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  • Surprising discovery could lead to better batteries

    01/12/2018 11:50:42 AM PST · by Red Badger · 13 replies ^ | January 12, 2018 | by Stephanie Kossman, Brookhaven National Laboratory
    A collaboration led by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory has observed an unexpected phenomenon in lithium-ion batteries—the most common type of battery used to power cell phones and electric cars. As a model battery generated electric current, the scientists witnessed the concentration of lithium inside individual nanoparticles reverse at a certain point, instead of constantly increasing. This discovery, which was published on January 12 in the journal Science Advances, is a major step toward improving the battery life of consumer electronics. "If you have a cell phone, you likely need to charge its battery...
  • Cold Reminds Us of Importance of Dependable Energy

    01/12/2018 8:24:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies ^ | January 12, 2018 | Tom Harris
    Following the recent record-setting low temperatures, the importance of reliable, abundant, and inexpensive energy is now more obvious than ever. It was certainly appropriate that the 2017 National Security Strategy (NSS), released on December 18, three days before the start of winter, emphasized energy security. To “Promote American prosperity” and “Advance American influence,” two of the four vital national interests identified in the NSS, the Trump administration asserts that “our Nation must take advantage of our wealth in domestic resources.” And one of the most important of its domestic resources, one America is no longer taking full advantage of, are...
  • California’s last nuclear plant to close after unanimous vote by regulators

    01/11/2018 12:31:00 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 67 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 11. 2018 | By David R. Baker
    California’s last nuclear power plant — Diablo Canyon, whose contentious birth helped shape the modern environmental movement — will close in 2025, state utility regulators decided Thursday. The unanimous vote by the California Public Utilities Commission will likely bring an end to nuclear energy’s long history in the state, even as California fights to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that come from conventional power plants. State law forbids building more nuclear plants in California until the federal government creates a long-term solution for dealing with their waste, a goal that remains elusive despite decades of effort. “With this decision, we...
  • Blockchain Tech Is Transforming The Energy Industry

    01/10/2018 4:30:19 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 18 replies ^ | 01-10-2017 | Haley
    Blockchain is more than just a buzzword. It truly has the potential to turn entire industries on their heads. In many ways, the energy sector has been slow to adopt this new tech, but things are finally beginning to change. As ‘Big Energy’ begins to catch up, many market leaders and investors are looking towards blockchain for a more transparent and efficient energy future. Just one of these capabilities would be to enable the energy industry to adopt a peer-to-peer trading model, completely revolutionizing the way energy is bought and sold.
  • City dumping investments in fossil fuels, suing 5 big oil companies

    01/10/2018 9:59:05 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 41 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | January 10, 2018 | BY ERIN DURKIN
    The city is moving to dump its investments in fossil fuels, and suing five big oil companies charging they are responsible for global warming that has cost the city billions. Mayor de Blasio and City Controller Scott Stringer plan to announce at a press conference Wednesday that the city's pension funds will aim to divest from $5 billion in investments of more than 190 fossil fuel companies within five years. And the city filed a lawsuit in Manhattan federal court against five big oil companies — BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, and Royal Dutch Shell — looking to force them to...
  • Utilities cutting rates, cite benefits of Trump tax reform

    01/09/2018 10:36:27 PM PST · by ItsOnlyDaryl · 7 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1.9.18 | Paul Bedard
    On the heels of companies dishing bonuses of up to $3,000 to over one million workers due to the anticipated benefit of President Trump’s tax reform victory, several major utilities have announced plans to cut rates in a consumer payback related to the lower taxes. Energy suppliers like Washington’s Pepco, Baltimore Gas and Light, Pacific Power, Rocky Mountain Power and Commonwealth Edison said they plan to give hundreds of thousands of customers a rate cut due to the tax reform.
  • Drill, Trump, Drill!

