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Oasis Montana Spring 2006 Newsletter page 4
Rent-a-bike program | RE news bites | Quotable quotes

Lyon's Rentabike Success
The Dutch and the Danes tried it thirty years ago, making free bicycles available in Amsterdam and Copenhagen to help reduce traffic congestion and air pollution, trusting people to return the bikes when they finished with them. They didn't and the program proved an embarrassing failure.
Now, the French city of Lyon has decided to give the idea a try, but this time with a hi-tech twist. They have placed 1,500 silver and red, three-speed bicycles in specially-designed racks that only release the bike with the use of an inexpensive prepaid smart card registered to the program participant. Each bike, which gets used an average of 6.5 times per day, has its own lock to insure it doesn't get stolen while being used.

The smart card costs 1 Euro a week or 5 Euros a year and the hourly rental rate is 1 Euro, with the first half-hour being free. So, guess what? Ninety percent of all bike journeys are less than 30 minutes.

The program has been so successful that Vélo'v now plans to place up to 4,000 bikes and 400 racks around the city by 2007.

Renewable Energy News Bites:

Treasury Secretary Announces Tax Break on Hybrid Cars A tax credit of up to $3400 is available for those who purchase the most fuel efficient vehicles. Most of the currently available hybrid vehicles qualify for this tax credit, and includes advanced lean-burn technologies also. www.renewableenergyaccess.com/rea/news/story?id=41934

Sweden Invests in Biomass Energy: By 2020, Sweden wants to be the first country worldwide no longer using oil for energy purposes. Energy production from waste and biomass play a key part of this vision. Trade shows and expositions feature these new technologies and offer excellent opportunities for other countries to talk business with the experts from Nordic countries. Environmental programs and commercial energy projects have ranked Sweden number 1 in Europe with regards to environmental protection and in bioenergy, offering tax incentives and funding to stimulate new technologies. www.evworld.com/view.cfm?section=communique&newsid=10934

Some interesting statistics… Hottest year on record? Years by which Glacier Park will no longer have any glaciers? Number of bills passed by Congress addressing global warming? These and other interesting facts at www.environmentaldefense.org/article.cfm?contentID=4981

Alberta Bat Fatalities Studied: Last summer, Vision Quest Windelectric experienced the anomaly of finding 532 bat carcasses at their 68 MW Summerview Wind Farm outside Pincher Creek, Alberta. Ninety percent of the carcasses were found in August and September, during fall bat migration. Studies show that bat/wind turbine interactions appear to be highest in or near forests, especially along ridge tops, and lowers in open grassland or farmlands away from forests. The Vision Quest company contacted Alberta Fish & Wildlife, as well as Robert Barclay, a bat expert and professor at the U of Calgary. The bat carcasses recovered were the Hoary and Silver-haired bats, which are not at-risk species, but, Barclay says, “It’s refreshing to have an industry partner that is not hiding their heads in the sand.” Studies are continuing which will be applied to Summerview and at future wind farm developments. www.nawindpower.com

Homebrew Wind Turbine Construction Class from May 16 to May 21, 2006; cost $510, held in Forestville, WI. Participants will fabricate at least one ten foot diameter wind turbine from scratch during this six-day workshop. There will be minimal classroom time everyday, where the basics of turbine design will be covered, alternator theory and what to expect from a completed system. Most of the time will be spent in the shop carving blades, winding coils and fabricating parts. Call 715-592-6595 or visit www.the-mrea.org/workshops.php?id=1048457712 (don’t forget their energy fair over solstice! One of the biggest in the country. www.the-mrea.org)

Wisconsin residents want wind for cheaper energy: The state of Wisconsin has factors to help increase its wind power capacity….farms, a supportive government, and a population eager to lower its electricity costs. The state is ranked 18th in wind capacity, and presently has about 53 MW of wind power, but that is likely to change as developers learn to negotiate with local landowners. Besides offering the usual environmental benefits, there is a major economic one: the state doesn’t have its own source of fossil fuels (no coal mines) so every year the state runs at an energy deficit. Thanks to Wisconsin’s RPS (renewable portfolios standards) wind is well on its way to providing cheap, clean energy for its state’s residents. www.nawindpower.com

The Hard Truth About Oil Addiction: Energy independence for the USA can only be achieved by conservation, according to Fortune’s European editor. Will we tighten our belts as we should? http://money.cnn.com/2006/02/08/news/international/pluggedin_fortune/index.htm

In voicing his support for a federal earmark of $3 million to establish a
national Wave Energy Research, Development and Demonstration Center in Oregon,
Governor Ted Kulongoski is bringing his state closer to a leadership role in
renewable energy.


“Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.” —Mark Twain

“Gods always love the people who made ‘em.” —Zora Neale Hurston

“Painting, n. The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather and exposing them to the critic.” —Ambrose Bierce

“A women’s dress should be like a barbed wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view.” —Sophia Loren

“Each snowflake in an avalanche pleads not guilty.” —Stanislaw J. Lec

“In America you can go on the air and kid the politicians, and the politicians can go on the air and kid the people.” —Groucho Marx

“People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought, which they avoid.” —Kierkegaard

Democracy encourages the majority to decide things about which the majority is blissfully ignorant.” —John Simon

“All great things are simple, and many can be expressed in single words: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.” —Sir Winston Churchill

“Man, when perfected, is the best of animals, but when separated from law and justice, he is the worst of all.” —Aristotle

“An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn’t happen today.” —Laurence J. Peter

“I make a fortune from criticizing the policy of the government, and then hand it over to the government in taxes to keep it going.” —George Bernard Shaw

“Never, never, never believe any war will be smooth and easy, or that anyone who embarks on the strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter. The statesman who yields to war fever must realize that once the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events.” —Sir Winston Churchill

"I'd put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don't have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that."
—Thomas Edison

“Worse than blindness is sight without vision.” —Helen Keller

“Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.” --- Aristotle

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