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Dec 16 weatherizedc change, Dec 21 Copenhagen/Clean Transportation, News & Essay

From: Philo C.
Sent on: Wednesday, December 16, 2009 10:07 AM
Dec 16 early evening WeatherizeDC.org (two events - one is changed - for other locations see url)

600pm
Home Energy Festival
[masked]th ST NW
Washington, DC 20008
I confirmed going to this location - a residence west of DuPont Circle North Metro red line.

630pm Location change
The venue for the CarbonfreeDC event with WeatherizeDC.org on Wednesday December 16 has been changed to the WeatherizeDC.org office near Dupont Circle at
1850 M St. NW
Suite 1150 (11th floor) - [Red Line at DuPont Circle south exit or Farragut North at L St. exit or Blue/Orange Line at Farragut West 18th St exit]
If you know anyone else who was planning to come, please let them know!
from Winston Lofton <[address removed]> of weatherizedc.org, confirmed by Rhys Gerholdt of www.meetup.com/CarbonfreeDC/


Dec[masked]pm
Copenhagen review and Clean Transportation with carbonfreedc meetup and .org
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
901 G St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202)[masked]
Copenhagen: the most important environmental talks in more than a decade. Join us this evening for a first hand account of the climate talks by Rhys Gerholdt, Executive Director of CarbonfreeDC. After two grueling weeks at the negotiations (and still suffering from jet lag) Rhys will provide an overview of what issues were at stake, what was accomplished and what it all means for the future.
Then we'll "shift gears" to a practical workshop on clean personal transportation options... With Benoit Colin who is an independent expert on clean transportation. He is affiliated with Plug In America, the largest customer advocacy group for plug-in vehicles. We cover how to choose between diesel/gas/hybrid/plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicles, depending on your own commute and living situation. Speakers will give advice on how to reduce your environmental footprint and save money in a traditional vehicle with special "hypermilage" techniques. Lastly, we'll reflect on the evolution of transportation in the DC Metro area specifically.



http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/8415210.stm
December 16, 2009 From British Broadcasting Corporation
Cameron pledges energy upgrade for 3million homes
More than three million homes could get grants [actually loans] worth up to ?6,500 to improve energy efficiency if the Conservatives win power, David Cameron [England?s Tory opposition leader - conservative]will announce.
The Tory leader says 14 councils and London's mayor would pilot the scheme.
It comes as 192 countries try to pave the way for a new global treaty on climate change at Copenhagen.
But a Labour spokesperson described it as a "green con" and added: "Labour has credible, costed plans...not unfunded, unbelievable promises." ....
Householders would then repay the money over up to 25 years through their fuel bills, but the Conservatives say they would still save money because bills would be substantially lower. ....

[Comment: Wow, conservatives conserving energy and conserving fossil fuels and conserving the environment and conserving climate from change and conserving people?s futures, who knew! 1 British pound ??? =[masked] U.S. dollars ?$?. ?6,500 = $10,572x 3m homes = $31,716,750,00 (billions). The populations of United Kingdom is 61,634,599 and of USA is 308,169,000-- i.e. USA has 4.9999... times people of UK. And the Tories are the conservatives, i.e. like England?s Republicans. So, the USA Republicans should be advocating for equivalent figures in the USA; i.e. energy efficiency grants for 15million homes at $150,000,000,000 (billions). Not small change - except, perhaps, compared to bank bailouts. And it could be loans for everyone (attached to utility bills or property taxes and funded by reduced energy bills) - to be repaid like bank bailouts are supposed to be. Perhaps bailout repayments (or other money) could go directly into the new USA Fund for Energy Efficiency Loans. Energy Efficiency would include money for renewable energy on the home, for sure. We wish! And the home buyer?s credit should only be available if the home is energy efficient.
(I.e. no line loss, local power, is more efficient - most utility generated electricity is lost - never used by anyone.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:USEnFlow02-quads.gif
(Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory 2004)
USA Energy Flow Trends 2002 Net Primary Resource Consumption total @97 Quads. USA Used Energy 35.2 Quads. USA Lost Energy 56.2 Quads (Electrical sytem energy losses 26.3 Quads, Transportation energy losses 21.2 Quads. Exports, non-fuel uses, etc. to balance.
See also, https://publicaffairs.llnl.gov/news/energy/energy.html for 2008 from LLNL an DOE.
Terms are now ?Rejected Energy? for ?Lost Energy? and ?Energy Services? for ?Used Energy?. In 2008 - Total energy 99.2 Quads, ?Rejected Energy? 57.07 Quads and ?Energy Services? 42.15 Quads See, for example-- Transportation in 2008 - Rejected Energy 20.90 Quads versus ?Energy Services? 6.96 Quads -- much, much less than half as used/services, much much more than half is lost/rejected -- so most energy is still lost.
Lost energy goes up in smoke, or down in pollution, or into wasted heating of the planet Earth. And, how much of the ?used energy/energy services? in our lives and in inefficient homes goes ?out-the-window? or other ?useless-uses?; or even ?uses? that did not need to happen in the first place? Most of our energy $$$$$$ go for wasted energy that does us harm or no good. We should think first before turning on the switch, or leaving the water heater on and high for days and years on end, or idling the vehicle or taking useless trips).
I?ve lived in homes only running city water turned on (the city supplies the pressure, city lights provide enough light to walk around at night, dry clothes on hangers on a rod over the bathtub, in winter use mummy sleeping bag with extra clothing and stretch caps), with only electricity turned on (gather rain water in big trash bins and use buckets to flush, shower at the recreation centers, bring drinking water bottles home), (yes, it?s still living -- and it?s not as environmentally damaging). I bicycled miles to friends? homes growing up on a farm; to high school; across the USA from LA to Portland Oregon to NJ beaches about 4500 miles before HS senior year; (a cousin bicycled across the USA on the BikeCentennial route of Greg and June Siple and their friends Dan and Lys Burden (now called the TransAmerica Trail and U.S. Bicycle Route 76) from Fort Astoria Oregon to Williamsburg Virginia with her boyfriend before they married); home from college about 250 miles, and to work, and now days. Europe and Japan are said to use about half the energy per person that we do. Lifestyle changes, often costing nothing and saving everything, are actually by far the biggest things we can do to save our $$$$$ and our planet?s climate and environment and species, bigger than even conservation and energy efficiency, bigger bang for the $$ than making energy, even renewable sustainable energy like wind or hydro power, or ground heating and cooling, or geothermal electricity, or bio-mass, or solar photo voltaic or solar thermal electricity, or marine wave, tide and current electricity.
My 2?, Philo Collins [address removed]


FYI
http://almgreen.blogspot.com/ Sustainability blog from Baltimore for USA

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/banleadww/ Ban Lead Wheel Weights for Cars- danger

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