Pump Prices, Subsidies, Rockets & Feathers Markets

(Consumer protection can only come from more renewables) Blog #87, CaliforniaGeo 7-31-22 Pump prices- Gas station prices have always been closely watched by Americans.  In times of stability, there are still some complaints about gasoline prices.  In times of price increases, many citizens are enraged, and missles spraying that rage are fired in all directions.  […]

Upcoming Dryness (More Danger?)

Blog #86, CaliforniaGeo 4-7-22  Plumas (recent) fire history- Where I live in Quincy, California, we’ve been threatened by wildfire three times in the past five years and we evacuated twice.  The largest and longest danger we endured was from the Dixie Fire from mid-July to late-October, 2021.  By the time of its containment its staffing […]

The 2021 Texas Power Crisis

(With opening re-caps from Wikipedia) Blog #85, CaliforniaGeo 2-12-22 Wikipedia’s opening two paragraphs about Texas’ 2021 deep freeze- “In February 2021, the state of Texas suffered a major power crisis, which came about as a  result of three severe winter storms sweeping across the United States on February 10–11, 13–17, and 15–20. The storms caused […]

Policies That Thrust Cities Forward

(Rankings by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy) Blog #84 CaliforniaGeo 2-8-22 An individual person’s wish or dream is an aspiration that may or may not be fulfilled over time.  Sometimes priorities change.  The equivalent for governmental jurisdictions are referred to as policies.  They are aspirational and out in the open for all […]

Proven Carbon Capture and Avoidance

Photons to wood and Photons to electricity Blog #83, CaliforniaGeo 11-16–21  Fall can be a colorful time of year.  For some, it is the final goodbye to summer’s growing season and for others, a warning that shorter days are already here, with winter fast approaching.  For many of us, coping with Fall is a bit […]

Utility Participation and Iterative Design over Rules of Thumb

Ground Loop Precision for Commercial Applications Blog #82 CaliforniaGeo 9-7-21  IGSHPA’s latest Town Hall- In keeping with an effort to stimulate, enlighten, and provide education on topics aligned with geothermal heat pump technology, the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association produced its most recent Town Hall session on August 26th.  Even though the option for […]

Heat, Drought, and Watershed Storage

Blog #80  6-30-21  CaliforniaGeo   A Heat Dome Covered the Pacific Northwest-  This week, Portland, Oregon became a standout for shattered record temperatures, causing a re-shuffling of high temp U.S. cities.  It was a tough string of days for a region where less than a third of residences have air conditioning.  It  was 117° in […]

Technology (alone) can’t stop global warming

Blog #79 4-18-21 CaliforniaGeo   Trends That Deserve Watching-  California continues to set unwelcome records that focus our attention on increased risk.  In 2020 we experienced a drought year that helped burn a record 4 million+ acres of wild lands, including the largest single fire ever recorded here.  Our most recent 7-year drought ended in […]

In Touch With Underground Physics

Blog #78 CaliforniaGeo 12-10-20    One of those twice-a-year events-      I live in the northern Sierra Nevada at a latitude of 40°North.  Like everyone else we are captives of (or influenced by) the Earth’s seasons.  I’m very much aware that this week we are only about 10 days away from Winter Solstice.  That means there […]

Will Action Follow Awareness?

Blog #77, CaliforniaGeo 10-5-20   Forests from a climate viewpoint-  I live in the center of the Plumas National Forest, located in the northern Sierra Nevada.  It is  owned and managed by the federal government and is just over a million acres in size (1,563 square miles).  As of this writing, California has lost four […]