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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11 hours 56 min ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - On December 17th New York Governor Andrew Cuomo shook the world with the announcement with the Empire State was banning the practice of hydraulic fracturing or fracking, as it’s come to be known. The governor claims to have relied on the judgment of Health Commissioner Dr. Harold A. Zucker and Joseph Martens, the state environmental conservation commissioner, in making the call. “I am not a scientist,” said the...

2 days 4 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - The UN Climate Conference of Parties, which took place over the last two weeks in Lima, Peru turned out to be quite a roller coaster ride. It began with soaring optimism in the wake of the recent agreement between US and China to take serious action, followed by a US pledge to add $3 billion to the International Climate Fund. That was on the heels of an...

6 days 9 hours ago

(3Bl Media/Justmeans) - We all know that it is difficult to get anything done in Washington these days, so it should be no surprise to learn that the latest spending bill is packed with disappointing compromises. Raising the limits on individual campaign contributions and relaxing regulations on the sale of credit default swaps and their ilk, is not likely to make life better for most Americans, though they will likely make for some champagne toasts among the Wall Street class, while the democratic process is further eroded.

More damaging, however, are those provisions that encourage the continued emission of...

1 week 2 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - There is an info-graphic put together by Friends of the Earth (FOE) in the UK that does an excellent job of summarizing the current state of atmospheric carbon. It locates us on a carbon timeline, showing how much carbon can safely be emitted before hitting the two degree Celsius level that many associate with catastrophic irreversible changes.

Basically, what the chart says is that we have a total “budget” of 3,000 GT of CO2 equivalents that can be emitted, of which two-thirds are already in the atmosphere as the...

2 weeks 5 hours ago

(3Bl Media/Justmeans) - The Department of Interior is a quiet sector of the government, that we don’t hear too much about, and I have a feeling they like it that way. As guardians of the vast natural resources situated on and in America’s public lands and waters, they have come to develop an unusual and perhaps and unusually friendly relationship with those businesses that exploit those resources. We heard, for example, about the Minerals Management Service (now part of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement) and their...

2 weeks 2 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - In 2010, heavy-duty trucks and buses accounted for 23% of all transportation-related greenhouse gases, even though they comprise less than 5% of all vehicles. In response to this, the Obama administration, in August of 2011, issued a directive, setting a new fuel efficiency targets for heavy duty trucks, starting in 2014 and extending through 2018.

With 2014 being the first year the new standards are in place, the results have been no less than remarkable. Since trucks are primarily used for commercial purposes, businesses are very interested in high efficiency since that contributes directly to their bottom line.


3 weeks 1 day ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Among the many things to be thankful for this holiday season is the fact that renewable energy finally has a legitimate place at the energy dinner table. No longer the poor cousins, hoping for an invite, wind and solar are on the guest list and they’ve brought a dish to pass.

We know that prices have been coming down. This year, a number of utility companies have made power purchase agreements for solar and wind at prices below natural gas, which had only...

3 weeks 3 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - We’ve all heard a lot about what we can expect from a changing climate. There will be increased droughts and flooding, food prices will likely rise, as will the level of the ocean. Growing seasons will shift as will the migration patterns of animals. Some species will move into areas where they had not previously been found.

But what about things like our investments? How will the companies that we’ve put our faith in to provide for us in our retirement years, fare in a world that will look very different from the one we live in today.

A recent study by McKinsey&Company...

4 weeks 8 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — We have seen impressive growth in renewables over the past several years, but much of that growth is based on the somewhat shaky foundation of continuing subsidies. So argues Eduardo Porter in the New York Times. Porter points out that while wind power added 13 GW of new capacity in 2012, only one additional GW was added in 2013. The reason why: expiration of the Production Tax Credit (PTC).

Referring to the rapid expansion in the market, Letha Tawney of World Resources...

1 month 1 day ago

(3Bl Media/Justmerans) - We’ve heard a lot about how the ubiquitous and free flow of information is going to improve our quality of life, through smart phones, smart grids, smart cities and smart cars. That’s all well and good, but what about basic questions like can I get enough to eat?

Well it turns out, big data has some good news for us there, too.

Ramez Naam, in his book The Infinite Resource, described some cutting edge agricultural projects with yields anywhere from ten to a hundred times the norm. Using this as a benchmark, Naam surmises that we will...