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These daily updates pertain to what is going on in our environment in Rochester & around the world. Although I do not see RochesterEnvironment.com, or Global Environmental Resources, as environmental activist sites, I do view them as active. They are active conduits for all the environmental news, services, links, and an on-going discovery for the potential role that I believe the Internet will play in environmentalism. Your local news media is not doing its job in informing the public on the breath and depth of our environmental problems, so you are going to have to get on the Internet.
10/30/2010 - Recycling Electronic Waste (e-waste) responsibly The days where New Yorkers can simply march their e-waste to the curb and forget them are coming to a close. There’s a new law in town: Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation “Beginning April 1, 2011, manufacturers of covered electronic equipment [those covered by the law] will be required to accept the following: computers, televisions (as well as cathode ray tubes), small scale servers, computer peripherals (monitors, electronic keyboards, electronic mice or similar pointing devices, facsimile machines, document scanners, printers), small electronic equipment (VCRs, digital video recorders, portable digital music players, DVD players, digital converter boxes, cable or satellite receivers, electronic or video game consoles. But rules and regulations are not enough. We have to be sure that all these e-gadgets get recycled properly by people who know what they’re doing. Otherwise this happens: Following The Trail Of Toxic E-Waste - 60 Minutes - CBS News “60 Minutes Follows America's Toxic Electronic Waste As It Is Illegally Shipped To Become China's Dirty Secret |This story was first published on Nov. 9, 2008. It was updated on Aug. 27, 2009. 60 Minutes is going to take you to one of the most toxic places on Earth -- a place that government officials and gangsters don't want you to see. It's a town in China where you can't breathe the air or drink the water, a town where the blood of the children is laced with lead. It's worth risking a visit because, as correspondent Scott Pelley first reported last November, much of the poison is coming out of the homes, schools and offices of America.” Standards must be created so that a way to assure the public that when they do recycle their toxic electronic waste it is done so properly. Find out about e-stewards and find out if where you recycle your e-waste they are e-steward certified—or if they are certified who has certified them and what it means. Sound like a lot of trouble to go through? Not once certification and monitoring and policing the waste stream are made sustainable. e-Stewards "The e-Stewards Initiative is a project of the Basel Action Network (BAN), which is a 501(c)3 non-profit, charitable organization of the United States, based in Seattle, Washington. It is against the backdrop of the growing e-waste crisis that the e-Stewards Initiative was born. Without appropriate national and international legislation or enforcement in place in many regions, it is unfortunately left up to individual citizens, corporations, universities, cities – all of us – to figure out how to prevent the toxic materials in electronics from continuing to cause long term harm to human health and the environment, particularly in countries with developing economies. "
10/29/2010 - Learn about the possible connection between the Marcellus Gas Shale drilling issue and Hemlock Lake (where we get some of our city water) issue. This note from a friend: "NYS Assembly Candidate David Nachbar (David Nachbar for New York State Assembly) is setting up a "Protect Our Drinking Water from Hydrofracking" type press conference at Hemlock Lake 2:00pm Saturday to highlight THIS ISSUE. Hemlock Lake is surrounded by a new State Forest, is drinking water for many thousands of people, and is within the Marcellus Shale region. Large Map of Marcellus Shale Formation - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation (Hemlock Lake is just north of the "O" in LIVINGSTON County.) "
10/27/2010 - True Green vs. Fake Green. No doubt businesses are greening up their products. It’s the wave of the future not just because more people will buy their stuff (they will), but because non-green products that negatively impact our environment and our health are becoming intolerable. Sounds good so far, but the devil is in the details. Finding out how to check to ensure that the products you by are indeed green (environmentally friendly, that is) is no simple matter. There are few world-wide standards that can be used for industry that covers the myriad of ingredients in products, how they are used, and what happens to these products when they are discarded. So, moving forward on green products is going to be difficult. Having said all that, outright ‘greenwashing’ should be reduced and pointed out to the public when it occurs. Here’s an example of what I mean: Misleading Claims On 'Green' Labeling - WSJ.com Confused by all the "green" claims of products on store shelves out there? There's good reason to be. According to a study due out Tuesday, more than 95% of consumer products examined committed at least one offense of "greenwashing," a term used to describe unproven environmental claims, according TerraChoice, a North American environmental-marketing company that issued the report. (October 26, 2010) Business News & Financial News - The Wall Street Journal - WSJ.com
10/26/2010 -Don’t forget one of the biggest environmentally friendliest events of the year: METRO JUSTICE’s 29th ANNUAL ALTERNATIVE FAIR Date/Time: NEW HOURS: Friday, December 3, 5-9:30 PM; Saturday, December 4, 9:30 AM-1 PM Place: First Unitarian Church of Rochester, 220 South Winton Road, Rochester NY 14610 Cost: $3 suggested donation for ages 12+. Children under 12 free. FREE CHILD CARE. DOOR PRIZES. Description: Support social justice when buying holiday gifts – at Metro Justice’s 29th annual Alternative Fair, featuring hundreds of fair trade, earth friendly, and/or locally produced goods that support a just and sustainable world. Holiday shopping for the whole family, including clothing, toys, non-competitive games, pottery, and jewelry hand crafted by local artists, fair trade imports, and more. Door prizes, food, entertainment, and information tables by local progressive organizations will be available. The Alternative Fair is an annual fund-raising event for Metro Justice (www.metrojustice.org) , an independent, grass-roots, progressive membership organization that works for human rights, equality and economic and environmental justice by raising community awareness and engaging in non-violent action. Accessibility: The building is accessible
10/25/2010 - Our environment shouldn’t be a political football - Rochester Environmental News | Examiner.com If it is possible to stand back from politics as it is presently practiced in the US today, just for a moment, doesn’t seem absurd for our environment to be tossed around our political arena as if it were the domain of one party and not the other? Think about this without your blood boiling at the sound of ‘environment.’ Doesn’t it seem very odd that the environment is viewed so unsustainably? Today, it’s like two groups fighting over the control of a ship on the high seas and one group just couldn’t care less how much fuel the ship needs to reach land, or whether it’s seaworthy and about to go down? How did our environment, which which we need to survive, become the special interest of one political party and a liability for another? Haven’t we gone ‘round the bend on our environment? GOP Victory May Be Defeat For Climate Change Policy The more carbon that gets released into the atmosphere, the higher the average temperature rises. That's a scientific fact. Human activities, such as driving, flying, building and even turning on the lights, are the biggest contributor to the release of carbon. That too, is a fact. And yet the majority of Republicans running for House and Senate seats this year disagree. (October 23, 2010) NPR Can we unravel this absurdity and remove desiring a healthy environment from its political ramifications? It’s going to be difficult enough for a species disinclined to curb its population and its insatiable desire for the kind standard of living and includes a lot of stuff to right our environment. (Note, a high standard of living doesn’t have to include accumulating a lot of stuff, there are other scenarios.) This isn’t merely an opinion; it’s a profound problem about our collected ability to confront the most important issue of our times. Many are so blinded by the political pundits, the media they listen to, and everything else associated with the political scene, that we are shooting ourselves in the foot. How are we going to get around this problem that a major party in our county doesn’t even believe in the science of Climate Change? Does anyone think Climate Change or pollution or the loss of biodiversity or any environmental issue will just go away by hitching it to a political party they don’t like, then treating it with distain? How would that work? The growing season would change because of Climate Change, but we’d still grow the same food? Our fish populations would decrease because of over-fishing and pollution, but we’d all eat something else? Our air would continue to get polluted from fossil fuels, but we’d just not get sick? And if, at the end of the day, we do vote for candidates who get themselves into office by denying our environmental problems, how will they work with towns and cities and universities and businesses and other countries that operate in the real world?
