Thursday

Res 37 Toxic Air Bill by Sen J.Inhofe


I am writing you today in vehement opposition to the toxic air bill offered by Senator James Inhofe, S.J. Res 37.

The Online Petition I signed via the Environment Defense Action Fund is listed to follow and emailed to Sen R.Blunt and Sen C.McCaskill.


  • My notes to Dirty Oil Roy Blunt are at the bottom of the Post.


This bill would use the obscure Congressional Review Act to block EPA's new emission standards for hazardous mercury and other toxic air pollution from coal- and oil-fired power plants. If enacted, this bill would also forever prohibit the EPA from adopting substantially similar clean air standards in the future.

These standards, which the 1990 Clean Air Act specifically authorizes, have been in the works for more than two decades. They will prevent up to 11,000 premature deaths every year and protect our kids from dangerous exposure to toxic mercury pollution, which can cause brain damage in infants and young children.

They will also save the American economy tens of billions of dollars in avoided health costs while likely leading to the creation of 117,000 jobs installing pollution control technologies between now and 2015.

Last year, more than 800,000 Americans submitted public comments in support of this rule. But now, a few of America's largest corporate utilities have launched an aggressive campaign to block these standards. And Sen. Inhofe's toxic air bill would do just that.

Please stand up for the health and safety of our kids and communities and reject the Inhofe bill.

Please take action today. Help us stop the Inhofe toxic air bill, which would wipe the EPA's life-saving Mercury and Air Toxics Standards off the books and punch a huge hole through our clean air protections.

My Notes:

Mr Blunt in an email I received yesterday from you.  You wrote:
"Job creators in Missouri tell me that overreaching new regulations coming out of the Environmental Protection Agency are one of the biggest obstacles to getting our economy back on track.  Regulations like these threaten to make the cost of electric power skyrocket for most Americans and will sack families and workers with new costs, reducing their disposal income and ultimately threatening their standard of living."  

I'd like to point out the simple fact that-
"All the jobs in the world won't help when Pollution kills the world."  

As you know here in St Louis- Ameren UE (Union Electric) uses Coal for producing our Electricity.  This pollution from Coal Fired Power Plants is a leading cause of Asthma and Cancer.  WebMD just reported last week that St Louis is Number 7 on the list  of leading cities with Asthma Problems.
"The study also points out that recent statistics indicate asthma causes more than 3,300 deaths annually in the U.S. and is a factor in another 7,000."  
It  would seem to me the more healthy people there are working equals more people paying taxes- ie: Income for the US Government.

If you are serious about creating jobs consider this: Energy Efficiency and Renewable "Non Polluting" Energy.

Steve Kidwell, Ameren Missouri Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, said:

"If we went after the potential that we've seen in our own study,  we wouldn't have to build another power plant for 20 years, and we could retire Meramec, and we'd be OK.  But we'd lose  $30 million a year. And we just can't do that. It's that simple."
 (This was a St Louis Post Dispatch Article that talked about making homes energy efficient through weatherization.)

On another note about Energy Efficiency and Nuclear Energy- I'd like to share this info:
"For 1/2 the cost of replacing one nuclear power plant, we can retrofit 1,600,000 homes for "Energy Efficiency" and create 220,000 new jobs- which is 90 times more jobs than you'd get from a power plant replacement."  
ie: how much taxes that are needed for the USA would come from the 220,000 employees?

So basically I'm asking you to do the right thing and leave the EPA alone as the USA is making strides to curb its energy use which reduces the Pollutants in the Air, Land, and Water.

Through the various reporting agencies on Political Contributions. (1 & 2) I know you receive the bulk of your money from Big Oil, Big Coal, and Big Business.  In the future who will be left to buy their products if the population is killed off from Fossil Fuel Pollution.  I'm not even going to mention the fact that we can reduce our reliance on Foreign Oil (which is the root cause of the ongoing wars in the Middle East.  ie: if they don't have any money they cant fight us).

Thank you, looking forward to your Reply.

