2GreenEnergy.com Bringing Together Clean Energy Investors with the Strongest Renewable Energy Investment Opportunities2016-09-29T22:28:44Z http://www.2greenenergy.com/feed/atom/ http://www.2greenenergy.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/favicon-1.png craigshields <![CDATA[2GreenEnergy’s Tutoring Service]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=62347 2016-09-29T22:28:44Z 2016-09-29T21:31:53Z ]]> jcsI thought readers might be amused by this flier I created for my tutoring service.  I just started will a new kid at the local high school yesterday (Algebra II and English). I really enjoy helping young people do well in life, and I offer huge discounts to low-income families so that everyone can afford me.

The pic here was taken in 1977, the same year I took on my first students; I worked with undergraduates in calculus and physics for the princely sum of $9/hour.

The old cliche’, of course, is that the teacher learns more than the student, and there is a great deal of truth to that.

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craigshields <![CDATA[Never Say Never, But This Change in Our Atmosphere Really Does Look Permanent]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=62344 2016-09-29T20:35:27Z 2016-09-29T20:35:27Z ]]> concentration of CO2 in the Earth's atmosphereObviously, 400 parts per million CO2 is a symbolic number; there’s no good reason to freak out about 400 ppm any more than there is 401 or 399. But the concept that the concentration of CO2 in the Earth’s atmosphere has permanently surpassed this threshold should be a shocking reminder that our business-as-usual approach to energy and the environment is driving us off a cliff.

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craigshields <![CDATA[What Trump Supporters Really Need Is the Exact Opposite of What He Would Deliver]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=62340 2016-09-29T20:25:14Z 2016-09-29T19:54:06Z ]]> What Trump Supporters Really Need Is the Exact Opposite of What He Would DeliverA few people have commented that my anti-Trump posts could alienate his followers, and actually galvanize support for the sociopath.

No one with any sense and decency deliberately wants to alienate Trump supporters, or anyone else for that matter. But let’s look at this carefully. These people are divided into two groups:

• A smaller number of wealthy people who love the promise of a huge tax reduction and elimination of governmental regulation on things like the environment, and

• A much larger number who are feeling the pinch financially, brought on as a result of our economy’s failing to offer the same standard of living it did 15 years ago.  These people are sufficiently angry and/or ignorant to believe that their personal interests are served by building walls, lowering taxes on the wealthy, cutting social services, taking 20 million people off of the health insurance rolls, making wars more probable and horrific, and making the U.S. the laughing stock of the planet.

The only thing that’s going to help this latter set of people, ironically, is the exact antithesis of what they think they want. A better standard of living can only come from reducing the financial chasm between them and the ueber-rich, and by creating better public education.

I would also point out that both sets of Trump supporters need one other thing if they are to lead happy lives.  They need to lose the racism and xenophobia that their leader has brought to a full boil. Hatred and happy living do not go walking together hand in hand.

 

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craigshields <![CDATA[We Won’t Be Winning Any Awards from the Petrochemical Industry]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=62338 2016-09-29T18:38:26Z 2016-09-29T18:38:26Z ]]> We Won’t Be Winning Any Awards from the Petrochemical IndustryLauren Downs from Global Energy News writes:  Hi Craig, I have tried many times to contact you regarding your Nomination in the 2016 Oil & Gas Awards without success. The last thing I want to do is become a nuisance, so I would appreciate your honesty. Is this something you wish to progress with?

If so, please reply with YES. If you have changed you mind and no longer wish to participate that is fine but it would be great to know.

Did I ever express interest in this?  If so, I can’t imagine why.  My only interest in oil and gas is making them go away before the planet lies in ruins as a result of our dependence on them.  Trust me, not a single person or company in this space wants to give me an award.

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craigshields <![CDATA[The Birth of Nuclear Energy]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=62336 2016-09-29T15:40:58Z 2016-09-29T15:40:58Z ]]> The Birth of Nuclear EnergyPhysicist Enrico Fermi was born on this day 115 years ago in Rome. Einstein had famously predicted the possibility of nuclear energy with the equivalence of mass and energy.  But, according to the Writer’s Almanac:  “It was Enrico Fermi who was the first to use that theory to build the first functioning nuclear reactor, and he went on to help build the atom bomb.”

Late in his life, Einstein said, “If I had known what they were going to do with my discovery, I would have become a locksmith.”  Yet, ironically, now it’s possible that the world can downsize its nuclear arsenal and focus the attention of technologists in this space onto developing large-scale, and, most importantly, no-carbon reactors that function safely and cost-effectively. 

If there is a path towards this level of progress, it requires the U.S. to lead the way.  Last year, President Obama has both visited Hiroshima to expresses his sadness over the atomic bomb that was dropped there in 1945, and signed a $1 trillion package to modernize and expand America’s capabilities to engage in nuclear war.

Needless to say, that kind of duplicity isn’t going to get the job done.  The U.S. has the power to de-escalate tensions and offer incentive for all nations with nuclear weapons to retire these systems on a mutual basis.

Exactly how close we are to such a scenario is anyone’s guess.

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craigshields <![CDATA[Is There More Than One Way to Interpret Trump’s Position that Climate Change Is a Hoax?]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=62330 2016-09-28T18:33:32Z 2016-09-28T18:32:17Z ]]> Is There More Than One Way to Interpret Trump's Position that Climate Change Is a Hoax?Frequent commenter MarcoPolo reacts to my post on Donald Trump’s “climate change is a hoax” position:  The vast majority of Trump supporters and significant percentage of the population, understand not to take Trump too literally…..The danger of this sort of campaign (against Trump) is it preaches to the converted, who would vote against Trump anyway, but it may also motivate a lot of people who may not have bothered to vote to vote for Trump in protest.

