With bulging inventories of oil and a global economy set to shrink for the first time since World War II, it’s hard to imagine great short-term growth prospects for solar and other renewable energy sources. But generous governmental support, a bit of private leadership, and a backlog of demand from 2008 have kept the industry Continue reading
After forecasters predicted a variety of tracks for Ike these past several days, it finally ended up taking one of the worst possible paths in terms of potential damage to oil and gas infrastructure. Not only is it hitting a large swath of offshore oil and gas rigs, but it also threatens to flood and cut off electricity for the refining center of our country. Luckily for everyone, Ike wasn’t organized enough to pull together its Category 4 potential. But the storm surge and the huge swath affected by this enormous storm make it potentially devastating nonetheless. The latest National Hurricane Center track has Ike Continue reading
So, if you haven’t seen it yet — Gore gave an excited crowd some serious goals to chew on yesterday. He proposed our country take the climate and energy crisis more seriously — and transform our electric infrastructure from being fossil fuel dominated to being 100% carbon neutral in ten years! This can definitely make headlines, and is inspiring. Is such a lofty goal the right one for America?
I’ve been advocating climate neutrality on campuses for a long time and want us to move to wind and solar as quickly as possible – but 100% carbon-free in 10 years may be too Continue reading