In one of the courses I teach at Penn State, we discuss the characteristics of an ideal electricity production portfolio for the United States and consider what form of energy policy would best achieve it. The class typically identifies the most important factors as cost, reliability of supply, public safety and environmental impact. Students also cite other characteristics, such as national security, domestic availability of fuels and technologies, and electric grid stability.
“I have travelled to 71 out of the 75 districts and all the way from Mechi to Mahakali, alone in my wheelchair, to raise my voice for equal rights for people with disabilities in the new constitution.” Surya Bahadur Ranabhat Yatri, Pokhara. January 1, 2016.
Photo by Jay Poudyal. Used with permission.
The health of forests, especially forests that are being logged, depends on soil water infiltration—or the ability to absorb water and move it through different layers. This ability can affect how quickly forests regenerate after being logged.
Electrifying transportation is one of the most promising ways to significantly cut greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles, but so-called range anxiety – concern about being stranded with an uncharged car battery – remains a barrier to electric vehicle adoption. Is range anxiety justified given current cars and charging infrastructure?
Sorek desalination plant. Photo courtesy of IDE Technologies. CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0