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

Gas and oil power most home and business space heating and most transportation.  The proportion of space heating with electricity has increased rapidly due to the increased efficiency of heat pumps. It now amounts to 40% of the total.  Likewise, the cost of transportation using electric power is going down.  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.

Soil Erosion, Deforestation, Farming

“The Orinoco Basin extends across Veneuela and Colombia. The river’s delta is covered with tropical rain forest. For many years now, colossal palm oil plantations have been encroaching on this forest.

“But the forest floor is relatively poor in nutrients and rich in oxygen, making it unsuitable for monocultures. Once the soil is depleted, the planters use artificial fertilizers to keep production going as long as they can, and then they move on. But there’s another way. Planting many diverse crops in the same ground can help balance out soil use.” Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.dw.com

GR:  Forest soils are conditioned to support forests.  In dense forests, large proportions of the nutrients are contained in the trees.  Remove the trees and much of the natural wealth of the ecosystem is lost. Moreover, without their protective tree cover, soils wash away leaving behind little opportunity for forest recovery.  The suggestion that planting diverse crops is a good option is not a good one. Remove the trees and much of the local biodiversity is lost.  Even if crops can be planted that will protect the soils and maintain the amount of local biomass production, the loss of biodiversity and the loss of regional climate effects of the forest are not acceptable.

Forests are removed to produce food and desired products for human use.  The process is not sustainable.  We have to have the forests to maintain healthy Earth ecosystems. Thus, we have to reduce human need for food and products.  We have to reduce the human population.  Letting it continue to grow will bring about a terrible disaster for the Earth and all its life, including us.

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We Are Not Alone!

For Immediate Release:

Media Contact:  Garry Rogers (Use the form at the bottom of the post to contact Dr. Rogers.)

Human Beings are Not Alone in the Universe

At last, humanities enchantment with the stars can rest.

At last, humanities enchantment with the stars can rest.

Humboldt, Arizona, July 30, 2015.  The question–Are we are alone?–has been answered. We are now certain that sentient beings of all shapes and sizes walk among us here on Earth. You have probably already met one of these beings. Depending on where you live and the things that you do, you may have seen many of them.

These creatures are not like us; and they don’t speak our languages. Nevertheless, they are not so different that we can’t understand the things that matter to them. We know that they have emotions like us. They feel hunger, fear, and love, and we know some of them will kill for food and defense of self and family.

The Search has Ended

SETI can now turn those scopes toward the ground.

We can put SETI, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, to rest. And how truly amazing; the search wasn’t concluded by a weird signal from the stars; the search ended because of the discovery of living beings that we can see, hear, and touch.

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We no longer have to show other beings how we look.

We no longer have to show other beings how we look.

SETI, NASA, and the space programs of other nations have great new challenges before them.  We lack basic information about the sentient beings living among us. How does their intelligence differ from ours? Do they have a sense of humor? What forms of art do they appreciate? We do not know how many are on Earth, we do not know if their number fluctuates, we do not know how they meet their requirements for living on Earth, we do not know how they affect the Earth, and we do not know how they affect us.  It is critical that we answer these questions. Funding must be diverted immediately from space programs to earth programs dedicated to studying the beings among us.

How to Recognize These Beings

You might be surprised by how many of these nonhuman sentient beings that you have seen.  You may even count some of them as your friends.  Click here for a photographic guide to some of the beings.

Afterword

I have genuine respect for SETI, NASA, satellites, missions to Mars, and so forth.  I have always loved space opera, but we have caused a global emergency that requires all hands on deck.  Our incredible population is destroying natural habitats and the plant and animal species that occupy them.  We are casting away millions of years of evolution that has produced the greatest number of species that ever lived at one time in Earth’s history.  We need to stop our destruction and fix what we have broken before we expend our resources on exploring for other worlds.

Let’s go to Mars and everywhere else after we have ensured the safety of life on this planet.