Sincerely,
Scotty

Help us stop the Inhofe toxic air bill, which would wipe the EPA's life-saving Mercury and Air Toxics Standards off the books and punch a huge hole through our clean air protections.

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Tuesday

10 Most Asthmatic Cities | 2012-06-12 | ED C Magazine


Why is St Louis Ranked Number 7?  Dirty Coal Emissions such as Ameren UEs 'coal fired electric plants' has been linked to Asthma related problems.  I would also like to point out that these same Dirty Coal Emissions have been linked to Cancer- (in case you are wondering why there is so many people that have developed Cancer in St Louis.)


WebMD, an online medical news source, recently released a list of the ten U.S. cities with the most frequent cases of asthma — a disease that affects the lungs, often causing repeated episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness and coughing.
To create the list, researchers used the following criteria:
  • air pollution levels
  • pollen levels
  • number of reported asthma attacks and cases
  • whether bans on smoking in public locations are in place
  • reported use of “rescue inhalers” to treat asthma attacks
  • poverty rates (asthma rates are invariably correlated with high poverty rates)
“Early on, we found that many conventional cleaning chemicals can trigger asthma attacks among school children,” says Stephen Ashkin, President ofThe Ashkin Group, who is known as the “father of Green Cleaning” in the professional cleaning industry. “This is why so many schools were early pioneers in [adopting] Green Cleaning products and practices.”
According to WebMD, these 10 cities have the most prevalent asthma rates:

No. 10: Allentown, Pa.

No. 9: McAllen, Texas

No. 8: Oklahoma City, Okla.

No. 7: St. Louis, Mo.

No. 6: Hartford, Conn.

No. 5: Chattanooga, Tenn.

No 4: Pittsburgh, Penn.

No. 3: Knoxville, Tenn.

No 2. New Haven, Conn.

No 1: Memphis, Tenn.

The study also points out that recent statistics indicate asthma causes more than 3,300 deaths annually in the U.S. and is a factor in another 7,000.

“And it is still themost common health reason for repeated absences from schools,” adds Ashkin, “which tells me we still have a ways to go in cleaning and maintaining our schools in a healthier, more environmentally preferable manner.” 


10 Most Asthmatic Cities | 2012-06-12 | ED C Magazine


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Friday

Little Green Thumb Recycling Adventure

Gratitude of Thanks to Southern Metal Processing. 

For all my readers who have been reading about my Back-Yard City Garden.  I'm sure you have noticed that I've had some great help from little green thumbs this year.
Little Green Thumbs helping in the Garden
Little Green Thumbs-Inspecting the Corn Silk on
the Sweet Corn Plants that they helped plant.

I try to 'Lead by Example' with the Girls and have been attempting to teach them the benefits of Recycling and becoming a Steward for the Environment.  They are already aware of the Blue Recycling Dumpsters in the Alleys and the Recycling Trash Can here at the house.  The youngest calls the trips to the Blue Dumpster-"Cycling".  


Yesterday while cleaning out the Garage I compiled all the scrap metal left over from previous projects, loaded it up and headed to Southern Metal Processing on S Broadway in St Louis, MO.   


After we were weighed in and unloaded our Scrap Treasures.  We were standing in the office receiving our compensation.  Unexpectedly Girls were given some Kool toys from the Reward Case.  (I personally think the girls have enough toys, especially when I trip over them or am forced to clean them up.)  But to a little girl I guess they can never have enough Barbies or Little Pony toys.


And the nice lady that gave the girls the toys must understand that there can never be enough toys.  She vetoed my suggestion that 1 toy was enough and gave the girls 2 toys each (to the delight of the girls).  Thank you's and hug's were exchanged and the now very happy girls had Treasures of their own to play with. 


I think this is just what is needed from a Business in support of the Green and Sustainable efforts to reduce Global Warming - Climate Change.  I can think of no better way to teach the next generation the importance of recycling.  And  by actions such as these by Southern Metal Processing, (listed SMP on their Trucks). I will bet that the Younger Generations will become better Stewards of our Earth-If this Generation doesn't kill the Earth first.    



