Category Archives: Nature

Environmental posts.

Fun with Alternative Energy

The United States is having the wackiest Presidential race since 1968. The Libertarian Party nominees are saner and more mainstream than the Republican. Hundreds of people are searching for how to start a new party and are thus discovering this site.

So what have I been doing? Starting a new series on alternative energy. This provides a chance to take a break from pure political advocacy, to instead delve into engineering and possible business ideas. Instead of convincing half the electorate, we just need some time, capital, and customers to make a difference. This is uplifting.

And it’s a chance to get back to my early roots. I got the political bug in large part through high school debate. Energy policy was the topic my sophomore year. The next year my debate team partner and attempted to do some backyard Fischer-Tropsch synthesis using wood instead of coal.

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It didn’t work, but it was a lot of fun trying.

Stay tuned for more fun.

Green Power vs. Terrorists

In their classic Our Dumb Century the geniuses at The Onion made up a headline from the 1960s about the Pentagon harnessing flower power to create a new super weapon. Well, I’m not quite sure about flower power, but green power definitely has potential against our current enemies. Check out Green Energy vs. Terrorism. AllContinue Reading

2013: Time for a Makeover

Twelve years ago I started a book — An Eco Manifesto — which was going to reveal the many overlaps between green and libertarian values, between ecology and free market economics. I got nearly 50,000 words written before I admitted to myself that I didn’t have the time to get these ideas polished enough toContinue Reading

Is it Global Warming Yet?

A year and a day ago, my yard looked like this: (I live on the coastal plains of North Carolina, a land not noted for its white winters.) Today, it is supposed to get up to 63 degrees. Two points do not a trend make. However, in this case they are representative. Last year wasContinue Reading

Carbon Tax vs. Cap and Trade

Well, I finally did it. I finally had a look at the Waxman-Markey cap and trade bill. One word: aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh‼‼! Or, to be more precise, don’t try to follow that link with Internet Explorer 8 or below. Your browser will struggle. The bill is a quarter million words long! It’s like a Robert Jordon novel,Continue Reading