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Originally published on edcmag.com Sometimes a failure can arrive disguised as a success. For example, DDT. The A-bomb. “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” The Industrial Revolution (if it ends up destroying civilization with runaway climate change). Highly profitable energy efficiency.
One of my favorite views of my hometown Chicago is from the sky. Every time I fly into the city, I’m struck by the diversity of the buildings dotting the streets. They come in all shapes and sizes, no two the same. They serve different needs, and operate with different systems.
We’re one day away from Thanksgiving, one of the busiest travel periods of the year. Whether by plane, train, or—for most Americans—automobile, tens of millions of people are about to crisscross the country destined for turkey, stuffing, and a long holiday weekend of quality time spent with loved ones.
George W. Bush, the Queen of England, Sir Elton John, and Sir Richard Branson probably don’t have much in common, but they all have installed ground source heat pumps. And it’s not just a technology for the rich and famous. Habitat for Humanity installed heat pumps...
In 2011, the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station supplied nearly 20 percent of Southern California's electricity. This year, the plant has generated almost nothing. Since early January, the plant has sat idle after the plant's operators discovered leaks in the steam generator.