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Influence on Energy Policy

When I first considered writing this five part expose' on energy scams I knew that the final article would be the most difficult to write. Who wants to challenge a company like Google, let alone a small publisher like Open4Energy who's existence depends on the ubiquity and capabilities of the internet. Who wants to ask people who care passionately about renewable energy, to examine the information underpinning their beliefs.

Our Attitude to Energy Efficiency

James Hansen, one of the early scientists who sounded the alarm to congress in 1988 made a point of saying "the biggest worry isn't what we put in our cars, but what we put in our power plants". It is consumers and small businesses who use the electricity that these plants create, and account for the majority of energy waste in our society.

No Server Case Studies?

There is no shortage of rhetoric on green IT amongst our esteemed muckety-mucks, but Google "data center case study" and see for yourself the limited progress that has been made. Google has an impressive track record. But with 100's of thousands of servers you would hope they were doing something.

Hostage Situation by Ron Jones

The funerals in West Virginia coal country had barely slipped from the daily headlines when another fossil fuel disaster projected itself onto our computers and television screens. We found ourselves staring into a river of crude oil spewing from an almost mile-deep well head in the Gulf of Mexico as it embarked on its inexorable journey to our southern coastline, leaving in its wake a trail of death to every living thing it touched.

Power Save 1200 - Scam Review

The "Power Save 1200" claims to reduce your electricity bill by using capacitors to alter the power factor of the electricity being consumed in your home. It further claims that an improved power factor will extend the life of electrical devices, help electrical motors run more efficiently, save light bulbs and eliminate static interference.