Just How Badly Do We Need Obama to Step Up On This?

Now our national power grid has become a matter of national security:

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Window Socket – Solar Energy Powered Socket

Plug It On The Window

The Window Socket offers a neat way to harness solar energy and use it as a plug socket. So far we have seen solutions that act as a solar battery backup, but none as a direct plug-in. Simple in design, the plug just attaches to any window and does [...]

From 500 tank cars in Canada in 2009 up to 140,000 this year!

You know you read stuff that simply blows your mind and you wonder if it’s true. I just had that experience. It was an article about shipping crude oil by rail, from source to refinery. And for me it’s doubly ironic because I so consider oil use to be a lame duck. Every bad thing [...]

Solar-powered plane prepares for flight across the United States

(AFP) – A groundbreaking solar-powered Swiss aircraft is ready to make a coast-to-coast flight across the United States, its creators said Thursday.

The experimental Solar Impulse plane, which has made several trips since its maiden flight in 2009, will take off on May 1 on a transcontinental tour split in five stages.

“We are ready [...]

Fight the Power!

Imagine, for a moment, you could go completely off the grid, in terms of energy usage. Would you do it?

You may get the chance. In fact, it may be easier than you thought:

NRG Energy Inc. (NRG), the biggest power provider to U.S. utilities, has become a renegade in the $370 billion energy-distribution industry [...]

Updated water wheels power India’s rural mountain economy

(CSM) – Wooden water wheels have long captured energy from mountain streams. New versions work even better, helping provide a local, sustainable source of energy to Indian villages high in the Himalayas.

Living in an isolated Himalayan hamlet, 2,500 meters (5,600 feet) above sea level, Govind Singh Rana seems an unlikely candidate for wealth. But [...]

Breakthrough for Solar Power – New Fabrication

Science Daily Science News

Feb. 27, 2013 — A novel fabrication technique developed by UConn engineering professor Brian Willis could provide the breakthrough technology scientists have been looking for to vastly improve today’s solar energy systems.

For years, scientists have studied the potential benefits of a new branch of solar energy technology that relies [...]

Citizens Tell Obama to Stop Pipeline and Get Serious about Environment

Michael Collins

(Washington, DC 1/17) The nation’s capital hosted over 40,000 citizens assembled to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. The crowd urged President Obama to bring to reality his lofty words on climate change in the inaugural address just days ago. By stopping the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, the [...]

Solar industry grapples with hazardous wastes

AP Homeowners on the hunt for sparkling solar panels are lured by ads filled with images of pristine landscapes and bright sunshine, and words about the technology’s benefits for the environment — and the wallet.

What customers may not know is that there’s a dirtier side.

While solar is a far less polluting energy source [...]

Fossil Fuels ‘Too Valuable to Burn’

By Paul Brown, Climate News Network

This piece originally appeared atClimate News Network.

LONDON—Burning fossil fuels for energy is a disastrous waste of natural resources preventing their use for the manufacture of fertilizer, medicines, clothing and other vital goods, according to a German think tank.

A study by the World Future Council, based in Hamburg, [...]

John Quiggin: Is Utopia Still Possible in the Face of Impending Doom?

Yesterday steeleweed linked to Chris Hedges’ latest feel-good hit of the impending environmental apocalypse, in which Hedges called on liberals to drop any icky pretense of hope (hisssssssssss) and instead fully embrace the inevitable secular eschatology of Gaia’s gruesome revenge with a bear hug and a shit-eating grin. But apparently Crooked Timber’s John Quiggin [...]

Quadriga: No Future — Can Politics Think Long-Term? (VIDEO)

Via DW:

Climate change, economic crises, ageing populations — to solve global problems, leaders will have to plan for the long term. But although many results of bad policymaking only show up generations down the road, politicians have to stand for re-election regularly, and are often only interested in short-term success. Major topics involving the [...]

What follows the non-apocalypse?

To the surprise of no one with a brain, the world did not instantly change directions on 12/21/12. That doesn’t mean the old order isn’t falling apart. It just means most of us are unprepared for what will replace it.

The Archdruid Report has a thoughtful post today, as usual.

The one thing next to [...]

Carbon Math: Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math (VIDEO)

Greg Dalton of Climate One talks with former Shell Oil president John Hofmeister and environmental activist Bill McKibben on what the increasingly urgent climate crisis means for America’s energy future.

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Make it stop. US claims fracking aids in carbon reduction

This evasive gibberish is apparently what the US will be championing at the Doha 2012 climate conference – that fracking is beneficial because it’s not as destructive as coal. Golly, wouldn’t a better idea be to have massive offshore wind farms, more big solar power plants, and a smart grid? But instead we get [...]

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