NASA Discovered Fewer Emissions from Jet Engines Using Biofuels

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Biofuels
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Mechanical engineering professional Jacob Kingston has focused his career on the energy industry, serving as the CEO of Washakie Renewable Energy in Utah. In this capacity, Jacob Kingston oversees operations at the biofuel production company.

The use of biofuels is becoming increasingly popular. In mid-March of 2017, NASA released a study on particle emissions left by jet engines. According to the study, engines that used biofuels could reduce their particle emissions by up to 70 percent.

The study compiled data gathered during test flights for the Alternative Fuel Effects on Contrails and Cruise Emissions Study. The flights, completed in 2013 and 2014, looked at how alternative fuels affect engine performance, aircraft contrails (condensation trails in the sky), and engine emissions.

NASA focused heavily on persistent contrails because they create long-lasting clouds in the atmosphere. Researchers believe that these contrails negatively affect the environment.

Because of the study’s results, researchers felt hopeful for both the environment and aviation economics. If biofuels become widely used, jets and other aircraft will minimize the impact they have on the environment.

Three Quick and Easy Seafood Recipe Ideas

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Seafood Recipes
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The CEO of Washakie Renewable Energy, Jacob Kingston earned his PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Utah in 2000. Outside of work, Jacob Kingston is a passionate cook who enjoys creating seafood meals. Below are three quick and easy favorites.

1. Pan-seared scallops and cilantro-celery mayonnaise: Scallops can be cooked to perfection over medium-high heat in less than 7 minutes. For the sauce, combine low-fat mayonnaise, minced celery, fresh cilantro, salt, and pepper. Serve with lime wedges.

2. Shrimp and tomato linguine pasta: The key to this dish is the sauce. Combine diced tomatoes, garlic, and dry white wine. Bring to a simmer for 30 minutes before adding butter and salt and pepper. Cook the linguine as directed and use Cajun seasoning when preparing the shrimp.

3. Mexican baked fish: It takes less than 30 minutes to create this Mexican-inspired fish recipe. Place cod fillets in a prepared baking dish and pour salsa, shredded cheese, and crushed tortilla chips on top. Bake uncovered at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes.

Supporting the Sierra Club through Donations and Membership

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Sierra Club
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The CEO of Washakie Renewable Energy, Dr. Jacob Kingston holds a PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Utah. Throughout his career, he has periodically taken jobs within the energy sector and been involved in mine safety, wind development, and renewable energies. To further help environment, Dr. Jacob Kingston also supports the Sierra Club.

Founded in 1892 by John Muir, the Sierra Club protects and explores the world’s natural resources, thanks to donations from its members and dedicated supporters. There are several ways interested individuals can support the organization, the simplest of which is by providing a one-time donation. These donations can be made online and in varying amounts. Donors can also set up recurring monthly donations. The Sierra Club puts 100 percent of donated funds toward supporting its work unless donors request a field messenger bag.

The Sierra Club also encourages donors to become members. Membership benefits include a free field messenger bag, a free one-year subscription to Sierra Magazine, and various eco-travel opportunities. Furthermore, members receive discounts on Sierra Club merchandise. There are several different levels of membership, ranging from $15 to $250. Lifetime memberships are also available at $1,000 for a single membership or $1,250 for a joint membership.