In Search of Energy Innovation Role Models

We have compelling reasons to drive for clean, cheap energy, but we lack the technology to get there today. Threats of climate change, national competitiveness and energy security (OK, "clean, cheap, domestic energy") all contribute to the urgency of this innovation challenge. Given the scale of the challenge, coupled with…

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Innovation Down on the Farm

Reading the recent NPR article "Innovation Seen As Key To Curbing Climate Change", I was intrigued by Dan Sarewitz's analogy to agricultural innovation. One example is how America transformed agriculture over the past century. The United States government created a highly successful, century-long effort to make food more abundant and…

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Sir Edmund Hillary, R.I.P.

Sometimes when people do something extraordinary in their life, it overshadows everything else they do. It's always great to be able to celebrate the life of someone like Sir Edmund Hillary who did something wonderful, and then live a life of grace and achievement which rivaled the original accomplishment. It's…

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I was (near) there

I walked out of a restaurant tonight in SF and fireworks filled the sky. Barry Bonds had hit the home run that put him past Hank Aaron. Having seen Hank play as a child in Milwaukee, obviously I have a soft spot for him. However, it's still sad to see…

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Pete Wilson, RIP

In May I was one of the speakers at Eco Live!, an event we co-hosted with KGO in San Francisco. As part of the event, I did an hour of live radio with Pete Wilson, afternoon radio host at KGO. Pete and I discovered we were both from Wisconsin, and…

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Happy 4th

Leavin' Texas, fourth day of July, Sun so hot, the clouds so low, the eagles filled the sky. Catch the Detroit Lightnin' out of Sante Fe, The Great Northern out of Cheyenne, from sea to shining sea. Hope everyone's getting some downtime this week. If you get some spare time,…

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My Eco Heritage

Just discovered that the Douglas Fir was actually named after a guy named David Douglas! Cool history and link to the history of the Sierra Club, whose magazine I'm featured in this month. (I don't, however, envy his death, other than the Hawaii part)…

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2006 - The Year that Wasn't

Everyone likes to write summaries for the past year, but given the way 2006 went I've decided to talk about some of the things that didn't happen. No direct terrorist attacks against the US. This was probably part luck, part good planning, and part lots of people doing their part…

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