You Can Switch to 100% Clean Energy Today

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This morning (July 28, 2015), with one phone call, I switched my four electric utility accounts (two residential, two commercial) to 100% clean energy from renewable sources.  The option to switch was available from my electricity supplier and from several other companies. The renewable energy types are a mix, but wind and solar are the largest.  Beginning August 1, my energy bills will increase by 1.02 cents per kWh.

  • No installation costs,
  • no rooftop collectors
  • no storage batteries 
  • Just 100% clean energy.

How it Works

My utility company will increase its purchases of renewable energy by an amount equaling my monthly usage.

Who Can Switch?

Clean-energy programs are available in all U. S. states and Canadian provinces.  Any homeowner, renter, or business that pays for their electricity can switch. Utility companies will charge 1 to 2 cents per kWh to switch you to clean energy. An independent company, the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS), verifies electricity sources and certifies the providers through the Green-e Program.

  1. Click here to find providers and their charges in your state.
  2. Check the certification of the providers here.

What are the Benefits and Costs of Switching to Clean Electricity?

Benefits:

  1. More money goes into renewable energy production
  2. CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions decline
  3. air quality improves
  4. ocean acidification slows
  5. the rate of global warming slows.

Cost:  The average electricity usage for U. S. homes is 900 kWh per month. This means that when someone switches to renewable electricity sources, their utility bill will increase between $9.00 and $18.00 per month, $108 and $216 per year.

According to the U. S. Census Bureau, there are about 123 million households and 31 million businesses (most are quite small and use no more electricity than an average household) in the United States.  If all households and businesses shifted to clean energy, the total increase in their utility bills would be between $17 billion and $33 billion per year.  That’s less than one percent of the $3.8 trillion U. S. budget.  I am not saying that the U. S. Federal Government should pay for the switch, but why not offer an incentive program that rebates the additional cost as a tax credit?  The program wouldn’t have to be permanent.  It would draw attention to the opportunity to switch, and help get the ball rolling.

The Future:  Challenges and Opportunities

Energy from gas and oil is used for most space heating and transportation.  However, the proportion of heating with electricity has increased rapidly due to the increased efficiency of heat pumps. It now amounts to 40% of the total.  Likewise, the proportion of transportation powered by electricity is increasing.  Storage batteries are becoming more efficient and electric automobiles are gaining in popularity.

Switching to renewable electricity sources is a huge opportunity. Only about 2% of electricity generated in the U. S. comes from renewable sources like sunlight and wind.  Now that certified sources are available and making the switch is not difficult, the amount of electricity from renewable sources could rise quickly.

Make the Switch Now

  1. Choose your local clean-energy provider here and see if they are certified here.  It might be the same company as your utility company, but another company authorized for your area might charge less.  Find your chosen company’s phone number.
  2. Find your electric utility account number.
  3. Call your chosen clean-energy provider and ask them to switch your account.  I haven’t checked with all the companies to see what information in addition to your utility account number might be required.  For me, that was all I needed.

Upcoming Watchable Wildlife Events by the Arizona Game and Fish Department

Elk Workshop (August)
Arizona Game and Fish and Mormon Lake Lodge will host the elk workshop at Mormon Lake Lodge. Come learn more about Arizona’s largest wildlife species. Free to the public. Flagstaff, Arizona. For more information, contact the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Flagstaff regional office at (928) 774-5045 or visit the Region II Facebook page at Arizona Game and Fish Flagstaff Region.  Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.azgfd.gov

GR:  Provided free by the Arizona Game and Fish Department–these are the BEST opportunities to view Arizona wildlife.  If you appreciate the Department’s efforts and want to give support, you can buy a hunting license.  License fees support the Department.  You could even pay the fee for a chance to be drawn to hunt one of Arizona’s large species, and if you win, you can feel the satisfaction that comes from knowing that you might have saved an animal from being shot and killed.

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Obama Sends ‘Memo To America’ On Climate Change #Auspol 

GarryRogers:

Fine, but cutting 32% by 2030 isn’t enough. Individuals can do more. See post at: http://garryrogers.com.

Originally posted on jpratt27:

Early Sunday morning, the White House shared a video message narrated by President Obama that announced the Monday release of the final version of the Clean Power Plan.Under the plan, the EPA will adopt a rule that regulates carbon pollution from existing power plants for the first time, and in the video, Obama called it “the biggest, most important step we’ve ever taken to combat climate change.”

Compared to the proposed rule, the new final version cuts more carbon pollution from the power sector, does it with more renewable energy and less natural gas, while providing more flexibility along the way to states trying to meet their targets.

The final version of the regulation, according to a senior administration official, will actually reduce power sector carbon pollution 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. This is more ambitious than the 30 percent reduction over the same period in the proposed…

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Living with Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest

GarryRogers:

This is a valuable report on the consequences of climate change.

