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Alexander Rose

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Alexander posted and reviewed this story - Jun 11, 2010
Alexander's Rating
3.9

This is a very good debate on nuclear, but it is unfortunate that at the end we dont get to really dive into the numbers. I also think it is unfortunate that we debate two low carbon power sources AGAINST each other. The only thing worth being against is coal and oil.

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Alexander posted and reviewed this story - Jun 11, 2010
Alexander reviewed this story - Jun 10, 2010
Alexander's Rating
3.3

great overview of how the tech is used, but gives the impression that you can dig a hole randomly and get geothermal power. The reason Iceland gets 26% of its power from geo is that it is highly geothermally active.

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Alexander posted and reviewed this story - Jun 9, 2010
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5.0

A common myths about solar is that the production process uses more energy than the panels create in their lifetime or that the process is too dirty. While both of these elements could be improved its great to see stories like this debunking those myths.

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Alexander posted and reviewed this story - Jun 9, 2010
Alexander posted and reviewed this story - Jun 9, 2010
Alexander's Rating
4.0

Integrated cheap solar concentration along with PV is very much needed and it is good to see this development getting some coverage.

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Alexander posted and reviewed this story - Jun 9, 2010
Alexander reviewed this story - Jun 9, 2010
Alexander's Rating
3.0

It is good to point attention to solars adolescence, but this story fall short in its comparisons to more tech and how we subsidize those.

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Alexander reviewed this story - Jun 9, 2010
Alexander's Rating
3.0

This is a good long article about this project Still does really address the scaling issues though.

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Alexander reviewed this story - Jun 9, 2010
Alexander's Rating
2.7

Sending solar panels to space has to be the worst way to spend money I can possibly imagine. They even say in this article that costs have to come down 100x for this to be viable. There are a lot of articles on space based solar, but there seems to be none on how bad an idea it is which has been the conclusion of the NASA and SpaceX research.

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Alexander reviewed this story - Jun 9, 2010
Alexander's Rating
2.3

Good to see this kind of analysis but this story needs some balancing and other opinions if it going to make statements this bold. After looking into it this has been well argued from teh other side: http://faculty.haas.berkeley.edu/borenste/PVwork.html

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Alexander reviewed this story - Jun 9, 2010
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4.0

This is a good story on the challenges of large scale solar thermal. 1.37 billion sounds like a lot until you look at the way the US subsidizes fossil fuel which would be a good figure to include here...

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Alexander reviewed this story - Jun 9, 2010
Alexander's Rating
3.6

This is a good overview of the growth of the industry, but it should put it in perspective. Solar currently represents less than 1% of the energy mix total.

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Alexander reviewed this story - Jun 9, 2010
Alexander's Rating
4.0

Great to see good reporting on these lesser understood and sexy aspects of energy.

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Alexander reviewed this story - Jun 9, 2010
Alexander's Rating
3.3

While this is based on one study, its an important one to get out there...

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Alexander reviewed this story - Jun 9, 2010
Alexander's Rating
4.0

Good overview of what the solar industry is facing this year.

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Alexander reviewed this story - Jun 9, 2010
Alexander's Rating
5.0

This is a terrifically informative story that discusses some of the lesser known benefits and techniques for micro-grids. While it is largely single sourced these principles are well documented.

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Alexander posted and reviewed and starred this story - Jun 8, 2010
Alexander's Rating
3.9

While this story is obviously heavily slanted and relying on a single yet to be finalized source, the basic information about how much we subsidize fossil fuels is totally crucial to the argument around low carbon forms of energy generation.

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Alexander posted and reviewed and starred this story - Jun 8, 2010
Alexander's Rating
3.9

While this story is obviously heavily slanted and relying on a single yet to be finalized source, the basic information about how much we subsidize fossil fuels is totally crucial to the argument around low carbon forms of energy generation.

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Alexander posted and reviewed this story - Jun 7, 2010
Alexander's Rating
3.4

Micro nuclear really seems like the best way to use fission and it is good to see new innovation in this front. This story is brief but is an important update to his zero carbon TED talk.

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Alexander reviewed this story - Jun 7, 2010
Alexander's Rating
4.0

This was a fascinating talk and gave real insight into the way Bill Gates thinks. It was also the first major head of business to talk boldly about bringing down carbon. The nuclear investment was revelatory as well.

