Archive for July, 2016

Jul 28 2016

Case Study: OWC Pico Power Plant

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On a small chain of islands in the middle of the Atlantic sits a large, concrete structure, which holds what many hope to be the future of renewable energy generation in Europe. The European OWC Wave Power Plant was authorized by the European Commission as field site to test the technology of oscillating water column […]

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Jul 25 2016

Response: What’s the deal with the Clean Power Plan?

This is a neat article, Holly, and it’s funny because there’s a lot of overlap between this and the one I just wrote about the RNC’s recently released environmental platform. After reading up some more on this debate, it amazes me how so much of the power and control in this country’s judicial system is […]

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Jul 25 2016

Antartica is Still Growing, Despite Rising Temperatures

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One of the popular arguments for the proof of global climate change is the melting of Earth’s ice and the rise of sea level. In a fairly recent study by NASA, researchers concluded the Antarctic Ice Sheet is growing in size instead of shrinking, which challenges several studies regarding ice loss on the continent. Obviously, this means that […]

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Jul 25 2016

Response: Tesla’s New Master Plan and the Future of Electric Cars

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  (Source: Bob Rhodes, 2014, Flickr) As Will outlined in his blog post Tesla’s New Master Plan and the Future of Electric Cars, Elon Musk has been successful in implementing his four step plan to further the electric car industry. Musk’s plan may be brilliant, and the benefits could even reach further than most anticipated. Of course, […]

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Jul 25 2016

Tesla’s New Master Plan and the Future of Electric Cars

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In 2006, Elon Musk released his first Master Plan for  Tesla Motors, Inc. while he was still just on the board of directors. At this time, the Roadster had yet to be released and the idea of financing an electric car company was considered laughable in the industry. He laid out a four step plan that […]

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Jul 25 2016

What’s the deal with the Clean Power Plan?

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U.S. Supreme Court Building. (chinesejudge, 2005, Flickr) Opposition to President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) has rung loud and clear across the country. The U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay earlier this year after criticism was voiced from 29 states, putting the plan in a stand still. Though the CPP has hit many roadblocks, the […]

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Jul 25 2016

The Grand Old Party: Not so Grand for the Environment

The Republican Party just released its platform on July 18th, which details its principles and policies to help guide the public during this election season. In order to get a heads-up on what Donald Trump—the Republican National Committee’s (RNC) presidential nominee—might do if elected President, Live Science examined the party’s platform, as well as the scientific research […]

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Jul 24 2016

North Carolina’s Coal Ash – An Eventful Spring and Summer

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On July 15th, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory (R.) finally signed a bill into law requiring Duke Energy to clean up half of its coal ash sites. The bill represents a hard-fought compromise between the state legislature and the Governor, who had vetoed previous clean-up legislation as well as disbanding a coal ash committee earlier […]

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Jul 24 2016

Natural Gas: May Not Be the Bridge After All

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A study recently done by researchers at Purdue and Cornell universities focused on gaining a better understanding of the levels of methane that are emitted during the removal process of natural gas from the earth. It was widely thought that natural gas would be the “bridge” fuel between coal based systems and renewable sources. It […]

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Jul 23 2016

Wind Energy Proposal and Coal Backlash in North Dakota

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Glacier Ridge Wind Farm LLC, a wind energy company based in Colorado and operating in the Midwest, has recently announced plans to pursue a 300 MW wind farm development in Barnes County, North Dakota. The state has a vast wind energy resource, and is a leader in the United States in harnessing it. However, this […]

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