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Large animals driven extinct by human hunters still affect ecosystems today

Below is an excerpt/paraphrased of Michael Marshall’s 14 August 2013 NewScientist Ecosystems still feel the pain of ancient extinctions, the abstract of the original Nature Geoscience article, and future losses of large animals will affect tropical forests in the future. … Continue reading

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It’s an oil war, not a “war on terror”. Book review of Mark Danner’s “Spiral”

Book review of: Mark Danner, 2016, Spiral: Trapped in the forever war.  Simon & Schuster. By Alice Friedemann at  author of “When Trucks Stop Running: Energy and the Future of Transportation”, 2015, Springer The opening quote in this book … Continue reading

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National security implications of international energy and climate change policies, Senate hearing

[This is an excerpt of a very interesting senate hearing that looks at how war can be caused by climate change (i.e. drought, hunger, rising sea levels) and how climate change will affect infrastructure. The European emissions trading scheme and … Continue reading

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Emerging threats of resource wars. U.S. House hearing

Goh Chun Teck, Lim Xian You, Sum Qing Wei, Tong Huu Khiem. 2011. Resource Wars. Players compete with each other for territories that generate resources such as coal, water, gold and gas. A Player can sell resources for money, which … Continue reading

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House of Representatives hearing 113-2 Feb 13, 2013: American Energy Outlook: Technology market and policy drivers.

House 113-2. February 13, 2013. American Energy Outlook: Technology market and policy drivers. House of Representatives hearing. [ Excerpts from the 119 page transcript of this hearing ] Chairwoman Cynthia Lummis, Wyoming. It is difficult to overstate the importance of … Continue reading

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A Nuclear spent fuel fire at Peach Bottom in Pennsylvania could force 18 million people to evacuate

[If electric power were out 12 to 31 days (depending on how hot the stored fuel was), the fuel from the reactor core cooling down in a nearby nuclear spent fuel pool could catch on fire and cause millions of … Continue reading

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The EMP Commission estimates a nationwide blackout lasting one year could kill up to 9 of 10 Americans through starvation, disease, and societal collapse

[ Several times Dr. Pry recommends  “States should harden their electric grids against nuclear EMP attack because there is a clear and present danger, because protecting against nuclear EMP will mitigate all lesser threats, and because both the federal government … Continue reading

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Hydropower dams and the ways they destroy things

[ This contains excerpts and paraphrasing of a 19 November 2014 NewScientist article by Peter Hadfield “River of the dammed“. Dams typically last 60 to 100 years, but whether Three Gorges can last this long is questionable given the unexpectedly … Continue reading

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Are biofuels a sustainable and viable energy strategy?

[In 2000, Melanie Kenderine at the U.S. Department of energy stated that: “This nation has abundant biomass resources (grasses, trees, agricultural wastes) that have the potential to provide power, fuels, chemicals and other bio-based products.” House 106-147. May 24, 2000. … Continue reading

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Hybrid electric trucks are very different from HEV cars

[ This document explains why it is hard to transfer auto hybrid technology to trucks.  They are entirely different animals — medium-duty trucks weigh up to 10 times more, have up to 10 times the horsepower, and a far longer … Continue reading

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