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The Week in Energy: Profits for Solar and a New Installment of Gasland

The energy headlines this week offer a little something for everyone. Among them: Honda and GM are teaming up to figure out feasible hydrogen fuel cells, companies manufacturing solar panels finally report some sunny financials and – shock of shocks – the controversy over fracking continues with the latest installment in the Gasland documentary franchise. […]

Dan Reed

Reed Responds: Government Vehicle Subsidies Bad In Any Form

I usually find it both fun and intellectually stimulating to get into a good debate over important – or sometimes even not-so-important – issues. So I’m glad RP Siegel responded to my recent Energy Viewpoints commentary “Apply the Brakes to Alt-Fuel Vehicle Subsidies.” And I’m happy to respond to his tough but gentlemanly criticism. For […]

Dan Reed

I Want To Print My Own Money – Like Tesla

I think I’m going to start printing money. Put my picture on it and everything. Maybe a series of numbers and letters, and my signature … and some sort of seal. Couple of my kids are pretty creative. I’m sure they could come up with a good design and program it into my laptop. Then […]

Dan Reed

U.S. Foot-Dragging on Energy Exports Endangers Rosy Situation

“Water, water, everywhere,: Nor any drop to drink.” That famous line, from Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s epic poem, Rime of the Ancient Mariner, is seen as a metaphor for modern man’s predicament: We are rich in resources, but have very little ability to use those resources effectively. Of course Coleridge wrote that in the late 18th […]

EnergyViewpoints

Energy Week: Meet the ‘eGallon,’ and Energy from Kelp

Last week’s energy headlines featured a new government initiative to encourage alternative-fuel vehicles, a military study on natural gas generators and a business that thinks seaweed can be a source of energy. Also, a new documentary on nuclear energy is stirring some interesting – even heated – discussion.

RP Siegel

Counterpoint: Why Alt-Fuel Vehicle Subsidies are not the Problem

Dan Reed’s cynicism, as evidenced in last week’s blog post, “Apply the Brakes to Alt-Fuel Vehicle Subsidies,” has him wandering off into the weeds of illogic, both when it comes to liquor companies and subsidies for alternative fuel vehicles. When he accuses beverage companies of hypocrisy when warning consumers to drink responsibly when, as he […]

Dan Reed

Reed: Apply the Brakes to Alt-Fuel Vehicle Subsidies

Have you ever cynically wondered why beer and liquor companies run TV commercials in which they include a message to “drink responsibly” or remind you to have a “designated driver” when, in fact, their profits are directly tied to more people drinking more of their stuff more often? I mean, who are they kidding? If […]

RP Siegel

Is the New Energy Secretary a Few Shades Greener Than We Thought?

Ernest Moniz will likely have more than his fair share of both opportunities and challenges as he begins his tenure as the 13th Secretary of Energy. His term began on a high note as he received a check for $465 million from Tesla, as repayment for a DOE loan, which was repaid nine years early. […]

Dan Reed

Here’s Why the U.S. Military’s Biofuel Efforts Are Just Silly

Reducing the American military’s dependence on oil, especially when the nation imports way more than half of its fuel from the always-volatile Middle East, always sounded like a good idea to me. A wise one, even. But the military’s efforts to foster a biofuels industry – launched quietly under the Bush Administration and sped up and […]

RP Siegel

Utilities, Energy Firms Among Those Warming to Carbon Tax

When you listen to the battle over climate change, you hear a lot about the need for government to reign in corporations with laws, standards, taxes or trading schemes to aggressively reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This is being pursued vigorously throughout Europe, Australia and now even in China. The United States, despite being the second-largest […]