2GreenEnergy.com Bringing Together Clean Energy Investors with the Strongest Renewable Energy Investment Opportunities2016-08-27T02:19:40Z http://www.2greenenergy.com/feed/atom/ http://www.2greenenergy.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/favicon-1.png craigshields <![CDATA[Should We Ban Fracking?]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=61768 2016-08-27T02:19:40Z 2016-08-26T17:15:53Z ]]> Should We Ban Fracking?Here’s a wonderful, well-balanced discussion on an extremely important subject: placing a ban on fracking.  As the author correctly states, natural gas is often used to offset coal, which, as he explains, represents double the greenhouse gas emissions per BTU as compared to gas.  What he may have wanted to add, however, is that CO2 and methane are only two of the many issues with coal; we need to include the oxides of nitrogen and sulfur, cadmium, mercury, selenium, arsenic and a host of different radioactive isotopes.

The larger question, of course, is this:  Regardless of what restrictions we place on fracking here and now, do we have an energy plan in place that explicitly calls for phasing out all fossil fuels as rapidly as practically possible?  The answer, of course, is no.  Our congress, owned as it is by Big Energy, is a million miles from creating such a policy and agreeing to the laws that would support it.

 

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craigshields <![CDATA[Growth of Renewable Energy Far Exceeds Predictions]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=61759 2016-08-26T01:38:13Z 2016-08-25T23:35:42Z ]]> Growth of Renewable Energy Far Exceeds PredictionsOne of the central themes here at 2GreenEnergy is that the rapid migration to renewable energy is happening right in front of our eyes.  I’m reminded of the UK’s Duke of Edinburgh’s (pictured left) position on wind turbines (“They don’t work.”), which carries the same level of absurdity as pointing to plane in the sky and saying, “vehicles that are heavier than air can’t fly.”

Here’s an article that speaks to this very issue: the growth of clean energy is exceeding all expectations.

 

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craigshields <![CDATA[Climate Change Activism]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=61754 2016-08-25T16:48:34Z 2016-08-25T16:47:20Z ]]> Climate Change ActivismOne of my email signatures reads: “I won’t be the dad who knew, but did nothing.”  And sure, I’m doing what I can to broaden my limited exposure and communicate the truth about climate change and the urgency associated with it, promoting a spirit of cooperation, compassion and foresightedness.  Is what I’m doing effective?  That’s hard to know.

What’s easy to see, however, is that Bill Nye “the Science Guy” is a fabulously effective agent in calling for a worldwide effort to deal with global warming before it’s too late.  As suggested in this article, the dude is constantly in motion, with a glorious multi-prong effort to focus the world on the scientific facts with respect to climate change mitigation.

Impressive, isn’t it?  A few years ago, who would have thought that this skinny fellow with the bow ties and a few appearances on children’s television would rise to this position of prominence in helping our civilization deal with what is arguably its greatest threat?  We should all stand in awe, and let this phenomenon inspire every one of us to work a little harder.

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dixiesomers <![CDATA[From Guest Blogger Dixie Somers: Five Green Services to Start Using Right Now]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=61718 2016-08-25T18:18:42Z 2016-08-25T16:04:57Z ]]> Five Green Services to Start Using Right NowIf you want to reduce your carbon footprint and help the environment, you can switch to using green home services that will enable you to create a more eco-friendly living space. Here are five of the top green services you should consider using.

Solar Energy

Instead of using electricity, gas, and other power sources that can be harmful to the environment, you can make the switch to solar energy. You can install panels around your property that will capture natural energy from the sun that you can use to power your home. Although the initial investment for solar energy equipment may be expensive, the government can often help with this purchase, and you will actually end up saving money in the long run by making the switch in any case.

Carpet Cleaning

Getting your carpets cleaner can be accomplished without harming the planet. There are environmentally friendly products that certain companies use to safely remove dirt, pollen and dust mites from carpet fibers. Carpet cleaning equipment that requires less energy to operate can also be used to make your carpets and rugs more sanitary.

