Robert Moskowitz

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10 years 1 month ago

One of the arguments I used to laugh at the most over inflated Pentagon funding went like this: "Sure, a billion dollars for the XYZ weapon system is a lot of money. But if we end the XYZ weapon system-building program and don't build it, it'll cost two billion."

Say what?

Now that same spurious logic is being deployed against renewable energy sources. In a recent article published in The Wall Street Journal, Robert...

10 years 1 month ago

Many businesses have taken steps to incorporate sustainable practices into their operations and have improved their performance, but until now, customers had no way of recognizing which businesses were going "green."  To remedy this, the City of Santa Monica, CA, along with its Convention and Visitors Bureau, and its Chamber of Commerce, have joined together with an organization called Sustainable Works to certify and recognize green businesses in the community.

Sustainable Works is a non-profit environmental education organization that has been conducting its programs in the City of Santa Monica and at...

10 years 1 month ago

For the  third year in a row, the Center for American Progress Action Fund, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, held a day-long clean energy summit, gathering high-level industry leaders, policy experts, investors, and public officials to talk over important things in Nevada.

Called the "National Clean Energy Summit 3.0: Investing in American Jobs," this latest gathering, on September 7, 2010, yielded some interesting points of view and a passel of spiffy quotes.

As John Podesta, president and CEO of the...

10 years 1 month ago

With a long history of leadership in matters both political and social,, too. In 2007, the U.S. Dept. of Energy named Ann Arbor as one of its 25 "Solar America Cities." The honor was backed up with a grant of more than $600,000 to be used for solar energy planning, promotion, and installation.

Two years ago, the city installed a highly visible solar array, capable of producing ten kilowatts of electricity, on top of the shelter at its popular Farmer's Market location. The money for this work came jointly from the U.S. Department of...

10 years 1 month ago

Fuel cells have been well known for a long time, but until now, they have not been nearly as popular as science fiction writers always hoped. One reason: they are inherently more costly than most other energy sources.

But now old style fuel cells, including proton exchange membranes (PEMs), phosphoric acid fuel cells (PAFCs), and molten...

10 years 2 months ago

Usually, it's attributable to a recession. But in this case, there are other reasons, as well, to explain why the United States consumed significantly less energy in 2009 than it did in 2008.

Part of the reason is that our mix of energy sources is changing. As a nation, we burned much less coal, petroleum and natural gas in 2009, compared with 2008, and we relied a good deal more on electricity generated from wind power and solar cells, as well as hydro-electric installations and geothermal systems.

Another reason for the energy savings last year was the growing...

10 years 2 months ago

I'm all for sustainable energy, but I paid attention in physics class when I went to high school, and I haven't forgotten the simple lesson that the world as presently constituted does not contain anything like "free energy." There are no "perpetual motion" machines. You cannot extract "free energy" from magnets. No one has ever built a machine to tap "zero point energy."

I'm not going to try and argue that none of this will ever be accomplished; I'm just saying none of it has ever been accomplished so far, here and now, on Planet Earth.

I bring this up because I...

10 years 2 months ago

Full Disclosure: I like the idea of cohousing and sustainable living, and I'm actively trying to push these concepts forward where I live, in Santa Monica, CA. Although I thought this would be easy, I was wrong, and not much progress has been made other than colonizing the apartment building where I live with easy-going, friendly people who pretty much share our values. But this is neither cohousing nor sustainable, not even close.

Yet these concepts are thriving elsewhere. There are well over 100 cohousing developments in the U.S., with more in the pipeline, and hundreds...

10 years 2 months ago

Chris Sauer, CEO of Ocean Renewable Power is excited. "We have now done the performance testings of what we call our Beta tidal energy system here in Cobscook Bay, and the results came out exactly on the design curve."

In plain language, Ocean Renewable Poer is learning to generate electricity from ocean tides, one of the largest and most inexhaustible sources of energy on the planet. While winds and sun tend to vary a great deal,...

10 years 2 months ago

If you've ever dreamed of powering your home or business from solar or wind energy, here's an opportunity to learn how to make your dream a reality!

The Pennsylvania Renewable Energy Festival offers:

- Workshops presented by experts from across the US