Looking good with two weeks to go
So I'm doing an update, because that's what you do in the midst of impassioned Kickstarter campaigns.
With just over two weeks left things are looking pretty darn good. About $500 to go. If you told me this is where I'd be now two weeks ago, I would have scoffed. But it's not time to sit back and relax yet. All the way to the finish ... and beyond (yes, it's OK to raise more than your initial goal, I'd say it's encouraged)!
So thank you backers - you are the reason for my optimism and I am grateful.
In other news, the Energy Institute at UT Austin has offered some sponsorship funds for the project. A pleasant surprise. I recently wrote a feature article about the institute for the Austin American-Statesman: "UT institute an energy information crossroads". There's some cool things going on there, so check it out.
The head of the institute, Ray Orbach, also suggested another story I should look into: the growing production of oil shale in California. Specifically the oil fields around Bakersfield, where - much like in West Texas - new drilling technology and increased oil prices are making previously uneconomic deposits attractive. In the meantime regulators and the public at large are left playing catch up in an attempt to rein in any undesirable side effects.
So yeah, another interesting story I'll be wrapping my brain around this summer ... assuming I reach the funding goal.
Thanks so much again! Keep up the momentum!
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