10/25/2010 - Don’t forget, this week is Lead Safe Week: Lead Safe By 2010 > Home National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week takes place October 24-30, 2010. Click here for a SCHEDULE OF LOCAL EVENTS including free blood lead testing opportunities and a Lead Safety Fair. (LEAD SAFETY FAIR WED. OCTOBER 27, 12-5PM DANFORTH COMMUNITY CTR. 200 WEST AVE. (free and open to the public) INFORMATIONAL DISPLAYS ABC Lead Resource Center Better Contractors Bureau City of Rochester Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning Finger Lakes Occ. Health Services Interstate Property Inspections Jade Enterprises Monroe Co. Lead Poisoning Prevention Program Perinatal Network of Monroe Co. Promotores de Salud R.C. Shaheen Paint Co. Rochester Housing Authority EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS The ABCs of EPA’s RRP rule Working Safely with Lead Paint Healthy Home FREE BLOOD LEAD TESTING )
10/25/2010 - While getting ready for the new ewaste law coming to the state (The Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation ) check out how recycling ewaste is becoming a major issue: Responsible Recycling: My E-Waste Odyssey - NYTimes.com "Most Americans know that e-waste is supposed to be recycled. Items like cellphones, batteries, televisions, digital clocks, video game systems and broken computers shouldn’t be tossed in the trash because they contain dangerous chemicals and heavy metals that could end up in landfill that way, experts warn. " (October 24, 2010) Energy and Environment - Green Blog - NYTimes.com
10/25/2010 - Learn more about doing away with waste from Jay’s conference on Reuse: Reuse: it’s better than recycling | Greenovation "Highlights from the ReuseConex convention 2tweetsretweet I had the pleasure of attending ReuseConex, a convention hosted by the Reuse Alliance in Raleigh, NC. I wish I could’ve brought back the weather (temps in the high 70s and incredibly sunny almost every day) but I did manage to take some great notes and meet some very interesting people, some of whom live and work not too far from us. Rather than give you a play by play account of my week, I’ll just copy my notes, along with some commentary, and some pictures to show you what I’m talking about. " (October 24, 2010) Greenovation | Think local, think sustainable
10/23/2010 - Elections and our Environment: Elections coming up and time to vote for our environment: Need some help? Check here” "New York State's one-and-only environmental Voters' Guide is available online. Click here to read it! Each year EPL/Environmental Advocates’ green report card grades New York State lawmakers according to their votes on bills that could help or harm our air, land and water. The 2010 New York State Legislative Session was chock full of green heroes and villains, but there are a few who stood out above the rest. Legislators of the Year honors are awarded to the public figures that have done the most to advance environmentally beneficial policy. And the Oil Slick award is given to the public figure that has done the most to derail New York's environmental protections. Click here to find out who got top honors (2010 Legislator of the Year) and who was dis-honored with the “Oil Slick” award. This year’s scorecard features not one, but two Legislators of the Year, as well as a very special Oil Slick award for the state lawmaker who has done his best to kowtow to the oil and gas industry at the expense of New York’s drinking water. Can you guess who it might be? Click here to find out. The 2010 Voters’ Guide was made possible in large part thanks to your generous donation. And there's still time to support the Guide, click here to make a gift today. Every legislator in New York State is up for re-election, and thanks to our green scorecard, New Yorkers from Buffalo to Long Island know how their legislators acted on environmental issues—for good or ill. Click here to see how your representatives scored in the EPL/Environmental Advocates' annual Voters’ Guide. " Environmental Advocates New York
10/23/2010 - Excellent event coming up with Bill McKibben in the area: 2010 WNY Environmental Congress - GrowWNY "Be part of the conversation at the WNY Environmental Congress! With special guest, Bill McKibben, renowned environmentalist and author of Eaarth, on what it takes to build a regional environmental movement. When: Saturday, November 13, 2010 Where: City Honors High School, 186 E. North St., Buffalo, NY Join us as we discuss recent progress on efforts to improve our environment and how we can all work together to protect Western New York’s natural resources in 2011. The Congress is open to all interested participants – visit GrowWNY.org for additional information. Agenda 8:15 am Registration 9:00 am Program begins 12:30 pm Lunch* 1:30 pm Keynote address by Bill McKibben Please register by November 5, 2010. Click here to register online, or call the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo at (716) 852-2857. *There will be a $10 fee for anyone who wishes to participate in the lunch. " GrowWNY
10/23/2010 - Getting it on DEC Chief firing - Here’s an excellent article on why firing the DEC was such a bad move for our environment. DEC Turmoil Underscores Challenge Facing New York’s Next Governor | New York League of Conservation Voters Restoring trust in critical environmental agency must be priority #1 | NEW YORK - Gov. David Paterson's firing of Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Alexander "Pete" Grannis yesterday underscores the need for New York's next governor to swiftly prioritize fixing this critical agency, which has been badly damaged by staffing cuts and is now without strong leadership. (October 23, 2010) New York League of Conservation Voters | Electing for the Environment
10/22/2010 - ACTION - Put Mr. Grannis back on the job! We were saddened this morning to learn about the firing of Mr. Peter Grannis, Commissioner for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. “Pete Grannis, the commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Conservation, was fired effective immediately Thursday in the wake of an agency memo that was critical of layoffs planned at the agency.”DEC chief fired in wake of fight over layoff order | democratandchronicle.com | Democrat and Chronicle Of all the state departments that should not be cut, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is the one agency we have that has the power to protect our environment. Peter Grannis, the commissioner of the DEC, has been truthful about the how critical it is that his agency not be cut and he should not be fired because of his honesty and integrity about so critical an issue. Getting Mr. Grannis back in office will demonstrate to the pubic how important this government is about our environment—which we cannot abandon during a downturn in our economy. In fact, more rigorous and robust attention to our environmental regulations should occur during this time of belt-tightening because this is a time when there will be increased attempts to ignore or flout environmental regulations. Mr. Grannis has been a great leader in getting information about our New York State environment to the public and trying in these trying times to do what his department has been charged "To conserve, improve and protect New York's natural resources and environment and to prevent, abate and control water, land and air pollution, in order to enhance the health, safety and welfare of the people of the state and their overall economic and social well-being." Please contact Governor Patterson’s office and implore him to reinstate Mr. Grannis to office. Click here to go to the Governor's contact information
