Here's the next installment of Eco-Music Monday. Only So Much Oil in the Ground was the lead track on the Urban Renewal album by American R&B-based horn section and band, Tower of Power. Recorded in 1974 and released in 1975, the song hit the airwaves at the height of the US oil energy crisis, during which … Continue reading Eco-Music Monday: Tower of Power “Only So Much Oil in the Ground”
World’s largest publicly owned oil company faces pressure to show concern about climate change. According to the Wall Street Journal, Exxon Mobil Corp. has been ramping up its lobbying of other energy companies to support a carbo tax. This makes a shift in the oil giant's approach to climate change as the industry faces growing … Continue reading Exxon Mobil pushes carbon tax
An anonymous $50,000 check marked the start of Prince's donations to climate change and clean energy causes. I had no idea that the artist so fondly associated with the color purple also had an affinity for the color green. We often learn things about people after their passing that make us admire them just a little … Continue reading The Purple one Had a Green Side: Prince & Clean Energy
Pressure on Exxon Mobile increased this week with the release of a new cache of decades-old industry documents about climate change. The documents suggest that the industry had the underlying knowledge of climate change even 60 years ago. See more in this New York Times article.
The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) announced approval of the 287-megawatt Soda Mountain Solar Project on 1,767 acres of public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) located about six miles southwest of Baker, California. Soda Mountain Solar, LLC, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bechtel Development Company, Inc. According to DOI, when fully built, … Continue reading 287MW Solar Approved on Public Land
The Wall Street Journal ECO:nomics 2016 conference began with two heavy hitters involved in major industry and policy decisions related to energy and climate change issues. First, we received a warm welcome from Editor in Chief, Gerard Baker who has been at WSJ since 2013. Instead of keynotes and speeches, the speakers interact with an … Continue reading Day 1 Wall Street Journal ECO:nomics
How does your ideal energy mix differ from the actual mix of energy sources your suppliers uses to power your home?
In February 2009, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (also known as, ARRA, the Recovery Act, or simply the stimulus). Through the Recovery Act, the Energy Department invested more than $31 billion to support a wide range of clean energy projects across the nation -- from investing in the smart grid and … Continue reading Update (Video): Recovery Act’s Clean Energy Revolution
Last October I was invited to join the It's Hot in Here radio team on WCBN 88.3 FM-Ann Arbor for a discussion about climate justice. The show kicked off discussing the disparities between developed and developing countries regarding who should be responsible for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and who suffers most when no one does. We then discussed … Continue reading That time I was on the radio talking about #ClimateJustice
If Superstorm Sandy taught us anything, it's that we need housing that can withstand natural disasters. But resiliency efforts often focus on detached, single-family houses and ignore larger multifamily dwellings. At a more fundamental level, multifamily buildings represent some of our most energy-efficient residential structures. Studies show that residents of multifamily housing consume far less … Continue reading Making Apartments More Resilient Makes Sense, So Why Aren’t We?