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Why Gaming is Green

I hear a lot about how geeks adversely impact the environment. With our power-sucking computers, toxic game consoles, and general disinterest in the outdoors. But I'm here, today, to tell you that that's bunk. Geeks are greener than the generic form of cialis average American, and it's time to point out why.

So we're starting a new series entitled "Why Geeks are Greener." And this is our first installment.

Video games, if you pay attention to the traditional green establishment, are the anti-christ. Not only do they gobble up power, they keep our kids from being at one with nature. And if kids can't be at one with nature, why will the protect it!?


Well folks, I'm here today to 50 mg viagra tell you that gaming is good for the environment. Whether you are right now experiencing shock, cynicism or relief, you'll want to read the following list of why games are green.

  1. Children don't need boyscouts to care about global warming. I will fully admit to have been affected greatly in my experiences in the outdoors. But saying that caring about the environment is dependent on experiencing nature is like saying that caring about sex is dependent upon talking to girls. Just because you haven't experienced it doesn't mean you don't want to do all you can to protect your chances at having a healthy future with it. Protecting nature isn't about loving nature anymore, it's about liking the idea of wow)) best online generic cialis life continuing on the planet.

  2. Gaming isn't that power intensive. Depending on what kind of system you have, your console might draw as much power as a CFL, or an incandescent lightbulb. Yes, the Wii is far more efficient than the XBox 360, but even the 360 only pulls a maximum of 150 watts. It's just not that much power, especially because neither pull much power at all when they're off. And the act of gaming itself, it turns out, is quite good for the environment.
  3. Gaming keeps you out of the environment, and thus protects it. If every gamer decided to be a skier, air travel rates would skyrocket, new ski mountains would be developed, and millions more people would all fly or drive thousands of miles per summer to generic cialis in india get to their favorite destination. Instead, their favorite destination is the living room.

    From there, we gamers get to have intense experiences and mail order viagra in uk hang out with our friends who might live half the world away with only a tiny impact on the environment. It's a non-physical realm that allows for pseudo-physical experiences. And while traditional greens call that a replacement of the real world, I call it a protection of price viagra the real world.
  4. Games are economic drivers with very little physical presence. I'd guess that your average copy of Halo 3 contains about $2 of raw materials. But when it hit stores it was worth $60. Where does all that money go? Well, into the pockets of the thousands of people who worked to create it. Actors, programmers, modelers, QA testers, musicians, artists, and BFG designers.

    So you get to employ thousands of people to produce a product that has a tiny environmental impact. And as the internet gets faster, the physical media is being eliminated from the process entirely.
  5. Computer gaming requires nothing physical at all. At various times throughout the day, my computer goes through a transition from workstation to gaming console. The result is that I don't need a gaming console at all, and I get to play games that I have never owned physical copies of. Aside from the 100 watts of power it pulls from the wall (far less carbon intensive than, say, a drive down to the nearest soccer pitch) I can play Fifa 08 with my wife.

    I'm not getting any fitter, that's for certain, but the cost to the environment is virtually nonexistent.

There are, of course, ungreen things about gaming too. If you do it on a 42 inch plasma-screen HDTV, for example, you're going overboard. And running out to just try! herbal alternative to cialis buy the new console as soon as it comes out isn't a very green policy, especially since Super Mario Bros. remains as fun today as it was in 1987. And the NES, I'll add, is a very green machine.

But be secure in knowing that your ultra-green friends who drive into the wilderness to have their experiences have no right to scoff at the ways in which you have your experiences.


Hawaii Bans New Coal Plants, Plans to be 70% Renewable by 2030

Let's hear it for Hawaii. The island nation is walking into the future a touch faster than the rest of the United States by pledging to never again build a coal-fired power plant. And since coal plants have a lifespan of between 30 and 50 years, Hawaii will someday be 100% coal free.

Another portion of the pledge is to be 70% powered by renewable energy in 2030. These are big goals, and not simple to achieve. Hawaii has a bit of casn on delivery tramadol an advantage over the viagra england rest of the U.S. though. First, a small population where power is already far more expensive (due to shipping costs) than elsewhere in America.

They also (obviously) have tremendous geothermal potential, not to mention plenty of windy and sunny days per year. However, they also face some unique challenges. Because the state is geographically divided from itself, it's difficult to generate power for each individual island. That's why part of this plan is to create an undersea cable connecting Maui (where lots of renewable power is already generated) to Molokai and Lanai.

The plan includes feed-in tariffs for renewable electricity, tax breaks for biofuels, and a plan to run Hawaii's many oil-fired power plants on "sustainably harvested" biofuels. This bit is the sketchy. If I know one thing about Hawaii, it's that it is a biological gem, and we certainly shouldn't be harming that...even if it means increased carbon emissions.

Details on the plan will continue to emerge, and we're hoping that other states will be following in Hawaii's footsteps soon.

Via TreeHugger


What the Current Turmoil Means for CleanTech

As an EcoGeek, I spend a lot more time thinking about science and technology than savings and loans. But there's no doubt, a strong economy would help the cleantech revolution get a foothold...and a weak economy will hurt it.

So I've been spending the last few days combing through all of my favorite investment resources, trying to figure out exactly what this "worst crash since the great depression" really means. How will it affect this burgeoning revolution...and what does that mean for the planet.

