About the SA Blog Network
Plugged In

Plugged In

More than wires - exploring the connections between energy, environment, and our lives
Plugged In HomeAboutContact
  • Profile

    More than wires - exploring the connections between energy, environment, and our lives
  • Top 10 (Transport) Sights in Paris

    Image courtesy: Kathleen Sullivan

    Few tourists travel explicitly to see a city’s or country’s mode of transportation, but I dare say that besides transport nerds such as myself, there are examples which qualify as must-see, including Japan’s Shinkansen high-speed train, Lisbon’s old tram system, and the streetcars of New Orleans, among others. While Paris is most recently known for [...]

    Keep reading »

    Country of imports – a closer look at Luxembourg’s energy sector


    In the U.S., much of the energy dialogue has been around the inherent risk in depending on other countries to meet its energy needs. But, in Luxembourg – a country that imports essentially ALL of its energy supply – “energy security” takes an even more prominent role. According to a new report by the International [...]

    Keep reading »

    What sectors use the most natural gas?


    The shale boom has been a big force in the energy industry in the United States. Not only has it had a significant impact on the country’s economy, it has managed to touch all of the energy sectors. In 2013, the United States consumed just over 97 quadrillion british thermal units (BTUs) of primary energy. [...]

    Keep reading »

    The Shale Boom is Big and Good (Bad) for the Economy

    IEA unconventional gas production

    Hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) has flipped the global energy discussion on its head. Over the past five years, the world has watched the U.S. shift its focus from fears of peak oil and its level of oil imports to a new reality where domestic oil and gas production are up and imports are down. And, while [...]

    Keep reading »

    Don’t Panic at the Pump


    Sometimes energy issues aren’t partisan, but are still poorly understood. According to the Spring 2014 UT Energy Poll, 84 percent of Americans say they are concerned about the cost of gasoline, including 83 percent of Democrats and 84 percent of Republicans. Nice to see something we can agree on. And it’s true that prices are [...]

    Keep reading »

    To Unlock Wind, Build Transmission Lines Linking the Plains to the Cities

    Transmission Lines_2

    A vital factor affecting the economics of any energy source is transportation: where is the fuel extracted, where is it used, and how does it get from point A to point B? An example is the case of Texas versus North Dakota, both of which have experienced a boom in oil and gas production from [...]

    Keep reading »

    Fuel/Cost Savings of Improving Fuel Economy from 12->15 mpg = 30->60 mpg

    Fuel economy is not as straight-forward as you might think. Image courtesy: fragallo

    Consumer tip-of-the-day: increasing efficiency of fuel economy on a miles-per-gallon scale is not linear, as more miles-per-gallon (mpg) are initially better for your wallet and the planet than you might expect, and eventually trail off with diminishing returns. Last week, a friend pointed out a good blog post by Nicholas Chase and the Energy Information [...]

    Keep reading »

    Time For Energy Diplomacy

    One-fourth of the world is breathing unsafe air. Courtesy of Hsu et al/The Atlantic

    Russia’s intervention in Ukraine has unfolded into the most serious East-West crisis in a generation. These events have illustrated Europe’s energy insecurity, but also highlight how the United States and European Union now have a tremendous opportunity to advance mutual foreign policy goals. I’ve written more on what we can do over at GMF… The [...]

    Keep reading »

    Construction begins in Texas on world’s largest carbon capture facility

    2014 07 18 parish

    Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS) could be a key technology option in reducing carbon dioxide emissions from the world’s fossil fuel power plants. But, the technology has become better known for its setbacks than successes in recent years. This week revealed a glimmer of hope for CCS supporters as the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) [...]

    Keep reading »

    Battleship Barcelona: When Child-Like Simplicity Saves the Day

    Barcelona's new bus system is based on its century-old grid pattern streets. Copyright: Tali Trigg.

    I am one of those people who always thought Barcelona would be my favorite city in the world. I visited several times, and though the weather, design, and food leave you wanting little else, there was always something about the sheer number of tourists (besides myself) and traffic that put me off the whole experience. [...]

    Keep reading »

    Search this blog:

    • Year:
    • Month:
    • Keyword:

    More from Scientific American

    Scientific American Dinosaurs

    Get Total Access to our Digital Anthology

    1,200 Articles

    Order Now - Just $39! >


    Email this Article