By: Dr. Farooq Hassan It is an end of an Era: No words can really describe the impact of the sad news on the morning of August 26th, 2009 of the passing away of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. President Obama described him as the greatest Senator of our times. That he was certainly, but to [...]
Monthly Archive for August, 2009
What I would at like to see are Community Supported Energy projects, CSEs, modeled after Community Supported Agriculture [CSAs]. A CSE, operating within about a 5 mile radius, would convert locally sourced biomass into fuel for carbon negative heat for local buildings. The biochar produced by the heating systems would then be cycled back to [...]
History teaches us that, in New England at least, by the 1830s demand for biomass, primarily wood, had completely outstripped supply. By the end of the civil war, New England was essentially clear cut. Finding new forests to the West, as well as the transition to fossil fuels, allowed us to avoid confronting the obvious [...]
Health insurance conglomerates all have “death” panels. They always ration and limit care. The “war against illness” endangers all citizens. How much longer will America avoid fighting it to win?
As we develop near zero net energy houses with no furnaces, can we start replacing strongly carbon positive fossil fuel powered thermal energy systems with carbon negative alternatives? Here is one possible path. We can convert biomass, such as: Wood chips from beetle killed trees in Colorado. and turn them into this: Biochar In a [...]
In order to support and strengthen the recent American and Chinese commitments to the concept of Low Carbon Economies, perhaps these policy guide lines and goals could be incorporated into the Waxman Markey American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 [H.R. 2454]. 1. Sequester additional carbon in the soils and forests in a sustainable [...]