My current commute bike is an early-80's vintage Specialized Rockhopper. It's time for an upgrade. But ... the choices! What's the best urban bike?
'How to Grow a School Garden' is a practical guide to getting a school garden off the ground.
While Congress was busy breaking our hearts and hopes for a clean energy future, guess what was happening in Delaware? Progress, that's what.
I'm enjoying the World Cup, blind refs, vuvuzelas, flops and all. But my friend Matthew -- who actually plays the game -- not so much. He argues that the game needs updating. He's got a point. Sports constantly change and innovate to increase dynamism and broaden appeal. Basketball, for example, adopted the 3-point line; football, the forward pass; baseball, steroids. Why not soccer, indeed?
Oil spill got you down? Worried that Congress seems utterly incapable of rising to the challenge of climate change? Does the steady stream of big problems and limpid solutions have you seriously worried about the future viability of life on Earth? Well, good news, my friend: scientists have discovered Plan B.
The New York State Legislature has been debating a big solar program — the New York Solar Industry Development and Jobs Act would add 5 GW of solar to the state’s energy mix — but we’re getting to the homestretch on the legislative calendar, and it’s do-or-die time in Albany. We’d like to send them a sign. A really big sign. Literally. We, at Vote Solar, got space on an electronic billboard on the I-787 Interstate — practically the driveway of the Capitol. Can you help think of some chuckle-worthy messages that might generate a pro-solar buzz? To get your juices …
According to a Miami Herald opinion writer, one thing that’s getting in the way of stopping the oil spill is our emotional attachment to the Gulf ecosystem. And food. So we should nuke it. Which is kind of like microwaving, but safer, because the Russians do it all the time. Or so says an expert. Anywhoo, stupid environmentalists.
California is in the midst of a historic budget crisis threatening public services from Calexico to Yreka. California, alone amongst major oil-producing states, charges no severance tax on oil production. This is fair why? Discuss.
The Wall Street Journal recently published an article called “Test Your Solar Power IQ,” that cites the cost of solar power at 25 cents/kWh, or more than double the cost of natural gas or coal. Solar is actually a lot cheaper than that. It’s not the reporter’s fault. She got the figure from a national lab. And she’s not alone. If I had a nickel for every similar news account, well, our fundraising worries would be solved. There’s a good reason for the lack of good, current information about solar’s costs. Solar used to be expensive. And from 2004 to …
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