Quick Green Reads For The Weekend Volume 109.

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Weather changes again! 68 degrees all week, and it’s supposed to be snowy and rainy for the next couple of days. I even put the screens in the windows this week – only to have to keep the windows shut again. One of these days Spring will stick for good and I will be a very happy man! On to the news…

One way to get around many of the problems attributed to biofuel production (land use changes, effect on food prices, etc) is by using waste vegetable oil to produce biodiesel. Now it looks like New Haven, Connecticut will be getting its own waste oil biodiesel refinery: Guilford-based Greenleaf Biofuels has been awarded a $1.3 million grant from the State of Connecticut to assist in the project, expected to be completed in early 2010. (There are rumors we are getting one here too, which is pretty cool.)

When spring finally breaks, they’re left trying ride a squeaky, possibly rusted, flat tired bike that’s badly in need of a tune-up. Which can be extremely frustrating. If you’re game to learn the basics, getting your bike ready for the first spring ride could be just a click away.

Confident that you are buying good, socially conscious brands? Find out the real story behind all that marketing money and store visibility. Burt’s Bees, Tom’s of Maine, Naked Juice: Your Favorite Brands? Take Another Look — They May Not Be What They Seem.

When Tesla formally announced the Model S Sedan last June, the MSRP bandied was about $60,000 for the all-electric sedan. In its newsletter today, Tesla has confirmed that the “anticipated base price” for the Model S will be $57,400. With a federal tax credit of $7,500 available, however, the Model S should cost just $49,900. Details on what’s included in the base version of the Model S should be available at the vehicle’s official unveiling next week. Tesla says that even with a sub-$50,000 price tag (just barely), the Model S is really competing with cars that cost much less. (Never mind the fact that A. it’s all electric and B. it is nowhere near as ugly as the Chevy Volt is going to be. $50K is a bargain for those 2 reasons alone.)

Via my old Santa Monica neighbor Siel – Those plastic bottles are leaching an estrogen-mimicking chemical in to your water, say researchers at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt. This time we’re talking about those #1 PET bottles , not just the #7 bottles that can contain BPA.

First Family To Plant White House Veggie Garden. The April issue of Oprah’s O Magazine hitting news stands today features a cover-story interview with Michelle Obama in which she gives it up about plans for the new White House garden. But will this victory for victory garden advocates be organic?

Have a great weekend everyone!

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