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How Much Carbon Dioxide Really Flows from Coal?

With the sad passing of Dr. Griff Blakewood, PhD in 2014 the local Lafayette ULL university now sweltering in near 100-degree -degree weather Lafayette, Louisiana is deprived of an environmental prophet. No Department of Renewable Resources remains to refute misconceptions about fossil fuels, carbon dioxide and global warming. Dr. Blakewood would be quick to encourage [...]

By | August 11th, 2015|Climate Change, Renewable Energy|Comments Off on How Much Carbon Dioxide Really Flows from Coal?

Earth Too Might Have A “Kodak Moment”

During eight years (2000-2008) as chaplain of the “gated community” known as Lafayette Parish Correctional Center (LPCC) I’d seen over 1000 residents per month passed through the facility. One Canadian visitor “Rene,” fled our northern neighbor to find some solace in Louisiana’s Cajun heartland. Unfortunately, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (“Mounties”) arrived at LPCC early [...]

By | May 22nd, 2015|Climate Change, Renewable Energy|0 Comments

Fossil Fuel Corporations Receive Subsidies to Rule the World

The Age of Stupid is a powerful documentary that helps us perceive corporations rule our world. One segment of the movie flows from Nigeria, a troubled, violent nation known for its abundant oil resources. During an interview with young women near oil contaminated water trying to clean oil from the shrinking number of fish they [...]

KXL Threatens Earth, the Biggest USA Aquifer in Particular

Several Sierra Club members went to Port Arthur, Texas in September 2013 for a US State Department hearing on the KXL pipeline stretching from Alberta, Canada to refineries in Wood River, Patoka, IL and finally Port Arthur. The Port Arthur hearing was swamped by Texas politicians, pipeline welders and supporters of the fossil fuel industry [...]

Lame Ducks Can Make Big Waves

As a “Lame Duck” president and a five-star general Dwight Eisenhower warned everyone in 1961 of the Military Industrial Complex (MIC) colossus with the authority of a military man. Ronald Reagan in the twilight years of his reign harrumphed, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down that wall.” Somehow, we escaped global catastrophe from a nuclear conflagration during [...]

By | January 19th, 2015|Environment, Politics, Renewable Energy|0 Comments

Transition to IRENA Is Open to All States and Nations

My “ancestral village” in southern Illinois sits on top of what geologists call the “Illinois Basin” a huge ancient geological deposit of fossil fuels. My father worked briefly in a coal mine company initiated by his father in the 1920’s. The Breese-Trenton Mining Co. ceased operating in the 1950’s because bituminous coal was too polluting. [...]

By | January 14th, 2015|Renewable Energy, Stories|0 Comments

Thomas Berry, The Ecozoic, Maryknoll

Thomas Berry (1914 – 2009) was a reincarnation of the mystic, visionary paleontologist Pierre Teilhard deChardin(1888-1955). Berry was a member of the Passionist order, known more for his prophetic role in US Catholicism as an “eco – theologian” and geologist. Without doubt, Thomas was the wisest person I ever met. Berry’s sister Dr. Margaret Berry, [...]

By | December 21st, 2014|Climate Change, Environment, Renewable Energy|0 Comments

Will The Peru Climate Gathering Bring Us More Safely Into The Third Millennium?

Thomas Berry (1914-2009) was the wisest person I ever met. Our friendship lasted twenty years. The faculty of Southern Methodist University (SMU) in 1990 invited Berry to speak about our common future. Berry addressed a full Dallas auditorium without a note. He said in clear terms: “We are terminating the Cenozoic (meaning “most recent” geological [...]

By | December 1st, 2014|Climate Change, Environment, Renewable Energy|0 Comments

Is History Is Our Willingness To Do The “Impossible”?

Novelist Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) asked “Who is the moral person?” Responding to himself he educated all of us by stating “The beauty or ugliness of a character lay not only in achievements, but aims and impulse; true history lay not among things done but among things willed.” We, who use telephones daily and seldom deal [...]

By | August 15th, 2014|Renewable Energy, Stories|0 Comments