The New Yorker Gets One Wrong

Franzen graphicWhat can you say about a publication, the venerable “New Yorker,” that has brought us writers the likes of Rachel Carson, Bill McKibben and Betsy Kolbert?  Easy:  They’ve got their environmental worldview very nicely in order.  But nobody’s perfect, so the editors responsible for accepting a recent essay, questionable (to be kind) in its logic and facts, by the novelist Jonathan Franzen, are to be forgiven.

There was, in fact, another reasonably bone-headed essay on the environmental movement from another distinguished writer, Nicholas Lemann, a couple of years ago that elicited responses from some worthy environmental leaders in whose company I found myself when the magazine printed my letter alongside theirs. Continue reading


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Ivanpah

4250 IvanpahJoe Romm had an article about concentrating solar power (CSP) going back six years now called “The technology that will save humanity.”  He gave a great overview, including a history and an eminently lucid rationale for its deployment.  About five years ago I was driving west of Seville and was knocked out by the sight of the CSP plant that Abengoa has built there. Continue reading


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“The Global Threat of Our Time”

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That’s what the President of the United States called climate change today at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.  With Chancellor Angela Merkel on the podium beside him, he said: “The effort to slow climate change requires bold action.  And on this, Germany and Europe have led.”  Truer words were never said.  “Our dangerous carbon emissions have come down.  But we know we have to do more — and we will do more.”  President Obama was referring to the US here in his speech. Continue reading


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