Massachusetts may be the First State to Divest
Saturday, June 14, 2014 — Listed under Environment

My interview with MA State Senator Benjamin B. Downing is the focus of my most recent article on Huffington Post's Green Blog. 

Below are a few of the highlights from our conversation. For more information on Downing's proposal to divest MA's pension fund from fossil fuels, contact the Senator at.... more >>

It's Not the Weather - it's Climate Disruption
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 — Listed under Environment

Climate scientists are beginning to point to the extreme weather events of the last few years to illustrate the impacts of man-made climate change. John Holdren, the Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, made the suggestion while speaking, last December, at The Grantham Institute for Climate Change at London's Imperial College. This remarkably thorough and precise one-hour presentation&nbs.... more >>

Climate Change Awareness Climbs
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 — Listed under Environment

In February, I posted this article on the Huffington Post: "Clean Energy Powers College and University Endowments.

In it, I wrote: "with the impacts of climate change directly impacting global commerce, with private equity investors distancing themselves from unsustainable investments, with clean energy delivering winning returns, and with more endowments turning toward the sun and the wind and away from business as usual, colleges and university endo.... more >>

Major Endowments Divest from Fossil Fuels
Saturday, February 15, 2014 — Listed under Environment

STORY UPDATE: On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, Suzanne Goldenberg (@suzyji) of The Guardian US, reported that managers of Harvard University's $33 billion endowment adopt UN-backed responsible investment rules:  http://tinyurl.com/qc3dqhr

News this January included many headlines on the fossil fuel divestment movement, with a particular emphasis on the more >>

Fossil Fuels will Become Stranded Assets
Saturday, February 15, 2014 — Listed under Environment

STORY UPDATE: On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, Suzanne Goldenberg (@suzyji) of The Guardian US, reported that managers of Harvard University's $33 billion endowment adopt UN-backed responsible investment rules: http://tinyurl.com/qc3dqhr

Financial hedge fund manager, Jeremy Grantham, who oversees a $117 billion Bos.... more >>

Coca-Cola & Nike Support Climate Change Action
Saturday, February 15, 2014 — Listed under Environment

Last month, Coca-Cola and Nike linked the impacts of a dangerously warming planet, particularly long-term droughts and record-breaking flooding, with the disruption of their natural resource and material supply chains. With both companies now publicly supporting regulations aimed at curbing the use of fossil fuels and the funding of clean energy infrastructure, it's not unrealistic to expect that the market valuation for oil, coal, and natural ga.... more >>

Goldman Sachs Divests from Coal Project
Saturday, February 15, 2014 — Listed under Environment

In January, investment giant, Goldman Sachs, which has already forecast that the value of the coal industry “will be gradually eroded,” recently divested its stake in a Seattle company with plans to construct the proposed Gateway Pacific coal export terminal. The project's proponents hope to ship more >>

Stanford Study Examines Methane's Climate Impacts
Saturday, February 15, 2014 — Listed under Environment

A report released this week in the journal Science entitled, “Methane Leaks from North American Natural Gas Systems,” suggests that continued scrutiny of the natural gas industry is justified. Its lead author, Adam Brant, a Stanford University assistant professor, who studies the environmental impacts of energy systems, documents that the amount of methane gas escaping from natural gas drilling operations is larger than previously thou.... more >>

Rooftop Revolution
Saturday, August 17, 2013 — Listed under Environment

On August 12, the Huffington Post pubished this review of Danny Kennedy's book:

If you've ever imagined a global trek around the world, you will love Danny Kennedy's book, “Rooftop Revolution: How Solar Power Can Save Our Economy—and our Planet—from Dirty Energy.” It's an illuminating, pragmatic and often humorous adventure that charts the author's evolution from a tween environmental activist to .... more >>

Can N.Y. Power its Way to a Sustainable Future?
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 — Listed under Environment

Today, Huffington Post Green posted my article, copied below. Many thanks to Stanford University's pioneering Mark Z. Jacobson for sharing the findings of his resent report, which reveal, he says, the technical and economic feasibility of repowering an individual state for all purposes primarily with win.... more >>

The Promiscuous Politics of the Energy Industry
Saturday, July 21, 2012 — Listed under Environment

Last week, Huffington Post Green published my interview with climate scientist and Nobel Prize Winning author, Dr. Michael E. Mann. Here is a link to the story: http://huff.to/MSp8Ps and below is the article. Please contact me at stacy@dallaswriter.com if you have any questions or comments - I would love to hear from you!