 



Gratitude of thanks to Southern Metal Processing.


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Thursday

Climate Change Heat Deaths in Top U.S. Cities


Climate change is literally killing us: In America's 40 largest cities, it's estimated that more than 150,000 Americans could die by the end of this century due to the excessive heat caused by climate change. Find out more about killer heat and how many more heat-related deaths climate change could cause in U.S. cities by exploring our interactive map. Then, help fight climate change by sending a letter supporting carbon pollution limits.
June 2012
Heat Deaths Map
Climate Change Heat Deaths in Top U.S. Cities

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Tuesday

Red Potato Harvest-BackYard Garden Plot

Every Gardner Needs Little Green Thumbs to help in the Garden.
Though the girls are a little squeamish when it comes to Worms and Insects in the Garden.  The enthusiasm that these little green thumb bring to the Garden almost seem to will the Plants to Grow. 

Its the Girls 1st Garden Experience and in this
photo they are inspecting the Hair on the Sweet Corn Stalk.

3rd Red Potato Harvest

3rd Red Potato Harvest 



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Saturday

Extraordinary Green Energy Breakthrough From Cogar International Energy Corporation | SYS-CON MEDIA


 the Hydro-Electric Reactor which uses only air from the atmosphere to generate huge amounts of clean, reliable green energy all year round.

This could be just what the doctor ordered for US Energy Needs

The following was copied from the Article"...The technology does not use any fossil fuel whatsoever to generate electricity in commercial quantities and it can produce renewable and sustainable clean energyusing only a fraction of external energy input.
The prototype uses 75 kilowatts of electricity to generate 100 kilowatts of electricity. With a maximum of 20 generators, the prototype can generate 2000 kilowatts of electricity using only 500 kilowatts input.

The Hydro-Electric Reactor technology can replace all coal, gas, geo-thermal, bio-mass, windmills, solar and nuclear power plants, worldwide, within 30 years and help put an end to the current energy crisis, oil dependence and global warming.

The technology can provide over 1,000,000 megawatts of clean, renewable energy each year to the world, with no harmful chemical emissions.

It can generate electricity at less than 1 Cent (U.S. Cent) per kilowatt hour because there is no daily operating cost whatsoever." 

Article Continues at the following link.



On the website I found these links and additional information

NOTE: The company proposes to manufacture 40 (Forty) standard models of the
Hydro-Electric Reactor Power Plants, from 5 kilowatts to 20 Megawatts, for residential,
commercial and industrial customers.

*Click here to see Proposed Dimensions

*Click here to see Price List 



GET OFF THE GRID AND SAY GOODBYE TO ELECTRIC UTILITY BILLS FOREVER!




Scotty comments: This almost sounds too good to be true and it sounds like this could be just what the doctor ordered for US Energy Needs


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Compliance Checklist: Will You Be Ready if OSHA Visits Your Jobsite? - Remodeling Magazine

Below is short a list of things contractors should consider if they want to be ready when an OSHA Inspector drives by and or stops in to check out your job site.  This list comes from Mark Paskell of The Contractors Coaching Partnership.  Mark helps contractors and their employees comply with OSHA. He offers group training classes as well as company specific training and assistance with compliance requirements including jobsite practices and the gamut of required documentation.  When I spoke to Mark about this topic he stressed that OSHA was concentrating heavily on worker training and protection from fall hazards, and that contractors needed to have written documentation of the training they provide.

