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Strategy is Needed Before Energy Transition

My seven-year-old son’s new fixation is on board games.  He’s trying to master “Trouble”, “CandyLand” and “Checkers” simultaneously, and obsessively asks my wife and I to play with him.  He plays with abandon, moving pieces quickly and rolling dice with vigor; the energy of a child with fascination and enthusiasm that makes me smile.  His […]

Power The Future: Food Costs Soar – Killing Combustion Engines in Favor of ‘Green’ Transportation Won’t Help Lower Them

Power The Future: Food Costs Soar – Killing Combustion Engines in Favor of ‘Green’ Transportation Won’t Help Lower Them

A recent online article bemoaned the fact that food costs across the world are soaring, with year-over-year increases of 30% or more a norm across many countries.  The article posed the question as to why governments aren’t doing more to help lower them. Here in the United States, our government is trying to make them go even […]

Expect to See Gas Prices Stay High for Foreseeable Future

Expect to See Gas Prices Stay High for Foreseeable Future

Labor Day typically is the tipping point for gas prices nationwide, as it signals the end of summer vacations and their associated travel, which puts a strain on gas and diesel production to keep up with the increased demand.  Even with COVID-19 still limiting some family travel – especially where you can easily drive between […]

Power The Future: Third Special Session Ends in Alaska Legislature, with Increased Oil Taxes Still a Threat

Power The Future: Third Special Session Ends in Alaska Legislature, with Increased Oil Taxes Still a Threat

The stalemate over how to balance a state operating budget and pay a Permanent Fund Dividend will reach its 187th day today, as the Alaska Legislature prepares to gavel out of its third, 30-day special session without any visible solutions. When the original, 121-day session expired back in May, there was little consensus over how to […]

I’m Not ‘Solarizing’ My House Anytime Soon…Here’s Why

I’m Not ‘Solarizing’ My House Anytime Soon…Here’s Why

I’ve received a half-dozen mailers – and at least as many emails – this summer, announcing opportunities to ‘solarize’ my house and neighborhood. Touting solar energy’s lower costs and ‘Earth-friendly’ power opportunities, the messaging makes it seem like an easy solution: By spending $10,000 or so, I can put solar panels on my home, and […]

Power The Future: As Alaska’s Seasons Change, Energy Workers Move to the Forefront

Power The Future: As Alaska’s Seasons Change, Energy Workers Move to the Forefront

Originally published here:   Alaskans recognize that the seasons are changing.  A stunning summer is transitioning to what could be a brilliant fall.  Schools are back in session, the State Fair is over, Pumpkin Spice lattes are being served at Starbucks, and the leaves are turning – and soon falling – from our deciduous forests. […]