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Nice to see all those flat-roofs being used for something useful!

Actually, the retailers approach to energy (driven by Wal-Mart) is a fascinating issue. Where they once never thought about it, they are now approaching it both as product suppliers (selling efficient or clean tech) and consumers (becoming generators, reducing usage).

http://www.environmentalleader.com/2008/08/12/retailers-eye-sun-for-energy-savings/
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Please read and pass on! Very important!

Warren Buffett's quotes about the debt ceiling and "Congressional Reform Act of 2011." Clear and concise ... Please read to the end. Interesting and important to know.

Warren Buffett, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of the best
quotes about the debt ceiling:

"I could end the deficit in 5 minutes," he told CNBC. "You just pass a law
that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all
sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election. The 26th
amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months
& 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in
1971...before computers, e-mail, cell phones, etc. Of the 27 amendments to
the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to become the law of the
land...all because of public pressure.

Warren Buffet is asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of
twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do
likewise.
In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the
message. This is one idea that really should be passed around.

Congressional Reform Act of 2011

1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman collects a salary while in office
and receives no pay when they are out of office.

2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security. All
funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security
system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system,
and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for
any other purpose.

3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans
do.

4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay
will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the
same health care system as the American people.

6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American
people.

7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective
1/1/12. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen. Congressmen
made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor,
not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours
should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.

If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take
three days for most people (in the U.S.) to receive the message. Maybe it is
time.
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Leading climate skeptic and discovers that yes indeed the earth is warming and that the methods being used to calculate temperatures are accurate. Can't wait to see how this is used in the next Republican debate.

http://www.economist.com/blogs/dailychart/2011/10/climate-change?fsrc=rss
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I'm not so sure the super committee (which really wasn't all that super) actually failed.
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Will people use less power if their FB freinds use less then them? Opower's history so far shows that it can get people to reduce energy consumption if they use a lot more than their neighbors; if their consumption is average, it doesn't change; but, if they are in the lower tier, their consumption tends to rise. Opower seems to be able to produce a net overall reduction in energy, so it will be interesting to see how this FB app http://www.good.is/post/utilities-can-t-convince-us-to-save-energy-can-facebook/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+good%2Flbvp+%28GOOD+Main+RSS+Feed%29 can impact energy consumption.

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McKinsey has a good survey on corporate sustainability. The key take-away is:

they see the potential for supporting corporate reputation. But they also expect operational and growth-oriented benefits in the areas of cutting costs and pursuing opportunities in new markets and products. Furthermore, respondents in certain industries—energy, the extractive industries,3 and transportation—report that their companies are taking a more active approach than those in other sectors, probably as a result of those industries’ potential regulatory and natural-resource constraints.

Good to see corporate world embracing sustainability as more than a reputation management process but rather a way that they can provide better, greener, new products and services.
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The CFL was once considered to be the heir-apparent to the incandescent. But, a confluence of factors including: reduced utility rebates, a recession, the demonization of the CFL (It's Chinese! It has mercury! The light is bad for you!) have all contributed to reduced sales for the CFL - for five straight quarters.

http://news.thomasnet.com/companystory/Incandescent-Lamp-Index-increases-during-second-quarter-602829
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Right. It's pretty sad how easily people get swayed from their own best interests.
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  • Macalester College
    History/Communications, 1984 - 1989
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Green Business Energy Consultant
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  • D&R International
    Director, present
  • e4 partners
    director, 2001 - 2002
  • MN Office of Environmental Assistance
    Business Assistance Team Lead, 1989 - 2001
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