Tag: Climate Change

Recycling Cancelled in Jackson, MS | Climate Action

Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report | Analysis | August 20, 2019)
NoreenByLine by Noreen Wise

It’s alarming to learn that Jackson, MS has cancelled it’s curbside recycling program with Waste Management effective September 1, 2019, claiming that there aren’t enough residents recycling to continue paying the cost. Why does Jackson allow residents not to recycle? It seems that most towns and cities would initiate a marketing campaign to lure their residents on board with the importance of recycling. Recycling is typically the very first step we all take to help cut carbon.

It’s imperative that everyone on earth understand that the climate crisis erupted from unrestrained small actions by the global public, particularly Americans as a result of our wealth, and that all it takes to cut carbon is for each of us to focus on these same small actions. We each have to lower our own carbon footprints.to an optimal range from 4-7 metric tons of carbon per year. Americans currently average 20 metric tons of carbon annually.

Recycling is a must. So many of our products are now manufactured from recycled material rather than virgin. Using recycled material to manufacture new products creates a substantial energy savings which cuts carbon emissions. Every little bit helps. For a city like Jackson, MS to have a convenient curbside recycling service, there’s no reason for residents to not step up. Many towns have to rely on recycling centers which are drive to sites and can be very annoying, yet these residents establish weekly habits that make it work.

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Every single day there’s another alarming headline warning of the perilous climate crisis we now find ourselves embattled in. There’s no time to delay. There’s no excuse for not complying with basics like recycling.

To cut carbon significantly, and lower our carbon footprints to 7 metric tons per year, we only need to focus on 4 areas of concern:

  1. Household energy – go solar!
  2. Transportation – EV cars, walk, public transportation
  3. Food –  minimize dairy and red meat
  4. Stuff – buy less stuff, always recycle

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Recycling is mandatory. We can do this!

 

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EV Cars Are Finally Making Traction in U.S. | A Decade Later

Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report | Analysis | August 19, 2019)
NoreenByLine by Noreen Wise

It’s exciting to see EV cars suddenly begin taking off similar to the way the iPhone did a decade ago. The iPhone’s first release was June 29, 2007, with sales of 1.39 million units worldwide. Sales leaped to 11.63 million units sold within one short year. And by the five year mark, 2011, Apple pulled off a stunning success of 72.29 million units. Although EV car sales haven’t seen the same immediate sustained sales success as the iPhone, mostly because of the initial high price, short range, and no charging station infrastructure, now that those issues have all been addressed, the tide will change.

Key Improvements that are giving EV cars traction with American public:

  • Price has come down dramatically, several start at only $30,000
  • Range has increased substantially (can now drive up to 200 miles on one charge); the range will continue to grow
  • Charging stations are popping up all over the country
  • It now only takes 20 minutes to recharge a BEV
  • Many employers now have charging stations in the employee parking lot
  • EV drivers will save approximately $1,000 a year not buying gas, possibly more

In 2018, Americans purchased 361,3017 EV cars out of a worldwide total sales of 2,018,247. (U.S. sales in 2009 were a paltry 6,000.) Norway has had remarkable success selling EV cars with 40 – 58% of the population already owning an EV, with the expectation that as soon as 2025 100% of Norwegian driving public will own an EV.

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China sales have picked up substantially, driving global success. In 2018, the chinese purchased 1.1 million EVs.

The 10 best selling EVs in U.S. in 2019:

10. Smart EQ fortwo – 496 units sold in 2019
9. Jaguar I-Pace – 1,309
8. Audi e-tron – 1,835
7. Volkswagon e-Golf – 1,893
6. BMW i3 – 2,207
5. Nisson Leaf – 6,008
4. Tesla Model S – 7,225
3. Chevrolet Bolt EV – 8,281
2. Tesla Model X – 9,000
1. Tesla Model 3 – 67,650

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2018 was an amazing year for EV sales, with fall of course being the biggest sales months as new models roll off the production line. Based on June 2019’s strength, nearly matching November 2018, it looks like 2019 will be a record year.

Let’s GO! Let’s beat China!

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Energy Storage | Exciting Upside With Climate Action

Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report | Analysis | August 13, 2019)
NoreenByLine by Noreen Wise

Energy storage is one of the many exciting benefits of green energy. As communities increase their use of green energy sources as well as EV transportation, we quickly find that it’s a whole new world, filled with multiple cost-saving elements as well as the all-important carbon cutting advantage.

