Book Launch Set for LET GO OR HOLD FAST: BEAUFORT POEMS

Let Go or Hold Fast

Author and poet Susan Schmidt reads from her now collection, LET GO OR HOLD FAST: BEAUFORT POEMS.

Go outside, be aware, and notice!”

— Susan Schmidt

BEAUFORT, NORTH CAROLINA, US, December 6, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — About her new book of poems LET GO OR HOLD FAST, author Susan Schmidt says "part of me delights in all I witness of the beauty of creation, part of me is mourning/ grieving losses I observe, and part is stomping mad at powers that don’t protect our critters, our waters. Long ago, I worked for government writing regulations to protect the environment, interpreting science for decision-makers. I wrote grants to raise funds to buy natural land. I taught ethics in classrooms thirty-some years. I figured I might accomplish more by writing to move people’s hearts to love birds, wildlife—and inspire them to work to protect wild habitat." The book is dedicated to Science, Endangered Species, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Clean Air, Clean Water, Wilderness, and Neighbors (including wildlife as well as humans).

In these LET GO OR HOLD FAST poems, Susan encourages readers to go outside and be aware and notice: shorebirds (diminishing), bears and owls (evicted from their habitats by development), and human neighbors (whom we can recognize in winter when tourist hordes disperse).

A schedule of readings and signings:

Friday, 7 December 5–7 pm
Backstreet Pub, 124 Middle Lane, Beaufort
NC Coastal Federation Oyster Roast (cut of profits benefits NCCF)

Tuesday, 11 December 6:30pm–7:30pm, Sales
Morehead City Train Depot, 1001 Arendell Street
Morehead City; Sierra Club Holiday Party (cut of profits benefits Sierra Club)

Wednesday, 12 December 2:00–4:00 pm, Book Signing & Sales
Core Sound Shop, 806 Arendell St, Morehead (in shop now)
(cut of profits benefits Core Sound Museum)

Thursday, 13 December 1:00–3:00 pm, Book Signing & Sales
Beaufort Historical Shop, 150 Turner St, Beaufort (in shop now)
(cut of profits benefits Beaufort Historical Association)

Friday, 14 December 4:30–5:30 pm, BOOK LAUNCH Reading & Sales
Beaufort Train Depot, 610 Broad St at Pollock St

Saturday, 15 December 4:30–8:00 pm
Olde Beaufort Farmers Market

FOR MORE INFORMATION, contact the author directly at susankiwi15@gmail.com or (252)269-0032.

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CleanBC climate plan boosts British Columbia’s signal for renewable fuel use and production

Advanced Biofuels Canada lauds the Government of British Columbia for its new climate plan, with critical role for low-carbon renewable fuels

Today’s announcement builds on a decade of smart, hard work by provincial staff and political leaders. An increased LCFS is a vote of confidence in the capacity of biofuels to deliver.””

— Ian Thomson

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA, December 6, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Government of British Columbia released on December 5th its CleanBC climate plan, which charts a path to 19 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions reductions by 2030—an ambitious yet achievable set of measures that put low-carbon biofuels at the forefront of the Province’s climate efforts. It also puts BC firmly in a leadership role on the national stage.

Highlights from the CleanBC plan include:
• Strengthening the low carbon fuel standard to a 20% reduction in fuel carbon intensity by 2030
• Supporting ramp up of new renewable fuel production to 650 million litres by 2030
• Zero-Emission Vehicles to make up 10% of new light duty vehicle sales in 2025, 30% in 2030, and 100% in 2040
• 15% minimum renewable content in industrial natural gas consumption, and cleaner industrial operations through electrification, CO2 storage, and direct air capture
• Improved energy efficiency in buildings

The 19 million tonnes of reductions in the CleanBC plan represent approximately 75% of the Province’s overall emissions reduction goal in 2030. The remaining 25% of the reduction measures will be determined over the next 18 to 24 months and will include new clean energy options, waste management, and reducing emissions in forestry, land use and agriculture. The CleanBC plan suggests that by 2030, over 40% of diesel and 10% of gasoline could come from biofuels.

Advanced Biofuels Canada released a statement today by President Ian Thomson. “CleanBC is sending an excellent signal at an opportune time. Today’s announcement builds on a decade of smart, hard work by provincial staff and political leaders. The convergence in BC of sustainable feedstocks and robust technologies can spur new production of low-carbon biofuels and create sustainable jobs across the province, with existing biofuel options continuing to provide a foundation for new fuels. BC’s renewable and low carbon fuel regulation has already reduced emissions by 6.37 million tonnes between 2010 and 2016. An increased LCFS is a vote of confidence in the capacity of biofuels to deliver.”

