Answer Is blowing In The Wind.


Blowing in the Wind

Business: Alternative Energy

Henry Garfield

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The future of wind power in Maine is going so far offshore that landlubbers won’t be able to get a glimpse of the working turbines. The emerging technology that could make Maine’s offshore wind program the first in the nation is being researched and developed right in our own backyard.

How many times must a fisherman look up before he can see the sky?

How much oil can the state of Maine burn before the price goes too high?

In the next 20 years, as power costs soar, how in the world will we get by?

One answer may literally be blowing in the steady offshore winds in the Gulf of Maine. After an initial burst of construction, wind power in Maine has recently run into a spate of criticism. Neighbors don’t like the noise, environmentalists decry the spoiling of mountain views, and energy experts question the costs of construction and maintenance versus projected, but as yet unrealized, long-term benefits.

I think the benefits are great and these wind turbines are the answers to our prayers as a new lead source of energy for the state of Maine. They are an incredible energy power source that needs to keep growing with huge savings to our pocket. The answer is definitely blowing in the wind my friend if you take a good look at all they have to offer. Please feel free to post your own comments about wind turbines and how they might benefit us now and in the future. 

But the next generation of wind turbines—if a consortium of companies led by the new Offshore Wind Center at the University of Maine has its way—will be over the horizon, where no one will hear them, and few people will see them at all. The dream of abundant offshore wind energy in Maine is rapidly moving from poetry to pragmatism. In the next two years, it will be put to the test.

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Who knew about Trading In Clothes By Mail?


Who knew that we could trade in our old clothes for new ones by mail? For these handy tips and more Lealou advises everyone to read on and live more green!

About Josh

JoshLazy Environmentalist Book

Josh Dorfman is an environmental activist, host of the Sundance Channel’s upcoming show called “The Lazy Environmentalist” and author of The Lazy Environmentalist on a Budget: Save Money. Save Time. Save the Planet (April 2009). He believes in creating stylish, innovative and convenient solutions to environmental challenges. Find more ideas from Josh at lazyenvironmentalist.com.

Josh Dorfman’s Tips for Going Green on a Budget

Going green doesn’t have to cost a lot of green! Use these simple tips to make a positive impact on the environment while keeping your wallet intact. It’s easy, even for the laziest of environmentalists.

  • Shut down and unplug electronics. Make small changes to use – and pay for – less energy, like shutting down your computer when you’re not using it and plugging your cell phone and other electronics into power strips so you can turn several devices off with one switch.
  • Wash your clothes in cold water. By using cold water instead of warm, the average household can avoid emitting 1,281 pounds of carbon dioxide annually and save on energy bills.1
  • Fill your bottle with filtered tap water. Choose the greener solution by using a reusable bottle, like the FilterForGood bottle, and filling it with filtered tap water. If you use a Brita filtration system you can make another responsible choice by recycling your pitcher filter when you replace it, which should be about every two months (or every 40 gallons). Find out more about recycling Brita filters here.
  • Update your wardrobe for less. Instead of consuming new products, trade fashionable clothes, accessories, cosmetics and shoes for free (you only pay for shipping). By swapping merchandise you can lower the amount of harmful emissions caused by the manufacturing process. Check out swapstyle.com to learn more.
  • Exchange CDs, DVDs and books instead of buying. Now you can avoid purchasing new products without forfeiting your entertainment needs. Visit swapacd.com, swapadvd.com and paperbackswap.com for access to thousands of CDs, books and DVDs.
  • Use refurbished electronics. You can get refurbished electronics for a steal (they often sell for less than 50 percent of the retail price!), and before they’re resold to the public, they go through an intense defect-testing process and the warranties usually remain intact. So you can save money and help reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills. Shop at www.dyscern.com and www.refurbdepot.com.
  • Use kitchenware products made of recycled materials. Preserve uses items such as recycled Brita pitcher filters and empty yogurt containers to make their line of colorful kitchen gear. Since they’re about the same price as regular kitchenware, it’s a no-brainer to choose Preserve products. Visit preserveproducts.com to find a retailer near you.
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Solar Power Blog By Co-Editor, Alan Varnum


Solar power is the energy source of my choice.  The American goverment should give long term loans to the people to obtain these solar panels. Substantial tax cuts should be given to taxpayers installing these panels.

PACE works by letting homeowners pay for rooftop solar arrays and energy-saving retrofits through a surcharge on their property tax bills. The cost is paid back over 10 to 20 years. In this way PACE removes high upfront costs and ensures that property owners don’t lose out if it they sell — the new buyer inherits both the home improvements and the tax assessment. The Berkeley-born model creates work for building contractors, cuts carbon pollution, and essentially runs on private capital, since cities and towns that offer PACE fund it through municipal bonds.

