Renewable Energy, Not Fanciful Fusion – New York Times

Nuclear fusion remains a highly speculative experiment, yet proponents are touting it as nearing commercial viability.  Challenging this, I call for a stepped-up commitment to solar, wind, battery storage, and energy efficiency – proven technologies that stand a much better chance of steering us away from climate disaster.

2021-11-14T15:02:39-05:00October 26th, 2021|

Building Solar Justice – The Environmental Forum

Across the U.S., new policies are beginning to bring the benefits of solar power to low-income households and communities of color. Along with looking at current initiatives in California, the District of Columbia, and Massachusetts, I advocate for stronger federal involvement in advancing solar justice.

2021-08-16T13:32:37-04:00August 16th, 2021|

A Solar Future for Low-Income People – New York Times

In his just-released climate plan, Joe Biden has committed to zeroing out carbon emissions from U.S. power plants by 2035. He also vows to direct 40 percent of all clean energy and infrastructure benefits toward disadvantaged communities. In this letter, I call upon the candidate to serve both goals by bringing solar power within easy reach of low-income households.

2020-07-20T16:20:15-04:00July 17th, 2020|

Grappling with the Challenge of Flying Less – Beacon Broadside

Left unabated, commercial aviation by mid-century may produce up to a quarter of the carbon emissions our planet can tolerate if we are to avert the more devastating impacts of climate change. Pulling back on air travel’s throttle will take conscious & conscientious recalibration. Here I share some contrasting insights on the challenges of flying less.

2020-07-20T16:29:20-04:00June 11th, 2020|

Coronavirus Demands Harvard’s Leadership – Harvard Crimson

Some universities stepped up early with courageous commitments to open up their dorms and other facilities to meet the urgent need for added healthcare capacity to cope with the COVID-19 crisis. Tufts and Middlebury were notable front-runners in meeting this challenge. Harvard was slow to consider similar action or, at least, to let the university community know what might be undertaken. I wrote this piece in late March as a concerned alum, and was joined by many in writing letters calling on university officials act and inform.

2021-06-08T15:07:38-04:00April 26th, 2020|

Solar Grows but Market Share is Low – Wall St. Journal

In this letter, I take issue with Phred Dvorak’s use of solar’s installed capacity as a basis for proclaiming that this renewable technology could become “the world’s largest energy source” by 2040. Solar’s total installed gigawatts may surpass other electric power sources in the coming decades but that does not necessarily mean it will eclipse fossil fuels in the electricity it produces. Dvorak’s article invites undue complacency about the policies and investments needed to make a wholesale shift to renewable energy.

2020-03-03T22:38:38-05:00March 3rd, 2020|
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