrets that the Shoreham reactor. . .   Read More

Long Bet: The Cost of Energy

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on September 14th, 02007

We have recently resolved Bet 117 on Long Bets about the adjusted cost of energy. It was an interesting case where we had very specific criteria for who would win the bet, yet we could not adjudicate it when the time came. The bettors cited the Department of Energy published numbers to resolve their bet. . .   Read More