Monthly Archives: February 2013

The Real Higgs OLLI UC Irvine Course

This is a list of the order of posts to be covered in The Real Higgs OLLI UC Irvine course that I am presenting on February 25, 2013.  We are expecting new LHC results at the Moriond meeting in Italy from March … Continue reading

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Why Create Misleading Pictures of How the Higgs Provides Mass?

The short version of this article is that the two most common pictures of how the Higgs vacuum causes mass are very misleading.  These are the drag or mud picture, and the particle being deflected by a series of Higgs … Continue reading

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Coming to Terms with Natural Gas Hydraulic Fracturing

A path for reducing CO2 pollution from coal is production of natural gas from hydraulic fracturing by drilling deep and then sideways and using steam and chemicals to cause fractures in shale deposits, which eventually release trapped natural gas.  Since … Continue reading

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Points of No Return or Tipping Points in Climate Change

After thinking over the previous article on the enormous task of creating wedges of non-greenhouse gas sources of power, it seems that tipping points should be renamed “Points of no return”.  Tipping things over is something we all do occasionally. … Continue reading

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The Power of Counting Wedges for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

A carbon emission wedge is defined as emission of 25 Gigatons (25 billion metric tons) of carbon over 50 years, shaped as a wedge that starts at zero in 2010 and grows steadily to 1 Gigaton of Carbon emission per … Continue reading

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China’s Coal, Renewable and Nuclear Power: Present and Future

China has large, public plans for an ideal world of power in China.  They are moving toward most of these.  Since power is partly a national project, they may well succeed in some of them.  Clearly they have the motivation … Continue reading

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US and World Solar Power for 2012

World Solar Power    World Wide Photovoltaics The total world wide photovoltaic peak power at the end of 2012 is 102 gigaWatts at peak overhead illumination, where a gigaWatt (GW) is a billion Watts or 1,000 megaWatts.  Germany has a … Continue reading

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US, China, and World Wind Power

This article presents data on US, China, and World wind power as of the end of 2012.  The sources are the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) at http://www.gwec.net/ , the American Wind Energy Association, andWikipedia. From GWEC we have the … Continue reading

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Projections for Future Greenhouse Gas Reductions

The first rule of the Energy Futures Club is that there are no rules, but you can talk about it all you want.  You would think that with power plants that last 60 or more years, and that take a … Continue reading

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Meteors, Asteroids, and Nuclear Weapons

While there is much excitement about asteroids and large meteors, people have forgotten that we have thousands of nuclear weapons with the same explosive power.  We don’t have to wait centuries for big meteors and worry about deflecting them, when … Continue reading

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