Wednesday, May 03, 2006

E85

After doing a podcast discussing issues of E85, I have become really interested in the topic. I found a lot of information about E85 and one of the things that surprised me was that a lot of people have the capability of using this alternative fuel, but dont even know it. There are currently five million gas stations across the country that have E85 and it is about 40 to 60 cents cheaper per gallon, which could definetly add up after a while. With all of the benefits of this alternative, I find it sad it is not more commonly used. Hopefully in the future, and with increasing gas prices, this will be a change we will see very soon.

Monday, May 01, 2006

The Green Party

It might be crazy, but after reading a lot about sustainability and searching for various information, I have commonly come accross information about the Green Party. My blogging experience may change my party affiliation. Currently a democrat, I am completely unconvinced about the importance of party affiliation at all, for the mere fact that there is not arguably not much difference between democrats and republicans in reality. I really agree with what the green party stands for and beleives in and I find the idea that we could potentially, but in our time not realistically be run by such great morals and values captivating. The Green party, as one could guess is really focussed on the environment and sustainability. As I've said before, there is no doubt that without signifigant change, our environment will not sustain us endlessly. I am very interested in this party, and will continue to look further into it.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Go Green Live Yellow

GM is supporting a new campaign called Go Green Live Yellow. According to their website they have allready built 1.5 million cars that can be run on fuel that is regrown on our own American soils. The fuel is made out of corn and the cars are all flexfuel vehicles which mean that they can run on either gasoline or E85. The E85 fuel helps reduce greenhouse gas because it elimiates some of the bad fuel emissions that come from regular gasoline. If your thinking about buying a new car, you might want to consider going yellow because it is great for the environment and cheaper for your pocketbook!

Monday, April 24, 2006

Food for Thought

As I have done my blogging throughout the semester I have consequently searched the internet for articles, news sites, sustainable living sites, and just plainly sites about the environment. It first dawned on me today, and I thought it was sort of interesting, but I think that I come accross more sites concerned with the environment and the betterment of the entire world that come from other countries, specifically Canada and Austrailia. I will be looking at a site and then realize that all of its topics are concerned with different countries and topics that are of concern to them. Knowing that we have a lot of work to do here in America, I do not think it is because they have more problems than we do here, but more so it probably just proves that other countries are more on top of the problem. Here, we do not have very much governmental inspiration, besides Bush's fabulous energy initiative, but after i noticed that fact, i thought it might be interesting to reflect...so there ya go.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Good Quote


"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world: indeed it's the only thing that ever has!"-- Margaret Meade

Monday, April 17, 2006

An Inconvenient Truth

Al Gore along with director David Guggenheim have made a movie called An Inconvenenient Truth. It will be released with the mission of making the world a better place. According to a review it "Eloquently weaves the science of global warming with Al Gore’s personal history and lifelong commitment to reversing the effects of global climate change. A longtime advocate for the environment, Gore presents a wide array of facts and information in a thoughtful and compelling way. The film is not a story of despair but rather a rallying cry." I think this is a great way to publicize the negative effects of daily decisions that we make. With having a famous public figure putting out the word, people will be more prone to listen. I cant wait to see it, and I'm sure I and many others will learn a lot and hopefully it will make a huge difference.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Hemp: the Super-Fiber


Hemp is a long lasting, sustainable fiber that has many important uses and significances but currently in the United States its production is banned because of its relation to its cousin, marijuana. Although the THC level is extremely low in hemp and studies have been done proving there is not enough for anyone to get a high off of it, the government strongly holds its position against the growth of industrial hemp despite its economic and environmental benefits. Hemp outlasts its rivals and not only outlasts them but gets better with time. It is resistant to mold and ultraviolet light and is much healthier to grow for the environment. Twenty five percent of herbicides in the United States go towards cotton, and its counterpart, hemp is naturally resistant to drought, and grows without pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers. It has a rapid growth rate and its fibers are some of the most durable and strongest. Other environmental benefits are that growing hemp can save trees. According to the US Dept of Agriculture, one acre of hemp yields the same amount of paper pulp as four acres of tree on an annual basis. It also has been shown to get rid of the effects of radioactivity at Chernobyl. It has proved to be one of the top phyto-remediative plants in the world, which means it has the ability to decontaminate the soil by absorbing and trapping the pollutants ranging from radiation and pesticides to solvents and toxins leaching from landfills. I think it is time that the United States government realizes the environmental and economic benefits of industrial hemp and in turn legalizes it for the betterment of the earth.