Author Archives: Bill Kovarik

About Bill Kovarik

Bill Kovarik is a journalist, historian and Professor of Communication at Radford University in the Blue Ridge mountains of southwestern Virginia. He has worked with wire services, daily newspapers, national news magazines, environmental publications and new media projects. He teaches science and environment writing, journalism, web design, media history media law, and peace studies. His latest book, Revolutions in Communication, spans six centuries from the Gutenberg Bible to the Wikileaks controversy. He is working on openly licensed textbooks in First Amendment law and visual communication.

Political attacks on renewable energy

There’s a Washington Post story about “questions being raised” concerning President Obama’s support for renewable energy. It’s an unusual story from an unusual angle.   By seeing the debate through one lens,  Carol D. Leonnig, Joe Stephens and Alice Crites missed … Continue reading

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Wind — top down engineering versus crafts tradition

In the summer of 1979, engineers from US aerospace and energy agencies assembled a $50 million utility-scale wind turbine on an alpine meadow overlooking the college town of Boone, North Carolina.  The 100 foot blades on the Mod-1 turbine poured … Continue reading

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The surprising history of sustainable energy

There’s nothing new under the sun — least of all, the idea of solar energy. During the 1860s and 1870s, when “peak coal” fears swept across Europe, many people thought that civilization itself could be extinguished. Scientists and engineers insisted … Continue reading

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