August 22, 2013

Energy: Inertia/Change

Energy: Inertia/Change

As August yields to September, The Bridge takes up the critical subject of energy – the energy that heats our homes, powers our machines, moves us from place to place.   In these pages, we’ll be discussing energy – developing it, generating it, storing it, using it, paying for it – and the climate change […]

Heard on the Street

Riding in a Black & White If you’ve seen a black van with white “holstein” markings around town, that’s Capital Cab & Car Service’s newly established taxi service. Their phone is 505-0316. The business owner, Timothy Bingham, recently obtained his license to operate in Montpelier, according to City Clerk John Odum, and the service is […]

What’s In: Shoulders

What’s In: Shoulders

 

Nature Watch

A stunning apple crop is on the trees, heavier each day. Twitters and song fragments from brushy edges announce the beginning of warbler movement. Common yellowthroat warblers seem to be everywhere, dispersing and slowly drifting south. With so few butterflies this year, we’ve been noticing other insects more, the big dobsonflies are about now, and colonial […]

Asa Hopkins, Director of Energy Policy and Planning, on Vermont’s Energy Situation

Asa Hopkins, Director of Energy Policy and Planning, on Vermont’s Energy Situation

by Nat Frothingham About Asa Hopkins: Hopkins holds a B.S. in physics, Haverford College, and a M.S. and a Ph.D. in physics, California Institute of Technology. He was an analyst at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California, a U.S. Department of Energy laboratory, and assistant project director for Under Secretary for Science Steven […]

Finding Our Energy Future: A Conversation with Tony Klein

by Bob Nuner The Bridge asked a few Vermonters about energy in Vermont. Among them was Tony Klein, chair of Vermont’s House Committee on Natural Resources and Energy. In response to the question, “What do you wish people knew about energy and Vermont?” Klein provided the following answer: “Over the years, there have been a […]

E-mail Exchange with Bill McKibben Author, Environmentalist and Educator

by Amy Brooks Thornton Amy Brooks Thornton: What are the energy solution models and innovations (financial, social, environmental, political, technical), in this country and internationally, that excite you and that you could see being replicated here in Vermont? Bill McKibben: I’m excited by things happening at scale. Germany has shown that we can do renewables […]

Beauty as a Resource

Beauty as a Resource

by Amy Brooks Thornton Natural beauty fuels us in a way we cannot precisely measure. We cannot quantify it as we do a kilowatt hour or a British thermal unit.   We use our planet’s natural resources to drive our cars, heat and electrify our homes and grow our food. According to Merriam-Webster, a resource […]

Moving to Energy Action

by Dan Jones We all recognize that global warming is creating challenges for our immediate future in ways we could not have imagined five years ago. Now we have to figure out how we are going to respond to this. Part of our task will be mitigation—cease adding to global warming. The other part is […]

Fun Energy Factoids

compiled by Bob Nuner • Power: Energy used per unit time. If we multiply a unit of power by a unit of time, the result is a unit of energy— e.g. a kilowatt-hour (kWh). • One horsepower (hp): 746 watts –  originally defined by steam power promoter James Watt as a coal mine horse’s work […]