Battery Energy Storage for the home:

  • Once we convert to Solar or Wind home energy, we’ll have the option of selling the extra energy we generate back to the grid. In doing so, we’ll earn credits. The credits can be used later – at night, for example. But if we are energy efficient, and generate more energy than we use, we can convert our extra credits to a check. There’s a strong financial incentive for being efficient.
  • We can also buy home energy storage batteries for housing the our extra energy when we over produce. Many families are diving into this rewarding plus.
  • Many states have tax credits for implementing renewable energy, so it’s highly recommended that you research this financial benefit as well.

Battery Energy Storage for the car:

  • Additionally, new EV cars enable energy storage as well. Drivers that have the ability to charge their cars during the day while they work, can transfer the extra energy generated beyond what they need back to the grid and earn income.

Green solutions for the home and transportation are creating amazing opportunities for the energy efficient to reduce monthly expenses and earn extra income all while cutting carbon. Very smart!

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Trump Blocking Offshore Wind Resources | Rewarding Oil Energy

Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report | Analysis | August 8, 2019)
NoreenByLine by Noreen Wise

On Tuesday August 6, 2018, a new tariff went into effect undermining offshore wind power during winters in the Northeast, in support of oil.

Winters on the New England shoreline poses a challenge to solar energy due to snow accumulation on solar panels. Although solar energy storage can cover most winter scenarios, states committed to cutting carbon have been researching a backup plan for those areas that are often blasted by snow bombs with high accumulations. Most of these states have turned to European allies and learned the significant benefits of offshore wind farms.

  • Offshore wind speeds are faster than land wind speeds, so supply more energy
  • Wind holds steady offshore versus on land, and thus more reliable
  • Offshore wind can provide local energy to our most populated cities
  • No carbon emissions, no solution, doesn’t need water to produce
  • Producers are quickly trying to lower the price, and states with high tourism and coastal property values need to make sure the wind farms are far enough offshore not to create a negative economic impact

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In an effort to undermine green energy, Trump’s Federal Energy Regulation Commission (FERC) granted compensation for storage the oil and nuclear energy sectors, but not for wind, dramatically altering the costs of winter energy and impacting the coastal states that are working so hard to transition to green energy sources.

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It’s Criminal to Destroy Our National Parks | They Belong to The People

Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report | Analysis | August 6, 2019)
NoreenByLine by Noreen Wise

There’s very little that the American public seems to have anymore. Three trillion dollars of historic and cherished assets lining our coasts are in the midst of being destroyed before our eyes as a result of the climate crisis. Every year, many millions of American families have found memorable, quality, family time visiting our national treasures, our National Parks. These travel experiences are powerful, therapeutic, and inspirational. Strong emotional and mental attitudes serve our country well. The fact that our nation was blessed with these natural wonders has brought much comfort to previous presidents, as well as state and national leaders. The belief that nature can nurture an entire population at a very low cost is a significant advantage in maintaining a healthy and productive population.

“…The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased and not repaired in value.” ~ President Theodore Roosevelt

Further, tourism is a $3 Trillion industry in the United States. Protecting these valuable natural assets is not only the right thing to do morally, but also economically. It’s therefore unfathomable that our president and GOP leaders would confirm David Longly Bernhardt , an oil lobbyist, to run the Department of the Interior, particularly when his self acclaimed mission is to carve away 12 million acres in our National Parks for oil drilling.

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The apparent reason why Bernhardt is on a mission to destroy millions of acres of public land when the oil boom is now behind us, and the public is transitioning to renewable energy, is because Trump and Bernhardt refuse to have oil left in the ground when it can be pulled out immediately and converted to cash before the opportunity disappears forever. The extreme greed of a few, at the expense of 325 million Americans, is dehumanizing and infuriating.

America’s natural wonders are irreplaceable. They can NOT be refurbished once decimated. They become lost, lost forever.

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CALL TO ACTION: Please call elected Representatives ASAP and demand that our National Parks NOT be destroyed to line the pockets of a few.

