Carnegie Institution’s Rebecca R. Hernandez (now at University of California Berkley), Madison K. Hoffacker, and Chris Field found that the amount of energy that could be generated from solar equipment constructed on and around existing infrastructure in California would exceed the state’s demand by up to five times. The team offers that further development of […]

Most, some 97% of patents, do not generate royalty payments to inventors. That may come as quite a surprise to the average American who may still think that an invention could be a path to wealth and prosperity. It will also serve to explain to so many readers who wonder what happened to the great […]

Reiner Kümmel and Dietmar Lindenberger writing in the New Journal of Physics make the case that energy is worth much more than it costs. The abstract’s opening sentence, while a little technical, said, “Energy conversion in the machines and information processors of the capital stock drives the growth of modern economies.” Energy conversion supports the […]

Jérôme Dangerman studied the world energy system for his PhD and concluded that the system is locked into its current situation and no transformation will come about without intervention or a crisis.  Today he will defend his doctoral thesis at Radboud University in the Netherlands. Policy wonk thinking supposes the production and consumption of energy […]

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated a three-year deferral put in place in 2011 by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that temporarily exempted paper and wood product manufacturers and ethanol producers from curbing the release of greenhouse gases, specifically CO2. The Appeals Court’s decision cited the U.S. Supreme Court […]

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