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Dr. Steven Chu, President-elect Obama’s recent choice as the next Secretary of Energy, is going to have a lot of responsibility on his shoulders. Obama has made energy a top priority, and it is going to be largely up to Chu to help figure out exactly HOW to develop our renewable capacity, reduce dependency on oil, reduce carbon dioxide emissions, etc.

But even if Obama had not personally advocated energy issues to the cialis buying extent that he has, the position of Secretary of Energy is simply much more important in 2008 than it ever was before. For all intents and levitra online fed express purposes, Dr. Chu will be the first Secretary of Energy to take office in a world where clean tech is a reality, not just a dream.

So who is this guy?

Well he’s no dummy, that’s for sure. He got undergrad degrees in math and physics, got a PhD in physics from Berkeley, served as a professor and department chair of physics at Stanford, as well as the director of pfizer cialis Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Oh yeah, and he also won the Nobel Prize in 1997. Not too shabby.

More to buy tramadol cheap online the point, he loves renewable energy. At LBNL, Dr. Chu helped kick off the Helios Project, a DOE-funded research effort to develop solar energy and biological-based fuels. The project endorses a broad strategy which involves looking into multiple areas – carbon sequestration, cellulosic fuel, geothermal energy, and improving efficiency. He doesn’t believe one technology will solve our problems, and he seems to have a good sense of which technologies should be employed when.

I think what’s most likeable about Dr. Chu is buy cialis pill that, from listening to him speak, you get the sense that he is simply a scientist trying to do cialis price in canada what is best for the world, with no hidden motives. His approach to the issues is honest and straightforward – let’s give people the energy they need in a way that is good for the country and possible with available technology. Of course, high ranking political positions can get to a man’s head (cough), but at least for the time being it’s nice to wow look it order cheapest levitra online know that the www.aldentheatre.org nation’s energy future is being led by a man with optimism and ideals.

If you want to get a better sense of who he is, check out this video of a lecture he gave about the Helios Project, and energy issues in general.

 

Scientisfs Confirm: Chevron Did $27 B of Damage to Ecuador

An independent panel of scientists has just confirmed the latest report from a court-appointed expert on damages done to Ecuador's Amazon by Chevron. The company dumped the 18 billion gallons of toxic waste over an area of the Amazon rain forest "roughly the size of Rhode Island." Damages include contaminated groundwater and viagra tablets for sale cancers caused to the people of http://www.nextstagecapital.com/online-viagra-uk Ecuador due to exposure hydrocarbons.

They said that any funds awarded by the courts would have to go into cleaning the it's great! cheap viagra 50mg soil, rivers, streams and groundwater over a 1,700 square mile area. That is, as far as I know, the largest toxic site in the world. And if it only costs shell $27 B to clean it up, I'd say that's a pretty good number, considering the damage done.

The scientists estimated that the area has had roughly 1,400 more deaths from cancer than could be accounted for by natural causes.

The trial will be ruled sometime in 2009, the Chevron is questioning the validity of the entire Ecuadorian court system (which it once praised, back when they were pleased to very good site order cheapest viagra online use it instead of the United States court system.) We'll see if they will actually have to pay for the damage they have caused.

Via Market Watch

 

3 Finalists For Crazy Green Idea

In September, the X Prize Foundation announced a contest to come up with the next, green-themed X Prize. The challenge was to make a 2 minute YouTube video which focuses on a specific green goal which, if met, would be rewarded with a $10 million X Prize. The maker of the winning video would receive $25,000 of his/her own, granted by Prize Capital – a company dedicated to supporting green startups and causes.

The contest has been narrowed down to the following three finalists:

 

California Clean Tech Open Winners

Last Thursday was the California Clean Tech Open in which 6 winners were each given an entrepreneur’s dream package: a crash course in how to run a business, raise money and market a product… oh yeah, and $100,000 – half of it cash, half of it in useful services such as legal, accounting, etc.

Let’s meet the winners:

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“Safe, easy, diapering with the lowest environmental footprint possible.” So far, there doesn’t seem to be much information about what makes these diapers truly superior to www.chemistswithoutborders.org their competitors. We’ll keep you posted on enter site womans levitra that one.

Viridis Earth (Category: Energy Efficiency)

Viridis has invented a way to retrofit air conditioners (they seem to be targeting the large residential or small commercial level) so that they run on 20% less energy. They predict that their device will cost about $350 and save its owner about that much each year. They also estimate that there is discount viagra india roughly a $15 billion market for their product.

BottleStone (Category: Green Building)

BottleStone manufactures a material made out of 80% recycled glass, meant to replicate stone. It is strong, moldable, and colorful. More importantly, BottleStone uses glass waste that requires no special cleaning, recycles all its water, generates no carbon dioxide, can be recycled at the end of its life and contains less embodied energy than its concrete counterpart. Right now, it is being used mostly for countertops, though the company would like to use it in more large-scale applications.

Focal Point Energy (Category: Renewables)

Focal Point designs solar hot water and steam generators for industries which require high volumes of cialis rx hot water and steam, such as milk pasteurization. Their generator is cheap, light and easy to mount onto an industrial rooftop and viagra federal express connect with a traditional boiler.

Power Assure (Category: Smart Power)

PowerAssure offers a variety of services and tools that help data centers use energy more efficiently, reducing energy consumption by up to 80%, saving millions of dollars for their clients.

ElectraDrive (Category: Transportation)

ElectraDrive converts existing cars into electric vehicles. Their website claims a range of 20-40 miles on their electric engine, and a fuel economy of 150 mpg. A typical ElectraCar conversion will cost $20,000 – by their estimates of car maintenance cost, it will pay itself off in 6 years.

Via CNET Clean Tech

 

Obama: Enough About the F**ing Light Bulbs Already

Now that America's election is over, some great stories from the campaign trail are beginning to leak out. Aides who didn't want to harm their candidates' reputations have loosened their tongues a bit, and so we're hearing some truly revealing leaks from inside of campaigns for the first time in months: For instance, it appears that Sarah Palin only learned recently that Africa is a continent.

We're also getting a glimpse into how President Elect Obama (!!!!!!) really thinks we're going to address the global environmental crisis. Newsweek reports that Obama was caught by a live mic saying about the debates, "I often find myself trapped by the questions and thinking to myself, 'You know, this is a stupid question, but let me … answer it.' So when Brian Williams is asking me about what's a personal thing that you've done [that's green], and I say, you know, 'Well, I planted a bunch of cialis soft tab trees.' And he says, 'I'm talking about personal.' What I'm thinking in my head is, 'Well, the truth is, Brian, we can't solve global warming because I f---ing changed light bulbs in my house. It's because of something collective'."

As we've previously noted, we agree--with the sentiment and the generic companies sale tramadol profanity. We've got to the best site cheapest prices for cialis change more than our f---ing light bulbs.

 
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