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A Death Knell for Suburbia

Posted on December 30, 2008 under Emergent News, Energy Politics & Policy, Sustainability,

Tad Fettig, director of the critically acclaimed series Design ‘e2′ on the PBS network, recently sat down with an interviewer from wired.com to discuss Sustainable Transportation and how to best implement transportation models that encourage the smallest emissions of greenhouse gases and the least amount of environmental degradation.

Green Jobs, a Sustainable Workforce, and Our Future

Posted on December 30, 2008 under Emergent News, Energy Politics & Policy, Sustainability,

Walmart has started a Green Jobs Council. We’re officially saved. Seriously though, we are seeing some incredible growth on the green jobs front in America. Could you imagine, America, in it’s current slump, without the prospect of massive numbers of green-collar jobs to help give us at least a glimpse of a better economic future?

The Green Communities Act of Massachusetts: Net Metering as an Incentive for Distributed Generation

Posted on December 20, 2008 under Emergent News, Energy Politics & Policy, Renewable Energy, Sustainability,

The Green Communities Act of Massachusetts is a sweeping piece of legislation slated to fully take effect in the coming months. Passed in 2007, this energy and environmentally focused act promises to make Massachusetts a leader in addressing climate change and energy independence. All of the regulations are currently being hashed out by the public and other stake holders with the goal being to have all the nuances of the act agreed upon so the regulations can be put into practice in the new year. While we could write a book on all the great, good and (few) not so good aspects of the act, for this series of posts we are going to focus on the changes to Net Metering as it pertains to distributed generation.

An Energy Democracy

Posted on December 16, 2008 under Emergent News, Energy Politics & Policy, Renewable Energy,

Although you may or may not agree with Obama’s philosophies and policies, one thing is certain: He was able to utilize the internet to formulate a fundraising effort like no presidential candidate before him. This type of grassroots movement would not have been possible 15 years ago without the internet and the ability to disseminate information as easily and cost effective as it is today.

Suburbia: An Energy Sink

Posted on December 14, 2008 under Emergent News, Energy Crisis, Energy Politics & Policy, Sustainability,

We’ve been hearing a lot lately about a potential federal stimulus package that will rival President Eisenhower’s massive investments in highway infrastructure during the 1950s. The Interstate Highway System (read an interesting viewpoint on the highway system here) from that era launched America into living model that is economically and environmentally unsustainable; we’re finally finding that out now. During the 50s and 60s, middle class Americans fled urban centers and flocked to rural farmland areas to live in single family homes accessible only by automobile.

Politics and Gas? Good Combo.

Posted on September 9, 2008 under Emergent News, Energy Crisis, Energy Politics & Policy, Renewable Energy,

The lazy days of summer have done quite a bit to bring attention to America’s energy problems. We’ve had heat waves that require us to turn out our pockets and foot the huge bill for air conditioning; we’ve realized that our annual 4th of July trip to Lake George is no longer affordable because of gas prices. And we’ve been bombarded from all directions by the presidential candidates about all the myriad ways they hope to take the strain of high energy prices off of us.

Sustainable Thoughts

Posted on September 9, 2008 under Emergent News, Energy Crisis, Energy Politics & Policy, Renewable Energy, Sustainability,

Here are some thoughts that came to my mind when reading this article. Most of what I am saying does not have to do with exports but rather popular topics in the news today. The alternative energy/ sustainability movement is unlike anything the United States has seen since WWII. Instead of blue collar jobs we will have “green collar jobs”.

‘Green Rush’ Problems in Windy, N.Y.

Posted on August 19, 2008 under Emergent News, Energy Crisis, Energy Politics & Policy, Renewable Energy, Sustainability,

Some of you may have noticed some very negative news articles in the New York Times regarding wind power developments in northern New York State. There are quite a few topics for discussion among these articles, and if you don’t mind, we’re going to break them up into multiple posts to do justice to each issue. For this post I’d like to focus on what I like to call the ‘Green-Rush,’ similar in many ways to the American gold rush and almost identical to another rush much less spoken about but oh so much more applicable, the American rush for oil at the beginning of the last century.

Lending a Hand and an Ear, Emergent’s Community Wind Development

Posted on July 26, 2008 under Emergent News,

Wednesday evening marked another successful illustration of Emergent Energy Group’s integrated approach to renewable energy development through community involvement.

Fuel for Thought

Posted on July 16, 2008 under Emergent News,

A quote about high gas prices:

In Boston, where turnpike use declined by 600,000 cars in May, officials are pleading with public-transit passengers to travel at nonpeak times.

Time Magazine and CNN have released a list of ten positive effects of high gas prices on America and its people. Is $4 gasoline making America a better country? Read about it here.

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