Offshore Wind Begins US Take-Off

Originally posted on Climate Denial Crock of the Week:

offshorewindNow that offshore wind has a foothold in the US, it will begin the same price drop that has made solar power a game changer in so much of the country.

What a lot of renewable bashers did not get 7 or 8 years ago is that, solar did not have to be the least-cost producer to get started – it just had to outcompete the most expensive conventional power out there, – which is peak power from diesel generators and gas peaker plants – some of the most expensive imaginable sources. (sort of like that old joke about out-running the bear)
Once solar cracked the peak market (which occurs conveniently during the sunniest part of the day), the logic of markets and mass production took over, and the price slide went into overdrive.

Now the same phenomenon will take hold with offshore wind – which already employs 60,000…

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What Humans Are Really Doing to Our Planet…

GarryRogers:

You knew it was bad. Here is more proof.

Originally posted on Exposing the Big Game:

…in 19 Jaw-Dropping Images, (and one fitting cartoon).

http://www.filmsforaction.org/articles/what-humans-are-really-doing-to-our-planet-in-19-jawdropping-images/

By Michael McCutcheon / mic.com

Last week, Pope Francis and church officials encouraged everyone to consume less and think more about our impact on the environment.

It’s a timely warning because the next six months will be critical to our future.

Ahead of a series of major events later this year, The Foundation for Deep Ecology and the Population Media Center released a collection that illustrates the devastating effects of out-of-control growth and waste, and it’s breathtaking.

 

“This is an issue that people care about, and oftentimes it’s just not discussed by mainstream media,” Missie Thurston, director of marketing and communications at the Population Media Center, told Mic.It’s difficult to always know the impacts of our daily choices, like the real effect of buying a bottled water or an extra TV or laptop. With 220,000 more people on the planet…

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American dentist says he regrets killing Cecil the lion, but believed hunt was legal

GarryRogers:

Hunting is often justified as a necessary means of wildlife management. BS. What this really means is that wildlife managers like the money they get from hunters.

Cecil

Cecil

Originally posted on Exposing the Big Game:

For Cecil isn’t just any old lion. He’s one of Africa most famous and beloved lions, the star attraction at the Hwange national park, and a YouTube sensation for tourists.

He’s renowned as a gentle giant.

Such popularity cut no ice with Dr Palmer.

He and his fellow hunters tied a dead animal to their vehicle to lure Cecil out of the park, scenting an area half a kilometre away.

Cecil took the bait and strayed outside.

Dr Palmer pounced, firing his bow-and-arrow and striking Cecil.

He’s a great shot. 

A New York Times profile of him in 2009 said he was ‘capable of skewering a playing card from 100 yards with his compound bow.’

But Cecil didn’t die.

Instead, he stumbled off, wounded and bloodied, for 40 hours before Dr Palmer and his hunters finally caught up with him and shot him dead.

They then beheaded Cecil, and skinned…

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Climate Change Changes Everything — Massive Capital Flight From Fossil Fuels Now Under Way

GarryRogers:

We need to keep pushing big investors such as schools and corporations to divest their fossil fuel stocks. We also need to get them out of the chemical industry, the armaments industry, the insurance industry, and the finance industry.

Originally posted on robertscribbler:

The madness and futility of continued fossil fuel burning is all too readily apparent…

If one were to search for an example of the utterly and inherently life, climate, and economy destroying impacts of fossil fuel burning, they wouldn’t have to look too far. They could look to the rapidly destabilizing glaciers now putting our coastal cities, our island nations in dire peril. They could look to the droughts now ranging the world, forcing officials in Sao Paulo to make water out of mud, lighting understory fires in the Amazon rainforest, and setting off water scarcity crises from the US West Coast, to the Caribbean, to South America and on through broad sections of Asia and Africa. They could look to the nation-destabilizing crises that have already rippled through our world.

The collapse of Syria due to drought, the fractures running through both India and Bangladesh due…

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