Tag Archives: energy

Turning pollution into fuel

To ease into the groove of the revived Natural Patriot, I’m starting with the easy stuff: some of the arguably noteworthy developments that transpired during the touch-and-go months of social-networking coma. First up: the latest on our algal biofuel project, … Continue reading

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Transportation: Toward a better place

Among the thorniest problems of transforming global society into a sustainable one is that of transportation. For general power needs of homes and industry, the technology already exists to generate electricity from renewable sources like wind and solar, albeit not … Continue reading

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How to solve global warming

It’s familiar dilemma: after you’ve changed out your old incandescent light bulbs, got serious about recycling, started eating local farm produce, switched to reusable shopping bags, maybe even bought a Prius, one comes to the uncomfortable question: How are we … Continue reading

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The promise of biofuels: a lot of hot air?

I suppose we should have known it was all too good to be true.  What could be wrong with using plants for fuel?  They take carbon out of the air, so burning them up in the tank just puts it … Continue reading

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Biofuels and sustainability: the pros weigh in

The Ecological Society of America, the Nation’s leading body of professional ecological scientists (of which I am a proud member), has released a position statement on biofuels sustainability.  The full text is here.  Because these are highly important issues and … Continue reading

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Can we afford to save the world?

The environmental problems the world faces are daunting.  One often hears that the economic costs involved in resource conservation, reforestation, transition to a new energy regime, and so forth are so high that solving them is simply too expensive. But this … Continue reading

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Lee Iacocca: plug-in hybrids are the future

It’s official.  American cars are no longer king. This past quarter, for the first time in history, a foreign auto maker — Toyota — has surpassed General Motors in sales.  The legendary former Chrysler Chairman, Lee Iacocca, brought Chrysler back … Continue reading

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Green is also the color of money

How can we save the world from environmental destruction?  If you are a traditional (yes, I mean liberal) enviro-type, your first reaction will very likely involve demonstrating against some evil corporation and/or demanding that the government pass this or that … Continue reading

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A favorable climate for action

Of all the multifarious challenges facing the global environment, the changing climate is the granddaddy of ‘em all, the one ring to rule them all, the one ring to bind them.  Until recently, the political prospects of doing something about … Continue reading

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Amber waves of . . . automotive fuel?

You can have your biodiversity and eat it—and burn it—too.  That’s the message from a recent study of natural biofuel production by a team of ecologists and economists from the University of Minnesota (see summary from NPR). Wild living organisms … Continue reading

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