Random vacation thoughts

on vacationMy time out for the past two weeks in southern France was the occasion for me to think a bit about energy and environmental issues as I was experiencing stuff I have been writing about on this blog.

Exemplifying with day-to-day and real-life examples is a fantastic opportunity to see how stuff just works.  From LED lights to trees and from solar to building insulation, these are topics that are very general.

I will share these thoughts with you in today’s article and I hope you will find them enlightening. I look forward to reading your thoughts.

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A few quotes on pessimism

Despite I have a very optimistic personality – a trait inherited from my beloved grand-father Louis – It’s hard not to be pessimistic when we look at some news on climate these days. The socio-economic situation ain’t that bright either.

So I had a look at some quotes on pessimism. Nearly all of them point out to the fact that being pessimistic is bad. Bad for you, and as a matter of fact, for the entire community… So let’s smile, roll up our sleeves and go on with it.

I don’t believe in pessimism. If something doesn’t come up the way you want, forge ahead. If you think it’s going to rain, it will. ~ Clint Eastwood.

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Is liquefied coal really what we need ?

An article from Cleantechies pointed out that according to a new study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) liquefied coal may become an economically viable fuel option by 2015. Further to this, I left a comment :

” Just as we are thinking about solving the climate/energy equation by ditching coal, some are willing to put it in our car tanks… Shouldn’t we concentrate on REAL alternatives instead ? Ones that actually cut our emissions and pollutions ? ”

” It’s not as if the climate was getting weirder and weirder and it is not as if coal cost half a trillion to the USA each year in externalities… What about peak coal ? “

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Is the BP oil spill finally over ? (A wake up call)

After nearly three months (cf. A huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico ) it seems it is finally (almost) over. To the Guardian : BP held out hope today that it had finally brought America’s worst oil spill under control “.

But we shouldn’t rejoice too fast as ” executives and officials were warning that the nightmare wasn’t over yet. “ I am surprised it took both the United States and BP nearly three months to stop such a catastrophe.

Anyway, let us hope now that this huge fiasco will act as a wake up call towards less oil and more efficiency and cleantech.

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The triple crisis : why we need green jobs

I believe we are beginning this decade with a triple crisis as our economies are crumbling, our climate is warming and our energy supplies are getting scarcer.

This assessment of our situation seems pessimistic but it couldn’t be more accurate as it is based on the +700 articles I published here over the past three years. But nothing is lost yet. We still can act massively and fast worldwide.

The decade that just started will either be remembered as a time where people stood up to collectively address the problems or just failed at grabbing the opportunities we are offered.

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Why the Grenelle is a disappointment

jean-louis-borlooOn October 2007, the newly elected French President Nicolas Sarkozy announced after weeks of talks an important series of measures to make France a more sustainable country.

This was the Grenelle de l’Environnement. But after months, only one conclusion comes to mind: the Grenelle is a disappointment, and this even with the billions of investments expected by 2020.

Indeed, the energy and environment Minister, Mr. Jean-Louis Borloo(above) is nowhere to be seen and there have been no major announcements that would look like a green New Deal.

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My answer to climate change deniers

no-evil-deniersYesterday  I had my first visit and comment from a climate change denier. This means that this blog is becoming bigger. I am also happy as this leads to exchanging ideas.

I left a quite lengthy reply but think this deserves to be much bigger. You will find in today’s article what I will now answer to each climate change denier leaving a comment on this blog.

If you don’t believe in climate change here are some facts that will enable you to perhaps change your mind. If you do, this still might interest you.

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An idea of green bailout for The Big Three

The three large US automakers are facing huge problems. Meanwhile, many people think their cars would be able to sell better if US cars had better mileage.

While driving I had an idea that very topic: increasing the mileage to enable it to reach 50 MPG by 2010 would be great. This would be much better than 35 MPG in 2020 as some think.

Seems like science fiction ? Not so, as the car I drive – A Citroën C2 – already gets 4.5 liters for 100 kilometers (more than 50 miles per gallon).

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What is exactly sustainable development ?

After more than 19 months of writing on a blog called Sustainable development and much more, I just realized I never explained what exactly is sustainable development.

Basically this term is about three intertwined things (see left): the environment, the society and the economy. This is written with a decreasing order of importance .

In this article, I will provide you with some data on this term that is more and more used nowadays, and also a bit abusively.

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300th post : some thoughts on writing

Today, after less than a year and a half of writing, I am publishing my 300th post on this blog. This happens as my 200th article was published on January 2nd.

I would like to take the opportunity to share with you some thoughts I recently had on writing and the experience it represents.

This reflection will bring me to Art, Jeet Kun Do and to another subject which is more close to my favorite topic here : energy.

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