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Energy Giant Turns 90, Knocks Off Another Nuke

He seems an unlikely giant killer. He’s five foot seven, one sixty-five pounds, has a distinct southern accent and is not an Olympic athlete. And yet, by any count, he has stopped the construction or shut down the operations of … Continue reading

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Swimming with Baboons, or Can You Still See Elephants in Africa?

To find out the answer, you’ll have to read on. LOGISTICS It’s always good to start with something boring, then come back with the more interesting stuff. Short summary: Southern Africa is a very long way away from San Diego. … Continue reading

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Affordable housing — Let’s try something different and better (The Coast News)

“Affordable housing” is a difficult social and economic problem. Many of us lucky enough to live in Encinitas would in theory like “affordable housing” to exist so that our grandparents and our children would have some inexpensive place to live. … Continue reading

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Can 30,000 Marines Keep A Secret About Illicit Images?

The recent reports about a “restricted” Facebook page which featured pictures of female marines, clothed and unclothed, frequently with salacious or worse comments attached, is disgusting or depressing. If I were a female Marine, I would be infuriated. As a … Continue reading

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3 Big Energy Mistakes Not to Make in 2017, or Ever

As soon as Rick Perry is confirmed as the new Secretary of Energy and finds out where his office is, he will be deluged with requests—for policy changes or new policies, requests to hire somebody’s friend, to have a meeting … Continue reading

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We Need A Solar “Bill of Rights”

In November of 1973, as a consequence of the Arab-Israeli Yom Kippur war, OPEC, the association of Arab oil providers in the middle east,  instituted an oil embargo against the US and most western countries in Europe, all of whom … Continue reading

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Reflections on Travel to Southeast Asia

Dear Aunt Janet— I: Three days in Thailand It’s not so good to have your international flight delayed out of LAX for three hours. Because we were connecting to Bangkok by going through Guangzhou in China, this caused the need … Continue reading

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I’m A GMO, And So Are You!

It’s hard to catalog all the issue silliness that seems to pervade the public arena, which means things that show up in the newspapers or that lead to campaigns to make governments or businesses or normal people change their practices … Continue reading

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Agenda for the New Secretary of Energy – You Can Work From Home!

For better or worse, there will be a new administration on or about 20 January of next year, and the scramble for jobs working in the new administration has already begun. In Washington this is politely called “transition planning,” and … Continue reading

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I am voting for Hillary Clinton because of Tim Kaine

It is no secret that neither of the two major party presidential candidates has set any records in voter esteem. Since polling on this issue began they place first and second for highest negatives of any candidate ever at this … Continue reading

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