    01/09/2018 10:12:30 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    American ^ | January 9, 2018 | Daniel John Sobieski
    Once again, with Florida's Republican governor, Rick Scott, unfortunately leading the way, unfounded environmental hysteria has greeted the proposed expansion of American energy development by President Trump, opening up formerly restricted offshore areas for exploration and drilling. This is not to say accidents can't and won't happen. Oil trains derail, tankers run aground, and even offshore oil platforms explode. But more oil leaks from cars driving to Florida and in hotel and restaurant parking lots than is likely to wash up on Florida's beaches. It doesn't make sense to worry about the occasional oily duck and ignore domestic resources while...
  • New England's Absurd Energy Policies Exposed by Bomb Cyclone

    01/05/2018 10:52:16 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 31 replies
    newsmax ^ | Jan 05, 2018 | Tom Borelli
    The cold blast hitting the U.S. is exposing the absurdity of left-wing energy policies in New England. Natural gas prices are skyrocketing in the region as the gas demand for both heating and electricity exceeds supply. ISO New England issued a “cold weather watch” for January 5 to alert the wholesale power market to a surge in demand for the weekend, as temperatures are expected to plummet. The grid operator believes it has enough power, but the demand could exceed supply. Don’t blame the weather for soaring energy prices and possible electricity shortages; blame the left-wing politicians and radical environmentalists...
  • Trump Administration Aims to Open Nearly All of America’s Offshore Waters to Drilling

    01/05/2018 11:15:11 AM PST · by Oatka · 16 replies
    Reuters via gCaptain ^ | Jan 4, 2017 | Valerie Volcovici
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  • Here is what's holding back China's plans for world domination

    01/04/2018 7:19:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/04/2018 | David Archibald
    There is no doubt that China wants to subjugate Asia, echoing Japan's role during World War II.  For those who think China's economy might overtake the United States economy, and thus make China a more formidable adversary, this article aims to provide detail on China's main constraint in that ambition: that its domestic coal production is near its peak and will then go into long-term decline. Even if China can keep its energy supply constant with an accelerated expansion of its nuclear power sector, the cost of producing coal from deeper mines will mean that the costs of industrial...
  • Power quality, promises, and profits [ Colorado: Xcel Energy ]

    01/04/2018 6:53:10 AM PST · by george76 · 5 replies
    Independence Institute ^ | January 3, 2018 | Amy Cooke
    Good power quality can be defined as a steady supply voltage that stays within the prescribed range, steady a.c. frequency close to the rated value, and smooth voltage curve waveform (resembles a sine wave). In general, it is useful to consider power quality as the compatibility between what comes out of an electric outlet and the load that is plugged into it. The term is used to describe electric power that drives an electrical load and the load’s ability to function properly. Without the proper power, an electrical device (or load) may malfunction, fail prematurely or not operate at all....
  • Fleet of robotic ships, subs, and satellites is the future of offshore drilling: Study

    01/03/2018 8:31:08 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 1 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Jan 03, 2018 | John Siciliano
    A fleet of drone ships would be a key part in staving off another major offshore oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, according to a new report issued by a task force created after the worst oil spill in the energy industry's history. The National Academies of Sciences' Gulf program issued a report Wednesday that calls for the creation of a fleet of robotic ships, miniature drone-like submarines and underwater gliders to track oil flows along the Gulf's sometimes unpredictable underwater currents. Tracking oil's movements under the water, not just at the surface, became a key problem after the...
  • Environmentalists freak out over Trump’s repeal of rule which never went into effect

    01/02/2018 2:28:22 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Hot ^ | January 2, 2017 | JAZZ SHAW
    >The green energy, “keep it in the ground” folks are off to a bad start in 2018. It turns out that another one of Barack Obama’s signature “achievements” in energy regulation, the one which would heavily regulate fracking on federal lands, is going away. Given what a dirty word “fracking” has become in liberal circles, this is causing all manner of outrage on the left. There’s only one catch here… the rule in question never even went into effect for even a single day. (Washington Times) The Obama administration’s 2015 fracking rule was never actually implemented, thanks to an ongoing...
  • Why Obama’s military deployment against Boko Haram is too little, too late (Russia already there)