Advanced Biofuels Canada/ Biocarburants avancés Canada is the national voice for producers, distributors, and technology developers of advanced biofuels. Our members are the global leaders in commercial biofuel production and technology development, with rapidly expanding investments in British Columbia to meet new low carbon fuel demand. Since 2005, ABFC has provided provincial and federal leadership on effective biofuels policies that expand clean energy options, achieve measurable climate action results, and stimulate new investments and clean growth. For information on Advanced Biofuels Canada and our members, visit: www.advancedbiofuels.ca.

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2019 – The Year of Green Action – Eagle HotShot’s LTL Shipping Supports Greener Freight Shipments For All

Transporting small structures

Containers, Structures, LTL transportation

Transporting vehicles

The new year is fast approaching, companies and individuals are busy budgeting for the new year, looking for ways to save money and get things done efficiently.

TULSA, OKLAHOMA, UNITED STATES, December 5, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — With the new year fast approaching, companies and individuals alike are busy budgeting for the year ahead, looking for ways to save money and get things done more efficiently, Additionally, there has been a growing awareness for all matters that are related to the environment, sustainability, and for corporations to focus on becoming as ‘green’ as possible.

Saving Money, Saving Hassle, and Doing Your Share for the Environment!

LTL Shipping is extremely effective in helping to reduce the number of trucks needed to make deliveries. Less Than Load Freight will transport products that do not take up the full capacity of a truck. This means that more individual shipments can be carried on a single truck.

Eagle HotShot now uses intelligent scheduling tools that optimize all shipments; this technology now enables the company to move more goods to more customers in a highly effective manner. It also enables a highly flexible operation, that is cost-effective and better for the environment.

Following a recent expansion into LTL Shipping from Eagle HotShot, they are now transporting as far as both coasts to and from the Midwest. This offers immense capabilities to businesses and domestic clients alike. It also helps with the cost of shipping with the added reassurance of dealing with a trusted and highly professional trucking company that is used and rated by hundreds of existing clients.

LTL Shipping Explained

With traditional shipping, a load would be placed onto a truck and delivered. Even if the load only took up part of the truck, the client would be charged in full for the total cost of the truck, and despite their being room for more, this space would be wasted.

LTL Freight is where multiple loads are combined in order to create what is referred to as a multi-stop truckload. The costs to send goods via LTL shipping are lower than traditional shipping because prices are dependent of the space being used, along with the distance traveled, and the individual classifications of the items in transit.

With LTL, you can get expedited, standard, or guaranteed shipping options; you can also get other special shipping services such as internal pick-up and delivery, lift gate delivery or pick-up, reclassification or reweighing.
Clients get the same range of freight shipping options, at a lower cost, using a method of shipping that has a significantly lower environmental impact.

LTL Freight Shipping is The Greenest Shipping Option for Companies

Eagle HotShot has been able to demonstrate a huge range of benefits to clients considering LTL or other forms of shipping. Here are just a few:

Environmentally Friendly – Fewer trucks on the road and optimized delivery and pick-up schedules result in a reduced footprint on the environment.

Lower Cost Freight Services – Because shipments are charged individually based on the portion of space they use, you pay less than the full cost of a truckload.

Suited for Business and Domestic Shipping – Both types of customers benefit from LTL. For smaller shipments that do not need an entire truck, clients get a highly professional service and dependable shipping service.

About Us: EagleHotShot is an Oklahoma-based trucking company that provides a reliable, honest, and cost-effective range of HotShot Trucking services to commercial and domestic customers. Focusing foremost on the needs of the customer, they are a trusted and dependable name in the HotShot Trucking sector.

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Exceed Solar partners with design firm to develop futuristic sustainable community

Sol Spaces are scalable living spaces leveraging smart technology

Community to leverage renewable energy and community food production

Our communities are becoming increasingly self reliant in both energy and food production as a result of climate change.”

— Stanton Pawchuk, cofounder

EDMONTON, ALBERTA, CANADA, December 5, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — EDMONTON, ALBERTA, December 5, 2018 – Exceed Solar, a developer of smart, sustainable living spaces and community solutions, is pleased to announce it has partnered with an Edmonton-based design group to develop Canada’s first fully sustainable community of its kind.

The project, located near Pigeon Lake, Alberta, will feature smart living spaces powered by solar energy, and will be focused on sustainability through building micro grid capacity, community gardening and food production for its residents. The project is being spearheaded by Exceed Solar and its partner, Battle Lake Design Group. Together they will form a joint venture company to carry out the project.

