Hubbert’s Peak and the Fuel Transition

by Ben Johnson The Hubbert peak is the idea that for a finite resource such as oil, production volume must peak at some point as available reserves are depleted. Recent experience with unconventional oil production suggests that each type of oil reserve (e.g., conventional, shale, etc.) may see its own Hubbert peak, and the timing […]

Nuclear Fission and Fusion’s roles in the future Energy Economy

By: Jame Huang Climate change will prove to be one of the most destructive state of affairs that the world will have to face or endure in the coming decades. The political, socio-economic, and special interest group opposition will continue to play major roles in impeding the structured and strategic solutions to mitigate GHG emissions. […]

NUCLEAR POWER AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO FOSSIL FUELS

by Saffie Jallow The main sources of power in the United States are Fossil Fuels (coal, natural gas, and petroleum). The majority of fossil fuels are inexpensive and abundant but their continued use has proven to have a negative impact on the environment over the years. In 2013, CO2 levels surpassed 400 ppm for the […]

Natural Gas and Renewables, A Partnership With Which Coal Can’t Compete

By Jeffrey Clark, In an ugly weekend for Texas football fans, the Longhorns were defeated by the West Virginia Mountaineers.  Sitting in the stadium, I reflected on our just-ended Presidential election in which energy issues – particularly the promise of a coal renaissance – played a major role.  I was struck by the bigger battle […]

Energy Storage: The More the Better

by James Kruszynski   Last year, globally averaged CO2 levels reached 400 parts per million[1] a level not seen in over four million years[2]. As we inch closer to the precipice, governments around the world are searching for ways to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions leading to explosive growth[3] in renewable sources of energy. One […]

Voting With Your Wallet: How U.S. Consumer Demand for Organic Products Has Shifted the Supply Strategy of Food Retailers

by Brianna Farr Blog Article: For food retailers, a tiny green and white label holds the key to a multi-billion-dollar market. Consumer demand for organic products has steadily increased in the past decade, leaving major food retailers competing to quickly shift their supply chains and bring organic foods to the masses as mainstream offerings.  The […]

Consolidation in global seed industry threatens agrobiodiversity

Susan Mackenzie Student in : Sustainable Food Systems AS 420.668.81 As American farmers grapple with lower crop prices and rising seed prices, they face the daunting prospect of further consolidation in the seed and agrochemical industries, which are currently dominated by only a handful of firms. This increasing dominance by only a few firms among […]

Natural Gas vs Other Fossil Fuels

by Anne Henske Natural gas is the cleanest fossil fuel when comparing the amount of carbon dioxide produced when burned. It accounts for almost half the amount of anthracite coal.[1] Natural gas also releases much less of carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide, and particulates that cause smog and acid rain compared to oil and […]