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2012-05-15 22:46:52

It may seem counterintuitive, but one way to reduce carbon dioxide emissions to the atmosphere may be to produce pure carbon dioxide in powerplants that burn fossil fuels. In this way, greenhouse gases – once isolated within a plant – could be captured and stored in natural reservoirs, deep in Earth's crust. Such "carbon-capture" technology may significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cheap and plentiful energy sources such as coal and natural gas, and help minimize...

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2012-05-05 08:58:13

D.M. Crumbliss Yesterday the Obama administration revealed new rules for hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for fossil fuels. Fracking is the process of pumping millions of gallons of water into a rock strata to crack the rock and release fossil fuels. The problem is that this is not water in any usual sense. It is laced with vile chemicals. Fracking fluid is known to contain at least 650 known carcinogens. These new rules are meant to apply to the use of public land. To date the...

Can Supply-Side Economics Solve Global Pollution Problems?
2012-04-14 05:14:40

Michael Crumbliss for Redorbit.com An alternate solution for managing fossil fuel emissions and climate change was released this week by Bard Harstad of Northwestern University´s Kellogg School of Management. The study, titled “Buy Coal, A Case for Supply-Side Environmental Policy,” proposes that known but unexploited fossil fuel deposits can be bought by climate coalition (first-world) countries and kept out of the market. The unused deposits in question are those in...

The Future of Transportation Fuels
2012-03-27 07:17:55

Michael Crumbliss for RedOrbit.com The annual MIT Energy Conference has grown to be the premier energy conference of its kind, drawing participants from around the world to discuss the current and future state of energy production, use, and technology. The conference in its seventh year still entirely planned, managed, and led by students from the college. In my opinion the students´ direct involvement keeps the conference honest, progressive, and productive. Every talk or panel I...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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