RP Siegel

RP Siegel
RP Siegel, author and inventor, shines a powerful light on numerous environmental and technological topics. He has been published in business and technical journals and has written three books. His third, co-authored with Roger Saillant, is Vapor Trails, an eco-thriller that is being adapted for the big screen. RP is a professional engineer – and a prolific inventor, with 50 patents, numerous awards, and several commercial products. He is president of Rain Mountain LLC and is an active environmental advocate in his hometown of Rochester, N.Y. In addition to Justmeans, he writes for Triple Pundit, ThomasNet News, and Energy Viewpoints, occasionally contributing to Mechanical Engineering, Strategy + Business, and Huffington Post. You can follow RP on Twitter, @RPSiegel.
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2 days 13 min ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - When a good thing is done for the wrong reason, it’s still a good thing. When the government of China, no doubt wary of unrest they’d been seeing around the world, vowed to bring their vast country out of poverty through modernization, they seized upon the energy source that was cheap and domestically abundant: coal. They then developed and implemented a massive plan involving the construction of hundreds of coal-fired power plants that would be needed to energize their economic explosion. China now has approximately 620 coal-fired...

4 days 21 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmean) - There are a number of important difference between humans and cattle, and one of them is the fact that humans know what they are eating. Not just whether its oats or hay, but also where it was grown and what company was responsible for growing it.

The latest ruling by the World Trade Organization (WTO), which intends to nullify the Country of Origin Labeling law (COOL), will apparently lessen that distinction. The decision was the final action in a series of suits and appeals that took place under the...

1 week 2 days ago

(3Bl Media/Justmeans) - A multi-disciplinary team from the MIT Energy Initiative project produced the “Future of Solar Energy” report as part of a series of studies. The report found that while solar accounts for less than 1% of the American electricity supply today, its contribution in the future is capable of growing to what they call “multi-terawatt scale.” Considering that the global generation capacity today is a little over five...

2 weeks 1 day ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - I recently read Driving the Future, the new book by Margo T. Oge, former director of EPA’s Office of Air Quality and Transportation. It’s the story of the evolving effort within the EPA to get the government to take action on climate change, which it finally did, after years of delay ,with the passage of two separate rounds of fuel economy standards, first in 2009, then a second in 2012. Not only was this the first U.S. government action taken on this issue, it was also surprisingly effective. This single stroke of the pen...

2 weeks 3 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Electricity is like money. Both are useful, fluid and can be converted into action of many different forms. And both can be saved for a rainy day. The ability to save electricity for a rainy, or cloudy day, has suddenly become much more important now that solar, as well as wind power are becoming important contributors to our energy supply.

Without storage, these renewable sources of electric power, would have to be backed up with other sources that can produce power when they can’t, which undercuts their economic usefulness.


3 weeks 5 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - There’s an old saying that goes, “when you’re up to your neck in alligators, it’s a little late to think about draining the swamp.” It could certainly apply to farmers in California right now, who are up to their neck (so to speak) in a historic drought. They are struggling and making difficult choices as to which crops they can continue to raise, as homeowners and municipalities learn to change their habits and their...

1 month 4 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - James Hansen came to Rochester, NY to give the keynote address at the Sierra Club’s Annual Forum. The title of his talk was “Climate Change and Energy: How Can Young People Take Ownership of Their Future?” It was the culmination of several talks he had given while in town.

Not surprisingly, Hansen began by talking about how last year was the warmest on record and how based on the data recorded so far, this year is well on its way to being warmer. He described the many sources of data corroborating the phenomenon like...

1 month 1 week ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Recently, Secretary of State John Kerry negotiated an historic agreement with the government of Iran, regarding their use of nuclear technology. In short, the agreement will result in lifting some economic sanctions in exchange for vows and a verification program, to ensure that Iran does not pursue nuclear weapons. The agreement has provoked quite a bit of attention, including a visit to Congress by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and a letter from Congress to the Iranian...

1 month 2 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Knowing more about a situation can allow you to address it more efficiently. That’s one of the promises of the Internet of Things. Whether it’s the precision application of water and fertilizer in agriculture to a smart phone app that lets you adjust your thermostat at home if your plans change, knowledge becomes power saved so long as we have the means to act on that knowledge.

But all that energy-saving knowledge can take a lot of energy to store, distribute and access. In fact,...

1 month 2 weeks ago

(3BLMedia/Justmeans) -Here’s another new and innovative approach to addressing our carbon problem.

It has often been pointed out, and regularly forgotten, it seems, that the climate disruption we are experiencing is the result of an imbalance between the amount of carbon we are emitting through our various smokestacks and exhaust pipes and the capacity of the Earth with its oceans and forests to absorb it. The amount of forest lost since the beginning of the Industrial revolution is almost as dramatic as the growth in emissions. According to the World Resources...