March 2008

A moral issue March 5, 2008 : 1:37 PM

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to address 2,500 Baptists at the “Celebration of a New Baptist Covenant," in Atlanta Georgia. The event - conceived and organized by a group led by former President Jimmy Carter - brought together members of thirty Baptist organizations, representing over 20 million Americans.

When I first received the invitation to address this group, I began assembling a new version of my PowerPoint on the climate crisis that emphasizes the scriptural references in the New Testament and Old Testament to our duty as human beings to be good stewards of the earth. Psalm 24 for example, reminds those of us who are part of the Judeo-Christian tradition, “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof.”

The message that the climate crisis is not a political issue, but instead moral one is resonating. Rev Jimmy Allen, a former Southern Baptist president, called the climate crisis, “one of the major moral issues of our time.”

And Rev Richard Cizik of the National Association of Evangelicals, equated “the issue with the sanctity of life in importance and urgency.”

I look forward to April when I plan on holding a slideshow training program in Nashville for religious leaders.


Texas Size Energy March 10, 2008 : 12:13 PM

When I used to think about Texas I envisioned a landscape with oil derricks dotting the landscape. Well that’s changing fast and some of those oil wells are being replaced with wind turbines.

Wind is right now supplying power to more than 1,000,000 homes in the state and that will continue to increase. In fact in 2006 Texas became the number one producer of wind power in the United States

Even oilman T. Boon Pickens, is switching over to alternative energy. Right now he is planning on building the largest wind farm in the world. "I like wind because it's renewable and it's clean and you know you are not going to be dealing with a production decline curve," Pickens said. "Decline curves finally wore me out in the oil business."

Wind power is even creating a real estate boom. For example in Nolan county, total property values have doubled since the wind boom began, and it is estimated they will increase by another 25% this year.

If Texas can move away from carbon based fuels, then any state can.


India March 20, 2008 : 6:18 PM

Last week I visited New Delhi, India to launch the Climate Project in that nation. India has proven its capability in sectors like information technology and now has the opportunity to be a leader in the world in developing new renewable technologies to combat climate change.

During my two-day trip, I trained 100 people to give my slide show with Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Following the training, I met for two hours with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and discussed both domestic and international climate policy. I also had the opportunity to present my slideshow to India’s Parliament.


Earth: The Sequel March 26, 2008 : 4:19 PM

Fred Krupp, President of the Environmental Defense Fund and journalist Miriam Horn have just published a fascinating book called Earth: The Sequel - The Race to Reinvent Energy and Stop Global Warming.

The book tells the story of scientists and businessmen working on the front lines to solve the climate crisis, turning our planet's greatest threat into our greatest economic opportunity.

The book also explores breakthroughs in solar, wind, and biomass technologies, in addition to examining how we must reinvent everything from cars to concrete and replace our current outdated centralized electrical grid with a smart, multidirectional energy network.

You can buy your copy of Earth The Sequel by clicking here.