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April 29, 2011
Your editorial on oil prices and drilling ("Beware the snake oil sales pitch," April 26) is disingenuous at best. While your points on the amount of available domestic oil and the development of alternative energy are valid, you fail to mention the minimal potential for alternative energy over the next 10 years. My recollection is that alternative energy would produce less than 5 percent of the needed energy in that period, and anecdotally, consumer interest (or lack thereof) in electric cars speaks volumes.
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NEWS
February 24, 2013
Would you pay a little bit more on your monthly utility bill to help build a wind farm generating as much as 200 megawatts of electricity 12 miles or more off the coast of Maryland? That's really all Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposed offshore wind bill comes down to - and yet for the past two years the General Assembly has said no. But this year, the proposal seems to have the wind at its back, having passed the House of Delegates today and facing friendlier prospects in the Senate than in years past - thanks in no small part to Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller's willingness to reshuffle membership in the Finance Committee to bypass an entrenched opponent.
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NEWS
December 20, 2009
The city engineer for Ocean City says officials there are considering wind turbines and solar panels to help power government buildings. Terry McGean says a geothermal energy system is also being studied for the airport. The wind turbines would be installed at Northside Park. Solar panels might go on the convention center roof and at the Inlet parking lot. McGean says the town would save money and experience more consistent energy bills. Dave Wilson, executive director of the Maryland Coastal Bays Program, says the city's decision to study alternative energy options shows the town's leaders understand climate change and is going to do something about it. Costs and energy projections haven't been completed, McGean says, but he expects that construction could be completed within a year.
NEWS
January 23, 2013
It is with great interest that I read The Sun's article, "O'Malley to push for wind yet again," (Jan. 13) but I don't understand the opposition. Some opponents say wind farms would "look bad. " Funny, how windmills in Holland are considered beautiful. More importantly, others like state Sen. E.J. Pipkin claim offshore wind is expensive and may cost jobs. Senator Pipkin's solution to drill more for natural gas reserves in western Maryland is incredibly foolish and short-sighted. Our underground energy sources are finite.
NEWS
February 3, 2012
It is unfortunate that commentator Charles Campbell's recent criticism of the current administration's handling of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline was so supercilious ("D.C.'s Keystone Kops," Jan. 30). He made valid points: Wind and solar power are inconstant and must be supplemented. Their installations can be intrusive and demand lots of space. And the broader question of our energy problem is enormously complex. However, that does not justify our failure to invest in alternative energy sources the way other countries have.
BUSINESS
By Grant Ferrier and Grant Ferrier,Los Angeles Times Syndicate | November 13, 1990
Forty dollars a barrel for crude oil is enough to make any consumer hopping mad. But consumers aren't the only ones jumping. Companies in alternative energy are set for a new wave of interest stimulated not only by increasing cost competitiveness but also by the environmental benefit of their sources of energy.Cost has always been the key to the roller coaster business of alternative energy. Oil shocks in the '70s and subsequentlegislation and tax incentives designed to reduce dependence on foreign oil kick-started the renewable energy industries.
NEWS
By Tom Pelton and Tom Pelton,Sun reporter | November 14, 2006
BRIDPORT, Vt.-- --Holsteins on the Blue Spruce Farm step gingerly around a mechanical shovel that scoops their waste and shoots it into a "cow-powered" electric generator. Besides pumping out 8,000 gallons of milk a day, these 2,000 dairy cows also light up 400 homes. The fuel is methane gas that bubbles from manure treated with bovine bacteria in heated underground tanks. Environmentally conscious utility customers in the Green Mountain State can pay an extra $20 a month to get their electricity from such manure-fueled generators.
NEWS
August 18, 2008
No matter one's position on wind power, it's difficult not to get blown away by the audacity of 1st District congressional candidate Andy Harris' latest TV ad promoting his national energy plan. His newfound affection for conservation and alternative energy sources, including "wind, solar and biofuel," is in stark contrast to his voting record in Annapolis. The Republican state senator voted against several alternative energy bills during the last session, including Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposal to require utilities to buy a greater percentage of power from renewable sources.
NEWS
By Mike Lebson | November 21, 2008
Bad news about the financial and economic crises just keeps coming, but in recent weeks there's been rare good news: a major drop in gasoline prices. In the short to medium term, it is true that falling oil prices are good for the economy. Everything from buying California grapefruits to operating school buses becomes cheaper when the price of gas goes down. Consumer confidence increases; people spend money; the economy is boosted. But there is a dark side to declining oil prices and the resulting short-term economic benefits: The public and policymakers will breathe a collective sigh of relief that the energy crisis has passed, and gratefully take that hot issue off the national agenda.
