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.

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Wind-Powered Vehicles: Is this a Thing?

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Paul Gipe

Yes it is. Back in 2022 I wrote two articles on solar and wind-powered EVs. The former I said held …

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We’re Number 1 Again: Bakersfield Tops US Air Pollution Charts

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Paul Gipe

Yes siree, we’re serious folk here in Bakersfield, Kern County’s largest city. We strive to be Number 1 in whatever …

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Tony Swan–a Rock

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Paul Gipe

Tony Swan was a rock. He was someone you could always lean on. You could depend on him. If he …

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Nyckelharpa Concert in Bako

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Paul Gipe

Our friends organized a group to see a concert dubbed “blue grass and swedish.” The Swedes were bringing their Nyckelharpa. …

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To Beck Meadow and Beyond–One More Time into the Sierra Wilderness

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Paul Gipe

Yes, I made it out of the Southern Sierra Wilderness on my own power but there were times when it …

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Getting Back on the Horse

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Paul Gipe

Getting Back on the Horse After months staring at my expensive bicycle I finally got on it. Ok, I wasn’t …

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