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Going Back to Cali

Posted in politics, world with tags , , , on June 27, 2008 by artofpeace

Curtailing the steady rise of Global Warming is a lot like the price of oil, things won’t change until the money starts to change directions, not to mention the fact that much of what we do now to try to reduce emissions and greenhouse gases may not prevent the heating of our planet into the near future. There is always cause for hope though, and a recent article in Wired speaks to the effort of California legislators to start pushing for a new energy policy in the state. A blueprint signed into law called the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 devises a timetable for green policy in the state. The main crux of the plan would be to slash greenhouse-gas emission in the state by about 30 percent by 2020. This would not only make the state’s plan the most ambitious of its kind, but could dictate national and global energy policy for years to come.

Of course, the bureaucracy always has some fun with progress, and this is no different. Some obstacles will include the exact terms of the cap-and-trade system that the government sells or gives away. In other words, corporations are vying for unregulated (aka free) permission to continue their current carbon output. Legislators on the other hand want to sell these permits and use it to bolster green energy policies and tax refunds for consumers and the like. Follow the money, and you will see where this could be headed.

If the next president does a good job of realizing our need for such policy, the benefits could be enormous, at least in the short term. An intriguing look at the proposed numbers of the plan give us reason to pause and reflect on what could be as one staffer says, “cutting down emissions could save over 300 lives and up to $2.4 billion dollars..mostly from decreasing asthma and lost-work days.” Breathing easier might prove to be just one of many benefits from going green in Cali.

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Conservation as Lifestyle

Posted in ideas, world with tags , on April 22, 2008 by artofpeace

Since today is Earth Day, I thought it would be a good idea to talk a little bit about the idea of conservation. According to Wikipedia, the idea for Earth Day came about when “U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin announced that in the spring of 1970 there would be a nationwide grassroots demonstration on the environment.” Since then, the day has grown to symbolize humankind’s need to tend to their only planetary home and to cultivate life, health, and greeniness throughout world.

Oftentimes, the idea of being “green” means that we should increase our recycling habits, drive a hybrid, and produce less waste and in turn, lower our carbon footprint upon the planet. While all of these actions would certainly be a big step in the right direction, I think we can also begin to look at conservation as a larger lifestyle choice.

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