Daily Green Wrap-Up 06.December, 2011

It’s been a long time since farmers congregated in downtown Manhattan — around 350 years, to be exact. The folks who populate Wall Street and rural America don’t cross paths much these days. It’s easy to forget that Wall Street used to be rural America; in 1644, the area contained so many cows that the Dutch colonists had to erect a cattle guard to keep them from straying. Livestock farmers literally established the boundaries of Wall Street.It’s been a long time since farmers congregated in downtown Manhattan — around 350 years, to be exact. The folks who populate Wall Street and rural America don’t cross paths much these days.
The folks at green retailer Ethical Ocean have shared its analysis about how much carbon pollution Santa’s annual international sleigh drive would cast into the atmosphere. Don’t just blame the Blitzen for his high fiber diet.
This was informative, in a very lighthearted manner. They take friendly jabs at the entire Christmas tradtion. Head through the jump and read on.
You might recall that last year, an explosion in a coal mine operated by Massey Energy left 29 people dead. And in the wake of the disaster, it was revealed that the company had a storied history of ignoring safety violations or endlessly contesting them in court so as to avoid addressing them.
Here is another reason to make the switch to renewables: It’s safer.
The first Nissan Leaf in the U.S. was delivered almost exactly a year ago (December 11, 2010). Thus, it’s about time that the best-selling all-electric car in America is available in more areas. Nissan announced today that it is taking orders in seven new states: Delaware, Indiana, Louisiana, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island.
Kyoto was a long time ago, Copenhagen was a failure, and the world is facing serious economic and social problems. With all these challenges, many of the world’s richest countries seem to have decided that climate change and the need to switch to alternative energy can take a back seat.
Before the Thanksgiving break, House Republicans voted to kill a transportation appropriations bill that resulted in the majority of funding for America’s high speed rail program being eliminated. The GOP cheered at the death of President Obama’s national rail network plan; but their jubilation came premature. When the vote went to the Senate things changed – the bill was not dead but not really alive either.

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