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Biodiesel Plant Opens In Adrian Michigan

Now usually I wouldn’t make a fuss about yabp (yet another biodiesel plant) but Adrian Michigan is special (I was born there).

Adrian Biodiesel plant

A plant capable of producing 40 million gallons of the alternative fuel biodiesel opened with great fanfare yesterday in an industrial area of this Lenawee County community.

The ceremony at the Biofuel Industries Group LLC’s NextDiesel operation included Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and U.S. Sen. Carl Levin.

The $20 million plant, which was to be in operation today, is initially to produce 20 million gallons a year of the cleaner-burning diesel, said Jason Eisenberg, director of business development.

The firm has plans to double the capacity before year’s end, he said.

The renewable energy source is derived by blending petroleum diesel with fuel made from soybean oil. It and ethanol have won notice as showing promise for reducing America’s dependence on foreign oil, fostering a cleaner environment, and helping farmers.(via)

I am still not very happy that they are using food stock for a fuel, but perhaps they will switch to something else once technology improves. I do know however know that this part of the country is in desperate need of new jobs. The “rust belt” area of the country has had it hard since the auto factories moved overseas. Renewable energy is the perfect sector to provide these jobs. There is also a solar panel factory near by and talk of wind turbine manufacturing plant. We can only hope that this sort of thing catches on and a renewable energy revolution sweeps the mid-west.

We Made The Global Warming Survival Handbook!

The Live Earth Global Warming Survival Handbook: 77 Essential Skills To Stop Climate Change

So unknown to me, it seem The Sietch is an important part of surviving global warming. Because on page 71, of the The Live Earth Global Warming Survival Handbook: 77 Essential Skills To Stop Climate Change Under the heading “Harnessing the sun” you will find a link to our projects page. Cool beans. I wish the authors of the book would have let us know they were going to publish a link to our site, I would have checked out the book sooner :) Anyway if you are in the book store browsing around, be sure to take a look.

Nissan Trying To Recycle 100% Of It’s Vehicles

Nissan green

Nissan Motor Co. Ltd., last week released this years progress report on its recycling efforts. Through its extensive recycling efforts, Nissan has already exceeded the targets set under the Nissan Green Program 2010 mid-term environmental action plan.

Nissan’s love of recycling may have been spurred by trying to achieve compliance with the Japan Automobile Recycling Law, enacted on January 1, 2005. The progress report focused on three key areas:

  • Automobile Shredder Residue (ASR)ja
  • Airbag-related components
  • Fluorocarbons (CFCs/HFCs)

Under the Nissan Green Program 2010 action plan, the company plans to accelerate its recycling efforts to achieve an average 95% recovery rate for end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) by FY2010. In Japan, this is four years ahead of the 2015 regulations.

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Majority Of Oil Company Stock Holders Don’t Care About Environment

oil derrick

So often we talk about “big oil” and how “big oil” doesn’t care about the environment, and how they treat native cultures badly, and how they make large profits from exploiting the environment. Almost all of these “big oil” companies are owned by every day people like you and me. If you own stock in Exxon, you my friend are big oil.

ConocoPhillips yesterday held its Annual Stockholders’ Meeting, where owners of the company’s stock voted on the election of board members, the appointment of an independent registered public accounting firm, and five additional proposals. The preliminary results, reported by the Inspector of Elections, were as follows:

Approximately 99.7 percent of stockholders who cast votes elected six directors: James E. Copeland, Jr., Kenneth M. Duberstein, Ruth R. Harkin, William R. Rhodes, J. Stapleton Roy, and William E. Wade, Jr. In addition, stockholders ratified the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as the company’s independent registered public accounting firm for 2007, with 99.0 percent of votes cast.

ConocoPhillips stockholders voted against a proposal for a report on the company’s policies and procedures for political contributions, against a proposal to require company stock ownership as a qualification for director nominees, and against a proposal for a report on the environmental impact from drilling in the National Petroleum Reserve – Alaska. These proposals were defeated by 88.1percent, 94.1 percent, and 73.3 percent of votes cast, respectively.

Proposals in regard to reporting on the company’s policies and procedures with respect to recognition of indigenous rights and on environmental accountability to communities where the company operates were defeated by 90.1 percent and 90.6 percent of votes cast, respectively.

The stockholder proposal regarding global warming and renewable energy sources was withdrawn prior to the meeting. Final results of the stockholder voting will be reported in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Next time you get mad at “big oil” remember big oil is us. Any of us who buy oil, own oil stock, use oil. We are big oil. These stock owners had ample chance to make a difference and by an overwhelming majority voted against doing so. Nothing is going to change from the top. If we want to change big oil, we need to change ourselves.

Solar Power Brings Light And A Better Life To 100,000 Indians

India solar panels

Life for an estimated 100,000 people in poverty-stricken rural India has been improved dramatically by several hours of reliable solar-powered lighting every night, made available by a UN-led pilot project to facilitate household financing for solar home systems.

The $1.5 million pilot, managed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), has improved so many lives in India that sister programmes to boost energy access are being initiated in other developing countries.

Even a few hours of 20 to 40-watt solar-powered lighting in homes and small shops nightly has been credited with better grades for schoolchildren, better productivity for needlework artisan groups and other cottage industries, and even better sales at fruit stands, where produce is no longer spoiled by fumes from kerosene lamps.

Behind these quality-of-life upgrades is an innovative UN-led project to persuade Indian bankers to finance small loans for solar systems – typically $300 to $500 for a system to power two to four small lights or appliances. A report on the programme will be offered at the UN Commission for Sustainable Development, the annual two-week meeting of which opens in New York Monday April 30 with a focus on energy issues.

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