Monthly Archives: November 2012

“Solar Isn’t Practical”? HAH!

First, deep conservation can save us 50 percent on existing buildings, 90% if incorporated into the design of new buildings. I know of a house built in 1983, long before the technology evolved to today’s sophistication, that was pretty darn close to net-zero energy. If we’d mandated this in the early 1980s, we wouldn’t be facing the climate crisis we have today. And second, the price of solar continues to fall.

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“GMO-Free” Surpasses “Certified Organic” in Importance for Food Shoppers

In light of the close defeat for the California GMO-right-to-know ballot initiative in this month’s election, it’s worth reading this article on Sustainable Brands that shows customers want non-GMO even more than they want organic. They say, “if the people

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Why Entergy Doesn’t Deserve a Certificate of Public Good for Vermont Yankee

Yes, VY provides electricity and jobs (though, as we will see later, less efficiently than its alternatives). But it fails utterly on the other two components. Entergy’s whole reason for existence is to provide profits for its shareholders and executives (as opposed to the whole society), and the callous way the company has disregarded both public safety and the truth is directly related to valuing short-term profit instead of the public good.

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Higher Productivity—Without Fossil or Nuclear—by 2050

9) U.S. industry can produce about 84% more output with 9–13% less energy—without mandates or breakthroughs in innovation.

10) We can capture and integrate the renewable energy needed to meet 80% or more of our electricity needs by 2050.

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The Post-Election Secession Movement: Let ‘Em Secede!

If the Red states secede, Democrats will have a whopping majority in Congress and could actually get a much more humane, people-centered society in place–which the Red states would have to accept as reality when they come crawling back in a few years, IF the US will have them back.

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Why the US is Falling Behind on Alternative Energy

Hint: it has a lot to do with the government’s unwillingness to jump-start this sector the way it has previously jump-started such (polluting) sectors as automobile (not even talking about the bailouts, but about government-subsidized road construction starting more than

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Lessons From Obama’s Victory: A Menu

My personal belief is that if Romney had taken a consistent moderate platform—as he did when he was governor here in Massachusetts—throughout the primaries, he would have easily won the primary contest as all the other (extremist) candidates competed for the extremist vote, then gone on to win the presidency. I am glad he chose instead the “Etch-A-Sketch” approach.

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I Want America to Thrive

People were quick to cite the problems: education, the economy, global warming, racism, negativity, stereotyping, war. When asked to say what they want, if they could wave a magic wand and fix everything, they were less confident, sometimes even embarrassed. As if talking that way is not an adult activity.

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Greening Our Rail Transportation System—At Least in Belgium

The top of an exposed-to-the-sky rail tunnel is the perfect place to put a massive solar array. This one installation generates 3300 megawatt-hours of electricity per year, enough to power almost 1,000 homes while eliminating 2,400 tons per year of CO2 emissions.

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