10/20/2010 - Consider our environment when voting. Elections coming up, our environment is low on voters list, but however you vote, our environment will be affected by the policies of those who win. Green Room » Which Environmental Issues are You Following This Election? - Blogs & Podcasts - Environmental Defense Fund "Environmental issues seem to be barely registering this election. In many races, candidates are even openly running against existing environmental standards. The urgent environmental challenges we face are too important to be ignored. From climate change and clean energy to dangerous toxic chemicals to depleted fisheries to the BP Gulf disaster, we have a lot of work to do. We want to hear from you. Which of these environmental issues matter most to you? What other environmental issues are you following this election cycle? Are your candidates talking about the environment much? "--from Environmental Defense Fund - Finding the Ways That Work
10/20/2010 - Good article on how bicycles are slowing integrating themselves into our transportation. Other cities around the US are embracing bicycling as real transportation and Rochester to is slowly making progress. Check out Upper Monroe Bicycle Boulevards “On Sunday, May 23 at 1 PM in Cobbs Hill Park over forty bicyclists began a bicycle boulevard demonstration ride through Upper Monroe neighborhood in Rochester, New York. They were not racers, or members of a single bicycling club, or recruits for a charity ride. They were just ordinary folks finding out what a bicycle boulevard would look and feel like in our area.” Read on… Bike Paths - Bicycle Lanes - The Daily Green Bicycles are becoming more popular transportation around the country, as infrastructure for them improves. Around the U.S. new bike lanes and paths are all the rage, helping cash-strapped cities simultaneously green operations and trim budgets -- adding bike lanes is far less costly (to taxpayers and the environment) than building new roads. Also, the nonprofit League of American Bicyclists reports that real estate values increase with proximity to bike paths. "People enjoy living close to bike paths and are willing to pay more for an otherwise comparable house to be closer to one," the group reports, citing examples from Indiana, California and elsewhere showing that homes near bike trails command a premium upwards of 10 percent. (October 17, 2010) Going Green, Fuel Efficiency, Organic Food, and Green Living - The Daily Green
10/19/2010 - Pro-active environmental Studies: This Canadian study (see below) is an example of the kinds of environmental studies we need. What is amazing about this study to examine whether household chemicals survive our waste treatment plants (that were not designed to do this kind of filtering) is not the findings of the study. The findings are that waste treatment plants do not filter out manmade chemicals very well. What is amazing is that the study was done in the first place. And that is amazing because these kinds of proactive, obvious studies should have been done long ago and continually. This issue about pro-actively monitoring mankind’s effect on our environment is a subject that is mostly avoiding in mainstream media. Why is that? Our waste treatment plants cannot and were never designed to filter out the myriad of manmade chemicals we use and flush into our major lakes, which are our drinking water sources and much more. The truth is that we don’t know what manmade chemicals are in most of the stuff we use and throw away; don’t know how these chemicals interact with each other and natural chemicals when they enter our waters; and, we don’t know because we haven’t been checking. But that’s delusional: Why would we have assumed that our water treatment plants could have ever filtered these chemicals out? Why is this issue just occurring to folks after we have been dumping and flushing these pharmaceuticals and other chemicals for decades? What we do know is that most of us carry inside of us many manmade chemicals; they are called the ‘body burden.’ How do you think we got this stuff inside us? We are we still so complacent about these issues of pro-actively monitoring our environment, when every time we do check we find our waters filled with manmade stuff that shouldn’t be there? I think those who come after us will be very annoyed at our aggressive ignorance, where we just didn’t want to think about what is in the stuff that our generation uses and throws away. Chemicals survive waste treatment to be released into environment: study - Winnipeg Free Press "Chemicals in household drugs and cleaning products routinely survive waste treatment and are released into the environment, where little is known about their effects on land, water and human health, according to a government-funded study. "What are really needed are risk assessments," said Hugh Monteith, a research consultant who conducted the recently released study for the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment. "The whole ecosystem needs to be assessed for the effects of the materials that are present in here." " (October 14, 2010) Winnipeg Free Press - Breaking News, Sports, Manitoba, Canada
10/19/2010 - When not to recycle - Rochester Environmental News | Examiner.com It might seem odd to suggest there are times when you should not recycle, but indeed there are times. Recycling those old electronic dinosaurs piling up in your attic or furniture way out of style should not be done hastily. Recycling is a dish best served serene: when you are ready to do it properly. Many folks pile years of old stuff into the attic thinking that one day they’ll get around to recycling it all. Out of sight, out of mind. But what usually happens is that instead of finding a time to recycle properly, crunch time comes and the stuff goes to the curb and eventually into the landfill. Like making funeral arrangements, grieving for the sudden loss of a loved one is not the best time to shop for caskets. You’re vulnerable to suggestions you might not be in a less stressful time in your life. more... (October 19, 2010) Frank J. Regan
10/19/2010 - Glimpse Climate Change in the Adirondacks: Check out this interesting essay by a local expert on Climate Change how the Adirondacks are being shaped by Climate Change. Journey to a Future Climate - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation "Journey to a Future Climate Exploring climate change in the Adirondacks By David W. Wolfe, PhD It's mid afternoon in late May, crazy hot for this time of year (upper 80s), and we are sloshing our way through Spring Pond Bog, the largest open bog in the Adirondacks. The weather has brought the black flies out in full force, loving the heat and humidity, and loving us even more. I'm with a colleague of mine from Cornell, plant ecologist Jonathan Comstock, and we are being led by the legendary Adirondack naturalist, Jerry Jenkins. Jerry knows this state park-from its soaring peaks to bog wilderness areas-probably better than anyone else alive, and he's taking us to see some of the areas that are most vulnerable to climate change. " Conservationist Magazine - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation
10/18/2010 - How’s that nuclear power thing going? Do we really want a major component of our energy, a power source that is so expensive, so based on everything and everyone working perfectly, that potential problems are silenced? Veteran Hanford Engineer Says DOE’s Multi-Billion Dollar Hanford Nuclear Waste Processing Plant Might Not Work Properly and Has Serious Potential Safety Problems "A lead engineer at the $12.3 billion Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation says the Department of Energy – along with lead contractor Bechtel National, Inc. – cannot assure the public that the plant will work properly and safely when it is completed about a decade from now despite public statements to the contrary and $5 billion spent so far. At risk are the Columbia River, as well as the health and safety of people in southeast Washington State. " (October 12, 2010) DC Bureau - Investigative Journalism, Environmental News, and National Security Stories That Matter
