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25% in 2020 the Japanese Way

Japan is undergoing a huge shift in politics.  For only the second time since 1955, Japan's dominant Liberal Democratic Party lost its control of the House in the Diet, all but assuring Yuko Hatoyama will become the next Prime Minister.  ...

Solar Valley, a Reality?

Having grown up in Silicon Valley, I am proud of how this area has reinvented itself time and time again.  Santa Clara County (sorry, San Francisco and San Mateo County, you're not the valley) survived the defense industry meltdown of ...

Green Acres in Beverly Hills

Ah, Beverly Hills.  90210 has a mythical quality to it--unless you live in LA.  Indeed, BH is a guilty pleasure with its delightful people watching, decadent boutiques, and posh hotels.  I usually cringe when I drive there, however.  Many classic ...

Oil, the Long Good-bye?

If you do not subscribe to Foreign Policy, at least buy the September/October issue.  Much of it is dedicated to oil and where it will be in the coming decades.  The issue is full of lively debate over the future ...

A Hookie-Mookie Energy Approach

“It’s a one-off hookie-mookie.” –Patsy Stone, a character on the British sit-com Absolutely Fabulous, explaining why she could not sit down in her unique virgin silkworm saliva outfit. We are always hearing about slick alternative energy solutions in the media.  This ...

Papering over Uruguay

Uruguay is one of my favorite destinations, a country through which I've traveled three times and which I fantasize about visiting again and again.  Many tourists, and Argentines especially, complain about Uruguay and its capital, Montevideo:  it is "boring," with ...

Djibouti, a geothermal model?

Despite its proximity to the oil-rich Arabian peninsula, Djibouti has no fossil fuel sources of its own.  Lack of resources in general has led to high unemployment, almost no industry, and a huge national debt. 

A Sustainable Hope

Africa is the continent Westerners most misunderstand.  An experience my classmate, who was born in Zimbabwe, had a couple years ago here in LA sums up the knowledge many Americans share about this continent.  While the local cable guy (who ...

Inverting Solar

We've been teasing ourselves about solar since the 1970s, when Jimmy Carter installed solar panels on the White House roof.  With oil prices skyrocketing last year, and their creeping rise this year, there's much talk about solar power being the ...

Don’t Diss the Dakotas

Last year I worked for a company that sent me all over North America for really no good reason.  On one hand, it was a fascinating experience listening to energy executives talk about their corporate strategy when oil was hovering ...
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