Decision '09
Blog Index


Debate #3
Elusive Water Vapor:
High Altitude Hydrogen Jets, and the Delicate Stratosphere


Debate #2
Green Energy
in the American Southeast

Topics featured in this debate:

Offshore Wind

Concentrated Solar

Hydrogen from Solar Electrolysis

Expert Commentary:

Robert Leitner
South Carolina's Institute for Energy Studies

Nate Blair
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Jeffrey Nelson
Sandia National Laboratories

Fred Humes
Education, Training and Research Center at ARC: Hydrogen

Todd Stone

3TIER, Global Renewable Energy Assessment and Forecasting

Erika Hartwig Myers
South Carolina Energy Office

Chris Daetwyler
SC Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Alliance


Debate #1
Biomass from
Poplar Trees


Energy Links:

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

National Renewable Energy Lab

Wind Logics

Garrad Hassan


American Solar Energy Society

United States Council on Green Building (LEED)

National Association of Home Builders

Associated Builders and Contractors

Associated General Contractors

The California Institute of Earth
Art & Architecture

Green Building Funding Opportunities

Database of Incentives

Southern Alliance for Clean Energy

South Carolina Energy Office

SC Hydrogen

Nuclear Energy Institute

World Resources Institute

International Renewable Energy Alliance

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership

International Network for Sustainable Energy

World Council for Renewable Energy

International Renewable Energy Agency

Apollo Alliance

Rocky Mountain Institute

Sierra Club

National Association of Electrical Distributors

Edison Electric Institute

Electronic Industries Alliance

Int'l Council on Mining and Metals

Mineral Information Institute

American Institute of Architects

Pellet Fuels Institute

Link to
Government Sites:

White House

Supreme Court

State Dept.

WH Office on Management and Budget

WH Council of Economic Advisers



Dept. of Agriculture



National Solar Thermal Test Facility

Sandia National Laboratories

Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility



Links to Science Organizations:

Union of Concerned Scientists

Federation of American Scientists

The Planetary Society

US Maritime Alliance

Standards Engineering Society

National Fisheries Institute

Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology

American Chemical Society

Chemical & Engineering News

International Congress of Radiology

American Society for Cell Biology

Institution of Engineering and Technology

Science Initiative Group

California Council on Science and Technology

American Polar Society

Links to Governmental and Business Groups:

World Planners Congress

Int'l Intellectual Property Alliance

US Chamber of Commerce

Environmental Working Group

Foreign Policy Group

Southern United States Trade Association

Washington Research Group (Guggenheim Partners)

Nat'l Conf.
of State Legislators

Nat'l Association of Government Contractors

Investment Company Institute

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority

American National Standards Institute

Urban Land Institute

Independent Business Alliance

American Independent Business Alliance

Link to Media Sites:

National Geographic

Mother Earth News

Solar Today Magazine

Farming Magazine

1 Sky

Charlie Rose

Nightly News with Brian Williams

Washington Post

Meet the Press

Jim Lehrer NewsHour

60 Minutes





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Decision '09, The Science Debates, Cows grazing nearby turbines


President Obama made a promise in his inauguration speech to restore science to its proper place. But given the changing landscape in the country and the world, what might science’s proper role be in the years to come?

Certainly, new technologies, as part of a foundation on which to build, can lead people in a forward-moving direction and be a large part of the solution addressing global warming and population growth. The new stimulus packages can help boost production, and new jobs can lighten the burden for those who have struggled to find their way in what has been an ever-shrinking, but often polarized, global economy. Still, as the transformation toward green jobs and technologies unfolds, there is little time to debate the choices science has submitted for consideration.

And decisions having to do with science, industry, agriculture and technology, scheduled to be made in the coming months, and years, will most definitely become a part of everyone's future.

The purpose for the blog, "Decision '09, The Science Debates," is to help ensure people are well-informed about the evolving sciences, so they are able to contribute to shaping the scientific landscape that, in turn, will shape the 21st century.

How the Debates Work

Each of the debates are split into two sections:

The first section, 'What Is Known', lays out important facts related to what we currently know about the science being debated, and the second section, 'The Unknowns', lists a number of the unknowns related to the proposed science.

Inside each section are 'the basics' and 'the specifics':

The basics offer broad explanations pertinent to the general science, and the specifics describe the applied science in more detail.

Please feel free to skip between sections, and subsections, of each post, to find the information that is most relevant to you.

Occasionally, you will find extended excerpts from 'interviews with experts' posted to the blog as well, as a part of the debate.

In order to encourage healthy debate, comments are welcomed from everyone.

Please forward comments to, and I will post them to the site.

Debate #1
Biomass from
Poplar Trees

Debate #2
Green Energy
in the American

Debate #3
Elusive Water

High Altitude
Hydrogen Jets
and the Delicate