The Federal Advisory Committee “Minces no Words”

By Roy L Hales

Justin Gillis, of the New York Times Green Blog, titles his introduction to the recently released Federal Advisory Committee Draft Climate Assessment Report” as “An Alarm in the offing on Climate Change.” Personally, I find it reminiscent of a modern day Book of Revelation – only many of the predicted calamities are aimed directly at me and mine. The message is not new. Some scientists have been warning us about Climate change for decades. What is new, is that this is a Government report which, Gilllis writes, “minces no words”. He adds a note of caution, that “it is a draft, so we don’t know what final language will make it into the report.”
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San Diego’s Residential Solar industry Booming

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Much to the apparent chagrin of California’s three public utilities companies, residential solar is booming. According to the Vote Solar Initiative, 1,400 megawatts (MW) of PV installations are now operating on the homes or businesses of 134,000 Californians. In a recent study, they conclude that, the benefits to ratepayers in SCE, PG&E, and SDG&E territories will be around  $92.2 million a year “by the time the state’s net metering program is fully subscribed at 5% of peak demand.” Two thirds of these installations are in low and median income neighbourhoods.
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Should Shu’luuk Wind be built in East County?

Originally Published in the East County Magazine

By Miriam Raftery

January 14, 2013 (Campo) – The Campo Indian tribe has proposed to lease a portion of its reservation to Invenergy LLC for  an industrial energy project, Shu-luuk Wind.  The project would include 85 wind turbines, each approximately 500 feet tall, on tribal lands near the rural communities of Campo and Boulevard.  The project study area  of impact spans over 4,700 acres; the developer claims a project footprint of 900 acres; many new miles of roads  and power lines are also proposed.

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Forming a power alternative for San Diegans

Originally Published by East County Magazine

By Miriam Raftery

In Marin County, 80% of utility customers now buy power from a local energy cooperative supported by their local government. Now a similar effort is making strides toward giving SDG&E customers an alternative option to purchase power from a  public utility backed by the City of San Diego.
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The Betrayal of Boulevard: Can This Happen to your Town, too?

A Community Plan overruled so that corporate interests can proceed to impose their plans. The Betrayal of Boulevard: Can This Happen to your Town, too?

Originally Published in East County Magazine

By Miriam Raftery

January 11, 2012 (Boulevard)–Retired tugboat captain Don Renard worked hard all his life before purchasing a little piece of heaven in San Diego’s rural East County.  He bought  a historic house, the former Ruby Store, once a stage coach stop in Boulevard.  He and his family have been working to restore it—in between savoring quiet times spent watching the hawks, owls and song birds among the old oak groves around their home.
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Outdoor Fun is Good for Kids and the Planet

Originally Published by the David Suzuki Foundation

By David Suzuki, with contributions by Faisal Moola.

When I was growing up in London, Ontario, in the early 1950s, back doors would flap open between 5:30 and 6 p.m., and parents would call Johnny or Mary to come home for dinner. We’d be out playing in the park, empty lot, or nearby ditch or creek. Back then, there wasn’t a television station in London, and the few folks with TV sets had to capture signals from Cleveland or Detroit and watch shadowy black-and-white images made worse by electronic snow. There were no computers, cell phones, iPods, or digital anything. Our fun was outdoors. Continue reading Outdoor Fun is Good for Kids and the Planet

Global Day of Action, Solidarity and Resurgence

By Sarah Hales-Reid

With drums, round dance and prayers supporters of the ”Idle No More” movement met in Downtown San Diego, on January 1, in a demonstration of solidarity with the movement that has spread across North America and beyond. According to the San Diego Free Press about 75-100 people attended and, “It was a good, multicultural, cross section of San Diego humanity. All coming together to respect Native treaties, rights and ways.”(01/07/2013) Indigenous peoples, environmentalists and allies alike have been organizing flash mobs, peaceful protests and dance circles.
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Telsa Model S completes cross country trek

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The Tesla Model S drove into New York City at 2:20 am, Eastern Time, this morning. That was when Peter Soukup tweeted, “If I can make it here, I can make it anywhere and we made it! Electric Road Trip S successfully finished in NYC, final mileage 4887!”  They came the long way: driving south from Portland to LA, across the Southern states to Georgia and then north along the Atlantic Coast to New York. Peter Soukup, Tina Thomas and Luba Roytburd  have proven it is possible for an EV to drive across the United States and, in the process, set a World Record for road trips in an EV.
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Cross Country EV Trekkers enter North Carolina.

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1According to recent tweets on their blog, Peter Soukup, Tina Thomas and Luba Roytburd slept in Athens, Georgia, last night. That’s point G on the map above. They have driven over 4,000 miles and should arrive in New York city on Sunday (or Monday, at the latest). Their trip shatters any misconceptions about taking road trips with an EV, at least in a Tesla Model S.
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Telsa Model S driving across North America

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1A Tesla Model S has driven more than half way across North America. Tina Thomas and Peter Soukup left Portland, Oregon, on December 25 and their last tweet, posted twenty hours ago, states “And into Alabama as the sun sets :).” They are expected to reach New York City by January 7th or 8th.
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