Top cities to move to – on Nat Gas

So how’s y0ur neighborhood growing?   When America gentrifies it has a few options to do so.   Call the mover or DIY. Those over at Yahoo, Business Insider and the like, have found the perfect graphic courtesy of ===.   Since you may be human vs. a computer, take a look at this visual. The evidence in the past 4 years ranks 10 cities with the most migration.   What the Penske 2014 graphic shows is where those driving themselves are moving.   The 2014 top 10 cities with Penske moves – the competitive nature of things allows Budget and U-Haul to have their own rankings – are: Atlanta Tampa Dallas Orlando Phoenix Houston Seattle Chicago Denver Las Vegas What would be interesting to know from all those who flocked to Atlanta:  “Did you get 9 miles to the gallon of gas or were you finally able to choose an alternative like Natural Gas?” For those who can not or are not buying Natural Gas: “Did you move because the water in your back yard was on fire?”  Or more important, “Was your new home built with a pristine water supply?” For those not in the “Green” camp: “Did you have the ability to move from a Cold state to a Warm state because the increase in US energy production has afforded you new opportunities that will better your family’s future?” What ever your answer, ensure that you have the energy to fuel another day.  The best option for your neighborhood depends on your neighborhood’s natural resources. Click to own or rent Lubie...

Plan for 123 Million Users by 2014

The energy debate America is having is surely making a difference.   The latest technology in exploration from Space to abandoned oil fields and vast non-productive Prairies is allowing each of us to answer the questions: At what price are we willing to trade one way of life for another? At what price will citizens dependent on their Automobile be willing to switch from “dirty” fuels to “clean” alternatives? My concern with these questions became formalized as I participated in the fine art documentary film, LUBIE LOVE – The Movie.  Hard to believe that the release was 4 years ago at New York’s Tribeca Cinema.   In that short amount of time, Apple and Samsung have relegated the desktop computer to a near death along with the slow-to-adapt Blackberry.   Next year, nearly 123 Million users will be watching – consuming TV and digital content on “SmartTVs.”   With just a click of the keypad, mouse, smartphone or remote, an independent film like LUBIE LOVE  can be watched and reviewed 123 Million times! (Review your copy here). Yesterday, in my home state of Colorado, three Colorado communities voted to let more facts on Fracking be known.  They voted on extending a moratorium on hyrdrolic fracturing by as much as 5 more years.  Boulder, Layfette and Fort Collins chose to say “No” for now.   They also chose to embrace a “clean environment” where drinking water is likely to be one of the Front Range’s biggest obstacles to sustained growth. Credit can be given to my contemporary in film, Josh Fox.   He successfully galvanized a national awareness of drinking water being...

The Fracknation Energy Plan – Not Gasland

In a classic display of concern and interest, citizens of all walks of life appeared for the screening of Gasland 2 in Boulder Wednesday evening.   The Glenn Miller Ballroom was home to the launch of independent film director Josh Fox’s latest update on the troubling energy process called Fracking.  Boulder was an ideal site for Josh and his primary underwriter, HBO, to screen a relevant and galvanizing film.  It is a film that shows how everyone’s backyard is impacted by the presence of an abundant energy supply – in this case Natural Gas.   NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) is not going to be enough when fracking natural gas becomes an acceptable practice throughout the United States. For those who do not know, America’s lack of an energy policy has led to a diversified plan to extract what ever is economically viable from our natural resources in a general attempt to become energy independent and regain our leadership in supplying the world with energy.   What Gasland 2 shows is that the stakes are higher than ever for not just a few American landowners with mineral rights (Josh included) but for the vast areas of land that produce natural gas.  These areas lay below our homes in rural and urban areas alike.   In one scene Josh joins fellow film maker Chris Paine (Revenge of The Electric Car) on a quick ride through the hills outside Hollywood, California which once again have become productive and economically viable plots for performing oil and gas wells. Josh has succeeded in bringing attention to a national issue that is being heavily lobbied by big...

How We Got Here

A few weeks back, I had the pleasure of running into a friend from Sundance.  He and I share a passion for awesome skiing and snowboarding.  What we both understand is that when the weather isn’t cutting it, the glorious Rocky Mountains yield not just poor powder conditions but a miserable water supply. Since 1980, the snow level in Colorado – my home state – has consistently been lacking.  By the early 90s, almost all of the major resorts sub-combed to “Cloud Seeding” or most obvious – massive snow making efforts.  The state not only recognized that without international travelers or locals ready to pile into their cars for 4 hours of average drive time to and from the slopes, a major economic resource would be lost.  Snow making and other technologies were allowed and skier visits blossomed.  Real estate development flourished and jobs became plentiful. This New Year’s I had the fortune of being up in Aspen.  A five day ski vacation became, while enjoyable, a 2 day “avoid rocks on skis and snowboards fest” and 3 days of Apres recovery.  For those who do not know, January should be well packed with a rock free snow base – not bushes piercing through the ski’s base. The technology innovation that was meant to solve a lack of snow base somehow didn’t matter.  No amount of technology was going to yield a snowfall that was going to justify enticing mother nature to comply with my vacation – or that of the eager high net worth travelers to Colorado’s slopes let alone Aspen’s.   This post was actually kindled by the...