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Oasis Montana Spring 2007 Newsletter
page 4 - RE News Bites

Renewable Energy News Bites:

Valentine’s Day chocolates and flowers sound so romantic...but did you know most chocolate comes from the Ivory Coast of Africa, where workers are enslaved (and CEOs in this country makes millions off of their labor)? And the cut flower industry is most often based in South American countries, where children labor for next to nothing and are exposed to many dangerous pesticides? Seek more information about safe, free trade alternatives at http://www.organicconsumers.org/valentines/index.cfm

Trying to live sustainably can be an overwhelming proposition —but you can find a lot of green ideas about decreasing your business and home’s environmental footprint at http://www.nrdcaction.org/subscribetgl.html; their e-zine subscription is free, and filled with creative solutions for living cleaner and with less negative impact. With nearly 7 billion people in the world, it’s something we should all favor!

If it takes a gallon of gas or diesel to make 1.3 gallons of corn-based ethanol, is it really a good idea? What is the real cost of corn-based ethanol? Will we soon be choosing between food or gassing our vehicles? Check out this interesting article at
http://www.evworld.com/view.cfm?page=article&storyid=1188

Is your refrigerator running efficiently? Appliances use up about 20% of the average home’s electricity; replacing older energy hogs with newer, more efficient appliances is a good way to minimize your home’s environmental impact. To see our ConServ energy efficient fridges with a foot print of 2' x 2' click here and be sure to visit http://www.ucsusa.org/publications/greentips/ for ideas to improve individual appliances’ efficiencies.

German farmers, homeowners and industrialists set a world record for renewable energy developments in 2006; the country has an electricity ‘feed law’ which pays the investors in RE a fair price for their clean electricity; this has lead to the Germans leading the world in development of solar, wind and biomass technologies that contribute to and help de-centralize their grid power system. http://www.renewableenergyaccess.com/rea/news/story?id=47322 for more on that story.

Fuel for your automobile from algae? A company called PetroSun, Inc. is finishing the final testing stage of the prototype ’algae paste’ in Phoenix, AZ, where the company is headquartered; future facilities are planned in NM, CA, MI and LA. For more information, see http://www.renewableenergyaccess.com/rea/news/story?id=47316

While the debate for or against global warming still rages, there’s no doubt something funny is up with the weather (and that globally, the temps continue to rise); if you are constantly haranguing with global warming skeptics, find fuel for your points of view at http://gristmill.grist.org/skeptics

Will the state of Washington’s demand for biodiesel ruin Skagit County’s century old seed industry? It appears that growing lots of oil-rich canola seeds has problems of its own; the seed crosses with many locally grown crops and renders their seed unfit for use. Read the article at http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/304510_canola21.html

Is the meat you eat cranking up the heat? According to to the Organic Consumer’s Association, the effects of raising, watering, feeding, slaughter, and transportation of livestock as meat takes up 70% of agricultural land, and tremendously affects emissions like carbon dioxide and methane, and also contributes to poor water quality throughout the world. For an eye-opening article and perspective, visit http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_3853.cfm
 
MUNDANE FACTS OF LIFE—like mailing costs—are a real factor in a business’s operating expense. It’s so time consuming and costly just to put together a flier like this. This is a picture of our Stevensville office trying to get our spring 2007 flier out the door.  It is a major effort for us as we do everything by hand and when we say our email list is all maintained in-house and we don't share it with anyone else - we mean it!  Don't be afraid to join our e-mail list to get the latest on Renewable Energy information.  We don't overload your in-box, probably less then 5 e-mailings a year.  So, we’re trying to do regular (well, every 3 to 4 months) e-mails to folks interested in renewable energy technologies and efficient products. It saves paper, labor and postage. So if you’re on line, subscribe to our EMAIL LIST here. Sometimes we have a great deal to offer, or just some good RE news to pass on. We do not sell or share our (small, hand-maintained) list with anyone. Contact us at info@oasismontana.com.  This newsletter is available as an online version — the same except the links work! If we have a new product or news, this may be your only notification.

 

ACTION ALERT:

Click on this link to contact your congressperson and support pro-solar bills that will positively affect America's clean energy future:
http://capwiz.com/re-action/issues/alert/?alertid=9328091
If you want cheaper solar for your home or business, please take the small amount of time it takes to click and send an e-mail. Your friends in the renewable energy industry will be grateful!

Quotable Quotes:

“If the world should blow itself up, the last audible voice would be that of an expert saying it can’t be done.” —Peter Ustinov

“Give to my people plenty of beer, good beer and cheap beer, and you will have no revolution among them.” —Queen Victoria

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
—Winston Churchill

“Vote for the man who promises the least; he’ll be the least disappointing.”
—Bernard Baruch

“I don’t mind what Congress does, as long as they don’t do it in the streets and frighten the horses.” —Victor Hugo

“It is very strange that the years teach us patience—that the shorter our time, the greater our capacity for waiting.” —Elizabeth Taylor

“Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.” —Otto Von Bismark

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into the trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you...while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.” —John Muir

“It sometimes happens, even in the best of families, that a baby is born. This is not necessarily a cause for alarm. The important thing is to keep your wits about you, and borrow some money.” —Elinor Goulding Smith

“Every one of us can do something to protect and care for our planet. We should live in such a way that makes a future possible.” —Thich Nhat That

“90% of politicians give the other 10% a bad name.” —Henry Kissinger

“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” —George Orwell

“A little madness in the spring is wholesome even for the King.” —Emily Dickinson

