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Mar 27, 2023
Much of the coal we know about cannot be mined today, because it would be too costly or existing technology doesn’t allow it.

Coal

As of January 1, 2008, the DRB was estimated to contain 489 billion short tons (a short ton is a unit of weight equal to 2,000 pounds). The U.S. uses just over a billion short tons of coal each year. As of January 1, 2008, the U.S.A. DRB was estimated to contain 489 billion tons.

Mar 27, 2023
The USA has an abundance of natural resources that can replace imported crude oil.

Untapped Supply of Hydrocarbons

The United States has an estimated 260 billion tons of recoverable coal, equivalent to three or four times as much energy in coal as Saudi Arabia has in oil. And, that’s only the coal that can be taken out of the ground today with existing technology — the total Demonstrated Reserve Base of USA coal is over 490 billion tons. And, if anyone fears that the USA may run out of coal too quickly, the North American oil shale deposits are estimated to hold over one trillion (1,000,000,000) barrels of oil, recoverable with technology that exists today. One trillion barrels of synthetic petrole…

Mar 27, 2023
Americans love their cars when gas is cheap…but when gasoline is expensive, Americans still need their cars.

Transportation

The American way of life has been shaped by the abundance of cheap oil — cheap gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel. Post World War II America was defined by fast cars and cheap gas. But in a future that is dependent on expensive transportation fuels, America’s culture will be redefined, perhaps as radically as it was by the 60’s Cultural Revolution.

Mar 27, 2023
Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike.

Technological Invention

John Muir, the founder of the Sierra Club and regarded by many as the Father of America’s National Parks, had a love for technological invention. John Muir was a practical man; his work to protect and preserve the natural wilderness was not motivated by abstract idealism.

Mar 27, 2023
All of California’s electricity can be produced from 200 square miles of sunshine; 128,000 acres of desert land.

Concentrated Solar Power (CSP)

A CSP dish or tower looks like a modern glass sculpture and contributes aesthetically to the landscape. CSP technology has more than one form. Troughs, dishes, and towers are the different forms available today. CSP systems can achieve 30 percent efficiency, or about twice the efficiency of standard photovoltaic cells (2 x .75 = 1.5 kilowatt-hours per square yard per day).

Mar 27, 2023
Coal gasification, in some form, is the technology that will solve the problem of air pollution caused by coal burning.

Coal Gasification

Coal gasification, in some form, is the technology that will solve the problem of air pollution caused by coal burning. The U.S. Government has joined with private companies to develop a near-zero emissions Coal gasification and electricity generation Power plant called “FutureGen”, See: www.futuregenalliance.org. However, Coal gasification is not new. The Great Plains Synfuels Plant has been operated by the Dakota Gasification Company since 1988. The FutureGen Power plant is intended to duplicate much of Dakota Gas’s process, but with greatly improved efficiency and with the production …

Jun 16, 2022
Fossil fuel power plants continue to play a significant role in electricity generation in the USA, but their environmental impact cannot be ignored.

Fossil Fuel Power Plants

Fossil fuel power plants are a critical component of the United States energy infrastructure, and their importance cannot be understated. In this blog post, we will explore the use of fossil fuel power plants in the USA and their impact on the environment.

May 5, 2019
In some applications today, trees are actually being used to remediate soils from toxic contamination.

Renewable Forests

Fully 75% of the U.S. population lives in major urban areas which are generally void of all forests. Yes, there are trees, but the role of forests in the survival and advancement of humans, as well as their potential for future advancements, goes largely unmentioned in this nation.

Nov 18, 2018
Along come the politicians, demanding that utility companies buy electricity generated from wind.

Wind Power

Wind engineers are doing a brilliant job developing solutions that have vastly improved the performance of wind turbines and the generators connected directly to the turbines; as well as in understanding the behavior and availability of wind resources. But it is time for Engineers to turn their creative efforts toward solving the problem of wind energy’s intermittency.