Bring Power to the People by David Morris Originally published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, August 25, 2003 On Nov. 9, 1965, at a little past 5 p.m., some 30 million people in eight Northeastern states and two Canadian provinces were plunged into darkness. Millions of people remained without electricity for as long as 15 hours. … Read More
Blackout: Energy History Repeats Itself by David Morris Originally published on TomPaine.com, August 15, 2003 Who says history doesn’t repeat itself? On November 9, 1965 at little past 5 p.m., some 30 million people in eight Northeastern states and two Canadian provinces were plunged into darkness. Hundreds of thousands of people found themselves trapped on immobilized … Read More
We Don’t Need a National Energy Bill By David Morris Originally Published on Alternet, August 5, 2003 Two days before the August recess, the nation’s oil and coal and nuclear companies had run out of time. Despite the vigorous efforts of Republicans, Senate Democrats had stalled a vote on an energy bill. It looked like the … Read More
Business Forum: Regenerating History By David Morris Originally published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, April 28, 2002 In the beginning, companies didn’t sell electricity. They sold power plants. By 1883, Edison Electric Illuminating Co. had installed 334 generators in cotton mills, manufacturing plants, newspapers and theaters. When central power plants emerged, they were neighborhood affairs. Edison’s … Read More
The California energy crisis is not simply about a lack of electricity it is about who owns the production and distribution of that electricity. As state after state agrees to deregulation, the utility industry is approaching a concentration not seen since the Power Trust of the 1930s. Seeing the Light urges us to change the rules now and create a future that includes affordable, locally-owned electricity. The book chronicles hopeful new developments and reminds us that the best way to prevent another crisis is to build a better system.… Read More
Inthe beginning, before there were giant utilities and high voltage transmission lines, and state and federal regulatory agencies and rolling blackouts, companies didn’t sell electricity. They sold power plants. By 1883, the Edison Electric Illuminating Company (later General Electric) had installed 334 power plants inside cotton mills, grain elevators, manufacturing plants, newspapers and theaters.
In a Carbohydrate Economy, Ownership Matters By David Morris Fall 2000 Almost 20 years ago I coined the term “carbohydrate economy” to describe an industrial system with two distinctive features 1. Carbohydrates replace hydrocarbons. We rely on vegetables to supply not only our stomachs but our factories. 2. Cultivators and their surrounding regions capture a significant … Read More
Thisspeech by David Morris was originally presented at a conference of the Environmental Grantmakers Association 1998 Retreat in Houston, Texas, on October 28, 1998. Letme begin with what I hope is a relatively uncontroversial proposition. Rules Matter. Some of you may have a visceral reaction to the word"rules", for it conjures up notions of meddling and government bureaucracies. But the reality is that human societies always have and always will make rules that channel scientific genius, and investment capital and entrepreneurial energy in certain directions. We make the rules, and to a large extent, the rules make us.… Read More