Sunday, November 8, 2009

Our Choice Al Gore,

The Inconvenient Truth, when ever this title is heard some ideas that may come to mind might be global warming, recycle, or simply Al Gore. Well the former vice president once again helps the fight concerning the environmental movement; now in the article “Gore Calls for Student Efficiency in Energy Consumption”, Gore is shown with one of his most praised audiences, youth. The reason as to why this article caught my attention was how it connected to a blog posted about two weeks ago on the WebberEnergyBlog. The blog was on the article “Iowa Lakes Community College: Partnership for Academic and Economic Success in a Rapidly Evolving Wind-Energy Industry”, it spoke of how the Community College placed a course to help with energy expenses and is now a two year degree program for studies in wind energy. Similarly in this article George Washington University was the center of attention, and during the presentation the president of the university, Steven Knapp, mentioned “GW’s efforts to promote campus sustainability, one of the university’s three key strategic initiatives. The first university in D.C. to sign the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment in April[…]” Through this you can see the ripple affect the phenomenon known as energy efficiency is having on the United Stated nationwide. Of course this is happening all around the world, although it is still in its early stages energy efficiency and alternative forms of energy are booming!


Bartleby said...

Undoubtedly a polarizing figure, Al Gore, whose motives may be questioned, is clearly a man dedicated to his goal of saving the planet. It is good to see students around the country taking an active role in being more energy efficient. The issue of climate change that he is courageously combating is complex. His new book sounds useful to those people who want to be more energy efficient in hopes of reducing carbon emissions.

Shikhar.Singh said...

I think another thing interesting you pointed out was that this article was linked to the webber energy blog, as well as George Washington university. It seems like the internet has provided a platform that has massively expanded the ability for ideas to spread like wildfire. I think the internet is an integral leap in the "informational" aspects of production that dr. Schmidt was talking about today. The University is becoming increasingly tied to the very mode of knowledge production that we cite, not to say that this didn't already exist - but rather that the internet has allowed this process to be decentralized: one doesn't have to be a graduate research student to "produce information" anymore... the internet has made it possible for anyone who can make a google account to start their own blog and start posting their thoughts on the internet, a very powerful tool in terms of the university space.