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On Help! I'm a prisoner in the Senate Office Building!

Our loss... but please stay in touch.  Will they let you comment?
June 4, 2009    View Comment    

On The Green Lawnmower

Geoff: I bought the Homelite non-cordless brand from Home Depot last year.  The cord is a pain, but I also found work for unemployed teenagers (living in my house) at the same time.  And yes, I really like not having to deal with oil and smell.  You probably have a larger yard.
May 26, 2009    View Comment    

On Google Offers PowerMeter to 30 Million Customers

GG: that's interesting... is it vapor ware? anyone else know anything?
May 21, 2009    View Comment    

On Update: Waxman-Markey eliminates key offset provision, increasing domestic offset use and lowering allowance prices

America's Power, which most of our members already know, is the communications front for the American Association for Clean Coal Electricity.  I can imagine it took some branding agency, or Frank Lutz, to come up with the name, but folks, can you please not insult our intelligence on this site with your basic, dumbed-down pitch?  While we embrace all sides of the energy debate, we don't like boiler-plate and we particularly don't like stupid arguments.  Let's talk about coal in a way that appeals to grown-ups...
May 20, 2009    View Comment    

On Some upcoming green events: local procurement event, alt-energy panel, and net-zero homes awards

Tyler, sorry to hear about your grandmother.  Our condolences and what a tremendous lady she must have been.

 Everyone, Tyler is sharing events in his post, but anyone can add an event to our calendar.  Just log in, go to add your event, and register the event for the 1,000+ people who visit this site daily. It's free.

May 10, 2009    View Comment    

On A Parable of Power

Even more compelling, Margaret, that it is factual but it certainly struck me as "true."  We know of a company that is getting ready to launch a solar generator that would fit the bill... but industrializing this will take a while, needless to say.
May 5, 2009    View Comment    

On Message to the Nuclear Industry: Get Over Yourselves

Good idea.  As a matter of fact, Dan, my purpose was less Machievelian.   It's a secret I hate to disclose but of all the eight sites now in our stable, this is the only one that our content management team allow me anywhere near, and that's because this is a particular interest of mine.  (I come by this interest naturally; my mother was the first woman to be appointed to the board of the company then known as VEPCO, and I grew up near the North Anna plant and visited it while it was being built.)  As a result, I read an enormous number of posts from all the bloggers.  This post was very much from the heart and not calculated.
May 1, 2009    View Comment    

On Message to the Nuclear Industry: Get Over Yourselves

Karen, good point about the adverb.  Margaret, yes, I haven't spent 30 years in your shoes and I can imagine that it has been tough going.  David, not a bad recommendation.  Let's keep this conversation going.
April 30, 2009    View Comment    

On Beam me up Scotty!

There goes my spa and pedicure at some swank hotel.  Seriously, everywhere I hear these days that virtual meetings are replacing F2F.  What would then constitute a reason for "in the carbon"?
April 16, 2009    View Comment    

On China's Oil Strategy

As evidenced by Secretary Clinton's trip to China earlier this year, energy and climate change are the most important issues in U.S./China relations.  This is a crucial debate and The Energy Collective welcomes more of it.  We also hope that in the future we can avoid overly generalized epithets to describe the people in this debate.
April 16, 2009    View Comment    

On The building energy efficiency fraud

I guess it’s true that no good deed ever goes unpunished.  LEED-bashing has become fashionable in these pessimistic times, undeservedly so I think.  Having seen the nearly 30,000 advocates for the movement up close and personal at Greenbuild, I know the vast majority of them are just trying to build better buildings. (Thank God for unsung heroes).   And in doing so, they’ve moved like fire  through the glaciers of the status quo, upending the “old” way faster than almost anyone could imagine.  While even the most ardent advocates don’t claim it’s perfect, they haven’t waited around for that mythical day to come — instead they are driving  progress no one could have ever imagined, oblivious to the nay-saying and whining around them.   The advancements in technology and building science, design and construction process and materials development has been some of the coolest innovation out there.  So they rightly take umbrage with people playing loose with the facts.  LEED for New Construction has never hidden the fact that the energy piece for new construction is about modeling. How else would you do it until the building was out of the ground and functioning, which is when LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance registrations kicks in, and the real performance tale gets told?  That they insist on commissioning is one way to move closer to built as designed. And they’ve raised the bar a couple of times on the prerequisites, to howls from owners and developers who can’t scramble fast enough to change how they do business.  In this latest version coming out end of April, they’ve taken another big step — this time setting out several minimum performance requirements, and the one about requiring energy and water performance data be made available to USGBC (via a couple different options) is a good one.  Yes, water too, because LEED isn’t just about driving energy efficiency (and no matter your perspective, making the 5.1 million commercial buildings and 120 million homes in the US more energy efficient is a good thing), it’s LEED’s holistic approach to transforming the built environment that’s delivering a mind-shift we sorely need.  This might not be fast enough or far enough, but it’s forward motion on a vast, policy-driven yet fast scale, and we need all of that we can get.  

April 8, 2009    View Comment    

On How green will the London Summit outcomes be?

Yes, Ben, it was published last week here: Good catch.
April 8, 2009    View Comment