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We Are Missing a Real Opportunity to Help Our Fellow Citizens in Puerto Rico

The disaster that Hurricane Maria visited on Puerto Rico, as terrible as it is, offers us the opportunity to create a model of sustainability. The question is, will we take that opportunity or simply recreate a system that is not sustainable.

sustainability hurricane mariaIn a recent Op-Ed, Richard Branson and Amory Lovins offered an idea that I have been taking about to many. Instead of rebuilding an archaic fossil fuel power system that can be destroyed by storms, is expensive to maintain, causes a financial drain on the island’s economy and leaves its residents at risk due to the whims of an indifferent administration, we can spend the money that must be spent on developing a resilient renewable energy infrastructure.

This infrastructure should be a combination of solar and wind powered systems where every home has some relationship and tie in to that structure. Either independently…solar on each home, or a combination of that and more centralized wind systems where they are feasible. In addition, the use of micrograms should be strongly considered…especially where wind is the source.

I have not done the full cost, but I would propose that it may well be less expensive when life cycle analyzed to build this decentralized system than to try and use the current model.

We should not squander this opportunity.

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How to Keep the Lights On After a Hurricane
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FORMER ADMINISTRATOR WHITMAN WORRIED…BE AFRAID, VERY AFRAID

As you know by now, I had the privilege of working for Christie Whitman for a number of years. We did not always agree on policy or issues, but we were always able to come to a meeting of the minds on the big issues. More importantly, this is a person who does not express concern unless that concern is warranted.

christie whitman epaSo, when I read an Op-Ed that expresses such a deep concern about how the EPA is now being run, and the direction that it is moving, I am even more concerned than I was when I last said that Mr. Pruitt needs to be removed from his office.

His blatant disregard of the scientific method, his self – centered (a hall mark of this administration) let’s just have fossil fuels attitude and his dangerous love of ignorance are frightening. Very frightening.

Say what you will, when Administrator Whitman is worried, you should be too.

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Christine Todd Whitman: How Not to Run the E.P.A.
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Fuel Economy….The President Clearly Does not Understand the Term LEADERSHIP

In yet another move to undo what makes sense for the country, it appears that fuel economy standards will be rolled back from the goals set during President Obama’s administration. Well, why not. As I have noted in prior blogs, this President really is all about short term benefits for fossil fuels.

Fuel EconomyOf course, this is just a part of the mistaken world of “let’s take it now and the hell with the future” that he is proving to be his M.O. Every time that fuel standards have been raised, the auto industry has cried…and then met them. The argument now is of course, that people want bigger cars and trucks because fuel is relatively cheap.

Thus, my title…LEADERSHIP means leading…not following the sheep. As soon as prices for oil rise, which they will at some point, we will switch again and fuel economy will become important. But, rather than leading us into a better and more economically and environmentally sustainable world, the ignorant are pandering to the informed who can manipulate them.

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Automakers Near a Victory on Rollback of Fuel Standards
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PNC Bank no longer Financing Coal-Mining Companies

This is one of the best pieces of news that I have read in some time when it comes to helping eliminate strip mining. By any measure, strip mining is one of the most environmentally destructive methods of extracting coal that we have ever devised. In turn, banks have been making a good deal of money off of this land rape.

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Finally, PNC bank, and others are starting to get the message that we should be doing good as we do well. What is most surprising about the long history of PNC funding strip mining is that they are big supporters of sustainability. They build LEED certified buildings, they have supported USGBC for many years; yet until now, they supported strip mining.

Well, they have made a step in the right direction and good for them.

Cutting off the money supply should help to slowly choke off this destructive source of dirty fossil fuel.

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A New Tack in the War on Mining Mountains
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