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Lowering Gas Customers Bills Also Lowers Climate Change Risk

by Francis P. Koste, Ed.D.

Last summer, Professor Nathan Phillips of Boston University and teammates equipped a car with a new-to-market natural gas detector[1], and drove around Boston sniffing for leaks in underground natural gas pipes.   And helped blow the minds of public officials all across the country.

The sniffing team found 3,356 natural gas leaks.[2]

Using the same breed of new technology, a different research team flew over natural gas production fields in Utah, and found leakage rates between 6.2% and 11.7%.[3]

These combined findings are stunning because for years the assumed leakage rates for the entire system from well to kitchen stove was estimated be bet…

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What if I Handed You a Rose to Avoid an Argument?

by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.

How would you feel if I came up to you and handed you a rose and said “You have done something that upset me.   I would like to discuss it with you and see if we can find a way to come to peace on this issue. If you would be willing to try to work out a solution, please hand me the rose back.”

Bet you would be both startled, and intrigued.   And I bet you would hand the rose back. Just like the pre-school kids in many Montessori schools are taught to do.

In pre-school, , one of the major goals is to teach children to get along, cooperate, and share,

in addition to teaching things like the alphabet and numbers.

Many of us learned these skills at…

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Who’s Your Hero? High School Students Lead the Way

by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.

The Harvard Business Review shook the ground a lot a few years ago with an article that pointed out that corporations appoint people to supervisory positions at an average age of around 30, but these lucky people were first sent for supervisory training at an average age of 42! [1]These individuals were doomed to spend fully one-third of their management career without ever undergoing training in how to be a supervisor and leader.[2]

Among the high school student population, some coaching occurs in leadership, but most of has to do with such things as drama club, or sports leadership, such at captain of various teams.  Very few programs focus on training le…

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U.S. Must Lead on Sustainable Energy Sources 

by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.

In the 1970's, at least two billion souls in the world had neither adequate food, clean water, or energy.   Each year, millions died every year because of that.   America was clearly the richest nation on earth. Our economy (inflation adjusted) grew from $5 trillion in 1970 to $16 trillion now. [1] We still are the richest.

Worldwide, in the 1970's there were 4 billion people.  Now there are 7 billion.[2] In another 40 years, there will be 9.3 billion.[3] Earth, and its capacity to absorb various forms of garbage and pollution, did not grow any bigger.

In 1970, each citizen of the United States used 35 times more energy than a citizen of…

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