    10/28/2015 11:40:37 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 14 replies ^ | October 28 at 12:15 PM | Landry Signé
    Boko Haram has evolved from a local terrorist group to a regional and global security threat....Since then, Boko Haram has increased its frequency of terror attacks in Nigeria, pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, and expanded geographically to launching attacks in other West and Central African countries, such as Cameroon, Chad, and Niger. ...snip.... The U.S. support is also coming rather late in the game. The U.S. commitment of troops in Cameroon came only after China, Russia, Germany and France had already committed to help Cameroon, through defense cooperation agreements (Russia) and by providing sophisticated military equipment (China, Germany) and...
  • Trump administration rescinding rules for oil, gas drilling

    12/28/2017 4:36:53 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 28, 2017 5:44 PM EST
    President Donald Trump’s administration is rescinding proposed rules for hydraulic fracturing and other oil- and gas-drilling practices on government lands. The U.S. Department of the Interior announced Thursday the rescission would take effect Friday. The rules developed under President Barack Obama would have applied to drilling on federal lands located mainly in the West. They were set to take effect in 2015 but a judge in Wyoming sided with petroleum industry groups and blocked them at the last minute. …
  • China Stops All Oil Exports To North Korea In Rare Move As Sanctions Take Hold

    12/27/2017 6:59:38 AM PST · by Strac6 · 35 replies
    China did not export any oil products to North Korea in November as U.S. sanctions against the isolated country continue take effect, according to a report Tuesday from Reuters. The move comes as North Korea ratchets up ongoing nuclear and missile programs despite years of U.N. resolutions prohibiting the actions. U.N. Security Council imposed a new batch of limits of oil products earlier this month to the communist country. China did not export any gasoline, jet fuel, diesel or fuel oil, or any other petroleum products to North Korea last month, according to the report, that relied on General Administration...
  • EU to cut gas dependency on Russia with Israel pipeline

    04/03/2017 11:50:19 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 19 replies ^ | April 3, 2017 | uhe/nz (Reuters, AFP)
    Israel and several EU nations have pledged to move forward with a Mediterranean gas project, aiming to pump natural gas from Israel to Europe through the longest undersea pipeline ever built.
  • Fight to save Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil drilling is not over

    12/21/2017 2:52:33 PM PST · by MAGA2017 · 49 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 12/21/2017 | Seattle Times Editors
    During her nearly four years as President Barack Obama’s Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell said, oil companies did not pressure her about opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for drilling. Politicians, however, were a different story. Jewell says she heard about the issue repeatedly from Alaska’s governor and members of Congress, who were worried about a state budget crisis amid plummeting oil prices and declining local production. The state of Alaska, which lacks a sales tax and an income tax, relies on oil revenues to pay for the vast majority of its state budget, as well as fund...
  • Pennsylvania coal production slows but stays above 2016 levels

    12/21/2017 9:45:55 AM PST · by GonzoII · 7 replies
    Trib Live ^ | Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 | Brian Bowling
    Miners produced 981,000 short tons of coal last week compared to 999,000 tons the week before. For the year-to-date, Pennsylvania bituminous coal production was up 13.2 percent, anthracite production was up 7.4 percent and national coal production was up 7.9 percent.
  • The Best Energy Policy Is To Let Markets Work Freely

    12/20/2017 4:36:28 PM PST · by x1stcav · 3 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/19/17 | David Blackmon
    <p>America’s ongoing oil and natural gas revolution is delivering big benefits to our economy, our environment and to our nation’s security. As the world’s top energy producer, America is leveraging this position of strength to grow good-paying jobs and economic opportunity here at home while firming up important trading partnership with key allies abroad. The increasing use of natural gas in power generation is also improving our environment at the same time.</p>