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Climate Underlies It All

Climate and the environment are the root of all we do.  Solutions are what we can do NOW.

At All Our Energy, just because we are focused on the solutions: renewable energy and stopping pollution in all forms; whether it be an LNG Port, an unnecessary fossil fuel power plant, or the needless waste of single use plastic bags- doesn’t mean we should forget what drives our actions.
Climate change and the degradation of air, land, and water for human livability is where we spring to action from.

So you want to see what climate change “looks like”?
Earlier this year, the alarming “climate spiral” visualization was released, showing the months of the year represented as a circle, with recorded monthly temperatures added in, over time. It clearly shows the spiral getting larger then dramatically larger, representing higher temperature, as we reach the present.
The original was scary enough, showing the dramatic increase and acceleration in global warming up to the present day. This new projection shows the unprecedented temperature spike we are in now…. and takes us where it leads.

heres a 3-d representation:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cVt6ximM4hE

Here’s a graph that shows “yes, this is how quick (climate change) is happening“.

No one is coming to save us. No magic carbon vacuum is coming that costs less than the immediate “benefits” of fossil fuels. The free market isn’t coming. Its been nearly 30 years since James Hansen sat in front of congress imploring action on climate. Nothing has changed. We can not afford to wait. Maybe, too, we can not afford to be so focused solely on solutions. Maybe this focus on solutions hurts our public awareness by skipping the first step of the discussion: “we have a problem- something must be done- you can continue as part of that problem, or decide to become the solution”.
We need to make that change now. We have no time to wait for polluters and their employees in the field, in their law offices, or in government to “change their mind” or agree to some watered-down version of what needs to be done: a concerted, citizen-powered changeover to 100% renewable energy, with as much transportation, heating and cooking switched to clean, renewable-generated electricity ASAP.

To survive, we must transition to a renewable generated economy that values workers, the environment, local communities and empowers all to take part however they can, to foster that transformation of our society and ensure livability of the planet for future generations. Germany did this and produce more solar than the US in a fraction of the size and the solar resource. Denmark did this and got massive amounts of wind energy (and the leading international wind industry that goes with it).

The good news: we here on Long Island are finally have the potential to lead a massive switch to renewables in the form of our potential 35000 megawatts, (with realistic expectations at about 10,000-15,000) of readily available off shore wind power.
The bad news: this process, without encountering resistance(just elected), technical issues, policy or leadership changes(just changed), or any of a multitude of potential delays, has been decided to take at least 5-7 years, with reality possibly longer. This is only for the first wind farm. Policy has rendered commercial scale off shore wind development for the entire US to merely BEGIN operations in 2022-2025. It could be another 10-20 years after that for full deployment.
This is time we just don’t have. We have much to do now to avoid new fossil fuel and dangerous nuclear from being added, before we can offset any need for them.  tick-tick-tick.

Matt’s Wind Letter Published in Newsday

Our own Matt Kearns’ letter to the editor was published in Newsday.

 

Letter: Shift quickly to wind power offshore

 

The timing couldn’t have been better as we roll out our “Day of Action” for renewables on LI.

BYO Bag LB campaign in the news

Our BYO Bag LB campaign to end plastic pollution was featured in this week’s Long Beach Herald

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Find (and share) it online here:

http://www.liherald.com/longbeach/stories/Supporting-a-ban-on-single-use-plastic-bags,78514?

Are you seeing the bumper stickers and window clings around town?  Tell us where!
have you displayed your support, too?
you are following the campaign facebook page?
https://www.facebook.com/byobaglbny/
Stay tuned- more dates and events will be coming.

News to start 2014

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Hello friends. On the newsfront, just click the links to see the stories I’ve been following…

 

YOU ARE RENEWABLE ENERGY

Watt’s Happening: The Three Shades of Green

Working In Wind blog from Meredith

Thinking about working in wind? Hear from some experts.

ACTION

Sierra Club : Tell Congress to Protect Clean Energy Jobs

INNOVATION

Largest Wind Turbine In World Ready For Production

New Wind Power Cheaper than Existing Coal and Natural Gas in Many Parts of the Country

US Hybrid licenses fuel cell tech from United Technologies

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INDUSTRY NEWS

Clean energy future moves closer – legal victory for Cape Wind, FAA approval upheld

Tourists Flock to Wind Turbines: 14 Examples of Ecotourism

Wind Power Rivals Coal With $1 Billion Order From Buffett

LOCAL

Long Island could lead the nation, world in offshore wind power

 

 

what do you think?
what are you reading about?

