Patrick Kenney

Patrick Kenney

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8 years 8 months ago

The U.S. energy policy thus far has relied primarily for the vast majority of its energy to come from fossil fuels:  Coal, oil, and natural gas while lawmakers largely give token or nominal support for renewable and alternative sources of energy. This is a dangerous policy to have because all three are exhaustible and finite resources, meaning that at some point there will be high demand and relatively low supply. Some experts are now saying that gas prices will be going up exponentially over the next few years,...


8 years 8 months ago

During this past lame-duck session, most political pundits focused on the flurry of legislative victories for President Obama. The pieces of legislation passed were generally regarded as bipartisan efforts and were seen as necessary to move the country forward. As such, legislation such as repealing DADT (Don't Ask Don't Tell) or ratifying the START treaty were seen as fairly significant and good accomplishments for the President and the country as a whole. Yet one...


8 years 8 months ago

With the new year upon us, often individuals make New Year's resolutions, some of which are kept, but very often many are broken. It is human nature to forget about the resolutions one makes early on as the year progresses. Providing for a clean and healthy environment, however, is one New Year's resolution everyone should have, and by taking small steps toward that goal, an overall cleaner,...


8 years 8 months ago

With green technology, the opportunities are endless in terms of the development of various energy sources, transmission lines, and even new forms of transportation.  Well, it appears that this new form of transportation is cars powered by air, especially for urban areas.  In Europe, they are developing new forms of transportation to accommodate urban areas that is environmentally friendly. In particular, this new form of transportation that has come about thanks to...


8 years 8 months ago

Upon first glance, it is great to utilize all energy sources that are not fossil fuel based so the U.S. becomes less dependent on fossil fuels for their energy consumption. However, as the evidence has shown, not all biofuels especially corn ethanol are as energy efficient as they can be and during the production process, they utilize fossil fuels, which are clearly not sustainable because of the harm done to overall environmental quality. Nevertheless, given their relative abundance now for use...


8 years 8 months ago

There is no doubt that the U.S. needs to transition from a fossil fuel dependent economy to one that is based on renewable energy sources for  a variety of reasons, primarily having to do with our collective responsibility to be good environmental stewards, which in turn provides the added benefit of expanding the overall energy sector of the U.S. economy.  However, some pundits may argue that there needs to be some sort of bridge to go from a fossil fuel dependent economy to one that relies more and more on renewable energy sources.  The question, therefore, is...


8 years 8 months ago

For 2010, the U.S. government by most accounts did not do a whole lot to address climate change. A cap and trade system which was meant to deal with the issue failed to garner enough votes to pass the Senate. Since this past November, Republicans have taken over the House, it it likely that next year is going to be very difficult in terms of dealing with climate change at least at the national level....


8 years 9 months ago



For many people, this upcoming Saturday will be a joyous time in terms of a celebration of Christmas. They may be decorating a tree with ornaments of all kinds, putting up stockings, and wrapping all kinds of presents.  This is a celebratory time of year for those individuals who celebrate it with family, friends, and others. It can also be a time of waste and energy inefficiency if one is not careful, whereby instead of using recycled items as ornaments, for example, individuals use non-recycled ones...


8 years 9 months ago

How can we collectively reduce carbon dioxide emissions? The answer is usually energy efficiency or conservation, but what that means or what constitutes being efficient is often never fully defined or elaborated upon. Often, many experts, pundits, ordinary citizens, and even those in the media answer questions about reducing carbon dioxide emissions in general terms without giving a lot of clear cut specifics. Or if specifics are given, it is usually in the context of whether something will hurt the consumer's...


8 years 9 months ago

Many towns throughout the U.S. that manufactured many goods for our economy have been shipped overseas to China, India, Mexico and other places as the U.S. has gone from a predominately manufacturing to a service sector economy. That has had tremendous consequences in the short-term where many residents of those towns who were employed at the factory that relocated are now unemployed, perhaps with a touch of despair. The solution, however, is not to despair, but to rebuild and find new and innovative, alternative jobs that cannot be shipped overseas to India, China, or Mexico. In particular, what the U.S. government must do is become a leading manufacturer in...


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