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Conservation Corps

Conservation Corps

A timely post from during the campaign, revisted now. Auto workers, manufacturing workers, college students, all need work. Work creates value, creates income, creates a better economy.

A Green Snowblower

To continue my migration to all things green, my big, heavy, smokey snowblower has find it’s new home under my deck. Yes, I might have to get some exercise this winter.

Here in New England we expect anywhere from 75 to 120 inches of snow each year, and it needs to be removed from driveways and sidewalks. In true American style, we have built some monster snowblowers, to do the heavy lifting for us. Gas powered, noisy, newspaper eating, propellors throwing the snow 30 feet in the air. Fun, yes. Green, no.

Residential Solar - A Real World Example

Residential Solar – A Real World Example

I am in the process of designing and quoting a solar electrical system for a house I recently purchased. This is a ‘Split Level’ Home of approximately 1900 sq feet. The heating systems is electric baseboard. I researched several local companies that provide a soup to nuts service and installation.

Once you have selected a provider, the first step is usually a quick suitability review from the installer. With an address, they can pull up google maps and get a view of your house, determine the orientation and roof structure. From that initial review you get some immediate feedback about solar applicability on your house.

Green Fee Needed Now

Green Fee Needed Now

Impose higher federal and or state gasoline taxes now. Ok, I said it. Call it a ‘Green Fee’ if you want. Call it anything you want, but provide funds to continue the recent progress toward a greener economy.

The federal gas tax has been in place since 1932. Contrary to popular belief, all monies do not go to highways or infrastructure, in fact that didn’t even start until the 50’s, prior to that it was used to fund wars. Since 1980 the tax has increased dramatically from 4cents to 18cents per gallon. Yet, we still have a call from Obama and congress for Infrastructure spending for roads, bridges and the like. What have you been doing with the money Congress?

Keep it Green

Keep it Green

Don’t stop now. Don’t get comfortable again. Keep it Green.

Like a dieter who loses a few pounds after the first week, let’s not settle back into our old habits and think we will keep it off.istock_000007185445xsmall

Good progress has been made making the public aware of the need to reduce our dependency on oil by looking for alternative, sustainable alternatives. Politicians talk about it, CNN reports on it, Newspapers write about it. Now that oil prices are falling http://mygreensuit.com/2008/10/12/oil-prices-falling/ again let’s not get lazy. We need to keep the momentum going.

Oil Prices will continue to fall

Oil Prices will continue to fall

Oil prices have fallen to below $80 a barrel as of Friday October 10. The sell off has been in place for several weeks but was accelerated on Friday due to a widening economic crisis. I expect oil prices to continue to retreat, between $40 and $50 dollars by the end of the year would not surprise me. Why ?

Simple Device on Cars and Trucks boosts Fuel Economy by 20%

Temple University researchers have proven out a new device to add to your fuel line in any car or truck.  This device ties into your battery and creates an electric field.  The gas line or diesel line is then routed through this device and the electrical field lowers the viscosity or basically vaporizes the gas […]

Solar Power from your Windows

Solar Power from your Windows

The research and innovation teams working on Solar power are making progress with practical and effective solutions. Multiple teams across the globe are focused on thinner materials and concentrators that can take sunlight and turn it into electricity.

Drill, Baby, Drill !

Drill, Baby, Drill !

Coal companies and Oil companies are defining the future energy plans of this country.

We are at a key moment in our economic, political and environmental futures. There is an increasing awareness of the need for energy independence and environmentally friendly energy. We have an opportunity to solve these legitimate issues in a far reaching, planet saving, approach or fall back on the easy way. I, for one, do not want to be part of a generation that takes the easy way.

Clean Coal ?

Clean Coal ?

Please stop talking about Clean Coal as some kind of solution for energy independence and/or global warming issues. It can not do either of these. Let’s use some common sense. Coal to replace gasoline ? Coal to replace home heating oil? We could build more coal fired electricity generating plants, but that does not reduce our dependency on foreign oil for the other two needs.