Limits Exceeded – The Predicament of Mankind

Limits to Growth

Civilization has come a long way in the last 10,000 years. To those who follow the latest scientific findings, it doesn't look like it's going to be an easy ride going forward. In the early 70s I read the ground-breaking book “Limits to Growth,” detailing a study by 16 scientists at MIT about the consequences of various likely societal paths. It was clear that we were heading in the wrong ... Read More

Perspective on Modern Life

Human history provides perspective on modern life.

Take a look at the history of our species. We’ve been around a while. The oldest evidence of our human ancestors is a fossilized skull that dates back about seven million years. Most anthropologists agree that so-called “modern” humans came on the scene about 130,000 years ago. The industrial age began a couple hundred years ago but the age of fossil fuels and our massive use of energy has only ... Read More

Greened House Effect is a Must Read for Homeowners

Author Jeff Wilson (photo by Sherri James)

It has been said that the greenest building is the one that’s already built, because so much energy is embodied in the existing structure. There is some truth to that statement and greening an existing home or building can be the shortest route to energy efficiency, long-term savings, increased comfort and environmental healing. I would say that the greenest building is one that’s already built ... Read More

The Importance of Leadership

The Earth is heating rapidly.

Good leadership is important. It can make or break a community, a nation, even our world. As citizens we depend on leaders to establish policies and standards that make our community safe. They must balance the immediate needs of many while keeping an eye on long-term trends that will shape our future. It’s not an easy task and there are more opposing opinions (some with very loud voices) that you ... Read More

Liking Las Vegas

Downtown Las Vegas street scene.

I’ve lived in Southern Nevada for about 35 years and, I must admit, I’m really starting to like it. I suppose it takes time for anyone to settle in, but in this case, it is the transformation of the community that is making the difference for me. Ever since Bugsy Siegel’s heyday, there has been a lot happening here, but I often felt there was something lacking. Whatever that gap was for me, it is ... Read More

Taking Back Our Future

Tar sands oil is the dirtiest on the planet. Using it means "game over" for climate stability.

Last week’s National Clean Energy Summit provided a partial snapshot of the status of our nation’s shift toward clean energy. It featured a wide range of presentations representing green building, military, commerce, transportation, utilities, manufacturing and labor interests. The message was strong and clear: Renewable energy along with a vast array of innovative technology is here and vital ... Read More

Thoughts on Water Use in the Mojave Desert

Rape by greed. Dozing NV to steal water.

Recent malfunctions in our home’s irrigation system have wreaked havoc with my water efficiency efforts. The real problem wasn’t the leak, sometimes things happen and occasional maintenance is necessary. The issue was that the leak went undetected until weeks later when the water bill showed up. Water is a basic human right and is priced relatively low for a good reason: We need it to survive. ... Read More

Green Revolution and the Clean Energy Summit

National Clean Energy Summit 3.0

Think about this: We are living during an incredibly unique period in the ongoing history of humanity. How often did that same thought cross the minds of our ancestors? Did the first generation of farmers realize the profound impact the agricultural revolution would have on the formation of modern society? In the early years of the industrial revolution, did anyone have even an inkling of what ... Read More

Celebrate Independence

Celebrate Energy Independence! Join the revolution!

Nothing is more important to the human spirit than freedom. People sacrifice their lives so that others may experience it. As we celebrate our country’s independence this weekend, friends and family will gather for barbeques and many homes will display the flag. In addition to displaying a symbol of our patriotism, our homes and businesses represent a vital opportunity that, if we choose to take ... Read More

Why Pay More? Why Not?

Ok to cross to green energy now.

Have you ever looked back on a traumatic or difficult period in your life and realized that you actually benefited from the experience? It’s not just that time provides a different perspective. Challenges present opportunities for growth, innovation and learning. We can all benefit from difficult experiences. Sometimes fear and resistance keep us from moving forward, even though we know a ... Read More