In a capitalist society money is the score card. It serves as both the carrot and the cattle prod for the things we should and shouldn’t do. In the US, energy has been plentiful, and so the forces of supply and demand have made it relatively cheap for us to consume. Compared to other countries, we’ve taxed energy very little; further dangling the consumption carrot. As a result, cheap energy has fueled our economy, advanced technology, elevated our standard of living, and propelled our lives. It’s generally been good for us, or has it?Continue reading →
“Words! Words! Words! All I hear is words!” quoting Eliza Doolittle from the classic 1964 musical “My Fair Lady”.
Words like “climate change” and “global warming” and “sea-level rise” and even “extreme weather events” are becoming annoying.
That is until your home and your neighbors’ homes and large parts of your community are literally run over by Hurricane Sandy or flooded out by a mammoth nor’easter like the recent January “bomb cyclone” that battered the Northeast with snow, ice and coastal flooding.Continue reading →