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A. Siegel
A. Siegel blogs in the domains of energy and environmental implications in a number of communities. His work can be found at Get Energy Smart! NOW!!!. He is a founding board member of The Energy Consensus (a non-profit focused on enhancing the policy dialogue related to energy issues) and Energize America (focused on developing energy concepts for potential legislative action using the blogosphere as a developmental platform).

Entries by A. Siegel

The Ultimate Buzz Kill? Climate Change Drives Down Sex Drive

(3) Comments | Posted November 3, 2015 | 9:27 AM

We've known that climate change threatens agricultural productivity, infrastructure near oceans, human health, biodiversity (and huge numbers of species), sea turtle intercourse, national security, allergy sufferers, economic output, beer, chocolate and coffee, wine, whiskey, cherry blossoms,

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Thinking Past Stovepipes: Solar Electricity on Roof and Classroom

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2015 | 11:38 AM

Solar panels cover my rooftop and generate about 80 percent of my household's electricity use.  My house, of course, has numerous other "energy cool" elements (solar light tubes, high-efficiency fireplace insert, insulated whole-house fan, efficient appliances, etc...) but those solar panels generate 99 percent of the initial questioning about...

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Minimalist Plastic Bag Fee Shockingly Does Not Cause Panic on High Street

(1) Comments | Posted October 5, 2015 | 11:07 AM

Across societies, relatively small policy changes have led to real change.  Getting people off a lazy addiction to plastic bags (and thus reducing plastic impacts -- from use of fossil fuels to produce them, to reduced litter on the streets, to reduced impacts on wildlife) is one example. Over...

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The Pope to Congress: Too Subtle on Climate Change?

(4) Comments | Posted September 24, 2015 | 3:47 PM

Pope Francis has finished his speech to Congress. Within his comments, there are elements to please -- and anger -- virtually all segments of U.S. society. From 'sanctity of life' to 'sanctity of planet' from the value of business to the importance to seeking greater equity, from...

One of the...

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Should Editors Bother With Fact Checking? Or, Newsweek Publishes Hatchet-Job Attack on #Wind Power.

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 12:20 PM

There is an old adage: "Lies, damned lies, and statistics."  With an advocacy piece with heavy overtones of analysis and citations with reams of numbers, it is hard to work through a series of statistics to understand whether the basic material is truthful or contrived and manipulated to support...

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On a 35th Anniversary, Revisiting Why We Trusted the 'Most Trusted Man in America' (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 4:58 PM

Many Americans recognize that the introduction of the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards was a key tool in reducing U.S. oil demand in the face of OPEC's emergence and the various oil embargoes.  While today liquid fuel (oil) and electricity have minimal overlap in most of the developed world,...

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California Begs Senator Jim Inhofe to 'Please, Throw Some Snowballs in Our Direction'

(22) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 4:21 PM

A simple fact: California is drying up.  The snowpack is at record lows (which means less spring runoff). Farmers' fields are brown, rather than green, even as irrigation wells are going deeper and deeper (and some farmers game system for big profits).  Reservoirs are retreating...

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To Solar Carport or Not to Solar Carport, That Is the (or at Least a) Question

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 3:44 PM

Most people think, and most analysis occurs, in a stove-piped fashion -- thinking of issues in channels of problem and solution without consideration of second- and third-order effects. Difficult in conception and more costly in resources (whether brain cells, time or cash), narrow and...

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'Where's the Global Warming?" Thought Buffalonians -- Then They Looked at a Map

(267) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 3:19 PM

Historic Lake Effect Snowstorm in Buffalo, New York Area

The continental United States has been slammed by cold temperatures and it is difficult to escape images of Buffalo's...

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Starved for Power, New Indian Government Translates 'Chicken in Every Pot' Into 'Solar on Every Roof'

(2) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 12:50 PM

Energy poverty is oneDemo of solar LED lantern usage in Mankapur Haat Market of the world's greatest challenges. There are billions of people without access to reliable...

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"Best Is a Future Free of Fossil Fuels": Deval Patrick Inspires UMass (and Me)

(2) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 9:50 AM

Each spring, millions of Americans at 1,000s of High Schools and Springfield Technical Community CollegeUniversities sit through commencement speeches. While many are filled with overused clichés and serve only as a speed bump en...

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Steer-ing the Climate Conversation to Sanity Regarding Economic Analysis

(4) Comments | Posted February 21, 2014 | 10:06 PM

Monday evening, PBS' Newshour hosted a segment on climate change issues building on Secretary of State John Kerry's strong comments over the weekend equating climate change with weapons of mass destruction.

The science of climate change is leaping out at us like a scene from a 3-D movie......
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President Obama's Truck Efficiency Is W6: Win-Win-Win-Win-Win-Win

(1) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 2:56 PM

When it comes to climate mitigation opportunities, there is a simple reality: "Benefits outweigh costs ... enormously."

And, when it comes to climate mitigation and adaptation investments, we should be striving to achieve multiple wins from the same action wherever and whenever possible.

When looking at President Obama's announcement,...

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Terry McAuliffe: Use Dirty Money for Good Deeds

(17) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 3:01 PM

The fundraising for Virginia Governor-Elect Terry McAuliffe's inaugural party is seeing a serious lift due to donations from fossil-fuel dependent corporations. Most notably:

McAuliffe's Inaugural Committee
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2C Limit: Climate Scientists Say This Means Disaster

(318) Comments | Posted December 3, 2013 | 10:19 PM

In a very broad way, Climate change: Russian art contestclimate specialists have laid down a target for climate mitigation: keep global warming below two degrees centigrade and we...

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The Power of "And": Consider Energy as a Three-Legged Stool

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2013 | 9:05 AM

Our challenges, opportunities, and solution paths are complex and interrelated. Yet, all too often, we see them individually, not linked and interacting.

A recent blog post challenges the growing fossil fuel 'disinvestment' campaign, asserting that we don't have a path to get off fossil fuels, and asserts that...

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Honor Martin Luther King With a White House Pray-in on the Climate Cliff

(3) Comments | Posted January 15, 2013 | 9:26 AM

Today an interfaith coalition will hold a "Pray-In for the Climate" in front of the White House. (Yes, sadly, this will be in front of the White House rather than in it even though this is the sort of "Prayer Breakfast" that the President (and family) should join as...

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Mark Ruffalo Calls for White House to Declare War on Climate Change

(37) Comments | Posted January 13, 2013 | 2:22 PM

Sparked by the White House's thoughtful (and wonderfully hilarious and must-read) rejection of the petition to build a Death Star, actor Mark Ruffalo has posted a White House petition calling for a declaration of war on climate change.

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Big Aussie Heat: Down Under Sweltering

(6) Comments | Posted January 8, 2013 | 2:32 PM

Some might say that those 'Down Under' have a competitive streak with Americans -- great allies but truly ecstatic when an Aussie beats an American at the Olympics. At times, however, competition can go too far.

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Climate Disruption: Critical 2012 Events and Stories

(3) Comments | Posted January 2, 2013 | 9:45 AM

A seemingly simple question heading to theClimate Chaos end of 2012:

What were the most notable climate-related stories of the year?

A group led by Greg Laden, interested in climate science, put together...

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