RP Siegel

RP Siegel
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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.
Rain Mountain LLC
Rochester
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USA
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Posts by This Writer

8 months 1 week ago

(3BlLMedia/Justmeans) — It’s getting hard to know what’s really true anymore. There are a number of reasons for this: fake news, political mischief and perhaps even a greater tolerance for liars. But there is also another reason: technology. Technology is changing so fast, that when people make pronouncements about deliveries by drones, exploration of other planets, or a rapid transformation of the car industry from what it is today, to a preponderance of electric, self-driving cars that are no longer owned by car-owners but hailed by a tap on a smartphone, it’s hard to know if they are simply making all this up.

According to...


8 months 1 week ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — Earlier this month, Portland-based solar advocacy group Solar Power Rocks issued a comprehensive report containing the rankings of all 50 states for solar. The report, which is the 9th annual for the group, is directed towards homeowners, classifying each state in terms of their “friendliness to residential solar installations.”

The award designated a letter grade (A-F) to each state based on the...


8 months 2 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — We’ve all heard the stories about companies that didn’t see the future coming and ended up being left behind. Eastman Kodak comes to mind as one example. They blithely kept pumping out film and chemicals as the world switched over to digital photography. They now stand reduced to a shadow of their former glory.

These days one has to wonder, can the same thing happen to a country? The US has long been known as a leader in technological innovation and competitiveness. But in the area of energy, an unusually cozy relationship between the fossil fuel industry and the representatives whose campaigns they have...


8 months 2 weeks ago

(3BlLMedia/Justmeans) — In the weeks ahead, a new administration will take the reins of control in government. On their agenda is the dismantling of many of the environmental regulations put in place by the Obama administration. One of these, the Clean Power Plan, which was aimed at reducing carbon emissions from electric power plants, has been the target of multiple lawsuits by Scott Pruitt, former Attorney General of Oklahoma, who will soon head the EPA. It seems certain that Pruitt will do what he can to weaken this law, if not eliminate it entirely. The rationale is apparently economic, based on the idea that regulation costs...


8 months 3 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — In what might be shaping up to be the fight of the century, with nothing less than the future of life on this planet at stake, we have the 2017 battle over climate change. In one corner, we have Jerry Brown, lawyer, veteran politician, and the longest serving governor in California’s history. In the other corner, is Donald J. Trump, real estate developer and reality TV star.

In defiance of the consensus of hundreds of the world’s top scientists, Trump has ridiculed climate change, suggesting that it is a non-issue, manufactured by liberals, despite the fact that even the US Department of Defense (not exactly...


8 months 4 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Despite what we might expect to see soon, in the form of furious efforts on the part of a handful of politicians to reverse the inevitable, the tide has already turned against the century-old dominance of fossil fuels. Perhaps there is no better proof of this than the fact that a number of major oil and gas companies are now making significant investments in renewable energy.

As recently reported in the Wall Street Journal, a...


9 months 4 days ago

(3Bl Media?Jusmeans) — Earlier this month, software and search giant Google announced that it would run its operations entirely on renewable energy by the end of next year. That might seem like a lot, but when you consider the many data centers with billions of people connecting to them, it’s actually about as much power as the entire city of San Francisco, with its population of over 800,000, uses. For those who like numbers, they used 5.7 terawatt-hours in 2015.

However, you won’t see sprawling...


9 months 1 week ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — Most people are aware that solar power has been booming. Prices are dropping rapidly and panels are going up in many places, either on residential rooftops or as part of large utility scale arrays. But few people have an appreciation for just how much solar has grown in a very short time. The new US Solar Market Insight Q4 2016 report from GreenTechMedia (GTM) Research really puts this into perspective.

The number are particularly impressive right now because the industry just had a phenomenal quarter.

In the third quarter of 2016, with the installation of 4,143 MW  of new capacity, total installed solar PV...


9 months 2 weeks ago

Everyone knows that the UN’s 2015 Sustainable Development Goals were intended to literally make the world a better case. But a recent analysis shows how they might accomplish that in ways that may not have been expected. Based on an analysis by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the Asian Demographic Research Institute (ADRI) at Shanghai University, achievement of these goals could result in a significant decrease in population growth.

While none of the...


10 months 2 days ago

 (3BL Media/Justmeans) - A recent joint study by scientists at the University of Delaware, NASA, and the Jet Propulsion Lab investigating the so-called global warming hiatus, was announced by the American Geophysical Union (AGU). The paper grew out of a special U.S. Climate Variability and Predictability Program (CLIVAR) panel session at the 2015 AGU Fall Meeting.

The study, which was published in the journal Earth’s Future, explores the causes of an apparent...


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