Coal museum goes solar

Coal. King Coal. The single dominant energy source powering our electricity grids, from the US to Great Britain to China and Australia. Because it’s plentiful. Cheaper. Politically connected. Easy. And yet, in a drizzly (good bet, that) hamlet in Wales, a historic switcheroo has taken place. The Wales’ National Coal Mining Museum in Big Pit, Blaenavon, Nr Abergavenny in south Wales, has adopted solar power.
The curators decided that installing solar panels on the….

Houston’s forum asks how to make energy, environment, economy work together

Energy, the Environment, & the Economy: Making It Work will air on Houston PBS Channel 8, on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Hosted by journalist, Patricia Gras, the televised community forum will try to find “common ground” on issues related to the global recession, Texas’ fight with the U.S. EPA over air permits and the BP oil disaster.

“Energy, the environment and the economy are of utmost importance to each and every one of us who calls this region our home,” said Catherine Mosbacher, President and CEO of the Center for Houston’s Future, in a statement about the program.

The nonprofit think-tank partners with PBS and Houston Community Newspapers to put on the forum which will feature questions the audience and call-ins from viewers.