Posts Tagged ‘Environment

27
May
09

The green bubble burst

Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger of The New Republic suggest that the green eco-friendly bubble has already burst. They conclude that this isn’t the first time an eco bubble has inflated then burst.  First signs of an eco-friendly society emerged in 1969 with an industrial pollution fire on the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio,  generating public outrage.

…these past bursts of environmentalism waxed and waned with the rise and fall of the economy. But, perhaps more significantly, the green bubbles inflated during highly polarized periods in American society and politics, often fueled by disastrously violent episodes in foreign policy.

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03
Dec
08

Something to be thankful for..

Fed pulls Utah land parcels off the auction block. Read on here.

25
Nov
08

Ancestors Go Green

In Santa Coloma de Gramenet, a sun-bleached working class town outside Barcelona, residents have placed 462 solar panels atop mausoleums. This creates enough power for roughly 60 homes annually.

“The best tribute we can pay to our ancestors, whatever your religion may be, is to generate clean energy for new generations. That is our leitmotif,” said Esteve Serret, director Conste-Live Energy.

The cemetery hold the remains of about 57,000 people and the solar panels cover less than 5 percent of the total surface area. They cost 720,000 euros ($900,000) to install and each year will keep about 62 tons of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, Serret said.

Read the entire artlicle here.

13
Oct
08

The Bicycle Commuter Act

Next year, employers who provide bike friendly facilities, i.e. parking, maintenance facilities, and other commuting support can deduct up to $20 a month per participating emplyee from their taxable income.

SEC. 211. TRANSPORTATION FRINGE BENEFIT TO BICYCLE COMMUTERS.
(a)
In General- Paragraph (1) of section 132(f) is amended by adding at the
end the following:(a) In General- Paragraph (1) of section 132(f) is
amended by adding at the end the following:’(D) Any qualified bicycle
commuting reimbursement’. …

The $20 bike benefit, should employers actually make the effort to
create a program for their cycle commuters, compares rather poorly to
the $115 mass-transit benefit already available, or the subsidies
nearly double that aimed at helping those who drive to work.

Read here for the entire review, hidden amongst our bailout package.

23
Sep
08

Sustainable Dave

Two time Emmy award winner David Chameides and his quest of never taking out the trash. [Time]

His blog is here.




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