• Making sense of the future with Sidely

    Calvin Frost || March 13, 2017
    I have a simple pattern that I follow when trying to write these columns. I sit at my writing desk, which looks out onto our backyard reflecting on the complexity of worldly issues while enjoying the peace and beauty of our gardens and back nature ar…

  • Patagonia’s wetsuit

    Calvin Frost || January 20, 2017
    Before I tell you the Patagonia story, I need to make a position statement about President-elect Donald Trump’s position on the environment. I won’t write about my view of the man, just that he embraces fossil fuels, has vowed to roll bac…

  • A circular economy, ‘a better future’

    Calvin Frost || November 14, 2016
    Thomas Jefferson said, “I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.” Anne Gaasbeek of Pré Consultancy in the Netherlands echoes much the same in an article in the Public Affairs section of a FINAT publicati…

  • Who owns the wind?

    Calvin Frost || October 14, 2016
    Several weeks after I sent my last column to our editor, Steve Katz, a flurry of articles on energy appeared in three different newspapers.  I happened to catch them all, and they caused me to rethink my column on “circular economy.”…

  • The answer is blowin’ in the wind

    Calvin Frost || September 7, 2016
    Since my last column on Lester Brown’s The Great Transition, I’ve had a number of emails from readers reminding me that some of the transitions to renewables have slowed down because of availability of cheap natural gas. They’re abs…

  • In Transition

    In Transition

    Calvin Frost || July 15, 2016
    As promised in my last column, I wanted to share Lester Brown’s vision on the energy transition, from fossil fuel to renewables, specifically wind and solar. In his most recent book, The Great Transition, he does touch on geothermal and hydropo…

  • Coal’s demise and the mess that’s left

    Calvin Frost || May 20, 2016
    In my last column I wrote about the opportunities to convert to “green energy,” the demise of the coal industry, and the explosion of the use of wood pellets as feedstock in commercial boilers. I seem to have struck a chord, as I’ve…

  • Drivers wanted

    Calvin Frost || April 8, 2016
    Don’t be a passenger. Find something, it doesn’t make any difference what, and just get involved. Make a difference even if attitudes and behaviors of others overwhelm your idea or your focus. Don’t be a passenger. I was struck by t…

  • Another monster

    Calvin Frost || March 21, 2016
    In my last column I talked about change and how difficult it is to bring cultures and philosophies together to cause change. One of the most important aspects of change is being honest, so you are able to cut through the layers of engagement, opinion…

  • Loose change

    Calvin Frost || January 25, 2016
    During the Christmas/New Year break I began reading Crazy Christians. So far it’s been pretty good. In one of the chapters it talked about Steve Jobs and Apple and one of their original commercials in the early 90’s. The founders of Apple…

  • Dear Santa (Bill Gates)

    Dear Santa (Bill Gates)

    Calvin Frost || November 20, 2015
    Dear Bill Gates, Merry Christmas and here’s hoping you have many more. I just finished reading your interview with James Bennett in The Atlantic. Pretty lofty comments and at times a bit casual (and cavalier), at least that was my take.&n…

  • Getting over the Green Fence

    Calvin Frost || October 13, 2015
    I received a note from a reader about my last column on carbon cycle, climate change and super bugs. He reminded me that “fire” is in many ways analogous to the devastation caused by the pine bark beetle.  He’s right!  Dro…

  • A delicate balance

    Calvin Frost || September 7, 2015
    I know I said I was going to write about “how to create a wasteless industry using renewable energy as the solution” in this issue.  However, I received an email from a reader requesting more detailed information on “carbon cyc…

  • Climate change, legal prostitution and the pine beetle

    Calvin Frost || July 21, 2015
    Some of you may know that I live in Chicago. As a Midwestern transplant I read as much as possible about our region – its successes, cleaner Great Lakes, for example. And, its failures, stock piling petcoke, the by-product generated during the…

  • Capitalism combats pollution

    Capitalism combats pollution

    Calvin Front || June 3, 2015
    I didn’t get invited to The Wall Street Journal’s ECO:nomics Conference in Santa Barbara, CA, USA in March and I can’t figure out why. I’m the only voice of reason in the ongoing debate on “Emissons vs. Efficiency”…

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