Climate Summit or Not, We are Still Losing the War Against Greenhouse Gases

By Bruce E. Johansen

Another climate summit has come and gone.

Remember the huge “Peoples’ Climate March”?

Carbon dioxide has already blown past it.

However, one thing has not changed: reports from the front in the war on greenhouse gases are grim.

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Listening to the Future: Omaha Public Power District Works on Maintaining Clean, Renewable Energy

The following article by UNO Communications Professor Bruce Johansen and John Atkeison, Energy Policy Director for the Nebraska Wildlife Federation, originally appeared in the July 2014 issue of Prairie Fire (www.prairiefirenewspaper.com) and is reprinted with permission.

Omaha Public Power District is Nebraska’s leader in the use of wind power to make electricity, and thanks to a decision by its board of directors, it has maintained the ability to retain that ranking. On June 19 the OPPD board unanimously adopted a plan that maintains a level of clean renewable energy power equal to at least one-third of its generated electricity for twenty years, among other things.

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Snake Eyes for Las Vegas?

By Bruce E. Johansen

Grand outdoor pools and ersatz waterfalls. Air conditioners humming in 120-degree heat. A chance to get lucky and beat the odds. Las Vegas, Nevada has always been a symbol of American indulgence and damn-nature ecological arrogance.

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The Worldwide Slime Smackdown

By Bruce E. Johansen 

Human beings, narcissistic souls that we are, rarely pay much attention to what goes on out of sight—for example, in the two-thirds of the Earth that is covered with salt water. That goes double for many of us who live in the middle of continents, hundreds of miles from the oceans.

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It's Global Warming, Stupid!

By Bruce E. Johansen

A walk around New York City’s Battery Park area, at the southern tip of Manhattan Island, got me seriously into global warming during October of 1999.

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