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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.

Green Real Estate Investing

For those of you that are greedy money loving environmentalists this is for you:

MSN Green Real Estate Boom

I have nothing against greed or money loving if it benefits the environment.

Business must lead the way

Business must lead the way. That sounds ridiculous. It is not business that will lead, business will follow the people. The people that will be followed are those individuals with the vivid vision of the future. Not the future of next quarter, or next year, but the next 10, 15 or 30 years.

Those individuals that will lead are those with resources available to actualize their visions. Those people are business leaders. Those business leaders that carry the vision of a future where people breathe clean air, and drink clean water, where the poor are considered poor because they don’t own the luxuries such as platinum plated dimonds, but still have access to healthcare, good food and shelter and education will be the leading the businesses that succeed. Because of the growing access to information, and the growing global conversation, people are gaining the power to influence those that oppose the progress to a beautiful future.

The business leaders of the future are now used to the global conversation, and embrace it fully. They recognize the value of human life, and the dignity of nature. They understand that humans and nature are not seperate competing entitites, that we are children of nature, and that whatever we do is natural. Yet as children of nature we must face the consequences of our actions.

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:

John Edwards thinks like me . . .

According the John Edwards policy on the environment I found a snippet that sounded just like what I have been proposing from the beginning. Check it out: SOURCE

  • Open the Electricity Grids to Distributed and Renewable Generation: Traditionally, electricity has been produced at large, central power plants and transmitted through miles of power lines. Distributed generation of electricity promises reliable, clean, cost-effective production that is less vulnerable to natural disasters and attacks. Farms, factories, schools, and communities ought to be able to establish their own power sources and compete with traditional plants to sell wholesale capacity, as New England has pioneered. [DOE, 2000; New England ISO, 2006]To open up the grid to innovation, Edwards will:
  • Create Millions of Local Sources of Renewable Energy: Edwards will provide up to a $5,000 tax credit for homes and small businesses that invest in onsite generation of renewable energy like solar, wind, and geothermal power. He will also encourage local generation of renewable energy through “net metering,” which allows families to sell extra power back to utilities for credits against their electricity bills.
  • Encourage Distributed Generation: Edwards will cut the red tape that hinders new energy producers from selling their power to the grid. He will require utilities to consider distributed generation as a means of lowering costs compared to new investments in centralized production and transmission.
  • Research the Next Generation of Small Scale Renewable Energy: Edwards will invest in researching more profitable sources of renewable energy generation. For example, biomass engines producing both heat and power that can be three times more efficient than traditional distribution. [Hill, 2001]

It seems that John Edwards has been keeping up with the WorldChanging crowd. Green means money and sustainability. GO GREEN!

Southern California Edison will pay you for making your own energy

Southern California Edison provides an incentive program for those homeowners and business owners that want to produce their own energy. After looking closer at the program they no longer provide incentives for solar power through the Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP), but California Solar Initiative provides an incentive for solar power. SGIP provides incentives for wind and other renewables.

It seems there is an easier way to wade through all the paperwork. You should ask your solar power installer if they also help with the paper work to receive the rebates and incentives for producing your own energy.

Top Green Job

Barbara Boxer, Democratic senator from California has risen to the top green job in the nation. Thank goodness that she replaces the ignorant predecessors. Now the government will start to do something about our impact on the environment. I just hope they can do so in a way to benefit green entrepreneurs. Environmental revitalization holds a goldmine of an opportunity for entrepreneurs to boost the economy with new jobs based on cleaning up our act. The government’s role is crucial in that it must set the tone and encourage green entrepreneurs to flourish.

Here is the story about her new job.

Here is Senator Boxer’s official website.

Follow the Money – Alternative Energy is Booming

Investors have been funding alternative energy quietly, but the noise is starting to get louder.

After searching “Alternative Energy Financing” on “The Google” I found the following excerpt here:

A Perfect Storm

Regarding the recent spike in venture, private and public capital markets and the associated run up in valuations, New Energy Finance’s Liebreich said, “There have been some very strong exits in the past 18 months. Valuations have come off their peaks since earlier this year, and I think the fundamentals of the industry are now strong. They were looking overly ambitious in the solar PV, U.S. biofuels and pre-revenue fuel cell areas.”

“The most important industries in the near term are: on-shore wind, biomass, energy efficiency and traditional biofuels; in the medium-term (3-10 years): cellulosic ethanol, offshore wind, thermal solar and hybrid vehicles; in the long-term (>10 years): plug-in hybrids, more wind, building-integrated solar PV, fuel-cell-based distributed CHP and carbon capture and sequestration. In the very long term, fourth generation solar PV, artificial photosynthesis, algal and bacterial biosynthesis, micro-distributed power devices.”

“Before starting New Energy Finance I identified a confluence of 7 factors which told me that we are the brink of a secular change: climate change; energy security; oil depletion; aging infrastructure in developed countries; energy bottlenecks in developing countries; new energy technologies; new information technologies. There has never been such a perfect storm for clean energy before – in fact there has probably never been such a perfect storm in any peace-time industry ever,” he added.

You can see that the money is flowing to where the investors believe their money will grow. I’m sure some will win and some will lose, but the winners will win HUGE. I just hope they finance decentralized energy production that benefits the people from where the resources are being used.