US’ /world’s biggest solar installation on federal land.

Good news and bad news. The approval is in and the solar parabolic dish solar plant will be built.
Ken Salazar, the Interior Secretary, gave the go ahead for a 1,000 megawatt solar project in the Mojave desert in southern California.

Good news. On the one hand, the Blythe Solar Project is notable because it will be the world’s largest and it will be sited on federally owned land.
Bad news. On the other hand, the Blythe project is one of only a handful of solar projects approved by the Bureau of Land Management (the entity that manages western federal lands) – compared to over 74,000 oil and natural gas projects approved by the Bureau. What an imbalance !

At full capacity, Blythe will be able to power just under one-million homes and provide around 2,000 green jobs.
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Humor break.

A paraprosdokian is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to reframe or reinterpret the first part. It is frequently used for humorous or dramatic effect, sometimes producing an anticlimax ….

1. I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn’t work that way. So I stole a bike & asked for forgiveness.

2. Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level & beat you with experience.

3. I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my grandfather. Not screaming & yelling like the passengers in his car.

4. Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.

5. The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it’s still on the list.

6. Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

7. If I agreed with you we’d both be wrong.

8. We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.

9. War does not determine who is right

Clean Air Act costs are much lower than industry claims.

Great new report — “The Clean Air Act’s Economic Benefits: Past, Present and Future”, from M.J. Bradley & Associates, the Main Street Alliance, and the Small Business Majority — that reviews the available research on the cumulative costs and benefits of the Clean Air Act. Guess what? The CAA is a bargain! Turns out industry and government cost projections were overly high in the early ’70s. And the late ’70s. And 1990. Every time the act was expanded or amended. Actual costs were much lower than predicted.
EPA’s studies of the Clean Air Act “are probably the most intensive and expensive cost-benefit analyses ever done at the agency. Under the auspices of the agency’s Science Advisory Board, both studies were scrutinized throughout the decade-long preparation by at least three expert committees of outside economists, air-quality modelers, epidemiologists, and other health experts.” The results of those EPA studies are here; this is what they show in a nutshell:


Mileage cost and Foreclosures

D Goldstein and NRDC did a study showing that your average house costs $175,000. If it is located in suburban sprawl, your home energy costs will be $75,000 over the course of the 30 year mortgage, and your commuting costs will be $300,000. They discussed this with Fannie Mae, but they weren’t interested. This study shows that foreclosures were highest where transportation costs were the worst, like in suburban sprawl. If we decrease transportation costs, with bikes, mass transport, etc. we can make it so that families can afford their mortgages. That usually means smart growth, that is homes close to work, not just biking 50 miles to and from work.

Energy Efficiency is Invisible Energy

The energy efficiency policies of the past have affected the economy and are related to the Great Recession. In the wake of the release of his new book, Invisible Energy, David Goldstein argues that expanded effort on energy efficiency is the only choice that makes today’s problems get better.

Goldstein believes other options are like the current debate between economic stimulus and austerity: they solve some economic problems at the expense of other problems.
CHeck out Goldstein’s book, Invisible Energy.cop15-graph-resized