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Why Dow 20,000 Is So Boring?

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The financial media cannot stop tweeting about the possibility of Dow Jones Index breaching the 20,000 mark. Rising stocks boost public confidence and sense of affluence. Yet, for the broad population, the rising market index doesn’t seem to generate widespread excitement. Why is that? A possible reason is: lower direct participation by the public in market...


Ivanpah – A Sad Postscript

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Sadly, my worst fears about the Ivanpah’s projects under-performance came true (see the blog “Operational Hiccups at Ivanpah”). The project owners BrightSource, Google, and NRG have requested financial relief from the federal government. After going live in February, the project has accumulated payment deficits of over $400M...


Operational Hiccups at Ivanpah Solar Worry Me

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The world’s largest solar thermal facility was brightly unveiled to the American Public in Ivanpah, CA by the U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz on February 13. The project, designed and sponsored by BrightSource Energy and owned by BrightSource, NRG Energy, and Google, cost $2.2 billion and received $1.6 billion federal loan guarantees...


Energy Productivity is Key to Profits and Growth

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“If energy efficiency improved by 2% a year, the entire global population at the turn of this century could live at the American standard of living with less energy than we use today.” Dr. Richard Muller, speaking at WAVE event “GENIUS: Ideas and People that Move Us,” makes no apologies for being a capitalist, one who believes that “a solution which is not...


Electric Cars – Are the Savings Real?

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The government website contends that it costs about 3 times less to drive an electric vehicle. An eGallon costs $1.22 versus $3.56 for a gallon of gas. I’m not convinced. I’d rather drive a hybrid car rather than an electric car. Here is why...


Technology is Not Enough – A Parable

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Every day, I see hundreds of cars moving. Why do the cars move? A simple question like unlocks a series of esoteric thoughts to a physicist like me. Generations of scientific discoveries help us understand and explain the car’s movement. You have the laws of motion, Thermodynamics, energy conversion and conservation, friction...

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