If you're anti-eco friendly or just oblivious to the fact that we're slowing flushing the earth (and us with it!) down the toilet you may be thinking, "Hmm I didn't know electricity could be uhh dirty?"
Well my friend, I'm here to tell you, it can be, and in more ways than one.
Did you know that oil and coal industries spent a whopping $427 million during the first half of 2008 on lobbying and advertising? That's $950 MILLION a year.
Why is that a bad thing you ask?
Allow me to pass on a little basic information about good ol' earth, and the effect using gas and oil based electricity is having on it. *Information courtesy of Wecansolveit.org
What Is Global Warming?
Earth is naturally insulated by a delicate balance of heat-trapping (or "greenhouse") gases in the atmosphere. When the sun shines on the Earth, some of that heat is absorbed, keeping Earth warm enough to support life.
The problem is that over the last century, we humans have been releasing more and more carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases into the atmosphere when we burn fuels and cut down forests. These additional gases have upset the natural balance of our atmosphere, trapping more heat than is healthy for the Earth.
The result is human-caused global warming, which brings serious threats from increased flooding to the spread of disease to the disruption of agriculture in many parts of the world.
Scientists tell us that stopping global warming is urgent -- we have just a few years to turn around the growth of greenhouse gas emissions in order to avoid the worst effects. The good news is that we can achieve these emissions reductions with effective national policies and international treaties. We must insist that businesses and governments join individuals around the world to greatly increase energy efficiency, widely adopt renewable energy, and commit to stopping climate change. Success is possible, but will take every ones help.
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A while back I was watching an episode of Extreme Makeover Home Improvement. The Navajo Family they were helping had been living in a run down trailer with no running water, or heat, and only half the mobile home had functioning electricity.
What, or I should say who, amazed me most about this particular episode was a 13yr old kid named Garrett Yazzie. Seeing that his family had no heat, he tapped into nature and built a solar heater using an old car transmission and recycled pop cans.
Now if a 13yr old kid can figure out that we can harness power from nature why in the world is this country facing an energy crisis? Why are we paying $4 and up a gallon for gas? Why do I, who almost NEVER turns on a light switch in my apartment, have a $120 electric bill?
Oh yea, then there's that whole - IT'S GOOD FOR THE PLANET thing. But really, who's worried about that?
The house the Extreme Makeover crew built for the Yazzie family had solar panels installed on the roof and a windmill on the property near the house. They calculated that by harnessing nature as their sole energy source, they would not only end up having NO electric bill, but the energy provided by natural resources would be so much that they could re-route some of it to other homes on the reservation as well.
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