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A better kind of hybrid

Small tank + on-demand

Check out these "electric-hybrid" water heaters -- on-demand heat, plus a small tank, cuts average yearly energy in half. (via ScientificBlogging)

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A reason to give thanks

This is not a Grist spoof: President-elect Barack Obama says he wants to make the White House "green." In an interview with Barbara Walters, Obama said he plans to sit down with the chief usher for the presidential mansion and do an evaluation of its energy efficiency. He says part of what he wants to do is show the American people that it's not that hard to go green.

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Take it back!

Electronics TakeBack Coalition runs a Times Square ad entreating Panasonic to take back TVs for recycling -- on Panasonic jumbotron:

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Unplugging

Holy moly. Looks like National Buy Nothing Day came early this year, and for the first time, also included electricity: An unexpected drop in U.S. electricity consumption has utility companies worried that the trend isn't a byproduct of the economic downturn, and could reflect a permanent shift in consumption that will require sweeping change in their industry. Electric load-growth in California has has averaged somewhere between 3 and 6 percent -- and I have no idea the last time it was negative. Certainly not since 1995, and EIA projects(ed) load-growth as far as the eye can see (assuming an eye …

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Wednesday music blogging: Blake Shelton

New country tune ‘Green’ boasts, ‘I was green before green was a thing’

Listen Play "Green," by Blake Shelton Blake Shelton is a popular country artist and the husband of another popular country artist, Miranda Lambert. This is the first song off his new album Startin' Fires. It's called "Green," and contains the immortal couplet, "I know a lot more about cane-pole fishin' / than I ever will about carbon emissions." Lyrics below the fold. People used to call me backwards livin' out here with the tractors lettin' this world leave me behind Nowadays I'm an innovator a country boy prognosticator man, a man ahead of my time [Chorus] I got a hundred-acre …

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The Great White Way goes green

Photo: goatopolis Broadway went green on Tuesday with the official announcement of the creatively named Broadway Goes Green effort. Think neon signs lit with energy-efficient bulbs, costumes washed with eco-friendly detergent, and programs printed with water-soluble ink. Oh, the drama!

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Giving thanks ... for links, video

Some leftovers to browse before T-Giving

I've got about 40 tabs open in my browser, and that's no way to go into a holiday weekend. Time for an old-fashioned link-fest! ----- I never managed to say anything about it, but novelist Ian McEwan had a delightfully literary and readable essay on Obama and climate change in The Guardian. Definitely worth reading. The Wall Street Journal has a special package on Obama's green challenge, with a focus on reducing demand in light of falling oil prices. With video! I know Gristians got no love for biofuels, even the cellulosic variety, but this story describes some very cool …

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How to green your office holiday party

  Who brought the lampshade?   They say it's a "no-frills holiday season" this year -- with the economy hitting the skids, many companies are putting the brakes on lavish holiday-party spending, and some are nixing their parties altogether. But just because you have to cancel the fireworks show doesn't mean you can't have a good time. If your company is celebrating the holidays this year, consider this a memo on how to plan a lean, green, and still-enough-fun-that-you-regret-it-the-next-day occasion. Here's where to start. Got more ideas, or examples of stuff your company is doing? Let us know. The Baby …

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Mac daddy

Apple continues to tout its ownership of the "greenest family of notebooks" in a new ad:

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Be good to the Earth or Keanu Reeves will kill you!, video

The Day the Earth Stood Still trailer

Cool trailer. The Day the Earth Stood Still is one of the better disaster movies to come out this year. Keanu Reeves' cold logic about solving Earth's problems is bone-chilling.

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