Archive for the ‘energy’ Category

Al Gore challenges the United States to switch to renewable energy sources in 10 years. The former Vice President challenges the next administration to spearhead the effort.


Oklahoma billionaire T. Boone Pickens wants to lead an effort to increase wind energy production in the United States. More specifically, T. Boone has picked a “wind corridor” in the Midwest that will support America’s electricity production. Pickens’ vision is that the increase in wind energy will allow Americans to use natural gas to fuel automobiles. Thus, reducing our reliance on foreign oil.

You may or may not like T. Boone Pickens, but it’s a good sign to see an oil tycoon embrace alternative forms of energy. If the United States is to change its energy habits, we need to see changes in our leadership and in the business world.

Personally, I would like to see Pickens embrace solar energy as well. The Southwest would be a perfect corridor for a “solar corridor.”

Happy Earth Day

Happy Earth Day! Enjoy this wonderful day (rain or shine), and remember, every day can be Earth Day. The earth-friendly acts you perform today (plant a tree, clean a stream, recycle, etc.) can, and should, be incorporated into your regular lifestyles.

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A new report published by the Vulcan project ranks the 20 worst emitting counties in the United States. Harris County, Texas (Houston); Los Angeles County, California; and Cook County, Illinois (Chicago) topped the rankings.

None of the Virginia Counties made the list.

Special thanks to TreeHugger for the update.

Use the One Minute Water Calculator to calculate the amount of water your lifestyle requires. I bet your wastefulness will be higher than you think it is. Americans take water, especially clean water, for granted.


SunChips uses solar energy for its chips and its advertising. I love the creativity. I think I’ll grab a bag of SunChips…

How do they advertise at night?

Blackle has all of the same features as Google’s search engine, but it utilizes a black screen. The basic premise behind Blackle is that it takes more energy to display a white screen than a black one. Thus, if we all used Blackle instead of Google we would conserve energy.

This theory seems very reasonable; however, Google recently disproved this theory because over 75% of all computer monitors are now LCDs (not cathode ray tubes) and most LCD monitors actually use more energy to show black pixels than white. Check out the results from Techlogg.

So, in your search to be green, remember, don’t always believe what you see/read/hear.

Tonight at 8 p.m., join millions of people around the world in making a statement about climate change by turning off your lights for Earth Hour , an event created by the World Wildlife Fund.

Gas Prices Worldwide

This is for all of those who think gas prices are bad in the United States — the U.S. usually has lower gas prices than its worldwide counterparts.

It’s important to note that this chart shows data from 2007 at 2006 exchange rates. Thus, the data might be a little bit different in 2008.