(10 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 27, 2010 Making the central grid smarter is not the answer
Practically, it is hard to imagine a technology that wastes 2.2 kilowatt-hours for every single kilowatt-hour produced is surviving into the 22nd century. Let's hope it doesn't; it simply isn't sustainable. We should be imagining that next century now -- one without a crisscross labyrinth of ugly transmission lines, one with thousands of independently functioning renewable energy microgrids.
SHARE Thursday, February 7, 2008 Decentralized Energy and National Security
Energy fuels US foreign policy and our sons and daughters are fighting and dying in Iraq for energy that can be had right here. My own son is permanently disabled after two tours in Iraq fighting for energy. It is time for an energy revolution. We have the ability to pull off a power generation coup right here in Oregon with community owned, wide scale renewable distributed energy.
SHARE Thursday, April 24, 2008 Rural America will lead the way
Rural America grows the food, harvests the timber and produces the power essential to the survival of urban America. Factory farms work fields as far as the eye can see drawing water from the surrounding settlements and forests. Power plants are sited on once pristine environments and rural farm kids are fighting and dying in Iraq. Rural America must dig in its heels and stop carrying water
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 17, 2008 Open letter to three Iraqi women
As one American woman to you three Iraqi women, I am sure you cannot welcome this connection but I feel it nonetheless. Taking your families from each of you has also lost my son to me for he will never be the same. In this way we are forever deeply connected. Though I do not know your names you will recognize who you are and I speak to you woman to woman and mother to mother and mother to child.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, July 14, 2006 Lives in the balance-- I never expected to be the mother of a trained killer...
"I've been waiting for something to happen, For a week or a month or a year..." Lives in the Balance, Jackson Browne, 1986
Hearing Browne's words play on the radio after a particularly poignant conversation with my battle scarred son impressed upon me once again, the chronic apathy and seemingly mindless complacency that afflicts this nation as regards the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
SHARE Friday, January 5, 2007 Seconds count
The American public has been tacitly complicity and criminally complacent about our troops in Iraq - It is time to support our troops by fighting for them as they hope they are fighting for us