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Beyond the Pandemic: A Call for Calmer Skies

With U.S. air travel down 94 percent, it will be up to us, the millions whose lives are newly grounded, to set a saner pace for commercial aviation’s future.  Steps toward trimming our airborne carbon footprint are explored in this article.

2020-05-31T20:14:18-04:00May 27th, 2020|

Earth Day 2020: Honoring the 50th Anniversary

In this Q&A, I am joined by two other Boston University environmental voices in reflecting on what has and hasn’t been achieved in the half-century since the first Earth Day in 1970. We also give our perspectives on the challenges ahead.

2020-04-26T15:36:08-04:00April 22nd, 2020|

Coronavirus Crisis Demands Harvard’s Leadership

At a time when other universities are opening their campuses in response to the Coronavirus crisis, Harvard is lagging behind. In this article, I call upon the University’s leadership to make its dorms and other facilities available in addressing the anticipated surge in emergency healthcare needs.

2020-04-26T15:01:37-04:00March 25th, 2020|

Coronavirus & Climate Change: Two Reasons to Stay Close to Home

Even beyond the current social-distancing ordeal, we may find ourselves questioning a return to 21st century hyper-mobility, looking instead to a renewed embrace of localism. This article explores a few dimensions of that possible transformation, including its impacts on slowing the rate of climate change.

2020-04-26T11:09:48-04:00March 11th, 2020|

Solar Grows but Market Share is Low – Wall St. Journal

In this letter, I take issue with Phred Dvorak’s use of solar’s installed capacity as a basis for proclaiming that this renewable technology could become “the world’s largest energy source” by 2040. Solar’s total installed gigawatts may surpass other electric power sources in the coming decades but that does not necessarily mean it will eclipse fossil fuels in the electricity it produces. Dvorak’s article invites undue complacency about the policies and investments needed to make a wholesale shift to renewable energy.

2020-03-03T22:38:38-05:00March 3rd, 2020|

Reckless Denial of our Climate Crisis: An Impeachable Offense? – Beacon Broadside

Though Congress has ample reason to impeach President Trump for his self-serving machinations in Ukraine, we all know that the Senate’s blind Republican partisanship will block his removal from office. Given this inevitable outcome, it’s worth considering whether Congress could have targeted a far more consequential cause for impeachment: his utter failure to engage the climate crisis.

2020-02-16T14:27:43-05:00December 19th, 2019|

Crescent Dunes is Hardly Typical of Green Energy Projects – Las Vegas Review Journal

Reacting to technical and managerial setbacks at a pioneering solar plant, the Las Vegas Review Journal issued a blanket condemnation of federal loan guarantees for renewable energy projects as a waste of taxpayer dollars. Countering this claim, I credit the loan guarantee program with catalyzing a whole new era of utility-scale power generation based on renewable energy resources.

2019-12-16T21:23:33-05:00October 19th, 2019|

Really? More Nuclear at Pilgrim? – Boston Globe

The last thing Massachusetts needs is a new nuclear power complex eight times the size of the just-closed, problem-plagued Pilgrim plant in Plymouth. Yet that’s just what American University professor Joshua Goldstein proposed in his recent Globe op-ed. My letter points to the economic folly of this proposition and calls instead for a vigorous investment in renewables, storage, energy efficiency, and a smart grid.

2019-12-16T21:27:37-05:00June 3rd, 2019|