“Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America’s Energy Future”

During this past month I got around to reading Jeff Goodell‘s book “Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America’s Energy Future“.  I came across this book after reading “Power To Save The World: The Truth About Nuclear Energy“; it seems appropriate to read up on what’s actually powering us now, instead of the ideal power source.

Jeff Goodell is a contributing editor to both Rolling Stone and The New York Times.  He wrote the New York Times bestseller book “Our Story: 77 Hours That Tested Our Friendship and Our Faith“, which covered the Quecreek Mine accident of 2002.  From this writing experience, he became interested in the coal industry as a whole.  What he finds there is a grim reminder of America’s energy reality.

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“Power to Save the World: The Truth About Nuclear Energy”

I just finished reading Gwyneth Cravens‘ “Power to Save the World: The Truth About Nuclear Energy“.

Gweneth Cravens is a writer and journalist, and was a anti-nuclear activist. She met and debated the merits of nuclear power with Dr. D. Richard (Rip) Anderson over the course of many years, and eventually one day Rip asked her: “Why don’t you go on an American nuclear power tour?” This book is the result of that journey.

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Mars Hill Wind Farm

Mars Hill Wind Farm Construction 2006-11-06

About a month ago, one of my MSSM friends, Jen, told me that Mars Hill, Maine was getting a wind farm. And a substantial one at that, being able to provide roughly half of Aroostook County’s residential energy needs. For the details:

FAQ Evergreen Wind Power, LLC’s FAQ on Their Project

Pictures and AP News Article on Initial Construction

Bangor News Project Update

This is great for many reasons, such as support for renewable energy and revitalizing the economy.

I believe this will be a great boon for wind farm projects throughout the area. Already other proposed wind-farm projects are citing the willingness of the people and the progress of the Mars Hill project in their own publications. I hope it succeeds, and gives credence to Wind Farm technology in general.

I also believe it will be great for the economy back home. About 24,000 homes on average could be powered off of this, which should stabilize electricity costs, and hopefully reduce them. The huge influx of property tax from this company to Mars Hill should help that community invest and grow. Publicity of the project should heighten awareness of the region and potentially influence tourism. Not to mention the local construction companies hired to install the facility, and the employees in the area to maintain it.