August 31, 2016
Back when he was working full-time in New Jersey, instead of trekking campaign trails for himself or an old chum, Gov. Christie signed a bill laying the foundation for his state to lead the nation in helping the fledgling wind energy industry expand to the sea. Funny how that changed once Christie began his run for president. Other than blowing his own hot air, he lost interest in wind power. Under Christie's direction, the state Board of Public Utilities created bureaucratic delays to impede the progress of an industry that had already received federal funding to locate turbines three miles off the Atlantic City coast.
March 5, 2016
ISSUE | CLEAN ENERGY Rely on renewables The commentary, "Pa., reconsider proceeding with Clean Power Plan" (Monday), attacked renewables with fictions about wind and solar energy to make "clean coal" look less oxymoronic. Contrary to the argument put forth, while many coal power plants were retired in the United States last year, more solar- and wind-generating capacity was added than natural gas-generating capacity, even without the Clean Power Plan. Why? Because they're more reliable and affordable than ever.
August 29, 2015 |
As millions sought comfort in the cool sea breezes along the Jersey Shore this summer, they probably didn't know that just over the horizon, barges were hauling heavy equipment and materials to Rhode Island so it could become the first state to harness the potential of offshore wind energy. That distinction should have belonged to New Jersey, which was on track to be the national leader until Gov. Christie changed course. Five years ago, Christie signed a bill to speed creation of an offshore wind farm.
August 9, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - The other day, Fran and Mary Gramkowski of Haddonfield came all the way to the Jersey Shore to go sailing . . . on land. Why stop at Bader Field a couple of blocks from the ocean, right on the bay, to sail a little go-kart-like sailing contraption - called a "Blokart" around the runways of the old municipal airport? Fran, 70, a retired carpenter and schoolteacher, is president of the North American Blokart Sailing Association (with a Facebook page), which was able to get permission from the city to use Bader Field (at $300 a day)
May 25, 2015
ISSUE | PHONE MANNERS Tame robo-calls at election time On the evening before the Pennsylvania primary, a string of robo-calls made a tough situation worse by peppering my landline with an irritating string of messages that tied up the phone. It's rude, but still possible, to hang up on a live telemarketer. However, it's not so easy to get a robo-caller off the line. Even when I hang up, the robocaller drones on. Fortunately, that night, my grown-up kid arrived safely on a flight that was an hour late, and he finally reached me on my landline.
May 7, 2014
War on words As a Rutgers undergraduate in 1965, I was personally outraged when history professor and avowed Marxist Eugene Genovese said, "I do not fear or regret the impending Viet Cong victory in Vietnam. I welcome it. " However, I was even more outraged when Wayne Dumont, the Republican candidate for governor, called for Genovese's ouster. His attempt to muzzle free speech mobilized opposition to Dumont at Rutgers and caused me to cast my first vote ever for Democrat Richard Hughes.
April 23, 2014 |
HERE'S A LOCAL story with national implications: With an average wind speed of around 12 mph, the city where I live isn't the windiest place in the country. But on many days - especially during spring and the long, hot summer - a strong, steady flow off the Gulf of Mexico makes Corpus Christi, Texas, a dependable destination for windsurfers and sailors. The energy in wind is impressive. Thus, the last half-decade has seen significant development of wind farms in the area, including the 168-turbine Penascal complex, 40 miles south of the city, and 196 turbines at the Papalote Creek installation to the north, which produces enough energy to supply 114,000 homes.
April 12, 2014 |
As business leaders and members of a congressional task force on climate change met in Washington on Thursday to discuss how they were adapting, the Ikea Group trumped them by announcing a new renewable-energy project, its biggest worldwide. Rob Olson, chief financial officer and acting president of Ikea's U.S. division, based in Conshohocken, said the company was investing in a wind farm in Hoopeston, Ill., south of Chicago. It is the company's first wind farm, to be completed in 2015.
March 21, 2014 |
New Jersey's energy regulation agency on Wednesday rejected the funding mechanism for a $188 million offshore wind farm, essentially blocking a proposal that supporters said could have made the state a leader in offshore wind. At a meeting Wednesday in Trenton, the four commissioners of the state Board of Public Utilities voted unanimously, in support of board staff's recommendation, to reject the proposal. The funding was the final necessary piece of the proposed Atlantic City Offshore Windfarm project, developer Fishermen's Energy said.