Speaking for most American’s, we’re not comfortable with a would-be president of the US (or the deputy mayor of a small town in Oklahoma) whose statements are not to be taken literally. We have a hard enough time with politicians without having to guess at what they’re trying to say. This discomfort is magnified by the fact that these statements are generally hateful and threatening in nature. How dangerous is he, really?  No one knows.

Also, I can’t imagine that the nation’s general distaste for Trump, which is growing every day, is increasing his support in the slightest.

In any case, he’s going to lose big, and soon be remembered only as the force that so profoundly embarrassed this entire great nation on the world stage and removed the GOP from relevance for a very long time to come.

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craigshields <![CDATA[William the Conqueror and His Legacy]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=62325 2016-09-28T17:37:48Z 2016-09-28T17:29:37Z ]]> William the Conqueror and His LegacyAs a man of peace, I tend not to celebrate the lives of the world’s conquerors.  Yet, on this date, I always give a tip of my hat to William of Normandy, who, 1050 years ago today, landed on British shores and commenced the Norman Conquest of England.

This caused a blending of the existing Saxon language with French and the other Romance tongues, yielding an English language that is incredibly robust.  It’s said that there are nuances of meaning in our language that exist nowhere else on Earth.

Because I’m one of the many people who, for better or worse, earns his living by writing in English, I share a certain fondness for William and his mission.

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craigshields <![CDATA[Climate Change and US Political Landscape]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=62322 2016-09-28T00:18:36Z 2016-09-28T00:18:36Z ]]> Hoax1Here’s an email urging me to add my name to the #VoteClimate pledge: “I will vote only for climate champions who support a 100% clean energy future, and an end to taxpayer support of fossil fuels.”

I complied with the request, which I thought I would simply present it here, insofar as it needs no explanation or interpretation.  It reads:

Dear Activist:

In last night’s debate, Donald Trump denied that he ever said climate change a “hoax” perpetrated by the “Chinese.”

Of course, that was a lie.

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Trump, along with the rest of the Republican Party leadership, have been anti-science conspiracy theorists for years. The GOP climate denial machine has been key to protecting the deadly profits of the fossil-fuel industry.

We need to put politicians — all of them — on notice that the climate crisis is the biggest crisis facing humanity, and if they don’t vote accordingly they’ll be voted out of office in 2016 and every year thereafter, from President to state legislature to school board.

Strike back against Trump’s climate denial, and become one of the first Americans to take the #VoteClimate pledge:

“I will vote only for climate champions who support a 100% clean energy future, and an end to taxpayer support of fossil fuels.”

It’s not enough to keep Donald Trump out of office — we have to organize the nation to take on the injustice of unchecked climate pollution.

Together, we can amplify each other’s voices so the media and the politicians notice the rise of the climate voter bloc. The #VoteClimate effort isn’t just a pledge — it’s a grassroots-powered campaign. And the most important part of the pledge is signing up to volunteer — from helping to share the word, all the way to creating custom ballot guides that show which candidates are climate hawks or climate deniers.

Click here to take the #VoteClimate pledge.

 

 

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craigshields <![CDATA[The Environmental Effects of Soil Depletion and What We Can Do About Them]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=62316 2016-09-27T20:28:32Z 2016-09-27T20:25:45Z ]]> The Environmental Effects of Soil Depletion and What We Can Do About ThemAfter our oceans, our soil is our planet’s next biggest carbon sink (four times more powerful than all the plant life on Earth).  The bad news is that the constant depletion of the soil via a range of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, along with various unsustainable agricultural practices has led to a condition in which the ground is losing its effectiveness in capturing and sequestering carbon.

Fortunately, there are some very promising developments in the world of sustainable ag, including aeroponics which,  as I’ve described earlier,  offers a broad array of benefits vis-a-vis traditional farming: local, organic growing, far less water consumption,  and bringing real nutrition into our food deserts. 

IMO, this is wonderful cleantech business opportunity, i.e., deploying our  current technology in this space, while developing better, more cost-effective approaches.

 

 

 

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craigshields <![CDATA[Holland Keeping the Tulips and Wind Mills But Getting Rid of Coal-Fired Power Plants. Good Choice.]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=62310 2016-09-27T19:18:23Z 2016-09-27T19:13:47Z ]]> Holland Keeping the Tulips and Wind Mills But Getting Rid of Coal-Fired Power Plants.  Good Choice.About a month ago I took this online survey of my attitudes and beliefs so that a piece of artificial intelligence could suggest the country best suited to my tastes should I be forced to expatriate due to a Trump presidency.  As I previously reported, the computer recommended The Netherlands,  I presume based on my progressive views,  coupled with my support of civil liberties.

There’s no doubt that the Dutch are doing an excellent job in terms of all these things, including taking an extremely an aggressive tack on energy and the environment.   Here’s an article making an announcement that should come as no surprise: no more coal.  The Dutch parliament has decided to close all remaining coal plants,  which serves both to improve the cleanliness of our oceans and skies, as well as to send a beautiful and powerful message to the rest of the world: We did it, and so can you.  Well played, guys.

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