Sunday, April 30, 2006
Democrats should have taken the lead on this issue (energy conservation and renewable energy sources) a long time ago
If the Democrats shirk this energy challenge, as the Republicans have, I'm certain there is going to be a third party in the 2008 election. It is going to be called the Geo-Green Party, and it is going to win a lot of centrist voters. The next Ross Perot will be green. ( I guarantee, I'll be standing with them!)
None of the current trials and tribulations matter because it is all part of the end time prophecies. Just a sign that Jesus is coming back. No need to worry, it's all part of God's divine plan. This is what the gullible Christian conservatives think and the Republican leadership snicker behind their back; laughing all the way to the bank. The Rapture loo-loo's eat this ideology up, sell their souls to the devil, while the rich and mighty steal their money through "fear and faith".
Jesus said “render to Caesar the things that are Caesar and to God the things that are God’s. It’s sad but the reason we are in this mess is because these good people thought they were obeying God by not being worldly. Our civic duty is what we are supposed to render to Caesar. We are supposed to stay informed not stick our heads in the sand. These poor gullible Christians have believed a lie and are now responsible for the death of so many lives.
Do you think that God will say on judgment day that ignorance of our sins is acceptable excuse?
1. Ask cities to join the "Climate Protection Agreement."
2. Ask cities to purchase Green Vehicels
3. Modernize city buildings and make all new buildings Green Buildings that meet LEED standards.
4. Invest in clean and safe renewable energy.
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
In recent days critics have accused President Bush and his new chief of staff of doing nothing more than shuffling around the deck chairs on the Titanic, as they shift, hire and fire senior White House officials while the president's popularity continues to plummet. Personally, I think that is a totally unfair charge — unfair to the captain of the Titanic.
After all, he knew where he was going. His lookouts just couldn't see the iceberg spar lurking beneath the surface in their path until it was too late. This administration, and its captain, have been staring the iceberg right in the face for years — it's called dependence on foreign crude oil. It has been totally visible, for miles and miles. And yet the Bush team has just kept sailing right into it, refusing to ask the American people to do anything hard to put America on a different energy course.
What is this iceberg staring us in the face? It is the fact that energy, broadly defined, has become the most important geostrategic and geoeconomic challenge of our time — much as the Soviet Union was during the cold war — for four reasons:
First, we are financing both sides in the war on terrorism: financing the U.S. military with our tax dollars, and Islamist radicals and states with our energy purchases.
Second, continued dependence on fossil fuels is going to bring on climate change so much faster in an age when millions of new consumers in India and China are driving cars and buying homes. And that's why renewable fuels and energy-efficient cars, buildings and appliances are going to be the biggest growth industry of the 21st century. The tougher the energy-efficiency standards we impose on our own companies, the more likely it is that they will dominate this new industry.
Third, because of the steady climb in oil prices, the seemingly unstoppable wave of free markets and free peoples that we thought was unleashed by the fall of the Berlin Wall is now being stymied by a counterwave of petro-authoritarian states — like Iran, Venezuela, Russia, Nigeria and Sudan — which now have more petro-dollars than ever to do the worst things for the longest time. They will poison the post-cold-war world unless we bring down the price of crude.
Fourth, we will never plant the seeds of democracy in Iraq and the wider Arab world if we don't also bring down the price of oil. These Arab oil regimes will not change unless they have to, and as long as oil prices are soaring they won't have to. Iraq will become just another Arab state that taps oil wells instead of developing its people.
The beginning of leadership for the president is to tell the American people the truth: This is not your parents' energy crisis. The price of oil is not soaring just because of greedy oil companies. It is soaring because of structural changes in the global energy market that could have vast consequences for America and the world if we do not respond in a comprehensive manner.
Toward that end, we need a tax on gasoline at the pump that will keep prices around $4 a gallon (still roughly $1 less than most Europeans pay), or we need a tax on vehicles that will make gas guzzlers prohibitively costly and hybrids and smaller cars enormously attractive. The sooner and the more we take the price of gasoline up — and keep it there — the sooner we can bring it down forever. If we want to make wind, solar and biomass more competitive, gasoline has to cost more, not less.
The president can start by pushing the bipartisan Fuel Choices for American Security Act, now wending its way through Congress. This bill would mandate that every car sold in America would not just have seat belts, but would also be flex-fuel capable so it could run on ethanol, methanol or gasoline. It would also pave the way for the rapid commercialization of plug-in hybrid vehicles, which would combine electricity and gasoline to get 100 miles out of every gallon of gasoline consumed.
Finally, the bill would offer Detroit loan guarantees for transforming its fleets in this direction. "We're going to have to bail out Detroit anyway, so let's at least get some public benefit," the energy expert Anne Korin said.
Yes, the president has wasted so much time, but if he finally rises to this challenge, Democrats — who should have taken the lead on this issue a long time ago — have got to work with him. If the Democrats shirk this energy challenge, as the Republicans have, I'm certain there is going to be a third party in the 2008 election. It is going to be called the Geo-Green Party, and it is going to win a lot of centrist voters. The next Ross Perot will be green.
Saturday, April 29, 2006
Did you know millions of cats and dogs are killed for their fur? Many of then were companion animals. There are no regulations governing the China fur industry. Check out the video "Dog and Cat Fur Trade" PLEASE, DO NOT WEAR FUR!
Friday, April 28, 2006
Thursday, April 27, 2006
Saturday, April 22, 2006
Friday, April 21, 2006
Thursday, April 20, 2006
According to the Washington Post, President Bush and Chinese President Hu Jintao (speaking through a translator) disscussed several topics inclusing intellectual property: According to the Washington Post Hu said: "We understand the American concerns over the trade imbalances, the protection of intellectual property rights and market access. We have taken measures and will continue to take steps to properly resolve the issues."
Friday, April 14, 2006
This is a great anaolgy that describes why the Web 2.0 movement is so important for democracy.
More hope for alternative energy advocates.
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Monday, April 03, 2006
Sunday, April 02, 2006
Today I was reading a summary by The Australian Wind Energy Association. According to this report, Texas, under then governor, George Bush, adopted one of the most progressive RPS (Renewable Portfolio Standards) in the country. They were leaders in creating "feed-in" tariffs that allowed producers of wind energy to connect to the grid and make it profitable to generate electricity.