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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Once Upon an Ice Cap

By Bruce E. Johansen

Will I live long enough (I am 62) to wake up one morning in September to a headline that reads: ARCTIC ICE CAP GONE? Given what happened this year, the odds are improving. This news story probably will include a disclaimer saying that a single event does not ‘prove’ global warming, and an emphatic denial from someone on an oil-company payroll asserting that the disappearance of the arctic ice cap is a matter of natural variability having absolutely nothing to do with human combustion of fossil fuels.

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