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WorldChanging Earth Day special
The WorldChanging site is publishing more than a dozen articles for Earth Day. As usual, the approach is up-beat, environmentalist and tools-oriented. Several prominent figures like William McDonough are featured. Here are some I especially liked. -BA
Californians Driving toward Global Warming: The Solution? Smarter Land Use.
Power by the People! Cities to Generate Local Renewable Energy
Make This Earth Day Your Last!
John Thackara: It's All About Distribution
The Nitrogen Wiki
Four Futures for the Earth
Project Energy: How Far We've Come
Don Shelby, WCCO-TV (Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN)
The United States is going through one of the most rapid makeovers in its history. It seems everyone is talking about energy, efficiency and the environment.
Monday marked a full year of "Project Energy" reports on WCCO-TV, with a pledge to keep telling the story of the fast-changing global landscape.
Something important to remember is how far we have come together.
"Like kids that found the cookie jar, we just pigged out," said Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md.
"When 90 percent of the world's leaders are concerned about global warming ... we believe the debate is over," said Shell Oil Company president John Hofmeister.
"And so the people are beginning to understand that there's a different bottom line," said Rabbi Marcia Zimmerman. "It's a moral bottom line."
The voices of Project Energy are helping us to know more and are putting energy and the environment on the tips of many tongues.
"When I hear the word energy, I really think of the next great challenge and the next great opportunity for America," said author and columnist Tom Friedman.
Just 12 months after Project Energy started, much of it seems obvious. Fossil fuels, petroleum, coal and natural gas are finite resources and burning too many of them warms the planet.
(17 April 2007)
A year ago, television station WCCO began an extensive news series on energy, including the subject of peak oil. Again, a local grassroots effort is far ahead of the national media. Some stories in the series still seem to be available on the WCCO site. -BA