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EPA Likely To Regulate Emissions For First Time

President Obama promised change when he was elected, and now it appears that he has enabled a big one.  The Environmental Protection Agency is canada cialis prescription expected to canadian viagra sales announce within months that for the first time it will regulate carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.  The move would serve as an official recognition of global warming as an environmental threat. And, frankly, we can't believe it took so long.

For some time agency experts have been virtually unanimous in their declaration that carbon dioxide emissions are a pollutant and a danger to public health.  However, the previous administration refused to allow the EPA to regulate this  danger. During the wow)) cheap generic levitra previous administration a Supreme Court order for the EPA to determine the impact of carbon dioxide emissions was essentially ignored.

Lisa P. Jackson, the new EPA administrator has announced that her staff is reviewing the evidence and has hinted that she may announce a decision by April 2, the second anniversary of levitra canadian pharmacy the Supreme Court ruling, which occurred in the case Massachusetts v.EPA.

Says Ms. Jackson, “We here know how momentous that decision could be.  We have to lay out a road map.”

Regulation by the EPA of carbon dioxide emissions would be a tremendous victory  for alternative energy technology.  It would allow financial pressure to be applied to power utilities, making them more likely to switch to order prescription levitra solar, wind, geothermal, tidal, or other alternatives.  Further, it would mark the U.S. government at last deciding to join the order cialis online canada world community in trying to cut carbon dioxide  emissions and fight global warming, something which would make more than a few ecogeeks’ day.

Via NYTimes


Four Scary Surprises of Global Warming

Every once in a while I'll get an email or comment that can be roughly paraphrased as "I'm not actually that big a fan of cold why should I be worried about increasing CO2 emissions?"

Well, for you, I've put together a list of four somewhat surprising (and quite unsettling) things that that scientists have determined are occurring because of rising CO2 levels.

  1. Global Depression
    Depending on who you ask, the necessary changes the world will have to make as a result of global warming (everything from building higher sea walls to relocating entire cities) will cost up to 20% of the world's GDP. So, yeah, you think it's bad when we have a financial fall-out from a little housing bubble...imagine having 20% of the world's economy sucked into a hole the size of the Larsen Ice Shelf.
  2. Global Fish Kill
    One of the oft-overlooked, but possibly most devastating consequences of global warming is the acidification of the oceans. Oceans suck up huge amounts of CO2. And as the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere increases, so does the amount absorbed by the world's oceans. Unfortunately, when the CO2 enters the cialis cost water, it creates carbonic acid. So, over the last hundred years or so, the acidity of the ocean has increased so much that it is literally eroding the shells of mollusks. Unfortunately, these mollusks are the base of many marine ecosystems, important to everything from salmon to sperm whales. The possibilities of an oceanic mass-extinction are on the rise.
  3. Global Hunger
    There is a massive amount of infrastructure in place to pfizer viagra cheap create the world's food. And that infrastructure depends on a fairly stable climate. We expect the rain to fall where and when it falls, we expect the thaw to come where and when it comes. But global warming does more than change the temperature, it changes the climate. Projections show more rain in dry areas and less rain in wet areas, the result of which could be the need to completely re-create much of our farming infrastructure. In th meantime, while that infrastructure is being created, we should expect that a lot of people will be very hungry.
  4. Feedback Loops
    A positive feedback loop is not something one likes to see in nature. For example, if melting snow creates more heat-absorbing land which creates more melting snow which creates more heat absorbing land, we have a positive feedback loop that is likely to exponentially increase its effect on global climate. These feedback loops are everywhere in climate models. From decreasing albedo (the example above) to increased wild fires puffing cities-worth of CO2 into the atmosphere to the Canadian boreal forests dying due to climate change and thus releasing their 27 years-worth of stored carbon into the atmosphere.

So yes...this time of year, I appreciate a nice warm day as much as the next guy. But those who get excited about global warming just don't know what they're talking about. And my thanks go to viagra online switzerland the scientists who work tirelessly to determine what effect climate change will have on us all, and what we need to do to deal with it.


Obama's First Week was Kinda Awesome

Don't get me wrong, I'm sure Obama will get around to disappointing me really soon, but when you compare his first week with George Bush's last eight years, one starts to feel pretty happy.

Obama started out his week by calling up the EPA and telling them they could allow California to have stricter automobile efficiency standards than the rest of viagra 50 mg the country, if they so wished. Bush had previously made the EPA tell California it was illegal. Obama is letting the enter site cheap cialis no prescription EPA make it's own decision, though it's pretty clear that they'll let California do whatever it wants.

