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As one of the first steps in the Obama administration’s Climate Action Plan, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a proposed carbon emissions rule on Friday, September 20. The proposal would effectively require all new coal-fired power plants to employ carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technology. Environmentalists hail the proposal as [...]

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Focus on Fracking

On July 23, 2013 By John Craven

A landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing conducted by the National Energy Technology Laboratory in Pittsburgh found no evidence that chemicals from a drilling site moved up to contaminate nearby drinking water aquifers at a western Pennsylvania drilling site. The study was the first in which a drilling company let [...]

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SHIELD Act or Horse and Buggy?

On July 20, 2012 By Nick Barry

The Secure High-voltage Infrastructure for Electricity from Lethal Damage Act (SHIELD Act, HR 668), aims to protect America’s electric grid against an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) event.  There are essentially only two static events that could cause significant EMP damage: 1) a coronal mass ejection (CME) (or solar storm) or 2) Continue Reading

Thirty seven states have adopted renewable portfolio standards (RPS) or non-binding renewable energy goals, and the once-distant deadlines for deriving a minimum percentage of electricity set by these standards are fast approaching or have already passed, sometimes without being met. As states scramble to generate more electricity with renewable sources, some are turning [...]

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Domestic Use of Drones

On February 15, 2012 By Amelia McKeithen

Americans have become increasingly accustomed to the use of drones, unmanned aircraft, in military operations abroad.  However, if drones were flying through neighborhoods here in the US, it may raise new issues.  New regulations expected from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) may soon permit just that.  The FAA has historically limited civilian use of [...]

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Solyndra’s failure is a wake-up call to policymakers who support renewable energy, but it is a call to do more, not less. The $535 million loan guarantee issued to the now-bankrupt California-based manufacturer of thin-film solar cells shows that, though money matters, it isn’t enough to build an internationally-competitive renewable energy industry. The U.S. [...]

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Still Waiting for a DeLorean Time Machine. . .

On October 15, 2010 By Christine Hawes

When one thinks of futuristic modes of transportation, especially those portrayed in science fiction movies and TV shows, there is a decided trend in what people believe/hope personal transport will look like in the future. Our media portrayal of the future seems to predict hover cars, spaceships, and cars that can [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On October 11, 2010 By JETLaw

The Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law would like to take this opportunity to express our deepest sympathies to the friends and family of Vanderbilt Law Professor Richard Nagareda. Professor Nagareda passed away unexpectedly on Friday, October 8, 2010.  He was an outstanding professor and wonderful friend to many, and touched many lives during [...]

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The Washington Post reported late last week that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently changed its consumer guidance on cell phone purchases to no longer suggest that consumers concerned about cancer buy cellphones with lower radiation emissions. The change was revealed on a consumer factsheet entitled, “SAR For Cell Phones: What [...]

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The story unfolds like a hybrid horror or science fiction film: a serial killer called the Grim Sleeper preys on prostitutes and drug addicts, murdering them and disposing of their bodies in dumpsters and alleyways in a south Los Angeles neighborhood. The deranged man kills at least seven women in the mid-1980’s and then [...]

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