the north face nuptse boots A journalist’s walk into the future of energy
Tom Haines? I asked the man wearing a North Face shirt, cap, carrying 40 pounds of supplies in a red backpack with a walking stick from North Dakota. He assured me he was.Haines was walking this Tuesday afternoon another eight miles north toward White Deer . He was headed to a piece of land owned by Mark Urbanczyk where he hoped to bed down next to the reason he was here over spring break in the first place a wind turbine.knew I wanted to keep getting out there, said Haines on his arrival at UNH five years ago, wanted to write about big issues. There a lot of issues, but some of them clearly are energy, environment, climate change, the whole deal. How do we keep this going? And so I wanted to go the source. he has. This project, that began in 2014 and will end in September when his last words are sent to his editor, is a book, To The Sun. It Haines personal odyssey as he explores six different sites in the United States three of them renewable energy, three of them fossil fuels that will greatly impact future energy in this country. in the last 40 years. He has explored the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania, believed to be the largest volume of recoverable natural gas in the country. coal deposits reside, and on the coast of Maine and the Maine Tidal Project where energy is converted from ocean tides into electricity.The only things that remain is his 10 day foray this week in Carson County, home to 635 turbines that convert the wind kinetic energy to mechanical power and ultimately to electricity, and a rather hot walk in June at the Mojave Desert Ivanpah Solar Facility, the world largest solar thermal power station.One of the blessings or curses of the journalist is to be naturally curious. When he and wife Julie bought a house five years ago, it had an outdated oil heating system. A new natural gas furnace was installed, and the man who did it told Haines the high efficiency from this little backpack looking device was incredible.we know so little how this works, how the whole industry works, Haines said. idea was to go to the source, and see where our fuel and energy comes from. And how could I do that was interesting and exciting for me? That where the walking has come in. who traveled to 40 countries while with the Globe, branded calves in North Dakota and rode in a pilot boat in Maine at 14 knots while it docked next to a cargo ship. It his way of knowing the people in and around the future of this country energy.what I love about journalism and writing is that it gets you out in the world, he said. kind of this adventure that takes you into people lives. I tell my students, this is kind of the key to the world. Whether it funny or serious, I can talk to people about what matters to them, and that kinda cool. would be walking anyway, but he has no choice after his rental car from Amarillo was run over last weekend by a large TerraGator in Groom. Haines was shaken, but fine. His totaled Hyundai Accent not so much.On his walk Tuesday from Groom to White Deer with his trusty walking stick, Haines saw a flock of sandhill cranes flying above, chatted with a girl riding a horse, was offered a place to stay the night by someone who stopped to talk.He declined the offer, instead camping out under some turbines in what turned out to be 28 degree weather. The roaring hum of the turbines that evening sort of hit him.sun comes up and you back to the natural rhythm of how the earth works, Haines said. at this energy and start connecting the two. This country has a huge appetite for energy, and this is an example in the Texas Panhandle of how we going to engineer ourselves into the future. who arrived here on March 10, will leave on Sunday. One more trip remains in three months to the solar world of the Mojave Desert.