Energy

Astronomers Surprised By Star With Comet-Like Tail
August 16, 2007 12:44 AM - By Will Dunham, Reuters

A large star in its death throes is leaving a huge, turbulent tail of oxygen, carbon and nitrogen in its wake that makes it look like an immense comet hurtling through space, astronomers said on Wednesday.

Jatropha Curcas: Promising Biofuel Or Invasive Species?
August 15, 2007 07:06 PM - Bruce Mulliken, Private Landowner Network

Generally speaking, transplanting a species from one part of the world to another - either accidentally or on purpose - has, on occasion, had some really negative consequences. A prime example is kudzu that was moved from Asia to the southeast US beginning in the 1930’s to control erosion. It did that but now kudzu overgrows just about everything in its path and is almost impossible to get rid of.

Coal-to-Liquids Quietly Becoming a Reality in U.S.
August 15, 2007 07:06 AM - Tim Huber, Associated Press

While the energy industry has been focused on alternative fuels and new sources of oil, the coal industry is going forward with plants to turn coal into liquid fuels such as diesel and gasoline.

First University in Nation to Use Landfill Gas as Primary Energy Source
August 14, 2007 05:05 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

University of New Hampshire will power its campus with renewable landfill gas from a landfill. The university launched EcoLine, a landfill gas project that will pipe enriched and purified gas from Waste Management's landfill in Rochester to the Durham campus. The renewable, carbon-neutral landfill gas, from Waste Management's facility in Rochester, N.H., will replace commercial natural gas as the primary fuel in the school's cogeneration plant. The switch will enable UNH to receive 80-85 percent of its energy from a renewable source.

After Russia and Canada, U.S. Ship Headed for Arctic
August 14, 2007 09:33 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

A U.S. Coast Guard cutter is headed to the Arctic this week on a mapping mission to determine whether part of this area can be considered U.S. territory, after recent polar forays by Russia and Canada.

Sioux Falls Ethanol $1.85 A Gallon, Plus Free Root Beer Float.
August 13, 2007 10:12 AM - Paul Schaefer

The American Lung Association is joining hands with a Sioux Falls gas station this Thursday to promote clean air, a lowered risk of lung disease and cheaper more sustainable mostly non-fossil biofuels. E85 is a gasoline alternative consisting of up to 85 percent ethanol and just 15 percent gasoline.

AskPablo: Desalination and the Water-Energy Relationship
August 13, 2007 10:02 AM - Pablo Paster, Triple Pundit

This week Gary writes “my city is considering a desalination plant to provide drinking water. I have heard that desalination is very energy intensive. How does it compare to delivering water by pipe?” Luckily I recently came across a report that will help me answer this question.

Americans Warming To Nuclear Power - MIT Survey
August 11, 2007 03:06 PM - Anne Trafton, News Office

Americans' icy attitudes toward nuclear power are beginning to thaw, according to a new survey from MIT. The report also found a U.S. public increasingly unhappy with oil and more willing to develop alternative energy sources like wind and solar. Moreover, the national survey of 1,200 Americans' opinions on different types of energy indicated growing concern about global warming -- but an apparent reluctance to pay to fight it.

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