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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Posts by This Writer

1 week 6 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - There was more big news on the environmental front last week, as the Obama administration announced the EPA’s new rules that regulate methane emissions from oil and gas production.

This is part of the administration’s overall plan to tighten up all sources of greenhouse gas emissions. While methane, which is the principal components of natural gas, is emitted in much smaller quantities than carbon dioxide, its heat-trapping capability is considerably higher than CO2. As Justmeans contributor Antonio Pasolini pointed out in this ...

1 week 3 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - A recent report by Zheng Haibin, a professor at Peking University highlights the potential impact of climate change China’s national security. Haibin claims that climate change will endanger China’s defense and damage critical strategic infrastructure. Specifically, he called out several vulnerabilities:

  • Reduced rainfall and...

2 weeks 2 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Fallout from the Obama administration’s new Clean Power Plan (CPP), outside of the political arena, has been surprisingly positive. Back in December, when the plan was still a work in progress, a group of 232 companies signed a letter in support of the plan. The group pointed out that while some energy input costs might rise in the short term, other critical costs items, like food and water, stand to increase far more over time, if...

3 weeks 5 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - You would think that Arizona, with its vast expanses of desert and abundant sunshine would be one of the best places in the US for solar power. Geographically speaking, you would be correct, but unfortunately. that is not the whole story. While daytime sun shines almost continuously there, politics in the state have cast some dark clouds that threaten to put a drag on the state’s acceptance of this clean energy source.

While adoption of solar energy is heating up all around the country, something else that seems to be particularly warm in Arizona are the relations between utility companies and state...

3 weeks 2 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Rhode Island, the smallest state in the US, is only 48 miles long. However, it has 400 miles of coastline, which has been essential to its economy. As the nation searches for new, clean sources of energy, and while neighboring Massachusetts, has seen its Cape Wind offshore wind project mired in legal battles, the tiny Ocean State is quietly moving forward with a project of its own.

On July 26th, work began on the foundation structures for a small offshore wind farm off...

4 weeks 1 day ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Earlier this week, Hillary Clinton laid out her long-awaited climate change plan. Not surprisingly, she focused on growing green energy rather than reining in fossil fuels. Specifically, she announced two “bold national goals.” The first goal is to power every home in America...

4 weeks 1 day ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Hillary Clinton has just rolled out her climate change plan, which would rapidly expand our use of renewables, tripling the number of installed solar panels to half a billion by the end of her first term. That’s certain an ambitious goal. In her statement she indicated her intention to rely heavily on tax credits to accomplish this. Whether or not that will be sufficient remains to be seen, but another announcement made yesterday by ...

1 month 5 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Back in April, James Hansen described some newly discovered causes for concern about global warming impacts including the rapid disintegration of Antarctic ice sheets, and an ocean circulation pattern around the poles. Now, after further analysis, he and a team of 16 other scientists have issued a draft of a new report that ratchets up the level of concern and the need for urgent action. (It should be noted that the report has not yet been peer-reviewed.)


1 month 1 week ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Usually when we talk about climate change and what we can do to mitigate its impacts, we talk about ways to cut back carbon emissions through alternatives, or policy actions, or efficiency measures. We usually don’t think about the role that forests play in this equation. The fact is, forests absorb much of the carbon that our cars, and homes, and power plants emit—about a third of it, actually. That means that if we had three times as much forest as we do today, which, of course we did, not that long ago, we wouldn’t have that big of a problem keeping our...

1 month 2 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Recently we ran a story about a very high-tech response to the water scarcity issue that plagues so many people around the world, especially in developing countries. It seems to be a topic that attracts a lot of both serious attention and good intention. Considering the fact that close to a billion people in the world do not have access to safe drinking water, that’s not a surprise.

Yet for all the attention it has received...