Archive for December, 2010

Remember When the U.S. Took the Initiative?

I’m happy that someone is doing something smart, especially since it’s a nation that has done so much to pollute and damage the environment over the last number of decades.
China Adding 500 Gigawatts of Renewable Power by 2020!
On the same day that Senate Republicans filibustered a vote for renewable energy in the USA, by contrast – China has just published an astoundingly ambitious and exciting renewable energy plan for the next ten years.

The article outlines China’s lead in solar energy production (i.e. their lead in solar thermal hot water heating, among other facts) and points out that U.S. progress in renewable energy is pathetic in relation to other countries efforts.
I just wish is what the U.S. of America that was taking the lead in renewable energy initiatives. We USED to be world leaders.
Interesting, that, whereas we depend so much on foreign oil (and the corporate sock puppets posing as legislaters keep whining “drill here, drill now”, even on the heals of the numerous devastating accidents).
For example: GOP Legislators Kill Off Renewable Energy Initiatives
Same as they ever were.
The current Administration has tried, I know, but the “Party of NO” has to much invested (literally) to risk their fossil fuel dividends.

To put that in perspective: the US will have added 16 GW of all renewable energy combined once the Obama administration Recovery Act funds are allocated – which, while a fabulous change for us, because it doubles the entire last thirty years of renewables on the grid – pales by comparison with 500 GW.

There IS a (relatively) easy solution. Call your legislator & give them an earful! It’s OUR country and OUR Earth & the legislators should be serving US, not the corporate oil weasels.


Cheap, Clean Drinking Water…

Water, water everywhere but is it safe to drink?
…not always easy to find, in this day and age.
So I’ve given up the bottled water thing, what with all the scrunched, crunched and battered bottles I see alll over the place and the facts of how much energy it consumes to produce, fill and transport those bottles.
Then, as I mentioned, there’s dealing with the empty plastic bottles.
It blew my mind when I read about the numbers over at the Wikipedia entry on bottle water.
Americans consume some 50 billion bottles of water per year!
Further, only about 26% of those bottles make it back for recycling. Think about it…
That’s a LOT of plastic floating around (and I DO mean floating… check out this piece on the Atlantic garbage Patch, from Discovery News.

What’s in YOUR Water?
Of course, if I’m not buying bottled water anymore, tap water is the alternative it seems, and I have to say I’m not thrilled with the prospect. I’m even less thrilled having discovered some other contaminants now being found in municipal water supplies.
Pharmaceuticals lurking in U.S. drinking water
(from the March 2008 MSNBC/AP 3-part report)
“A vast array of pharmaceuticals — including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones — have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans, an Associated Press investigation shows.”
I sure wish those Tea Party idiots who were all worked up about flouride in our drinking water, and protected weasels like the criminals over at BP, would get a lather up over the drugs in our drinking water.
Not bloody likely so I decided to take matters into my own hands…
I went over to place for green living ideas, goods and supplies ~ and, after reading one of their guides, got myself a GE faucet filter for my green homeGE faucet mount filter found at
This baby not only takes out sediment and those nasty heavy metals (like cadmium, mercury, etc.), it also strips out the nasties making their way into many, many, many municipal water supplies these days.
It’s supposed to treat up to 100 gallons before it needs faucet mount replacement filter so I figure I’ll bepaying about $.10 a gallon for my water; a darn site cheaper than the bottled water & there’s no bottles to deal with, either.
For under 30 bucks I get clean drinking water out of my tap (great for washing veggies, too), avoid dealing with bottles and save myself I chunk of change to boot!
THAT is easy, green living my friends.