Blog Archive — October 2012

Mitt Romney's Energy Doublespeak

Mitt Romney's rallying cry for "clean coal" rings hollow when viewed in the context of his call for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to be stripped of its authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.  Since carbon dioxide emissions from coal plants are the greatest single contributor to U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, how does Romney propose to rein in these dangerous pollutants?  In an op-ed that appeared in the Des Moines Register on October 23, I look at this and other inconsistencies in Romney's energy posturing.  A similar version of this op-ed ran in CSRwire Talkback on October 24.

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Cloud County Revival: Wind Power's Ascent in Rural Kansas

"Ruin and Revival" is the theme of this season's A Journal of the Built & Natural Environments.   Tapping into the happier half of this theme, the journal includes an updated version of the first chapter of Harvest the Wind under the title, "Cloud County Revival: Wind Power's Ascent in Rural Kansas."


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Speed-Dating for the Mind

Last week took me to Chicago Ideas Week, described by its organizers as a "global hub for new ideas, an ecosystem for innovation and a playground of intellectual recreation."  I participated in a panel called "Energy: Scalable Solutions."  The experience felt like speed-dating for the mind: each speaker had exactly 12 minutes to lure the audience.

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