Daily Green Wrap-up 13.November, 2012

Plug-in vehicle owners are, on average, driving more than gas-powered vehicle owners are driving their cars, and are getting more comfortable charging those vehicles outside of their homes, Plug In Vehicles reports, citing a US Energy Department study concocted with charging station maker Ecotality.
In his acceptance speech last Tuesday, President Obama stated that: “We want our children to live in an America that isn’t burdened by debt, that isn’t weakened by inequality, that isn’t threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet.”
The President’s words will be put to the test very shortly.
We Americans have garnered ourselves quite a little reputation as foot-dragging obstructionists when it comes to global warming; the arctic is melting, our crops are drying out, the problem is staring us in the face, the rational world is moving to act, and our politicians and pundits blather on about sunspots and debunked conspiracy theories.
But no more!
Burn some time, save some fuel.
That’s the synopsis of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) website redesign, which is geared towards fleet managers and other high-volume, high-mileage drivers.
The new site gives the lowdown on five alternatives to gasoline – biodiesel, electricity, ethanol, natural gas and propane – and how much money they could save a company.
I’m a lip balm fiend, as are my sister and my mother-in-law. In fact, most of the people I know (male and female) have a strong fondness for lip balms—particularly in the winter months when we get all chapped and sore from talking too much while traipsing about in snowstorms. Instead of spending a ridiculous amount of cash on these lip-lubing accoutrements, why not concoct your own? They’re super-easy to make, and you can customize them to suit everyone’s tastes.
Acclaimed vegan restaurant VEDGE in Philadelphia has picked up an Eater Award for ”Philadelphia Restaurant of the Year” – scoring yet another big honor for a plant-based joint that’s only 12 months into its run.

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