As the world’s top carbon offenders attempt to one-up each other with commitments in Paris this week, one country is quietly snickering from the sidelines. That’d be Uruguay, which already sources a staggering 94.5% of its electricity from renewables.
As a longtime fan of industrial aesthetics, I always look for the chance to get inside any building where roaring machines, buzzing wires, crackling pipe, and chaotic control rooms sit waiting to be explored and photographed—like this 99-year-old Art Deco power plant or this 70-year-old Bauhaus sewage pumping building.
After this long winter, spring's warmth has begun to melt all that pesky snow. In the Northwest, the resulting runoff helps power everyday life. Only this year there's too much power for them to handle.