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Check out the communities page at the Post Carbon Institute. There’s some great info about sustainable communities.

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Green Collar Savior?

I’ve been hearing a lot about how green jobs will save our economy.  I am hopeful about this country’s ability to bounce back. I was recently at a business conference that gave me a sense of the level of optimism that entrepreneurs have today. Many are worried and have real concerns with the drop in financing for small business loans. Also, many are optimistic that this is the time to become a better business through efficiency, productivity, and agility.

Some companies are looking at how to differentiate and compete in this tough economy. The trend has been toward sustainable practices. Customers are asking for green products and services. If your company can’t deliver, it won’t get paid.

Here is some news posted on Gangbox’s blog about green jobs in LA.

http://gangbox.wordpress.com/2009/02/19/more-on-measure-b-los-angeles-union-labor-solar-energy-bill/

Measure B would reduce LADWP’s reliance on fossil fuels for electricity. Corcoran said that at present, at least three-quarters of the power that LADWP generates comes from fossil fuels. Nearly half of that comes from burning coals, the greatest contributor to climate change, air pollution and mercury pollution. Currently, the city of LA has solar panels capable of generating 13 megawatts. The entire state produces only 178 megawatts.

Business leaders must see the potential in leading the charge into the green opportunity. It is time to remake our county and our world to be healthy and sustainable. Businesses that do not work toward sustainability will not sustain their business.

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.

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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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.

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.

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!].

Hybrid Vehicle, to buy or not to buy, that is the …

I asked a friend of mine if he was going to get a hybrid vehicle when he mentioned he was going to look for a new car. He immediatly told me that he doesn’t believe in global warming. I was surprised that he would respond to my suggestion that way. Let me just premise that my friend is not a dumb guy, he is actually very smart and works as an application developer for large organizations.
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