Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government have a strong commitment to bringing "24/7" power to all. But while the government works to expand access to the grid, the growth of renewables -- including solar, wind, and biomass -- has opened up new frontiers of decentralized energy models to bring electricity to households and business enterprises now.
When it comes to pushing lots of water through lots of pipes over long distances, nothing works better than old-fashioned gravity, something the Romans figured out and carved into stone more than 2,000 years ago. Might there be a way to tap into those rushing underground rivers and generate some sustainable hydroelectric power without slowing down the streams?
The transition from outmoded, dirty power to advanced, clean energy is highly lucrative. Winners should compensate vulnerable losers; just capture a fraction of these new profits and we can protect the security and welfare of otherwise stranded workers and communities, provide investment capital for economic diversification and ensure the full value of pension funds.
Professor Roger J. Pielke, Jr. recently compared many widely-published energy and climate experts with Dr. Wei-Hock Soon, the subject of recent media attention for failing to follow conflict of interest (COI) rules at some scientific journals. There is no comparison whatsoever, and we ask Dr. Pielke to retract his accusations and apologize.
While Washington state lawmakers' bold pragmatism promises to help their environment and their economy, the new Congress in Washington, D.C., seems hell-bent on pushing legislation that will strip away our environmental protections, continue to ignore the threats of climate change and keep us addicted to dirty fossil fuels.