Solar Shopping for Cyber Monday

New Solar Panels could be just a click away.

New Solar Panels could be just a click away.

It is “Cyber Monday”. You know- when millions have nothing better to do but shop online, now that they’re back on the job after the holiday weekend ; )!

I thought it would be fun to do some online shopping… For Solar Panels!

If you’re going to shop, at least you » Read more..

Global Wind Day 2013 Photo Contest Winners

Hi everyone,
I just wanted to follow up the Global Wind Day post with a link to the winners of this year’s contest.

Some very cool shots!

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See them all by clicking Global Wind Day 2013

Stop the LNG Port Off Our Shore

All Our Energy composite of BOEM /NYPA windfarm map, and Clean Ocean Action Map

All Our Energy composite of BOEM /NYPA windfarm map, and Clean Ocean Action Map showing approximate location of proposed Ambrose LNG Port in relation to Long Beach, Jones Beach, and The proposed NYPA offshore Wind Farm

Yes that’s right.. This is proposed right smack dab where the offshore wind farm is supposed to go.

I would think if this goes through, the wind farm won’t because it will become an issue of “navigation”. You know, 1000 foot long, 20 story high ships can’t exctly slalom through the wind turbines like an Olympic event!!

And when you look at it in this light, it is very obvious that this plan could even be an intentional block to the Wind Farm (and others!). Mostly because in and of itself, it doesn’t make a lot of sense right now it is kind of a mystery why we even need it or what the motivation is behind it. They never would have to actually even carry LNG. They could just be claiming the land under the ocean from the wind farms.

Although stopped before, this same Liberty Natural Gas project is now being fast-tracked once again. The race is on because they’re hoping to jam it through while the Long Island South Shore towns are still in disarray after Superstorm Sandy. They rush to do it while anywhere from 10 to 50% of the residents are still displaced from Sandy, rebuilding is going on, and in the MAJORITY OF CASES NOT GOING ON as homeowners fight for their insurance money on a daily basis. A great time while nobody can pay attention to it!

Spearheading the public outreach I’ve seen is NYC Surfriders

Please click on that link to find all their extensive organized information.

Very interesting to read there that there will be a continuous use of the water itself and moderate spillage is expected routinely-thats just how it’s done!

In addition to being the wrong way to go for our future, the Surfriders remind us

The port would be located near the entrance to the NY Harbor, in two active Coast Guard training areas, in the middle of a proposed offshore wind area, and among several fishing areas and wildlife migration routes. The port, south of Jones Beach, NY and east of Monmouth Beach, NJ, would be connected to an offshore pipeline just south of Atlantic Beach, NY.

Paid proponents have been filtering in pro-posts and commentary on local blogs and websites. Please take up the mantle and post your comment that we don’t need it. Nothing else to discuss.

Especially since :

the direct beneficiary of this port’s profits will be an account in the Cayman Islands with no more names, details, or specifics available.[that will be great to deal with when we have to go after somebody for negligence, damaging the environment, blowing up our towns]
… overseas energy markets will benefit from a new access point for U.S. natural gas exports. (Only) Liberty’s 6 permanent employees and 6 consultant companies (none of which are located in New York or New Jersey) will benefit –

Sign the petition to stop it by clicking on this link

You might be asking yourself right now

wait, I thought we had an abundance of natural gas right here in the US right now and the people in favor if it keep saying how cheap it is. Porponents will say “yes- those imports will help keep prices low.” so why do we need to import more? Why would some company invest in all this infrastructure with gas at such a low price.

They’re going to use this facility to broaden their market through export, which will RAISE prices and increase fracking in our local area. Not a dime will go into our economy, the company says this will employ virtually no one, and all the people of Long Islands South Shore will get is the dangers and risks.

click here -> Sea By The City in Long Beach has been running articles on this issue.

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Another unbelievable question not being asked is

Where is the modern pipeline to carry this liquefied concentrated explosive?

Is it already under Long Beach?

Where does the concentrated liquified (un)natural gas go from the buoy?

