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 day 17 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Efforts to address the increasingly pressing climate challenge with rational policy continue to languish in Washington, as willfully ignorant conservatives continue to choose donor loyalty over science. But based on the surprisingly robust growth of renewable energy, you almost wouldn’t know it. It seems to be the case that if the government won't make us do it, we're just going to have go ahead and do it anyway. Indeed it seems as if we've done a far better job than anyone expected.

A new...

6 days 12 hours ago

(3Bl Media/Justmeans) - Russell Gold’s pragmatic piece about fracking in the Wall Street Journal makes a number of excellent points. First, our economy has such an enormous appetite for energy, that there is no way we can simultaneously give up coal, oil, nuclear and natural gas, as much as the environment would like us to, without bringing things to a screeching halt. So pick your poison.

Conventional wisdom has been that gas is the lesser of the four evils,...

1 week 1 day ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Last year marked a turning point in the renewable energy field. Growth of 36.5 GW in newly installed solar generating capacity exceeded that of wind power, which grew by 35.5 GW. True, wind power has been backsliding a bit, with investment dropping from $73.8 billion in 2012 to $58.5 billion in 2013. This is primarily due to uncertainty around whether Congress would renew the Production Tax Credit (PTC) at the end of the year. They...

1 week 6 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - It seems fitting, with World Water Week just behind us, and with news of the latest, even more dire assessment of the impacts of climate change from the IPCC still making the rounds, that we should share this story which shows one very effective way to connect the dots.

Given the changes coming down the climate pipeline, water is going to be an area of particular  concern, because we are so completely dependent on it to live, and because it’s going...

2 weeks 1 day ago

Resilience is a word that has gotten a lot of play lately. In a world that has us spending more and more time bracing for what might be coming, it's something we're starting to think we maybe should have more of.

This article in Harvard Business Review talks about resilience in terms of getting back up after being knocked down. They say that "this will be a key to survival in a world where 'surprises are the new normal.'”

The Huairou Commission, a women's disaster relief organization, defines...

3 weeks 1 day ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - In Naomi Klein’s book, The Shock Doctrine, she describes the way in which special interests and their lobbyists have learned to take advantage of breaking news to push their agendas into the breech, when the media is distracted, and politicians are reaching for a quick fix. It’s a pattern that, once you are aware of it, you see happening over and over again.

It’s happening again now, in the wake of the situation in Ukraine. Perhaps, with visions of cashing in on newly rekindled cold war antagonism,...

3 weeks 5 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - President Obama would like to create more jobs for American workers. One way he is attempting to do that is by negotiating more free trade agreements. Apparently he didn’t learn anything from Bill Clinton, who pushed through the disastrous NAFTA trade bill and several others like it. Twenty years later, the consensus seems to be that NAFTA was good for corporations, but bad for jobs.

Now Obama is negotiating a new trade deal called the...

3 weeks 6 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Last week marked the 21st anniversary of World Water Day. The day was designated by the UN General Assembly in 1993, to celebrate and raise awareness of issues surrounding water. This year’s celebration took place in Tokyo, focusing on the theme of “Water and Energy.” The two-day event featured numerous workshop and talks by experts from all over the world.

Other events included a meeting of the...

4 weeks 1 day ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Making sales projections for brand new technology can be difficult, to say the least. Sometimes products catch on quickly and never look back. Other times they take awhile before becoming viral. Think about the iPhone and the iPad, for example.

So it’s no big surprise that the Renault/Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn was a bit over optimistic when he first proclaimed in 2012 that sales of their all-electric Leaf would hit 1.5 million in four years. Sales started out slower than expected, so he pushed back the deadline to 2020, a full four years later....

1 month 3 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Earlier last week, 30 U.S. Senators stayed up all night discussing climate change for 15 hours. The event, called Up4Climate, was the first of its kind, hosted by the Senate Climate Action Task Force, which is headed by Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA). The 30 senators involved were not only committed, but they were also surprisingly knowledgeable about the subject,...