16
SEP
2018

Another One Hits the Dust – Actually 2

In following up on my last post about how insurance companies are retreating from providing coverage for the coal industry, here is information published by Sierra Club reaffirming that the retirement of coal plants is continuing unabated by anything that is happening in...
18
AUG
2018

It’s Never Over Until it’s Over

As I have written about on many occasions, the world is increasingly moving on from fossil fuels to renewable and distributed energy.  One of the reasons is that renewable energy now is cost competitive or cheaper that fossil fuels.  This is especially true if the fossil fuel...
14
JUL
2018

Can a Warmer Planet Cause Wars?

Over the years I have written about how climate change is a threat to world peace.  In fact, the Pentagon has been saying this in its security threat reports since the ’90′s.  They actually call it the highest threat to peace.  The reason is what climate change is...
14
JUL
2018

Renewable Energy Cost Now Challenging Even Natural Gas

When Sierra Club began the effort to challenge the final permitting of a proposed coal fired power plant being built by Indeck in Elwood, Illinois southwest of Chicago near Joliet, we never could have imagined where we’d be some 16 years later.  After 8 years Indeck threw in the...
16
JUN
2018

Don’t Fret CAFE Rollbacks

There are untold numbers of articles reiterating the fact that regardless of what the Trump Administration does about reducing the current CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) standards it would be insane for the auto manufacturers NOT to continue pushing forward on maximum fuel...
16
JUN
2018

Sierra Club Board of Directors Meeting May 18 -19, 2018

Sierra Club Board of Directors Meeting Oakland, CA May 18 – 19, 2018 Our recent May face to face meeting I found to be rather routine.  I do not mean in any way to diminish its importance whatsoever.  I only mean that I didn’t find that there was anything that occurred that...
06
JUN
2018

Harvard, London School of Economics and EDF Finally Agree with What I’ve Been Saying for Years

I’d love to be wrong on my prognostications about the consequences of a warming climate as that would mean that the future is not so bleak as I’ve often made it out to be.  And I guess it’s a bit braggadocios to be an “I told you so”.  But, as has...
22
APR
2018

Sierra Club Board Meeting February 22 – 24, 2018 Denver, Colorado

Sorry that this summary is so late getting to you.  There were some extenuating circumstances that caused the delay.  But here it is! Usually I try to summarize the theme of the meeting and reflect on how it all went.  But I am thinking of something different this time.  So,...
09
DEC
2017

Sierra Club Board Meeting, Oakland, CA. November 16 – 18, 2017

It’s hard to find things to be positive and excited about these days.  The assault on so many of the values to which we hold dear from what feels like every direction can feel overwhelming.  Listening to the daily barrage of news is almost overwhelming.  Two items occurred...
24
NOV
2017

We Don’t Need Protection from Corporate Malfeasance?

Remember in the old movie, Treasure of the Sierra Madre, when Humphrey Bogart is pinned down by the bandits and they say they are the Federales?  Bogart asks to see their badges.  The head bandit says, “Badges?  We don’t need no badges?”...