Patrick Kenney

Patrick Kenney

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8 years 11 months ago

Wal-Mart is a big box retailer that promises "extra low prices" for its goods and services.  In addition, it is also one of those companies that purports to be green.  However, is Wal-Mart simply riding the wave of green and in reality is a greenwasher?  The perception certainly exists of Wal-Mart as a green company especially with its partnership with “the Carbon...


8 years 11 months ago

Going green and reducing the carbon dioxide emissions of the U.S. can come as individuals forego their car and actually take high speed rail, the gateway to to the future.  High speed rail enables individuals to travel quickly to and from places and often connects major city/metropolitan areas without having to get into a car.  This type of transportation is cleaner for the environment since individuals are not sitting in traffic and burning fossil fuels.  High speed rail can be...


8 years 11 months ago

All energy is not created equal since each energy resource in the U.S. receives different levels of subsidization that make it either very competitive or not at all in the energy marketplace.  Consequently, when politicians, the media, and others say the U.S. cannot have an economy other than one based on fossil fuels, the reason is the unequal subsidy practice in place that enables fossil fuels to outpace renewable sources substantially.  It is almost as if...


8 years 11 months ago

The Gulf Oil Spill that hit the Gulf region of the U.S. this past spring and summer certainly wreaked havoc and should provide the impetus for change to U.S. energy policy.  It has been recorded as the worst oil spill in decades for its sheer destruction to marine life and to the livelihood of Gulf coast residents.  Given that this was a big crisis event that went on for days, there is usually an outcry and possibly calls to reevaluate our energy...


8 years 12 months ago

Events like snowmageddon while not proving climate change exists are indeed examples of its effects. In the case of the snowfall in DC and throughout the mid-Atlantic this past winter, this was an extreme weather event that is symptomatic of climate change. Nevertheless, some individuals may be skeptical due to the incongruity of snow with an overall warming trend. Consequently, individuals are curious about the phenomena around them and want to know what these events mean overall in the larger trend.

When a weather event...


8 years 12 months ago

In the U.S. and around the world, the initial reluctance to address climate change may be due in part to both political dynamics and more importantly the impact doing so would have on a business.  After all, if businesses are forced to change their energy and environmental practices, they would incur a significant cost to do so at least in the short-term.  Yet, it appears that now...


8 years 12 months ago

Greening the Earth really starts at the grassroots, local individual level and flows up from there. Government and business actions to go green do not happen unless individual consumers or citizens take steps to go green and thereby reduce their carbon footprint. After all, a business is not going to sell environmentally friendly products unless there is consumer demand for it nor will government policies change unless consumers make a concerted...


8 years 12 months ago

It appears that the climate bill that was before the Senate is not going to be addressed, at least this year anyway. The Senate unfortunately decided to punt on the issue of climate change.  Perhaps, the climate bill's failure in the Senate stems from its various flaws and weaknesses, but nevertheless the issue is unlikely to go away and nor should it given the many threats climate change poses to our very...


9 years 3 days ago

In essence, it seems all the talk about energy independence, turning to renewables, etc., it seems that fossil fuels have been the U.S.'s dominant form of energy for quite some time despite efforts to make investments in renewable sources and energy efficiency measures to make us less dependent on them. When policy-makers make claims that we as in the U.S. need to wean ourselves away from fossil fuels, at least in the case of oil, why haven't we? It appears that all the talk about how the U.S. can be energy independent or can lessen its carbon footprint upon first glance is rhetoric since as of now, we are still a fossil fuel dependent economy. That is not to...


9 years 3 days ago

During the New Deal, the Tennessee Valley Authority was created and provided hydropower energy to areas that had not previously had it, namely Appalachia areas around the western part of Virginia, Eastern Tennessee, and the deep South.  So, hydropower is not a new energy source and consequently it is not like starting from scratch and reinventing the wheel to find a new source of energy to replace fossil fuels.  What makes hydropower unique is that it involves...


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