Category: Environment

If you don’t like the facts, change ’em!

Leave it to that dastardly Dick Cheney to leave out facts because they don’t jive with the admnistration’s policies: Seeking to play down the effects of global warming, Vice President Dick Cheney’s office pushed to delete from congressional testimony references about the consequences of climate change on public health, a former senior EPA official claimed Tuesday. The official, Jason K. Burnett, said the White House was concerned that the proposed testimony last October by theLearn More

Governor Ritter’s running with the ball

When now-Governor Bill Ritter was running for office, he promised to make a number of changes in Colorado, centering around education, health care and renewable fuels. We’re about four months into Ritter’s first term, and we are already seeing a couple of major initiatives on Ritter’s part, including: College scholarships funded by the oil and gas industry: This is a very interesting initiative: basically this would recoup the tax credits given to oil and gasLearn More

Lucrative wind blowing into Colorado

9News.com is running an article about wind power in Colorado. For those of you from outside the state, our current Democratic governor Bill Ritter ran his campaign based heavily on the promise of renewable energy. He said that he would go out of his way to make Colorado a leader in renewable energy, including wind and solar. And he’s already making a difference: “Why come to Colorado? At some point, it’s a risk-reward game forLearn More

Bush administration censors global warming info

Dunno why I am surprised by this. This administration has done this basic action again and again over the last 6 years. But there’s something about this one that seems more arrogant than the others. And more frustrating. As reported by the New York Times, the Bush administration has basically forbidden government scientists and employees of the Fish and Wildlife Service from discussing issues regarding global warming: Internal memorandums circulated in the Alaskan division ofLearn More

Bush administration finally called to task for global warming deceptions

For the past five years, the Bush administration got away with distorting facts about the effects of global warming. In less than a month, the Democratic congress is already tearing through the deceptions and holding the Bush administration over the coals: Sen. John Kerry (D-Massachusetts) blasted the alleged political meddling, calling it “George Orwell at its best.”At the hearing, several witnesses testified that they had experienced or seen political interference by the Bush administration inLearn More

Scientists and evangelicals working together… MASS HYSTERIA!!!

Well, okay, it’s not mass hysteria. But it is always more than a little odd when Evangelical Christian leaders and scientists agree to work together. Normally the evangelical churches view scientists as heretics at best, anti-Christians at worst. But there’s apparently one issue that is large enough to bridge this gap: global warming: “Whether God created the Earth in a millisecond or whether it evolved over billions of years, the issue we agree on isLearn More

Heat your house *and* generate electricity

Now this is what I am talking about. There’s a new type of home furnace which not only provids heat, but also generates electricity! There’s a new fad starting, which might eventually prove to be more a revolution than a fad: an efficient furnace that also generates electricity.The “micro-combined-heat-and-power” units, or CHPs, turns natural gas into hot water and generates up to $800 a year in electricity, the Christian Science Monitor reported Tuesday. They seemLearn More

California’s new solar energy policy

Big news out of California last week, as Arnold Schwarzenegger signed California’s new solar power policy into law: The bill, which cleared the state Senate last week, calls for the installation of 1 million rooftop solar panels on homes, businesses, farms, schools and public buildings by 2018. The solar systems would generate 3,000 megawatts of power and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases by 3 million tons, equivalent to taking 1 million cars off the state’sLearn More

Tips to improve fuel economy

Wanna save some money by not fuelling up so often? Edmunds.com has posted a list of tips for increasing fuel economy: “By changing your driving habits you can improve fuel economy up to 37 percent right away (depending on how you drive). Combine several tips and perform routine maintenance and you will save real dollars, not just pennies.” My favorite tip? Slow down! Driving the speed limit can drastically increase your car’s fuel efficiency. SecondLearn More

Another wind farm for Xcel

I know that I like to point out all the bad news that Xcel Energy generates. I figure I should balance that out with some good news: according to 9news.com, Xcel has a new wind farm coming! From the article: “An Oregon company says it’ll build a 50-turbine wind farm in southeastern Colorado, big enough to produce 75 megawatts of electricity for Xcel Energy.” I know that Xcel isn’t doing this out of the goodnessLearn More

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