Nov 30, 2008
Nov 28, 2008
pair of them and a generator can light up a house.
Jim Merkel, a former military engineer living in Norwich, now uses his skills to help people live with less.
Back in 1989, the Long Island native was a weapons engineer who helped design a cutting-edge computer that could transmit military secrets, survive a nuclear blast and, a decade before the dawn of the BlackBerry, fit in the palm of his hand. Sitting at a hotel bar in Stockholm, Sweden, he was drinking in his accomplishment when a bulletin flashed on television.
An oil tanker had hit a reef half a world away in Alaska, spilling 11 million gallons of crude oil, contaminating 1,300 miles of coastline and killing more than 250,000 seabirds, otters, seals, bald eagles and whales. Video showed the culprit to be the Exxon Valdez. But peering into a mirror behind the bar, Merkel saw only himself.
He drove. He flew. He consumed goods produced with or propelled by fossil fuels.
Returning home to the states, Merkel decided to simplify. He not only cleared away stuff (enough for 13 yard sales) but also tapped his engineering degree from New York's Stony Brook University to calculate the economic and environmental savings. By doing so, he figured out how to live comfortably and income-tax-free on $5,000 a year.
To share his findings, Merkel penned a 2003 book, "Radical Simplicity: Small Footprints on a Finite Earth." That begat his Web site, www.radicalsimplicity.org. And those begat his continuing string of more than 1,000 speeches, workshops and classes, including this fall's "Moving Toward Sustainability" course at the Wilder campus of Community College of Vermont.
Nov 27, 2008
Nov 21, 2008
"SBA has worked for years with EPA to get the SPCC rule right for small business," said Shawne McGibbon, acting Chief Counsel for Advocacy.
A complete chronology of Advocacy's SPCC activities can be found here and below:
Press Release dated 11/20/08 - The Environmental Protection Agency’s recent actions reforming the Oil Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule contains provisions that will benefit small business.
Letter dated 12/19/06 - Environmental Protection Agency [html], [text] or [PDF File] - Congratulatory letter regarding Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) program; Fact Sheet Summarizing Advocacy's Letter.
Letter dated 02/10/06 - Environmental Protection Agency [PDF File] or [text] - Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Rule; Proposed Amendments; Qualified Facility, Oil-Filled Equipment and Other Revisions; 70 Fed. Reg.75324, December 12, 2005; [PDF File] or [text] Fact Sheet Summarizing Advocacy's Letter; SPCC Technical Memorandum by E.H. Pechan & Associates, Inc.
Congressional Testimony dated 12/14/05 - Thomas M. Sullivan, Chief Counsel for Advocacy, testified before the Committee on Environment & Public Works, U.S. Senate on “Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Regulations.” [PDF File]
Comment dated 06/10/04 - Environmental Protection Agency - Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Regulation; Recommendations for Regulatory Revisions; 67 Fed. Reg. 47041 (July 17, 2002). Fact Sheet Summarizing Advocacy's Letter; SPCC Report by Jack Faucett Associates.
The smart money is calling the New New Deal dead on arrival.
For example, Bloomberg writes:
President-elect Barack Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may throw as much as half a trillion dollars worth of stimulus at the economy -- and have little or no growth to show for it.
One of the leading authorities on monetary policy says that the Fed and Treasury are "fighting the last war", and using an approach that they think would have worked in the Great Depression, even though the cause of the 2 financial crises are entirely different.
Now, Congress and Obama are set to duplicate the fiscal stimulus approach of FDR.
Instead of being smart and taking actions which will work, all branches of the government appear to be spending sums we can never repay to take actions which will likely be ineffective.
Haase comments: Inarguable facts on COAL and "Cap N Trade"
No one will argue these points with me because they are as grave as the cold hard facts below...
Obama: "I will bankrupt the coal industry" 92 percent of the coal used in the United States, is for generating electricity.
He may want to read his own energy outlook from the DOE where we PLAN to use coal for 90% of our needs... for the next two decades
It is also a MASSIVE cash cow for the U.S. trade... at over $ 5,441,811,760 a year
EIA (DOE) reported last month that:"Report No.: DOE/EIA-012"
The U.S. Coal Exports (Short Tons)
North America Total 7,492,728
South America Total 2,185,343
Europe Total 10,501,463
Asia Total 1,761,093
Africa Total 1,127,503
The U.S. total us is 1,026,636,000
OECD countries will buy up our cheap coal and produce three fold the emissions of what the U.S. would do with the same coal.
Who do we want to hurt and how? Commodity Trading CO2 (cap n' trade) is not regulations or conservation that can actually reduce coal use or pollution (it does the opposite) it is energy tax on the poor. It will only make it cheaper for export and then how are we helping the world or people?
Please read more about "crap and trade" at: CarbCrap
Nov 19, 2008
Nov 13, 2008
Forget bailing them out... all they need to do is clean up their act.
DOE issued an Interim Final Rule last week for the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program, which will distribute up to $25 billion in direct loans to automakers and component manufacturers. The loans will help those manufacturers establish new U.S. manufacturing facilities or reequip or expand existing ones within the United States for the production of advanced technology vehicles and the components for such vehicles. To expedite the loans, the rule will become effective as soon as it is published in the Federal Register. To qualify for the loan, the vehicles being manufactured must meet tough emissions standards while achieving a 25% greater fuel economy than similar vehicles sold in Model Year 2005. Applications for the first round of funding are due on December 31. See the DOE press release and fact sheet on the loan program, the loan program Web site, and the full text of DOE's interim final rule (PDF 1.5 MB). Download Adobe Reader.
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