June 12th, 2014
Thousands of crumbling bridges, millions of gaping potholes, billions of dropped calls, limited bandwidth, a fragile electric grid, antiquated nuclear power plants, water and sewer systems that are decrepit and dangerous. This is not the foundation for another “American Century”. It is the disaster of the infrastructure in the United States half way through the second decade of the century.
In the last column here, I referenced numerous dialogues I had from 2008-2011 as I gave speeches all across this country. In the dark months and years of the Great Recession I was consistently asked the question “How can …
April 17th, 2012
Earth Day is coming. April 22 to be exact. How I know is my email inbox. Every day for the past few weeks I get pitches to write about some company’s new eco product. The words LEED certified, Eco, Green, Recycled, Renewable have become an endless blur in the subject line of in-bound emails. This is now a spring ritual.
Last year around this time I wrote a column entitled “Earth Century” . In it I mentioned that in the first two years of this blog in 2006 and 2007 I had focused a lot on alternative energy, renewable …
November 14th, 2011
[Note: This column was published in the most recent Shift Age Newsletter. You can sign up for a free subscription here.]
It was one hundred and six years ago that Albert Einstein stated that the speed limit of the cosmos was the speed of light – 186,000 miles per second. The speed of light, the “c” in the equation E=mc2, has, since Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, been accepted as a fundamental axiom of science. It is one of the foundations of quantum physics and much of scientific endeavor ever since.
This is why there has been such an uproar over …
December 20th, 2009
As someone who writes and speaks about alternative and renewable energy, I often get asked about climate change. What do I think about it? What is true? Who to believe?
There is so much noise about it. The media knows it is an important topic to many and they know that controversy prompts viewership so they create controversy. The U.N. Copenhagen Climate summit is the current case in point. TV in particular provides superficial, breathless coverage of registration problems, conflicts, walk-outs and somewhat angry talking heads arguing points of view. So what to think?
The most cogent description of the four general …