A bright idea: 4,570 solar panels, the Tokyo Tech way 環境エネルギーイノベーション棟

What do 4,570 solar panels look like? You can see for yourself when walking from Midorigaoka Station 緑が丘駅 to Ookayama Station 大岡山駅. There you will find an ostentatious display of green energy that takes the concept of solar paneling to its logical extreme. The Environmental Energy Innovation Building 環境エネルギーイノベーション棟 (Green Hills Building 1 グリーンヒルズ1号館) is…

My Heroes Have Always Been (Petroleum) Cowboys 石油 , カウボーイ, 砂漠

Beijing, China, circa 2003: The Ferry Driver did good business, if only because of our small group of expat English teachers.  The bar sat in the middle of a strip mall on the dusty street running along the western perimeter of our university.  We’d meet 3 or 4 nights a week at eight o’clock and…

Who has the energy for that?

The ideas that hold court in my head owe their provenance to a January 2009 New Yorker article profiling doomsayers and other assorted crackpots – or so I thought at the time. I found one of the subjects, James Howard Kunstler, especially memorable, both from his humor (“the United States has “a railroad system that…