Thursday, August 31, 2006

The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006

Awaiting only the promised signature of the increasingly eco-conscious Governator (does he still have all of those Hummers?), California is passing a landmark bill that is "a statewide greenhouse gas emissions limit equivalent to the statewide greenhouse gas emissions levels in 1990 to be achieved by 2020, as specified." I'm not exactly sure what it means, but it sounds good! I like the quote the Washington Post article:
"I really believe the effort to curb global warming is a bottom-up effort in this country," said Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez (D), who co-authored the bill. "For us, this is not just about California. This is about making a push from the bottom up to get the Congress to take action."
Will this be the start of a global "call to arms" to save our planet and our race from our self-made fate? Will our attitudes continue to change and advances be made so that we stop the wheels that humans have set in motion? Can we divert our global warming apocalypse?
I certainly hope so.
Go California! Lets go Kyoto on those bastards!
via treehugger

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Greenpeace has a section on their website regarding technology and its detrimental effects, particularly considering the amazing amount of waste produced and the toxic chemicals involved in their production. The have an "ecorating" of major tech manufacturers and the beloved ipod producer, Apple doesn't stand up too well.

via treehugger

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

The National Biodiesel Board has developed and is launching a new 24/7 biodiesel hotline to find nearby biodiesel stations by phone! Just call 866-BIODIESEL for a station near you!

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Biodiesel Station Map!

I used this Biodiesel Station map option last week going down to the Ben Harper/Damian Marley concert last week and it was great! We filled up with B99 for around $3.40/gallon! We're planning a trip maybe next year either across the country or to Baja on Biodiesel/SVO so this map will be very useful!

Monday, August 21, 2006

Organic Product Guide for Mexico!

At this point, going back to basics isn't always easy, especially in less than 1st-world economies. However, there is now a guide to organic growers and suppliers in Mexico so you can really get your verde on.

via treehugger

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Tesla Motors Sells Out Their First Run of Electric Sports Cars!

Tesla motors, the new upstart in eco-friendly electric vehicles, has sold out thier initial offering of the first 100 electric sports cars slated to come off their line in 2007. The Tesla Roadster goes 0-60 in 4 seconds, pacing with the big boys like Ferrari and Porsche but is 100% electric and goes a whopping 250 miles per charge. The company has an excellent transparent business plan - hit the high end market first to make capital for R&D for the next generation of highly efficient, family-targeted electric cars!
The've pre-sold their first 100 for $100,000 each to the likes of both of Google's co-founders, eBay's Jeff Skoll, and hopefully a few eco-celebs with some extra cash.

via engadget

Seven Days to Green Your Life

The Independent has posted a great article, "Seven Days to Green Your Life" to help people start lessening their footprint with baby steps.

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Friday, August 11, 2006

New Anti-Hummer Bumper Stickers at the S.E.E.P. Store!

I'm slowly adding items to the S.E.E.P. store and seeing if there's a response. I may expand to a premium cafepress shop which allows me to have more than one version of products (right now I can only have one organic cotton shirt design in the store). Obviously inspired by the last post on McDonald's and Hummer toys, I made a new bumper sticker - you can finally "stick" it to all those Hummer drivers you see in parking lots and hopefully get a laugh.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

McDonald's gives Hummers to our nation's children - WTF?

We've seen McDonald's enviro press range from indirectly deforesting the Amazon to selling organic coffee to being awarded for environmental responsibility. Whatever they've said or done in the past, their new summer Happy Meals take the wind out of their ecosails by giving plastic Hummers out to kids. Horaay! Let's give one of the most useless and mind-numbingly wasteful vehicles on the market to small children! Nice work MickeyD's, I smell a boycott coming.

via treehugger

Asking for CO2 Offsetting as a Wedding Gift

I just updated our wedding site, under, requesting a carbonfund personal CO2 offset as a possible gift option. Hopefully we can get a few ecoconverts if everyone goes to see "An Inconvenient Truth" and starts looking at their own footprint.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Here's to CO2 Neutrality! - a mini CO2 offset review

With all the hype on CO2 offsetting, it's a little tough to weed through all the options and whether or not it makes a difference at all. The burdgeoning CO2-O (CO2 offset) industry has yet to be of any proven benefit, although it seems to be both good intentioned and likely to be beneficial overall.

After installing our solar system and our biodiesel production reactor, we started down the CO2-O trail with Terrapass, offsetting the CO2 of our Honda Element and Volvo wagon and now our flights. Terrapass offers varying offsets depending on the size of your car or the length of your flights. Although we like Terrapass quite a bit, this is a for profit organization and does not give you any tax deduction for your investment. They seem to be fairly transparent and show what is done with your offset contribution, making you feel somewhat warm and fuzzy inside. They have a nice package with stickers for your car to let everyone know how envirosweet you are (we got a license plate frame too!) Cost for 2 cars for 1 year: $100
Next was, which offsets ALL of your estimated CO2 production on a yearly basis (clothes, food, electronics, etc.) and is a non-profit, making the contributions tax-deductable (sweet!!!). They don't currently offer flight offsets but their auto plan is cheaper and the "Individual Zero Carbon" option provides a VERY warm and fuzzy feeling. They also detail their offsetting projects and have recently updated their site. Cost for Individual Zero Carbonitude - $99/yr, Family plan - $396/yr
The latest and last carbon neutral effort is green energy credits. Although we have a 4.5 kW solar system, it has shade for part of the day and runs about 3.4 kW max, providing us with around $150/day worth of power! We run over this by $30-50/month and use energy from the grid and since PG&E is useless as far as consumer-level renewables, I needed to find another alternative. has a database of local green energy providers as well as national green energy credit vendors. I went with to purchase green energy certificates for the remainder of our use.

So, what is our CO2-O plan? Use our solar, brew our biodiesel, and keep trying to reduce our consumption. We'll then probably be using to offset our overall CO2 production, Terrapass for our flights (until carbonfund has a good flight offset plan), and to purchase green energy certificates for the remainder of our power! This comes out to around $240/year for two people plus flights (29.95 to offset 20,000 miles) which is actually pretty reasonable if indeed the CO2-O concept proves to be effective!

NativeEnergy: Green Energy Credits for Your Home!

NativeEnergy: Helping Fight Climate Change

So I contacted PG&E again and finally talked to someone who seemed to have a clue on their renewables policy. Their policy is that they don't have one. They seem to be calling for subcontractors to expand their use of green energy as documented here, but there is no consumer program whatsoever and none in the works.
With a little more googleing, I found, a renewable electricity certification program that I've heard about before. Green-e has a database of all local power companies that provide green energy options to their customers (PG&E is not one of them - suprise) and then has links to national dealers of green energy certificates.
For many of us, depending on where you live, purchasing green energy certificates is the only way to pseudo-sign up for renewable energy - sort of.
So with our 4.5 Kw max solar system providing most of our power, we overflow avout 300 kWH or so from the grid, so I purchased the 5000 kWH "remooable energy" option from Native Energy to offset our remaining power usage.

Another letter to PG&E Renewables

I have been trying for some time now to get green energy for my home. We have a corporate account because we recently had a grid-tied solar system installed and would like to purchase the remainder of our power from renewable energy sources.
I know that PG&E has this capability and is looking to expand it's renewables program (see ). I have already made a dozen phone calls and wasted a great deal of time on hold trying to talk to someone at PG&E who can help me with this issue and thus far nobody has known about a PG&E renewables program nor has anyone known who to refer me to for more information.
Please pass this reqest along to someone who can contact me and help me get renewable energy for my home.
Thank You,
Clint Slaughter, M.D.

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