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Alexander posted and reviewed this story - Jun 7, 2010
Alexander reviewed and starred this story - Jun 7, 2010
Alexander's Rating
3.5

It is good to see documentaries getting made about nuclear waste storage. My conclusions after visiting the Yucca Mountain US site were mostly the opposite of what this film seems to conclude, but anything that gets you thinking about 100,000 years is good in my book!

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Alexander reviewed this story - Jun 7, 2010
Alexander's Rating
3.0

This is a biased review of a report, not really a piece of journalism. That said its good to see this report getting noticed and analyzed.

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Alexander posted and reviewed and starred this story - Jun 7, 2010
Alexander reviewed this story - Jun 7, 2010
Alexander's Rating
4.0

I like how this story shows the scale of both the megawatts and the coming decades. Then shows what really large scale alternative power looks like. I think it could be more reflective on what it would mean to cover the earth with these technologies, but that was not the thrust of this one.

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Alexander posted and reviewed and starred this story - Jun 7, 2010
  • Stabilization Wedges

Alexander's Rating
4.0

The "Climate Wedges" principle is the basis for understanding how we might use low carbon energy sources to offset coal and oil for the future. This work was done at Princeton by Socolow et al and this well done interactive site gives a good overview, intro, source info, and even allows you to play the "wedges game" Very well done.

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Alexander posted and reviewed and starred this story - Jun 7, 2010
  • Stabilization Wedges

Alexander's Rating
4.0

The "Climate Wedges" principle is the basis for understanding how we might use low carbon energy sources to offset coal and oil for the future. This work was done at Princeton by Socolow et al and this well done interactive site gives a good overview, intro, source info, and even allows you to play the "wedges game" Very well done.

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Alexander posted and reviewed and starred this story - Jun 7, 2010
Alexander reviewed this story - Jun 7, 2010
Alexander's Rating
4.0

The smarter grid is a very large, yet less sexy side of the future of energy. Good to see it getting some coverage that shows the scale of it. The thing I see that makes this really important is that the best storage systems we have are now going into plug in hybrids. If we can connect a smart grid to them, then it makes wind, solar and other intermittent sources a real win. Not to mention if the power companies can actually DRAW power from the vehicles when they are unused in the heat of the afternoon...

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Alexander reviewed this story - Jun 7, 2010
Alexander's Rating
3.0

This story is really just a report about a new report. I do like that it brings attention to the demand side of the energy problem even if I disagree with its basic assertion.

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Alexander reviewed this story - Jun 7, 2010
Alexander's Rating
3.0

This is probably one of the best stories on the Bloom technology so far, mainly because it shows that it is not really a new technology just a new packaging. I think the main distinction I would rather see however is that these are not really a new energy source, but a new storage method...

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Alexander reviewed this story - Jun 7, 2010
Alexander's Rating
3.0

It is good to see the 40 year scope of this story, but I think it is pretty limited in its analysis and in giving true context.

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Alexander reviewed this story - Jun 7, 2010
Alexander's Rating
4.0

While not revelatory this is an excellent historic and present overview of the energy situation. Everyone debating the issue needs to have this under their belt first. Seems well cited as well.

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Alexander posted and reviewed and starred this story - Jun 7, 2010
Alexander's Rating
4.5

This talk is a fantastic overview of how large scale the problem of getting off high carbon energy is. Similar to Saul Griffith's Climate Change Recalculated http://newstrust.net/stories/1913625 in scope, but from another point of view. All sources are cited.

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Alexander posted and reviewed and starred this story - Jun 7, 2010
Alexander's Rating
4.5

This talk is a fantastic overview of how large scale the problem of getting off high carbon energy is. Similar to Saul Griffith's Climate Change Recalculated http://newstrust.net/stories/1913625 in scope, but from another point of view. All sources are cited.

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Alexander posted and reviewed and starred this story - Jun 7, 2010
Alexander reviewed this story - Jun 7, 2010
Alexander's Rating
1.2

While it is true that getting to to oil is progressively more and more tricky I dont think this article moves any conversation forward. It is more alarmist that helpful and informative.

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Alexander reviewed this story - Jun 7, 2010
Alexander's Rating
4.0

Always good to see real data as part of a well considered article. This one is done with a peak oil slant which I think is fine, but I am not at all sure the peak oil doom mentality is helpful overall. Before the economic crash what happens when energy gets expensive, it turns out great things happen. The more that the better in my opinion.

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