Traditional energy grids and conventional utility companies have been a part of America’s status quo for generations- being called “natural monopolies” by many. That was then, however. This is now. For those of you not familiar with the term, a “natural monopoly” exists in industries where high start-up costs inherent in the operation of a […]
The city of Minneapolis, MN has developed a comprehensive sustainability plan, including these ambitious targets: generating 10 percent of energy from local renewable energy sources, cutting energy use by 17 percent and reducing greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2025. To meet those goals, the city is taking the unprecedented step of forming a real […]
Siemens’ latest commercial for their extreme wind turbine program combines dramatic, computer-generated camera angles, swooping visuals, and an epic soundtrack that might be more appropriate for a summer blockbuster if, you know, Siemens weren’t out there actually trying to save the world with their cheap, clean, non-polluting power. The kind of “save the world” thing […]
In a huge victory for both clean energy and environmental advocates, the Edison Power Company announced on Friday that its troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant will be permanently shuttered.
“I just want everyone to know that my decision not to serve a second term as Energy Secretary has absolutely nothing to do with the allegations made in this week’s edition of the Onion. While I’m not going to confirm or deny the charges specifically, I will say that clean, renewable solar power is a growing source of U.S. jobs and is becoming more and more affordable, so it’s no surprise that lots of Americans are falling in love with solar.”
The San Onofre nuclear power plant was shut down again this week, due to another radiation leak in one of its reactor’s steam generators. The amount of radioactive water that was released is said to be minimal, but specific details have not yet been released. Over 7 million people live within a hundred miles of the crumbling energy facility.
This Saturday thousands of people around the country are transferring their money from large corporate banks, into small financial institutions, community-oriented cooperatives and credit unions. We’ve been doing this for some time, check out our own Dragonfly’s amazing stealth video during our successful campaign against JP Morgan Chase and their financing of Mountaintop Removal.
Join critically acclaimed author, KtB editor, and OccupyWriters.com founder Jeff Sharlet, and the unstoppable evangelists of anti-consumerism Reverend Billy and Savitri D for a discussion about religion and politics in the Occupy movement and beyond. The conversation, held at the renowned Midtown performance space The Tank on November 15, will be hosted by Killing the Buddha.
Mordor, complete utter evil, and throwing the one ring into the Cracks of Doom immediately came to mind when I saw this image illustrating the rapid consolidation of all our nation’s banks. So much power, influence and money in the hands of so very few has created an inhumane Sauron like behemoth banking system whose only cruel desire is for more and more. We the people are being systematically crushed, devoured and regurgitated within the relentless grinding cogs of this corrupt unsustainable machine.
On September 8th, 2011, just after 3:30 on a very hot summer afternoon, the entire electric power grid from Arizona to Mexico and southern California, went dark. A critical link in our nation’s underfunded power infrastructure was severed near Yuma, Arizona; this disruption created intermittent low wattage throughout our interconnected power supply, which then triggered the San Onofre Nuclear Power plant to completely shut down. The automatic closure of the nuclear plant then created an escalating snowball effect throughout the system, causing the largest blackout in the entire history of this region.
The Swiss government just voted on Wednesday to abandon nuclear power in their country; their last reactor will finally go offline in 2034. The nation’s five remaining nuclear power plants will slowly be phased out, and no new reactors will be built. The government had already suspended approval for three new nuclear power stations in March, due to safety concerns.
It’s the end of the world as we know it, but that is not a bad thing. This is the dawn of a new era in which the planet’s residents finally realize that nuclear energy was a really bad idea.
The horrific growing nuclear meltdown crisis in Japan is hopefully going to be the wake up call that we need to begin dismantling all of the nuclear reactors on the planet. Sustainable energy sources, like solar and wind, are now not only far cheaper than nuclear power, they are safe, clean and easy to repair when something goes wrong.
Using the power of the sun to heat your water is one of the simplest ways that you can make your home more energy efficient. Heating water usually accounts for 40 percent of an average family’s heating costs. Converting to inexpensive solar thermal water heating is a great first step that will not only allow us to utilize a much more clean, affordable and sustainable source of energy, it will also create jobs and help our nation to become more energy independent.
Cities are becoming more powerful than nations. Hopefully, they will use that power for good, not for evil.