Author Archives: Chris VanDixon

Read and Respond 2: Bjorn Lomborg vs. Tesla

Bjorn Lomborg brings up some very valid points in his article about electric cars not being quite as clean as people are led to believe.  He brings up the very valid point that in order to power these cars, they … Continue reading

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Assignment 4: Nuclear Energy Stigmata Final Draft

Sirens are never a good thing.  We hear them and we immediately think of danger.  Whether it be an ambulance rushing someone to the hospital or a police officer pulling you over, sirens are typically not a good thing.  But … Continue reading

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Assignment 3: The Sky Window is Closing Final Draft

The greenhouse effect gets a great deal of negative press as it is one of the contributing factors to global warming.  What few people realize is that the greenhouse effect is precisely the reason we have an inhabitable planet.  If … Continue reading

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Bibliography #4: Nuclear Energy Stigmata

Topic: Investigating the stigma that surround the nuclear energy industry and see just how “dangerous” this relatively clean form of energy production really is.  I will be looking into both environmental impacts as well human safety concerns. Audience:  My audience … Continue reading

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Bibliography 3: The Sky Window is Closing

Topic:  Talk about the sky window and how it relates to global warming.  This is a topic that not many people may know about and thus I feel this will be a very informative post about how the sky window … Continue reading

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Read and Respond #1: The Reign of Recycling

For this first read and respond assignment I have read John Tierney’s “The Reign of Recycling”.  I thought this was a very well written article but was lacking in one particular area.  I have always been taught about the three … Continue reading

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Assignment 2: Household Photovoltaics

We hear all too often that we are in an energy crisis.  We hear about power outages all across the nation because the grid is well over its capacity at times.  Scientists and politicians have spent countless hours of their … Continue reading

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Bibliography: Household Photovoltaics

Topic: Household Photovoltaic Installation Audience: Anyone who hopes to offset their power bills also make an investment that will pay for itself over its lifetime. Source 1: Direct Energy Solar. Payback Period of Solar Installation. August, 2014. Relevant data is … Continue reading

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Grey Water Toilets

Water is something that we all take for granted each and every day.  We turn on the faucet and there is clean water there.  Not all countries have this luxury.  Not all people are awarded this type of security in … Continue reading

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Math Test

\(x^3-3x^2-10x = 0\) \((1+r)^n\) \((5.7\times 10^{-8})\times(1.6\times 10^{12})=9.12\times 10^4\) \(\pi L(1-\alpha)R^2 = 4\pi\sigma T^4 R^2\) \(12 \text { km} \times \frac{0.6 \text  { mile}}{1 \text { km}} \approx 7.2 \text  { mile} \) \[12 \text { km} \times \frac{0.6 \text  { … Continue reading

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Assignment 1: Grey Water Toilet Draft

Intro:  Water is something that we all take for granted each and every day.  We turn on the faucet and there is clean water there.  Not all countries have this luxury.  Not all people are awarded this type of security … Continue reading

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Bibliography: Grey Water Toilet

Topic: Compare the water usage of an average toilet in the United States to that of a grey water toilet.  The unnecessary need to use perfectly clean water in a toilet. Audience: People concerned about wasting water and those curious … Continue reading

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Introductory Post: Christopher VanDixon

Hi everyone! My name is Chris VanDixon.  I am a junior studying Energy Engineering and minoring in both Energy Business & Finance (EBF) and Environmental Engineering. I hope to someday work in the field of renewable energy which is what … Continue reading

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