Quick Green Reads For The Weekend Volume 108.

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I wish the weather would make up it’s mind about what time of year it is. 65 degrees one day, snow and sleet the next. It’s hard to make plans when such crazy changes happen in less than 24 hours! Are any of you guys having a weird winter like this too? On to the news…

My friend Tim at Ecopolitology writes: After congressional leaders reached compromise on a $789 billion economic stimulus package that includes investment for smart grid and broadband infrastructure, there were lots of smiling faces in Mountain View, Cali., headquarters of Google Inc..

Ever since Honda announced the revived Insight hybrid for 2010, rumors have swirled that the new model would undercut its chief rival, the Toyota Prius, in price by a few thousand dollars. Now, it’s official. Honda’s hot new hybrid will start at $19,800 (*plus $670 in destination charges) in base LX trim, meaning that for as little as $20,470, you can get your hands on an Insight with such standard features as power windows, automatic climate control, tilt and telescopic wheel and a sound system with CD player and auxiliary input jack for iPods.

Allie asks her readers “Would You Use “Family Cloth?”“. Do you know what it is? Head on over and check it out.

While most of the U.S is being pummeled by harsh winter storms dumping foot after foot of snow and leaving hundreds of thousands without power, California is gasping for water. After two consecutive year of drought, the state is now staring a third one in the face. California relies on the melt of the Sierra snowpack for the majority of its water supply. That snowpack was already far below average when NOAA announced the return of La Niñain January, a weather phenomena that caused a 20 percent drop in normal precipitation last year. As the Golden State slips deeper into the most significant water crisis in its history, municipal authorities are beginning to enact tough restrictions on water use.

Another visit with my family this weekend left me with a fantastic book called 1003 Household Hints and Work Savers to Help You Beat the High Cost of Living, published in 1953. It looks like mine is a reprinting of this pamphlet from 1948, with thrifty tips that must have been useful during WWII. Some of the tips are anachronistic, but some are still relevant , especially when trying to live a frugal and green life!

With adequate financial and political support, renewable energy technologies like wind and photovoltaics could supply 40 percent of the world’s electricity by 2050, according to findings from the International Scientific Congress “Climate Change: Global Risks, Challenges & Decisions.”

Have a great weekend everyone!

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