March 26, 2013 - Improving energy efficiency is the no-brainer, no loser environmental policy. By limiting wasted power, we reduce the number of power plants we need—and their consequent pollution—and we save money. It shouldn’t be surprising that when President Barack Obama went looking for a green policy that the entire nation could agree with during his state of the union speech, he settled on energy efficiency, challenging Americans to “cut half the energy waste by our homes and businesses over the next 20 years.” read more>>>
March 25, 2013 - On the eve of Superstorm Sandy, Klaus Jacob, a seismologist who teaches at Columbia University, went home feeling sure of two things: The superstorm would inflict as much as $50 billion in economic and physical damage on New York City, some of it triggered by the flooding of its subway system.
He also knew his own home, a quaint, suburban house near the Hudson River, would soon be visited by about 2 feet of water. read more>>>
March 23, 2013 - WE will need fossil fuels like oil and gas for the foreseeable future. So there’s really little choice (sigh). We have to press ahead with fracking for natural gas. We must approve the Keystone XL pipeline to get Canadian oil.
This mantra, repeated on TV ads and in political debates, is punctuated with a tinge of inevitability and regret. But, increasingly, scientific research and the experience of other countries should prompt us to ask: To what extent will we really “need” fossil fuel in the years to come? To what extent is it a choice? read more>>>
Mar. 24, 2013 — Scientists from the Nano-Science Center at the Niels Bohr Institut, Denmark and the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland, have shown that a single nanowire can concentrate the sunlight up to 15 times of the normal sun light intensity. The results are surprising and the potential for developing a new type of highly efficient solar cells is great.
Due to some unique physical light absorption properties of nanowires, the limit of how much energy we can utilize from the sun's rays is higher than previous believed. read more>>>
March 19, 2013 - In the lead-up to the 2013 budget it is worthwhile recalling the Conservatives’ economic record thus far. Faced with the 2008 economic bust, and a potential ouster from government, the Conservatives were eventually forced into providing “economic stimulus” after the Liberals rejected a coalition with the NDP.
Harper later championed the exit from economic stimulus and austerity on the world stage, but all indications are that the economy is still in a rut. Corporations are holding onto hordes of money instead of undertaking new investments (the “dead money” problem). Households are heavily indebted,and growth and jobs have been only temporarily sustained through a housing bubble. read more>>>
March 25th, 2013 - Renewable energy is the fastest growing sector of our national energy mix, yet a significant portion of Americans – including millions of residential and commercial tenants – are unable to generate their own power on-site from solar, wind, and other renewables. New shared renewables arrangements change that by allowing virtually any energy customer to subscribe to an off-site renewable energy project and get utility bill credit for their portion of the power produced. By connecting more Americans with the clean energy they want, shared renewable energy programs can unleash significant new investment in clean energy, which in turn delivers job creation, public health and environmental benefits. read more>>>