Exceed Solar, which builds smart living spaces using cutting edge technology branded under the name Sol Spaces, will supply up to 30 units for the development as well as seasonal greenhouses to aid in localized food production.

Battle Lake Design Group is a full-service design firm specializing in design and development of sustainable residential and smaller-scale mixed-use buildings.

"We have worked with Exceed Solar to provide our extensive knowledge of building systems and cold-climate design to come up with a Net-Zero housing solution," said Arnold Renschler, Managing Director of Battle Lake Design Group. "We know the area, and we're proud to work closely with Exceed Solar on this project."

The proposed community will feature different configurations of the company’s Sol Spaces, ranging from approximately 400 square feet to 1,100 square feet. The Sol Spaces themselves are built with cutting edge green technology, including Insulated Composite Envelope (ICE) panels developed by Manitoba-based Greenstone Structural Solutions.

“This development represents the future of our communities,” said Exceed Solar cofounder, Stanton Pawchuk. “Our communities are becoming increasingly self reliant in both energy and food production as a result of climate change. We are already witnessing rising food costs and supply disruptions, which will further advance the concepts around community gardening and food production.”

The partnership between Battle Lake and Exceed brings together expertise in community development coupled with advanced living spaces that will redefine the future of or communities.

Exceed Solar’s objective is to focus on advanced technology to ensure each building envelope is completely efficient. Sol Spaces also feature smart heating and cooling systems which enables each room to be remotely heated or cooled, saving significantly on energy costs associated with heating the entire home.

The Company’s Sol Space Greenhouses will also be a central focus of the development, enabling residents to produce their own food with capacity to grow in commercial quantities to generate revenue for the community, which can then be invested in expanding the capacity of the micro grid.

“The community demographics line up perfectly,” explained Pawchuk. “Millennials are looking for smaller, more affordable homes and recreational properties, while the baby boomers are seeking retirement properties within an hour distance from any major centre.”

The Sol Village at Pigeon Lake, which will be located approximately 50 minutes from the City of Edmonton, will be officially unveiled in the Spring of 2019 with the area structure plan and design concepts detailing each component of the community.

ABOUT EXCEED SOLAR

Exceed Solar creates sustainable, scalable living spaces and community solutions by leveraging renewable energy and smart technologies. Branded under the name “Sol Spaces,” Exceed’s modern living spaces are the next generation of housing solutions, incorporating scalability, sustainability and renewable energy to become the most efficient living spaces available on the market.

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Ageless Authors Awards Bivona Prize for Best Senior Writing of 2018

Writers age 65 and older are eligible for the coveted Bivona Prize for bold writing.

Colorado Man Takes Top Prize As Organization of Writers Age 65 And Older Accepts Submissions to New Writing Contest

This essay is a masterful piece of work that succeeds on so many levels”

— Larry Upshaw

DALLAS, TX, UNITED STATES, December 5, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Ageless Authors has awarded its top international prize for writing to a Denver-area essayist and magazine journalist.

The first annual Bivona Prize, given for bold, adventuresome writing by a senior writer age 65 or older, has been awarded to Hugh Gardner of Idledale, Colorado for the essay Moon of the Popping Trees.

Mr. Gardner, 75, is a semi-retired social scientist and former investigative journalist, political consultant, conservationist, and fly fishing adventure writer. Over the years, his articles have appeared in Esquire, Harper's, The Nation, Mother Jones, Rolling Stone, Human Behavior, and Playboy.

His doctoral dissertation was published by St. Martin's Press as The Children of Prosperity, a study of counter-culture communes in the 1970s. More than a hundred of his fishing stories have been published in The Rocky Mountain News, The Angling Report, Rocky Mountain Streamside, and Wild on the Fly.

Moon of the Popping Trees was the top submission to the 2018 Ageless Authors International Writing Contest in the category of family stories. “This essay is a masterful piece of work that succeeds on so many levels,” says Larry Upshaw, Executive Director of Ageless Authors.

The organization is accepting submissions now for its 2019 writing contest. Go to agelessauthors.com/current-contests/ for more information or to submit your work.

Ageless Authors is the only organization dedicated exclusively to the promotion of senior writers age 65 and older. The Bivona Prize is named for the group’s co-founder, the late novelist and poet Ginnie Siena Bivona. Ms. Bivona and Mr. Upshaw created Ageless Authors to encourage older writers to be creative into their later years.

