It’s always heartening to see the will of the people vindicated, and it appears that this is exactly what’s happening in the food industry. It looks like the state legislature in Vermont will be forcing Monsanto to label its GMO-based food, while outlawing the agri-giant’s practice of labeling such products as “natural” or “all-natural.”
Of course, this law has no impact on Monsanto’s practices in the other 49 states, though Read more ›
This week, I’ve run into several politically active Californians who want to add my signature to a petition that would put fracking on the ballot in November. I presume what they mean by this is that they want a public referendum which, if passed by a majority of voters, could ban fracking in the state.
Like anyone with any sense, I have concerns about fracking. Read more ›
Obviously, a great deal of immorality exists in both our public and private sectors. Whether we’re talking about the purveyors of junk food, cigarettes, assault weapons, clothing made by children, or, more familiarly, oil and coal, it’s common for certain big corporations to behave badly, while buying favors from government to support their evil undertakings.
The question then becomes: What does one do about this? While there’s no easy answer, personally, I’m willing to help corporations change direction for the better, and, I’m happy to report, there are plenty that wish to do exactly that. Read more ›
Here’s a post in response to this week’s podcast from GreenTechMedia called “The Energy Gang,” which features a couple of people I’ve come to know fairly well through the years. One is the show’s brilliant young host Stephen Lacey, formerly with RenewableEnergyWorld and Climate Progress, whom I’ve interviewed for chapters in both of my first two books (Renewable Energy – Facts and Fantasies and Is Renewable Really Doable?). I notice that Stephen’s “chops” for conducting interviews, which were always excellent, are even better now. The other is Jigar Shah of the Carbon War Room, whom I’ve also interviewed twice. Read more ›
Those looking for a bit of amusement may enjoy this cartoon on climate change — though it’s so true, it’s hard to laugh. I love this guy’s references to the Koch Brothers, restricting the activities of NOAA, and sea level rise.
Here’s an article in Forbes on the “tired battle” that the fossil fuel industry is waging against renewable energy. The author details how this is playing out in various states – even conservative ones like Kansas—where “only” about 80% of the voters favor aggressive Renewable Portfolio Standards, but state legislatures are running up against fierce opposition from the oil, coal, and gas people.
I agree with the position here: the fossil fuel industry will eventually lose the fight, but they’re armed to the teeth with huge amounts of money (and thus political power), and they’re a very, very long way from giving up.
2GreenEnergy intern Louis de Saint Phalle is among the hardest working people I’ve ever run across. The metaphor of the shark comes to mind; he feels he needs to be constantly in motion, driving towards his goal — in this case, a comprehensive paper on the national security implications of a U.S. energy policy (or lack thereof). Read more ›
Seventeenth Century mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal wrote, “Human sensitivity to little things and insensitivity to the greatest things: sign of a strange disorder.”
Wow, I love that. And it’s so true. I have such admiration for this fellow that, if we had had another boy, I would have considered petitioning my wife to let me name him Pascal. Pascal Shields — it kind of grows on you.
Be this as it may….exactly what Pascal meant by “the greatest things” is unclear, though he was very wrapped up in things like the unknowability of humankind’s purpose and meaning in the cold, dark and hidden universe. Think of how little mental energy most people spend on things like that—or on the disastrous effects we’re creating on our environment–and how much we care about the minutia in our lives.