Did you ever wonder what former
Clinton Administration cabinet officials do once they leave office? Many go on the lecture
circuit and charge outrageous honoraria for their insights.
Take former Energy Secretary Hazel OLeary,
a recent featured speaker at a technology forum at the University of Virginias
Engineering School, where she discussed the future of the energy stream.
For decades, University of Virginia
basketball has played its home games in an arena called University Hall (note the lack of
a corporate sponsor), a dinosaur that serves as an inadvertent tribute to 1960s U.Va.
basketballno sky boxes, plush fat-cat seats, or winning seasons.
But this summer, the possibility of a
collapse of U-Halls roof encouraged University administrators to start considering a
Hazel OLeary came to town to
propose a venue that would be the largest solar-powered sports facility in the United
States. She said it would serve as a laboratory for the study of renewable energy and the
great possibilities of a fossil fuelfree energy future. (Silly us, we thought that
basketball was apolitical.)
College basketball tends to be played
at night and in the winter, two periods when the sun is notoriously absent. Further, for
its latitude, theres only one place on the planet (at similar elevation) that has as
much snow as Charlottesvillenortheast China.
But if you build it, they will come.
U.Va. OLeary Sun Centre will serve as a lasting tribute to the energy policies of
the Clinton Administrationand it no doubt will be the finest hockey rink in Central