Author: Bill Pugsley, Ottawa. Today we review two ideas that will overcome the last of four key aspects of climate change: climate science (mature and known), costs to reduce emissions (known), economic instruments to implement policy (carbon tax, cap and trade, known), and a system to prevent international free-riding (zero progress). Free-riding avoids the costs […]
The flywheels are just the latest addition to the company’s impressive lineup of renewable energy systems. Roughly 76 percent of KEA’s electricity comes from hydroelectric energy, with wind providing another 23 percent. The utility also relies on a storage battery system and the flywheels to back up its variable wind systems. In total, the electric […]
People power crucial for low-carbon future. Policy makers must harness the power of ordinary people if society is to transition to a low-carbon energy future, argues a leading technology historian. Five types of energy users who can influence change The User-Producers – construct, tinker, amend, exploit, modify and improve technologies by engaging in extensive thinking […]
Amazingly inspiring talk by the Prime Minister of Bhutan Tshering Tobgay: “This country isn’t just carbon neutral – it’s carbon negative” he says. He speaks of their carbon fund at the end of the talk.
Benjamin Barber, Walt Whitman Professor of Political Science Emeritus at Rutgers University, said in an interview with YES! Magazine that municipal leaders can’t afford to be ideologues. “Their job is to pick up the garbage, to assure fire and safety services, and to ensure that police and teachers do their jobs.” This pragmatism requires civility. “Mayors simply […]