10/16/2010 - Why are some manmade chemicals safe in one country and not in another? One has to ask oneself how it is that the same manmade chemicals being used in one country can be perfectly safe while in another it is not safe. Are we really that different from each other? Or is it that in some countries the corporations are more powerful that in other countries and so in one country its government and its people have to prove that a manmade chemical is unsafe before it is pulled from the market? Or, is it that in some countries its people and environment come first and manmade chemicals used in their products have to be proven safe before they are put into products that consumers will use and that will eventually get dumped into the environment? It’s very puzzling because there doesn’t seem to be any kind of shell or bubble over one country that protects them for the effects of a manmade chemicals and not another. If there is, it’s a hidden secret kept so well that none of us know about it. Even so, you would think if there was a secret shell over countries so they can use potentially dangerous stuff that would otherwise harm another country, that this bubble or shell could be sold for a lot of money. Then, a lot of people could make a lot of money selling these special protective shells and it would protect all of its people in their countries from the stuff other countries are doing, like taking water from a river, or fouling the air, or using dangerous manmade chemicals. But, without these protective shells it’s very hard to understand how physics works this way because since Nature and the laws of physics have no way of knowing that one country is different than another. To Nature all us countries look the same. Canada Declares BPA to Be Toxic - NYTimes.com "OTTAWA — The government of Canada formally declared bisphenol A, a chemical widely used to create clear, hard plastics, as well as food can liners, to be a toxic substance on Wednesday. The compound, commonly known as BPA, has been shown to disrupt the hormone systems of animals and is under review in the United States and Europe." (October 13, 2010) The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia
10/16/2010 - Climate Change will change some of our birds: Because the Rochester region has many migratory birds that call us home for awhile, they will be impacted by Climate Change. And birds, as any wildlife, affects our environment by what they eat (insects), what food they provide for other predators, and lots more as their population changes, so will our environment. Check here on how and why climate Changes will change birds: BBC News - Climate risks greater for long distance migratory birds "Birds embarking on long distance migrations are more vulnerable to shifts in the climate than ones making shorter journeys, a study suggests. Scientists say the increasingly early arrival of spring at breeding sites in Europe makes it harder for the birds to attract a mate or find food. " (September 25, 2010) BBC News - Home
10/15/2010 - Major environmental event coming up on Invasive Species : Federation of Monroe County Environmentalists Event Title: Invasive Species in Our Area Date: Tues, Nov 16, 2010 Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Group Sponsoring the Event: FMCE (fmce.org), and others (TBA) Cost: FREE Age Group: all ages who would enjoy a 2-hour presentation Location: Brighton Town Hall Main Auditorium, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618 Contact: www.fmce.org, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Description: Presentation, panel discussion, and Q&A on the most urgent Invasive Species in Our Area.
10/15/2010 - Yet another way to take ACTION on Climate Change: Check out Bill McKibben and Dr, James Hansen are suggesting to change your representative minds on Climate Change: "Conservative Principles and the 350 Work Party A suggestion to move Washington in the right direction can be found here:" The Million Letter March - Make a Difference in Climate Change Legislation "The Write way to stop Climate Change | Together we CAN create the political will for effective climate change legislation! "
10/15/2010 - Natural gas for energy is trumping wind, solar, coal, and even nuclear power: That the market forces are responsible for a dramatic shift in the cost of energy, making natural gas the winner, may strike most as comforting. The invisible hand of the market is deciding for us the cheapest way to get energy in the future for our homes. But this is not good news because even though we know the planet is warming because of the use of fossil fuels we continue to allow our responsibility to our planet and other life to be subjugated to market forces. If we were responsible folks, we would demand in large numbers that public funding go towards renewable energy and not let the best energy price wind. This idea is not so radical; it’s based on our environment and our survival instead of what the market will bear. Remember, Nature will only bear the laws of physics. Regardless of the price of energy, if you put greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, the place warms up and this effects everything (not in a good way) and everybody on the planet. Natural gas elbows its way to center stage | Business news | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle NEW YORK — By unlocking decades' worth of natural-gas deposits deep underground across the United States, drillers have ensured that natural gas will be cheap and plentiful for the foreseeable future. It's a reversal from a few years ago that is transforming the energy industry. The sudden abundance of natural gas has been a boon to homeowners who use it for heat, local economies in gas-rich regions, manufacturers that use it to power factories and companies that rely on it as a raw material for plastic, carpet and other everyday products. But it has upended the ambitious growth plans of companies that produce power from wind, nuclear energy and coal. Those plans were based on the assumption that supplies of natural gas would be tight, and prices high. (October 13, 2010) Houston news, entertainment, search and shopping | chron.com - Houston Chronicle
10/15/2010 - Bicycles as a Transportation option in Rochester: Many believe that if we did increase our bicycling in Rochester, with projects like the Bicycle Boulevard concept, that there would be more bicycle/car accidents. Not true say those who bike a lot and this study: There’s safety in numbers for cyclists | Grist "In U.S. cities, there are a lot more people out bicycling than just a few years ago. You might reasonably think that the bicycle crash rate would skyrocket as more people, from wobbly new riders to the outright safety-averse, take to the streets on two wheels. It's a fine, common-sense assumption -- that happens to be wrong. " (October 11, 2010) Grist | Environmental News, Commentary, Advice
10/14/2010 - Climate Change changes: Get a clearer picture of what Climate Change may look like in our area: The Environment Report: Interview: Adapting to a Warmer Climate "When you think of climate change, maybe you’re thinking of something that’s 50 years away, or maybe 100 years away. But scientists are telling us that things are already changing in the Great Lakes region. Michigan State University and the University of Michigan have just received $4.2 million in federal money for a new research center to help us understand how things might continue to change, and how we can get ready. " October 5, 2010) The Environment Report: Home
