Little Girl, You Need a License for That Fruit Stand

Lynne Kiesling Here’s my cynical, anti-authoritarian link of the day: the mayor of Clayton, California shut down a fruit stand run by two little girls because it was a commercial enterprise in an area not zoned for commerce. Hilariously, the mayor defends the decision to shut down this tiny lesson in capitalism, preferring to make … More Little Girl, You Need a License for That Fruit StandMore Little Girl, You Need a License for That Fruit Stand

Welcome Deep Glamour!

Lynne Kiesling Virginia Postrel and Kate Coe have started Deep Glamour, which “explores the magic of glamour in its many manifestations, from movies, fashion, and advertising to real estate, politics, and sports.” Today Virginia has an energy-related post, about the visual elegance of wind turbines, and their use in advertising: These images epitomize grace, one … More Welcome Deep Glamour!More Welcome Deep Glamour!

Vaclav Smil on the Pickens Plan for Wind Power and Natural Gas Vehicles

Michael Giberson Perhaps the greatest appeal of the Pickens Plan is its cascading simplicity. First, Pickens wants to dot the Great Plains (“the Saudi Arabia of wind power”) with wind turbines to replace all the electricity currently produced by burning natural gas. Second, he wants to use the natural gas freed by wind-powered generation to … More Vaclav Smil on the Pickens Plan for Wind Power and Natural Gas VehiclesMore Vaclav Smil on the Pickens Plan for Wind Power and Natural Gas Vehicles