In Colorado, Paonia remains a coal town, even if several mines have shut down. But those gathered at the Engage energy conference recently were looking to a future beyond coal. Many innovations are underway, said speakers, and more are afoot, with excitement clearly palpable.
Amory Lovins in 1976 argued for sweeping changes in energy. Many of them are finally coming about. But can we change directions soon enough to avert disaster?
Bill Becker was equal parts worried and cheerful when he spoke to the Jefferson County chapter of the Colorado Renewable Energy Society. We need rapid transition, and the United States must lead. But he sees the emergence of common ground.