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A Solar Future for Low-Income People – New York Times

In his just-released climate plan, Joe Biden has committed to zeroing out carbon emissions from U.S. power plants by 2035. He also vows to direct 40 percent of all clean energy and infrastructure benefits toward disadvantaged communities. In this letter, I call upon the candidate to serve both goals by bringing solar power within easy reach of low-income households.

2020-07-20T16:20:15-04:00July 17th, 2020|

Grappling with the Challenge of Flying Less – Beacon Broadside

Left unabated, commercial aviation by mid-century may produce up to a quarter of the carbon emissions our planet can tolerate if we are to avert the more devastating impacts of climate change. Pulling back on air travel’s throttle will take conscious & conscientious recalibration. Here I share some contrasting insights on the challenges of flying less.

2020-07-20T16:29:20-04:00June 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|
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