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…and I dropped the blogging ball! More about the Solar Decathlon…

Sorry for going on hiatus after my last post from DC about the Solar Decathlon.  The truth of the matter is that the weather was 100% miserable the entire time I was there, and I had not the time nor the space to blog:  my hands were numb and it was raining, thus making it […]


Live from the National Mall…Team Germany FTW!

In a stunning surprise come-from-behind win, Team Germany took the top award at the Department of Energy’s Solar Decathalon this morning after winning the Net Metering category, upsetting the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who was in first place before the final winner was announced, and who ended up in second place. This is Team […]


Going to the Solar Decathalon!

Happy Blog Action Day! The theme of Blog Action Day this year is “climate change”, which is pretty easy for me to tackle since I think about climate change a lot. As I write this I’m on my way to PDX to travel to Washington, DC to visit the Solar Decathalon. For those of you […]


Thank you, Senators

“Thank you” is not a phrase I imagine many of us utter in the direction of U.S. Senators these days.  I, myself, tend to think that there are many Senators who are so far deep in the pockets of corporations that not only are they NOT representing the interests of the American people, they are […]



Tonight on the Daily Show, Jon Stewart interviewed William Kamkwamba, a young man from Malawi, Africa, who built a windmill in front of his family’s home after quitting school because of the famine in his country.  William visited the library in his village – which was sponsored by the U.S., by the way – and […]



It’s been nearly 12 years since the Kyoto Protocol was initially adopted for use, and over 4 years since it was enacted.  Over 183 parties have ratified the Protocol.  In the map below, the countries that ratified the Kyoto Protocol are shown in green; the countries that have no intention of ratifying the Protocol are […]