10/13/2010 - Important event Friday: This event will help the public learn the use of alternative fuel vehicles and to educate the public on the importance of alternative fuel vehicles and advanced technology vehicle Genesee Region Clean Communities,Inc. Cordially Invites You To Odyssey Day 2010 Friday October 15, 2010 12-4pm Monroe Community College’s Applied Technologies Center 2485 West Henrietta Rd. Rochester NY 14623 Come help us celebrate National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day. Be part of a nationwide biennial celebration conducted to promote the use of alternative fuel vehicles and to educate the public on the importance of alternative fuel vehicles and advanced technology vehicles. · Displays of a wide-range of Alternative Fuel Vehicles including propane, fuel cell, CNG,hybrid electric vehicles(HEVs),plug-in hybrids, electric vehicles and more! · Meet fleet operators with AFV experience · Interact with alternative vehicle fuel providers of propane,biodiesel and E85/ethanol · Vehicle sales professionals on site with AFVs · Refreshments For more information about this event, contact David Keefe,GRCC Coordinator,at email@example.com or by telephone at (585)301-2433.
10/13/2010 - Off-Shore Wind in our area: Get caught up on the efforts to create renewable energy project in our area by Richard M. Kessel, who is president and chief executive officer of the New York Power Authority. Great Lakes Offshore Wind Project is no secret "The New York Power Authority offers plenty of information | Claims that the New York Power Authority is secretive about the process for identifying the Great Lakes Offshore Wind Project are unfounded. Plenty of information is available and it's easy to find. For potential lake locations, project sizes, environmental issues and much more, go to New York Power Authority: What We Do. This website has been up since April 2009 and is updated frequently. That's hardly a way to keep a secret. NYPA's commitment to sharing information is also seen through numerous meetings, including those with Sen. George Maziarz's staff and the editors at the Democrat and Chronicle; about 500 news items; and responses to 200-plus e-mails, faxes, phone calls and letters." (October 9, 2010) Democratandchronicle.com | Democrat and Chronicle | Rochester news, community, entertainment, yellow pages and classifieds. Serving Rochester, New York [more on Wind Power in our area]
10/13/2010 - Gas and Oil Craze: Do we really want to launch on a massive crusade to scarf up every last bit of fossil fuels by fracturing for gas and drilling for oil? Are we so desperate for energy that we won’t conserve, won’t fund energy storage so renewable energy will be viable alternative, and so plunge ourselves down the road to rapid Climate Change? Check out this well thought-out analysis of the consequences of going headlong down a destructive path for energy. A High-Risk Energy Boom Sweeps Across North America by Keith Schneider: Yale Environment 360 "Energy companies are rushing to develop unconventional sources of oil and gas trapped in carbon-rich shales and sands throughout the western United States and Canada. So far, government officials have shown little concern for the environmental consequences of this new fossil-fuel development boom. " (September 29, 2010) Yale Environment 360: Opinion, Analysis, Reporting & Debate
10/12/2010 - Very Cool Tool: Learn about Climate Change from Al Gore and Google Earth on special Google Earth lecture that gives you an idea of how Climate Change is going to affect planet Earth Explore climate change in Google Earth "Explore the potential impacts of climate change on our planet Earth and learn about solutions for adaptation and mitigation, in the context of the United Nation's Climate Conference (COP15) in Copenhagen. With Google Earth you can view climate change scenarios, interact with narrated tours, investigate deforestation, and even dive into the depths of the oceans. " Google Earth
10/12/2010 - The Sale of Canadice and Hemlock Lakes to the State: Learn more about one of the most important environmental stories of our area from one of the most important players in this deal. Hemlock and Canadice Lakes On June 29, 2010, the only remaining undeveloped Finger Lakes were acquired from the City of Rochester by the State of New York for permanent protection. Close to 7,000 acres of unfragmented forest, including the entire shorelines of Hemlock and Canadice Lakes, will now be managed by the NYS DEC as the Hemlock-Canadice State Forest. The Nature Conservancy in New York - New York nature - New York City nature - NY nature - New York conservation - New York environment
10/12/2010 - Helping others with the effects of Climate Change: How will the aid to those countries that are first going to experience Climate Change get distributed? Check out this site and learn more: Fast Start Finance "www.faststartfinance.org aims to provide transparency about the amount, direction and use of fast start climate finance, in turn building trust in its delivery and impact. Development of the website was initiated by the government of the Netherlands, with support from the governments of Costa Rica, Colombia, Denmark, Germany, Indonesia, the Marshall Islands, Mexico, Norway, the United Kingdom and Vietnam. The website was launched by Ms. Tineke Huizinga, Minister of the Environment and Spatial Planning of the Netherlands, at the Geneva Dialogue on Climate Finance, on 2 September 2010. The site was developed in response to a global call - from developed and developing countries, non-governmental organizations and others - for publicly available, clear information on fast start climate finance flows. "
10/12/2010 - Climate Change is a public health issue: Health advocates urge EPA regulation of greenhouse gases -Labeling climate change "a serious public health issue," more than 100 leading health advocates called on Washington policymakers this week to allow the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. The advocates — including 18 national public health organizations, 66 state-based groups and dozens of individual medical experts — urged lawmakers to "recognize the threat to public health posed by climate change and to support measures that will reduce these risks." (September 28, 2010) TheHill.com
10/11/2010 - Your decision to go nuclear The best way to stop terrorists from infiltrating our nuclear plants is not to have nuclear power plants in the first place. Although it is commendable that NY Senator Schumer is taking action to make sure our nuclear plants stay safe from those people intent on harming us, the public should take a closer look at the tiger whose tail they have latched onto as a major energy source. SCHUMER: NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION TO MAKE CRITICAL SECURITY IMPROVEMENS AT NUCLEAR PLANTS NATION-WIDE; IMPROVEMENS COME AFTER AUDIT COMPLETED AT SCHUMER'S REQUEST [sic] This is an issue for the Rochester, NY region: “Nuclear power plants across the nation, including Ginna Nuclear Power Plant in Wayne County, need to improve security procedures to prevent possible terrorist infiltration, according to an audit by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The audit was requested in March after it was discovered that suspected al-Qaeda member Sharif Mobley had worked in New Jersey nuclear power plants for six years before he was arrested in Yemen in early March with other suspected al-Qaeda members.” (October 5, 2010) Ginna, other nuclear power plants need to improve security | Democrat and Chronicle | more...
