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For your efforts in promoting Green environment through various articles.Rukn950 (talk) 10:40, 19 June 2014 (UTC)

Nice you are back[edit]

Hi, Johnfos. It nice to see that your retirement is not final. Whatever happened, you have done a good job on the energy-related articles and we really missed you. Beagel (talk) 11:17, 9 February 2013 (UTC)

Nice note, Beagel. Appreciate that. After "burning out", I will be editing at a reduced level. Expect I will be calling on your expertise from time to time... thanks... Johnfos (talk) 03:46, 10 February 2013 (UTC)
Best wishes, John! :) Rehman 12:43, 16 February 2013 (UTC)
Very nice to hear from you, Rehman, its been quite a while... best wishes to you too :) Johnfos (talk) 06:29, 17 February 2013 (UTC)

Interesting edits[edit]

Hi Johnfos, I'm hoping that your semi-retirement won't exclude your further good works on environmental matters, such as in Environmental impact of wind power, which is currently undergoing revisions by a number of new editors. By the way I plan on asking for the creation of indexed Wikipensions for editors of your calibre; would you like one? ;-) Best: HarryZilber (talk) 16:41, 13 February 2013 (UTC)

Hi Harry, Thank you for your kind words and support. I think you are the high-calibre editor who deserves the Wikipension! But you are quite right; I should do more on environmental articles. I helped to bring Sustainability up to GA, and enjoyed working with those editors over there. And I'm sure there are other possibilities. As for Environmental impact of wind power, may I gently suggest that I stay out of it for a while, as you have Kim and Nigel, two very good editors, helping already. But I will keep a watchful eye on things. Best, Johnfos (talk) 09:39, 14 February 2013 (UTC)

Email for you![edit]

Brownie transparent.png Hi, John. I’m glad to see you here again. I’ve sent you email. Psychiatrick (talk) 20:17, 15 February 2013 (UTC)
Thank you for that... email received... and I will send a return email... Johnfos (talk) 06:27, 17 February 2013 (UTC)

Renewable energy[edit]

Hi Johnfos, one of your recent edits removed some quote material from Al Gore in the economic trends section. It doesn't appear dated or inaccurate (save for the 'windmill' reference), did you intend to move it elsewhere? Best: HarryZilber (talk) 16:08, 4 April 2013 (UTC)

Hi Harry, nice to hear from you. Are you meaning this edit: [1] ? There were a couple of complaints some time ago about Al Gore not be the most suitable source for renewable economics, so I made the change when I saw something that people might be happier with. But, yes, the Gore material could be moved elsewhere. Thanks. Johnfos (talk) 19:02, 4 April 2013 (UTC)
Yes, that's the material. I believe it would be better to reinstate it in another section rather than to just leave it out (changing the 'windmill' to ".....[wind turbine]...." to avoid confusion). It has upbeat information and comes from a well known source; if his thoughts won't be wholly accurate in ten years (who's to know) they are still noteworthy. He may not be an economist but as a former US VP and Nobel laureate he still has plenty of chops. Best: HarryZilber (talk) 12:54, 5 April 2013 (UTC)

Nuclear power phase-out[edit]

Hi Johnfos,

FYI, you have been obliquely blamed for an edit that is related to a dispute I'm having with the same editor. My beef is his blog-ish use of his user space, and the matter has highlighted a conflict between the two of you that has never even started being discussed (so you probably don't know about it!)

I will spare you the play-by-play and hit the highlights.

  • At the time, there was a faulty talk page redir and nothing was exchanged at either the right or the wrong article talk pages.

It rather looks like a slow-motion edit war. Anyway, I would encourage both of you to engage in meaningful WP:BRD at the now-repaired Talk:Nuclear_power_phase-out.

Cheers (and I will leave a note of this post on his talk page in the interest of total disclosure) NewsAndEventsGuy (talk) 02:51, 5 April 2013 (UTC)

Hi. I actually haven't edited Nuclear phase-out for some time. I'm a semi-retired Wikipedian now, with limited time, and don't get involved in messy disputes. But it sounds like you are in a good position to contribute something, and looking at the history page, many good editors have an interest in this article. Thanks. Johnfos (talk) 13:10, 5 April 2013 (UTC)

Environment by year[edit]

John, given that you have done at least one edit to them I was about to suggest that you help me out with the articles in Category:Environment by year but then I see that you are semi-retired. That is a shame. I think you have been quite productive. We have had some interactions in the past? Sometimes I would like to retire as well. Unpaid and overworked and all that! Face-smile.svg -- Alan Liefting (talk - contribs) 21:03, 5 April 2013 (UTC)

Thanks, Alan, for thinking of me. It sounds like a wonderful project. But unfortunately time doesn't permit me to get involved at this stage. Johnfos (talk) 00:30, 7 April 2013 (UTC)

Nuclear Power in the US - How should it be organized?[edit]

Thanks for your edits to Nuclear Power in the United States. The article still needs a lot of work. Right now, too much of it consists of disconnected facts and opinions, without any organization. What I have tried to do recently is to start organizing the "History" section so that it has at least some minimal narrative flow. The "Recent Developments" section, divided by years, is, imho, a horrible way to chop up narrative so that it makes no overall sense. It has enabled lazy editors to just plop factoids into the current year, without connecting them to what has occurred in previous years; after a few years of this, it has become a mess. It would be better to change "Recent Developments" into an updated "Current Status" section, and move everything else into "History". My original intent was to organize the yearly factoids in Recent Developments into "Nuclear renaissance" and "Post-Fukishima" sections within "History". How do you think it should be organized? Regards, Plazak (talk) 12:49, 1 August 2013 (UTC)

Hi Plazak, and thank you for your edits. I've tried to build on your new structure and flesh it out a bit. I've tried to sort that "accident definition" thing that you raised on the Talk page, as I think you have a point there. regards, Johnfos (talk) 12:57, 1 August 2013 (UTC)
I agree we should move more material from "Recent developments" into the main part of the article, and conclude with a section on "Current Status". Johnfos (talk) 06:04, 3 August 2013 (UTC)

List of cancelled formatting[edit]

Hey Johnfos. I was just adding a couple of recent entries to the List of canceled nuclear plants in the United States, but I found editing the list to be really tedious. I'm thinking of ways to make it simpler. What do you think of…

  • placing the reactors of a single "phase" of construction in a single row - like "Darlington B"
  • changing "Unit" to "Units", and using this column as a count, rather than a name
  • changing the meaning of the output columns to "output per reactor"

These changes would greatly shrink the list, and eliminate the need for the styling to highlight the grouping. What do you think? Maury Markowitz (talk) 14:49, 13 November 2013 (UTC)

Yes, great idea Maury. And I enjoyed reading your informative user page. Johnfos (talk) 20:19, 13 November 2013 (UTC)

CND picture[edit]

Thanks for adding that excellent picture to the CND article. It actually depicts a demonstration by the Committee of 100 and I wonder if it shouldn't be moved to that article, which has no pictures at all. Pelarmian (talk) 19:44, 27 November 2013 (UTC)

Yes, good idea, Pelarmian. (I actually lifted the photo from the Bertrand Russell article.) Johnfos (talk) 14:04, 28 November 2013 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Especially for your good work keeping the NPOV in energy industry articles. Trofobi (talk) 08:40, 19 December 2013 (UTC)
Thank you so much, Trofobi. You are very kind... Johnfos (talk) 09:44, 19 December 2013 (UTC)

Krypton and Xenon?[edit]

I noticed that you added to the article Environmental impact of nuclear power that among the pollutants emitted were krypton and xenon. I presume that you mean radioisotopes of these elements, because stable isotopes of these inert gasses would be harmless. Also, some concentrations and pathways for these contaminants would be informative, as well as your reference. Thanks. Plazak (talk) 14:27, 24 December 2013 (UTC)

Hi Plazak, Sovacool is the source, and I would think he means krypton-85 and xenon-133, but this is not specified in the reference. A note on his Talk page User talk:Bksovacool would clarify things I think. Thanks, Johnfos (talk) 18:27, 24 December 2013 (UTC)

plowshares[edit]

hello I noticed your edits on Plowshares Movement, an article which relates to this is Ploughshares Fund. I am attempting to source this article, do you mind at the least watching this article and possibly assisting me? Thank you so much. Igottheconch (talk) 06:50, 27 December 2013 (UTC)

Happy to help where I can. As general background in this area of Evangelical environmentalism, I have found Lawrence S. Wittner and [2] to be helpful. And of course there has been much recent scholarly work on the Plowshares topic, see [3]. regards, Johnfos (talk) 09:15, 27 December 2013 (UTC)
Done -- Text expanded, image added, Further Reading section added. Johnfos (talk) 02:34, 3 January 2014 (UTC)

Query[edit]

Just wanted to query this edit. In NSW (unlike the QLD Crime & Misconduct Commission, for example) the ICAC has nothing to do with the police. Adding a See also for the riot squad and cases that didn't involve the agency (at all) seems strange. Happy to discuss. Cheers, Stalwart111 11:24, 6 January 2014 (UTC).

