Lawrence J. Furman, image copyright Jessica Gabrielle, (c) 2008, used with permission
If the least expensive unit of energy is the one you don’t need to buy, the ‘NegaWatt’, then the next least expensive is the one for which you don’t need fuel, the ‘Nega-Fuel-Watt.’
– Lawrence J. Furman
I have been writing and speaking on energy policy since 2004 – to the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Off-Shore Wind Resources, the Board of Public Utilities, BPU, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, NRC, the Manalapan Township Committee, Senator Menendez, Senator Lautenberg Representative Holt, other elected representatives and appointed officials, candidates for Township Committee, Governor, and President. The Monmouth County Democrats, noting my comments, my actions, and my passions, have asked me to take the next step – to serve directly in the NJ Assembly, to take this message of sustainable energy to power a sustainable economy to the Governor as an ally, a team member, and as a Representative in the General Assembly.
My interests in energy policy go back to 1976, when as an intern for the New York Public Interest Research Group, Inc, I worked on a feasibility study of the potential of offshore wind. In my 2005 testimony before the Governor’s “Blue Ribbon Panel on Off-Shore Wind Resources I said, “30 years ago I said ‘We know it is theoretically possible. Today we know it is possible. The Europeans are proving that it is practical.'” The panel noted my comments. But there are no offshore wind turbines.
These interests and professional work managing teams led me to co-found Popular Logistics in 2007, and to an MBA in “Managing for Sustainability” – for the long term – which I earned in 2011, and to write the screenplay for “The Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” an eco-thriller based on Vapor Trails, the novel by Roger Saillant and Bob Siegel.
Over coffee one unseasonably mild day in February, 2007, I said, “If they had solar power systems on schools in New Orleans before Katrina, then after the storms those schools could have been used as emergency shelters with power. This led to the launch of Popular Logistics, and also led to the launch of this campaign.
On a more personal level, I moved to New Jersey In 1988, with my wife and son, while working at AT&T. We moved to Manalapan after the birth of my daughter, have lived in Manalapan since 1993. I have worked as a computer programmer, database administrator, enterprise storage consultant, at AT&T, Bell Labs, the financial industry, and currently work as the “Director of Information Technology” for a law firm based in New York City.
Serving the Community
- I currently serve on the Manalapan Township Finance Committee, 2012-Present,
- I served on the Manalapan Township Environmental Commission. 2007-2008,
- After co-founding Popular Logistics in 2007, I have written over 400 short posts, primarily focused on energy policy, writing about the economics and logistics of nuclear, coal, carbon sequestration, fracking, solar, and wind, and disasters like Fukushima, the Deepwater Horizon, the coal mine accident at Upper Big Branch.
- I have appeared before NJ BPU, US NRC, etc. on Energy Policy, 2005-Present,
- I was a volunteer, with Shalom HaGalil, in 1982.