Category Archives: Energy

The Distillery: August 14, 2017

The Distillery: August 14, 2017
EcoOptimism’s current selection of favorite posts

Costa Rica Wants to Become World’s First Country to Eliminate Single-Use Plastics

America’s Wind Energy Industry Passed a Major Milestone Continue reading

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Surprise: Environmentalism Actually Boosts the Economy

One of the premises of EcoOptimism is that environmental actions and solutions complement the economy. Too often, the assumption – particularly within the business world and among conservatives – is that the opposite is true. They believe, sometimes fervently, that … Continue reading

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Fracking and the Precautionary Principle at Work

New York State has just banned fracking not because we know it’s bad but because we DON’T know if it’s bad. And that’s good. Continue reading

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Are Geoengineering Proposals EcoOptimistic?

They’re very seductive – proposed solutions to climate disruption that don’t involve carbon fees or changing our modern comforts and habits. Continue reading

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The Elusive Silver Bullet

True systemic answers don’t come in the form of stand-alone solutions Continue reading

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EcoOptimism in Climate Week

Architects can be one of the major forces in achieving the goal of eliminating our production of greenhouse gases Continue reading

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Peak Oil is Irrelevant

Let’s call fossil fuels what they are: weapons of mass destruction. And they need to be neutralized. Continue reading

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All of the Above. None of the Below.

I propose a response to President Obama’s energy policy of “all of the above.” I suggest “none of the below.” Continue reading

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The Keystone XL Pipeline No-brainer

Since all we get from tar sands oil is a delay in the upcoming end of oil age, accompanied by the potentially disastrous increase in climate disruption, wouldn’t it make a helluva lot more sense to take the government and commercial investments and place them in energy efficiency and renewable forms of energy? Continue reading

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Everything But the Facts

It’s become increasingly difficult to ascertain whose facts are actually factual. I subscribe to the “follow the money” rule, or rather, don’t follow the money. Continue reading

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