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Holmgren’s 12 design principles

I’ve just stumbled upon “Permaculture“. It completely resonates with my vision of becoming a nation of producers instead of consumers. Holmgren’s design principles are applicable to design systems of all kinds. I am looking forward to learning more about the application of the principles in my life.

No on Prop 7 in California

I have a friend that owns an energy efficiency business, and I asked him about prop 7 and how it would affect his business. He said it would shut him down, it would shut down any residential solar installer business, and it would make electricity more expensive. I trust him, but I also wanted to delve deeper. Check out who opposes prop 7 here: http://www.noprop7.com/whoopposes7.html.

It seems that anyone that cares about the state’s resources, people and environment are listed here. They say that prop 7 could cause another energy crises. The proposition was drafted and sponsored by a billionaire from Arizona that doesn’t understand renewable energy, but has been influenced by greed, and does not reflect what California needs.

California needs a plan that rewards homeowners for producing excess energy with solar, wind, geo-thermal or biomass. The citizens can become a decentralized power plant that the utility does not have to build and maintain. The utilities should pay for electricity produced as anyone else does. The utility should get a market discount to account for the cost of distribution to those that do not produce their own energy, but the producers should get paid. It will diversify our production. It will stabilize our energy consumption, and secure ourselves in the case of a larger energy crisis.

Vote no on prop 7 to prevent a power grab from an out of state billionaire!

Palm Desert changes the Law

“Palm Desert is unbelievably progressive,” said Flanigan. “I really salute them for having the creativity and foresight to change state law in this historic way.”

Check out this story at Solar Energy News.

Energy Independence and the end of the Petrodollar

The War on Terror is the the cover for the real war; The War for the Petrodollar.

We have invaded Iraq because they stopped accepting dollars for oil. Saddam Hussein was toppled in order to set Iraq back on the track of the Petrodollar.

Iran is on the chopping block now because they are not accepting dollars for oil anymore. The nuclear arms scare is a cover for the real threat of destabilizing the American Oil Empire.

The dollar used to be backed by gold. Now the dollar is backed by oil through OPEC. That is why OPEC is allowed to exist, in order to prop up the dollar. If the dollar is not the standard currency for oil purchases, then the dollar will decline into just being a piece of wasted paper. That is what is happening now. Japan now buys oil from Iran with yen, not dollars. This means they can unload the dollars they’ve been holding onto, and a big release of currency will devalue the dollar.

Since America can’t force the whole world to use the dollar to buy oil we will see a decline of the petrodollar. As the dollar declines there will be more incentive for countries to use their own currency to purchase oil. Right now we are in the death throes of the petrodollar, and we will see additional desperate action from our American Empire.

As an American I hate to see any harm come to our economy, but we must face facts and get real. We’ve got to end the Petrodollar on our terms. The way to do it is to first back the dollar with precious metals as is described in our Constitution. Let’s get back to basics and have a real currency, not just funny money.

Also, we need to become energy independent with renewable resources. This way we are not locked into sending money to countries that don’t have good intentions for us. When we buy oil today, some of the money makes it into the hands of terrorists. So we are funding both sides of the war in Iraq. One side is paid by future generation through massive debt, and the other side is paid through the obscene gas prices we pay at the pump.

The rest of the oil money goes to the International Monetary Fund to pay for the debt relief of all the third world nations. We don’t owe the IMF anything. Let’s get off our asses and claim our independence!

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End Oil Subsidies, Bring The Troops Home, Bring On Energy Independence NOW!

Energy Independence is our most important issue right now. It is our national vulnerability. I personally support solar, wind and other types of energy that depend on ambient conditions as they are low maintenance compared to fossil fuels, biofuels and nuclear power. I also think we need to develop our energy distribution system into a decentralized system that emulates the internet. This way power is produced and consumed locally so that the chance for large scale black outs are reduced to almost 0%. This would help national security considerably and there would be no chance for corporations to gouge consumers the way Enron did.

Our economy could be turned upside down overnight by a terrorist attack on Saudi oil distribution lines. We are spending more money on defending our oil interests than it would take to develop technologies that would make oil obsolete as an energy source.

We need to end the oil subsidies and award entrepreneurs that develop more efficient ways to extract electricity from solar, wind and other ambient energy sources.

Support the Troops on Memorial Day >> STAY HOME!

This Memorial Day support the troops by staying home. That’s right. Don’t travel. Don’t use gasoline. Every time you fill up at the pump, you are supporting the worldwide Jihad against the West. So if you plan on being honest with your yellow ribbon magnet on your H2, don’t take it out of the driveway this weekend.

US News and World Report:

The evidence was indisputable: Saudi Arabia. America’s longtime ally and the world’s largest oil producer had somehow become, as a senior Treasury Department official put it, “the epicenter” of terrorist financing.

Institute for the Analysis of Global Security:

Much has been reported about the complex system of terrorist financing and the money trail facilitating the September 11 terror attacks. Individuals and charities from the Persian Gulf–mainly from Saudi Arabia–appear to be the most important source of funding for terrorist organizations like Al-Qaeda.

… Saudis have a religious tax, the zakat, requiring all Muslims to give at least 2.5 percent of their income to charities. Many of the charities are truly dedicated to good causes, but others merely serve as money laundering and terrorist financing apparatuses. While many Saudis contribute to those charities in good faith believing their money goes toward good causes, others know full well the terrorist purposes to which their money will be funneled.

… Reducing demand for Middle East oil would force the petroleum-rich regimes to invest their funds domestically, seek ways to diversify their economies and rethink their support for America’s enemies. Only then financial support for terrorism could radically diminish.

So remember, Support the Troops by supporting Energy Independence!

Now don’t be all sour and glum. Cheer up! You can do something about it. Use less gas. Ride a bike. Buy a hybrid. Take the train, or bus. Carpool, and pressure your representatives to support Energy Independence initiatives. This is not a right/left issue. This is a national security, economy growth, and environmental sustainability issue. Be part of the solution. Don’t help the terrorists.

Further reading:

9 Ways you can achieve Energy Independence

The Independent Weekly has outlined 9 steps for energy independence for the good people North Carolina. They provide an example of how people are taking action to create a cleaner, healthier future. Read and take note about what is possible for your local area.

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Gillibrand’s Energy Independence Initiative

Kirsten Gillibrand is campaigning for the New York’s 20th District. She has come up with an Energy Independence plan with the following points:

The Three Main Points of Gillibrand’s Energy Plan:

1. Promote Innovation and the Use of Alternative Energy Sources

2. Utilize Our Manufacturing Base to Produce the Products of the Future

3. Invest In Current Infrastructure and Lower Gas Costs for Our Families

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Environmental Justice

If you haven’t seen her speak, now you have no excuse:
Majora Carter

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