Archives for Energy - Page 64

Green is grey

I recently had a discussion with like-minded folks where we bantered about what it meant to be “green.”  It’s gone from fringe to fashion, activist to academic, from mocked to a true movement. Growing up, the debate had always been so ...

Russian Roulette?

At the G-8 summit in L’Aquila, Italy, Russia announced that an 80% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 was unacceptable.  Developing countries applauded; developed ones cringed.  But can we really blame the Russians for balking at this goal?  We know ...

Slim Pickens

Gotta love infomercials. Admit it: a Jack La Lane juicer would nourish you, the melon cream Cindy Crawford uses would make you look younger, and who can forget slogans such as “Set it and forget it” yelled with evangelical fervor! Okay, ...

GreenPunks

Yesterday, Greenpeace pulled another stunt:  unfurling a banner at Mount Rushmore to send the G-8 a message about climate stage.  Of course my impression of most Greenpeace activists is that most can’t read a book or map:  did any of ...

The South (Bay) Will Rise Again

“Do you know the way to San Jose?  They’ve got a lot of space . . ." - Burt Bacharach, sung by Dionne Warwick Okay, that song's a bit dated. My home is now Los Angeles, but my heart and mind are ...

Green Travel

I love to travel.  Well, not air travel--American carriers are atrocious, from their fight against security measures, horrific service, and filthy planes.  Southwest and Virgin America have become our luxury airlines, while the legacy carriers have become Greyhound with wings.  ...

Deere Corporations,

I cannot help but smirk when I hear big business wants government out of its way.  The nasty truth is that business is all for regulations when the rules are in their favor.   Changing the rules in favoring some industries often ...

Let her go

"Oil of coal, of course, is a fungible commodity and they don't flag, ya know, the molecules where, where it's going to, where it's not, but and in the, in the sense of the Congress today they know our very, ...

Another Hydrocarbon Heist in the Making?

We can wax philosophically, on and on and on, about the instability "big oil" has engendered throughout the world:  Hugo Chavez's regime in Venezuela, corruption in Nigeria, sabre-rattling in Russia, and oh yeah . . . the Middle East.   However, there's ...

Finnishing dependence on fossil fuels

Finland is the quiet sibling amongst the Scandinavian family of nations.  Bordering Russia, it doesn’t have the “brand” recognition that Sweden (Ikea and ABBA), Norway (fjords), and Denmark (Maersk).  In the renewable energy debate, you don’t hear about Finland’s policies ...

Keeping some in labor

Everyone agrees that workers on public works projects should be paid a fare wage.  And with all due respect to ditch diggers . . . solar and wind farms--or any renewable energy projects for that matter-- don't just need brawn.  ...
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