Pest Control

Certain pesticides are known to be harmful to both humans and the environment, and using a green pest control service like Green Pest Control in Manassas will be a better alternative. Some of the top eco-friendly pest control companies use products containing natural ingredients that are still powerful enough to do the job. Green pest control solutions may also involve trapping and releasing certain animals back out into the wild instead of exterminating them.

Water Services

Certain companies are able to install water softeners that allow dishwashers, washing machines and water heaters to run using less energy. A reverse osmosis system can also be installed in your home that purifies your drinking water and eliminates the need to buy bottled water and discard used bottles in landfills. You can also request to have a water collection system installed that allows you to get your water directly from rainfall and save money on your water bill.

Lawn Care

There are even greener solutions for caring for your lawn. Manual lawnmowers and other lawn care equipment that does not require as much energy can be used to trim your grass. Mulch and compost are natural materials that are capable of keeping grass and plants healthy. The use of an organic herbicide is a great way to prevent weed growth.

 

Utilizing eco-friendly services can help you create the greener home environment that will allow you to keep your household in order while doing some good for the planet. The money you will likely save can also help you keep some extra green in your wallet as well!

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craigshields <![CDATA[Car Bumper-Stickers Provide Insight Into the Political Make-Up of the Community]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=61742 2016-08-24T23:22:01Z 2016-08-24T22:18:36Z ]]> Car Bumper-Stickers Provide Insight Into the Make-Up of the CommunityA few times a week, I take a run on a beach here in Santa Barbara, and I’m always amused by the bumper-stickers on the cars in the parking lot.  To get the joke of the first one, you need to know that dogs are welcome on this beach, and on a nice day, there are many dozens of them frolicking together, chasing tennis balls into the ocean, and generally having a wonderful time with their human partners and each other.  You also need to know that the demographics of Santa Barbara are heavily weighted toward affluent, well educated, life-affirming progressives.  20160824_125115

Nothing whatsoever is required to appreciate the one on the right.  My mother’s not going to like this, but it cracked me up so thoroughly that I thought I needed to publish it.

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craigshields <![CDATA[Be The Change]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=61734 2016-08-24T22:06:32Z 2016-08-24T21:41:32Z ]]> Be The ChangeThe reason you’re reading this right now is that you, like me, feel the duty to change the world for the better; this is a core aspect of who we are as people, regardless of the size of the contribution we make.

We’re all familiar with the beautiful, self-empowering quote from Mahatma Gandhi: “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” Now, if you’re looking for an aesthetic experience that uses music to expand on these incredible words, I present this fabulous song by the band Downhere, called “The Problem.”

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craigshields <![CDATA[Battle Royale Over California’s Clean Air Standards]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=61727 2016-08-24T16:21:33Z 2016-08-24T15:56:31Z ]]> Battle Royale Over California’s Clean Air StandardsIt comes as no surprise that California has the strictest clean air legislation in the U.S., culminating in our bill “SB 32” that recently passed the state assembly and is not on its way to the senate.  Yet, as one can readily imagine, the oil companies are working feverishly to eviscerate the terms of SB 32 and destroy our clean air standards.   

As billionaire Tom Steyer (pictured above — the anti-matter of the Koch Brothers) says, Please share this petition with your friends and family. It’s time to send a message to Big Oil: We’re going to protect our kids, not oil company profits. Together, we can protect California’s clean air laws. Here’s the FAQ page from Steyer’s non-profit: NextGen Climate.

The dude really is amazing when you think about it:

Koch Brothers: Investing part of their combined $80 billion net worth so as to make even more money, at the cost of the health and safety of everyone on this planet.

Tom Steyer: Spending part of his money to achieve something important for all of us, a purpose that has nothing to do with his personal enrichment.

That’s quite a difference.

