Archive | October 2006

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Government for People, not profits

Here is a great quote from The Nation:

An entrepreneur with a choice between wind for 3 cents and coal for 2.9 cents would buy coal. But a responsible society would crunch the numbers. Solar power and efficiency do not have secret costs that include thousands of deaths, millions of dollars in lost productivity, billions of dollars sent to the world’s oil dictatorships and tens of billions spent policing the Persian Gulf. This doesn’t mean we should look with loathing upon the oil and coal industries–after all, they provide heat for our homes and fuel for our cars. But it does mean we should question a government that ignores cleaner alternatives and instead shovels our tax dollars into pollution-creating furnaces.

This article is a bit dated, but it still rings true about the government’s role in energy independence. We need to kick out the oil cronies and get representatives that care about people, not profits.
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Time for a Declaration of Energy Indepedence

Evan has got the right idea here. More jobs, and independece from foreign oil.

Today, families across Indiana will celebrate the ideals our Founding Fathers demonstrated when they declared our nation’s independence from Colonial rule. We owe our current strength and success to their courage and foresight. Now, more than two centuries later, we stand at a similar turning point, and we will need a similar spirit of innovation and forward thinking if we are to meet this challenge. What we need is a new Declaration of Independence — a Declaration of Energy Independence.

Oil addiction today is threatening to shape our future like the Colonial rule of 200 years ago. We are more dependent on foreign oil from hostile countries now than we were on 9/11, which is making us more vulnerable and putting the United States in the uniquely disturbing position of bankrolling both sides of the War on Terror. From high gas prices to national security and economic growth, our energy needs will impact every aspect of our nation’s future. Breaking America’s dependence on foreign oil is one of the great challenges of our generation and one we must address with a sense of urgency.

It is the responsibility of America’s leaders to put us on the path to energy independence. That’s why in November I introduced the Vehicle and Fuel Choices for American Security Act, a bipartisan bill that would reduce our dependence on foreign oil by encouraging the production of renewable energy and the development of new energy-efficient technologies. The development of alternative energy sources will bring exciting economic growth to states like Indiana.

By increasing ethanol use we can create new jobs in agriculture and manufacturing, while tax credits for producing hybrid and advanced diesel vehicles will lure more manufacturing jobs to build the next generation cars and trucks. With increased funding for the research and development of alternative fuels, we can create more high-tech jobs.

Last month I got a first-hand look at how Hoosiers are already taking part in the New Energy Economy. From hybrid city buses in Evansville to ethanol production at New Energy Corp in South Bend, I was proud to see Hoosiers stepping forward to meet our energy and economic needs.

Today we are exporting too many of our jobs overseas and importing too much oil. We need to start reversing that trend. Indiana’s unique ability to produce affordable, American-made fuel and the vehicles that run on it makes our state a natural leader on the road to energy independence.

Evan Bayh

U.S. senator from Indiana

Washington, D.C.

National Issues – Energy Independence

Check out this site: http://www.ourfuture.org/issues_and_campaigns/energy_independence/index.cfm

It provides updates on Energy Independence issues. Stay up to date on how you can help our sinking ship float in the 21st century.

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The Ten-Point Plan for Good Jobs and Energy Independence

I found the information below HERE: http://www.apolloalliance.org/strategy_center/ten_point_plan.cfm

I agree with most of what is outlined, but not everything.

Meeting the challenge of the new clean energy economy requires rethinking present policies, redirecting resources, breaking old boundaries and forging new alliances. It means abandoning old approaches that traded-off the health of the economy for the health of the environment and sacrificed good jobs and technology innovation. The Apollo Alliance’s ten-point plan will create manufacturing jobs and new technologies, a stronger economy and a healthier, safer environment by pursuing the following broad strategies:

1. Promote Advanced Technology & Hybrid Cars: Begin today to provide incentives for converting domestic assembly lines to manufacture highly efficient cars, transitioning the fleet to American made advanced technology vehicles, increasing consumer choice and strengthening the US auto industry.

2. Invest In More Efficient Factories: Make innovative use of the tax code and economic development systems to promote more efficient and profitable manufacturing while saving energy through environmental retrofits, improved boiler operations, and industrial cogeneration of electricity, retaining jobs by investing in plants and workers.

3. Encourage High Performance Building: Increase investment in construction of “green buildings” and energy efficient homes and offices through innovative financing and incentives, improved building operations, and updated codes and standards, helping working families, businesses, and government realize substantial cost savings.

