Sunday, November 25, 2012


My apologies for not writing earlier. I took a bit of a sabbatical from this blog. It was for good reason, too, given that I recently departed from working for an energy company. A brilliant, complex organization where I gained an enormous amount of knowledge on the energy industry. I was protecting them, this blog, and my opinions. I'm sure you have a few questions and I have answers for you.

1) Yes, I am no longer a pure vegetarian. I never was 100% of the time and stayed away from chicken and red meat. That is still the case today as I continue to eat fish, turkey (Thanksgiving was great), lots of lentils, but limited dairy and definitely no cow, deer, or other fleshy being.

2) There is hope for the grid. Fracking will continue. Shale gas is extremely plentiful and regulations will become stronger, better and more enforced. More importantly, expect power plants to be extremely scrutinized with a push to convert or switch from coal to natural gas for a cleaner, cheaper burn.

3) I canceled my Nissan LEAF order. The reservation fee was only $99 (always refundable) and since April 2012 that policy has been discontinued. The midwest is still lacking the infrastructure to be scalable and reliable. I was optimistic, however, do I have to remind you of Hurricane Sandy? Until ECOtality arrives east of Denver, then demand will continue to grow in Oregon, California and Texas. As an alternative, I am considering a Toyota Prius Plug-in and never took my eyes off Tesla Motors. (Elon, You have a wonderful empire. SpaceX has a great future and building space. I remain an advocate!)

4) Why now? Resurrection seemed appropriate given the time of year, time of my career and the exciting time of technology. New platforms on the horizon, but this time a solid break through for many industries (3D printing, healthcare, solar, education, private rockets, etc). Crowd sourcing and crowd funding is massive. Why not have that trend expand to heroes helping us to advance in our green economy?

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