My friend, Ashley, tossed this my direction yesterday. It’s pretty incredible. A cheap small box that produces power using natural, bio or landfill gas? Sounds too good to be true but companies like eBay, Fed Ex and Google have been testing the product which so far has delivered on its promise.
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There are two things that just baffle me.
1. How can Christians, who say they believe “love they neighbor as thyself”, be opposed to socialized medicine?
2. How can you have children and not become a raging environmentalist?
I’ve been keeping an eye on the Copenhagen Climate Summit and it’s just so disappointing. How do people not understand that we are dooming our own progeny to a bleak existence? I mean, the very best scenario is that they’ll be living in a world where a third of the animal population has gone extinct and rain forest are a thing of the past and cancer levels continue to rise. I don’t understand how anything you can do or buy for your children could be as wonderful of a gift as a beautiful healthy earth. Our governments aren’t going to fix this. Governments want growth.. that means they want to produce and export and import and build and see population booms. I don’t see them ever stepping in to stop this thing that is already spinning out of control. Climate change will eventually cost our countries far more than it would cost us to reduce our carbon emissions to a healthy level now.. but that’s in the semi-distant future and as much as we say that we care about posterity, it really comes down to “as long as it doesn’t cause me discomfort”.
I read this article the other day and it kinda shocked me. I didn’t realize that my choice in toilet paper had such far reaching implications. I guess there’s more of that then we realize. We use so many products that we know nothing about (where they come from, which sort of labor is used, how it gets here, etc).
According to the Greenpeace website, it takes 90 years to grow a box of Kleenex tissue. It seems really ubsurd to me that we are cutting down 100 year old trees for tissue. In addition, their site says that Kimberly Clark (Scott, Cottonelle) refuses to use recycled paper in their products.
Greenpeace makes a pocket guide, to help you make a more responsible choice, but basically, just buy recycled. Believe me, trees are important enough to make the effort.
Yesterday a few friends and I spent our lunch hour at the clean air rally at the Utah State Capital. The rally was organized by the Davis County Community Coalition (DC3) and in support of HB 393 which would put a two-year moratorium on new coal fired plants in areas of Utah that are already not meeting federal air quality standards.
My friend Cabot started chatting with a man who he suspected might be in the legislature. It turns out that the man was Rep. Barrus, the sponsor of the bill. Cabot asked Rep. Barrus how far along the bill was in the process. Barrus replied that it didn’t really matter because the bill had done what it was designed to do, which was bring Consolidated Energy to the table to negotiate their use of petroleum coke as fuel.
According to this site (which I think belongs to DC3), petroleum coke is the waste left over from refining oil and the dirtiest fossil fuel available (much dirtier than coal). Barrus explained that in the few days leading up to the rally, Consolidated Energy made a commitment to not use pet coke if they continued with the plant.
While being considered a victory, the community is urged to keep an eye on plans for the new plant. If you’d let to get involved with the cause, Utah Moms for Clean Air and Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment welcome volunteers.