Will Alternative Energy Save Capitalism?

By: Sunday August 10, 2014 4:00 pm

Every time I publish a diary like this one (“Promoting an Effective Discussion: Capitalism Causes Climate Change,” 8/3/14), I get responses from patrons of alternative energy. Solar panels and wind farms will save the Earth, the world-society, and the capitalist system, from the prophesies of doom accompanying abrupt climate change, they imply.

 

Energy Innovation: Obama’s State of the Union a Frothy Mix of Promise and Prattle

By: Wednesday January 25, 2012 4:14 pm

When I turned on the TV last night, I wanted to stand up and cheer. While watching President Obama’s State of the Union address, I felt much like I did when I watched his 2008 acceptance speech at Mile High Stadium in Denver. OK, that’s not true–not hardly. Reality has not been kind to Obama’s rhetoric, after all. But when Obama got to the energy section of the speech, I found much to applaud, not unlike in 2008. . . with some obvious caveats for his praise of dirty, dangerous, failed or flat-out fictional forms of energy production.

The Party Line – June 3, 2011: A Tale of Two Countries

By: Friday June 3, 2011 12:17 pm

In one country, a government that campaigned on a move to green energy reacts to the nuclear crisis in Japan by reaffirming its commitment to nuclear power. In another country, a government that, only nine months ago, endorsed a plan to expand its reliance on nuclear power reacts to the Fukushima disaster by vowing to shut down all domestic nuclear reactors by 2022, and invest in conservation and alternative energy.

The latter of the two examples is, at present, actually the one more dependent on nuclear power for its domestic electricity production, so what can explain its more populist response to current events?

The Party Line – May 13, 2011
What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

By: Friday May 13, 2011 9:36 am

Three countries–one gets 29 percent of its electricity from nuclear power, one gets 26 percent from nuclear, and one gets 20 percent. Guess which one is winning the future. . . or, more to point, guess which one is not.

Live: Dylan Ratigan Hosts Town Hall on Energy Solutions

By: Thursday March 31, 2011 4:59 pm

MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan hosts a live town hall from Oklahoma State University tonight at 8pm EDT. Panelists include: Boone Pickens, Oil Tycoon & Founder, BP Capital Management, Ashwin Madia, VoteVets.org, Bob Deans, Director of Federal Communications, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Former CIA Director James Woolsey.

Wind Power, Meet Remote Control

By: Sunday September 12, 2010 5:00 pm

Landowners between the wind generators that are being put in and the cities that need the power have been raising problems related to the scenery and their stake in that scenery.

Imagine a World without Oil

By: Thursday June 10, 2010 3:45 pm

Not only the Gulf disaster but several wars, tension with Iran, and terrorism directly or indirectly could link back to our addiction to oil, says former CNN foreign correspondent Tony Collings.

Carbon-based Energy Not Worth It

By: Friday June 4, 2010 6:00 pm

Companies that are in the business of wresting ex-plant and dinosaur-based energy-producing stuff out of the ground don’t give a crap about the earth and they don’t give a crap about the people who are doing the dirty, dangerous, health-destroying work that produces their profits.

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