On October 17, 1973, OPEC states declared an oil embargo against the United States, causing a massive price increase that shook our fuel-dependent economy. While the resulting cultural shift towards smaller vehicles was short-lived, the crisis gave rise to the Department of Energy, the energy efficiency field, and a series of innovations that eventuated in the smart technology of today.
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Destruction. The video at the Mt. Saint Helens visitor center kept using this word in conjunction with the 1980 eruption. It didn’t seem right. Rather, it imposed a decidedly human perspective on a inherently geologic event. “Reordered" would be more accurate.
California became the first state in the nation to set carbon reduction goals when it passed AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act, on August 30, 2006. This landmark legislation was just the initial step in climate leadership for the Golden State, which extended its cap and trade program to 2030 just last month.
After resigning as chief engineer of Edison Illuminating Company in 1899, Henry Ford went on to help establish another groundbreaking American industry. As vehicle electrification takes hold over 100 years later, the energy and automotive sectors are beginning to converge, symbolically bringing Ford’s journey full circle.
On August 8, 1945, President Harry Truman signed the United Nations Charter, making the US the first nation to join the new international organization. While we take it for granted today, after the devastation of World War II the UN was a major step towards a more peaceful world.
This week’s news headlines have been dominated by fears that the White House may dismiss the findings in a new climate report. But what does the Climate Science Special Report even mean?Read More
One of the only government agencies mentioned explicitly in the US Constitution, the US Post Office was established on July 26, 1775, more than a year before the Declaration of Independence. While the Internet has largely supplanted it as an everyday communication network, leaving it in a deep crisis, it is difficult to imagine where our society would be without it.