If you’ve been paying attention to the news over the last few years, you’ve no doubt seen all the coverage of solar and wind energy. Both hold promise, from new investment to new jobs to new industries around the country, in depressed economies like Michigan.
But are solar and wind really viable options to replace the backbone of our current energy system, based mostly on dirty coal and potentially dangerous nuclear generation? Walter Kohn, a Ph.D. who shared the 1998 Nobel Prize in chemistry, says yes.
Now Kohn’s viewpoint may not be the final answer on this issue, but it’s worth considering, especially against the backdrop of plans for more coal and nuclear power generation in the United States. Kohn made the statements at a recent meeting of the American Chemical Society.
Kohn says total oil and natural gas production, which today accounts for the majority of global energy consumption, is expected to peak in as little as 10 years from now, followed by a rapid decline.
Farmington Hills, Michigan, is far from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
But the plight of turtles affected by the Deepwater Horizon disaster is near and dear to a group of teenagers there. They staged a “Tea for Turtles” fundraiser recently to help raise money and awareness for The Nature Conservancy’s long-term Gulf cleanup efforts. Talk about a creative idea. This was a high-class tea party that included a talk from a marine biologist.
My eldest daughter (eldest? she’s not that old) has been busy on the home computer lately. I know, I know. She should get outside more. She does. But when it’s 90 degrees like it is today, I can hardly blame her. So I’m thinking of buying her a dolphin. A virtual dolphin. We don’t have a real pool, just a little kiddie one, and I poked a hole in it when I got the bikes out of the shed for the summer.