The Issues at Hand: Energy Over the Next Four Years

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

On The Water: Windmills & Oysters (On the Water: Palisade Bay / Hatje Cantz Verlag (publisher) and Guy Nordenson, Catherine Seavitt, and Adam Yarinsky.)

Washington rarely agrees on anything, and energy is no exception.

On one side of the aisle, conservative politicians and industry groups are pushing the United States toward total energy independence by mining the country for its rich collection of fossil fuels. Drill, baby, drill. Yet, on the other hand, liberal politicians and activists are advocating for renewable resources like wind and solar power, which exert a lesser effect on the environment and ensure America's future independence.

As President Obama moves into his second term, which way will American energy policy lean? In his inauguration address, the president said: "The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But American cannot resist this transition, we must lead it. We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries, we must claim its promise."

Though his rhetoric seems clearly on the side of cultivating renewable forms of energy in the country, the president will soon face a test of his philosophy. Yesterday, Nebraska governor Dave Heineman approved a plan allowing the Keystone XL Pipeline — which would transport crude oil from Canada to various part of the United States — to run through his state. The decision to greenlight or block the project now falls on the president. 

Russell Gold is an energy reporter for the Wall Street Journal. He is currently at work on a book about the United States, fracking, and energy.


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Comments [3]

Angel from Miami, FL

How about "Build, baby, build"? Like lumber, mortar, windows and doors, solar panels should be on the list of every new house construction and home remodel. It's not a zero-emissions plan but each home (tenement/store/office) would significantly reduce how much it draws from the electrical grid. And like many of those other items on that punch list, the panels can be made in North America. I call that a win-win.

Jan. 24 2013 09:49 AM
oscar from ny

...One day they will build a super computer carpet built from a rubbery material and pave the streets of a city. This computer carpet can be strong enough to withhold high pressure up to 20 ton in residential areas. This carpet or computer will be conducted and ruled by a government.
Once it's laid onto the city's pavement it will generate electricity like a solar panel
and it will have a controlled micro digital magnetic system that uses propulsion to elevate cars, motorcycles, hover boards, skates, etc and have full control of vehicles and subjects. All buildings will eventually follow the circuit and homes as well will be just one big digital freaking computer controlled at anytime by practically anything, i mean you can try to throw a banana at yo sister but computer out thinks you and saves a fight, you can be drunk outside and call your car, press the drunk button and walah yur home you flew home and a live computer was assisting all the way and a live person Police were notified when you pressed the drunk button. You see everything will just be one huge computer and everyone will enjoy living inside this magnetic super computer energy free city where all our energy comes directly from the sun in the morning till the moon at dark...

Jan. 24 2013 02:42 AM
Adrien Seybert from Boulder, CO

Find out how clean tech can create jobs. See:

Jan. 23 2013 03:13 PM

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