In case you missed it…
Leonardo DiCaprio addressed world leaders at the UN Climate Summit last week with bold statements such as:
“We need to put a price tag on carbon emissions and eliminate government subsidies for oil, coal and gas companies.”
For more goodies like that, watch his whole 4 minute speech here:
It makes me happy and hopeful to see so many people understanding the problem, and more importantly, doing something about it… like marching in the streets of NYC.
And for extra credit, read what I wrote 14 years ago(!) regarding the same issue. http://www.gosolarenergyforlife.com/three-problems-with-oil/
Solar energy is growing faster than most people realize but for some “strange reason” (read: fear of disrupting the existing power structure), solar energy isn’t getting the media exposure it deserves. I see evidence everyday of a skyrocketing switch to a renewable energy economy. Here’s another article to that effect.
Germany is a world leader not only in implementing renewable energy, but also in the reliability of it’s electric grid. Just in case you’ve heard talk about solar and wind energy being unreliable, Germany has one of the most reliable electric grids in the world… far better than the USA’s… thanks in part to solar and wind.
Read the whole story here in the Climate Progress.
I guess I’m not the only person who thinks about solar energy on the 4th of July.
I received an email titled: “How Much Room Do We Need To Supply The Entire World With Solar Electric?” on the 4th.
Check it out… the answer will surprise you.
Oh… the answer to MY question… PERSONAL FREEDOM.
Back in my February blog, “Personal Energy Independence”, I provided a simple graph that highlighted two major paradigm shifts happening in the energy industry today. I think it’s important we understand what’s at stake, so, as promised, here’s yet another, but more in-depth explanation by John Farrell, Director of the Institute of Local Self-Reliance.
Here’s the entire article!
Remember… in the words of Paul Simon… “set yourself free“.
I enjoyed these thoughts on climate change in the The New York Times that Thomas Friedman dug up a few weeks ago.
Hope you enjoy them, too.
Last Friday, Phil and Melva Martin walked into our office with a couple of questions about their solar pool heater which they bought from my father in 1978. It was such a pleasure to meet them.
Meeting solar energy customers of my father’s is especially enjoyable and meaningful to me on a couple different levels. (My father started the company in 1974 and passed away in 1982.) Having the opportunity to see the condition of their system peaked my curiosity, so a meeting was set up at their house to review the system with them.