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"Dallas" on TV, J.R.’s Nephew, and "Friendlier Fossil Fuel": Premier episode of the new series may have tripped

"Dallas" on TV, J.R.’s Nephew, and "Friendlier Fossil Fuel": Premier episode of the new series may have tripped

This is certainly not the first time I've mentioned, and probably not be the fist time you've noticed, how carelessly the terms alternative energy, clean energy and green energy are bandied about, as if they mean exactly the same thing. What occasions me to repeat this complaint is the revival of the television series "Dallas," which epitomized everything we love to hate about oil. In the new version, says New York Times television correspondent Alessandra Stanley, "the writers have reconstituted the feuds of the second generation of Ewings as an allegory about clean energy versus fossil fuels ." Thus Christopher Ewing, nephew of the infamous J.R. (photo), "has turned his back on drilling and wants to develop methane hydrates as an energy source." There are a couple of problems here, at least as the setup is described by Stanley. Methane hydrates, or methane clathrates if ...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/energywise/energy/fossil-fuels/d...

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