November 29, 2008
A coalition of environmental organizations has filed a legal challenge to a proposed third nuclear reactor at the Calvert Cliffs plant in Maryland [Metro, Nov. 21]. Every effort to achieve sensible, low-cost energy must overcome challenges that are harmful to our economy and energy security. Nuclear power is safe, reliable and environmentally friendly. Despite nuclear power's potential, we now get only 20 percent of our electricity from it, and we haven't brought a new plant online in a generation.
December 7, 2011 |
Sunil Sharan is the founder of Sierra Consulting, a renewable-energy consulting firm. He was formerly with General Electric, where he served as the director of GE's Smart Grid Initiative from 2008 to 2009. He has worked in the clean-energy industry for more than 11 years and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org . The race to renewable energy is on, and despite heavy marketing campaigns on the part of the federal government and corporations, the United States continues to fall behind.
November 11, 2011 |
Anyone can decide at any time to install a solar power system or energy-efficient windows and appliances — or otherwise improve the energy efficiency of a home or business. But the evidence is undeniable: Far more people go green if they get a tax break in return. Back in 2006, when Congress passed a $2,000 credit for builders to construct homes that use 50 percent less energy than the prevailing standard, builders responded despite initial concerns that no one would be able to meet such strict...
February 27, 2009 |
Not a great speech, but extremely consequential. If Barack Obama succeeds, his joint address to Congress will be seen as historic -- indeed as the foundational document of Obamaism. As it stands, it constitutes the boldest social democratic manifesto ever issued by a U.S. president. The first part of the speech, justifying his economic stabilization efforts, was mere housekeeping. The economic crisis is to Obama a technocratic puzzle that needs to be solved because otherwise he loses all popular support.
June 18, 2012 |
Utilities deregulation has advanced across much of the country, with nearly half of the states allowing consumers to choose their retail electricity supplier . Shopping for electricity is a bit of a strange proposition, though. How are you supposed to choose? Unlike computers or clothing or bread, all electrons look and behave the same. Utilities have to find a way to distinguish themselves from competitors. In Maryland 's and the District 's deregulated utility markets, residents...
March 9, 2008 |
GAOLONG, China -- The first time Li Gengxuan saw the dump trucks from the nearby factory pull into his village, he couldn't believe what happened. Stopping between the cornfields and the primary school playground, the workers dumped buckets of bubbling white liquid onto the ground. Then they turned around and drove right back through the gates of their compound without a word. This ritual has been going on almost every day for nine months, Li and other villagers said. In China, a country buckling with the...