TODAY'S GOOD NEWS ... Jan. 31, 2006

Global Warming Out in the Open
No longer the stuff of idle, academic speculation... Two months ago we featured a link to Radiohead singer Thom Yorke and his piece on global warming. This month, we are featuring global warming itself -- which is, without a doubt, the most serious and disturbing man-made phenomenon ever in human history ... no kidding.

Though our Whitehouse continues to take the position of denying Global Warming's very existence, Global Warming's effects are being seen in all aspects of our biosphere. From "Maine-sized chunks" of ice set afloat in Antartica, to the popularly accepted prediction that ALL the world's corral reefs will be extinct by 2025, to the Pentagon's 2003 report stating that "global climate change is the single biggest threat to US national security," to the National Geographic Magazine's recent feature, which explained that within the next 60 years "50% of the world's ENTIRE biodiversity will become extinct."

What can you do? Eliminate carbon emissions. It's that simple. But do it "Yesterday" -- as six former heads of the EPA recently made plain in a public statement to Pres. George W. Bush. What does "eliminate carbon emissions" mean? It means get efficient, use less energy, use more efficient home products & transportation, and switch your home & workplace electricity supply to one of the myriad, powerful clean energy technologies available via our link below.

THE GOOD NEWS?
When this newsletter went on line in 2005, the words "Global Warming" were rarely printed with any credibility. Few people in the United States seemed to understand or show any concern about Global Warming or its climate changing impacts. Related threats were often relegated to a "don't ask, don't tell" kind of mentality. However, as of today, Jan. 31 2006, the scene is changing. There's nary a noteworthy scientist left in the world who hasn't accepted the situation and/or spoken out against it. Lay people are talking, governments are slouching towards action & good work is being done. Below is a sample of headlines from just the past few days...

Thanks for reading! See you next month!



TIDBITS...

> Walgreens to Install Solar Power on 112 Stores
Walgreens announced last week that it will install solar electric systems on 112 stores and two distribution centers. The new solar roof tiles will allow each facility to generate between 20 and 50 percent of its power needs...



> Whole Foods Market Buys 100% Wind Power
Whole Foods Market announced last week that it has bought enough wind power to equal all of the electricity it uses. Whole Foods has made the largest purchase of renewable energy credits (RECs) in the United States, buying more than 458 million kilowatt-hours of RECs from wind power facilities. That makes Whole Foods the only Fortune 500 company to offset 100 percent of its electricity use ...



> Fed Ex Kinko's 14% Renewable Energy Powered
FedEx Kinko's, a long-time buyer of green power, has also upped its renewable power purchases to 40 million kilowatt-hours per year, an increase of more than two-thirds over its previous purchases.



Cost Incentives Coming On Line,

> Nationwide: Natural Gas More Expensive Than Wind
In some areas of the US recent price hikes have pushed the price of "conventional" electricity above the clean/green power price. In fact, Austin Energy (Austin, Texas) is now facing a situation wherein their entire green grid power alternative will soon sell out, as more and more consumers demand fossil-fuel-free energy.



> California Approves $2.9 Billion Solar Energy Initiative
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved the 10-year, $2.9-billion California Solar Initiative last week. The goal of the program is to increase the amount of installed solar capacity on rooftops in the state by 3,000 megawatts by 2017....



> Pearl Harbor Goes Solar
A 309-kilowatt installation at Pearl Harbor (Oahu, Hawaii) currently features the largest federal solar power array in Hawaii.. The solar system is expected to save the U.S. Navy about $40,000 per year.



US Military Again ... Sees the Light,

Hawaiin Army Base to Feature 3,000 Homes with Solar Power
3,000 new homes will soon feature grid-connected solar power systems. The net effect will reduce dependence on fossil fuels by 30 percent for the entire complex of 7,894 new and renovated Army homes.



> Green-Washed Hybrids Out-ed by New UCS Website
via the UCS.org
The Union of Concerned Scientists has concerns about cars sporting the "hybrid" name, which do almost nothing to increase fuel efficiency. Apparently GM's entire line of gasoline/electric cars are only designed to achieve a 10-15% increase in efficiency (that's a savings of 1-3 mpg).

> AMAZING Hybrid Incentives Around the US:

FREE PARKING: to hybrid owners in the cities of: Albuqurque, Austin, Los Angeles, New Haven, & San Jose. Also under consideration for NY State. Half-price parking at all University of Miami parking lots.

REBATES & MORE: Colorado, Connecticut, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, West Virginia, & Washington D.C. all offer various programs to defray purchase costs

UNLIMMITED HOV ACCESS: these states have made it easy for hybrid owners to "move forward" - California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Utah, Virginia



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