As a kid, I loved dinosaurs, I loved space, and trains. My entire life revolved around these very different hobbies during my formative years. Soon, space became the focus of all my attention. I watched movies like Apollo 13, 2001, and Star Wars, among others. I watched documentaries like From the Earth to the Moon and For All Mankind. As I entered my teens, I found the famous Carl Sagan epic COSMOS: A Personal Voyage. My mind became an amalgamation of what… (more)
We can’t tell you how excited we are to release this next episode of the Rational Middle. It’s called “Energy’s Crossroads: Dawson Creek,” and it looks at one town’s (Dawson Creek, British Columbia, Mile One on the world famous Alaska Highway) challenge to resolve an issue where an impending drought had caused it reconsider allowing energy development in the area. Dawson Creek’s city management, along with their plucky city council delivered a bold edict to the energy industry: If you… (more)
When an energy boom hits a small town in western Wyoming in 2007, the town benefits from the boom of natural gas development while experiencing the challenges that arise from increased traffic, population, and demands on the towns resources. Watch how the citizens of Pinedale managed the strain and gained the advantages in this short vignette.
Energy isn’t just facts and numbers. It intersects our lives everyday, affecting how we experience the world. While many of us see the benefits of energy first hand, from our consumption and utilization of it to make our lives easier, some people experience the production, acquisition and transportation of energy in their communities. The Energy Crossroads series of the Rational Middle looks at these points where energy and people meet, and talk to the everyday citizens whose lives are impacted… (more)