How about the pipelines that will have to run under our towns, homes, beaches, bays, schools, day care centers, veterans hospitals, flag stores, puppy and kitten shelters etc (okay I might’ve just jumped the shark) :) .

Based on recent and long term history of pipelines and fossil fuel companies, it cannot be trusted.
Especially in a “here-we-go-again, back door deal trying to slip it by, while good people aren’t looking”, kind of way. Especially as those good people clean up and try to restore their lives after a major disaster.

None of these companies is interested in the common good, only dollars.
No one in government is standing in their way and no one is punishing them when they f¥€% us up!
Good people are the only thing standing against them.

The reality is WE need to protect ourselves because no one else is.

 

There will be a public forum, posted as a facebook event by NYC Surfriders:

We need you there to show them we do not want any LNG station in our backyard! Make it out and let your voice be heard.

Date: Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Location: Allegria Hotel – 80 West Broadway, Long Beach
Open House: 4:30 — 5:30PM
Hearing: 6 pm to 8 pm

So until I see executives executed for willful crimes against humanity and future generations(heck i might even settle for some jail time); when problems happen because it was cheaper to take a fine than to fix something like, say the “Deepwater Horizon”, or the Arkansas Neighborhood pipeline, or the Dilbit Disaster Spill;

“NO” ‘s the word.

 

As loud as I can say it.

 

Ill be there July 9, 2013 to say it.

You can go to All Our Energy on Facebook
where you can click on and join the event and let them know you’re going.

You could also actually “like” us there and follow what we do from Facebook. ;)

I have also initiated the #NoPortAmbrose hashtag on twitter.

Much thanks to the NYC Surfriders, Sea By The City, and every one else getting the word out!

more to come!

Anti-Wind Turbine Syndrome is real!

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Yes, you’ve read that correctly.

I am hereby re branding this to be more in-line with reality, now that we know what it is. 

Facts are coming out that it is actually the Anti- Wind energy groups claims of “wind turbine syndrome” and the like that may be causing the very illness they tell residents to expect, not the wind turbines themselves. 

No one is saying that the symptoms that people may be reporting aren’t real to them. Now the proof is coming in on what may really be causing their symptoms.

Healthy volunteers, when given information about the expected physiological effect of infrasound, reported symptoms that aligned with that information, during exposure to both infrasound and sham infrasound.

The research showed a large group of HEALTHY people could be expected to report symptoms if they were told to EXPECT them, whether or not they were exposed to the infrasound! Exactly as would happen when anti-wind energy groups publicize what they say are the “dangers”. 

I would hope any of the people truly suffering, will now turn their focus and go after the people who actually did manipulate them and made them feel ill. 

You can find the report of the study by >clicking here<

 

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This is the most recent of many scientific studies to debunk the fearmongering.

read more here: Wind farms don’t harm human health: 17 major reviews world wide of all of the available research by credible, independent groups say so.

Enlightening facts show how other factors related to the fearmongering can help certain persons in certain circumstances play into the scenario. Further studies have shown those especially vulnerable are when people’s personal beliefs were already leaning anti (confirmation bias), amongst other reasons.  Still, I do not blame these people who are suffering at all, whatever the reason. The blame rests squarely with those irresponsibly(at best) and purposely(at worst) causing innocent neighbors these problems.  From today on, media outlets that just let these groups say “whatever” and just repeat it, share the culpability, as well.

Like (now reelected) US representative Tim Bishop said about climate change at last summer’s Long Island Off Shore Wind Conference: ““All we can do is just provide people with the facts…and hope they accept those facts.”

Unfortunately, that’s a long waiting game and the detractors of renewable energy know that putting up these straw man arguments delay the onset of their deserved extinction.  They dont actually care if they make residents sick, and the more the better for their cause, in fact.

Hopefully this argument is put to bed for good, preventing further harm to anyone.

Wind Power in the Land of Sun and Fun

The VAWT at Blue Water Terrace. Not Operating at time of picture.

The VAWT at Blue Water Terrace. St. Croix US Virgin Islands. Not Operating at time of picture.

I just had to report on a recent personal trip to St. Croix, US Virgin Islands.