The Police Integrity Commission has responsibility for investigating allegations of police corruption in NSW. However, the ICAC has jurisdiction to investigate corruption by police officers where it also involves other public officials who are not police or administrative staff employed by the NSW Police. Will look again at See also list and refine. Thanks. Johnfos (talk) 01:33, 7 January 2014 (UTC)
Yes, in the same way it has jurisdiction over all State Government agencies. Adding one (the Police) as if there is a particular need for the ICAC to be linked to that agency just seemed a bit strange. The new list is much, much better. Nice work! Stalwart111 09:16, 7 January 2014 (UTC)

A Tesla Roadster for you![edit]

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Thank you for contributing to Wikipedia! Gg53000 (talk) 20:16, 8 January 2014 (UTC)
What a nice surprise... thank you very much. And thanks for your contributions to WP too... Johnfos (talk) 04:01, 9 January 2014 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Thank you for your help and editing. I'm a Wikipedia newbie (but a long-time researcher of nuclear issues). I am grateful for your help with this page. Netherzone (talk) 03:07, 6 February 2014 (UTC)
Thanks and look forward to working with you in the future... What other new articles do you have planned? Johnfos (talk) 01:51, 7 February 2014 (UTC)

Ecological art[edit]

Hi Johnfos, thanks for adding the photo - I'm very grateful, and it's good to meet you here. I'm working on a page for the amazing ecological writer, curator, and permaculture practitioner, Linda Weintraub. And a page on nuclear worker labor issues. Both in rough sandbox form at the moment. Just tonight I noticed there is not an article on Political art. How can that be? That's a must-do. I'm also working with a group of Ecological artists to edit the Environmental art page, and to develop a distinction between these two genres/disciplines. Thanks for asking! What projects are you working on? Netherzone (talk) 06:22, 7 February 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for offering me the photographers barnstar, but I just lifted that image from another page, so will graciously decline it. There is an article on Art and politics which may interest you. I'm semi-retired now on WP now, and just dabble in many subject areas, mainly energy-related. Nuclear worker labor issues sounds interesting. Have you seen Nuclear power whistleblowers? Johnfos (talk) 02:13, 9 February 2014 (UTC)


Nuclear Labor Issues - your advise is sought[edit]

Greetings, Johnfos,

I just now saw your message from February. I'm still getting the hang of Wikipedia. Your sage advise and input is requested, when and if you have the time on a new page I'm working on - Nuclear Labor Issues. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_Labor_Issues

It's still in the beginning stages - once I have the time to go thru my bibliography and library on this topic, I will develop it. However, I can see that this may interest you, and that you may have some advice for me. Many thanks and best. Netherzone (talk) 01:29, 1 April 2014 (UTC)

Hi Netherzone, You have made a good start on an interesting topic, with good supporting references. But would a more descriptive article title be "Radioactive materials workers"? There is obviously a legacy of these work practices which exists today, but to what extent have there been improvements in working conditions in recent decades? regards, Johnfos (talk) 10:39, 4 April 2014 (UTC)
Thank you Johnfos - Excellent idea to focus on the material hazards to workers rather than framing it as "labor issues". Next I will begin going thru my library as I write content into the sections that are missing text. Your second question implies a chronology, whereas I was thinking geographically...spatial rather than temporal. I will think that one through. Would you happen to know if Wikipedia permits links to YouTube videos - there are some good films and news stories on video. Best regards, Netherzone (talk) 04:12, 5 April 2014 (UTC)
Please see WP:YOUTUBE... regards, Johnfos (talk) 08:40, 8 April 2014 (UTC)

Wind Industry’s New Tech[edit]

Nice addition to Renewable energy commercialization; I'm enthused to learn about this, and without your contribution, I'd not have seen it - thanks!--E8 (talk) 20:27, 4 April 2014 (UTC)

Thanks E8. Things are moving very fast with renewable energy, and it is difficult to keep up with all the new developments. Have you seen the 100% renewable energy article, which suggests where things are going. Johnfos (talk) 08:27, 6 April 2014 (UTC)

Good article reassessment[edit]

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Thanks Beagel... Johnfos (talk) 11:23, 8 June 2014 (UTC)

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Proposed revisions: Ivanpah Solar Power Facility[edit]

Hi, Johnfos. Was wondering if you might consider helping with some edits I requested on the Ivanpah Solar Power Facility page. Unfortunately, I am unable to make them myself because of a COI. I haven't had any luck in getting someone to review and make the changes. They are all very straightforward and just correcting factually incorrect information and I have provided all the necessary sources. Could you help? Thx for considering it! SusanChana (talk) 21:07, 9 October 2014 (UTC)

Hi, Best to get an Admin involved if there might be COI issues. Please try User:DASonnenfeld, as he is very experienced. I have watchlisted the page and will keep an eye things. Johnfos (talk) 11:20, 10 October 2014 (UTC)

Appreciate your guidance and support on this SusanChana (talk) 12:51, 10 October 2014 (UTC)

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