Clarke Snowtown

OBTAINING 25% OF ENERGY FROM RENEWABLES WOULD SAVE BILLIONS

(Editor’s note: Though the financial calculations in the article that follows are impressive, it fails to consider two fundamental points. Many of these projects are being put in pristine desert habitat where, to quote the Palen solar project’s environmental analysis, “In order to build the facility, the plants, animals and soil of the native desert acreage More Info »

Mojave Desert National Preserve May 2011 Black Canyon Campground -photo by Terry Weiner

SHOULD WE BE CONCERNED ABOUT THE COUNTY’S COMPREHENSIVE RENEWABLE PLAN?

The first item, at tomorrow’s Board of Supervisor’s meeting, will be for the  County’s Chief Administrator to present the options for a comprehensive renewable plan.  This has prompted the Boards of Directors of the non-profit groups, The Protect Our Communities Foundation (POC) and Backcountry Against Dumps (BAD), to express their concern about further industrialization in East County, that More Info »

Separating Fact from Fiction In Accounts of Germany’s Renewables Revolution

SEPARATING FACT FROM FICTION IN ACCOUNTS OF GERMANY’S RENEWABLE REVOLUTION

I recently wrote about—and debunked—the renewables “disinformation campaign” that spreads misinformed and falsely negative stories about the growth of renewable energy. A special focus of such disinformation has been reportage on Germany’s efficiency-and-renewables revolution. The impressive success so far of the German Energiewende (energy turnaround) is an important existence proof for the world, because Germany is cloudy, high-latitude, heavily industrialized, highly competitive (it More Info »