Have you noticed the rise in the use of political graphs of late? You know, those smart charts that now appear regularly on political news shows like MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show. The well-honed v.... more >>

Remembering Ray Bradbury
Saturday, June 16, 2012 — Listed under Observations

As a co-founder of Inkubate.com, I'm deeply saddened by the passing of our friend, Ray Bradbury, the National Medal of Arts recipient, best known for such seminal works as Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles. Remarkably, some of Ray's last public commentary about the status of the publishing industry focused on Inkubate and its goal of helping writers build their careers:

“Inkubate is giving voice to new writers as well as resurrecting those that should not be forgotten. They have posted three of Dolp.... more >>

The "Hybrid" Novel
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 — Listed under Writers Conferences

Writers loved the workshop I attended, last week, in San Miguel de Allende. Led by Susan Sutliff Brown, Ph.D., a James Joyce Scholar and a top-notch literary coach, “Everything You Need to Know About Creating Great Fiction in 90 Minutes or Less” was a fast-paced literary adventure. We couldn't get enough of Brown's anecdotes involving the “hybridization” of fiction.

“Open with a violation of the natural order of things,” Professor Brown directed as we endeavored to write an introductor.... more >>

San Miguel de Allende!
Monday, February 06, 2012 — Listed under Observations

I'm traveling to the heart of Mexico soon...

And, I'm excited!

There are literally hundreds of reasons to go! Like, for example, the bounty of writers, poets, playwrights, comedians, documentarians, journalists, editors, publishers, agents and artists who will meet, mingle and collaborate at the 7th Annual San Miguel de Allende Writers Conference, beginning February 16th.

Nevertheless, like all seasoned procrastinators, I put off booking the trip...until last week, that is, when I landed on Laurie Gough's travel essay, "Think in Colors." I wa.... more >>

Climate Artist Shines Light on Dirty Politics
Tuesday, January 03, 2012 — Listed under Environment

We know that scientists influence society in powerful ways. On December 14th, 2011, Senators Al Franken (D-MN) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) addressed Congress and reminded America not only of the debt we owe scientists for their steadfast commitment to cures and innovation, but also the reliance we have always placed on their research and findings.

To paraphrase Senator Franken: “Scientists engineer life-saving drugs, like antibiotics, drill potable drinking wells and save billions of lives with high-yield, disease-resistance crops. They even delivere.... more >>

The OccupyWriters Movement Represents Us All!
Monday, November 28, 2011 — Listed under Observations


The Occupy Wall Street movement is a powerful one. What began as a collective voice of the people fighting for American jobs and against the excesses of the 1% quickly grew into a larger social movement. One could trace its origins back to September when Bill McKibben's 350.org group convened in D.C. to protest the now hotly debated Keystone XL pipeline project. The relatively small group of activists, risking arrest, urged P.... more >>

Must-See Climate Speech by RI's Sen. Whitehouse
Monday, October 24, 2011 — Listed under Environment

Joe Romm, the Center for American Progress's climate guru and one of the most well-respected scientific journalists on the subject today, posted a speech given on the floor of Congress by RI's Democratic Senator, Sheldon Whitehouse

in the 23-minute "stemwinder" speech, Senator Whitehouse laments the failure of the U.S. Senate to act on global warming: "We are earning the scorn and condemnation of history...It is magic.... more >>

Where You Lead, I Will Follow
Monday, September 19, 2011 — Listed under Observations

This weekend's Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL) was probably the first outdoor concert where the crowd cheered when the rain rolled in. The record-breaking summer heat wave and extensive drought have fueled deadly wildfires across southern Texas. It's no surprise that the fans were ecstatic.

