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  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Sustainability

    Sustainability

    Steve Katz, Editor || October 9, 2012
    Examining a label’s life cycle is paramount to developing a greener product.