Category: science

Best Time To Be Alive

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There were two incredibly inspiring articles on the web this week:

The first, a gift from our neighbors to the north, speaks for itself:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-life/wp/2016/10/17/leave-it-to-canada-to-remind-america-that-its-still-a-great-country/

The other article (below) made me think about how the evolution of clean
energy policy, technology, financing, and economies of scale are making
clean energy affordable for everyone.

Take the Oakwood Friend’s School. The non-profit boarding school always wanted solar, but had 11 different electric meters for their 18
mostly-shaded buildings – and couldn’t afford it.

Today, solar is producing 100% of their annual 700,000 kilowatt hours of
electricity. The system is sited in a fallow field at the edge of their property, and is “remote metered”. EarthKind Energy identified and maneuvered through the new energy policies and grant incentives, put together leading cost-effective technologies, secured a pass-along ofincentives from a tax equity investor, and coordinated the myriad details
of the installation and utility interconnection — with ZERO ($-0-) dollars out-of-pocket from Oakwood.

Now, the school will save more than $1.5 Million over the next 25 years -and they are using the solar system as an integral part of their  curriculum.

The article also reminded me of my wife – who is alive today thanks to incredible medical advances over the last decade that provided her with a  Live Liver Transplant – where she received 1/2 of a live liver, and both  her portion, and the original, grew back to full size. “Two for one”.

Now…. “imagine a student who grows an artificial pancreas right in front  of the president-an idea that eventually eliminates waiting lists for lifesaving organs… imagine the girls who discover a new fuel based on only sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide… the teenager who makes voting and civic activism as addictive as scrolling through your Twitter feed… the boy from Idaho who grows potatoes from a plot of soil brought back from our colony on Mars…”

It is, indeed, “the best time to be alive”.

Barack Obama: Now Is the Greatest Time to Be Alive


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