Patrick Kenney

Patrick Kenney

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9 years 1 month ago

In my previous blog post, I discussed how biofuels derived from agricultural crops such as corn may increase the prices of the world's food supply exponentially, which makes them a bad alternative to fossil fuels.  However, there are other sources of biofuels which would not affect the food supply.  One source that has received media attention in the last few years is algae.  Algae which accumulates in ponds, lakes, and other bodies of water are often associated with algal blooms that starve off oxygen for...


9 years 1 month ago

The U.S.'s addiction to foreign oil means our energy is not homegrown or American made. Biofuels certainly offer the opportunity for the U.S. to showcase how it ingenuity in terms of producing its own energy from plants, agricultural crops, and even waste as opposed to relying on other countries, many of whom are hostile to America, for its energy use. However, one potential problem area associated with biofuels includes whether they conflict with the food supply....


9 years 1 month ago

Energy independence, like I wrote in my previous blog post, is an important issue for a variety of reasons ranging from national security to environmental concerns.  One alternative that has been proposed to make the U.S. less dependent on fossil fuels is through nuclear energy.  After all, it is in abundance already and is an alternative to oil, natural gas, and coal.

President Obama is a big fan of nuclear energy. His administration proposed “an...


9 years 1 month ago

What does it take to make the U.S. energy independent?  The answer is not so obvious since this is an age old question that has yet to be answered.  Many in society often discuss the need to become energy independent, but there is always a gap between rhetoric and the implementation of policies and practices that will make the U.S. truly "energy independent."

Whether energy independence is even possible is a subject of debate. For example, Paul Roberts, author of: End of Oil...


9 years 1 month ago

The Toyota Prius: Is it Unsafe on the Road?

The Toyota Prius is the best known hybrid on the market.  Hybrids are by definition fuel efficient cars in the sense that they get more miles per gallon than conventional cars and trucks.  As a result, a hybrid such as a Toyota Prius enables individuals to consume less gas per mile and in theory should save the average consume money at the pump.  Thus, the Toyota Prius is both better for the environment in terms of releasing less pollutants like carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and the consumer in terms of saving them dollars at the gas pump...


9 years 1 month ago

According to Kuwait University and the Kuwait Oil Company, "it has been concluded after studying the ability of producing Crude Oil in 47 oil producing countries that the peak oil period is nearing and will be reached at the latest by 2014," Yikes, that is coming up soon!  What does this mean for the U.S., a large consumer of oil? The answers from a policy standpoint are not easy, but one thing is for sure, the U.S. better find a solution quickly as peak oil or the...


9 years 1 month ago

My Name is Patrick Kenney and I am a new blogger writing on energy issues for Justmeans. I am a recent graduate of the College of William and Mary with a double major in environmental science and policy and public policy. My interest is in energy policy, specifically policies dealing with renewables and alternatives to fossil fuels.

At the College of William and Mary, I was on the sub-committee on finance in charge of appropriating funds to make the College more energy efficient. It often involved making difficult choices and wrestling among many good options. One of the questions I hope to...


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