Patrick Kenney

Patrick Kenney

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8 years 9 months ago

The power of harnessing the sun's energy; it is definitely a renewable energy source and sunlight is a natural phenomenon and relatively abundant throughout the year, especially in certain parts of the U.S.. However, what prevents solar power from becoming more widespread in the U.S. is the idea of reliability and dependability. In particular, it is true that when the sun does not shine, the energy needs to be stored somewhere and thus far there...


8 years 9 months ago

Wind power is a great energy resource from both an environmental and economic standpoint. From an environmental standpoint, wind energy is renewable and clean and from an economic standpoint it is a good source in terms of expanding the overall energy sector of the U.S. economy from one based solely on fossil fuels to one that is broad based. However, one of the concerns with wind energy and perhaps why it is still a relatively small part of the energy portfolio in the U.S. is due...


8 years 9 months ago

Often, climate change is framed by scientists using computer models that show, for example, if the status quo remains, events X, Y, and Z may result with a high degree of certainty. In other words, it is important to showcase what is likely to happen from a scientific happen to understand the stakes involved, it may be more powerful and effective to communicate climate change's impacts through anecdotes and the stories of those who are currently being impacted, namely the natives in places like Alaska, Greenland...


8 years 9 months ago

The Caribbean is home to clear blue water to the point that the average individual can see their own reflection fairly well when going there for a visit. This clear blue water and the millions of animal and plant species that call this area home are threatened now more than ever by climate change. Coral reefs, in particular, are places where scuba-divers go to see because of how beautiful and fascinating they look, but in addition they provide both economic and environmental benefits that many...


8 years 9 months ago

It is pretty clear that human activities are the primary source for much of today's climate change. Essentially, human activities from driving a car, to using too much energy in their homes and businesses certainly contribute to the manmade or anthropogenic climate change phenomenon. However, the question that troubles scientists, policymakers, and others is: How can the U.S. and other industrialized nations measure...


8 years 9 months ago

For those who celebrate Christmas, it is a joyous time and a great together among family and friends. Yet, it can also ruin environmental quality given that it involves the transport of trees from tree farms on one side of the country to the other side and the use of pesticides and fertilizers on tree farms. As a result, the Christmas tree itself may not involve a lot of green processes and practices, which in turn adds to the...


8 years 9 months ago

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill this past spring illustrated how the U.S. dependency on oil for energy needs can truly have devastating consequences. This oil spill destroyed the Gulf ecosystem causing both immediate short-term damages and an incalculable amount of long-term damages that are unlikely to be known until years down the road. That is why it comes as good news that President...


8 years 9 months ago

Where are the jobs?  With a festering high unemployment situation that shows no signs of getting better anytime soon, lawmakers, the media, and especially those who are currently unemployed and have been for months are wondering where the jobs are. The Philadelphia Eagles, a popular football team, may not only be a good football team, but they are also a great example of leading the green revolution and showing how...


8 years 9 months ago

The coal industry is big business in the U.S., given the relatively large amount of coal reserves in the U.S.. It has been said before that we are the Saudi Arabia of coal.  Recent news reports, however, show that now the coal industry wants to change what they view as a derogatory name “Mountain Top Removal” to one of Mountain Top Development “to reflect some of this economic development” that occurs during this...


8 years 9 months ago

Going from a fossil fuel dependent economy to one that is "green" in the U.S. requires a unified effort among the government, citizens, and business groups to make sacrifices. In essence, going green involves forming a unified front where each individual or group does something to change the overall dynamic which right now is dependency on fossil fuels. Changing...


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