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T Boone Pickens - Wind energy in mass!

Updated 4/1/09:

There is one word of caution regarding The Pickens plan. Mr. Picken's Plan seems to promote the building of giant wind farms to produce electricity. And this is GREAT! But he is not all that altruistic as he says little or nothing about his strong underling agenda for public support to convert our national transportation fleet to run on CNG (Compressed Natural Gas.) Mr. Pickens is a savvy business person and is already heavily invested in Natural Gas. If he is successful with this push this will:

  1. Continue to suck economic resources from your community but now place them into the pockets of Mr. Pickens and Natural Gas partners.
  2. Sharply drive up the cost of Natural Gas, making home heating even more expensive (if that's possible)
  3. Distract Detroit from retooling to build 100% Electric Vehicles.
  4. Offer only a small fraction of new jobs in comparison to what the EV market will create.
  5. Lastly, and very important, NG has some serious environmental hazards.  

For the better solution or more explanation on why CNG is a wolf in sheep's clothing, click here.

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Finally, someone from the oil industry understands the need to move our energy source to something clean, sustainable and none combative. If you've not heard of the "The Pickens Plan" you should check it out. Mr Pickens will soon be responsible for the US becoming the largest producer of wind produced electricity in the world.

But remember, we mustn't stop at wind farms - so, marry this wind path with Electric Vehicles and high tech batteries, or possibly hydrogen energy storage, as a widely adopted transportation fuel sources, and America is on the right track.

If we accomplish making these two energy platforms the standard in American society we've done our job right and the world will quickly, and eagerly, follow.

Will Mr. Pickens make money on this venture? Sure he will! But that's what business is all about. I think we'd all much rather give our money to someone doing the right thing, wouldn't we?

Who says one person can't make a difference.

If you'd like to support his plan. Visit - http://push.pickensplan.com/

A small word of caution. Mr. Picken's Plan is not all that altruistic. Be careful not to fall victim to his underling message about converting Detroit to CNG. He is heavily invested in Natural Gas. This move would only distract us from Electric Vehicles and sharply increase the cost of Natural Gas. For the better solution or more explanation on why CNG is a wolf in sheep's clothing, click here.

 

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The Cost of Low Tire Pressure

Did you know that driving on tires that are 20% under inflated costs you around $.15/gal of gas? (at today's rate of $3.00/gallon) That's $1.50 per 10 gallons or roughly around $2.50 to $3.00 per fill up. When was the last time you checked your tire pressure?

Here's an innovative device that will alert you when your tires are low. At the average cost of $5 each, if your driving around on under inflated tires, these little guys will pay for themselves in no time at all, not to mention you'll also lower your carbon footprint.

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Cut your CFP and save $$$

Regardless of how new your home is or how well it's insulated it still loses heat to the outdoors in cold weather. If you're not setting your home temperatures back when you are not at home, or at night when you sleep, consider this a very easy method of saving considerable money while also cutting your Carbon Foot Print.

How? Turn your thermostat down before bed then back up in the morning. Or, purchase a programmable thermostat to do it automatically. Every 1 deg you shave could save as much as 2%. (10 degrees could save you 20% of your fuel cost.) You can be the judge as to how low and for how long, but committing to this little trick can save us all.

Check out your potential savings here, and do not fall victim to this myth:

Myth: By turning the heat down at night in the winter, I will lose the load and it will cost me more to reheat the home in the morning when I turn the furnace thermostat back up.

Fact: Lowering the thermostat setting by 1°C (2°F) for eight hours each day or evening can yield a savings of up to 2% on the cost of heating. This applies to either manually setting back your thermostat or using a programmable set back thermostat. An average house can expect to save about 3% to 5% on its heating cost by lowering the temperature setting by 1°C (2°F) over the heating season.

For the price of a warm sweater, some warm sweatpants and an extra blanket, you could be savings hundreds on your fuel bill!

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Why hug a tree - some carbon locking basics

Just why is vegetation (both land and sea) so important? Because they absorb carbon from the air and lock it into the earth - at least that's what they should be doing! Let's look at how we disturb this process.

  • How much carbon is digested by one tree? Average = 14lbs/yr
  • How much carbon is produced by one person? Average = 730lbs/yr (or 52 trees)

Why not burn wood or wood scraps? Or even leaves!!! - When you burn one tree it takes 25 years for another tree to absorb the carbon created by the burning of the first. If you simply fall the tree and replace it by a new tree, that is best. Why? Because the burning of a tree completely negates the benefit of it absorbing (or locking) carbon produced by other means.

What do we mean?

The "carbon" produced by one person, noted above, is that from your body only! It does not include the additional carbon "you" are responsible for such as - home heating, home cooling, transportation, office heating, office cooling, food preparation, food preservation, plastic disposables/consumables, packaging, package delivery, lighting, electronics, cloths washing, cloths drying, cloths finishing, hair care, water consumption, water heating, home cleaning, auto cleaning, trash (non recyclable) transportation, recyclables transportation, recyclable processing, organic waste transportation (which could be composted saving millions of tons of carbon each year!), etc. etc. etc.

This is your carbon footprint! It is the reason the base source of the energy required for these tasks must come from a zero carbon source!

Make sense!

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