Dan Reed

Shoddy New York Times Report Does Nothing to Advance a Serious Environmental Discussion

If you fly a lot, especially internationally, you may be surprised to learn that a specialist contributor to The New York Times recently declared you to be a really big sinner. The Times describes Elizabeth Rosenthal, a Harvard-educated medical doctor, as a “reporter.” But what she writes essentially are opinion pieces, ostensibly on medical and […]

Dan Reed

Atlas Shrugged, and the Energy Industry Quaked

“Atlas” shrugged. In this case, “Atlas” is neither Ayn Rand’s magnum opus on the themes of individual rights, libertarianism and laissez-faire capitalism (she called it “Objectivism”), nor the Titan of Greek mythology who supposedly holds the world up on his massive shoulders. This particular Atlas is an otherwise unnamed hacker who, while wearing a goofy […]

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California’s Clean Energy Mandates Poorly Coordinated

Measure twice. Cut once. That old carpenter’s adage highlights the importance of carefully analyzing the true nature of a particular problem and carefully crafting a solution before actually trying to fix the problem. Sadly, it’s a lesson I didn’t learn until long after I married and began raising a family and was faced with doing […]

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Global Warming: Reality or Hype

Recently, top environmental scientists and government officials met in hot, steamy Doha, Qatar, trying to come up with a plan to cool things down. The only problem is that if man-caused global warming ever was occurring, it stopped 16 years ago. What? You didn’t know that? Oh that’s right, when the United Kingdom’s National Weather […]

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Demand for Water Growing Faster Than Energy Demand

To borrow a theme from former Indianapolis Colts Coach Jim Mora’s “Playoff?” rant made famous through thousands of replays on ESPN: “Peak oil? Peak oil? You kidding me? Peak oil?  We’re just trying to get some water here.” The International Energy Agency “buried the lead,” as we old journalists say, earlier this year when it […]

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CNG Vehicles = Dramatically Lower Fuel Bills

Which comes first, the chicken or the egg? That’s the dilemma faced by those who want to see an explosion (excuse the pun) in CNG vehicles. With gasoline prices floating between $3.50 and $4.25 a gallon this summer and fall, one would expect that there would be enormous demand for a cheaper alternative fuel, and […]