02
MAR
2015

China IS Serious About Air Pollution…and CO2 Emissions Too

I often hear people say that it is useless for us in the United States to do anything about climate disruption since the Chinese are opening a new coal fired power plant at the rate of one a week.  This, they say, makes anything we do irrelevant.  My response is that they do not...
01
MAR
2015

Green Power Storage Coming on Strong

A big concern about solar and wind power’s ability to take over electricity production is the intermittent nature of the source.  To ensure that there is  power when and where we need it it is necessary to be able to have adequate storage of this type of power.  The...
23
FEB
2015

Affordable Carbon Neutral Homes are Here Now

The following article appeared in Crain’s Chicago Business on February 9, 2015.  It is a look at the future that is here now.  Many people question if we are able to not only build our homes and businesses to be carbon neutral but also whether we can convert the current...
02
FEB
2015

Solar Power Energy Storage Coming on Quickly

Cost and reliability are the two major objections I regularly hear as to why people don’t believe we will ever get off of fossil fuels, and certainly, not any time soon.  The following article addresses both issues as it relates to the cost and availability of solar energy...
18
JAN
2015

Status Report on EV Development

The following article is a good summary on where things stand on EV development as we head into 2015.   Industry ‘can’t give up on EVs’ Despite cheap gas, developers press on Automakers remain under regulatory pressure to make giant gains in the average fuel...
17
JAN
2015

2015:Everything’s Coming Together While Everything Falls Apart

2015: We stand on the precipice.  We have come a long, long way in the last 30 years.  Finally the dialog has changed from skepticism that the planet is really warming and that humans are the cause to what, if anything, can and/or should be done about it and the commensurate...
15
DEC
2014

How About Some Sunshine at the End of 2014

Let my last post of the year bring a little sunshine into your world.  We are finally “there”.  The pace of change is about to rock your world. “Solar has already reached grid parity in 10 states that are responsible for 90 percent of U.S. solar electricity...
11
DEC
2014

We Can Do This

One of the push backs I occasionally receive when predicting mass adaptation of EV’s is how charging will work in multi family buildings and where people use street parking. And being the eternal optimist that I am, I’ve voiced my faith that we will find solutions. And here they...
09
DEC
2014

Fracking 101: Why the Sierra Club Opposes Fracking, Period

At our last Sierra Club Board Meeting in November we voted unequivocally to oppose hydraulic fracturing commonly known as fracking.  I enthusiastically support this position and policy. My personal opinion is that we are not going to realistically be able to stop all fracking in...
06
DEC
2014

Tesla Sales Growing Not Shrinking

Here’s some current news: Tesla expects 50% jump in deliveries this year But crossover delayed until Q3 next year “There are a whole bunch of things we could do to stimulate demand if that were our problem.” — Elon Musk Automotive News November 10, 2014 SAN FRANCISCO...