People in Glass Houses

VentureBeat, a Silicon Valley-based site that focuses largely on venture capital (and venture capitalists), has been hosting a series of essays on California’s Proposition 87, which will be voted on next Tuesday. The owner of […]

John McCain’s Ethanol Flip-Flop

I knew that McCain had flip-flopped on this issue. The upcoming issue of Fortune tells the tale: McCain’s farm flip It’s a pretty good lesson on how tough it is to oppose ethanol and get […]

What is it about Silicon Valley executives?

Over the weekend, I had an essay posted at VentureBeat on California’s Proposition 87: Prop 87: Deceptively marketed Most of you know that Vinod Khosla and I have butted heads on a few issues, but […]

Prop 87: A Reader Responds

Below is a response from reader Earl Killian, who lives in Silicon Valley. Earl sent me an e-mail a couple of days ago in response to my August essay on Prop 87: California’s Proposition 87 […]

Cellulosic Ethanol vs. Biomass Gasification

Introduction I have this neat new cellulose conversion process. I am looking for funding and working on a patent application. The invention is a personal cellulosic biomass reactor. In the first reaction step, the cellulose […]

Environmental Irony in Virginia

I ran across an ironic article today from the Richmond Times-Dispatch. In part, it read: Oct. 17–Virginia has one public filling station where motorists can fill up with E-85 fuel, and stations providing the gasoline […]

Report: Brazilian Ethanol is Sustainable

For those who are expecting a Brazilian debunking, I am going to have to disappoint you. My previous debunking was not addressed at the issue of whether Brazilian ethanol is sustainable, but rather whether their […]

Fan Mail – Part II

Now, for the second installment – Jim Paris’ over the top rant in which he ignores everything I have been telling him – followed by a response to the points he raised. I did send […]

Fan Mail – Part I

Warning: If you send me an e-mail, in which you proceed to waste my time and make a fool of yourself, consider it fair game for publication. When I get these e-mails, I have always […]

The End of Fossil Energy

A couple of months ago, I received an e-mail from John Howe, author of the book The End of Fossil Energy and the Last Chance for Survival. He indicated his concern that the public is […]