Though a bill has been proposed and approved to increase the state's potable water supply, it has yet to receive funding, according to Vanessa Martin, Media Relations Manager for more >>

Publishers Search, Browse & Discover New Writing!
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 — Listed under Observations

In his August 31st GigaOM article, “Amazon Continues on its Mission to Disintermediate Publishers,” award-winning journalist, Mathew Ingram, writes about the many steps Amazon has taken recently to cut publishers out of the market and to build relationships directly with authors. Nathan Bransford picked up on Ingram's piece last week, describing Amazon .... more >>

Responding to Robert Kennedy's WSJ Op-Ed
Monday, July 18, 2011 — Listed under Environment

In today's Wall Street Journal, Robert Kennedy, Jr. writes another Op-Ed in opposition to Cape Wind. My online response to Kennedy's unfortunate perspective is copied below. Here is the short link to the WSJ piece, entitled, "Nantucket's Wind Power Rip-Off:"  http://tinyurl.com/3lnk7r4
 

Robert Kennedy misses the point altogether! Taxpayers in MA and all over the country are routinely “fleeced” each time they pay their utility bill and appropriate warning labels are omitted. Here is what c.... more >>

Cost of Cape Wind Pales Next to Cost of Status Quo
Thursday, June 23, 2011 — Listed under Environment

On Tuesday, June 21, 2011, the Cape Cod Times printed my Letter to the Editor: “Cost of Cape Wind Pales Next to Cost of Status Quo."

Here's the short link: http://bit.ly/kthXHD

And, here's the letter:

In reading more >>

INKUBATE is for WRITERS!
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 — Listed under Publications

Yes, I HAVE been working on a new climate article involving the pioneering work of U.K. legal scholar, Polly Higgins, University of Oregon law professor, Mary Wood, and Massachusetts-based environmental attorney, Matt Pawa. Collectively, their careers reveal that trust law may provide the modern remedy required to protect our a.... more >>

Great News for American CleanTech Innovation!
Thursday, March 24, 2011 — Listed under Environment

Peter Scudder, V.P. of Marketing for Hyannis, MA-based Hy-Line Cruises, announced Tuesday, March 22, 2011 a pivotal environmental partnership with Cape Wind, America's first offshore windfarm.

Hy-Line Cruises, well-known on Cape Cod for their marine adventures, recently embraced Cape Wind's clean energy promise by agreeing to host "Cape Wind Eco-Tours!" Thanks to Hy-Line Cruises.... more >>

CA Study Calculates Benefits of Clean Energy
Thursday, January 13, 2011 — Listed under Environment

Today, EnergyBoom published my article, California Study Calculates the Benefits of Clean Energy Innovation

Here is a link to the story: http://x.co/LmoO and below is the article. Please contact me at stacy@dallaswriter.com if you have any questions or comments regarding the research cited.

 

Last week, Michael Norton's January 4th article for the Provincetown Banner, more >>

Green Energy may be America's Next Lunar Landing
Sunday, January 09, 2011 — Listed under Environment

On January 7, 2011, Matthew L. Wald wrote an article for the NYT's Energy and Environment GREEN Blog entitled, Cape Wind is Cleared for Takeoff--Mostly. Wald's piece quotes Cape Wind spokesman, Mark Rodgers, and reports that Cape Wind received its final government permit last Friday.

My second online comment is copied below:

Isn't it interestin.... more >>

Response 2 NYT GREEN Blog: CW Cleared for Takeoff
Sunday, January 09, 2011 — Listed under Environment

On January 7, 2011, Matthew L. Wald wrote an article for the NYT's Energy and Environment GREEN Blog entitled, Cape Wind is Cleared for Takeoff--Mostly. Wald's piece reports that Cape WInd received its final government permit last Friday. The online comment I posted for this piece is copied here, below:

Great News! This is a long-overdue win and I hope that Cape Wind will inspire clean energy innovation along the 27 U.S. states bordering the sea. Maria Bart.... more >>

Compelling Economics of the Wind Power Industry
Sunday, January 09, 2011 — Listed under Environment

On January 2, 2011, EnergyBoom published my article, The Real Economics of the Increasingly Competitive Wind Energy Industry.

