Bloviating About Grid Outages

The O’Reilly Factor has kept the term “bloviating” alive. The Factor is usually accurate about its facts, but occasionally it bloviates without the facts. The recent electrical outages after Sandy elicited such an outburst. Why, it asked, isn’t the grid Continue reading Bloviating About Grid Outages

Beware Snake Oil Salesmen

There was a time when crude oil was sold as a medicine to relieve aches and pains. Some people bought the scam. Now, we have utilities and environmental organizations selling smart meters. Just as crude oil had some good uses, Continue reading Beware Snake Oil Salesmen

Pumping Up Storage

This is a play on pumped storage, where water is pumped uphill to a reservoir, and then released to flow downhill through a turbine to generate electricity. It’s the only proven method for storing large amounts of electricity, though there Continue reading Pumping Up Storage