Letters From The Earth


  • Biology and Balance

    Earlier this year I mentioned that I would write a column on “bio” or green chemistry. It’s complicated and requires a chemistry primer. But, the real key, after you understand the chemistry, is that bio technology helps make life c…
    Calvin Frost 09.11.17

  • Dear Mr. President

    A look at President Trump's position on the Paris Accord.
    Calvin Frost 07.14.17

  • Carbon tax: the political football

    President Sean Decatur of Kenyon College joined the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment (i.e., the Paris Accord for colleges and universities) because he wanted his college to “work toward achieving a net zero c…
    Calvin Frost 05.30.17

  • Learn from the twitterpated Tom Clarke

    How many of you know what “twitterpated” means? I’m being serious. Twitterpated means “infatuated or obsessed, in a state of nervous excitement.” Look it up. Of course, you’ll need Frost’s New World Dictionar…
    Calvin Frost 04.07.17

  • Making sense of the future with Sidely

    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…
    Calvin Frost 03.13.17

  • Patagonia’s wetsuit

    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…
    Calvin Frost 01.20.17

  • A circular economy, ‘a better future’

    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…
    Calvin Frost 11.14.16

  • Sustainability

    Who owns the wind?

    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.”…
    Calvin Frost 10.14.16

  • The answer is blowin’ in the wind

    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…
    Calvin Frost 09.07.16

  • In Transition

    In Transition

    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…
    Calvin Frost 07.15.16

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

    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…
    Calvin Frost 05.20.16

  • Drivers wanted

    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…
    Calvin Frost 04.08.16

  • Another monster

    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…
    Calvin Frost 03.21.16

  • Loose change

    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…
    Calvin Frost 01.25.16

  • Dear Santa (Bill Gates)

    Dear Santa (Bill Gates)

    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…
    Calvin Frost 11.20.15

  • Getting over the Green Fence

    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…
    Calvin Frost 10.13.15

  • Sustainability

    A delicate balance

    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…
    Calvin Frost 09.07.15

  • Sustainability

    Climate change, legal prostitution and the pine beetle

    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…
    Calvin Frost 07.21.15

  • Sustainability
    Capitalism combats pollution

    Capitalism combats pollution

    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”…
    Calvin Front 06.03.15

  • Sustainability

    Trust me

    I love this: “All statements are true in some sense, false in some sense, meaningless in some sense, true and false in some sense, true and meaningless in some sense, false and meaningless in some sense and true and false and meaningless in som…
    Calvin Frost 04.16.15