Here is the piece:

As if the 2010 BP Debacle and myriad coal mining conundrums were not enough to rein in renewable energy skeptics, today's Boston Herald features an article by Jay Fitzgerald.... more >>

HAPPY ReNEWable EnergYEAR!
Saturday, January 01, 2011 — Listed under Environment

Carl Safina's extensive environmental journeys provide compelling justification that ENERGY REFORM (and the Made in the U.S.A. jobs that MUST support it) will provide the indispensable economic stimulus required to get moving again.

Below are excerpts from the crisp ideas Safina recently shared with The Washington Post and Booklist readers:

 

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Wind Power Supporters want to make Progress
Sunday, December 12, 2010 — Listed under Environment

Below is my Letter to the Editor printed in the Cape Cod Times today. It's also available online by clicking here: http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20101212/OPINION/12120357

Most Cape Wind supporters want progress, not money

John Arnold's Dec. 8 letter presents yet more of the same disinformation concerning Cape Wind's pioneering offshore wind farm.

Arnold erroneously suggests, "Most of the letters favor.... more >>

My Cape Wind Op-Ed Submitted to the Boston Globe
Monday, October 11, 2010 — Listed under Environment

I sensed that Boston Globe's Beth Daley was somewhat biased in her view of the Cape Wind project when early in her October 10, 2010 article, entitled, "Cape Wind backers blew right by cost," she referred to the pioneering offshore wind installation as an "arresting" concept. Daley described the notion of building 130 wind turbines, capable of supplying two thirds of the electrical power required by Cape Cod, Nantucket, and Martha's Vineyard, as "too steep" an undertaking in "tough economic times."

On first glance, I chuckled…not at t.... more >>

Interview with Bloomberg News Author, Eric Pooley
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 — Listed under Environment

My interview with Eric Pooley concerning the political maneuvering both for and against clean energy legislation was published today on www.EnergyBoom.com. Pooley, who is Deputy Editor for Bloomberg BusinessWeek Magazine, discusses his new book, The Climate War.

In our discussion near his Bloomberg Tower office, Pooley offered the following:

On.... more >>

Climate Bill Failure Costing U.S. Billions
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 — Listed under Environment

Farron Cousins, www.EnergyBoom.com contributor reports on Former President Al Gore's view that the failure of the U.S. Senate to pass legislation to curb greenhouse gases (like the American Power Act) is already costing the country billions of dollars. 

Cousin's recent blog post reveals that major financial players agree with Gore:

Kevin Parker, head of the Frankfurt-based bank's Deutsche Asset Management Division, explained the decision sayin.... more >>

Texas Oil Tycoon goes Green
Monday, July 19, 2010 — Listed under Environment

In today's NYT, Todd Woody reports on why the BP Disaster prompted Larry Hagman to “bring back the J.R. character.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/14/business/media/14adco.html

Hagman, whose home in southern California sports a 94-kilowatt solar installation, proudly walks the “Shine, baby, shine” walk; his solar-powered Ojai residence feeds excess electricity directly back to the grid. Hagman has evolved from the stampeding oil tycoon he played on the .... more >>

My Mom Invites Obama to Read The Climate War!
Sunday, July 04, 2010 — Listed under Environment

 

My poor mother.

After enjoying a performance yesterday at the American Ballet Theatre, my mom and I stopped for dinner at Cafe Fiorello. I had just finished reading Eric Pooley's NYT best-selling The Climate War and my mom was half way through her copy. A former art authenticator and long-serving Metropolitan Museum guide, I am sure my mom was looking forward to a little "girl time," a light-hearted summertime night-out with her visiting daughter. 

But as the first g.... more >>

BP and the Damage Done
Saturday, May 29, 2010 — Listed under Environment

My interview with Plaquemines Parish President, Billy Nungesser, and Captain Keith Kennedy published today on EnergyBoom.