“The first day of spring was once the time for taking the young virgins into the fields, there in dalliance to set an example in fertility for nature to follow. Now we just set the clocks an hour ahead and change the oil in the crankcase.” —E.B. White

“In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.” From The Great Law Of The Iroquois Confederacy

“Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.” —Doug Larson

 
 
 
Now in autumn, we are enjoying cool and wet (even snowy) conditions, but it was one hot and smoky summer and fall for many parts of the western U.S., and Montana was no exception. We were smug with our good snowpack, back in spring. Then our summer started with a week of 100+ degree weather, and continued to stay hot. We were blanketed in smoke from the horrific fires (1.3 million acres burned) until the middle of September, and unfortunately, many homes and a few lives have been lost. We have been able to help some people with water pumping to protect their properties, but our drought conditions and warm temps made for a very dry western tinderbox. If only those folks in Texas could’ve share perhaps 1/20th of their deluge from their state…

Even so, the garden and fruit trees kept us busy, and despite the smoke we still enjoyed camping, fishing, and canoeing in our local river (even though the water was quite low). We hope our legislators will work on commonsense future measures to mitigate the effects of warming temperatures and prolonged drought. One thought we have had (since we were less than a mile from our local small airport, a helibase that launched many helicopters and other aircraft for fighting fires) is that actual planning for these events would be a good idea (seeing as they are now part of our new normal)—how about reservoirs near these airports to make hauling the big buckets faster and more affordable? Here in Stevensville, we have several large irrigation ditches in close proximity to our airfield…. Well, it’s just my 2 cents worth!

PICOCELL controller inverter for array-direct water pumping for your 240VAC AC pump
In this issue we have some new products to share; one is an exciting new AC pump controller/inverter that can run your 240VAC (or 120V, or 3 phase, or 230VAC 50 hz) 1/3 to 2 horsepower pump directly off of a solar array – click here for more information on the PICOCELL controller/inverter (cost: $1220 plus shipping). This exciting new technology is designed for off-grid use, or emergency back-up. We have installation manuals, spec sheets, and pump kit information on our water pumping site.  Call or e-mail for more information.

New, small Energy Star rated AC refrigerator
We also have a new, small AC refrigerator, 7.1 cu.ft. for your home or cabin, the CP972SS. It’s a great size for space-limited kitchens, only 22”W x 22”D x 57”H and will sell at the great price of $459 plus shipping. With its lean size, the CP972SS is the ideal refrigerator for studio apartments, yachts, offices, and other settings in need of reliable cooling in a slim-fitting footprint. Visit here for more information on this and other (larger) refrigerators.

The best nuclear generating station is 93 million miles away, and is available for pretty much everyone!
Thomas Edison quote on Solar Energy

Iron Edison Batteries
We also have a new line of batteries to offer, manufactured by Iron Edison;
visit our information on this exciting new product line.

WHY IS THE PRICE OF SOLAR MODULES LIKELY TO INCREASE?

The International Trade Commission (ITC) is responding to a lawsuit brought about by SolarWorld and Suniva (U.S. module manufacturers) that low cost imported (i.e. Chinese) solar modules have hurt their competitiveness, so they are asking for a tariff on imported solar panels to ‘level the playing field’. Many pro-solar groups are opposing these tariffs, as they will increase the dollar-per-watt cost of installed solar power systems, and very negatively impact job growth in the solar sector – which had been bourgeoning in the past few years. In fact, it is estimated that 1 out of 50 new jobs is in the renewable energy sector. The ITC has approved tariffs, but it will be up the President Trump to set the rate; those of us in the industry are waiting to see what will happen, and many jobs are on hold pending the decision. It sounds like costs may go up 10% to as much as 40%. For more information visit:  https://pv-magazine-usa.com/2017/10/31/breaking-usitc-recommends-quotas-tariffs-on-crystalline-silicon-solar-imports/  

Renewable Energy (and related) news bites

             1912 Warning on coal cuasing climate change

 

QUOTABLE QUOTES:

  • When autumn darkness falls, what we will remember are the small acts of kindness: a cake, a hug, an invitation to talk, and every single rose. These are all expressions of a nation coming together and caring about its people.
    --Jens Stoltenberg
  • Designers want me to dress like Spring, in billowing things. I don't feel like Spring. I feel like a warm red Autumn.
    --Marilyn Monroe
  • The cost of solar energy has not been opened up because the oil industry does not own the sun.
    –Ralph Nader
  • The spring, summer, is quite a hectic time for people in their lives, but then it comes to autumn, and to winter, and you can't but help think back to the year that was, and then hopefully looking forward to the year that is approaching.
    –Enya
  • A kestrel can and does hover in the dead calm of summer days, when there is not the faintest breath of wind. He will, and does, hover in the still, soft atmosphere of early autumn, when the gossamer falls in showers, coming straight down as if it were raining silk.
    --Richard Jefferies
  • I love nuclear energy! It's just that I prefer fusion to fission. And it just so happens that there's an enormous fusion reactor safely banked a few million miles from us. It delivers more than we could ever use in just about 8 minutes. And it's wireless!
    --Unknown
  • I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape - the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn't show.
    -- Andrew Wyeth
  • There has been a systematic repression of solar energy. It seems pretty funny to me that the government, if it is completely neutral--why wouldn't they pursue this far safer alternative of solar energy with the same intent that they pursue nuclear energy? Solar power is the last energy resource that isn't owned yet--nobody taxes the sun yet.
    --Bonnie Raitt
  • The problem with winter sports is that--follow me closely here--they generally take place in winter.
    --Dave Barry
  • If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.
    --Anne Bradstreet