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Why Green Technology is Like File Sharing

Last week I wrote a little rant about how tired I am of America pretending that it can solve the environmental crisis by having each person make individual green decisions. Now the question becomes, if individual choice isn't going to change the levitra sample environment, what will.

Well, the way I see it, there are three different ways to change the world:

  1. Inform people of the problem and cialis usa show them ways in which they can help to fix the problem. Then hope that they take your advice, even if it's contrary to their interest. (i.e. change your lightbulbs)
  2. Inform people of the problem and then regulate industry and consumerism to promote solutions. (i.e. make old lightbulbs illegal)
  3. Regard the inherent inefficiencies in the system, and promote new technologies that will become solutions (i.e. make better lightbulbs.)

So we have 1. Personal choice 2. Government regulation and 3.Technology. Those are the three forces, broadly, that can change the world. All three of them are great, but only one of them has the transformative power that we need.

Ten years ago, buying a CD was your only choice. No one knew that they had any interest in doing it any other way. Record companies made token efforts to ask people politely not to price of levitra copy and share CDs. It happened, but they didn't mind. Music was a physical package, not the the best site canada viagra online songs themselves.

The one thing they didn't want to have happen was for the internet to get big enough that people would sell digital files instead of tramadol drug physical CDs. That would be a disaster, and in 1998 they were doing everything they could to hide from it, or actively stop it. Their research and development dollars were actually being spent attempting to stifle technology. So never let someone tell you that the market loves good technology...the market only loves technology that is good for established industries.


WorldMapper: Showing The World As It Is

The United Nations works hard creating vast tables of data showing everything from traffic fatalities to at-risk mollusk species. The trouble is, that data is vastly boring. It may have an effect on UN policy, but it certainly won't have an effect on the average person.

But now it just might. The geeks at have created a system that graphs this UN data into maps. Suddenly he data become ridiculously simple to understand. The map above, with the over-inflated United States and Japan, you might have guessed, shows CO2 emissions per country. One of the most fascinating things I discovered is how closely that mirrors the map of wealth per country. The map below, on the other hand, shows population (we don't know why Antarctica shows up at all, but there you have it.)

The project is run by Danny Dorling and Anna Barford of the University of Sheffield, UK and they already have over three hundred maps. Aside from being an extremely fast way to brief yourself on the state of the world, it's also simply fascinating. The statistics on teenage mothers blew me away, and the series on centers of world wealth from 2000 years ago to 2015 on tells a story that couldn't be told in 100,000 words.

It's becoming clear that understanding data is much more important than simply having data, so we're happy to applaud worldmapper's efforts. Now that we can see the only for you uk viagra sales problems clearly, there's nothing in the way of all the affected countries actually doing something about it, right?


Why Changing Your Lightbulbs Doesn't Matter

OK, I'm officially sick of it. Let's stop talking about changing our world by changing your light bulbs. There are a few reasons why people tell you that switching from incandescents to CFLs should be done, and they're all crap reasons. I'm tired of it.

First, they'll tell you that 22% of America's energy is it's cool 50 mg levitra eaten up by light bulbs. And that, absolutely, is true. But the majority of that 22% has nothing to do with household lighting. It's streetlights, supermarkets and other businesses that gulp down the majority of lighting energy.

But mostly, that's not what bothers me about these "campaigns." More than anything, I'm sick of pretending like we can solve the energy crisis by asking people to make decisions that are counter to their interest.

We will never significantly reduce our energy use in this country by asking nicely. If you tell someone "Save the planet, change your light bulb" you'll be lucky to buy cheap viagra online get a 20% action rate. But if you say "save $200 per year, change your light bulbs" you're suddenly on the right side of every argument.

That's why I believe in EcoGeek's mission. Because I can see throughout history technology leading positive change. Whether it's the freedom of expression heralded first by the printing press and then by the internet, or the bicycle bringing freedom and mobility to oppressed women, or digital downloading completely revolutionizing and negating copyright law.

It's not about asking people to choose, it's giving them a better choice. If you build a light bulb that's cheaper to buy, cheaper to run, has better light quality, and works exactly the same, people won't be choosing a better technology, they'll be choosing the only technology left.

That's what EcoGeek is here for, to talk about those technologies as they arise, whether it's a new light bulb that actually will make a difference (because it's for large-scale business application) or a new car that you'll only need to fill up a couple of discount levitra online viagra times per year. We don't talk about why you should adopt a new technology, we talk about why you'll want to.


The VP Candidates and Green Technology

OK, well, now we know the two folks who will be vying for the vice presidency. So it's time to do a little bit of analysis on who is a stronger environmental technology candidate.

Joe Biden: Strong supporter of "energy independence" with a focus on biofuels. And, if Obama's speech last night was any indication that will be "second generation" biofuels. I.E. not food based.

In general Joe has a good voting record with the League of Conservation Voters (who keeps tabs on these things) with an over all score of 83 out of 100. During his own run for president, Biden's emissions policy closely matched Obama, calling for an 80% reduction over 1990 levels by 2050.

A few pertinent Biden quotes include:

If I could wave a wand, and the Lord said I could solve one problem, I would solve the energy crisis, that's the single most consequential problem we can solve.
I believe that all new coal-fired power plants should be built with carbon capture and sequestration capacity.

Sarah Palin: Doesn't have a record at all with the LCV, since she's been in politics for only a few years. But despite being a hunter and angler (the only reasons to be a Republican conservationist these days) she's pro mining, pro drilling, pro pipeline and buy cialis online canadian phamacy pro big oil. And, of course, there was that time that she sued the government of the United States for listing the Polar Bear as an endangered species.

The most pertinent quote I could find from her on canada cialis generic clean technology was:

Alternative-energy solutions are far from imminent and would require more than 10 years to develop.

OK, so this actually turns out not to be a very interesting comparison. McCain and Obama certainly both have more interesting thing to say about Green Technology, and it's clear that the environment didn't play much of cialis daily price a part in either of these VP decisions.

If there's any real clear picture here, it's that Obama wanted a foreign policy guy, and McCain wanted a young "agent of change." Though what that change precisely is, I'm quite frightened to consider.


Survey Confirms: EcoGeeks Are Special

If you weren’t feeling especially special today, start celebrating yourself right now because you as an EcoGeek stand out from the tech crowd.

According to a survey conducted by TDG, a broadband media advisory firm, the most geeky of tech geeks are too busy typing away on their laptops to spend any time hugging trees. They simply don’t care to ponder the environmental impact of their gadgets. Only about 50% of the Buzz-Out-Loud-listening, Wired-reading, gadget-news-RSS-feeding tech-heads care about the levitra soft eco-friendliness of their equipment, while 63% of mainstreamers care. And only 10% of consumers in general show a critical concern over the impact of their equipment. Mainstream consumers get it, but tech enthusiasts don’t.

So today, stand up, throw your shoulders back, and be proud that you are in a very slim margin of geeks who hug trees, and therefore, are making a difference.

Via TDG via goodcleantech; photo via 88rabbit

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