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Most Beautiful Piece of Environmental Writing

It’s Christmas Eve.  You may be flu-ridden, frantic, broke–but you deserve to have your spirits lifted nonetheless. Don’t miss Oliver Morton’s incredibly beautiful oped in today’s New York Times, "Not-So-Lonely Planet."

It’s amazing as a piece of persuasive writing, in that Morton uses unusual tools–hope, poetry, the ultimate bird’s-eye view–to argue for solar power.  How could anyone resist Morton’s vision?  I hope another amazing writer caught it with his morning coffee, too–Barack Obama.

Posted by on December 24, 2008 at 5:46 am, in the category Unusually Clever People.
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6 responses to “Most Beautiful Piece of Environmental Writing”

  1. Amen!!

    And here’s to a greener new year to you all.

  2. commonweeder says:

    Thank you so much for linking to this beautiful and hopeful piece. I’ve just put Morton’s book Eating the Sun on my must read list.

  3. gardenmentor says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this. I, too, am adding Eating the Sun to my book list! What a beautiful read!

  4. greg draiss says:

    I have seen the resistance…….and it is futile.
    I suggest SPF 5000000 if one is to attempt to eat the sun
    The TROLL

  5. Old Kim says:

    Happy Birthday Jesus. God errored with dinosaurs and wiped out their huge carbon footprints. I’m glad so many people care about saving his planet.

  6. Jon says:

    A very welll written story. All of our energy comes from the sun. It is simply a matter of fact that trying to capture it with solar panels or parabolic reflectors is far less efficient than utilizing the sun’s energy stored in coal, oil or natural gas. Also, being realistic we should realize that solar power can only produce electricity and this by itself cannot replace on drop of oil or any other fossil fuel.

    Another fact of life is that solar power is 60% inefficient and requires 100% back-up from fossil fuels when it is not available therefor 60% of the time fossil furel is necessary to produce our electricity.

    If truly clean air is the desired result than there is no better dource than nuclear. It is at least 1/5 the cost of solar and is 90% efficient. One new nuclear plant will produce four times the total power of all the wind and solar plants in this country 100% cleanly. It will require no fossil fuel back-up and can provide the equivalenty energy of burning 100 billion tons of coal each year. I know the typical liberal response is to say that this is all well, BUT, we need to have a responsible way to handle the waste. This assumes that we are capable of building and running nuclear plants that now provide 20% of our power and we are incapable of building a safe storage area to keep the waste in.

    Wind and solar are too expensive, cannot provide for our needs and do not clean much air. Paying carbon taxes to build wind or solar when they require fossil fuel back-up 75% of the time is just about the dumbest idea of all time. We would pay carbon taxes of up to 40% on fossil fuels to build solar or wind that requires fossil fuel back-up 75% of the time. We would then have to pay carbon taxes on the fossil fuel used as back-up to build more wind or solar that can only supply power 25% of the time. Could anything be more illogical?