Clean Energy is for the Left's to Lose

Description

Virinder Singh and Collin Whitehead are two professionals in the renewable energy industry. Virinder served as Co-Director at the Renewable Energy Policy Project in Washington, DC, where he managed to survive an hour-long, commercial free appearance on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal (note: they don’t screen the calls). He worked for 4.5 years at PacifiCorp on renewable energy and climate change issues. He has been a wind energy project developer and is now a consultant working on solar energy development, energy market analysis and community energy planning.

Collin is a developer for the regional office of a clean energy developer beholden to nuclear France. He has marketed renewable energy for local utilities, worked in sustainability, and was interviewed for the Academy Award nominated film “Smartest Guys in the Room.” When not finding fault with a carbon intensive lifestyle, he is a PBR drinking member of the Portland whitewater kayaking and cyclocross communities.

Portland has to solve a rising problem. We want to reverse climate change. We need energy efficiency and renewable energy to reverse it. We want we to retrofit buildings to use energy more wisely, and we to put solar panels on them. We are stuff wind turbines into the Gorge, and into passes in the California coastal range. We now need to put power plants and transmission lines into other areas of rural America.
We are starting to see a backlash.

It’s coming from the left.

The Kennedys don’t want to see wind turbines from their vacation home. Dianne Feinstein, a self-proclaimed advocate for clean energy, is now deciding to ban power plants in renewable-rich stretches of the Mojave, while at the same time supporting more aggressive renewable energy requirements for her state.

Where do we put power plants in rural America? That’s the question that the left, land conservationists and clean energy wonks, have to answer. We haven’t had the conversation yet. It will be awkward and frustrating, and everyone needs to give something up.

Elected leaders from the left aren’t starting the conversation. It’s up to us, in Portland, to begin the conversation about where to put renewable energy. Redwood hugger and lab dork: Clean energy is our issue, and it is Portland’s issue to lose.

*P.S. We’ll (try to) prove our assumptions above, but with the usual mix of burlesque and morris dancing.

Virinder Singh

Biography

Virinder Singh and Collin Whitehead are two professionals in the renewable energy industry. Virinder served as Co-Director at the Renewable Energy Policy Project in Washington, DC, where he managed to survive an hour-long, commercial free appearance on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal. He worked for 4.5 years at PacifiCorp on renewable energy and climate change issues. He has been a wind energy project developer and is now a consultant working on solar energy development, energy market analysis and community energy planning.

Collin is a developer for the regional office of a clean energy developer beholden to nuclear France. He has marketed renewable energy for local utilities, worked in sustainability, and was interviewed for the Academy Award nominated film “Smartest Guys in the Room.” When not finding fault with a carbon intensive lifestyle, he is a PBR drinking member of the Portland whitewater kayaking and cyclocross communities.