September 10, 2019
Commentary: Why Solar Geoengineering May Be Our Only Hope To Reverse Global Warming
Source: Jim Conca, Forbes, September 10, 2019. Last Wednesday night, as I watched the climate discussions with each of the Democratic Party candidates on CNN’s Presidential Climate Town Hall, I kept asking, “Why is only Andrew Yang talking about solar geoengineering?” True, he is the most tech-savvy of the candidates, but all of them need […]

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September 5, 2019
Commentary: Jay Inslee is out of the 2020 race. But his presence remains.
Source: Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, September 5, 2019 Jay Inslee had a great night during CNN’s climate forum. Even though he wasn’t there. During the network’s seven whole hours of discussion of climate change Wednesday evening, at least four Democratic candidates for president glowingly name-checked the Washington governor, who last month dropped out of the race. Inslee had been polling so low before […]

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August 29, 2019
Energy’s Future – Battery and Storage Technologies
Source: Jim Conca, Forbes, August 26, 2019 The efforts to lift our power generation and electrical grid into the 21st century is a multipronged effort. It needs a new generation mix of low-carbon sources that include hydro, renewables and nuclear, ways to capture carbon that don’t cost a zillion dollars, and ways to make the grid smart. But battery and storage technologies have had a hard […]

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August 14, 2019
Commentary: Can We Provide Everyone With Clean Water?
Source: Jim Conca (UFA Ventures), Forbes, August 14, 2019. People want to drink clean water even more than they want to breath clean air. This desire will be front and center during this year’s World Water Week in Stockholm August 25th to the 30th. Organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), and supported by the United […]

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August 8, 2019
Commentary: Nuclear Power And The 2020 Presidential Candidates
Source: Jim Conca (UFA Ventures), Forbes, August 8, 2019. With very serious issues like gun control, Russian tampering, prison reform and health care, it’s unlikely that a narrow issue like a candidate’s stance on nuclear power will sway anyone about voting for them or not. Even if it is part of the more overall critical issue of […]

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July 23, 2019
Opinion: So You Think We’re Reducing Fossil Fuel Use? Think Again.
Source: Jim Conca, Forbes, July 20, 2019 If you think we’ve been doing a reasonable job of curbing fossil fueluse, you are sadly mistaken. Global energy demand grew yet again in 2018, by 2.3%, its fastest pace in ten years. 70% of that was provided by fossil fuel, and only 30% by renewables and nuclear. Until growth in renewables exceeds that […]

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July 2, 2019
Opinion: Deep Borehole Nuclear Waste Disposal Just Got A Whole Lot More Likely
Source: Jim Conca, Forbes, June 24, 2019. Deep Isolation is a recent start-up company from Berkeley that seeks to dispose of nuclear waste safely at a much lower cost than existing strategies. The borehole technology was developed to frack natural gas and oil wells, but Deep Isolation realized it could dispose of nuclear waste just as well. Today […]

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June 28, 2019
Opinion: How HBO Got It Wrong On Chernobyl
Source: James Conca, Forbes, June 27, 2019. I was hoping that HBO would have the courage and integrity to do their homework about radiation and consult actual nuclear scientists and radiobiologists. Or even just read the U.N. Chernobyl Forum Report. But nooo…they decided that talking to journalists, historians and anti-nuclear activists was much better. Certainly, […]

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June 20, 2019
Opinion: Food and Climate – It’s Not Just About Hamburgers
Source: Jim Conca, Forbes, June 20, 2019. Where and how you get your food really matters to the climate. The carbon footprint of one cup of coffee may be  fifteen times larger than one made from a different crop of beans. The same with a hamburger. We need to change farming practices to be regenerative, and […]

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