Mike Dunleavy, Alaska's governor-elect

The Very Best Pond Scum


Another Governor from Wasilla. What could possibly go wrong? Well, he could pick a bucket of pond scum to fill positions in his administration. Like Lt. Governor-elect Kevin Meyer (R, Conoco-Philips). Alaskans can count of Meyers to put the interests of Alaskans above the interests of Big Oil, you betcha. We can be pretty sure…

Wind wins, with solar coming in second. Coal is unchanged while nuclear got more expensive.

Another Nail in Coal’s Coffin


One of the best ways to measure the cost of generating electricity is to divide the cost by the megawatt hours and life of the plant. By that measure, solar power is now the least expensive way to generate electricity. Even with the cost of storage – solar power doesn’t work in the night time,…

Turbulent flow from a candle

Some Turbulence Ahead


Richard Feynman in 1970 described turbulence as the most important unsolved problem of classical physics. Sir Horace Lamb (in a speech to the British Association for the Advancement of Science in 1932) said that “when I die and go to heaven there are two matters on which I hope for enlightenment. One is quantum electrodynamics, and the…

Aerial Photo, Umiat, Alaska c. 1963

Case Study: The Umiat Mess


Umiat is located in the foothills of the Brooks Range in Alaska, southwest of Prudhoe Bay, in what used to be called Naval Petroleum Reserve No. 4. From 1945 to 1954, the U.S. Navy constructed facilities at Umiat for oil and gas exploration purposes. Improvements included living quarters, mess hall, latrines, shops, powerhouse, office, storage, and…

Walt Handelsman, The Advocate, October 15, 2018

Of Course Trump Believes the Crown Prince


It’s hard for WC to understand why anyone is surprised President Trump says he believes Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Of course he believes the Crown Prince’s denials that he ordered the murder of American journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Think about it: this is Trump’s fantasy, acted out in real life. You don’t like a journalist? Have him…