The Green Wrap-up 19.March, 2013

No matter how well you try to keep a carpet clean, you cannot keep it from getting dirty. Cleaning your rugs should not be a big deal, and really it isn’t, until you consider all the chemicals used in carpet cleaning solutions.
KiOR, the advanced biofuels company that makes fuel from pine wood chips, has made its first commercial shipment of cellulosic diesel.
In last Saturday’s New York Times columnist Tom Friedman argues in “It’s Lose-Lose vs. Win-Win-Win-Win-Win” that a carbon tax’s time has come: in one fell swoop it “could close the deficit and clean the air, weaken petro-dictators, strengthen the dollar, drive clean-tech innovation and still leave some money to lower corporate and income taxes.”
If you’ll forgive me for stating the obvious: Most people don’t understand climate change very well. This includes a large proportion of the nation’s politicians, journalists, and pundits — even the pundits who write about it.
  • GreenJoyment(Ally): This article provides a couple of really helpful ways in which to think about climate change. It breaks down the science a little bit for the layperson, and with a sense of urgency.
Some air purifying technology originally developed by NASA could eventually purify the air in buildings so much that it would drastically reduce the need to replace air, which in turn would result in big energy savings.
“With the demand for energy rising exponentially, the region is undergoing a major transformation in how it generates electricity,” said Sultan Al Jaber, CEO of Masdar, the state-owned company behind the power plant. “In fact, the Middle East is poised for major investments in renewable energy, and Shams 1 proves the economic and environmental advantage of deploying large-scale solar projects.”
A modern long-haul truck typically gets between 5.5 and 6.5 MPG. Cummins and Peterbilt Motors have partnered to create the ‘SuperTruck’ pictured above, and they’ve been able to get fuel economy to 9.9 MPG under real world testing conditions.

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