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craigshields <![CDATA[The Cost of Mitigating Climate Change May Be a Considerable Burden to Our Children]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=61722 2016-08-23T16:52:56Z 2016-08-23T16:52:56Z ]]> The Cost of Mitigating Climate Change May Be a Considerable Burden to Our ChildrenAccording to this article, the projected cost to our children associated with repairing the climate change-inflicted damage to our planet is $8.8 trillion, which works out to somewhere between $125K and $180K per child in lifetime earnings.

But not to worry.  If elected, Donald Trump will remove all regulations on energy production, and provide $20 trillion in new jobs by renegotiating trade deals with China, in combination with other pieces of mumbo-jumbo.

The situation is completely under control.  Believe me.   :)

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craigshields <![CDATA[Melting Sea Ice Puts Alaskan Village Into a Quandary]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=61702 2016-08-22T23:49:52Z 2016-08-22T22:49:50Z ]]> Melting Sea Ice, melting ice due to climate change, climate refugees, mitigating climate change, critical mass, save planet from devastationHere’s a story about a small town in Northern Alaska whose 650 citizens are currently voting whether or not to relocate, as the melting of the sea ice due to climate change is allowing the incoming waves to erode their land at an ever-increasing pace.

Now, my wife (pictured) has urged me not to write so many depressing posts, and, since I (almost) always do what she suggests, I need to find a positive spin to put on this.  Let me think about that for a moment or two….20160801_144500

OK, how about this?  At worst, there are only 650 climate refugees associated with this particular story.  But at the same time, many millions of people each year are getting the message that mitigating climate change is an important—and urgent—matter.  What happens when public opinion on the subject achieves a “critical mass?” I would like to believe that humankind will find a way to cooperate, as required to save their planet from devastation.

There.  That should put a smile on her face…..

 

 

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brookechaplan <![CDATA[From Guest Blogger Brooke Chaplan: Components That Keep Green Materials Safe During Shipping]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=61678 2016-08-22T21:03:30Z 2016-08-22T21:03:30Z ]]>

With a beautifully-designed product, creative product descriptions and stellar customer service, packing and shipping items is one of the last steps in the process that delivers your goods to your customer. You should be paying as much attention to your shipping as you do to the rest of your business.

Encapsulated Air

Bubble wrap is a type of packaging that makes use of encapsulated air. There are other methods where air is encased between large sheets that are sealed together into one bubble. This packing material is meant to keep lightweight items protected inside the shipping container. The item can be wrapped in bubble sheeting or a package of air is placed between the item and the side of the container.

Double Boxing

Some items might be shipped more than once inside its own package. To ensure the package gets to its destination in good shape, the original package can be placed inside a larger one. A space of 2 to 3 inches should be left between the package and the exterior box, which is filled with packing materials like bubble wrap.

Cooling Blankets

Some items like building materials need to be kept at a cool temperature while shipping. That can be a problem if the freight ends up traveling through a state that experiences high heat.  Some companies, like Powerblanket, know that some materials need to remain at a certain temperature to be used correctly. Cooling blankets can be wrapped around the materials to ensure they are kept at the correct temperature throughout the entire shipping process, which is vital for some materials.

Loose Fill

Packing peanuts can be used to fill a box for shipping. This method is usually used for non-fragile items since the item may shift during transit. A fragile item can migrate through the peanuts and end up too close to the exterior wall of the packaging. It could end up damaged. Peanuts can cause static electricity and should never be used for electronics.

Polyethylene Foam Sheeting

This sheeting material is lightweight and soft, which will keep items from banging around inside the box. It’s great for providing extra cushioning against damage from the exterior too. The cushioning properties are perfect for providing surface protection.

Foam-in-Place

A chemical mixture can be sprayed around the object to create a mold around the item itself. There aren’t any extra pockets of air that would allow the product to bounce around in its package. It supports corners and protects delicate edges. It’s great for fragile items that could break easily.

You don’t want to lose your products to breakage before they get to the customer. Using the correct packing material is an important factor when shipping anything to a client or customer.

 

 

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