10/11/2010 - The story about clean energy that is not being told. Too many articles about wind and solar energy in our region launch out the position that these renewable energy sources cannot possibly meet our energy needs because they are so wind and sun dependent. This is a crucial argument that allows the public to dismiss and not demand that renewable energy to become a major factor in our energy equation in our region. What is missing from these reports is that with the co-advance of energy storage both wind and solar can and must be a major factor in our energy supply in our region. The press does the public no service when it does not counteract arguments that renewable energy is woefully inadequate when they don’t mention storage. If the public realized that public funding and support for energy storage, along with other green energy advances, could significantly increase our clean energy, we might have a chance to mitigate or slow down greenhouse gases that we emit using the present fossil fuel burning sources that we use now. The fossil fuel industry gets billions of tax write-offs for their industry, why aren’t billions being used for increasing the efficiency of energy storage? Why is this important link not being made in our mainstream media continually along with the argument that renewable energy is not sufficient for our needs? Is it neglect, not caring, not being informed, or a downright attempt to keep those pushing for energy that is warming our planet to continue doing that? Is this the way our press should be informing us of what we need to know about the importance of the energy/environment/climate change issue? Shouldn’t we see more articles like this one from the New York Times on this critical component of clean energy—storage?: I.H.T. Special Report - Global Clean Energy - The Challenge of Storing Energy on a Large Scale - NYTimes.com "SAN FRANCISCO — Renewable energy sources like solar power and wind have been in the spotlight lately, as have ways to improve control of the power distribution system through information technology. But another crucial component of developing a climate-friendly, secure and affordable supply of electricity — large-scale storage — has received little attention. " (September 29, 2010) The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia
10/08/2010 - Think Preventable: There are environmental disasters that happen and we, the public, tend to think that this stuff just happens and that’s the way it is. Storm, floods, drought, disease, you-name-it our species has been though it all. We deal with it. But increasingly, more and more of the environmental disasters that are occurring, disasters that claim innocent victims and the most vulnerable, are manmade. They are caused by violations, neglect, reckless disregard, and ignorance. We must start acting to prevent disasters before they occur and watch our environment far more carefully than we are doing. This disaster was preventable and there will be more at an increasing rate until the public ‘gets it’ on why environmental degradation is occurring. Toxic Hungarian sludge spill reaches River Danube Hungary's toxic-sludge spill that has killed four and injured over 100 people reached Europe's second longest river, the Danube, yesterday. Experts said damage beyond the borders of Hungary was unlikely to be great but the threat had to be monitored closely. Tibor Dobson, a spokesman for Hungarian disaster crews, told Reuters there were sporadic fish deaths in the Raba and the Mosoni-Danube rivers. He said all fish had died in the smaller Marcal River, which was hit by the spill first. (October 7, 2010) The Age - Business, World & Breaking News | Melbourne, Australia
10/08/2010 - Wind Power, get the report: The NREL report finds that harnessing even a fraction of the nation's potential offshore wind resource, estimated to be more than 4,000 gigawatts, could create thousands of jobs and help revitalize America's manufacturing sector, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, diversify U.S. energy supplies, and provide cost-competitive electricity to key coastal regions. The report also reaches the conclusion that while significant challenges remain, effective research, policies, and market commitment will enable offshore wind to play a significant role in the country's energy future. More information is available in the Executive Summary and full NREL report. --from U.S. DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Home Page
10/08/2010 - Environmental news around Rochester and around the world I had a great time when I attended the recent UN Journalist Conference on Environmental sustainability on Monday, October 4th, 2010. Mayor Duffy spoke about our beautiful New York State and the recent sale of Hemlock and Candice lakes. We heard from environmental reporters from all over: Autigua & Barbuda; Russia; Togo; Bahrain; Uzbekistan; Zambia; Bosnia & Herzegovina; Haiti; and Mozambique. The conference was sponsored by those wonderful folks at United Nations Association of Rochester. What I got from the conference: Disinterest in by the public on environmental concerns seems to be drearily widespread. Other stuff gets front-page coverage on the world stage—sports, movie star scandals, highway accidents, and political squabbling—just like here in the US. more...
10/07/2010 - Got important papers to get rid of? Get secure shredding: Monroe County Department of Environmental Services is partnering with METRO Waste Paper Recovery and Rochester Data Storage to provide secure shredding to County residents on October 16, 2010 from 9:00am to 2:00pm at the Pittsford-Mendon High School, 472 Mendon Road, Pittsford, NY. There is a limit of two garbage bags per household, not for commercial waste. Please call Metro Waste at 202-9289 if you have any questions.