Ms. Bivona started writing in her late 40s, after raising five children. Her first novel, Ida Mae Tutweiler and the Traveling Tea Party, was made into the 2009 made-for-TV movie, Bound By A Secret. Recent releases include a collection of short stories, The Secret Lives of Ordinary Women, and Reality Check, the Work of a Part-time Poet. She also wrote a humorous cookbook titled The Seductive Chef, A Cookbook & More for Lovers and Notes from a Chameleon, Sort of a Memoir, a finalist in the 2008 Eric Hoffer Awards. Ms. Bivona died last spring at age 87.

The Bivona Prize includes a cash award and publishing of the winning work in the next Ageless Authors Anthology. The first anthology is available on Amazon.com or AgelessAuthors.com.

For more information, contact Larry Upshaw at 214 405-5093 or larry@agelessauthors.com.

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A Time for Renewable Change

Solar Advice and the Lack Thereof

CAPE TOWN, WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA, December 5, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — One thing South Africans can never complain about is the abundance of sun. It rarely stays cloudy in this part of the world, making it the perfect example of how solar power can help humanity thrive. At least, this is the idea behind Solar Advice and what the company ultimately aims to achieve. With a primary focus to enlighten South Africans about the options they have in green energy, Solar Advice has quickly made a name for itself as an authority informer and supplier.

“It’s all about being transparent with the information and knowledge we have.” – Neil Berrow (Director)

What started as a project to make South Africans more aware of solar power, as well as providing in-depth information about the equipment that makes it all possible, eventually transitioned into a company that serves multiple purposes. For example, the company offers free advice about solar equipment, usage, and even installations. When a direct response on the site is not available for some reason, an email or message can be sent, to which there is a guaranteed and quick reply from the Solar Advice team.

The second purpose is the e-commerce system to support the archive of information that has been available to the public since the conception of the site. Now, home and business owners are connected to an array of high-quality and affordable solar equipment. From reputable brands and suppliers like CanadianSolar, SMA, Victron, and BYD, South Africans are discovering how cost-effective green energy can be.

In addition to keeping South Africans informed and connected with the latest technological developments, Solar Advice also assists with the installation of systems. While the company caters to the whole of the country, it even extends its services to neighboring regions like Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, and Swaziland. The installers that get contracted for the work are experienced and reputable, and the Solar Advice team keeps providing support throughout the process.

“We love working with people. But the best part is helping them experience renewable energy for themselves.” – Armando Da Silva (Managing Director)

Even though solar power has gained a lot of popularity and interest over the years, accessibility to this technology in the South African market is lacking. Issues regarding quality equipment, affordability, and a minimal number of suppliers, keep it from really taking off as a trend. Maybe this can be blamed on the focus to exploit solar energy while the guy on the street remains in the dark about truly accurate prices, rather than bringing this incredible technology to the rest of the country and ensuring more tomorrows. More specifically, the nation should be informed about how affordable and beneficial solar power can be when given the opportunity.

Armando Da Silva
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Midwest Utility Orders Game-Changing SmartER GAC Gas Turbine

Advanced-class Peaking Power Seamlessly Integrates with Renewables using Artificial Intelligence

LAKE MARY, FL, USA, December 4, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) announced today that a leading Midwest US utility has ordered the new super-intelligent M501GAC Enhanced Response gas turbine. The SmartER GAC is an integration of MHPS’s proven and reliable G-Series turbine technology and MHPS-TOMONI world-class analytics and artificial intelligence. This combination provides clients an incredibly flexible peaking power solution to integrate with intermittent renewable energy and create sustained, reliable and cost-effective power.

Whether through public policy edicts, consumer demand, or increased conscientious business decision-making, demand for power is increasingly calling for more efficient, cleaner energy. While advances in renewable generation technology continue, utilities and grid operators are faced with the challenge of increased intermittency caused by changes in wind conditions and sunlight.

MHPS’s Enhanced Response technology uses AI and data analytics to enable fast start, ramp rate and turn down features that make the SmartER M501GAC the new flexibility standard to complement intermittent renewables. Ten-minute fast start, 50 MW/min ramp rate, 9 PPM NOx emissions, 275 MW output and the incredible efficiency of an advanced class gas turbine are just a few of the product features enabled by the synergy of digital solutions and proven GT frame design.

Independent Service Operators (ISO) in the West and Midwest are seeing an explosive growth of variable renewable resources such as wind and solar while seeking ways of ensuring grid stability The SmartER GAC, will be able to fully integrate distributed resources into our system planning and operations and allow utilities to maximize the use of variable generation.”

