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Author Archives: Michael Barnard

Basic Income — Musk Likes It, Who Else?

February 12th, 2017 | by Michael Barnard

Recently, Elon Musk was interviewed by CNBC and made an assertion that ran shivers up a few spines: "There is a pretty good chance we end up with a universal basic income, or something like that, due to automation."


Appalachia Can’t Shift From Coal To Clean Easily

February 7th, 2017 | by Michael Barnard

There will be some jobs in the region due to wind, solar and geothermal energy. It's probable that they could provide tens of thousands of jobs for workers in the region. But there are never going to be close to the 785,000 coal jobs of


How Real Is NET Power’s Zero-Carbon Gas Generation Tech?

November 21st, 2016 | by Michael Barnard

NET Power is building what it claims is a no-carbon form of gas generation that's better than all the rest. It's broken ground on a 10 MW Texas plant in a consortium with Exelon Generation and Chicago Bridge & Iron (CB&I) to prove its technology.


Trump Won’t Stop Global Climate Action, Might Accidentally Help

November 12th, 2016 | by Michael Barnard

One of the key differences between Clinton and Trump was their stances on climate change. Clinton had a strong plan to continue the USA's leadership position, and Trump disputes its existence. However, a Trump presidency isn't a disaster for climate action globally or in the US. In fact, he might actually reduce US emissions, however unintentionally


Capturing Carbon Would Cost Twice The Global Annual GDP

November 3rd, 2016 | by Michael Barnard

Carbon capture and sequestration continues to get attention from fossil fuel companies and jurisdictions trying to maintain their profits and tax revenues. But it's worth looking at what it would cost. The scale of the problem is enormous and the cost of capturing CO2 from the air and storing it somewhere is very high -- about two times the global


Can Clean Tech Save The Maldives?

November 3rd, 2016 | by Michael Barnard

The Maldives is one of the nations most threatened by sea level rise, but while it has committed to clean technology, they know it won't save them



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