Our new president also set a plan in motion to increase fleet-wide fuel economy to 35 MPG over the next ten years or so. This 40% increase would mean substantial decreases in greenhouse emissions, especially if coupled with second-gen biofuels. The auto industry, of course, is griping, but I think they knew it was going to happen. And, yes, I do believe that they can do it, especially since the government is planning on giving them $25 B to them make the shift.

The shift will begin in 2011, which is very soon, especially since auto companies might have been hoping for a different president to be elected. It takes a long time to re-design vehicles and it's clear that some vehicles might need to be completely eliminated before then to meet the first round of upgrades.

The stimulus package, of course, is full of good news for the clean tech industry. With proposals totaling over $150 B for renewable energy incentives to be spent over the next ten years. This includes a $10 B "venture capital fund." I don't know how I feel about the government getting in on the VC game, but at least they don't have to be too keen on exit strategies.

Of course, this is only a small part (!) of the economic stimulus plan and I have to exactly are we planning on paying for it. I believe that the renewable energy economy will more than make up for the money spent in future tax revenues. But, overall, the stimulus plan combined with already out-of-control spending is going to add up to about $2 trillion of new debt just this year. That scares me...a lot.

So while I'm excited to see Obama thinking green...I wouldn't mind if he thought about the other kind of green as well...particularly, where the heck it's going to all come from.


Uncensoring NASA's Mission Statement

EcoGeek isn't much for activism. I mean, we get excited about solar subsidies and carbon caps, and controlling coal. But really we think that the trick to recommended site generic cialis soft tabs saving the how to get cialis no prescription world is just doing it...creating new solutions that are better than the old solutions.

But there's this little thing that George Bush did that irks me greatly. It's not the kind of thing that will destroy the world, more an ideological difference of opinion that makes me dislike the world a little bit more.

He changed NASA's mission statement from

To understand and protect our home planet; to explore the universe and search for life; to inspire the next generation of explorers … as only NASA can.


To explore the universe and search for life; to inspire the next generation of explorers … as only NASA can.

He took out the part where it's NASA's job to understand and protect the we use it viagra low price planet! What the frak! So does NASA have no role in using their science to actually deal with the problems they identify?

So now that Obama's on the job and working hard undoing an awful lot of what Bush did, I think it's time he ads that little sentence back in. Alex Steffan at World Changing is spearheading a campaign to try and get the mission statement changed to:

To understand and protect our home planet for the benefit of levitra where to buy all humanity; to explore the universe and search for life; to prepare for the future and it's cool cailis canadian farmacy to inspire the next generation of explorers.

Which I rather like. In any case...I think it's about time we restored science to it's proper place in America. And I think that we now have a fairly good chance of actually getting that done.


Seattle Man Enters Small Wind Project Into Google’s Contest

In honor of its 10th birthday, Google has announced a competition which calls on people to submit proposals for innovative projects in the areas of energy, education and health. As in other contests, the entries are to be submitted as Youtube videos, and the finalists are voted in by viewers like you.

One entry which is becoming increasingly popular belongs to we like it order levitra from canada a Seattlite named Chad Maglaque, an “inventor since childhood” according to the Seattle Times. Mr. Maglaque’s proposal is essentially to manufacture a small scale wind turbine that can be distributed in large retail stores (think Costco, Wal-Mart, etc.). That way, an average Joe like you or me could simply pick one off the shelf, bring it home and hook it up.

In order to facilitate said hook-up, Maglaque’s turbine does not require a converter, although it is not clear whether that’s because the turbine comes with a converter inside or because the electricity generated is already AC (which would make sense considering the motion of a turbine). The turbine also contains a sensor which allows it to kick on when it senses a sufficient amount of wind. All told, it should generated about 40 kwh per month.

So how much will it cost? About $400-500.

Oooh, Chad; there’s the kicker. See, small scale wind has a few things going for it, but economics has always been its Achilles’ heel. As pointed out in one of the comments to the article, it would take more than 10 years to recoup those $500 in electricity savings, and even after that the turbine would only contribute a relatively small faction of the house’s energy needs.

Of course, there are other reasons one might want to cheapest brand levitra buy such a device. There is a certain amount of satisfaction one could gain from harnessing even that little bit of visit our site cialis woman wind power, and $500 is hardly at the high end of what people spend on things that they like. Maybe it could earn one some bragging rights amongst the neighbors – no one is questioning the value of green peer pressure. But is this worthy of the Google prize?

You be the judge.

Via Seattle Times

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