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Ted Wright -- last update 6/14/2006 (PlanetProtect.html)
Copyright 2006 -- Collinsville, Oklahoma
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George M. Brenner Spoke To Concerned
the link for the Gore "An Inconvenient Truth" film above was
chosen randonly from many in a search ... many bashing the film already.
I'd be interested in hearing what cvilleok.com viewers think after they
watch it. The energy bulletin link was from the library's reading list.
the first half hour of Dr. Brenner's presentation (covering the VCO
meet) but still saw plenty of easy to understand charts showing that our
current dependency on oil and gas can not continue at it's existing level.
As worldwide energy consumption continues to grow each year the discovery
of new petroleum continues to decline. Less energy consumption and alternative
energy sources will not be a choice in the near future.
We've all been spoiled by abundant and cheap energy for so long that change
is resisted but most of the suggestions below are not that difficult to implement
if we just give it a try.-- Ted
George M. Brenner presented facts on energy consumption changes over the years.
The chart above shows the transition from primarily wood fuels to coal in 1885
and then from primarily coal to petroleum and natural gas in 1945.
Newhouse compared a normal light bulb to a newer more energy efficient compact
flourescent bulb (with one of Dr. Brenner's charts in the background). Diane
was also trying to organize a group to go see the new movie "An Inconvenient
Truth" to see what it had to say about global warming and other issues.
A sample of the many tips
given are listed below. A reading list is also available at the Library. The
tips were given to reduce energy consumption (with the by-products of saving
money & the helping planet):
1. Set thermostat to 68 degrees or lower in the winter and to 78 or higher
in the summer.
2. Replace tungsten bulbs with high efficiency flouresent bulbs.
3. Turn off lights and appliances when not in use. Use power strips.
4. Turn off hot water heater and adjust the tthermostat when you are away
5. Walk or bike whenever possible.
6. Consolidate your errands; drive slower.
7. Plant a garden; mulch flowers and shrubs; use drip irrigation.
8. Buy locally-grown food; start a community garden.
9. Obtain a retractable clothes line and hang clothes out to dry when feasible.
1. Carpool; use public transportation.
2. Replace high-maintenance lawns with low-maintenance native grasses, shrubs,
and wildflowers; use a manual lawn mower.
3. Install a programmable thermostat on your furnace/a.c. and hot water heater.
4. Install a solar hot water system or solar-powered attic ventilation.
5. Install an on-demand water heater.
1. Purchase a hybrid or efficient diesel vehicle, scooter or moped.
2. Move closer to your workplace and cut your commute time and cost.
3. Build/buy a high efficiency home; include passive solar heating; consider
an earth berm and solar or wind-generated electricity.