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Author Archives: R. F. Hemphill

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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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Huffington Post: The End of Coal

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is not an energy expert. She probably has some such person on her campaign staff, but she didn’t need them when she told the unfortunate truth to a West Virginia audience. She said, “We’re going to … Continue reading

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Huffington Post: Welcome Back to “the World,” Vietnam Vet

The Veterans Administration organized a nationwide function on the 29th of March this year. The purpose was to recognize and “welcome home” all Vietnam veterans. It was pretty low-key, but events were being held in 5388 locations around the country. … Continue reading

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Huffington Post: Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been A Muslim? Part 2

Part 1 of this article covered the unanticipated, stupid or maybe just amusing consequences of Donald Trump’s proposed ban on letting Muslims enter the US. Some of these problems can perhaps be corrected, at least over time. But now we … Continue reading

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Huffington Post: Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been A Muslim? Part 1

Among the parade of unreasonable ideas that Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump has put forth is that we should seal our borders and stop granting visas to anyone who is a Muslim. His press release  says that he supports … Continue reading

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