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Recent Blog Posts


Pollinator-Friendly Solar

Jun 2nd, 2020 - Our friend and colleague, Adam Thada up in Indiana, passed this report along to us recently dealing with the intersection of two very important things-- bees and solar power. Colony collapse and the climate emergency make them important. We’re rightfully proud of his leadership on ecological relationships at the Center at Donalds ...

Duke Energy Still Likes to Burn Stuff: Claims Natural Gas is Under “Such Assault”

May 8th, 2020 - Well, poor ole’ natural gas? Actually, Duke knows very well that natural gas is bad for life as we know it, and is collapsing by virtue of its own economic logic [1], not because people have the gall to point these things out, so spare us the sympathy ...

Myth exposed: The lunacy of industrial food supply (& energy, &...)

May 5th, 2020 - As has been a running thread in these coronavirus days here on AIRE’s blog, the novel virus for all its misery, grief, and social upheaval is exposing some myths. All one has to do is pay attention and use their critical lenses. Whether it’s food supply, medical treatment, or energy supply, there’s growing evidence that when ...

“Planet of the Humans” and the discord amongst us

May 1st, 2020 - Just as Planet of the Humans dropped on YouTube, Jeff Deal and I got an email from our friend and colleague Adam Thada. His tone and tenor was my introduction to the flim and it foretold of his angst that has now, in the span of eight days, been repeated across progressive media: So.... I'm interested in your take on Michael Moo ...

This is wrong! It’s wasteful and unconscionable. Trump Adm. needs to stop wasting our money on dead energy

May 1st, 2020 - The smash and grab continues under the cover of coronavirus economic relief. Our illustrious federal government is shooting heroin again. It’s disaster capitalism looting the public kitty in broad daylight and at bewildering speed. A couple headlines picked up in my daily feed from U.S. Energy News should make us very angry: The ...

[UPDATE] THE REES THEATRE SOLAR! GO HOOSIERS!

Apr 27th, 2020 - Just a few days ago I posted on this great solar theatre story. The installer, Green Alternatives, made quick work of the solar installation, just as they did on Phase 2 at The Center at Donaldson. Yes, go Hoosiers! We're loving the little town of Plymouth, Indiana. A virtual ribbon cutting may be in the works. Stay tuned. The 30k ...

Earth Day 1970 — Earth Day today 2020

Apr 22nd, 2020 - I shared a short bit of serenity in the previous post on Earth Day. If ever we needed to calm our synapses, it’s now, in the turbulence of a pandemic and a certain (ir)response. So much is going on it almost seems like something else is breaking or being deliberately broken by the minute. That’s what I want to spend a few mi ...