Thursday, February 28, 2008
John McCain, most importantly, advocates for the inclusion and expansion of nuclear power into America's energy strategy. Most of the rhetoric I've heard and seen from Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama has been nearly, the same: 80% by 2050 and the like.
The League of Conservation Voters recently released their 2007 scorecard, which rates Senators and Representatives on numerous votes and gives them an overall score.
McCain had a score of zero, Obama had 67 and Clinton had 73.
There is much more information out there on this (for example, here), so when you're deciding who to vote for on March 4, don't forget to do your research first.
Friday, February 15, 2008
- The National Wildlife Foundation's Wildlife Promise blog. They have good coverage not only of the presidential race and candidates, but of other pertinent cool stuff - like this post, "Bush Administration Goes Green?"
- Dot Earth, of the New York Times. So, it's not the first time I've mentioned this blog, but I just really enjoy it. For always insightful and up-to-date info check this out.
Friday, February 8, 2008
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Yes, 2015, only seven years from now. So what does this mean...?
You think oil (gas) is expensive now, just wait until then and the years that follow.
In an effort to continuously learn more about this stuff, I came across a MIT report on "The Future of Coal." Because realistically we've got a lot of it and it's not like we are going to take all of our coal plants off-line any time soon.
(I have yet to read the report, and it has remained an open tab in my Firefox browser for about 5 days... I'll get there sooner or later.)
In searching for a cool interactive graphic I saw a week ago I came across 25x25 - Clean Energy of America's Future, which advocates smartly using America's farm and ranch land to install renewable energy infrastructure to supply 25% of America's power by 2025. Now there's an idea.
Saturday, February 2, 2008
In 2002 Ireland passed a 33 cent tax per plastic grocery bag. Within a year, plastic bag usage dropped 94 percent, and today nearly EVERYONE uses the cloth bags. So why not do the same thing here?
When I went on "Make Peace with Nature" to talk about sustainability efforts at UC I was asked by the host David Surber why the U.S. couldn't mandate that all light bulbs be Compact Fluorescents like Australia did. My answer was that I didn't know, and then when President Bush signed the Energy Bill a few months ago the U.S. followed suit and mandated that all bulbs sold in the U.S. be CFLs by 2012.
This is progress, be it slow and one step at time.
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Today's "Focus the Nation" schedule at TUC is as follows:
Stop by and see us. LEAP will be giving out free organic cookies and granola bars (while they last).
12 p.m. – Dr. Richard Beck, UC Geography Dept., "Carbon Sequestration"
1:15 p.m. – Larry Falkin from Cincinnati City Government, presenting on "Cincinnati’s Climate Action Plan"
2 p.m. – Todd Portune, Hamilton County Commissioner
2:45 p.m. – Dr. Randall Bruins, US EPA, "Biofuel Impacts on the Midwest" and "Future Midwestern Landscapes," potential ecological consequences, both positive and negative, of growing feedstocks for biofuels.
3:45 p.m. –- Dr. Fran Kremer, US EPA. "Cincinnati's Efforts with Alternative Energy," This includes efforts to develop waste-to-energy technologies and to use waste materials to sequester carbon. It also includes studies that elucidate some of the complexities involved in developing alternative energy sources, such as the potential impacts of alternative fuels on water quality.
4:45 p.m. – James Kinsman, Green Energy Ohio, "Opportunities for Green Energy in Ohio"
Monday, January 28, 2008
On another note, stop by and see us this Thursday in the TUC Atrium for Focus the Nation. It's going to be an all-day event with a bunch of different speakers and presenters. Stop by and check it out.