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AskPablo: Iceberg Water

After seeing images of the melting Greenland Icecap on television this weekend my mother asked me if it would be economical to collect…

AskPablo: Coal-Fired Power Plants

This week I am going to examine the world of coal-fired power plants. Coal is an energy-dense substance found deep underground. Like oil…

AskPablo: Wave Power

August 13th’s article on desalination received a lot of great feedback. On reader informed me of a technology that uses wave power to…

AskPablo: Commuting

This week Calvin Tran wrote to AskPablo about commuting. He wrote: “I spend a lot of time in traffic because of bottlenecks in…

AskPablo: Desalination and the Water-Energy Relationship

This week Gary writes “my city is considering a desalination plant to provide drinking water. I have heard that desalination is very energy…

AskPablo: Is this a god dam?

This week I got an e-mail from Ken. He wants to harness the creek on his property to become more energy independent and…

AskPablo: Land Use Changes

This week Tyler asks: “What is the climate change impact from deforestation, land-use changes, and reforestation?” This topic is quite relevant these days…

AskPablo: Black Google

This week’s question comes from Julia. She asks “is it really true that a black Google page would save energy?” She is, of…

AskPablo: Corn-Based Ethanol

Jason keeps bugging me about my take on the issue of corn-based ethanol. This week I am finally going to take this one…

AskPablo: CO2 from Beer

Have you ever wondered about the carbon emissions generated from making your favorite brewsky, bottle of vino, or 15 year-old Talisker Scotch? Never…

AskPablo: Lighten the Load

I recently listened to one of my favorite podcasts, On Point with Tom Ashbrook, and heard an interview with Bob Lutz, General Motors’…

AskPablo: Napkins

This weeks question is from Nick Gruber: “My question has to do with linen napkins vs. paper napkins. Is it more efficient to…

AskPablo: OTEC Revisited

This week’s question comes from Olle Holm, the editor of The Baltic Eye. “A question about ‘arctic OTEC’: I saw somewhere the idea…

AskPablo is taking a break this week

In honor of memorial day I will be taking a carbon-neutral trip to the mountains. I will be back with answers to your…

AskPablo: Fuel Cells

Energy supply problems and the realization that a carbon-based economy cannot be sustained indefinitely have prompted us to look for alternatives. One such…