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Stealing Solar

Posted on Sep 24, 2008 in Blog, green technology |

Interesting window into how increasing demand affects behavior. Solar panels are now being stolen. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/24/technology/24solar.html In a really scarce energy society, I wonder how far you’d have to go to keep your solar panels for...

Optimistic CO2 Sci-Fi

Posted on Mar 10, 2008 in Blog, consumerism, green technology, politics, science fiction, Writing | 14 comments

Here’s my take on writing optimistic SF— just don’t make it consolatory pap. That’s what advertising, TV and suburban sprawl are supposed to sell. As an example, here’s the latest on the global warming front. (note: the link is changed to point directly to the Washington Post article as the MSNBC version expired) No big news, but here’s the money quote: Steve Gardiner, a philosophy professor at the University of Washington who studies climate change, said the studies highlight that the argument over global warming “is a classic inter-generational debate, where the short-term benefits of emitting carbon accrue mainly to us and where the dangers of them are largely...

A return to the Age of Sail

Posted on Jan 26, 2008 in Blog, green technology | 3 comments

If there’s a technology that actually gets my geek on, it’s sail. It’s non-polluting, it’s elegant, and it’s a proven technology, particularly for transport. So I’m rather excited about this news item related to a return to the use of wind with something called a SkySail, a sort of giant kite that tows a ship. For centuries, we used wind to power global trade, and then with access to cheap coal and oil, we just stopped doing it. Back to the future, it seems. Here’s a link from BBC, as well: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7201887.stm When I think about where we’re headed in terms of being energy constrained, I often think of...