Originally posted on The Secular Jurist:

By Robert A. Vella

I awoke this morning to a muggy, hot day. My skin was sticky-moist, and I decided not to put on shoes and socks to be more comfortable – just shorts and a t-shirt. The sky was covered with light-grey stratocumulus and cirrostratus clouds. Looking out the bedroom window gave me the feeling of being inside a wet light bulb. Still, it was some relief from the days of bright sun and triple-digit temperatures we’ve been having this summer in the scorching U.S. pacific northwest. It was also reassuring to read on my homepage today that temperatures would be dropping this week, at least for a while.

People who live in this region of the country are not accustomed to such weather. Most residents do not have air conditioners and lawn sprinkler systems. They’re normally not needed. If there are any swimming pools in our community…

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Stand for Wolves at Rallies in Flagstaff and Santa Fe

GarryRogers:

Rally in Flagstaff this Friday.

Originally posted on The Wolf Preservation Blog:

Stand for Wolves at Rallies in Flagstaff and Santa Fe!

Rally at AZ Game and Fish Commission Meeting August 7, 12 pm

During the period in which AZ Game and Fish had the most control over the lobo’s reintroduction, the wild population declined to only 42 wolves and two breeding pairs.

If the Arizona Game and Fish Commission had its way, there would be no more Mexican gray wolves in the wild. It’s time for the majority of Arizonans who support Mexican wolf recovery to loudly and visibly oppose Arizona Game and Fish’s anti-wolf actions.

Please stand for wolves with us at a rally during the August 7th AZ Game and Fish Commission Meeting. Give wolves a voice by participating in the meeting as well.

Little America Hotel
2515 E. Butler Ave
Flagstaff, Arizona
The meeting starts at 8 a.m. The Mexican wolf briefing is item 5 on the

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Species and Class Interviews Steven M Wise, The Foremost Animal Rights Activist In The World

Interview by Roland Windsor Vincent

The rights to be free from exploitation, slavery, abuse, and murder, among those rights we humans declare for ourselves, are not accorded to animals by any government in the world.

Of all animal activists, there are few who operate in the rarefied air of Animal Rights. Those whose efforts are actually directed at changing law and government. And the most prominent of those activists is Steven M Wise. All the rest of us are working on animal protection and animal welfare.

Steven M Wise is President of the Nonhuman Rights Project. He holds a J.D. from Boston University Law School and a B.S. in Chemistry from the College of William and Mary. He has practiced animal protection law for 38 years throughout the United States. He teaches “Animal Rights Jurisprudence” at the Lewis and Clark, Vermont and St. Thomas Law Schools, and at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and has taught “Animal Rights Law” at the Harvard, University of Miami, and John Marshall Law Schools.
He is the author of Rattling the Cage – Toward Legal Rights for Animals (2000); Drawing the Line – Science and the Case for Animal Rights (2003) Though the Heavens May Fall – The Landmark Trial That Led to the End of Human Slavery (2005), and An American Trilogy – Death, Slavery, and Dominion Along the Banks of the Cape Fear River (2009). A documentary about the work of the Nonhuman Rights Project that focuses on the first cases in which it sought common law writs of habeas corpus in four New York Supreme Courts on behalf of four chimpanzees will be released by DA Pennebaker, 2012 recipient of an Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement, and his wife and fellow filmmaker, Chris Hegedus in late 2015.
I approached Steven M Wise about the possibility of his doing an interview with Species and Class. He kindly agreed. This is the interview I conducted, which I am pleased to also publish on the Armory of the Revolution.   Continue reading at: speciesandclass.com

GR:  Interesting post.  Respect and concern for nonhuman sentient beings is an important element of human nature.  The element is activated at varying ages and by many possible events.  Its development parallels every individual’s growing wisdom.  Perhaps our species’ true greatest-achievement award is sapience–wisdom that we gain during our lives.

Hundreds Flee California Wildfires as Governor Declares State of Emergency

(LOWER LAKE, Calif.)—Blazes raging in forests and woodlands across California have taken the life of a firefighter and forced hundreds of people to flee their homes as an army of firefighters continue to battle them from the air and the ground.

Twenty-three large fires, many sparked by lightning strikes, were burning across Northern California on Saturday, said state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Daniel Berlant. Some 8,000 firefighters were attempting to subdue them, something made incredibly difficult by several years of drought that have dried out California.

“The conditions and fire behavior we’re seeing at 10 in the morning is typically what we’d see in late afternoon in late August and September,” said Nick Schuler, . . . ”  Sourced through Scoop.it from: spiritandanimal.wordpress.com

Richard Alley on Climate History and CO2

GarryRogers:

Great review. Atmospheric CO2 levels more important than we knew.

Originally posted on Climate Denial Crock of the Week:

Great time saver.

4.6 billion years in 25 minutes.

Also great review of the main points of climate change 101 – in case you are going to a barbecue with Uncle Dittohead this weekend.

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NAS member Richard Alley presents on 4.6 Billion Years of Earth’s Climate History: The Role of CO2, during the Symposium—Earths, Moons, Mars & Stars at the National Academy of Sciences 152nd Annual Meeting.

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