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.

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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Killing Heat — It Felt Like 165 Degrees in Iran Today

Originally posted on robertscribbler:

In Iran it was 115 degrees Fahrenheit today (46 C). Add in humidity and the heat index was a stunning 165 F (74 C). But what they really should be concerned about is the wet bulb reading

A Limit to Human Heat Endurance

Thirty five degrees Celsius. According to recent research, it’s the wet bulb temperature at which the human body is rendered physically unable to cool itself in the shade. At which evaporation not longer cools the skin. A temperature that results in hyperthermia, heat exhaustion and heat stroke — even when sitting still and out of direct sunlight over the course of about 1-3 hours. Basically, it’s the physical limits of human heat endurance.

The primary factors involved in determining wet bulb temperature are atmospheric temperature and humidity. The temperature of an air parcel cooled to saturation (100 percent humidity). Basically, it’s the…

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Saving Earth’s biodiversity will rely on conservation, space agencies

Global biodiversity loss is intensifying. But it is hard to assess progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets for 2011–20 set by the Convention on . . . .  Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.geneticliteracyproject.org

GR:  The argument for satellite remote sensing being necessary for conservation does not hold up.  Satellites cannot see conditions beneath forest tree canopies.  That’s where most of the biodiversity resides, and that’s where the soils that hold it all together lay.  Understory plants and soil microorganisms cannot be identified, counted, or assessed in anyway from space.  Direct space-program funding into on-the-ground surveys and get some useful information.  Before it’s all gone.

See on Scoop.itGarryRogers NatCon News

Glacial Outburst Flood — Human Hothouse Displaces Hundreds in Tajikistan

Originally posted on robertscribbler:

If you lived during the 1880s, when the globe was one degree Celsius cooler than it is now, you’d see far less in the way of heatwaves. But an immense vomiting of greenhouse gasses into our atmosphere and oceans by fossil fuel industry since that time has greatly multiplied these periods of extreme temperatures. So much so that you are now four times more likely to experience a heatwave anywhere on the globe at any given time than you were 135 years ago.

Heatwaves, depending on their intensity, can have serious consequences. The most direct impact is due to the excess heat itself. In the more extreme instances, heatwaves during recent years have featured an ominous capacity to hospitalize tens of thousands. These heat stroke victims, in the worst cases, perish. Such was the case for India and Pakistan this year where hundreds tragically lost their lives due to…

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Drought’s lasting impact on forests

In the virtual worlds of climate modeling, forests and other vegetation are assumed to bounce back quickly from extreme drought. But that assumption is far off the mark, according to a new study of drought impacts at forest sites worldwide.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: phys.org

Logging, cattle grazing, fire, and soil erosion in forests and woodlands compound the problem.

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