“Renewables on their own aren’t capable of providing the sustained, reliable power the grid needs.” said Paul Browning, President & CEO of MHPS Americas. “Our new SmartER GAC turbine technology blends the reliability that comes from over 5 million hours of operating experience, the affordability of a large block gas turbine, and the flexibility enabled by new artificial intelligence technology, to pave the way for higher levels of renewables adoption. We are delivering a change in power.”

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Global business community must do more to help drive climate change agenda, says global water tech leader Bluewater

Anders Jacobson, President and Chief Strategy Officer, Bluewater

Sweden’s Bluewater says human ingenuity can help planet avoid climate calamity, but business community must harness human ingenuity as a force for good.

The UN has warned the world is not on track to meet climate change targets and it is clear the business community must scale up and speed their efforts to help find solutions…”

— Anders Jacobson

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, December 4, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — As world leaders convene for the United Nation's climate conference in Katowice, Poland, Sweden’s Bluewater says human ingenuity can help planet avoid climate calamity, but business community must work closer with governments and world bodies to harness human ingenuity as a force for good.

“The UN has warned the world is not on track to meet climate change targets and it is clear the business community must scale up and speed their efforts to help find solutions to tackle the looming environmental calamity,” said Anders Jacobson, President of Bluewater, a world leader in water purification technology and solutions.

Bluewater’s innovative Swedish-designed water purification technology will be on show during the Katowice conference at the Sustainable Innovation Forum, running 9 – 10 December and organised by Climate Action. The Forum is the premier meeting place for policy-makers and climate technology innovators to collaborate and exchange knowledge and will over two days unite 600+ delegates engaged with fast tracking the global green economy.

Speakers at the Sustainable Innovation Forum include California State Senator Bob Wieckowski, Mr. H.E. Said Al Tayer, chairman of the World Green Economy Organisation, Jesper Brodin, CEO and President of Ikea Group, and Bluewater’s own Anders Jacobson. He described the Forum as a crucial opportunity to drive forward the Paris Agreement framework by providing thought leadership, deep-dive discussion, capacity building and networking on the key themes of Circular Economy, Energy Transition, Sustainable Mobility and Climate Finance.

Bluewater will showcase how its compact Bluewater water purifiers use state-of-the-art technology to deliver pure water from practically any non-potable source.

Designed to be used in homes, business and public spaces, Bluewater provides peace-of-mind in a world where water quality can no longer be taken for granted by removing unhealthy contaminants like toxic metals, chemicals, pharmaceutical and medical residues, and micro-plastics.

Using its own unique, patented reverse osmosis technology called SuperiorOsmos, Bluewater water purifiers deliver unmatched purification efficiency, reduction in water wastage, operating capacity and service life, and low energy use.

Founded by Swedish environmental entrepreneur Bengt Rittri in 2013, Bluewater has embedded removing the need for single-use plastic bottles and their transportation as a core part of its business mission.

Anders Jacobson notes Bluewater has proven how it is possible to use human ingenuity to provide tech solutions that are able to dramatically cut back on the use of throwaway plastic bottles at sporting events like the Volvo Ocean Race, where the company helped avoid the need for around 400,000 plastics bottles.

“We’ve also provided alternatives to plastic bottles at running marathons, football matches and rock music events in Cape Town, for example, using non-potable borehole water, and on Swedish Baltic islands suffering water scarcity, where we generated pristine drinking water direct from the sea this past summer, avoiding the use of nearly one million plastic bottles,” said Anders Jacobson.

For more information, please contact David Noble, Bluewater PR & Communications Director, at david.noble@bluewatergroup.com or at +44 7785 302 694.

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Breakthrough in charcoal lighting replaces the need for lighter fluid with no chemical odors.

We are driving to eliminate the use of lighter fluid. It is dangerous to have around the house or transport to the beach, park or campground.”

— Bill Mince, CEO

MENLO PARK, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, December 4, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — EZ Flame BBQ, Inc. has introduced the patented EZStart® Charcoal Chimney, a new eco-friendly method for igniting charcoal. The mission of EZ Flame is to keep the art of grilling with charcoal alive by providing a safer and easier process for igniting charcoal. The EZStart® is easier and safer to use than current chimneys while eliminating odors, chemicals, and the unsafe need to lift and pour out hot coals.

