In August I covered the Plug-In 2009 Conference in Long Beach for Creative Greenius and provided exclusive photos and commentary.
On the final night of the conference, August 13, a public night was held featuring a forum with Bill Nye the Science Guy, Chelsea Sexton and “Who Killed the Electric Car” Director, Chris Paine. In this excerpt from the complete video provided by Plug-In America on YouTube, I ask the panel about the sense of urgency I felt at the 2008 conference but found lacking here in 2009:
The Greenius Plan To Spread Rooftop Solar Faster Then The Common Cold
If you’ve followed The Adventures of the Solagnelist thus far you know that I am seriously jonesing to generate all my electricity from my own rooftop solar power. The only thing stopping me – an even more serious lack of the do-ray-mi.
As the late great Woody Guthrie put it,
California is a garden of Eden, a paradise to live in or see;
But believe it or not, you won’t find it so hot
If you ain’t got the do re mi.
Woody wasn’t kidding and neither am I. And just like Woody, I’d like to sing you a song about a better way…
President Obama Steps Up To Save The Economy & The Climate While Republicans No Longer Relevant
I wholeheartedly applaud, support and endorse President Barack Obama’s signing of the $787 billion economic recovery bill just moments ago. I cheer his rapid action less than a month after taking office to start getting us out of the Bush Depression – both literally and figuratively.
This bill is not only the most sweeping economic recovery package in our nation’s history, it’s also the greenest.
Fortunately for all of us, climate change guru, Joe Romm of Climate Progress, has already done the heavy lifting and outlined just how green and positive this new bill is. Read:
Your Creative Greenius has been working hard around my home and office to cut my needless electricity use. Not only do I power down my computers at night, but I now have four different power strips that get shut off too. The difference that’s made in cutting my “phantom energy use” has been serious in cutting my bill from SCE, not to mention my personal carbon footprint.
I also spend time volunteering for the South Bay Environmental Services Center in which I try to spread the energy savings and conservation message to everyone I come in contact with. All intelligent people know that if we practiced energy efficiency seriously in the United States we could save billions and billions of dollars and cut our greenhouse gas emissions by huge amounts. If you hear someone arguing against conservation and efficiency you know you’re talking to someone who is easily proven wrong.
But what if we each knew exactly how much energy every electrical appliance we plug into our wall sockets actually used? And what if we knew exactly how much each appliance cost us? Think you might use that knowledge and your lizard brain and start to use your electricity more wisely? Is it possible you could actually practice some cognitive behavior? Maybe you can’t do that in your personal relationships, but I bet you can if it saves you money on your electric bill. Continue reading