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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4 days 10 hours 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 week 4 hours 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 week 5 days 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...

2 weeks 2 days 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...

2 weeks 4 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - There can be no question that our energy supply is undergoing profound changes, driven first by concerns over peak oil that have been superseded by concerns over greenhouse gas emissions. Renewable supply has surged to the point where the idea of a future entirely free of fossil fuels now seems possible. Last year in the U.S., non-hydro renewables contributed more than hydro for the first time ever, with the total expected to exceed 14% of all electric generation in 2016. While that is hardly the lion’s share,...

3 weeks 1 day ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - The year 2014 was another very strong growth year for renewables. Based on data from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), generation from non-hydro renewables grew by 10.9% compared to the previous year. To put that in perspective, generation from all sources grew by just 0.7% over the same period.

Generation from conventional sources was essentially flat. Nuclear power grew...

3 weeks 2 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - I grew up in New Jersey in the 1950’s. I remember riding down the turnpike with my parents and getting hit with a godawful smell, as we passed Newark. What is that? I was told that it was the pig farms in Secaucus. This I continued to believe until much later in life when I learned that the pig farms were long gone by the time I was born. What I smelled was the refinery.

Originally built in 1909 on 1,300 acres of land purchased by John D. Rockefeller, the Bayway refinery has consistently ranked among the worst polluters in the nation. The nature of the...

3 weeks 4 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - There has been speculation and concern among many factions, including the US security community, that the onset of climate change will usher in economic, political and social unrest, leading to additional conflicts around the world. In a report released last fall, the DoD referred to climate change as a “threat multiplier.”

Now, a new report just released in...

1 month 1 day ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Building out an electric vehicle infrastructure is a bit like building an arch. You need both sides, the vehicles and the charging stations, to be there at the same time, to support each other, to keep the whole thing from falling down. It’s been a little slow taking off. Perhaps partly because it’s not clear who is taking the lead. Is it going to be traditional providers, like GM and Ford on the vehicle side? Or will it been newcomers like Tesla? Likewise, on the charging side of things, will it be Chargepoint, or more familiar names like PG&E? To mix...

1 month 3 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - This, I believe, is how societal change occurs. Even big changes happen a little bit at a time, unseen, below the surface, until suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere, a big movement makes news.

The biggest influencers in our society are business, government, and the media. The movement towards increased transparency, facilitated by the media and the tremendous growth of the Internet, has forced business and government to become more responsive to prevailing opinion.

Sitting at the intersection of all these factors are the public relations firms. Founded after the second world war by...