Quick summary: Energy Geopolitics:

We covered many topics relating and not-relating J to energy geopolitics:

  • The Green movement
  • 1micron powder coal
  • (Energy) developments in emergency situations
  • OPEC and the 1973 oil embargo – gas tax increase
  • Is the United States energy positive? Can we become totally energy independent?
  • Politics and its detriment externally and externally? Is foreign policy more stable (independent of type of administration)
  • Did Trump REALLY revive the coal industry? The answer is NO.
  • Fuel efficiency over the years. Did it decline? Probably not.
  • Liberal vs. Realpolitik vs. America First vs. Neo-Conservative: Where is the data?
  • The China model vs. the U.S. model. Dictatorship forces consistent policies (good or bad)
  • The Tea-Party conservative influence.
  • Is fusion the next best thing? If so, when will it happen? In the next 10 years? Keep your fingers crossed.
  • What is Duke Energy’s energy source breakdown: 34% nuclear, 27% coal
  • Hani looked up the U.S. electricity generation by energy source:

o   Natural Gas: 38.4%

o   Coal: 21.9%

o   Nuclear: 18.9%

o   Renewables (total): 19.8%

o   Other: 1%

  • Is there enough effort being made to impact climate change? Have we given up?
  • Technological breakthroughs lead to more than the intended developments, e.g. laser
  • Why is renewable energy such as wind, hydro, and solar not stronger in the U.S.?

o   Wind: 9.2% of total energy generation

o   Hydro: 6.1% of total energy generation

o   Solar: 2.8% of total energy generation