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 14 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 week 6 days 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...

2 weeks 3 days 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,...

2 weeks 6 days 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...

3 weeks 3 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - It seems that Bob Dylan was right; if not the answer, then at least one answer to the global warming conundrum is blowing in the wind. Wind power is booming. According to the just-released Global Wind Report: Annual Market Update from the Global Wind Energy Council, global wind power growth hit a new all-time in 2014. New installations around the globe, of 50GW, brings the WW total to 370 GW. That’s roughly 16 times the capacity of the massive hydro plant in Niagara Falls.

As for...

1 month 8 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Back in December, I wrote about the government’s efforts to improve the fuel economy of the thousands of tractor-trailer trucks that crowd our highways accounting for millions of gallons of diesel fuel and tons of carbon emissions. One prong of this effort was a five-year $115 million DOE project that challenged truck makers to see if they could achieve a 50% reduction in fuel consumption.

Now, Freightliner has announced their...

1 month 3 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - There are a lot of things to love about Costa Rica. It has great weather, tremendous biodiversity, no army, along with top-notch education and health care. Now, the tropical paradise is even greener than ever. According to the state-run Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE), the country has produced 100% of its electricity without fossil fuels for the past 75 days. According to an ICE press release, “Durante los primeros 75 días, la electricidad provino de fuentes limpias”— the...

1 month 6 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Catfish anyone? It may not be your preferred fish fry, but it’s at the center of a dispute that illustrates a number of issues that impact every one of us.

Catfish farming is a major industry in the Southeast. Recently, farmers have complained to government officials about low cost imports coming in from Asia that were driving prices down. So they asked for increased regulation.

Congress listened and moved the regulatory authority for catfish from the  FDA to the Dept. of Agriculture, which is generally known for more rigorous regulation. The process has taken years to work its way through the bureaucracy, but now that it...

1 month 1 week ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) -Here is some very encouraging news coming from a preliminary report from the International Energy Agency (IEA). Global carbon dioxide emissions for the year 2014 were 32.3 billion metric tons, the same amount as the previous year. Emissions, which had been growing at an annual rate of 2.4%, have now flattened out even as the global economy grew by 3%.

"This is both a very welcome surprise and a significant one," said IEA Chief  Economist Fatih Birol, recently named to...

1 month 2 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - To say that we’ve seen a broad range of responses from public utilities to the “onslaught” of rooftop solar would be an understatement. On the one hand, you have the Florida Public Service Commission voting to gut their energy efficiency program and terminate all solar rebate programs, eliciting  a surprising response from, by all people, the Tea Party. They say the state needs more solar, not less. The battle down there in “the Sunshine State” has led to...