Dan Chiras  @  ChelseaGreen

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Recovery from the Economic Crisis Will Be Slow, Be Patient

February 24th, 2009 by Dan Chiras

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 doubt, [...]

Making the Perfect Plaster

February 16th, 2009 by Dan Chiras

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 [...]

Racial Transparency: The First African-American President and More

February 1st, 2009 by Dan Chiras

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 this [...]

Efficiency is a Form of Renewable Energy Too

January 14th, 2009 by Dan Chiras

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 [...]