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Fossil Fuels Have Made Up at Least 80% of U.S. Fuel Mix Since 1900

July 3, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Fossil Fuel Mix

While the energy history of the United States is one of significant change, three fossil fuel sources—petroleum, natural gas, and coal—have made up at least 80 percent of the total energy consumption of the United States for more than 100 years.[read more]

Atom and the Fault

April 16, 2015 by Rod Adams

Nuclear Energy History

I came across a fascinating little book by Richard Meehan titled 'The Atom and the Fault: Experts, Earthquakes and Nuclear Power.' Meehan is a geotechnical engineer who participated in several controversial nuclear plant projects in California, including Bodega Head, Malibu, and Diablo Canyon.[read more]

U.S Oil Production Growth in 2014 was Largest in More than 100 Years

April 3, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Oil Production Boom

U.S. crude oil production (including lease condensate) increased during 2014 by 1.2 million barrels per day (bbl/d) to 8.7 million bbl/d, the largest volume increase since record keeping began in 1900. On a percentage basis, output in 2014 increased by 16.2%, the highest growth rate since 1940.[read more]

Nuclear Energy: The Sixty-Year Pitch

February 18, 2015 by Peter Dykstra

Nuclear Energy Planning and History

In 1954, Atomic Energy Commission Chair Lewis Strauss envisioned a day when “our children will enjoy in their homes electrical energy too cheap to meter.” Strauss was placing his bets on nuclear fusion, which, sixty years later, is still on the drawing board. And the meters are still ticking away.[read more]

Putting Excitement Back into Nuclear Technology Development [VIDEO]

December 16, 2014 by Rod Adams

Nuclear Tech and Future Development

Josh Freed, Third Way‘s clean energy vice president, has published a thoughtful, graphically enticing Brookings Essay titled 'Back to the Future: Advanced Nuclear Energy and the Battle Against Climate Change.' It focuses on Leslie Dewan and Mark Massie of Transatomic Power.[read more]

Historic Announcement Shows US and China Are Serious about Fighting Climate Change

November 15, 2014 by Frances Beinecke

President Obama and President Xi Jinping announced ambitious new plans to reduce climate change pollution. This marks a turning point in the fight against global warming. The world’s two largest emitters of carbon pollution have come together to set firm targets for cutting emissions.[read more]

Converging Energy Crises, And How our Current Situation Differs from the Past

June 7, 2014 by Gail Tverberg

Energy Crises and the Past

As humans’ control of energy improved, human population grew and the population of other species fell. According to Niles Eldredge, the Sixth Mass Extinction began 100,000 years ago, when there were fewer than 100,000 people on the planet, back in the days of hunter-gatherers.[read more]

Happy 60th Anniversary to the Modern Solar Cell

April 27, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

Solar Cell History

The pioneering engineers of the modern solar cell gathered in person and in spirit recently in Palo Alto, California to celebrate the 60th anniversary of their invention. Little did they know the impact their discovery would be having on utilities in 2014.[read more]