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Entries from June 2011

Competitive Eschatology and Climate Denial

June 21st, 2011 · Comments Off on Competitive Eschatology and Climate Denial

A guest post from Warren S that merits reading … and thinking …  For a somewhat related piece, see Sourcing Skepticism … what factors drive questioning of Global Warming? One of my recurring dilemmas: trying to imagine myself in the head of a climate change denialist.   Why?  Why reject all the evidence?  Why be […]

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Tags: climate delayers · climate zombies · global warming deniers

White House Without Excuse For Missed Solar Deadline

June 20th, 2011 · 4 Comments

Facing growing and increasingly prominent calls to restore solar panels to the White House roof, roughly 30 years after Ronald Reagan pulled off the panels President Jimmy Carter put up, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu made an exciting announcement at Green Gov last October: As we move toward a clean energy economy, the White House will […]

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Tags: Energy · Obama Administration · political symbols · President Barack Obama · renewable energy · solar · Solar Energy

Climate Disruption: THE Progressive Crisis!

June 17th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Sunday, Brendan Smith and Jeremy Brecher asked Are Progressives in Denial About Climate Change? If you listen to right wing commentators, you might think American progressives are leading the charge to protect our planet from climate change. Would that it were so! Smith and Brecher lay out a series of challenges and issues that coalesce […]

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Tags: climate change · Energy · Global Warming · peak oil · politics

Congressional Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency EXPO

June 16th, 2011 · Comments Off on Congressional Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency EXPO

One of the more interesting energy events in DC each and every year (for 14 years running), the Congressional Renewable Enegy & Energy Efficiency EXPO exposes Congressional staff and (some) members to a range of intriguing (and potentially explosive) technologies, companies, and associations as well as truly top-notch thinkers meriting serious attention. This session is […]

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Tags: Energy

My White House is Solar Cool. Mr. President, why isn’t yours?

June 15th, 2011 · 4 Comments

Sometimes, your kids tell you great things. We have the coolest house on the street. Wow. We’re cool — according to the kids. Certainly isn’t the non-existent slide for the pool that isn’t there. Our lack of a huge media room and the glaring absence of a gym didn’t contribute. And, while I’ve always thought […]

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Tags: political symbols · President Barack Obama · solar · Solar Energy

In the Fixer-Upper with Barack Obama

June 15th, 2011 · 2 Comments

This guest post is from Bill McKibben who is the co-founder of the grassroots climate group, and Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College. Nothing tests a relationship like home renovation (well, maybe twittering crotch shots, but I mean for ordinary folks). Fixing the kitchen, putting in a new bathroom: “It can bring up core […]

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Tags: Energy · political symbols · politics · President Barack Obama · renewable energy · solar · Solar Energy

Improving Energy Efficiency in Master Metered Condos

June 11th, 2011 · Comments Off on Improving Energy Efficiency in Master Metered Condos

I’ve been writing about the trials and tribulations of energy conservation in a master metered condo high rise (see More Musing on Master Metering). Montgomery County, Maryland offered $1.7 million ( from federal economic stimulus funds) for energy conservation projects in commercial buildings and high rise apartments. My condo board agreed to apply. We were […]

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Tags: Energy · master metering

An abortive “Bike to Work” Day … with many bike to work days

June 11th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Many moons ago, in the pre-parenthood and pre-other things stage of life, I lived happily in a small apartment right on a bike path and just a few miles from work.  Biking was recreational and an easy (occasional) choice to take to the office or go to some event.  Times have changed … children, changed […]

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Tags: Energy

Not an “Orange” Cent!

June 10th, 2011 · Comments Off on Not an “Orange” Cent!

Last month, Daily Kos’ front page boldly proclaimed Orange-to-Blue: Our new questionaire. These seven questions, while “not a litmus test”, set a clear standard for judging whether that progressive policy / politics community should or shouldn’t put it resources to bear in support of a political candidate. Notably (and far from just to me) these […]

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Tags: climate change · political symbols · politics

“do not wonder …”

June 10th, 2011 · Comments Off on “do not wonder …”

CAUTION! It is vitally important not to make connections! Here is a video that cannot be watched by anyone who believes it is verboten to ask questions and think … You should not wonder … This merits watching / liking at Youtube to help get more eyeballs on it: here.  (Full text  below the fold.) […]

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Tags: climate change