Daily Green Wrap-Up 3.July, 2012

Confession: Up until a week ago, I still sometimes wore plastic flip flops. Granted, they were flip flops I purchased back in 2005. And I wore them until they had holes in the heels.
But still, why would I continue to wear plastic ones after discovering the natural rubber flip flops from Feelgoodz two years ago? It had to do with the straps.
The differences between the Obama Administration’s leadership and work on crafting a national energy policy and those of the G.W. Bush Administration could hardly be more striking. To be sure, Obama’s “All of the Above” energy policy framework has come under criticism. The fact that the President and his administration have been faced with a recalcitrant Congress on the whole staunchly resistant to enacting stronger renewable and clean energy policies has to be noted, however.
You’ve got plenty of smart, influential scientists who are willing to be quoted in news segments describing the impact climate change has had on the record-breaking wildfires in the Southwest.
So there’s really no excuse for this statistic, uncovered in a Media Matters analysis: Just 3% of the wildfire news coverage even mentions climate change or global warming at all. To be clear, that doesn’t mean that 3% of the wildfire stories are about climate change—97% don’t mention it at all.
CBS Studios are going green by installing six PureCell stationary fuel cell systems at two of their production locations in California. The fuel cell systems are produced by UTC Power and they will be installed at CBS Studio Center (a production facility with 18 sound stages) and CBS Television City (which houses eight studios). The PureCell systems at Studio Center and Television City will together produce a total of 2.4 MW of power, therefore satisfying 40% and 60% of the studios’ electricity requirements.
On getting your hands dirty.

  • Gardening is the purest of human pleasures. – Francis Bacon
  • No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden. –Thomas Jefferson
We’ve grown quite fond of Mazda’s new Skyactiv engine range, and apparently, we aren’t the only ones. High demand for these engines has caused Mazda to double its production of both the gasoline and diesel versions, and starting in October, the automaker will produce 800,000 of these efficient mills globally, up from 400,000.

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