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  1. We Have Met The Enemy

    We Have Met The Enemy ~ Opinion By John C. Zink, Ph.D., P.gif., Managing Editor It was 25 years ago that the Club of Rome published its report The Limits to Growth. Don`t burn fossil fuels, said the researchers, who used sophisticated computer models to study the supply and demand for fossil fuels. The study concluded that the world would begin to run out of oil and gas in 20 to 25 years, devastating economies and squandering our children`s energy heritage. Oil and gas are too valuable and too scarce to burn; they should be used as chemical and pharmaceutical feedstocks. The researchers` model assumed certain fixed limits to fuel resources, coupled with exponential demand growth. It is no surprise that the two trend lines eventually crossed. It was built into the model. In response, the government controlled gasoline supplies and banned the use of natural gas for generating electricity. It funded studies showing how small, renewable energy resources could meet each community`s energy needs. It mandated energy-efficiency standards. It held conferences at which academics discussed how to limit the world`s population of energy users. Throughout the United States, universities established programs in "science and public policy" to build computer models of these complex interactions and to get some of the readily available government research grants. We`re now 25 years wiser. The world`s known or probable supply of fossil fuels has expanded greatly. We are building more efficient power plants and selecting fuel sources based on economics rather than on government mandates. We are applying small, renewable resources where they make economic and "fuel" availability sense. But now we have new, improved computer models that tell us we shouldn`t use fossil fuels because the global warming catastrophe awaits us. The models show that, with exponentially increasing sources of greenhouse gases and fixed limits to the sinks for such gases, we will soon see noticeable--and tragic--atmospheric effects. The proposed solution to this problem is legislated emissions reductions forcing reduced use of coal. We must not squander our children`s atmospheric inheritance. The government is funding extensive computer studies by government and university researchers who try to model the complex interactions of nature. International conferences debate the severity and timing of the ecological effects. And global population control remains the goal of many who claim that the real problem is too many people craving a high standard of living. Let`s jump forward 25 years to 2022. The use of fossil fuels continues to grow, albeit slowly. Although the basic mechanisms of global warming are broadly accepted, understanding of the "sink" part of the equation has changed dramatically, so any potential effects continue to recede into the future. Fuels are selected for their applicability and economy, and power plants produce electricity, heat, chemicals and other useful products from what were once waste streams. All is not well, however. New computer models show a dangerous decline in oxygen levels throughout the cosmos. International galactic suffocation conferences are held, and the government sponsors extensive university research into cosmic oxygen depletion. Governments propose severe restrictions on all forms of oxidation, from fuel cells, to aerobic bacteria, to rust. International conferences on population control focus on the real problem: there are too many air breathers out there. Deja-vu. S

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    Mon, 1 Dec 1997

  2. PG&E chairman sees electric vehicles as an opportunity

    In an address to the Detroit Economic Club, Tony Earley, chairman, CEO and president of PG&E Corp., laid out a vision of an environmentally cleaner, economically stronger and more energy-independent America

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    Mon, 15 Dec 2014

  3. EIA: Proposed clean power plan rule cuts power sector CO2 emissions to lowest level since 1980s

    The goal of the proposed Clean Power Plan rule is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from existing electricity generation units that burn fossil fuels

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    Tue, 26 May 2015

  4. UK wind power industry reacts angrily to Conservative plans

    The British wind power industry is up in arms after the ruling Conservative party announced that will end any new public subsidies for wind farms.

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    Wed, 15 Apr 2015

  1. Special Report: Executive Roundtable on Utility-scale Renewables

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    Fri, 1 Jan 2010

  2. MIT: Oxygen-separation membranes could aid in CO2 reduction

    Ceramic membranes may reduce carbon dioxide emissions from gas and coal-fired power plants.

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    Tue, 15 May 2012

  3. carbon sequestration study Georgia Tech

    Because they can remove carbon dioxide from the flue gases of coal-burning facilities such as power plants, solid materials containing amines are being extensively studied as part of potential CO 2 sequestration programs designed to reduce the impact of the greenhouse gas.

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    Fri, 23 Jul 2010

  4. UK nuclear industry set for carbon floor price windfall

    The UK’s nuclear industry could receive a GBP3.4bn ($5.4bn) windfall as a result of plans to set a carbon floor price, according to green campaigners.

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    Mon, 14 Feb 2011

  5. UK nuclear industry set for carbon floor price windfall

    The UK’s nuclear industry could receive a GBP3.4bn ($5.4bn) windfall as a result of plans to set a carbon floor price, according to green campaigners.

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    Mon, 14 Feb 2011

  6. AES energy storage project in NY receives $17.1MM loan guarantee from DOE

    Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced a $17.1 million loan guarantee has been finalized for the AES Westover facility, a 20-megawatt energy storage system using advanced lithium-ion batteries located in Johnson City, New York.

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    Mon, 27 Dec 2010

  7. Deepwater Wind to develop 1,000MW offshore wind farm, regional transmission network to serve East Coast

    Deepwater Wind announced its plans to construct the Deepwater Wind Energy Center (DWEC), the nation’s largest offshore wind farm with a planned capacity of 1,000-megawatts off the coast of Road Island. The Company also announced plans to build a regional offshore transmission network connecting ...

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    Wed, 8 Dec 2010

  8. Greenpeace slams IEA stance on fossil fuels

    Environmental pressure group Greenpeace yesterday criticized the International Energy Agency (IEA) for failing to properly assess the world's energy trends for the next decades in its report "World Energy Outlook 2004".

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    Wed, 27 Oct 2004

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