Friday, February 7, 2014

Islands Off The Grid

The Virgin Islands, both United States and British, are among the most beautiful places on earth.  This has not gone unnoticed by the wealthy.  Following in the sandy footsteps of Cornings and Rockefellers, modern moguls have acquired their own personal paradises there.

British magnate Richard Branson owns gorgeous Necker Island.  On February 5, 2014, he announced his intention to move Necker Island towards self-sufficiency by developing its own alternative energy sources, such as solar and wind power, which are perennially abundant in the Virgin Islands.  Although likely to be expensive, Branson's efforts have the potential to offer proof of green energy concept to other small islands throughout the world.  This could have the additional salutary benefit of reducing the air and water pollution from fossil fuel power generation that clashes with the natural beauty, and harms the abundant biodiversity, of islands in the stream.