10/07/2010 - Get a Green Job: Check out this useful article on how to get a green job: Best Ways to Find a Green Career - Earth911.com "More and more graduates are leaving school with an interest in finding a job that focuses on the many aspects of sustainability. Job seekers will find a nonprofit and for-profit employer pool that is increasingly open to exploring sustainable approaches such as paying employees a living wage, reducing overall waste and becoming more energy efficient. The public has been instrumental in the rise of support for green jobs. In fact, Feb. 4, 2009 marked the the first official Green Jobs Advocacy Day. Thousands of proponents from around the country gathered on Capitol Hill to lobby for good-paying, green jobs. (Stock Photo) Colleges and universities are also responding to this shift toward environmentally and socially responsible practices, and many now offer programs geared toward sustainability. " (September 22, 2010) Earth911.com - Find Recycling Centers and Learn How To Recycle
10/07/2010 - Some love Wind Power: Not everyone finds wind power to be inconsequential, annoying, and noisy. Some counties have embraced Wind Power as a serious energy source, a source that won’t warm the atmosphere and make our air un-breathable. Whopper of a wind farm opens off Britain - U.S. news - Environment - Green Machines - msnbc.com LONDON — The world's largest offshore wind farm had its grand opening Thursday — and its location on the estuary of the Thames River makes it a showcase for Britain's push to move beyond fossil fuels. So far, 100 wind turbines have been planted in waters up to 80 feet deep across the estuary in southern England. The idea is to produce enough electricity, 300 megawatts, to power the equivalent of 200,000 homes. (September 23, 2010) Breaking News, Weather, Business, Health, Entertainment, Sports, Politics, Travel, Science, Technology, Local, US & World News- msnbc.com
10/07/2010 - Energy, Jobs, and You. Find out what our state’s energy authority NYSERDA has been doing for creating green jobs. It’s seventy-four pages of heavy-lifting, but it could be worth your effort. Green Jobs - Green New York Annual Report "NYSERDA has undertaken an extensive planning process involving significant input from the general public, various interested parties and program stakeholders. This process has included the development of and regular input from an Advisory Council, along with several Working Groups that were instrumental in developing several program component Operating Plans. The general public was able to participate in Advisory Council meetings, and also had access to the GJGNY website where materials and videos of Advisory Council meetings were posted and links were provided for comments. Workforce The GJGNY Workforce Development activities will engage existing contractors to immediately expand capacity to deliver services and provide direct-entry, on-the-job, apprenticeship and internship incentives to help defray staffing costs. Initiatives will also help build New York's training infrastructure by working with community-based training organizations, through the expansion of existing training centers, furnishing new training equipment and tools, and restructuring field testing and certification examination protocols to help ramp up workforce participation in training and certification over the next year. " (October 2010) New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
10/06/2010 - Dry Cleaning to Wet Cleaning: Here are some interesting thoughts on how the dry cleaning business might evolve to a business that uses less toxic chemicals to do its job. Dry cleaner sought to test green option - RocNow.com "You pick up your cleaned and pressed silk dress or wool sport coat from a dry cleaner and you’ve left the dirt behind. But those cleaners in some cases have left their own stains behind in the form of hazardous waste sites born from contamination by perchloroethylene or some other chlorinated solvent. " (September 26, 2010) RocNow.com
10/06/2010 - Air Quality is critical to our environment and health: Check out this group whose charge it is to help make sure our air is clean to breathe: The Clean Air Coalition of W.N.Y. "The Clean Air Coalition protects the right of Western New York residents to breathe clean air and live, work, and play in a healthy environment. To protect that right, the Coalition organizes community members and builds diverse coalitions to implement initiatives to reduce environmental hazards. "
10/05/2010 - There is still time to save energy on this NYSERDA program until the money for the rebates run out: ACTION: New York's Great Appliance Swap Out "The New York State Energy-Efficient Appliance Rebate Program To qualify, your eligible appliance(s) must be purchased between February 12th, 2010 and the date available funding runs out. Welcome to "New York’s Great Appliance Swap Out" website which will provide all the information you need in order to participate. This rebate program, administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), is available to residential consumers replacing existing appliances of the same type with new ENERGY STAR® qualified appliances or High Efficiency ENERGY STAR appliances. A larger rebate will be granted to consumers who recycle their discarded appliances. Appliance Rebate Funds Still Available!!! Due to a large number of rebate reservations that were never claimed, there are still funds available under New York’s Great Appliance Swap Out! Applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds remain available. " --a program funded by ARRA and administered by New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
10/05/2010 - ACTION: Here’s is an action alert referred to us by Rochesterians Against the Misuse of Pesticides (RAMP) : It's Time to Stop Poisoning Ourselves. Call For a Ban On Triclosan! "There is a dangerous substance still being widely used in the U.S. despite evidence that it is a real and imminent threat to public and environmental health. Most products labeled as "antibacterial," "antimicrobial," "Microban" or "Biofresh" contain this dangerous chemical called triclosan. Triclosan is a pesticide that has been popping up in products we use everyday like soap, toothpaste, deodorant and even baby changing stations. It is so dangerous that it was banned in Japan and Canada, and classified as an irritant — dangerous for the environment and very toxic to aquatic organisms — by the EU. It persists in the environment and is recognized, like BPA, as an endocrine disruptor -- a substance that interferes with the body's hormones. Can you join us in calling for an end to the use of triclosan for non-medical purposes? Fill out the form below to add your name to the petition. " -from Food & Water Watch
10/05/2010 - Ramping up RAMP: We have been waiting many years for our friends over at Rochesterians Against the Misuse of Pesticides (RAMP) to get a web site so we can help them promote their efforts towards our area’s environment health and more. RAMP is a powerful force in our area for keeping our area free from toxins and archive of important information tough to get anywhere else. RAMPinfo - a nonprofit dedicated to protecting people and the ecosystem from the dangerous effects of harmful chemicals and pesticides "RAMP's Mission is to advocate against toxic chemicals and pesticides risk on public health and the environment. RAMP was established in 1987 by community members seeking to inform others of the potential dangers of using pesticides and toxic chemicals. "
10/04/2010 - Change Rochester’s environment 10/10/10 Climate Change is going to possibly change our Rochester, NY-area environment in all sorts of ways. I don’t mean possible in the sense that one thinks when buying a lottery ticket. It’s possible you might win a zillion dollars when you buy a lottery ticket for a buck at your local convenience store, but don’t count on it. I mean possible Climate Changes scenarios in our area in the sense that a meteorologist means when she says a Force Four hurricane is coming to town tomorrow and you might want to act on that. Here’s a litany of the possible changes I am writing about: more...
