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Top 3 reasons to invest in renewable energy NOW (yes, right in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic

As the human tragedy of the COVID-19 pandemic worsens, global restrictions to stop the spread of the virus — including stay-at-home orders, business closures and travel prohibitions — may contribute to the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. The virus has already made an indelible impact on the energy sector: Global energy use is predicted to fall […]

Use the Coronavirus stimulus bill to seed a better, GREENER future

Our economy is in free fall. Already, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused nearly one in five workers to lose jobs or hours. We are seeing the largest spike in unemployment claims since the 2008 financial crisis. According to Goldman Sachs, the number of initial joblessness claims could rise to 2.25 million by the end of this week. By Michael Brune Sierra […]

March 25th

David Brin – Can private enterprise inspire us to Mars?

By David Brin Mars One: why did I volunteer? I  believe that a one way Mars mission is a viable-enough idea for some people to consider it, even knowing, as I do, that “one-way” has several possible connotations. On the surface, the claim is that eliminating the huge cost of the return flight will allow instead […]

David Brin – Can private prizes stimulate us to the stars?

By David Brin Grand challenges!  It’s an approach to stimulating research and technology that has been around for a while, stretching back to the British longitude prize of the 1700s. Aviation medals and awards spurred rapid advances during the 1920s and 1930s and sparked breakthroughs in human-powered flight in the 1980s and 1990s.  One contest helped lead to creation […]

Paul Ryan Loves Government Spending

If there’s one thing Republicans love, it’s federal government spending.  Their other great love is keeping up a continuous echo chamber around the idea that federal government spending is the source of all evil in the world, that Obama’s stimulus package didn’t create a single job…blah blah blah. Enter, your next (aspiring) vice-president of the […]

August 20th

Secretary Chu: Clean Energy Future Looks Bright

By Steven Chu The current head of the Department of Energy in the Obama Administration, Dr. Steven Chu is a winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics. He was formerly a Stanford University professor and the head of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Sometimes when one gets so focused on the daily tasks at hand, […]

January 20th

Off the Rails: GOP Opens Reign By Killing Jobs

Hard on the heels of their election victories, new-minted Republican governors in two midwestern states are making good on campaign pledges to shut down railroad projects, turning down Federal dollars and slashing jobs. In Ohio, Governor-elect Kasich said Thursday “That train is dead,” at the same press briefing where he said his top priority was […]

November 5th

Time to Spend That Volcano Monitoring Money!

The US Department of the Interior reports that they will start spending the stimulus money granted them in February, and among the $140 million-worth of projects is $15.2 million for Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s favorite activity: volcano monitoring!

April 12th