I immediately noticed with much pleasure the number of wind turbines that have gone up since I had been there last. In a place where independence is a necessity, where there’s even people living off-grid- famously at the Virgin Islands Sustainable Farm Institute, I have to give credit to these wind pioneers, trying to make it happen.

St Croix USVI south shore mini wind farm team

St Croix USVI south shore mini wind farm team

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I guess in the land of fun in the sun, without some kind of state incentives which they don’t have, -and in the face of an entirely uncooperative utility in VIWAPA (famous picture of ex Head of the utility giving a literal “thumbs down” standing in front of a wind turbine), although widely used, person after person told me solar remains too expensive. I find it hard to believe, since that is with utility electric rates around .45/kWh plus a roving fuel surcharge that so few can understand, but most say almost doubles the bill at times.  I always think it should be a no-brainer, but residents tell me otherwise.

On second time passing some of these turbines though, I found myself dismayed. For the most part the turbines are working well, but some were sitting idle, even though I was there during the famed “Christmas Winds”.

welcome home!, too bad it wasnt spinning!

welcome home!, too bad it wasnt spinning!

too close to the street, too low to catch the wind

close to the street, hopefully not too low to catch the wind

VAWT in the valley

opposite view shows the layout.

I can only surmise that all the ones not spinning are purposely shut off for some reason (?)

I Hope so! Maybe they were just away for the holidays. I do have to say the majority of wind turbines I saw were spinning away, pumping out the kilowatt hours. You have to know by now I love the look of that!

South shore Spinnin'

South shore Spinnin’!

 

These vertical axis wind turbines are still somewhat “experimental”, are derided by wind enthusiasts unless they meet strict “lift” versus “drag” aerodynamic concepts, many are prone to “amateur situations”. The one pictured below was cranking, I wonder what the output is.

Drive on the left....VAWT cranking on the right.

Drive on the left….VAWT was cranking on the right.

I must recommend everyone to (please!) read Paul Gipe’s Wind Power or Paul Gipe’s Wind Energy Basics, before even looking into a wind turbine.
It’s pretty simple : a $20-30 investment to help figure out if you are going to make a mistake or just make the mistake for $5,000-15,000. 

When I think of those turbines not spinning, I wonder if, sometime in the near future,  we going to see ads on Craigslist-US Virgin Islands for “hardly used wind turbines”?

I hope not, I’d rather see those up and running. I guess I’ll keep my eyes peeled, and definitely let me know if you hear anything!

Another Chance to Bring Offshore Wind to Long Island

Board Of Ocean Energy Management(BOEM) map for the proposed NYPA (LIPA  and Con ED) plan for a Long Island-New York City offshore wind farm approximately 12 Miles offshore.

Board Of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) map of the proposed NYPA (LIPA and Con ED) plan for a Long Island-New York City offshore wind farm approximately 12 Miles offshore.

Recently, LIPA and Con Edison are issuing calls for public input on trying to bring back the plan for a wind farm 12 miles off the shores of Long Island.

Find that info by clicking here: Long Island-New York City Offshore Wind Project

This is great news.

Coincidentally, Sierra Club has really picked up the ball that they started rolling earlier last year. At that time,the LIPA board failed to do anything like ‘leading” -they just passed the natural gas buck to the next generation, guaranteeing another 30 or more years of further fossil fuel dependence, fracking pollution and price gouging (and that one didnt take long-only 5 months to come home to roost).

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It may not be too late. Sierra have been trying to convince LIPA to rethink their do-nothing stance and invest in wind energy, even as a hedge against these types of spikes. They have almost reached their goal of sending 5000 signatures to LIPA telling them to get on board with wind energy.
This is the moment, here is the movement, get on board with them!
click on the following link to be heard:

Sierra Club: Support Offshore Wind and Clean Energy Jobs for NY

Further news this week Long Island’s News12 is reporting LIPA rates to jump about $13 per month in March to reflect “natural gas price spikes”, due to the “unseasonably cold weather”.
Once again when you start talking costs going up like this, wind energy which is already close in price, fast becomes cheaper(another post). That does not include the effect that having wind energy would have: creating savings across all forms of electricity generated by having more supply to cover demand. Less natural gas demand = lower market price for natural gas.

What is it going to take to JUST. DO. IT. ALREADY?

Please let me know as soon as you’ve signed on to the Sierra Club link above so we can move on to getting it done!