Here is the link: http://tinyurl.com/244cbup

And. here is the article:

When I began my quest to interview the fearless, out-spoken President of Louisiana's Plaquemines Parish, Billy Nungesser, it was as though I was a groupie reaching out to a rock star on tour. Nungesser's mighty public presence on Louisiana's southern G.... more >>

What's the Value of the Gulf, Anyway?
Thursday, May 20, 2010 — Listed under Environment

Kevin Grandia, Managing Editor of the award-winning blog, www.DeSmogBlog.com, environmental contributor to the Huffington Post and the Guardian online, and Co-Founder of www.VoteforEnvironment.ca, published my piece today at www.EnergyBoom.com

 

Here is the article:

Observing .... more >>

Biz Markie's Remix and Meera Subramanian's Insight
Thursday, May 13, 2010 — Listed under Environment

You have to see this!

http://cpaf.repoweramerica.org/earthdayremix

It's a mashup of Repower America supporters singing and dancing to Markie's clean energy remix of his classic song, "Just a Friend."

Also, in Meera Subramanian's USA Today piece, Energy's costs finally meet the eyes, the gifted environmental writer makes a thoughtful and compelling case for advancing energy and climate action. Read Subramanian's words while listening to Mar.... more >>

Cape Wind's Approval is a Clean Energy Triumph!
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 — Listed under Environment

Below is my online response to a Letter to the Editor (Wind turbines off Cape Cod will ruin national treasure) objecting to USA Today's endorsement of Cape Wind. The letter and readers' commentary can be viewed by clicking here: http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/letters/2010-05-12-letters12_ST_N.htm

Barbara, you say that you're for clean power, but not in your backyard? That's simply hypocritical. It's time that we all move beyond our.... more >>

Carl Safina and LA Times Editorial
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 — Listed under Environment


Carl Safina will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award this Friday for his contributions to wildlife and marine conservation. Follow Carl's wildlife adventures, field observations, and stellar photojournalistic essays at his site: www.carlsafina.org

In support of climate action, today's LA TimesEditorial: Climate change is the true crisis  
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Must Read: Carl Safina's Apocalypse Again
Friday, April 30, 2010 — Listed under Environment

Carl Safina's provocative photo-journal essay, Apocalypse Again, posted today on www.carlsafina.org, is an elegantly written and emotionally provocative call to environmental action! Here is the direct link to the article:
http://carlsafina.org/2010/04/30/apocalypse-again/comment-page-1/#comment-987

On April 20, 2010, Dr. James McCarthy and Timothy Wirth wrote in The Huffington Post, “The President needs to deliver a major speech.... more >>

Politics and the Climate Bill
Thursday, April 29, 2010 — Listed under Environment

USA Today published my letter on the climate bill today.

Here's the link: http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/letters/2010-04-29-letters29_ST2_N.htm

Here's the article:
Regarding your article: Is it Dead? Climate Bill Suffers Setback over Immigration (April 25, 2010): Imagine that during a conversation with your children, who are convincingly campaigning for greater personal freedom, a smoldering electrical wire triggers your home's fire alarm. What do.... more >>

It's not the Weather
Monday, April 19, 2010 — Listed under Publications

www.dailyclimate.org published my article today! Douglas Fischer, an award-winning writer and journalist and dailyclimate's Editor, did a fantastic job of making this piece really stand out! I hope that you'll have a look.

Doug can be reached at dfischer@dailyclimate.org

Here's the link to the piece: http://wwwp.dailyclimate.org/tdc-newsroom/2010/04/its-not-the-weather more >>

Off-shore winds can shrink our carbon footprint
Sunday, March 28, 2010 — Listed under Publications

My Letter to the Editor in support of Cape Wind was published in today's Cape Cod Times. Here is the link: http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100328/OPINION/3280343/-1/opinion

And here is the article:

Nantucket Sound is a national treasure. Apart from her scenic beauty and once-rich fishing grounds, Nantucket Sound's offshore winds reveal her most endearing charm—the opportunity to shrink our growing carbon footprint..... more >>

Cape Cod Times Letter to the Editor
Tuesday, February 23, 2010 — Listed under Publications

