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The Green Tax Podcast, Show #11

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  • The Coalition of LA Parking Associates (CLAPA) who are against the tesla roadster’s valet parking mode, their slogan — “Let us test drive your electric car”.

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Show Topics:

  • The Truth About Toyota.
  • Barak Obama on Energy.

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  • Unload your trunk.

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October 18, 2007 at 9:42 pm Leave a comment

Why doesn’t Bush play well with others?

Posted by: Joseph Hershey


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Last month, President Bush addressed some important people at the Major Economies Meeting on Energy Security and Climate Change. The transcript can be found here.

I can’t help but wonder why anyone would think what Bush is doing here can be anything but co-opting the efforts of UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. I mean, didn’t we already have an agreement on who, what, when, why, and how we need to cut back on emissions as a global union? It was called the KYOTO agreement. The Bush man bowed out of signing up. His statement at the time ? It doesn’t serve the needs of the United States.

Granted, without primary greenhouse contributors like China and India on board, KYOTO probably wasn’t going to have much decisive long term impact over the next 20 yrs.

Please take a read of the President’s speech here. Tell me what you think. Am I right or am I wrong?

My favorite part is where he sets the goal of setting a goal by next summer.

My second favorite part is his plan to cut emissions by 20% in 10 years — as he says — the “20 by 10” program. 10 year out from next summer, would be what, 2018? Kyoto compelled for 20% by 2010.

My least favorite part is where he takes credit for the great work done by many in spite of his administration’s effort to squash them.

For example, 10 states so far have passed clean car legislation requiring higher fuel emission standards. I believe most of them are based on, or modeled after the California act passed 2 years ago. Recently, when challenged by the auto industry, a federal judge upheld the right of the Vermont State Legislature to make such laws.

The problem is, though, that even if the states can and do pass laws to restrict auto emissions within their sate, they can’t enforce these laws until the Federal EPA provides them with an exemption as stated by the law.

It’s been 2 years. Why can’t California enforce it’s legitimate right to require meaningful clean car standards?

October 7, 2007 at 7:58 pm 2 comments

The Green Tax Podcast, Show #8

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Show Topics:

  • No more coal
  • Vermont’s clear car standards

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  • Wrap your water heater with a blanket, insulate your hot water pipes.

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September 28, 2007 at 12:15 am Leave a comment

The Green Tax Podcast, Show #6

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  • The carbon emissions coming from Barak Obama’s limo as he rolls up to a global warming speech.


    Instant smog from the tailpipe factory...

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  • Anita Roddick
  • Global Dimming

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  • Check your tire pressure.

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September 13, 2007 at 3:26 am 1 comment

The Green Tax Podcast, Show #5

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  • The non-biodegradeable ink used to print the words in the symbol [ Reduce / Resuse / Recycle ]


    Reduce --> Reuse --> Recycle

Show Topics:

  • Carbon offsetting won’t save us.
  • What’s the Green-e?

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  • Paper of Plastic? Neither. Use your own bag you bring to the store.

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September 6, 2007 at 5:29 pm Leave a comment

Emission Checks = Another Green Tax

Posted by Ed Maurer:
Tailpipe Emissions

I recently spent 20 minutes behind this vehicle while I was waiting in line at a fast food drive through lane. There were 8 people in this van and they had quite a lengthy convoluted order that I was sure the cashier would mess up. While waiting for their order to be rectified, I noticed a huge amount of smoke coming from this offending vehicle. So much smoke that I had to shut my windows, and even that didn’t help much. First off, they could have shut off their car completely to save gas, the environment, and my lungs. The time I spent waiting I was pondering the fact that not a lot of states have an emissions check requirement. According to dmv.org, Ohio (the state I was in at the time of this photo,) does not have a state-wide emissions check requirement. Only 7 of the state’s 88 counties have an emissions check requirement.
My own state (Michigan) has no such requirement either. Unfortunately, the economy needs to be doing very well in order to get an emission check mandate to become law. And the people that owned this vehicle would most likely not be able to afford the green tax if they were required to.

September 3, 2007 at 1:02 am 4 comments

BP Credit and Credibility

Posted by Joseph Hershey:


BP credit card application

A “pre-approved” credit application in the mail from BP.

I got this in the mail today, and I thought, “Oh, another way to pay higher interest on a card I don’t need. ”

And then I thought, “Hey, aren’t these the guys dumping above level mercury, ammonia, and silt in my back yard? (lake michigan)”.

Uh huh, they are.

Well, how does this match up with their active media marketing campaign to come across as an environmentally conscious energy company?

I don’t know.

Have a look at their site for their comment on their relationship to the Environment and Society.

I find it all very interesting to see how a major corporation, one of the world’s largest oil, gas and petrochemical companies with operations in over 100 countries, can say they’re for the environment, but then take actions against the environment like dumping excessive levels of mercury and other “suspended solids” into one our greatest resources for fresh water.

So here’s my question: Doesn’t BP lose credibility as an environment conscious corporation when it dumps above level pollution into my lakes?

And even better, if they lose on the eco credit scale to me, am I willing to pay the extra money, the green tax, to buy from a different vendor?

Seems to me that BP is applying for credit from me every time I hear their pre-approved marketing message, every time I see their green and yellow flower energy burst logo, every time I bear a 30 second happy green colored TV commercial, or short authoritative sounding PBS station endorsement, about what they’re doing toward research and development of renewable energy sources, every time I see a billboard sign on the highway, every time I toss an unwanted piece of their junk mail…

Every time they are YELLING at me their pre-approved marketing message that they’re good and green.

But, I don’t think they get it.

It just takes one little whisper of mercury dumping in Lake Michigan, and I gladly throw their credit application into the trash, along with their logo, and name.

Update:

BP has recinded their poor publicity act of dumping increased levels of mercury, ammonia, and other “suspended solids” into Lake Michigan from their Whitting, Illinois location. They now state that they will hold to previous permit levels even if the state wants to let them do more. See this article for more information.

Seems like the public spotlight can do some good. Let’s keep it on!

August 21, 2007 at 3:08 pm Leave a comment

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