the way we live

nyt trifecta

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the new york times had three articles over the past two days worth noting here, each was quite well-written and very informative.  the first is mark landler’s “high-priced oil adds volatility to power scramble” (picture above).  as oil prices approach $100 a barrel and 3,000,000,000 new customers “walk onto the scene” as author thomas friedman puts it (india, china, etc) and geopolitical relationships become increasingly tenuous it becomes ever more clear exactly how important investing in sustainable and renewable energy technologies.

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the second article is by matthew wald called “the carbon calculus.”  mr. wald’s article talks about the growing push for a carbon tax and how such a tax would affect the way we live and the world around us.  in fact, mr. wald argues that many companies are already budgeting for such a tax and if it were to get above $10 a metric ton (especially more than $25/ton) renewable energies not only become cost effective, but actually cheaper…today.

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the last article worth mentioning is “the antisuburbanites” by a series of three authors. “the antisuburbanites” is about exactly what it says it is about; it documents three different families, one in london, one in new york, and one in los angeles who manage to find enjoyable ways to live and raise a family in the urban setting.  it’s a fascinating article filled with a bunch of great architectural subtones.

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8 November 2007 - Posted by | architecture, green, society, technology, urban planning

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