I recently did an interview with a local radio station. I’d been invited on to talk about Earth Month and what we can do in our homes to reduce our carbon footprint.
I offered up my usual advice — neither new nor glamorous, but nonetheless worth repeating. We must, I said, remember that the three Rs start with “reduce.” We absolutely must reduce our consumption of fossil-fuel-burning energy. And then I outlined how incredibly simple — as well as economically sound — this is. If you’re doing it right, I said, living green should, overall, save you money.
The radio interviewer interrupted. “Hasn’t Earth Day lost its appeal?” he asked. “Didn’t it used to be trendy? Don’t you worry now that no one cares?”
Raise your hand if you’ve been sitting at your soul-deadening, eye-ball-glazing, brain-frying cubicle job, preparing your latest round of TPS reports and saying to yourself, “I just wish there was a job out there where I could both enjoy myself and do good for the planet. And, you know, not starve.”
Smart grids. Everyone’s talking about them. President Obama wants to include the beginnings of a new smart grid in the economic recovery package. Texas billionaire T. Boone Pickens started calling for an overhaul of the power grid last year as he touted his wind energy plan. And GE even laid down a serious chunk of change to run ads during the Super Bowl (featuring the Wizard of Oz’s hapless scarecrow) simply to convince folks a smart grid might be quite a nice thing to have — and perchance also that GE would be a dandy company to help build it. (See the ad on Earth2Tech.)
Every now and then, you’ll hear about a new wave energy project, and if you’re like me, your reaction is probably, “Waves, energy, that sounds cool.” But then I wonder, if wave power is so cool, how come it’s not being implemented more widely? Maybe you’ve wondered that as well. If so, here’s your wave power cheat sheet.