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Efficiency is a Form of Renewable Energy Too

As America seeks ways to gain energy independence and combat global warming, we must be sure not to ignore the low-hanging fruit on the energy tree: energy conservation and energy efficiency. As individuals, as businesses, and through our government, we must focus first and foremost on making our homes, businesses, and vehicles as efficient as possible. While I’m 100% behind developing solar and wind and other forms of clean, reliable, and affordable renewable energy — and have written a number of books on the subject and live on renewables myself — conservation and efficiency are the cheapeast, fastest, and most reliable ways to produce more energy and combat pollution. And, it’s renewable, too. Every step you and I take to conserve energy and use energy more efficiently pays dividends long into the future. It frees up energy that would have been wasted year after year after year. Energy efficiency measures we enact are the moral equivalent of a new oil well or natural gas deposit. Don’t wait for government to action. You can take steps now to build a more efficient and sustainable future. Start by driving smarter. Slow down. Drive the speed limit. Avoid jack rabbit starts…the list goes on. These are small steps, but when combined with efforts of millions of others, they can have a huge impact and usher us further along the path of a sustainable future.

Recovery from the Economic Crisis Will Be Slow, Be Patient

I’m constantly amazed at Wall Street, which acts like an extremely skittish horse — panicking when it encounters the slightest scare – in response to every bit of bad news. Television journalists and skeptics of the nation’s new economic recovery plan aren’t much better. They’re hammering away at the economic recovery plan, sowing seeds of […] Read More..

Making the Perfect Plaster

Over the years, a number of individuals who’ve read my books on natural building (The Natural House) and natural plasters (The Natural Plaster Book) have contacted me for advice on their projects. A few have grumbled about the the arduous task of making flour paste to add to their earthen plasters. Flour paste makes an […] Read More..

Racial Transparency: The First African-American President and More

Immediately after Barack Obama’s innaugaration, I tuned into Black Entertainment Televsion, thinking that it would be interesting to see what the African-American community had to say about the election of our first African-American president. I was deeply moved by the impact this had on the African-American community. I deeply appreciate the symbolic and very real significance of […] Read More..