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  1. Al Gore, you mean the guy who gained 100 pounds sitting in front of his TV? I think he

    found it was much less effort to try to get others to do work than to do it himself. Plus he realized that since

    there was not an instant replacement for power plants clearly the solution was long term and he did not want to miss any sports on TV while standing in the rain waving a sign for the next two years. B)

  2. So... Can the right-wing trolls stop spreading their lies and misinformation about a cap-and-trade system in USA now?

    Sadly, there is a legitimate difference of opinion on how much this will cost. Clearly, obama has no clue as to what the true cost will be nor does he care. This is nothing more than a way to raise money! It appears that most of the people who voted for it never read the bill and have no clue as to what is really in the bill, also keep in mind that one of the holes in the bill is that some of the major targets are well after obama would be out of office. The next administration can alter this bill if it turns out to be too costly and not achieving the correct results....

  3. Oh, & here is the Greenpeace petition to sign - I've already signed it! :)


    They are asking "all governments around the world to protect consumers and farmers, their crops and fields by rejecting Bayer’s GM rice, and to stop GM rice field trials"!!

    "banned from EU in 2017" so, it will be used for the next 8 years, by then they will have made their money and have another product on the shelf for several years, worthless slap on the wrist.

  4. People definitely depend on oil and their cars. I think we can't hope that we will totally wean off oil any day soon. So talking about using means of transport is, for now, a more realistic hope, but still very difficult.

    Those who dont own a car can clearly see how addicted others can be. I have friends who can't go to the city centre by bus anymore, while two years ago it was perfectly easy and normal in their minds.

    Cars change people, they make them a kind of 'comformists'. They hate waiting at the bus stop, they hate a crowded metro etc etc. And once they have started using a car, it's very difficult to make them stop. SUV's are a nightmare, and fast cars too.. And governments dont help much, at least here. They dont improve the public means of transport to persuade citizens to use them.

    "They dont improve the public means of transport to persuade citizens to use them. " that is a key point and applies everyplace. Very few governments are really doing what they need to be doing to improve public transportation. People cannot use something that is not in place so they have no choice but take private cars. Amazing the number of people that want to restrict cars when people have no other choice. We can talk "green" all we want but FIRST you have to have an alternative IN PLACE for people to switch to....

  5. Do you smoke? I am just being curious. :cute:

    And no, I do not smoke.

    I don't either, never picked up the habit and given the cost of smokes these days more reason than ever not to!

    One of obama's first moves was to raise the cost of smoking which hurt the people on the lower end of the scale the most, strange how that worked out! <_<

  6. I don't know really. But isn't the Prius bigger than the Insight, and cost more?

    Anyone here who knows how much MPG they do?

    So the results are:

    Prius: 50 miles per US gallon

    Insight: 41-64.2 miles per US gallon

    And, they have a better one planed for next year! :D

  7. I've noticed Honda's Insight looks a lot like the Toyota Prius but haven't really read much about the comparison between the two. Which one would you choose if you were to pick one or the other as your next hybrid vehicle?

    Toyota Prius would get my vote, had Toyota's for years and have always gotten good service.

  8. Is Earth Day a day worth celebrating or is it a waste of time? Do we really need a special day to celebrate and put environmental issues in the spotlight?

    Just as we have a National Trails Day for people to come out and work on hiking trails, Earth Day can serve much the same function, getting people out of the house and into the outdoors. Every park needs volunteers to work on various projects. And on NTD here, we normally get about 200 people on a Saturday. You arrange it so that you have activities for all ages, and mix educational functions along with work details that each accomplish a task that makes the park better.

    We can get stores to donate food and drinks so it turns into a great social gathering....

  9. cooler-ereader.jpg

    If you are looking for a way to save trees by reading books on an e-reader but you don’t like the Sony Reader or can’t use the Amazon Kindle you might want to check out the Cool-er e-reader.

    The Cool-er (Yes, that the actual name of the e-reader. And no, it’s not cool.) e-reader looks like one of those colorful ipods, although it’s a bit bigger. The Cool-er e-reader will offer a larger library of books than the Amazon Kindle and will sell the digital books in the open EPub format.

    In USA the Cool-er user will be able to choose from around 260,000 paid-for titles at launch from all the major publishers. In Europe we will initially only have around 60,000 titles to choose from.

    The e-reader will be available in the USA and Europe early June this year and cost $249.

    When the price comes down to a realistic figure, will try one of these..... <_<

  10. WOW, GO Norway!! :)

    What a fantastic progressive-thinking financial minister!! :)

    I'd love to have a hybrid at least, if I ever do get a car..

