Monday, November 20, 2006

Renewable Energy

The title link goes to the article in yesterday's Plain Dealer that prompted this entry.

I am all in favor of renewable energy ... but NOT if good crop land is used to grow corn for the sole purpose of making liquid fuel to run our addiction for energy.

The first defense should be conservation. Conservation by each of us by choice, rather than by mandated rules alone. Rules are made to be broken. People like to rebel against rules. People fight over what the rules say and how they say it, then make the final watered-down version be effective years from passage. Aruugh!

Conservation needs to begin NOW. Pretend all forms of energy cost ten times what they do now, and live life accordingly. Purchase Energy Star appliances. Wear extra clothes instead of setting the thermostat at 70. Don't leave the hot water running constantly as you do dishes. Purchase cars with the higher mpg ratings. Write to your congresspersons to encourage tax breaks for alternative energy development.

Small examples, but they all add up. Everyone can think of more to add to the list. Start now to help our children in the future.

2 Comments:

Blogger Hanna said...

Nice blog you have here!

Yeah, I noticed the trees. It is deer damage. They like to strip the bark off young trees.

They make a special paper, like a band-aid to help heal the damage and then you can put some corregated plastic tubing over the trunk to stop further damage.

I was thinking of doing it when I got back after the holidays. Hopefully it doesn't get too cold over the weekend because that could kill the tree if it has no bark.

6:24 AM  
Blogger Kristen said...

Hanna! Thanks for stopping by and for the compliment. It means a lot coming from a veteran blogger.

You know, I had not thought of deer damage. The tree was planted on Halloween day, and the next day it was stripped. I just thought it was a mean prank. Thanks for setting me straight.

12:48 PM  

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