Feasible Methods of Change: Who should lead the transition to renewable energy?

The question of how we are going to transition to renewable energy has been on my mind lately. It’s clear that America has to do something about its carbon footprint, to move away from fossil fuels, but it’s not clear how we are going to achieve this with the current entanglement of the US government and gas and oil companies. Obviously it’s not going to happen overnight, but when someday the US comes to its senses, who will lead? Who should lead?
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Not-So-Environmental Movie Review: Switch

Two days ago, Taylor and I watched a frustrating un-environmental film called “Switch” (trailer) that explores alternative energy sources.

The film follows Texas geology professor Dr. Scott Tinker on a quest around the world to find practical solutions to our energy problems.  He explores every major source of energy, including hydro, coal, oil, biofuels, wind, solar, and nuclear and judges how economically practical they are.  Tinker interviews experts on each energy type, and tries to show how our current power sources logistically and technically operate.  We see a variety of energy machinery and infrastructure, from a Shell oil rig in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico to a bubbling geothermal power plant in Iceland.  The film turns shortly thereafter into a “natural gas and fracking are awesome” show, and cuts to a clip of Tinker lecturing a class on how alternative energy technologies need at least another fifty years of development before they can supplant fossil fuels.  In the meantime, he calls for increased natural gas and nuclear energy production.  Continue reading