Energy & Carbon
The members of the Energy Affinity Group so far are:
Liz Entwisle (State of Maryland)
Margo Duesterhaus (Climate Change Initiative of Howard County)
Lore Rosenthal (Simplicity Matters Earth Institute, CCIHC, Greenbelt Climate Action Network)
We are now up to about 25 people. John Fox is working on an extensive list of email addresses, so we can be in touch between months.
We met at the October Baltimore Green Forum. We volunteered to coordinate the January Forum. We will invite David Brosch from University Park Community Solar, www.universityparksolar.com
At the November BGF, only two of us (Lore and Pat) were present. We watched a PPT presentation from CCAN about MD Offshore Wind.
David Brosch came to speak. He stayed and joined our Affinity break out group. 16 people attended. We had a lively discussion. We tentatively agreed to spend February "visioning" what a sustainable community could look like, in terms of energy usage.
Danielle Lipinski spoke about Legislative Priorities, including offshore wind energy. She stayed and joined our Affinity break out group. Again, we had 16 people. Seven people were repeat attendees from January. Nine people were "new". Ajax Eastman asked to use some of our Affinity time to discuss an article she had written in support of nuclear energy. We had a lively discussion on the pros and cons of nuclear and wind energy.
As an adjunct to the information provided by Ajax Eastman at our meeting February 27, here are some links for consideration:
http://www.netl.doe.gov/publications/others/pdf/oil_peaking_netl.pdf (Hirsch Report DOE Peak Oil 2005)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2005/sep/27/oil.mainsection (George Monbiot)
http://www.energybulletin.net/node/14102 (George Bush suppression and dismissal of Hirsch)
http://climateprogress.org/2010/09/08/peak-oil-german-military-study/ (Strategic and world power impact)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Ruppert (Collapse, Crossing Rubicon)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gi53kq4vzY (History Channel "Prophets of Doom)
http://www.sierraclub.org/energy/ (Clean energy solutions)
http://www.colorado-solar.org/why-solar-power-in-colorado.php (Solar energy information)