Columbus, Nebraska, has a problem. The rural town has jobs, but it can’t find workers to fill them. Columbus officials have gone on recruiting missions to find new residents, but they’ve discovered that there are reasons people can’t move.
An interesting series on feeding the world.
A new, and slightly bizarre, perspective on the future use of oil and gas reserves and the impact of climate change on those assets.
A new report is touting the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) for helping cut carbon dioxide emissions in the Northeast. The news is somewhat hazy for Rhode Island, however, and overall the data show that the cap-and-trade program is still a work in progress.
Environment Northeast (ENE), a nonprofit that tracks the 10-state, carbon-cutting RGGI program, said emissions from power plants are down 11 percent from last year, and are well below a cap set in 2009. The reason, ENE stated, is power plants are burning more natural gas and less high carbon-packed fuels such as coal and oil. Renewable energy, mild weather and improvements in energy efficiency also are being credited for helping reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.
All good things for cutting carbon pollution, but much of the progress appears to derive from a single factor: the price of natural gas. Since 2005, natural gas prices have dropped significantly below coal and oil. As of Dec. 31, gas was about four times cheaper than oil.
EcoAsset Inc Historical Timeline
Peter and I decided – as a planning tool – to develop an EcoAsset Inc. Timeline for our all too brief history.
We were invited to a presentation this morning by the Rhode Island Governor, Lincoln Chafee, and the State’s Economic Development Corporation. In the Governor’s opening remarks he emphasized wanting to take advantage of “where the economic growth action is….Ed Med”. For us non-economic opportunist, Ed Med is education and medical industry – primarily academic medical research developments.
From my perspective…and accepting the importance of medical and educational advancements…I know of no other industrial economies that are more troubled and inflated than medical costs and educational costs. I would be willing to bet (and I don’t gamble) that the moment RI commits to huge infrastructure and development investments in Ed/Med…the whole system goes into cardiac arrest.
An article on college costs.
The explosive growth in the commercial cultivation of organic tomatoes here (Mexico), for example, is putting stress on the water table. In some areas, wells have run dry this year, meaning that small subsistence farmers cannot grow crops. And the organic tomatoes end up in an energy-intensive global distribution chain that takes them as far as New York and Dubai, United Arab Emirates, producing significant emissions that contribute to global warming.
From now until spring, farms from Mexico to Chile to Argentina that grow organic food for the United States market are enjoying their busiest season.
Perhaps a new model for corporate governance…. I think a move in the right direction (away from greed & and toward common good)
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The Last Waterman of Wittman from ListenIn Pictures on Vimeo.
An interesting overview of 12 electric cars that are currently available in limited markets.
My personal favorite…the Ford version…100 miles to a charge and quick recharge capabilities.