Making Homes More Energy Efficient

MaineHousing’s Weatherization and Appliance

Replacement Programs invest in energy

efficiency to reduce home heating and

utility costs and make homes more affordable.

• 1,457 homes had energy efficiency improvements

through two Weatherization programs.

• 1,786 older inefficient refrigerators were replaced, saving

an estimated 17% of electric use in a typical home.

Over time, MaineHousing has replaced appliances in

over 7,000 homes and weatherized over 18,000 homes.

In addition MaineHousing’s Home Energy Loan

Program provided nearly $500,000 in low interest rate

loans in 2007 to moderate income homeowners for

energy improvements.

Opening the Door to Homeownership

MaineHousing’s offers mortgages with below

market interest rates and down payment

assistance to help make homeownership a

reality for eligible buyers who have not

owned a home in the past three years. Veterans and

active duty military also may be eligible. In 2007:

• 961 Maine families bought homes with a MaineHousing

mortgage (with an average interest rate of 5.1%),

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Obama Comes Through For 350.0rg


Bill McKibben Congratulates President Obama for Taking the White House Solar
Leading up to Sunday’s Global Work Party around the World

Washington, DC — Just in time to give the Global Work Party a White House-sized boost, the Obama administration announced this morning that they are going to put solar panels on the First Family’s living quarters, returning to a tradition begun by president Jimmy Carter and abandoned by Ronald Reagan.

350.org founder Bill McKibben urged President Obama to install his new set of solar panels back on September 10 as part of 350.org’s 10/10/10 Global Work Party, a day when millions of people across the planet will be getting to work on climate solutions.

“The White House did the right thing, and for the right reasons: they listened to the Americans who asked for solar on their roof, and they listened to the scientists and engineers who told them this is the path to the future,” said McKibben. “If it has anything like the effect of the White House garden, it could be a trigger for a wave of solar installations across the country and around the world. Obama’s not the only world leader taking the challenge. Tomorrow Maldivian president Mohammed Nasheed will install panels on his official residence, and on Sunday 7000 communities around the world will engage in similar projects.”

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Look what is happening around the world!


Articles from NaturalNews In-House Writers:

Natural Disasters Up More Than 400 Percent in Two DecadesBy David Gutierrez, June 5 2008
(NaturalNews) The number of natural disasters around the world has increased by more than four times in the last 20 years, according to a report released by the British charity Oxfam. Oxfam analyzed data from the Red Cross, United Nations and researchers at Louvain University in Belgium. It found that the earth is currently experiencing approximately 500 natural disasters per year, compared with 120 per year in the early 1980s. The number of weather-related disasters in 2006 was 240, compared with…

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Check out the bright message from Google.



Google Pours Massive Investment into Renewable Energy ResearchBy David Gutierrez, May 17 2008
(NaturalNews) Google Inc. has announced plans to invest millions of dollars in order to move into the renewable energy business. “If we achieve these goals, we are going to be in the [electricity] business in a very big way,” said Google co-founder Larry Page. “We should be able to make a lot of money from this.” Google’s move from Internet services into electricity generation was motivated by a desire to reduce the ecological footprint of the company’s massive power needs. While Google’s exact…

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A word for the solar wise and bright!


Since giving an oral presentation on the advantages of using flourescent ligh bulbs I have wisely invested in them for my own household and urged others to try them out. Have you ever felt an incandescent bulb…ouch it hurts right?It sets off so many bad carbons that are harmful to the environment. Now replace that bulb with a flourescent one and voula its quite a transition without ommiting any heat from its source.

Everyone knows that compact fluorescent (CFL) light bulbs are superior to their incandescent predecessors because they last much longer and user much less electricity. So what’s the next step in high-value, low-impact light bulbs? That would be light-emitting diodes (LEDs), the superefficient light source that’s slowly making its way onto Christmas trees and traffic signals. Thus far, however, their relatively weak light and silvery hue have kept them out of home lamps and ceiling fixtures.

But, as Wired magazine reported this week, Philips is intent on changing that. Its EnduraLED bulb has fixed those problems, and offers a tiny energy demand and lifespan longer than that of some household pets: it lasts “25 times longer than an equivalent incandescent, all while using 80 percent less power.” Now that’s what I call proof in the pudding. It is certainly a bright idea to expand the life of our bulbs without emptying our pockets for the sake of longevity!

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