Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Time to talk about Energy, Swedish style

Added 18:07 Swedish time - At the bottom of this post is the URL to the comment on the Friedman article in the New York Times to which I refer.

On the other side of the Atlantic the two major news items of the day - 5 May 2010 - are about the BP oil-rig failure in the Gulf of Mexico and the capture of the Pakistani-American said to have admitted being the "Times Square (almost) Bomber."

The BP oil-rig failure has given at least some of the "Drill baby, drill" (for oil that is) enthusiasts cause for pause. Arnold S. (the one in California) has proclaimed "Not here, not now, never." Sarah Palin has not been heard from as far as I know.

This has led me to try to find a few free minutes to begin again my small-scale campaign to find someone in The Green Mountain State (Vermont), my home-away-from-home who is truly knowledgeable about what is called here in Sweden "bergvärme" and in the USA by some as ground-source heat.

I have sent a Letter to the Editor of the New York Times (always an exercise in futility), inquiries to the Burlington Free Press (only residents may have their letters published), and even to Senator Bernie Sanders who at least seems to know what geothermal energy means.

In today's New York Times OnLine I have already read Tom Friedman's plea for serious energy policy och till min förvåning see that already the Times had approved 32 comments. (Usually no comments get approved until around 7 AM Eastern Time). I have submitted mine. Let's see what happens. (Added 18:07 - The Times readers liked my comment)

Stay tuned

URL to my comment on the Friedman article recommended by 31 of the 109 and selected by the site.


  1. I read your your 'letter to editor' and everything you said sounds great - but then I live in Australia where we want everything all at once. The idea of doing things in steps seems to be out of step with this rush and hurry world.
    The world needs to do things right and to do things the right way we have to step back sometimes, examine then make our mind up as to the next step.

  2. Larry,
    I came here also via your NYT Letter to the Editor, but am commenting on "bergvärme". Down the road here in Montpelier, VT, I know at least two homes which both heat and cool via geothermal and have been given a tour of one. The main obstacle to widespread adoption, jag trör (lived in Karlstad, Sverige for a couple months in 1987; retain just a bit of the language), is the high cost. These systems qualify for most of the state and federal tax incentives that solar electric and hot water do, but still cost $30,000 or more.

    Suede me manque!

    Barry McPhee
    Coordinator, Montpelier Energy Team