Here’s to a Happy Drama-Free Thanksgiving

By Zachary Alexander on

Of all the holiday blog segments written each year, this is by far the best one. We at the ebTDesign Forum wish you and yours a happy and drama-free Thanksgiving. We are very thankful for the support you and your peers have shown. This year has been remarkable because of the Olympics and the many …

Why doesn’t the US have Trans-American Transport Network?

By Zachary Alexander on

A lot very serious people like to talk about the decline in America’s competitiveness as a series of random acts. It’s the Affordable Health Care Act that’s that introduced strategic uncertainty. It’s the lack of action on the “fiscal cliff” that has made American businesses afraid to invest here at home. For those tasked with …

The Next Secretary of Energy

By Zachary Alexander on

A lot of very serious people are starting to talk about the kind of person who should replace Secretary Chu at the Department of Energy. His successes have been too few for someone with so distinguished a career. He came into office dedicated to leading a nuclear power renaissance in the United States. Unfortunately, he …

Even Natural Gas Vehicles need Oil to run Properly

By Zachary Alexander on

A lot of very serious people like to point to natural gas vehicles as the imminent  heir apparent to traditional cars. They harp on the abundance of non-traditional natural gas reserves and prophesize about its use in the transportation sector. The problem is that natural gas vehicles have the same challenges as traditional gasoline and diesel …

Why talk about Peak Oil, Now?

By Zachary Alexander on

A lot of very serious people get really nervous when someone brings up the topic of peak oil. The reason is because the arrival of peak oil represents the biggest strategic uncertainty for those tasked with supporting sustainability. Also, the strategic options aren’t cheap or easy to implement for either lesser industrialized countries and for …

Preparing for Hurricane Sandy’s impact on the American Psyche

By Zachary Alexander on

A lot of very serious people like to opine about why the United States needs to invest more in public transportation. In fact, many of these battery electric vehicle enthusiasts like to say that cars are irrelevant in most major cities because of public transportation. And this makes sense on sunny days when you and …

Will Graphene replace Plastic as the King of Industrial Building Blocks?

By Zachary Alexander on

Many of your parents can remember the scene in “the Graduate” where Dustin Hoffman is told that the key to his future is in plastics. If you or your peers were placed in that same scene, it is conceivable that your mentor might say that your future is in graphene. In case you haven’t heard …

Assessing the Value of Livestock Waste to Sustainability Efforts

By Zachary Alexander on

The World Economic Forum published a blog post, which asked the question, “Can we achieve sustainable energy by 2030.”  A better question is can industrialized countries maintain their current standard of living without achieving sustainability sooner. The article cited the usual renewable energy sources (i.e. wind and solar). But the article didn’t talk about energy …

United Nations takes a swing at Microgrids in San Diego

By Zachary Alexander on

A lot of very serious people are saying that there needs to be an upgrade to energy architectures around the world. To that end, the United Nations has started Sustainable Energy for All in San Diego. The challenge is that not all countries are in the same place when it comes to industrialization. There is …

New Report Suggests Faster Retirement of Coal Fired Plants

By Zachary Alexander on

A lot of very serious people are just now starting to come to the realization that the Fossil Fuel Era is coming to an end. And an update of the report called “Potential Coal Plant Retirements” will do nothing to change this position. According to the authors of this report, coal plant owners are opting …