Essays & Other Articles

This section archives articles and essays on topics that don’t quite fit into the other categories on energy. They include articles on high-mileage vehicles, chain-reaction accidents, our neighbors, Tule fog, and . . . well . . . other subjects.

Justice in America: If You’re Going to Steal–Steal Big

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Paul Gipe

Charles Keating died recently. His death marked a milestone in American political history. His crimes and those of my nephew illustrates one of the truisms in America often attributed to Al Capone. “If you’re going to steal, steal big.”

On the Writing Life

By

Paul Gipe

I began writing as a way to explore the world, learn something new, and make a difference. It has been …

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10,000 miles per gallon of gasoline: Shell’s Ecomarathon

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Paul Gipe

On Aprill 11 and 12, 2008 teams from highschools, colleges, and universities from across the continent were scrambling in the …

Get to Know Your Neighbors

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Lupe knocked at the door yesterday. Lupe’s our postman. If anyone knows what’s going on in our neighborhood, it’s Lupe. …

Tule Fog or Three Strikes and You Could Be Out

By

Paul Gipe

You’ve read about those massive chain-reaction accidents. Miles of mangled vehicles on Germany’s autobahn, Italy’s autostrada, New Jersey’s Turnpike, or …