NEWS
January 23, 2013
It is with great interest that I read The Sun's article, "O'Malley to push for wind yet again," (Jan. 13) but I don't understand the opposition. Some opponents say wind farms would "look bad. " Funny, how windmills in Holland are considered beautiful. More importantly, others like state Sen. E.J. Pipkin claim offshore wind is expensive and may cost jobs. Senator Pipkin's solution to drill more for natural gas reserves in western Maryland is incredibly foolish and short-sighted. Our underground energy sources are finite.
NEWS
April 5, 2012
Peter Morici attacks President Barack Obama for pursuing an energy policy which seeks to develop alternative energy sources ("Obama's bad bet," April 3). He brings up the Solyndra debacle, begun under theGeorge W. Bush administration, as evidence that we should just "drill, baby, drill" and deal with the environmental risks engendered. The problem with Solyndra was ultimately a political one, and it certainly should not be taken as evidence that we should stop seeking alternative energy sources.
NEWS
By Peter Morici | April 2, 2012
Campaigning for office, President Barack Obama promised to do something about high gas prices, but now he is denying he can do much about what Americans pay to drive. He is too modest. In September 2008, Steven Chu said to The Wall Street Journal: "Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe" - and Barack Obama picked him to be secretary of the Department of Energy. When President Obama was inaugurated, gas was selling for $1.90 a gallon, and it is now nearly $4. Not quite European levels, but doubling gas prices is a good start.
NEWS
By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | March 15, 2012
With rising oil prices creating a drag on the economy and his re-election effort, President Barack Obama mocked Republican critics of his alternative-energy policy Thursday, comparing them to the "cynics and naysayers" who didn't believe the Earth was round or that television would take off. Obama used a campaign-style appearance at Prince George's Community College to launch a new, more aggressive line of attack against the GOP presidential contenders...
NEWS
February 10, 2012
If Michale Barr ("Let market decide when wind blows," Feb. 7) is correct that technologies succeed only when the free market aligns to demand and finance them, then we have wasted billions on the development of such crackpot schemes as aviation, satellite communications, hydro-power, interstate highways, nuclear energy, global positioning and, perhaps the biggest government boondoggle of all time, the Internet. The government led all of these efforts when all the market demanded was faster horses, better steam locomotives and more whale oil. By positioning Maryland as a frontrunner in developing clean, alternative energy sources, Gov.Martin O'Malleyis asking us to create an state where future generations have the infrastructure needed to prosper.
NEWS
February 3, 2012
It is unfortunate that commentator Charles Campbell's recent criticism of the current administration's handling of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline was so supercilious ("D.C.'s Keystone Kops," Jan. 30). He made valid points: Wind and solar power are inconstant and must be supplemented. Their installations can be intrusive and demand lots of space. And the broader question of our energy problem is enormously complex. However, that does not justify our failure to invest in alternative energy sources the way other countries have.
EXPLORE
By Katie V. Jones | October 23, 2011
The town of Sykesville is hoping nature and its power will be the answer to some of its power problems. Whether it be geothermal, wind or solar power, town officials are collecting bid proposals to create a renewable energy source for the town's use at the Public Works Building, the Sykesville Police Station and the Sykesville Town House. Tapping a renewable energy source is an idea town officials have been talking about for the past six years, according to town manager Matt Candland.
SPORTS
August 13, 2006
With the price of gas and electricity through the roof, everyone's talking about alternative energy sources. When you're out in the field or camping with the family and the battery on your cell phone or GPS unit dies or your kids' MP3 player goes dark, alternative energy is the only way to go. Solar Style, a Baltimore-based company, is making a variety of gizmos that turn sunlight into power. Each of the solar charging units fits in the palm of your hand and most come with an array of adapters for cell phones and other devices.
NEWS
April 5, 2012
Peter Morici attacks President Barack Obama for pursuing an energy policy which seeks to develop alternative energy sources ("Obama's bad bet," April 3). He brings up the Solyndra debacle, begun under theGeorge W. Bush administration, as evidence that we should just "drill, baby, drill" and deal with the environmental risks engendered. The problem with Solyndra was ultimately a political one, and it certainly should not be taken as evidence that we should stop seeking alternative energy sources.
NEWS
By Dana Knighten | August 8, 2011
It seems that Baltimore is keeping pace with the rest of the country and the world: It's getting hotter. On Aug. 1, The Sun reported that July was the hottest July - actually the hottest month - ever for Baltimore. One day later, we learned that the city's 30-year average had risen half a degree above the last average. I'm scared. I can handle a record-high temperature so long as I know that it's an exception and that it will go back down. But what is being reported here is a trend - one with no end in sight.
EXPLORE
By Aegis staff report | May 31, 2011
Paul Magness of the department of parks and recreation and Bill McKean of the department of public works' capital projects division have earned green stars for this quarter for their integration of alternative energy into the roof replacement design at the barn at the Harford County Equestrian Center. The county government announced the recognition for the two veteran employees last week. In total, five solar powered roof ventilation fans were installed as part of the equestrian barn roof replacement.
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