Thursday, March 20, 2008

Open Thread: Overused Energy Catch Phrases

Do you read a lot of green or clean energy stories and cringe every time you hear a particular overused phrase or saying? Which one?


Maria Surma Manka said...

I can't stand any reference between wind power and the phrase "the answer is blowin' in the wind." It's so overdone...I roll my eyes every time I read it.

Tim Hurst said...

"Renewable energy is not asilver bullet in this equation." (you can replace 'renewable energy' with wind, solar, etc.

I am tired hearing that things are not the silver bullet. Has anything ever really been a silver bullet when it comes to enormous and very complex social/technical problems?

Maybe I should ask Tonto.

Despairing said...

Call me pedantic, but I hate "Saving The Planet" The planet will be fine, it's our civilisation we're trying to save!

Tim Hurst said...


I like that one too (or don't like, as the case may be).

In the same vein: "save the environment"
"protect the environment for our children"
for that matter, anything with "our children" kind of bugs me.

Thaidiamond said...

What makes me "cringe" is coming all the way to an energy blog and reading St. Paul restaurants reviews.

I look forward to Maria Energy sports!

Maria Surma Manka said...

thaidiamond: Use your scroll bar to find the tons of other posts on my blog about energy - try that?!

Kelly Fuller said...

I know I'm coming to this way late, but I hate this one:

[a geographic location, usually a state] is the Saudi Arabia of [a renewable energy technology]

As in North Dakota is the Saudi Arabia of wind or California is the Saudi Arabia of solar