Monthly Archives: March 2004

Book Ends/Burtynsky

Driving from Lion’s Head to Toronto the other day I had three marvelous hours to reflect on rural Ontario, and my roots, and to indulge in CBC radio. As the snow drifts and freezing winds of the hinterland faded in … Continue reading

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Energy Balance

I have been curious about the energy balance of our biodiesel operation. For each unit of energy we put in, how many are we getting back? I once posed this question to the biofuels list, and the answer that came … Continue reading

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Approaching the Government

A month a ago I had a vivid dream which convinced me that we are not doing enough. I awoke in a start, horrified by the state of things in North Carolina, which is essentially a biofuel backwater. In the … Continue reading

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The Price of Scrap

When I worked fulltime at Moncure Chessworks, I would often begin my days by driving down to Lee Iron and Metal to go shopping for the week’s work. They are a scrap yard in Sanford, North Carolina, that is family … Continue reading

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Elsbett Workshop

Tonight I would like to welcome my first ever Celebrity Guest Columnist to the Energy Blog. Welcome Rachel Burton. This is a dramatic entry. It is packed with mystery, fear, uncertainty, and power. It’s long, but well worth it. It’s … Continue reading

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Rights of Way

I’m in the middle of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, and I have to say I’m intrigued. It was published in 1962 (the year I was born), and while I have heard it referenced again and again over the years, this … Continue reading

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Sustainable/Unsustainable

I’m walking down Ocean Boulevard today, and five year old Arlo takes my hand in his. That’s always a good idea, since he doesn’t stand taller than most hood ornaments, and it is a busy place. He reflects on the … Continue reading

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Miami Beach

We broke camp in Key West at a leisurely pace, and loaded our stuff into the rented van. I had not used the van all week, which felt terrific. But today we needed to haul up US 1 to Miami … Continue reading

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Snorkeling

Tami books passage on a sixty foot catamaran for a sunset snorkeling tour. I’m psyched. I’ve always loved sailing. Once everyone is onboard, outfitted with flippers and masks and snorkels, the diesel engines fire up and we head out of … Continue reading

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Viewscapes

I’m down in Key West this week, spending Spring Break with the family. This venue is Tami’s choice, and by all accounts she has racked up major vacationing points for arranging this trip. Surely Key West defines the resort town, … Continue reading

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