 

OSHA Compliance Checklist for Contractors:

  • Keep your job site in a clean an orderly manner
  • If on roofs above a 4 pitch use anchor points, harnesses and lifelines
  • If you do not use harnesses use guard rails
  • When setting ladders make sure they are 3 feet above the roof edge and on stable ground
  • Don't use ladder jacks with ladders over 20 feet
  • If you use ladder jacks over 10 feet makes sure you are tied off from above
  • Wear hard hats and safety goggles
  • Make sure scaffolding is set properly with planking
  • Set ladders at the right angle
  • Don't climb scaffolding bracing
  • Don't use the top steps of your step ladders
  • Use ladders and step ladders only within the manufacturer's parameters 
  • Use guard rails on pump staging and do not forget the ends
  • Cover skylights in the work area
  • Always us guard rails on landings, stairs and ramps
  • Use guard rails across large openings on upper levels
  • Don't set ladders or staging within 10 feet of power lines

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Compost Tea Recipe-


Inoculate Your Organic Garden With Microorganisms

Compost Tea Recipe

Examples of good microbe foods include molasses, kelp, fish, humic acids and rock dust. Obviously, these products shouldn't have preservatives in them, because preservatives are designed to kill microbes.
Here’s an organic compost tea recipe I've adapted and evolved for a five-gallon homemade compost tea brewer. This takes one to five days to make. We don’t really know when it’s done if we're not testing it, but two to three days is a good time frame to start. The compost tea ingredients are:
  • 4-8 cups good, aerobic, nice-smelling, fully finished organic compost
  • 2 Tablespoons unsulfured blackstrap molasses
  • 2 Tablespoons organic liquid kelp fertilizer
  • 1 Tablespoon organic liquid fish fertilizer
A good batch of compost tea can be a miracle worker when it comes to fulfilling your organic gardening goals. It's a microbial inoculant to improve your soil food web, broad-spectrum organic fertilizer to foliar feed your plants, and even pest control (although it can't legally be called that).
And this simple compost tea recipe is all you need to get started. If you have any questions, feel free to let me know below.

Want More Info? Article Continues at the following link.  



Compost Tea Recipe To Inoculate Your Organic Garden With Microorganisms

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Friday

Uncomfortable truths about air conditioning


When record heat hit the Midwest last summer, most of us didn’t sweat it out.
We just made our air conditioners work a little harder.

Stan Cox worries our year-round preference for cool, dry air is creating an unsustainable feedback loop. Our reliance on air conditioning contributes to global warming, which increases our reliance on air conditioning, which increases our reliance on air conditioning, and so on.

Cox is author of Losing Our Cool: Uncomfortable Truths About Our Air-Conditioned World

The 2010 book traces how air conditioning has reshaped the country and lowered our ability to adapt to climate change.
I spoke briefly with Cox last month about the challenge we’d face in resetting our collective thermostat.
“We’ve built ourselves into a corner,” Cox said. “We’ve built countless square feet of interior space that are uninhabitable without air conditioning.”
Offices built before the 1950s often had H-, T-, and L-shaped footprints so inhabitants were never far from a window. Air conditioning allowed architects to do away with that constraint, designing buildings instead as giant cubes.
Opening windows for a cross breeze just isn’t possible in most large, modern office buildings.
With homes, the introduction of air conditioning prompted builders to cut out extra insulation and other energy saving features that helped make pre-AC homes more comfortable.

Recent building code updates improve energy efficiency, but they don’t address the most important factor: size. We’re building more efficient homes today, but for decades we also moved into larger and larger homes (a trend that only slowed after the housing market tanked in 2007.)

Cox describes a 2005 study from the Journal of Industrial Ecology that compared three homes: a large, energy efficient home, a small efficient home, and a small inefficient home.
“The authors concluded that a 1,500-square-foot house with mediocre energy-performance standards will use far less energy for heating and cooling than a 3,000-square-foot house of comparable geometry with much better energy detailing.”
And that’s the problem with efficiency:
“Efficiency first tends to make frugality seems less necessary,” says Cox.

There is no single solution. Cooling ourselves more sustainably will probably require a combination of broadening our comfort zone, increasing efficiency and improved building design.

“It’s not going to be that easy because air conditioning is kind of an all or nothing thing,” says Cox. ”It’s not easy to build a building that can run part of the time really efficiently with air conditioning, and another part of the time be comfortable with natural ventilation.”


Uncomfortable truths about air conditioning

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