I have devoted several essays on this web log to my views on what is a clean renewable source of energy and what is a dirty renewable energy source. A clean source is one that creates very few emissions and pollutants in its life cycle and a dirty source is one that creates many pollutants in its lifecycle and use. (more…)
This is the last time I shall write on this log in 2007. I started writing at the end of October and this makes the sixtieth post. The eve of the New Year is a time when resolutions to change for the better are traditionally made I shall offer you four New Year’s resolutions to add to your list, in the hope that whatever other resolutions that you will make and break, these environmental resolutions will last.
- If you can, get your energy from a benign source, rather than a carbon dioxide producing source. Look at solar thermal, wind turbines, and PV first and in that order.
- Try to conserve as much fossil fuel energy as you can. Perhaps turning the thermostat down by one or two degrees in winter would be a good start, and buying a smaller engined car when it’s time to change it.
- Make sure that those who pollute pay for cleaning up their act. If you yourself pollute clean it up yourself. Do not be responsible for indirect pollution; buying cheap sweatshop produced goods will also almost invariably have a hidden carbon price tag.
- Don’t waste fossil fuel energy; the typical scenario of heating on with windows open still happens too often; over packaging is a waste of energy so avoid buying goods that are unnecessarily over packaged.
I wish you all a very happy and safe new year.
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