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Ho ho ho! It’s that time of year again. Here’s JHK’s holiday classic: A Christmas Orphan.

11-year-old Jeff Greenaway hears his mom and dad argue one night after an office Christmas party. He infers from their garbled squabble that he is an orphan, found in a willow basket on the welcome mat outside their New York apartment. Thinking now that his parents are imposters, he steals away to Grand Central Station and buys a train ticket to Drakesville, Vermont, where he intends to start life all over again.
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David Blittersdorf’s passion for renewable energy and earth-friendly technology started early. He built his first wind turbine at age 14 to light up the small shack where he boiled sap into maple syrup. After he got his driver’s license in 1973, the year of the OPEC oil embargo, he vowed to help the U.S. transition away from dependence on fossil fuels. In 1982, after getting his engineering degree at the University of Vermont, he founded NRG Systems—one of the nation’s most successful wind-energy companies. Twenty-two years later, he founded All Earth Renewables a leading player in Vermont’s wind and solar scene. David is involved in all aspects of All Earth Renewables’ day-to-day operations. He also makes frequent public-speaking engagements and serves on the board of many energy-focused institutions at the national and state levels.

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Harrows of Spring
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Geography of Nowhere The Long Emergency
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About James Howard Kunstler

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James Howard Kunstler is the author of many books including (non-fiction) The Geography of Nowhere, The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition, Home from Nowhere, The Long Emergency, and Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology and the Fate of the Nation. His novels include World Made By Hand, The Witch of Hebron, Maggie Darling — A Modern Romance, The Halloween Ball, an Embarrassment of Riches, and many others. He has published three novellas with Water Street Press: Manhattan Gothic, A Christmas Orphan, and The Flight of Mehetabel.

4 Responses to “KunstlerCast 298 — Solar and Wind in Vermont with David Blittersdorf of All Earth Renewables” Subscribe

  1. Walter B January 12, 2018 at 9:25 am #

    Very interesting indeed, thank you for bringing this to us. David is right and I thought that I heard you thinking of Rahm Emmanuel when Dave mentioned that we humans do not react until there is a crisis. Yes change is hard to make and may even be impossible because of two massive problems. Those that hold the wealth along with the power and control that it brings them, and the inability of modern Americans to even consider using less rather than more technology (conservation). Every energy company CEO, Board of Directors and the BPU’s that rule with them will absolutely never allow for their incomes to drop. Incomes, bonuses, kick-backs must ALWAYS get larger and they have the power to keep it that way. Greed will NOT be overcome. The American public is so hopelessly programmed to consume anything and everything that it is force fed that I simply cannot see any reduction or conservation ever being a part of any functioning plan. It is pretty clear from your work Jim that you are a huge fan of conservation and I can assure you that I have always been exactly the same all of my life. I despise waste and excess, but people like us, at least outside of some safe and happy place, are not appreciated at all and even reviled by those who hopelessly consume mass quantities. It is very wonderful to hear of this project in Vermont and David was very impressive. I just hope that he is not overrun by all of those Californians headed his way, yuk, yuk.

  2. Graycenphil January 15, 2018 at 11:20 am #

    Very interesting story. And nice to hear from an optimist describing his concept of our future. Vermont is a lovely place, and always will be, I believe.

    I like his gondola, and his plan to do it on a budget is even better, and so Vermont. Calvin Coolidge would be proud. Two wonderful, but very diifferent places, that currently have gondolas or trams are New York City and Telluride,CO. Not only are they well utilized for daily transportation, they are spectacularly beautiful rides. What’s better than a commute that takes your breath away every day?

    Thanks for a good interview.

  3. baileyshaw437 January 16, 2018 at 12:25 am #

    I hope that one day your plan for the environmental change is acknowledged because there are some people who are genuinely working for it. Buy An Essay For College


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