My Letter to the Cape Cod Times was printed on Sunday, February 21, 2010. Here's the link: www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article

And here is the article:

The nearly decade-long sociopolitical debate that has arisen over Cape Wind's proposal to build 130 windmills in Nantucket Sound begs the question: at what point do the obstructionist tactics of alternative energy's detractors become an unacceptable distraction from the pressing .... more >>

Wall Street Journal Letter to the Editor
Friday, January 15, 2010 — Listed under Publications

My Letter to the WSJ was printed!!  Here's the link:  online.wsj.com/article

And here is the article:

Regarding your editorial "Nantucket Wind Ride" (Jan. 8): Perhaps few things have surprised environmental advocates more than the Aquinnah Wampanoag Indians opposing Cape Wind's construction of 130 wind turbines off the eastern coast of Martha's Vineyard, on the grounds that such an installation would interfere with their spiritual su.... more >>

Dear Secretary Salazar
Friday, January 15, 2010 — Listed under Environment

I respectfully urge you to enter a favorable Record of Decision for Cape Wind. America is ready for the decades-overdue energy alternatives that will create green-collar jobs, inspire business innovation, re-ignite the economy, improve air quality, and increase America's energy independence and security. Please help President Obama deliver the kind of leadership from Washington that will galvanize American imagination and ingenuity and drive a green energy revolution.

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Cape Wind is a National Treasure Worth Preserving
Thursday, January 14, 2010 — Listed under Environment

Carol Shull, the Keeper of the Register for the U.S. National Parks determined yesterday that Nantucket Sound is eligible for consideration as a Traditional Cultural Property. But isn't Cape Wind's proposal also a national treasure? 130 off-shore windmills spinning sea breezes into clean, green electricity will protect our nation's history by producing carbon-free electricity, which will signal “Yes!” to other renewable energy entrepreneurs and investors who are waiting to see tangible evidence of our Administration's commitment to altern.... more >>

Protecting the Air We Breathe Not A Priority?
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 — Listed under Environment

Alaska Senator, Lisa Murkowski's amendment to prohibit the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases sounds so familiar. It wasn't too long ago that the Bush Administration regularly disregarded the pioneering air and water quality protections enacted before George himself even entered college. While still in high-school, serious-minded lawmakers like Edmund Muskie labored with colleagues late into the evenings to pass landmark socio-environmental legislation, including the Clean Air Act of 1963, and later, the Air Quality Act of 1967; the Clean Air Act Extension.... more >>

Renewable Energy Appeals to my Spiritual Side!
Thursday, January 07, 2010 — Listed under Environment

Regarding the claim by the Aquinnah Wampanoag people that Cape Wind's project would interfere with their spiritual rituals (NYT, January 5, 2010), consider the incessant interference from southeastern Massachusetts' increasingly poor air quality and the near-disappearance of century's-old Native American fishing grounds. Cape Wind will transform mechanical wind energy into the renewable, pollution-free electricity that will supply two-thirds of the power required by Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket. As a now distant descendent of an Oklahom.... more >>

Environmental Protection is a Tribal Value
Wednesday, January 06, 2010 — Listed under Environment

The Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe, residing on the far-southwestern limit of Martha's Vineyard would likely see their cultural values reflected by Cape Wind if it were not for waterfront land-owners manipulating them to satisfy their own agenda. It is disrespectful to the Wampanoag people and to the cultural heritage of Native Americans nation-wide to use the Wampanoag's recently granted legal status to fight a project that would otherwise be viewed by the tribe as a model for environmental conservation and thoughtful resource management. After all, where have the Wampan.... more >>

Nantucket Drowned: Guardians of Nantucket Sound
Friday, January 01, 2010 — Listed under Observations

Nantucket Drowned: The Farcical Comedy of Affluent NIMBY Islanders Masquerading as Guardians of Nantucket Sound.  Come on now…everyone sees through it. The Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound is nothing more than a local campaign to protect the myopic agenda of the NIMBY rich landowners of Cape Cod. If only Oscar Wilde were around to write the play!

 

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