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Clean Water is Vital | Trump Gives EPA Green Light To Poison Water With Coal Ash

Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report | Analysis | August 5, 2019)
NoreenByLine by Noreen Wise

Clean water shortages around the world are considered a civilization altering condition that threatens the survival of millions, perhaps billions of global citizens. Prolonged heat waves and sustained droughts are already creating unlivable zones in large swaths of the world, and increasing the demand for clean water in areas that currently have an adequate water supply. More people trying to sustain themselves on less water often escalates conflicts and violence and has the potential to become a national security threat.

In light of the extreme water shortages resulting from climate change, it’s now more important than ever that the water we do have, remain protected and pure. Thus, it’s incomprehensible that Trump would insist the EPA rollback Obama’s regulations on coal ash removal and storage, established to protect ground water, and allow coal manufacturers to use coal ash for leveling in unrestrained quantities, as well as store in unlined ponds without liners.Screen Shot 2019-08-05 at 5.08.07 PM.png

Every single irresponsible, life-threatening Trump decision like this one, is a call to action. Constituent phone calls to Congressional Representatives make a significant difference. Climate change further exacerbates an already dangerous situation, spreading the thick coal ash hundreds of miles beyond the original site. For example, Hurricane Florence in North Carolina last year, with 1,200 roads flooded, and an epic spreading of hazardous waste such as coal ash, was so alarming, the state still has no conception of the overall extent of the harm to human health. Only time will tell.

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Coal Ash‘s impact on health:

  • Contains: arsenic, lead, mercury, chlorine, and many other heavy metals
  • Causes cancer
  • Impacts Nervous System
  • Cognitive deficits
  • Developmental delays
  • Behavioral problems
  • Birth defects
  • Heart damage
  • Lung disease
  • Reproductive problems
  • And more…

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The writing is clearly on the wall, however. Regulations for the storage of hazardous materials during a time of shrinking water supply, and increased weather extremes, is an absolute imperative. Trump increasing profit margins for a few cronies, while destroying the health and well-being of millions of Americans, seems criminal.

I urge you to please let your Representative know how strongly you object to your water supply being contaminated and your health compromised.

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Focusing On Small Things | Climate Action Success

Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report | Analysis | July 30, 2019)
NoreenByLine by Noreen Wise

Succeeding at substantial climate action in the shortest period of time is an absolute imperative. However, we’re never going to reach our carbon targets if we promote the required changes using intimidating long-range objectives as the key selling points for executing the Climate Action strategy.

Clearly, many of our political leaders care deeply about the intense climate crisis and want us to know about the dire consequences if we don’t act quickly. They feel passionately about this looming catastrophe. Their tireless commitment to the Climate Crisis is heroic and noble.

But, in order for the general public to make the necessary changes we must break everything down into small simple weekly steps that can be executed immediately:

  • Call local Solar Energy companies and ask about promotions for switching. Search online for all those with solar sharing about how low their energy bill is. (Solar is MUCH less expensive than electric or gas and oil). Deadline, Friday August 2, 2019.
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  • Call town hall and ask about the city’s plan for switching to solar panels for street lighting, solar panels on town buildings, and electric buses. While on the phone, suggest apiary bus stops (planting flowers and greenery on the roofs of bus shelters for bees and other pollinators to visit ). Cities in general need far more green downtown. Mrs can simply invest in rooftop gardens. Others can add to sidewalks along the streets. Deadline, Friday August 2, 2019.
  • Stop by car dealership and ask about deals for Hybrids and EVs. It’s absolutely incredible how far the price has come down. Take a test drive. Deadline, Sunday August 4, 2019.
  • When grocery shopping, grab the almond milk instead of regular milk. Choose chicken or turkey rather than red meat.  Deadline, Sunday August 4, 2019.
  • Do all errands on the same day. ONLY use re-usable bags.
  • At dinner each night, talk with family about trees and gardening and where to plant more trees.  How to care for the trees you’ll plant. Where to buy the trees. What kind of trees. Trees are a great way to build strong family ties. Trees nurture our children when they take good care of them. Trees become part of the family. As children grow, they return home and marvel at the tree height, and the sprawling branches and subliminally identify that they have grown taller and ar branching out just like the tree.

None of these small tasks are difficult. Or time-consuming. They are not expensive.  There are very few excuses for why we can’t do each this week, versus next week. The Climate Crisis DEMANDS we each, every last one of us, immediately execute all of these.

Good luck… Have fun!

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