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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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Nuclear Power Plants

I have written several times about Nuclear Power and I am still amazed at the articles and discussions that I read on how this form of power production is being pushed as a means of reducing carbon emissions and thus, should be pushed forward. More amazing is the logic that we should go forward with Nuclear Power in spite of the risks associated with its use.

Nuclear Power Plants IllustrationAs I have stated before, I am not overly concerned about the safe running of a nuclear power plant in the United States. I have had the privilege of seeing nuclear power plants in operation and I have a high level of confidence in their operational safety. It is the long term safety issues that concerns me.

No one has adequately addressed issues regarding nuclear waste storage or safety. No one has adequately addressed the issues of subsidies by taxpayers that are more than 60 years old.

I do hear about the unfair subsidies for clean energy sources and conservation…but let me sum up this way.

If a solar field is subsidized, it is still catching up to a century of subsidies for fossil fuels and decades of subsidies for nuclear.

If a solar field, dam or windmill fails, the result is a short term and localized disaster. If a nuclear power plant, or nuclear waste is let loose, well, we know the result.

This new found love for nuclear power is a misplaced affection that will cost all of us for thousands of years to come. It simply does not pass the test for sustainability.

I do hope this is the last time it comes up, but I doubt it.

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Nuclear Plants, Despite Safety Concerns, Gain Support as Clean Energy Sources
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