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Subscribe to my new blog feed via e-mail

July 1, 2011 1 comment

You can now subscribe to my new blog feed via e-mail on Global Energy Matters.

To sign-up, simply click on this link or visit the new Global Energy Matters website.

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New Site

Thanks for visiting my blog.

I have now officially transitioned my site to

I hope to “see” you all there!

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Global Energy Matters 1st Anniversary

March 3, 2011 10 comments

Today marks 1 year since I started Global Energy Matters. I would like to say “Thank You” to all of you who read my posts and those who take the time to comment on the stories that I present, and pass them along to colleagues and friends. Thanks also for the tweets and e-mails with your thoughts on these subjects.

Over the past year, I have published 163 posts (0.45 posts per day) about energy and the environment in our lives. The three most popular of my posts over the past year (listed in order of most hits) included:

1. Smart Refrigerators (8/6/2010)

2. Energy Storage – via Fulvalene Diruthenium (say what??) (10/26/2010)*

3. How Green is ACL – really? (10/6/2010)

4. South Texas – A Wealth of Natural Gas in Eagle Ford (1/4/2011)

5. 10 calories in – 1 calorie out (12/11/2010)

Apparently I write my best pieces in the winter.

Today, on the 1 year anniversary of the day that I started this blog, I would like to ask you for a few minutes of your time – I would ask you to take a minute to tell me a little bit about yourself and why you read my posts each day, or week, or month. If you would be willing to leave a comment here, that’s great. If you’d prefer to e-mail me (melissalott at gmail dot com), I would enjoy hearing from you.

As year 2 of Global Energy Matters begins, many changes and big movement are on the horizon in the energy and environment spheres. I look forward to discussing them with you all via this blog, twitter and e-mail.

Thanks again to you all for being part of the dialogue.


*The second highest number of hits last year actually went to my “info” page – but, as this page isn’t really a post, I excluded it from the list.

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March 9: Energy at the Movies at KLRU Studios in Austin

February 24, 2011 2 comments

On March 9, KLRU studios will host Dr. Michael E. Webber for his presentation on “Energy at the Movies.” This 90-minute lecture and panel discussion will explore energy in movies over the past 70 years and how the portrayal of energy on the big screen has influenced energy policy and the energy industry.

From the gushing geysers of Giant, to the plutonium-powered time machine of Back to the Future, Hollywood has entertained us with unforgettable, often iconic images of energy. Whether intentional or not, films frequently serve as a snapshot of society, capturing sentiments of each time period. Many films have themes or scenes that memorialize collective optimism, fears, and observations about energy. Using film clips as a historical road map, eatmlrglogotext is an entertaining lecture that will enlighten audiences about the ways films influence how we think about energy, and in turn, how we influence energy policy.

Panel members will include:

  • Sheril Kirshenbaum: co-author of Unscientific America
  • Turk Pipkin: producer of Nobelity ProjectOne Peace at a Time
  • Matthew Chapman: great-great grandson of Charles Darwin, screenwriter and director of such films as Runaway Jury and 2011’s The Ledge
  • Charles Ramirez-Berg: film historian and distinguished UT Professor

Tickets are available for up to 250 participants and are expected to sell out quickly. The event will also be webcast live.

I love science…

December 16, 2010 Leave a comment

“I love science, and it pains me to think that so many are terrified of the subject or feel that choosing science also means you cannot choose compassion, or the arts, or be awed by nature. Science is not meant to cure us of mystery, but to reinvent and reinvigorate it.”

~Robert Sapolsky, “Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers” xi

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Pecan Street Project – Request for Information

November 20, 2010 1 comment

This week, the Pecan Street Project (PSP) released its draft Request for Information (RFI). They are asking for comments from interested parties until December 3rd. Over the following week, the folks at the PSP will review all of the comments they receive and will update the draft RFI to its final state, which will be released on or about December 10th.

Before the comment deadline, PSP will hold a conference call at 3pm on November 29th (see the draft RFI for more details).

The Daily Wogan

November 16, 2010 Leave a comment

The Daily Wogan is making its official public debut today. This new blog focuses on sustainability, energy and policy – primarily in the context of local (Austin) issues. The blog’s author, David Wogan, is a member of my research group at The University of Texas at Austin. Check it out here!