What makes this different is the EcoStart® disk, which is made from recycled pulp paper and is inserted into the chimney instead of newspaper. It is fully consumed as the charcoal lights and it eliminates newspaper ashes from flying around. Simply load your charcoal, light the EcoStart® disk, wait 10-12 minutes for the charcoal to be ignited, and then lift the chimney and the hot coals easily slide out the bottom. You’ll be ready to barbecue in no time.

Now available on Amazon.

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American Energy Society selects Nathaniel Rich as “Energy Writer of the Year, 2018"

Nathaniel Rich

The premier literary award for energy

The professional network for energy

The premier literary award for the energy sector.

What set Mr. Rich’s work apart and makes him the clear choice for "Energy Writer of the Year – 2018" is his balanced, contextual treatment of a highly controversial issue.”

— Eric Vettel, Ph.D., President – American Energy Society

PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, December 4, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Palo Alto, Calif. – December 4, 2018 – American Energy Society is pleased to announce that it has selected Nathaniel Rich as the "Energy Writer of the Year, 2018." The Society took special note of his article, “Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change” (New York Times Magazine, August 1, 2018). The 31,000-word piece weaves together a narrative about a critical ten-year period, 1979 to 1989, when science, politics and industry awoke to the fact that rising greenhouse gases posed an existential threat. Rich documents how and why this great awakening failed to translate to action despite universal and bipartisan acceptance of the problem. Accompanying aerial photographs and videos by George Steinmetz supports the thesis with a vivid display of disturbing images. Tucked into a prodigious amount of material is the story of the key figures who turned climate change into a major political issue. In the late 1970s, few Washington officials knew much of anything about global warming; by the end of the ‘80s, President George H.W. Bush almost signed a United Nations treaty to address it. Mr. Rich writes with gripping, novelistic detail and captures the tragicomedy of scientists struggling — and failing — to shape the political sphere.

According to Eric Vettel, President of American Energy Society, “The topic of energy in 2018 captured the attention of many talented writers and the AES editorial board had to consider a number of worthy candidates. What sets Mr. Rich’s work apart and makes him the clear choice for Energy Writer of the Year, 2018, is his balanced, contextual treatment of a highly controversial issue.”

In recognizing Mr. Rich, the AES Editorial Board recognizes the necessity of addressing some of the criticism directed at Losing Earth, noting: “Nathaniel Rich has written a thoughtful essay, and it deserved equally thoughtful consideration. Instead, criticism – especially from the center-left – fixated on the absence of an identifiable antihero. In particular, The Atlantic Monthly, founded by legendary existentialists who were not afraid to look inward, piled on Mr. Rich by pointing out a list of villains they think are to blame for the changing climate, apparently unaware that their own periodical was founded as a counter to such overly simplistic thinking.”

There are many ways to summarize the problem that Mr. Rich effectively captures in his thought-provoking essay. Mr. Rich himself noted in an interview with The Energy Gang that “the level of political will required to initiate action in a substantial way is really lacking, and I guess in that sense, political will is human will. We will have to get there eventually because of the level of devastation that is coming…. If we understand the nature of the problems and our own limitations – personal, social, political – we will then be able to grapple with this in a serious way at the level required to initiate major transformation, because transformation is coming, one way or the other. The only question is how involved are we going to be.”

Perhaps it is most apt to compare the present existential crisis documented by Mr. Rich to Thomas Jefferson’s equally upsetting remark about slavery, one of humanity’s first great crimes: “as it is, we have the wolf by the ear, and we can neither hold him, nor safely let him go.” Mr. Rich is telling us that perhaps it is time to start thinking about the prospect of letting go.

About Nathaniel Rich: An alumnus of Yale University, where he studied literature, Mr. Rich is the author of many essays for Vanity Fair, Harper's Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Slate, as well as novels such as Odds Against Tomorrow (2013) and non-fiction books like San Francisco Noir, named one of the best books of 2005 by the San Francisco Chronicle.

Previous winners:
– 2017: Meghan O’Sullivan, Windfall: How the New Energy Abundance Upends Global Politics and Strengthens America's Power.
– 2016: Mark Mills: “Shale 2.0”.
– 2015: Coral Davenport, New York Times.

About the Society: The American Energy Society (AES) is a non-partisan, energy-neutral, independent network of nearly 500,000 professionals from every energy sector. Through a variety of services and programs, the AES supports its Members with recognized publications like Energy Today and Energy Matters, a website newsfeed dedicated to the “energy news you need to know today,” updates on groundbreaking discoveries, and notifications about upcoming conferences, funding and awards, job openings, and more. To learn more about AES, visit www.energysociety.org. Credentialed media can contact AES for more information about this award.
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