Death of the Florescent Shop Light – Energy Efficiency

Death of the Florescent Shop Light - Energy Efficiency

I’ve recently discovered the reasonably priced LED shop light. “Big whoop” you may be thinking. It’s a bigger whoop than many realize, especially for me. Just for the fun of it, I measured the current draw of one of my old shop lights and one of the new LED versions. LED lights use 66% less … Read more

Methanol VS Ethanol – Technical Merits and Political Favoritism

Methanol VS Ethanol - Technical Merits and Political Favoritism

The previous essay sparked a lively discussion about the potential of methanol as a fuel, so I decided to write an essay particularly devoted to methanol. I was especially motivated to write this because of hypocrites who profess to be all about renewable energy and weaning the U.S. off of foreign oil – which explains their … Read more

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Bill Nye the Science Guy – Social Primate and Nuclear Energy

An article last week in Business Insider discussed Bill Nye’s conversion from anti-GMO to pro-GMO (genetically modified organisms). According to Nye, while attending a political rally in NYC: “…one speaker insisted that the US president Barack Obama was part of a conspiracy sponsored by large agriculture companies to control minds — and received a great many cheers … Read more

World’s Smallest Gasoline Engine – Technology Breakthrough

While I try to be very careful about posting hype masquerading as a legitimate technology breakthrough, this story is too good to pass up (even though it contains a lot of hype). I don’t know about the prospects for commercial success (as I have said before, I have been waiting for my DNA computer for … Read more

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World Sets New Oil Production and Consumption Records

World Sets New Oil Production and Consumption Records

Last month BP (NYSE: BP) released the Statistical Review of World Energy 2014. This report is one of the most comprehensive sources of global and country-level statistics on the production and consumption of oil, natural gas, coal, nuclear power, and renewables. Right after the release of the report, I wrote a short post discussing the highlights. Today … Read more

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What Makes Up the Cost of a Gallon of Gasoline? – Gas Price

What Makes Up the Cost of a Gallon of Gasoline

Gas Price Breakdown: It’s All About the Cost of Crude Oil “What am I paying for in a gallon of gas?” is a question on people’s minds and often posed by regular visitors to Consumer Energy Report. With the assistance of the Energy Information Administration, who provided the data (see the methodology they used for calculating … Read more

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Road Trip – Thoughts on the Satsop Nuclear Power Station

Satsop Nuclear Power Station

My wife and I recently took a weekend road trip to view the annual shore bird migration along the Washington coast. Because it was along our route, we made a short stop in the town of Satsop. Cooling Towers The above image of a cooling tower was taken at the unfinished Satsop nuclear power station, which is … Read more

What Happened at Choren? – History & Events

What Happened at Choren? - History & Events

If you have not heard by now, Choren Industries has begun bankruptcy proceedings. For those who don’t know, since 2009 I have worked as the technology advisor for the major investor and primary funding source for Choren’s day-to-day operations. I have just returned from a visit to their plant in Freiberg, Germany. Due to the nature … Read more

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Gasoline Prices Doubled Under Obama: True or False?

Gas prices under Obama

The Claim: President Obama Has Doubled Gasoline Prices During the Republican primaries, a number of candidates made a claim that at first glance seems improbable: That under President Obama, gasoline prices have doubled. A current advertising campaign by the American Energy Alliance repeats that claim: “Since Obama became president, gas prices have nearly doubled. Tell Obama we … Read more

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