Friday, January 31, 2014

The contradiction.  There's an odd beauty in the smoke heading up to the sky.  As a young person, the imagery of Bethlehem Steel enthralled me.  From the waterfront one saw white-gray smoke drifting upwards into the clouds, beautiful puffs against a turquoise sky.  When I learned of environmental hazards of coal-fired plants, I reconsidered, particularly since I was burdened with numerous upper respiratory issues.  Now, as a photographer and writer, I see the strange contradiction and wonder.

We want clean energy.  We want energy-independence.  We need heat and electricity and fuel for our vehicles.   Very few of us live "off the grid."

How do we reconcile these internal contradictions?