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It is estimated that using natural gas for electricity generation as opposed coal burning saves about 30% of CO2 emissions.  This outcome of this effect has been assessed to have been more effective means of CO2 emissions reduction than all actions worldwide arising from the Kyoto protocol.

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/07/31/european-renewable-energy-performance-for-2014-fall-far-short-of-claims/
Guest essay by Ed Hoskins Summary: By 2014 European Union countries had invested approximately €1 trillion, €1000,000,000,000, in large scale Renewable Energy installations. This has provided a nam...
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In India, solar and storage will likely play a different and a much larger role than in the IEA’s global analysis. Due to the weakness of the grid and the limited alternative energy sources, distributed solar plus storage will be an attractive solution for end-users.
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The big reveal from Tesla Energy: it will cost $3,500 for a ten kilowatt-hour energy storage pack that includes batteries, a DC-to-DC inverter, thermal management, and software. That price is the cost to installers and does not account for incentives.
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Impact of Low Rotational Inertia on
Power System Stability and Operation

http://arxiv.org/pdf/1312.6435.pdf
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by Planning Engineer Some of the denizens have requested an introduction to transmission planning and a discussion of how the transmission system is impacted by renewable resources. This post compl...
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Two giant rival Chinese state-owned nuclear firms are pulling out the stops to achieve success with exports and increased market share of the restarted domestic reactor construction program. The so-called Hualong One, a 1000 MW PWR type reactor, is being hawked by both firms.
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The mercenary motives behind Eric Schmidt's appeal to green virtue.
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I was unaware that ALEC isn't trying to stop progress on climate change, as the article claims.

After a bit of research, I'm still unaware of this. Mainly because it doesn't seem true.

More than a dozen states have approved resolutions, with basic text provided by ALEC, calling plans by the federal Environmental Protection Agency to regulate greenhouse gas emissions a “train wreck” that will harm the economy. In addition, a number of states from New Hampshire to Oregon have seen legislation, based on an ALEC document, looking to withdraw from regional climate change initiatives.
[http://www.governing.com/topics/politics/ALEC-enjoys-new-wave-influence-criticism.html]

Over the coming year, the American Legislative Exchange Council (Alec) will promote legislation with goals ranging from penalising individual homeowners and weakening state clean energy regulations, to blocking the Environmental Protection Agency...
[http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/04/alec-freerider-homeowners-assault-clean-energy]

Those are things said about ALEC, here's what ALEC says for themselves.

Global Climate Change is Inevitable. Climate change is a historical phenomenon and the debate will continue on the significance of natural and anthropogenic contributions.
[http://www.alec.org/publications/natural-resource-reserve/]

Here's the "continuing" debate.

The scientific opinion on climate change is that the Earth's climate system is unequivocally warming, and it is extremely likely (at least 95% probability) that humans are causing most of it...
[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_opinion_on_climate_change]
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I began my career as an aerospace engineer. I designed control systems that involved mechanical parts, electrical or hydraulic actuators, processors, feedback loops, software, and human interfaces involving anthropometry, strength, reaction time and psychological factors - all at the same time. I liked the interdisciplinary nature of this work and the seriousness and responsibility associated with designing things that have expensive or deadly failure modes. I also wrote a textbook on probabilistic risk analysis for one aerospace firm. 

During the dotcom craze I was CTO of a 1200-person tech firm. At that time I did technology due-diligence for ICG and other venture capital firms. Later I started a software firm, made a commercial product with a few million reasonably happy users, and sold that company. I then did a lot of consulting work in pharma and healthcare. Now I'm working with startups in the mobile space.
 
In professional life, I've found that the two things that energize me most are multidisciplinary challenges and collaborating with truly bright people.

I enjoy hobby photography of all sorts and am a passionate scholar of ancient history, mainly republican and imperial Rome. I've shot around 30,000 photos of ancient marble portrait heads.

I currently have a Visiting Scholar Appointment at UC Berkeley in History of Science.

My wife is a far more creative and original photographer than I. I steal most of my ideas from her.

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