NewEnergyNews: THE SOLUTION IS TECHNOLOGY – FRMR ENERGY SEC’Y

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The challenge now: To make every day Earth Day.

YESTERDAY

  • TODAY’S STUDY: A Way For New Energy To Meet Peak Demand
  • QUICK NEWS, December 5: Trial Of The Century Coming On Climate; The Wind-Solar Synergy; The Still Rising Sales Of Cars With Plugs
  • THE DAY BEFORE

  • Weekend Video: Trump Truth And Climate Change
  • Weekend Video: The Daily Show Talks Pipeline Politics
  • Weekend Video: Beyond Polar Bears – The Real Science Of Climate Change
  • THE DAY BEFORE THE DAY BEFORE

  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Aussie Farmers Worrying About Climate Change
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-The Climate Change Solution At Hand, Part 1
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-The Climate Change Solution At Hand, Part 2
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-New Energy And Historic Buildings In Europe
  • THE DAY BEFORE THAT

    THINGS-TO-THINK-ABOUT THURSDAY, December 1:

  • TTTA Thursday-First Daughter Ivanka May Fight For Climate
  • TTTA Thursday-Low Profile High Power Ocean Wind Energy
  • TTTA Thursday-A Visionary Solar Power Plant
  • TTTA Thursday-EVs Have A Growth Path
  • AND THE DAY BEFORE THAT

  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: How The Clean Power Plan Drove The Utility Power Mix Transition
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: How Utilities Are Answering The Distributed Energy Resources Challenge
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: Looking At New Rates To Unlock The Utility Of The Future
  • THE LAST DAY UP HERE

  • TODAY’S STUDY: The Power Potential Of Personal Wind
  • QUICK NEWS, November 29: Climate Change Forces Hard Choices In Alaska; New Energy To Utilities-“Can’t-Beat-Us-So-Join-Us”; Fact-Checking Trump Hot Air On Wind
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    Anne B. Butterfield of Daily Camera and Huffington Post, f is an occasional contributor to NewEnergyNews

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    Some of Anne's contributions:

  • Another Tipping Point: US Coal Supply Decline So Real Even West Virginia Concurs (REPORT), November 26, 2013
  • SOLAR FOR ME BUT NOT FOR THEE ~ Xcel's Push to Undermine Rooftop Solar, September 20, 2013
  • NEW BILLS AND NEW BIRDS in Colorado's recent session, May 20, 2013
  • Lies, damned lies and politicians (October 8, 2012)
  • Colorado's Elegant Solution to Fracking (April 23, 2012)
  • Shale Gas: From Geologic Bubble to Economic Bubble (March 15, 2012)
  • Taken for granted no more (February 5, 2012)
  • The Republican clown car circus (January 6, 2012)
  • Twenty-Somethings of Colorado With Skin in the Game (November 22, 2011)
  • Occupy, Xcel, and the Mother of All Cliffs (October 31, 2011)
  • Boulder Can Own Its Power With Distributed Generation (June 7, 2011)
  • The Plunging Cost of Renewables and Boulder's Energy Future (April 19, 2011)
  • Paddling Down the River Denial (January 12, 2011)
  • The Fox (News) That Jumped the Shark (December 16, 2010)
  • Click here for an archive of Butterfield columns

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    Some details about NewEnergyNews and the man behind the curtain: Herman K. Trabish, Agua Dulce, CA., Doctor with my hands, Writer with my head, Student of New Energy and Human Experience with my heart

    email: herman@NewEnergyNews.net

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  • TODAY AT NewEnergyNews, December 6:

  • TODAY’S STUDY: How To Balance Competing Solar Interests
  • QUICK NEWS, December 6: Sliver Of Hope? Al Gore In Climate Change Meet With Donald Trump; The Opportunity In New Energy; Google Seizing New Energy Opportunity

    Monday, March 17, 2008

    THE SOLUTION IS TECHNOLOGY – FRMR ENERGY SEC’Y

    James Schlesinger, former CIA Director, Secretary of Defense and the first U.S. Secretary of Energy: “We regularly hear that we must ensure that energy supplies are abundant, affordable and secure—an aspiration devoutly to be wished [that’s Hamlet]…We are not going to have energy security. What we are trying to do is fashion a set of policies that limit or mitigate energy insecurity. And we have done fairly well in that regard...”

    Schlesinger expects the price of energy to continue to rise and says the U.S. cannot have energy independence while it depends on the internal combustion engine. The only solace he offered was in his hope that technology would produce solutions: "The solution is technology…” Without reference to solar or wind energy, Schlesinger was enthusiastic about the response of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs to $100/barrel oil.

    He didn’t endorse “peak oil” but affirmed the suspicion of Saudi Arabia’s ability to continue producing at high enough levels to meet world demand: “If the world continues on its current path of oil use, we must find and develop the equivalent of nine more Saudi Arabias…I think the probability of being that successful is very low."


    The solace America's first Secretary of Energy offered was his enthusiasm for new technologies like this Google-funded eSolar solar thermal power plant concept. (click to enlarge)

    Schlesinger: No Energy Security In Sight
    Marianne LaValle, March 13, 2008 (Beyond The Barrel via U.S. News & World Report)

    WHO
    James Schlesinger, the first U.S. Secretary of Energy

    Secretary Schlesinger said there can be no energy independence as long as the country relies on the internal combustion engine and spoke highly of A123 System's battery technology. (click to enlarge)

    WHAT
    Schlesinger talked about oil, the U.S. energy future without enough of it and offered his opinion on the possibility of energy independence.

    WHEN
    - Schlesinger was Secretary of Energy from 1977 to 1979. Before that he had served as Director of the CIA and Secretary of Defense.
    - Schlesinger appointed the first Department of Energy Carbon Dioxide Effects and Assessment Program.

    WHERE
    Schlesinger’s remarks were made at a National Academy of Sciences energy summit.

    Schlesinger didn't say oil is peaking but pointed out it will take 9 new Saudi Arabias to feed the growing world oil habit while, in fact, Saudi output is pretty flat. (click to enlarge)

    WHY
    - Schlesinger mainly defines energy independence in terms of fossil fuels. He recalls that in the 1970s energy independence was thought to be in the U.S.’ coal reserves but implies that global climate change concerns eliminate that option.
    - Schlesinger was enthusiastic about Google’s determination to make New Energy economically practical and about A123 Systems’ advances with the lithium ion battery.
    - He was also expressed confidence in the development of next-generation cellulosic ethanol.

    QUOTES
    - Schlesinger: “Do not chase the will o' the wisp of energy independence.”
    - Schlesinger: “Cellulosic ethanol will come, and [the] beauty of it is it will overcome what I shall delicately refer to as the defects of ethanol production from corn."

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