Leave No Trace

Thus goes a motto for responsible camping, hiking, and other outdoor activities. It is a motto I learned on my first Outward Bound course, mountaineering in the Four Corners region of southwestern Colorado. It’s a mantra that was repeated on the three subsequent...

The Climate Action Farce

With much fanfare, Syria, a nation torn asunder in a civil/proxy war, joined the Paris Climate Accords, leaving America as the final holdout. Whoop-de-lah-di-dah-doo. Does anyone in his right mind think that Syria is going to engage in “climate action,”...

Energy is Life

The preparations for Hurricane Irma’s Florida landfall served to shine light on a core reality of modern life: energy is fundamental. The mass exodus out of Miami and other threatened coastal areas has taxed the regional infrastructure’s ability to provide...

Hating Humanity

Radio personality Anthony Cumia once observed that the farther away people are and the browner they are, the less we care about them. His observation was in reference to the devastation caused in Indonesia and nearby countries by the 2004 earthquake and tsunami,...

New-Cue-Lar!

Back in my engineering days, I worked on a project that centered around a new and innovative nuclear reactor design. Although I wasn’t a nuclear engineer, and my specialty focused on spacecraft, rockets, orbits and the like, I nevertheless absorbed a...