It seems that the news is mixed. Many have speculated that cleantech investments are one of the best places to be right now. And I have indeed seen that in my own portfolio. While there have been losses across the enter site professional viagra board, my cleantech and energy investments have lost the least. It seems that investors see clean energy as one place that will continue to grow despite an economic downturn.

This has, of course, been helped by the Senates approval (finally) of an energy bill that includes tax incentives for clean technologies (mostly solar and carbon sequestration.)

But there's bad news too. Two articles I read today have got me believing that there simply will not be enough money to go around for the sector to grow as fast as it should. CNET's Greentech blog is saying that talk of a clean technology bubble is, in fact, a red herring distracting us from the true problem of enter site cialis and canada custom not enough capital to get companies to full scale.

The problem, they say, isn't getting the startups funded initially. In fact, VC investment has never been stronger. The problem is bridging the gap from startup to full commercialization. That requires strong investment in the form of IPOs or acquisitions. And in this climate, investors aren't looking to invest, and even the biggest corporations are having trouble getting loans for big purchases.

My go-to guy for cleantech stock news, Tom Konrad, is also worried. He deals exclusively in stocks, with no venture investments, so his concerns are more more based around current companies than startups. And his prognosis is grim: Sell everything that is going to need a new money. In short, Tom doesn't think that the investment will be easy to procure, so he's unloading stocks in young companies that are going to need capital.

Instead, he suggests buying up established companies with fingers in lots of cleantech pies already. Companies like Johnson Controls, Philips and inexpensive levitra even good ol' GE who have government contracts or large stakes in wind energy, energy efficiency, or power distribution.

To see all of Tom's top ten, check out his AltEnergyStocks blog.

All of this seems pretty wise to me...and not entirely encouraging. While it's undeniable that cleantech offers the most obvious path toward continued economic growth, there's just no way to get people spending in a significant economic downturn.

The ultra-rich will keep their venture investments going, but they will likely be disappointed when it comes to IPOs or acquisitions in the next couple of years, and the value of little alternative energy companies who's stock prices are based on projected growth, not current revenue, will probably flounder for a few years.

I'm calling this some pretty bad news, especially since we can't afford a delay on a lot of this investors yes...but as inhabitants of the planet earth as well. If the government isn't able to take a leadership stance on carbon markets and subsidies because of once daily cialis online prescription the current turmoil...that would be a true disaster.

If they do, then I can see clean technology leading us out of this mess a lot sooner than most people are predicting. If they don't, then we're going to have to wait far too long for the rise of clean technology...and it's possible that stronger foreign markets will beat us to that particular punch, possibly making American markets (and a lot of our companies) surprisingly obsolete.


FreePlay Foundation Begins Bringing CleanTech to All

As we Ecogeeks ogle our ever-expanding supply of fancy gadgets and even fancier chargers it’s hard to imagine a life without these lux comforts.  How could I run 3 miles without my Ipod to distract me?  Do you really expect me to write a blog post with a pencil? We get so wrapped up in our technology that we overlook the technological needs of the rest of the world.  Isn’t it fortunate then that Freeplay Energy’s charitable wing the Freeplay Foundation attempts to bring communication and light to the 1.6 billion people in the world today without electricity?  The Freeplay Foundation’s mission is to help vulnerable people transform their lives with “sustainable, self-sufficient and environmentally friendly technologies.”


The lack of access to energy is closely linked to poverty.  Without the ability to turn on lights or communicate individuals and families are at the mercy of unseen weather systems, outbreaks of disease, and limited resources.  The Freeplay Foundation’s website explains the problems of buy cheapest cialis limited technology more clearly: 

A farmer listens to the radio for news of the incoming cyclone, ready to spread the alarm to her neighbors.


A child, orphaned by conflict and caretaker of his younger brothers, is soothed by voices on the radio as they fall asleep at a refugee camp.


With safe, renewable lighting, a midwife assists a nighttime birth with no fear of fumes from hazardous kerosene or firewood.


With a bright LED light, a girl studies after sundown, when her long day of chores has finally come to an end. 


Freeplay took on the challenge of bringing communication and education to billions by developing the Lifeline Radio.  It’s charged by either a human powered crank or solar power and no perscription cialis can last 24 hours on one charge.  The radio connects people in remote villages to an information network which offers: classes, weather forecasts, political news, etc. The radio’s speakers allow up to 40 people to assemble and hear the programming at one time. Over 160,000 radios have been distributed since 2003 serving an estimated 6 million.

Perhaps the impact of Freeplay’s clean technologies can best be seen by the individual cases they discuss on their website.  For example: the remote refugee camps of northeast Kenya are home to more than 100,000 Somali women who have fled their country after years of civil war.  These women have had little or no education and face early or forced marriages, female genital mutilation and high levels of gender violence.  Working with other humanitarian organizations Freeplay has distributed the Lifeline Radios to groups of women who gather together and listen to news and educational programs that affect their lives.  The radios give these women freedom to communicate with the outside world, and start them on the road to self-empowerment.


Freeplay is currently developing a LED light, which will use the same wind up and solar powered charging technologies as the radio.  This clean technology has the potential to assist billions of people by giving them extra time to work, find necessities, or study.  To learn more visit


Stephen Colbert and order original levitra Bob Lutz on the Volt

I love Bob Lutz and I love Stephen I obviously loved this. It's great to see someone catch Lutz off guard once or twice.

Here they are talking about the Volt...and whether you can charge it by plugging into the outlet in a Hummer.

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