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Mike Taylor is between renewable-energy jobs on his way from Minnesota to Washington, D.C. When he has time, some of his thoughts find their way to Solar Kismet, his everything blog. Contrary to most people's first impressions when they hear he uses less than 100 gallons of gas per year and less than 100 kilowatt-hours per month, he owns a car and doesn't live in the dark.

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I’ll admit it: I’m different from most people. I have energy savings goals for my house and car. I usually shop at a local food co-op, paying more than I have to for organic items. I even work indirectly with renewable energy for a living. It wouldn’t be that hard to be labeled an environmentalist, except I don’t like that word because it turns so many people off (we like “-isms” more than we like “-ists”).

How do you measure up?

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Two years ago, someone sent me an email about the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration Voluntary Reporting of Greenhouse Gases Program. Wouldn’t it be funny, they wrote, if they signed up for the program, which was designed primarily for corporations? I thought, “Well, yes, it would,” and decided to sign up. (The person who suggested it never did.) Now I’m the most famous unknown you’ve never heard of: I can claim to be one of two Americans — out of more than 299,000,000 — who are currently participating in this national program. I am on the same list as... Read more