Insights

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June 25, 2009
It seems like each technology advancement has led to concerns about potential harm to health and/or the environment as a whole. Electromagnetic energy from cell phone usage could lead to brain damage. Fluorescent light flicker might trigger seizures. Reflectors in solar-thermal power plants might fry flocks of birds, that is if they make it through the hazards of nearby wind farms.  
Article
March 23, 2009
Back in the 1970’s I heard a futurist predict that the ultimate conflict would be between technocrats and environmentalists. Environmentalists, he said, pictured the perfect world as being best represented by a young deer drinking from the pure waters of a clear pond in a forest meadow. No pollution, no noise, no worries…no humans. On the other hand, he thought the technocrats’ dream world was a giant laboratory made of white plastic and chrome with a tile floor and occupied by white coated scientists. No earth tones, no dirt, no animals…no nature.
Article
March 12, 2009
Apparently there have been some high-fives in the parking lot of California’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Scientists there have worked for decades on solutions for disposal of radioactive wastes and are optimistic about seeing the fruits of their labour.  
Insights, Federal, Policy
Article
February 19, 2009
Last summer my wife and I were walking across a grocery store parking lot when we noticed a toddler trying to convince his mother to carry him. “I’m hot, mommy! I’m hot!” To this the young mother replied, ” That’s because the earth is getting hotter, Jimmy. It’s called global warming. You’ll just have to get used to it.” And she made him continue to walk as he howled.