As my friend Gary Skulnik of www.cleancurrents.com said:
HideGary Skulnik hey, “Drill Baby Drill” crowd, you know who you are. The national callamity unfolding in Louisiana – the one destroying wildlife, the one that could exceed the Exxon Valdez, the one that won’t be cleaned up for decades… yeah, that one. It’s on your conscience. You and your G-damned mania for cheap oil.
Department of Interior head, Ken Salazar, former US Senator from windy Colorado, gave his approval for this long delayed wind farm. I hope they get passed the inevitable lawsuits by the Native Americans who claim that it will ruin some artifacts offshore, way under the water. Hello. If the water didn’t already ruin this a long time ago, why would the wind farm? Here is a shot of Copenhagen offshore wind generators.
Your editorial cast electric vehicles in an unfavorable light, but these vehicles will help us reduce our dependence on oil from dangerous parts of the world and let us use the wind and sun to charge vehicles.
That is a future most everyone wants, but to get there we have to start somewhere, small as it might be. So, why criticize our president for seeking 1 million such cars at first? Why criticize those of us who are willing to be pioneers as “upscale motorists,” when we are really modest-income patriots? Why criticize our government for not adopting your favored “pro-conservation” idea of a big gas tax, which is political death in this country, when there is already a “pro-conservation” mileage/efficiency measure in place?
It is time for The Post’s editorialists to unplug their anti-electric-vehicle views and see this idea as an investment in our future, just like solar panels, which are vastly popular and are also receiving a helping hand.
Charlie Garlow, Silver Spring
The writer is the vice president of Electric Vehicle Association of Greater Washington, D.C.
It’s about time for some light hearted humor. For more, check out the humor section of this web site.
Those who jump off a bridge in Paris are in Seine.
A man’s home is his castle, in a manor of speaking.
Dijon vu – the same mustard as before.
Practice safe eating – always use condiments.
Shotgun wedding – A case of wife or death.
A man needs a mistress just to break the monogamy.
A hangover is the wrath of grapes.
Dancing cheek-to-cheek is really a form of floor play.
Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?
Condoms should be used on every conceivable occasion.
Reading while sunbathing makes you well red.
Two egotists meet, it’s an I for an I.
A bicycle can’t stand on its own because it is two tired.
That’s the definition of a will? (It’s a dead give away.)
Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.
In democracy your vote counts. In feudalism your count votes.
She was engaged to a boyfriend with a wooden leg but broke it off.
A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion.
If you don’t pay your exorcist, you get repossessed.
With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress.
The man who fell into an upholstery machine is fully recovered.
You feel stuck with your debt if you can’t budge it.
Local Area Network in Australia – the LAN down under.
Calendar’s days are numbered.
A lot of money is tainted – Taint yours and taint mine.
A boiled egg in the morning is hard to beat.
He had a photographic memory that was never developed.
A midget fortune-teller who escapes from prison is a small medium at large.
Once you’ve seen one shopping center, you’ve seen a mall.
Bakers trade bread recipes on a knead-to-know basis.
Santa’s helpers are subordinate clauses.
Acupuncture is a jab well done.
Jo and Kim Reyes asked me to be their partner in an electric bike store. We also sell, service and rent regular bikes. Come see us at www.thegreencommuter.net
Solar has created 17,000 new jobs and saw a growth rate of almost 40 percent across the board in 2009.
In the photovoltaic industry we saw a growth of about 37 percent this year while solar water heating had a growth of about 10 percent. We saw about 60 new solar factories under construction today,
Solar creates jobs in all 50 states. The solar manufacturing sector, the biggest growth area, was in Michigan, second Ohio, third Tennessee. And then when you look at the installations, some of the new states that started to come on the map are the states that have been the hardest hit by the downturn in the economy. Florida, for the first time, is now in the top ten in installing solar. Arizona also in the top five. Nevada, Massachusetts, those states that really need those jobs are starting to get them in the solar energy industry.
We’re looking at a growth in the PV market of around 100 percent in 2010. We’re looking at a market of a little over 1 gigawatt in the United States and the CSP, the concentrating solar power industry, there are 17 projects that are fast tracked by the Bureau of Land Management to be at least permitted by the end of 2010 to begin construction. Those projects represent a little over 6 gigawatts or 6000 megawatts of new installed capacity, enough for about 1.2 million homes in the United States, the power in 6 1000 MW nuclear power plants.
In the annual AWEA (American Wind Energy Assoc) report, there’s a series of color-coded maps of wind-farm installations in the United States between 2000 and 2009. Those states with significant numbers of turbines are colored in shades of blue, those with few or none are white. At the beginning of the decade, broad swaths of the country were blank slates, with California the only dark blue state along with a handful of light blue states.
As you can see from these maps, more and more wind farms are being built in the US.
The wind-farm boom continued through the depths of the Great Recession in 2009, with a record amount of new capacity added last year in the United States. In fact, wind energy accounted for 39 percent all new electricity generation that came online in 2009
When it comes to winning the clean energy race, the U.S. competitive position is at risk. Our recent report on clean energy economy investment by G-20 members shows:
China invested $34.6 billion in the clean energy economy in 2009 – nearly double U.S. investment of $18.6 billion.
America trails ten other countries – including Mexico and Turkey – in clean energy investments as a percentage of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP).