Category: Articles

Why Alternative Energy, Part Two

Sometime between 2008 and 2009, or perhaps before then, I got it in my head that the best poetry was political in nature, the best fiction was psychological or sociological in nature, and the best non-fiction, well, was non-fiction! It was also sometime around then that I got on board the alternative energy train, or… ( read more )

Why Alternative Energy

Sometimes, I must admit, it is difficult to convince myself of the scientific basis for global warming and alternative energy. The data seems too easy to manipulate. Can scientists really predict temperatures 100 years into the future when it is so difficult to predict this year’s hurricane season? Perhaps with some probability of error. What… ( read more )

Sunny Days for Solar

This week, solar electricity made the news with high-profile investments by Google and the government’s energy department. Google announced that they are funding the installation of solar panels on 10,000 homes. The Obama administration’s investment will loan out about a billion dollars to electric companies developing their solar programs. When looking for the best places… ( read more )

Should You Go Solar?

There’s no doubt that a solar electric system will cut your monthly utility bill. But will it save you money in the long run? That’s a tricky question. The upfront costs average about $15,000 to $25,000 (after financial credits and rebates). For a lot of folks, the discussion ends right there. But for people who… ( read more )

Japan’s Fukushima Disaster Creates Opportunity for Alternative Energy

As thousands of Japanese protest against the nuclear power industry in Tokyo, it may be time to consider investing in the alternative energy sector. Thousands of Japanese citizens took to the streets on Monday in Tokyo, calling on the government to reduce the country’s use of nuclear power. The protests are the latest reaction to… ( read more )