    One word of consideration though: electric cars need electricity, where will this come from? (Is this why they want a nuclear powerplant too?!)

    I'm not so impressed with the batteries either..

    So, these would be my questions & considerations.. (?)

    And totally valid considerations in ANY country. The recharge grid has to be in place to support the hybrids but they are in the process of developing better batteries that may well resolve part of the recharge issue. Is nuclear power the answer, maybe but clearly you do have to have power to support a recharge grid before the cars hit the road in any number....

  11. What factors do you think would encourage more public transport? Please name your country when replying, as different factors will be apparent in some countries.

    I personally think that in the UK, we need:

    • Cheaper public transport compared to cars. i.e. it needs to be financially worthwhile
    • Flexibility - unless you can get to where you need to, there's no point using public transport
    • Reliability - if a bus doesn't turn up, people won't use it again.

    In the US, all of these apply along with "routes that go from where people are to where they need to be". Portland, Or. is working a a system that provides parking at key points on the train routes. Washington DC area has done the same. Banning cars is clearly not the answer since you have to have an alternative in place first. Cheaper is a major factor, people will only stop driving when the alternative is a major cost saving.

  12. Come on Mountainhiker, you are smarter than this. Don't turn into a rightwing troll!

    Has not got anything to do with being right or left, has to do with the reality that "we" are not totally responsible. That "totally manmade" is a fabrication of the left wing trolls!! Are we responsible for some, of course but 100%, not even close. If we are going to make a change then it has to be done in a responsible manner, "baning" cars sounds good but not realistic.

  13. The new ban will come with exceptions for Inuit communities and other indigenous peoples from Canada and Greenland which will be allowed to continue their traditional hunts. But they are not allowed to participate in any large-scale trade of seal products within EU.

    ban on seal product imports.

    You just have to wonder if this is not a lot of grandstanding, chest pounding BS. There is no definition of "seal products" and you have to wonder if there are any. Then they have a exception that you could drive an 18 wheeler thru. I note also that there is no definition of large-scale trade so as long as they do it on a SMALL scale they can get a way with it <_<

  14. 50carsor1bus.jpg

    The Swedish company Flygbussarna (shortly translated to The Flight Busses), who offers bus services to and from all the major airports in Sweden, has made this very cool advertisement installation next to a highway in Sweden.

    The installation is made out of 50 cars stacked together and painted to look like one of Flygbussarna’s busses. It is designed to advertise Flygbussarna’s bus services and to highlight the fact that it’s much more environmentally friendly to travel by bus than in a car.

    Yes, great idea, only as long at the bus goes all the same places that the cars go to. Buses have never proven a complete replacement for cars but that may be solved by using smaller buses to get to the smaller locations.... In other words, one size does not fit all unless you are a big bus company.....

  15. Halvorsen said that the resistance to the proposal in Norway is mostly based on misunderstandings:

    Ah yes, the cry of the "man-made climate change" nuts. And resistance based on "misunderstandings", no its

    based on common sense. You can only go to electric cars when you have the infrastructure in place to support them.

  16. I am still looking for real action on man-made climate-change, and not just good speeches. And I think he is too "right-wingish" in his politics.

    But of course he is much much much better than the climate wrecker George Bush. And I agree with you that it's too early to judge him.

    The word is that Chrysler is going into bankruptcy today, long overdue I might add! One of obama's major mistakes, shoring up the automakers that their own accountants said could not survive without bankruptcy.

    News just in:

    Chrysler to file for bankruptcy

    Some lenders refuse offer to reduce debt, leading to likely bankruptcy filing. But Chrysler expected to remain in business and complete deal with Fiat.

    Appears that having too much debt did them in, that plus producing cars that people did not want to buy (minor detail)

  17. Today Barack Obama has been in office for 100 days.

    What are your thoughts and views on his first 100 days? Has he failed, succeeded or been too soft against the far-right Republicans? :cute:

    Also, dont forget to vote in the poll! ;)

    From looking at the results so far, he has not fulfilled any of the key campaign promises. He has not made any headway as far a "green" jobs and many are becoming concerned by the massive deficits for years to come. Bottom line, really too soon to tell so not sure that rating him on "100 days" is really going to prove much. He has made some good picks for key positions but also some very bad picks that may not have been his fault!

    Also, there is subset of the democratic party that is working against some of the things that he is trying to accomplish by spewing hate toward the other party instead of focusing on the core problems. As I said, not sure it is really fair to be "grading" him just yet.

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