Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Fire Season

More fires are burning in Yosemite and parts of California. Seems to be the time of year again. Plus with fall coming up, and more dry weather, camping etc, be sure and follow fire safety.

1. Be sure all campfires are extinguished and buried. Stir it around with dirt and water to make sure it is out.

2. On windy days, be mindful of your surroundings and your fire.

3. Put the cigarette out. Put it in a disposable cup or something similar so the ashes don't get free.

4. If you find yourself in path of a fire, follow instructions precisely, it could save your life.

Just be mindful and careful around flames this year, too many fires claim too many lives.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Make all US electricity from renewable sources

Al Gore is trying to regain some fame with his latest statement: We need to make all US energy come from renewable sources in 10 years.

This statement once again shows that he truly knows nothing about energy or the environment. Not only is his plan impossible, it is technically unfeasible at our current energy consumption. We are having problems supplying the energy needed at our current level or production. If Gore wants to truly help the environment, he needs to follow the following steps.

1) Convince oil companies to invest more in alternate fuels. These companies have some of the largest amounts of profit that there is in the market today. Investing 1 million here or there doesn't help. Nor does 16 billion dollar profits in their pockets while America pays for it.

2) Convince environmental activist to allow the construction of new efficient clean power plants. They can build one with nearly no CO emissions, generate more power, then the current plants.

3) Support energy efficiency standards. We need to get people making inefficient products to be held accountable and clean up the strain on the grid.

4) Educate with real data and facts, not information made up in his head. Some people are hardened against the word climate change and global warming. Talk to their wallets, not their sense of responsibility.

5) Point out the ways people can currently cut back and save.

There is no way we can be off the current grid without massive changes. Technology is increasing yearly, but the amount of energy this country consumes is astronomical and growing. With hybrid cars on the rise, their charge cycle is more strain on an already over-burdened grid. People need to accept responsibility for their actions. Talk to local utilities and find ways you can save energy, and money and do it!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Contraception is Abortion

So wow, this is just out of the blue, but almost what one would expect from this administration. According to an AP article, a new bill refers to some types of contraception as abortion. Yeah, that's right.

The law attempts to define abortion as:

"any of the various procedures, including the prescription and administration of any drug or any performance of any procedure or any other action, that results in the termination of the life of a human being in utero between conception and natural birth, whether before or after implantation.”

Some women may not know they are pregnant for a couple of months. In my opinion, this is being done to get rid of the morning after pill. Abortion is every womans choice, the one she has to be with, and government needs to stay out of it.