71 – Space Review article: An engineer’s view of what low-cost, reusable, commerical passenger space transportation means

On January 23, 2017, this article was published in The Space Review. A PDF of the article is here. The apparent intention of the Trump administration to reestablish the National Space Council has raised expectations that important improvements in national space policies and America’s space enterprise will be forthcoming. One Continue reading 71 – Space Review article: An engineer’s view of what low-cost, reusable, commerical passenger space transportation means

68 – Understanding Why Wind and Ground Solar Energy Cannot Replace Fossil Fuels

America faces two critical challenges this century. The first is responding to the uncertainty that the abnormally high and rising atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) level will have detrimental environmental consequences for human civilization. The second is replacing the diminishing U.S. technically recoverable fossil fuel endowment with new non-fossil fuel energy Continue reading 68 – Understanding Why Wind and Ground Solar Energy Cannot Replace Fossil Fuels

67 – Understanding Why Nuclear Power Cannot Replace Fossil Fuels

  America faces two critical challenges this century. The first is responding to the uncertainty that the abnormally high and rising atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) level will have detrimental environmental consequences for human civilization. The second is replacing the diminishing U.S. technically recoverable fossil fuel endowment with new non-fossil fuel Continue reading 67 – Understanding Why Nuclear Power Cannot Replace Fossil Fuels

66 – Understanding America’s Energy Security Challenge

  Fossil fuels now provide about 80 percent of the energy Americans use. While everyone understands that these are non-renewable energy sources, Americans act as if they were. The reality is that America’s remaining technically recoverable oil, natural gas, and coal endowment is finite. As America achieves energy independence and Continue reading 66 – Understanding America’s Energy Security Challenge

65 – Understanding the CO2 Issue

Through the Spacefaring Institute™, a series of five videos on the Spacefaring Institute YouTube® channel are being posted focusing on energy and environmental security explaining why the United States should undertake an orderly transition from fossil fuels to space-based solar energy. The first video, “Understanding the CO2 Issue”, addresses the environmental Continue reading 65 – Understanding the CO2 Issue