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Who’s Smarter, Duke Energy or Georgia Power?

Here are the contestants in this important match.  In one corner we have Duke Energy, in the old days “Duke Power,” headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. Duke is a $57 billion company, serving 7.4 million customers in six Midwestern and southeastern … Continue reading

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Saving the Caribbean

By Robert F. Hemphill & Leah Bissonette One week and counting after Maria and most of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are still without power. Which means they are also out of water, sewage management, air conditioning, and refrigerated … Continue reading

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DOE Secretary Perry’s Grid Reliability Study: Right Question, Silly Answer

The Secretary issued a memo on April 14 of this year, with a missed completion deadline of five weeks ago, and a set of premises most industry observers found either troublesome or laughable. It’s not worth quoting in full but the … Continue reading

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9 Reasons to Visit Paris RIGHT NOW, and One Important Reason to Stay Home

1. The roses are blooming. You may not think of Paris as a great rose “site” but that would be wrong. There are two very fantastic rose gardens in Paris, as good as or better than anything in the UK: … 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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