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Farewell

Well, it's time for me bid y'all farewell. It's crazy to think that three years have already gone by. I started contributing to Plugged In shortly after I completed graduate school, and I hope that you've enjoyed the posts.

April 18, 2014 — David Wogan

Rethinking environmental folklore

You've likely faced the question: "paper or plastic?" Clearly the paper bag is the better option, right? Or is it? In a TED Talk, Leyla Acaroglu has a challenge for us.

April 15, 2014 — David Wogan

Consider the bigger picture for US natural gas imports

In a post at ThinkProgress, Joe Romm throws a wet blanket on the idea of exporting US natural gas in an attempt to curb Russia’s energy leverage, saying “Sadly, few seem to care about diminishing the threat posed by climate change, since it has become increasingly clear that LNG would make things worse.” The issue [...]

March 12, 2014 — David Wogan
For Russia, natural gas weapon works both ways

For Russia, natural gas weapon works both ways

The situation unfolding in Crimea is an interesting example of energy’s role in geopolitics. In Ukraine, the major energy story is consumption and transportation of Russian natural gas.

March 10, 2014 — David Wogan
Crude by rail has exploded in the last three years heres a map that shows how much

Crude by rail has exploded in the last three years heres a map that shows how much

The following map shows just how many loading and unloading terminals have been constructed since 2010: Loading facilities (red dots) are located throughout the major tight oil plays in North America, including the Bakken formation in North Dakota and the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin (WCSB).

February 12, 2014 — David Wogan

An idea worth sharing: communicating science

One of the best perks about this gig is sharing this space with some of the smartest and enthusiastic scientists and communicators. I want to point you towards a video of a talk by our own Sheril Kirshenbaum that she gave at the TEDxCongress Ave event last Fall in Austin, TX.

February 12, 2014 — David Wogan

Where wind power is generated in the US

Texas. We’re known for big hats, presidents, and oil and gas. So it might suprise you that when the Energy Information Administration asks “how much #windpower is produced in each state?” the Lone Star Statecomes out on top.

January 28, 2014 — David Wogan

Haze in the Sichuan Basin, as seen from space

Much like the Los Angeles basin, China’s Sichuan Basin traps haze and smog. NASA’s Terra satellite capture the following image of a hazy Sichuan Basin on January 23, 2014: The Sichuan Basin is home to many cities, including the province’s capital Chengdu, a city with more than 14 million residents.

January 27, 2014 — David Wogan

Shale gas certification goes online in Appalachia

A new set of performance standards could inject a higher degree of safety and accountability into the fracking industry. The Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD) has developed a set of 15 standards that oil and gas drillers can adopt in their operations (a PDF of the standards is here).

January 23, 2014 — David Wogan

If no coal, then what?

Even as the US market for coal appears to be declining (first due to market pressure from cheaper natural gas and now EPA GHG rules), US exports of its coal abroad has been a sore spot.

January 10, 2014 — David Wogan

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