My daughter is an 11th-generation West Virginian, and by the time she is ready to raise a family, I worry that our state will have been driven off a cliff by the leaders of today who refused to embrace the clean energy future.
Good professors know that discussing nature in the confines of a classroom is not likely to stir the soul, no matter how enlightening the lesson. What awakens, they realize, is experience. Getting hands dirty. Immersion.
Antiquated power plants use water-intake structures to help cool systems. These pipes sit below the water's surface and suck in not only water, but also anything else in the vicinity. This process shreds and destroys the aquatic life drawn in.
Make no mistake about it, billionaire Michael Bloomberg is a technology whiz. But his energy ideas are bankrupt. His $50 million gift to support the Sierra Club's anti-coal agenda and to stop coal-fired power plants will undoubtedly help move American jobs to China.
With all the attention on the debt-ceiling, it was easy to miss some of the other news coming from Washington. The White House announced a proposed fuel-efficiency standard for passenger cars and trucks of 54.5 miles per gallon.
Far too often, American foundations are reluctant to invest heavily in advocacy, community organizing and civic engagement -- even though it's proven that these strategies provide a tremendous return on investment.
New York mayor and philanthropist Michael Bloomberg just announced a $50 million commitment over four years to clean the air, move beyond coal, and accelerate the transition to cleaner, cost-effective energy sources.
As late as 2006, the GOP had a set of clean energy advocates in high places. Those leaders are all still powerfully placed within the GOP. But they seem to be mindful of the remarkable know-nothing standard set for GOP candidates.