Military Leaders Say Reducing Oil Consumption is Important for National Security

It’s one thing for us environmentalists to preach energy conservation and efficiency. It’s another thing for the top retired US military leaders to call for “immediate, swift and aggressive action” to reduce oil consumption. This is good to see. Maybe they’re not looking at it from the same environmental perspective, but they’re discussing it nonetheless!

What this tells me is that once you move beyond the hyper-partisanship we currently see, there are a lot of common issues. Motivations don’t necessarily need to be the same, but the intent to make things better for all of us needs to be the driving factor.

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Kohls Makes Commitment to Green Building

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It is so good to see when a company like Kohls, a major national retailer, makes a commitment to build all new stores as LEED-Gold certified. Considering that buildings are our number one consumer of energy (mostly derived from fossil fuels,) this will amount to a tremendous reduction in emissions. In addition, it will save the company millions of dollars simply through energy efficiency. That’s good management!

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Google gets into the Solar Business

Google now in the solar business

Google announced that it is getting into the solar business by using $75 million to finance and own solar systems on 3000 homes. This is a great way to expand the reach of solar without the homeowners having to shell out $30k-$40k. Google owns the panels, and the homeowner pays Google a fixed monthly fee. There are thousands more roofs in the US and lots more opportunity to continue to move away from dirty fossil fuels!

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Empire State Building now LEED Certified

This is great news, proving that it’s cost-effective to make existing buildings more energy efficient. The expected payback time is only three years -after that, it’s all icing (and reduced energy use, emissions, etc.) Buildings are the greatest users of energy in the US – everyone can do their part by adding insulation, sealing cracks, replacing old windows, etc. You don’t need to put $30,000 in solar panels on your roof to make a difference.