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Entries from May 2011

Why We Fight (rail edition)

May 30th, 2011 · Comments Off on Why We Fight (rail edition)


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Tags: Energy · oil · rail

Hertz electrifies me …

May 24th, 2011 · Comments Off on Hertz electrifies me …

Hertz rent-a-car just secured another customer:  Connect by Hertz now has an electric vehicles option. And, they are bringing to Washington, DC, with one of the locations not far from my office. Since I bike to my office (in my PHEV — an electric assist bike), those times where I might require a car for […]

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Tags: Energy

Imagine There’s No Cars in the Streets

May 14th, 2011 · 3 Comments

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Tags: environmental · guest post

Energy VIDEO: “Fracked. Yeah, totally FRACKED.”

May 13th, 2011 · 1 Comment

We face challenges in communicating energy, climate, and other resource challenges and opportunities for moving forward toward a prosperous, climate-friendly future. Considering the recent climate scientists’ rap video, Who’s a climate scientist?, perhaps it is past time to more regularly sharing videos ‘with a message’. With that in mind, here is My water’s on fire.

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Tags: Energy · Energy VIDEO

“Who’s a Climate Scientist?”

May 11th, 2011 · 2 Comments

A basic challenge in complex modern society: how does one translate expert opinion on complex issues into broader discussion? This is true for almost every domain of our society, whether discussing nutrition or infrastructure investment requirements or budgetary issues or climate disruption. As for the last, many have been seeking to foster paths for scientists […]

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Tags: science

Caring Coal

May 10th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Reminiscent a bit of Caroling Coal, my in-box this morning was deluged with Peabody Energy press releases (see full material after the fold) and other announcements of a new public relations campaign:  Coal Cares.  Evidently stung by the medical community’s highlighting of the linkages between the burning of coal (mainly for electricity) and health problems in […]

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Tags: coal · emissions · Energy · environmental · environmental economics · pollution

Florida fights to increase nutrient pollution, algae blooms, and midge population

May 6th, 2011 · Comments Off on Florida fights to increase nutrient pollution, algae blooms, and midge population

This guest post from DWG provides a window on depressing developments in Florida highlighing the likely impacts of pending (soon to be signed) legislation. Nothing attracts tourists, increases property values, and improves quality of life like water choked with algae and clouds of aquatic midges hovering nearby. Fortunately, Governor Rick Scott and his Republican allies […]

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Tags: environmental · environmental economics · pollution

bin Laden Hated This Car

May 4th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Former CIA Director and advisor to John McCain during the 2008 campaign James Woolsey   bubbles with enthusiasm when speaking of his car: a modified Prius which is a Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) able to run on electricity from his roof-top solar and on gasoline for an equivalent of about 100 miles per gallon. “We’re […]

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Tags: Energy · oil · PHEV · transportation

Climate Disruption Activists Seek Aid re Arrests for Disrupting Climate Disrupters

May 4th, 2011 · Comments Off on Climate Disruption Activists Seek Aid re Arrests for Disrupting Climate Disrupters

As you are so well aware from the massive media coverage (note the sarcasm?), 10,000 youth climate activists gathered in Washington, DC, last month, in Powershift 2011.  Powershift representatives met with the President (for a first-person account, see What I Said at The White House). They shared their stories — successes and failures. They engaged with key leaders and […]

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Tags: catastrophic climate change · climate change · Global Warming · political symbols

Carpe Diem! Killed bin Laden? Now kill oil …

May 2nd, 2011 · 1 Comment

In the aftermath of 9/11, President George W. Bush had a moment to change history and turn America(ns) toward a more prosperous and secure future. Rather than seizing the day to announce a plan to end America’s oil addiction and ‘turn oil into salt’, President Bush called on Americans to go out and shop while […]

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Tags: Energy · government energy policy · oil · politics