10/02/2010 - ACTION: When the cat’s away the mice will play In a time of recession, budgets will be cut, people will lose lobs, and it will hurt. We get it. However, this message often gets directed to some and not to others. Usually, the oppressed are the recipients of this austerity message. Regardless of who caused the recession (because holding those accountable seems impossible because they hold so much power), we make our corrections on the backs of the poor, government workers who keep our infrastructure going, the least likely to be able to fight back, and always our environment. In good times (booms) and bad (recessions), the thing to do to balance the budget and magically save us from ourselves, from our pollution and neglectfully ways, is to trash our environment: we get to pave it, develop it, drill it, pollute it, shoot it, and forget it altogether. But, that’s suicidal. Gutting New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), the agency responsible for protecting our environment in lean times and good, means when the cat is away, the mice (industry, individuals) get to do whatever they want with our environment. Here’s the DEC’s mission: "To conserve, improve and protect New York's natural resources and environment and to prevent, abate and control water, land and air pollution, in order to enhance the health, safety and welfare of the people of the state and their overall economic and social well-being. DEC's goal is to achieve this mission through the simultaneous pursuit of environmental quality, public health, economic prosperity and social well-being, including environmental justice and the empowerment of individuals to participate in environmental decisions that affect their lives.” Rationally, the thing to do would be to increase the staff at the NYS DEC. When things get tough, people start trashing the environment. They take shortcuts; they dump when they should recycle; staff, who are supposed to make sure industry and government don’t misbehave, are getting the pink slip. Desperate schemes, like drilling for natural gas to provide jobs and make money and warm the planet with more greenhouse gases, gets less scrutiny and less environmental enforcement. Here’s the situation: Environmental groups decry DEC budget cuts - Canandaigua, NY - MPNnow “Environmental groups say Gov. David Paterson is hobbling the state’s ability to protect its natural resources by ordering hundreds of job cuts at the Department of Environmental Conservation. Paterson has called for cutting 2,000 of the state’s 200,000 employees by year’s end. Budget divison [sic] spokesman Eric Kriss says Wednesday each agency has been given a target for total staffing. That number is just more than 2,900 at the DEC.” (September 30, 2010) Note that the governor proposes to make his entire job cuts through DEC cuts only, and this actually leaves 900 additional job openings across the rest of the state’s staff. But you can do something about it says Environmental Advocates New York: “The Governor recently ordered New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to lay off 209 employees by the end of the year. Added to the hundreds of staff who have taken up the Governor’s early retirement incentives and those lost due to the hiring freeze over the past four years, New York’s environmental agency has lost nearly one quarter of its entire workforce since 2007. The DEC monitors air and water quality and cleans up oil and toxic chemical spills—but only if it has the staff to do so. The agency has been cut 15 percent this year, and now is looking at a disproportionate number of layoffs, too, more than any other single agency. These cuts leave the DEC with its lowest staff levels since the 1980′s, despite an increase in responsibilities. It’s like the Governor is asking the environmental agency to clean up New York’s hazardous waste with a toothbrush and a garden hose. Gutting environmental enforcement can’t be the way Go here to act: Save the DEC: Tell Gov. Paterson NOT to Cut Staff at NY's Enviro Agency
10/01/2010 - Take Action for our Children: "Today CHEJ is proud to release our newest resource to create healthier schools for children – This Vinyl School – a brand new interactive website to educate and empower parents, teachers & students to green America's Schools. Visit This Vinyl School – http://www.chej.org/thisvinylschool and find out where PVC, the poison plastic is hiding in schools and find safer alternatives. PVC is widespread in schools across the nation – from the flooring and carpeting to playground equipment and roofing. Toxic chemicals released by the PVC lifecycle have been linked to asthma, obesity, learning and developmental disabilities – health problems on the rise in children. Thankfully it is easy to find safer alternatives to this toxic plastic. Can you help get the word out about this new resource? Here's a few easy ways you can help promote This Vinyl School today: • Share it on Facebook and Twitter – here's a sample announcement you can post: Help your school go green with CHEJ's fun new website for PVC-free schools! http://bit.ly/PVCschool • Forward this e-mail to friends, family, teachers, and students you know to spread the word. • Have a website or blog? Post a web banner on your site today: http://www.besafenet.com/pvc/share.htm Be sure to link it to This Vinyl School – http://www.chej.org/thisvinylschool If you’d like to help share this, contact me for sample e-mails to forward, blog posts, and other promo materials. We're releasing This Vinyl School just in time for Children's Health Month this October. Make the pledge to make your child's school healthier this month by visiting and sharing it with your friends and loved ones – http://www.chej.org/thisvinylschool Together we can green our schools! Yours for a toxic-free future, Mike Schade, PVC Campaign Coordinator Center for Health Environment & Justice 212.964.3680 office firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.chej.org http://www.besafenet.com/pvc Check out CHEJ's new blog! www.chej.org/blog Follow CHEJ on Twitter: twitter.com/chej Fan CHEJ on Facebook : www.facebook.com/CHEJfans "
10/01/2010 - Transportation, our environment, and your job search When looking for a job (a green job perhaps) in these recession-filled days of few job offers and low pay, consider the cost of transportation in factoring your desired compensation. In other words, if you can find a job you can walk, bike, or bus to you can get a job that does not pay as much as you would need if you had to own, maintain, and purchase a car. When searching for an employment position, calculate that you can work for at least $5,000 a year less if I don’t have to own a car to get to it. (Calculate more if your vehicle is one of the hulking monstrosities that doesn’t even come close to the suggested miles per gallon quotient.) You won’t need to pay repair bills, or licensing fees, fuel that warms the atmosphere, insurance, and you won’t have to save for a new car to replace the one you are going to wear out getting to and from your new job. Our environment and you will be healthier if you can walk each day to your job, instead of maintaining that behemoth in your garage, just drooling for more fossil fuel. Figuring out the earnings you will need from your new job will give you a distinct advantage if you don’t have to pay so much just to get to your job. Think about it: If you need to own a car to work, it’s going to suck critical earnings from your new job. Just imagine if everyone considered the cost of transportation to their employment; we would not need high taxes to maintain roads, bridges, accident insurance, and our health bills would go down. Our neighborhoods would be people centric, instead of car dominate and we wouldn’t have to compete for living space with drivers speeding to work to make those outrageous car payments. Behold the bicycle: People for Bikes "Peopleforbikes.org is dedicated to channeling that passion to improve the future of bicycling. Our goal is to gather a million names of support, to speak with one, powerful voice—to make bicycling safer, more convenient and appealing for everyone "