4. Increase Use of Energy Efficient Appliances: Drive a new generation of highly efficient manufactured goods into widespread use, without driving jobs overseas, by linking higher energy standards to consumer and manufacturing incentives that increase demand for new durable goods and increase investment in US factories.

5. Modernize Electrical Infrastructure: Deploy the best available technology like scrubbers to existing plants, protecting jobs and the environment; research new technology to capture and sequester carbon and improve transmission for distributed renewable generation.

6. Expand Renewable Energy Development: Diversify energy sources by promoting existing technologies in solar, biomass and wind while setting ambitious but achievable goals for increasing renewable generation, and promoting state and local policy innovations that link clean energy and jobs.

7. Improve Transportation Options: Increase mobility, job access, and transportation choice by investing in effective multimodal networks including bicycle, local bus and rail transit, regional high-speed rail and magnetic levitation rail projects.

8. Reinvest In Smart Urban Growth: Revitalize urban centers to promote strong cities and good jobs, by rebuilding and upgrading local infrastructure including road maintenance, bridge repair, and water and waste water systems, and by expanding redevelopment of idled urban “brownfield” lands, and by improving metropolitan planning and governance.

9. Plan For A Hydrogen Future: Invest in long term research & development of hydrogen fuel cell technology, and deploy the infrastructure to support hydrogen powered cars and distributed electricity generation using stationary fuel cells, to create jobs in the industries of the future.

10. Preserve Regulatory Protections: Encourage balanced growth and investment through regulation that ensures energy diversity and system reliability, that protects workers and the environment, that rewards consumers, and that establishes a fair framework for emerging technologies.

Palm Springs Green Expo 2006

I just returned from the Green Expo in Palm Springs, California. I live in the area, so I had to check it out. It was the first annual Green Expo. I went in the afternoon and found that there was plenty of parking available. It seems that the attendance was less than expected, but I don’t know what the organizers expected. The exibitors were a mix of architects, green building material reps, and vehicle sales, and environmental activists, not to mention politicians. I have a lot of material to read up on, so I will be doing a spotlight on the companies and organizations that I visited during the show. For a preview here are the companies I will be reviewing:

  • Pro-Active Green Technology Land Development
  • iPower: Pure Energy
  • Green World Construction
  • Plug In America

I’m sure there will be others mentions as I do my research and let you know what I find.

Energy dependence

This morning my power went out. The power lines on the street were struck by a vehicle early in the morning, and one of the utility poles were knocked down. The power was out from about 6 am to about 2:30 pm. It made me and my wife appreciate the electricty we have when it is on. Our water heater is electric, and our stove and range is electric. We couldn’t take a hot shower, or cool a hot meal.

Those are things we don’t usually think about appreciating everyday. My wife started to tell me to generate electricity because she wanted to take a hot shower. I told her that we need to think about these things when we don’t need them so that we will be prepared for when we do [I said it with a smile]. This is the same thing on the large scale. We need to think about what we will need in the future, not just what we need now. I wish I had a backup generator, or that this apartment building has its own power source and connected to the grid. This way the power is always on, unless there was a massive EMP. Besides a massive [worldwide] EMP, decentralized electricity production would create a more stable system.

We depend on energy everyday for the small things we take for granted. We only recognize their importance when it is taken away. I don’t want to be caught without power in the future because I didn’t think about it today.

Once I own my own property I will set it up with solar, biogas generator, wind, and human power [go treadmill dynamo!].

Green Expo in Palm Springs

From the Desert Sun Business Section, October 3rd, 2006

Environmentally friendly energy sources, vehicles and building materials will be spotlighted Saturday and Sunday at the inaugural Experience Green Expo. Presented by several local sponsors, it is slated for 9am to 6pm at the Palm Springs Convention Center.The expo is open to the general public. Admission is $5 for a two-day pass, and children under 12 can enter for free.

Information: www.experiencegreen.com

After checking the website I was surprised to see SoCal Edison was a sponsor. I clicked on their link and found this. It seems that SoCal Edison is getting on the “Green” train, as it must.

Also there were links for developers on the site. I got curious. It turns out that ProActive Green is a developer with the “Zero” energy home idea. I think it is a good start toward Positive Energy Output homes. I hope I can visit them at the expo and ask some questions.